IoT - The first step towards becoming truly digital

Thursday 16 March 2017

1.00pm - 5.00pm

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, One Piccadilly Place, 1 Auburn St, Manchester, M1 3DG


The fourth industrial revolution is with us. A key enabler of this digital change has been attributed to the Internet of things. However, organisations still struggle to adopt these key technologies; whilst it is widely seen as disruptive, multiple businesses are struggling to develop the right ecosystem to ensure client adoption and success.

Charles will discuss how the ecosystem is essential to this revolution. How small, medium and large businesses can develop a ‘win-win’ economy and how IBM is working with multiple SME vendors to develop a shared servitised revenue scheme and transition them from a traditional capex to an ‘as a service model’.

Julian Tait will then talk about how our cities can be IoT enabled and how solutions and products need to be designed with and around the people who use them for them to be a success. Consent, standards, openness and governance need to be at the forefront of our thinking to avoid the risk of technology coming before people with all the problems that follow.

We are then pleased to welcome David Bailey who is the Head of Vodafone Public Sector IOT. David will share how IoT is impacting Vodafone as a business and driving change going forwards.

Steve Hilton will then investigate the rise of the intelligent personal assistant, specifically focussing on how Alexa-powered Echo and Echo Dot grew to be the best-selling products across Amazon last year.

  • 1.00 Doors open - Refreshments & Networking
  • 1.30 Charles Joel: IBM - "The IoT ecosystem - what is crucial to its success and why disruption is good"
  • 2.15 Julian Tait - IoT: designing for the people
  • 3.00 Refreshments & Networking
  • 3.30 David Bailey - Vodafone IOT
  • 4.15 Steve Hilton - The revolution will not be televised, its screenless
  • 5.00 Close

About the speakers:

Charles leads ‘IoT and Industry 4.0’ market activities for IBM in the UK, focusing on the industrial sector. Over the last 20 years Charles has developed and executed IoT business strategy which includes the development of IoT product and services in multiple vertical market places. Past success stories include connected cars, smart factories and intelligent pubs!

Co-Founder of Open Data Manchester and The Julian is the lead instigator of Things Manchester creating a public IoT network for Greater Manchester. Previously Julian was Head of Innovation Projects for FutureEverything. He is interested in the impact of technology on today’s society having presented and written about data, IoT and the Smart City.

David built strategies and business cases for the use of technology for many multi-national organisations. Last year David took on the role of building on Vodafone’s global expertise, by leading the UK’s Public Sector Sales Channel for IOT. He is responsible for driving IOT growth across our Public Sector Customers and Business Strategy in the UK.

Steve presents frequently at events about ground breaking technological projects with the likes of Warburtons, local councils and the NHS. Since 2008 he has led an innovative, cross platform development team at Liberty Apps who deliver robust, reliable and intuitive mobile apps and web solutions.

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