Feb 132013

Smart Technology:
Building a Smarter Planet

Moon Consulting are proud to announce their latest exclusive seminar in the Board 2020 Series at the University of the West of England on Friday 8 March 2013.

Hosted by UWE, Strategic Value Partners, Moon Consulting and featuring experts from world leading technology corporation IBM and the Technology Strategy Board, this conference will explore the wealth of opportunities that emerging technology can give business owners and their companies.

Dr Rick Robinson, Executive Architect of IBM’s “Smarter Cities” Solutions will be leading in a discussion about “Building a Smarter Planet” by using high technology solutions that enable small and mid sized businesses to access new markets, work more efficiently and increase their profitability.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board will talk about innovation – the great opportunities for entrepreneurial companies to generate business and economic growth by creating innovative products and services based on new technology, and how the Technology Strategy Board can help.

About Board2020

Board 2020 is a conference with a difference. They engage world class speakers, as well as providing a valued interactive learning forum for business leaders through a range of facilitated group discussion platforms such as “World Café” and “Open Space”. This event is attended exclusively by Board Members, Executive and Non Executive Directors.

Led by Malcolm Lewis (SVP), the facilitated group discussions offer excellent networking opportunities as well as strong dialogue around the issues that matter to you and the business community. You will freely interact with leading experts and share experiences and best practice with fellow board members and companies from other sectors. All discussions will be held in the strictest confidence with Chatham House rules.

What people are saying about Board 2020

“Board 2020 always supplies high quality speakers and the different exercises during the day provide great networking opportunities”Stephen Rosser, Chief Executive, Clarke Willmott LLP

“I have attended both previous Board 2020 events. They are well organised and attended exclusively by board directors, ensuring that you can have meaningful discussions with your peers on topics of common interest.” – Nick Rees, Chief Executive, Jordans Ltd

Event Details 

Date: Friday 8th March 2013

Venue: UWE Bristol Conference Centre

Timings: 8.30am – 2pm

Cost: free of charge to attendees, lunch and refreshments will be served

Places are limited and Board 2020 events are extremely popular. To register, please contact Oliver Harrison via oliverharrison@moonconsulting.co.uk telephone 01275 371200


Rick Robinson, Executive Architect Smarter Cities at IBM

Rick Robinson is an Executive Architect at IBM responsible for the development and delivery of Smarter City solutions for IBM’s customers in the UK and Europe. He is a member of the Academy of Urbanism, and a contributor to the World Cities Network, UBM’s Future Cities community - who included him in their list of the “Top 20 leaders in urbanization“ - and the Sustainable Cities Collective.

Rick is heavily involved in IBM’s project in Sunderland to deliver a "City Cloud"; and in Birmingham he is a member of the Smart City Commission and the chair of the Digital Working Group for Birmingham Science City. He writes about his work regularly at theurbantechnologist.com.

 In previous roles for IBM Rick has been responsible for strategy and first-of-a-kind project delivery in areas such as social media, Service-Orientated Architecture and distributed computing. He holds a PhD in the physics of superconducting devices from the University of Birmingham, and is a visiting Research Fellow at WMG at the University of Warwick where his interests include dynamic supply chains, regional economic development and healthcare technology.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board

Iain Gray joined the Technology Strategy Board as Chief Executive in 2007, following its establishment as an executive non-departmental public body and is the operational head of the organisation as it assumes its leading role in driving the UK’s technology and innovation strategy. Iain was previously Managing Director and General Manager of Airbus UK, whose Bristol operation he joined when it was still part of British Aerospace.

Iain gained an Engineering Science honours degree at Aberdeen University and a Masters of Philosophy at Southampton University in 1989.  Since then Iain has received Honorary Doctorates from Bath, Bristol, Aberdeen, Aston and Exeter Universities. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2007 he was awarded the Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Medal. He is a Board Member of Engineering UK, SEMTA, Energy Technologies Institute and a Governor of the University of the West of England.

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