MEET THE SPEAKERS

MEET THE SPEAKERS

VENTUREFEST SOUTH WEST 2019 SPECIAL FEATURE

 

Technology trailblazers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and academics head up a day long schedule of tech conversations at Venturefest SW. Join in with industry sessions, panel discussions, workshops and breakout meetings to make the most of the day. Highlights include:

 


 

OPENING ADDRESS

Opening Venturefest SW on 17th June with an overview of the region’s thriving science and tech industry is David Ralph, Chief Executive, Heart of South West LEP; Vicky Hunter, Entrepreneur Engagement Manager for the South West for Tech Nation and Mark Duddridge, Chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP. The panel will cover the South West’s strengths in STEMM industries, the challenges for the region and the future opportunities.

AGRITECH

Headed up by David Fursdon; Lord-Lieutenant of Devon and Chair of Dyson Beeswax Farming Ltd this panel will look at opportunities in farming to develop technology aimed at increasing food production, reducing waste and minimising environmental impact. The discussion panel consists of Dr Helen Ferrier; Chief Science Adviser at the NFU, Prof. Mick Fuller; Professor of Plant Physiology & Chair of Controlled Growing Environments Group, University of Plymouth, Mary Quicke MBE of Quickes Cheese, Dr Robin Jackson Agri-tec Cornwall project director; Duchy College; and Dr Martin Stoelen, Founding Director of Fieldworks Robotics & Lecturer; University of Plymouth. This session will be followed by two facilitated workshops exploring needs and opportunities for technology developers to ensure Healthy Crops and Healthy Livestock in areas such as controlled growing environments; robotics; automation & precision agriculture; data tagging and disease resilience amongst others.

ADVANCED ENGINEERING, WITH STEPHENS SCOWN

Take part in the panel discussion featuring Rittal engineering director, Andy Gill and Mary Anrigo, Mechdyne Corporation. Claire Pearce, project manager at Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project is leading a workshop on Electron Microscopy.

AI AND BIG DATA, WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL FUTURES AND BIG DATA IMPACT LAB

Discussing the current & future opportunities of Big Data & AI in business will be Mike Downing, Chief Technology Officer, WPA; Robert Kathro, Impact Lab; Amanda Quartly, IBM; Richard Everson, professor of machine learning at University of Exeter and Tom Torkar, partner and head of technology and innovation at Michelmores LLP.

BLOCKCHAIN

Unravelling Blockchain innovation is Paul Harwood, Co-Lab organiser; Alex Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Business & Project Management, Chris Archer Brown, Professor of Digital Entrepreneurship and Director of Falmouth University’s School of Entrepreneurship, Julie Hawker Co- CEO of Cosmic and Geri Cupi, CEO of MonoChain.

CREATIVE

Talking virtual reality and immersive technologies, investing in digital design and manufacture for product development and sustainable design thinking and start up support for Creative Industries businesses are Vicktor Brelsford, Managing Director of digital development agency One Polygon; Ben Mundy, Manager and Knowledge Exchange Coordinator at Fab Lab Plymouth; Katie Goode, Triangular Pixels and Ben Sewell, Launchpad - Falmouth University. Leading a User Experience (UX) Design workshop is award-winning product UX designer Paula Kaminska.

ENVIRONMENT

Questioning what commercial opportunities would result from a circular economy for plastics in the south west is Adam Hall, head of sustainability at Internet Fusion and Surfdome, Liz O’Driscoll, Exeter City Futures, Emma Burlow, head of circular economy at Resource Futures, Richard Marsh, Business Development Director, Coastal Recycling, Peter Hopkinson, Professor in Circular Economy, University of Exeter and Nicky Cunningham, Impact and Partnership Development Manager, University of Exeter.

HEALTH, WITH PLYMOUTH SCIENCE PARK

Insight and input on health technology from Chris Sawyer, Innovate UK; Louise Witts, Deputy CEO SWAHSN; Daniel Catt, Director Population Health Consulting, Cerner; Victoria Norman, CEO Signum Health and Gabriel Aguiar Noury, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Human Robot Interaction & EPIC Researcher; Robotics, Devices, and Startups.

MARINE

With a doubling of the Ocean Economy predicted by 2030, this session will look future opportunities in Offshore Renewable Energy with Steve Jermy, Marine & Offshore Aviation Specialist at James Fisher Marine Services and Matt Hodson, Marine Hub Operations Director, Cornwall Development Company, and innovative ways of capturing key ocean data with robotic platforms from Phil Johnston, Business Development Manager at Seiche and manager for Autonaut Unmanned Surface Vessel.

SPACE, WITH AEROSPACE CORNWALL

Considering space exploration opportunities and challenges for South West businesses is Gail Eastaugh from Aerospace Cornwall, Miles Carden, director of Spaceport Cornwall and European Space Agency Business Applications UK Regional Ambassador for the South West, Donna Lyndsay.

START-UPS & SCALE-UPS, WITH SETSQUARED

Focusing on the key areas of Grant Funding, Angel Funding, Venture Funding and Accelerating Growth is Kathryn White from Impact Lab, Mandy Nyarko, Exeter Velocities, JasonHayward-Jones, RegenFARM, Steve Kitson from SetSquared Business Support, Jon Williams, Director at Granted Consultancy, Kezia Williamson from Innovate UK, David Fry, CEO Brain in Hand and Toby Mottram, Founder of Milkalyser.

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ATTENDING VENTUREFEST SW 2019

17th June 8:30 – 17:00

Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter

www.venturefest-sw.co.uk

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