Disruptive Technology....Winning against the odds!!

Thursday 12 March 2015

2.00pm - 5.00pm

Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG | directions


Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen coined the term disruptive technology. In his 1997 best-selling book, "The Innovator's Dilemma," Christensen separates new technology into two categories: sustaining and disruptive. Sustaining technology relies on incremental improvements to an already established technology. Disruptive technology lacks refinement, often has performance problems because it is new, appeals to a limited audience, and may not yet have a proven practical application. (Such was the case with Alexander Graham Bell's "electrical speech machine," which we now call the telephone.)

Christensen points out that large corporations are designed to work with sustaining technologies. They excel at knowing their market, staying close to their customers, and having a mechanism in place to develop existing technology. Conversely, they have trouble capitalising on the potential efficiencies, cost-savings, or new marketing opportunities created by low-margin disruptive technologies.

ThoughtWorks will open the event by taking an objective look at some of the innovative software and hardware solutions of the past few years which have revolutionised business processes and increased customer engagement with brands, exploring what makes them different, why they have had success to date and touching on some of the victims of their success. Also, what’s next? Some simple ideas and innovations that are going to be part of our everyday life in the near future.

This will be followed by a case study presentation from Richard Hodkinson who is the Chief Technology Officer at DWF LLP. Richard will share his first-hand experiences with Disruptive Technology....what DWF are looking at currently, what they have looked at in the past, what has worked, and perhaps more interestingly, what didn’t...

  • 2.00 Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 2:30 Matt Hildon - ThoughtWorks - "It will never take off!" Disruptive solutions that are winning against the odds.
  • 3.30 Refreshments & Networking
  • 4.00 Richard Hodkinson - ‘Disruption in the real world’ - DWF Case Study.
  • 5:00 Close

About the speakers

Matt Hildon is a Digital Strategy Consultant at Thoughtworks, Matt has been a digital obsessive for over 10 years and has worked at major retail and financial companies in Senior IT positions, always seeking to challenge slow, over governed and regularly unsuccessful methodologies for Product innovation/Project Delivery. The desired goal to improve speed to market, get a leap on the competitors and to establish platforms for the future.

Richard Hodkinson is Chief Technology Officer at DWF LLP, one of the UK’s fastest growing law firms, and is responsible for Information Technology, Operational Change, Knowledge Services and Facilities. In 2014 Richard was placed 31 in the UK’s CIO Top 100, compiled every year to showcase the most transformative CIOs driving business change, process improvement and innovative market opportunities in the UK economy, and he was placed within the Top 20 within the Legal sector.