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Future Internet The Demand Side and Infrastructure Challenge

6/21/2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Demand Side Report prepared by ICT KTN seeks to examine the potential opportunities and issues in the Health, Energy, Cities and Transport sectors. In each case it will focus on aspects related to the sharing of data and the provision of converged services.

Each sector is complex in its own right and has different motivations and cultures that dictate current strategy. Cities tend to encompass aspects of all four sectors, being principal delivery points for our large urban population. All sectors are under extreme cost pressure and are seeking ways of delivering more efficient and user friendly services to end users.

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Eddie Townsend - ICT KTN

Eddie has worked with major corporate customers at all levels to negotiate and deliver high value contracts in complex environments. Eddie’s focus is on the commercial exploitation of new technology that has impact in the market place. Eddie has formed extensive collaborative networks in industry, business and academia. Forming and managing consortia involving participants from a number of European countries to win R&D funding.

Since March 2009 Eddie Townsend has acted as Collaboration Delivery Manager for the Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network and subsequently ICT KTN. In this role Eddie has also acted as coordinator of the UK Future Internet Strategy Group and the Smart Energy Special Interest Group.


Speakers/panelists to be announced


A look at the relationship between changes in the Internet infrastructure and the applications and services it supports. Previous changes in the technology underpinning the net have unleashed waves of innovation - not just technical innovation but also new human applications and business models made feasible for the first time. We have been very bad at foreseeing what some of those changes would be. What are the current trends in infrastructure change and what sort of human and business innovations might we expect to see from those trends? How can we get better and foreseeing these changes?

Shaun Fensom - Digital Infrastructure Strategist

Shaun has over 25 years’ experience in computing and the internet. He co-founded Poptel, the pioneering on-line services provider that became one of the UK’s first ISPs and went on to launch the .coop top level internet domain. Shaun combines that experience with specialist expertise in: Development of digital and on-line business sector for economic and social progress, business case and implementation of digital infrastructure including “next generation” broadband, and innovation using community and mutual ownership in digital sector and infrastructure businesses. Shaun also works in and with organisations developing digital sector business and infrastructure including; Chair and consultant with CBN (Community Broadband Network), Founding director of the Manchester Digital trade association Consultant with Cooperative Networks, and Secretary of INCA (Independent Networks Cooperative Association)


Mike Ryan - Digital Futurist

Mike is a highly successful entrepreneur and digital futurist. A born disruptor, he eats lives and breathes future thinking and has helped many large organisations on their future strategy. Mike is an expert in Horizon Mapping and foresight studies particularly around business planning, disruption and digital innovation. He self publishes a futures extinction map and crowdsources insight from a broad range of colleagues. As secretary of Manchester Digital and committed futurologist he frequently speaks about digital change across the globe. A technology evangelist who is an accomplished communicator able to engage non technical audiences in the most complex technology scenarios. Mike is a contributor to BBC radio and a columnist for several publications. A member of the foresight network of futurists.


Mike Emmerich - CEO, New Economy Manchester

Prior to joining New Economy (formerly Manchester Enterprises), Mike was Director of the Institute for Political and Economic Governance at the University of Manchester, a multi-disciplinary research institute, and Dean of External Relations in the Faculty of Humanities. Before this, he pursued a career in the political and economic strategy sectors, at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies where he served as Principal Consultant and then Deputy Director from 1991 to 1996. After a period as a management consultant at Ernst & Young in 1997, he became a Policy Adviser with HM Treasury before becoming Senior Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit.

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Sara Tomkins - Assistant Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

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