From Thursday 15th to Friday 16th September the Truman Brewery in Brick lane, Shoreditch will play host to Future World 2016; inspired by the concept of “Deep Tech”, the conference aims to provide a “world class” platform to showcase deep tech in all of its weird and wonderful glory.
Future World will “bridge new technical talent to an eco-system of support from investors to big business”, says the promotional website, which also promises “insight from world leading innovators, entrepreneurs and leading academics.”
Subjects that will be covered by the event include key themes such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and 5G Comms.
Future World is organised by the NMI, a not-for-profit industry association for electronic systems and technology businesses, whose mission is to “increase the quality and quantity of electronic engineering and manufacturing in the UK”.
NMI, whose members receive subsidised attendance to major events as well as access to guidance and advice, PR and marketing opportunities and representations made to government and industry on their behalf, host events throughout the year, including one last year in London, the Industry Summit 2015, at which Baroness Neville Rolfe, Minister of State for Intellectual Property, spoke.
NMI CEO Dr Derek Boyd comments: “”We are in an era of hyper-innovation; traditional business models are being rapidly re-invented and there is a compelling need to build awareness of change and innovation. Much of that innovation comes from exciting start-ups and Future World has been developed with intent of supporting the international innovation eco-system linking start-ups, investors and corporates.”
Technology entrepreneur and start-up champion Sir Hossein Yassaie also urges start-ups to attend, saying; “we benefit from a flagship event in “Deep Tech” that brings international participation and links fundamental science and fantastic engineering into emerging markets. Helping complex technologies to become applied solutions is and should remain one of the UK’s key competitive advantages. Future World and the communities it brings together can make a real difference in this endeavour.”
There will be more than 50 presenters at the event, including deep-tech representatives of companies and institutions including Octopus Ventures, the ScaleUp Institute, IBM Watson, Virtually Reality, and the University of Surrey.
The event is expected to attract an international audience of entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, industrialists, academics and press. Tickets are priced at £345 for non NMI members, or £395 for non-members, but reduced price tickets at £145 are available for start-ups and “academia”, and for free to selected members of the press.
Exhibitors are also welcome; start-up exhibitors can expect to pay £150 for a stall, SME exhibitors £650 (£500 for NMI members) and corporates £1350.
There are 2 stages, the BLUE, which is used to discuss the main topics of the conference, and GREEN, which covers other specialist areas, panels and workshops.
Partners sponsoring the event include platinum sponsors Imagination and ARM, and media partners Showcase AI and AI Business.
Fans of Robotics, and Frontiers in AI, ML, and DL should be thinking about attending on Day 1, whilst Machine Vision and 5G communications enthusiasts should be focusing their attention on Day 2. VR and AR lovers can rest easy, the topic is covered, in depth, on both days.
The Truman Brewery is an iconic East London building perhaps better known today as a venue for fashion and food rather than deep tech lovers; the British Craft Trade Fair takes place there in early September, as well as “Mercado Chileno” Chilean wine festival and a pop-up art / fashion event, East to East.
But with the lines between so many industries being constantly eroded by the ever more powerful forces of tech, perhaps this event has as much chance as striking the right note with attendees and local residents as any (with the possible exception of the Tequila & Mezcal Fest on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September – a hard act to follow, and you wouldn’t want to be the one paying the tab for the clear-up afterwards) the sort of event where the founders of the next JustEat, Asos, Deliveroo or Grabble will come from.
Fashion, food and tech, 3 things in which Shoreditch excels, all under one roof. Followed by a p*ss up in a brewery – something else the area has a decent rep for.