The Future Of Technology
With TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Mike Butcher and ‘Internet of Things’ expert Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
17.45 — 22.00
Quarry Hill, Leeds, Yorkshire LS2 7PA
Wearables? Artificial Intelligence?….What are the exciting new Digital/Technology trends of the future?
What are the ‘Internet Of Things’ and how safe are IOT devices from hackers?
How will these emerging Tech trends affect businesses, work and our day-to-day lives?
Hear predictions from world class experts TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Mike Butcher and ‘Internet of Things’ designer Alexandra Descamps-Sonsino.
Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large of TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies will discussing his predictions for the Technology of the future and how they will shape our societies.
Twenty years after the first prototype of a connected fridge was developed, it’s important to look at what the internet of things has come to mean for consumers, technologists and makers in 2017. Behind the buzz words of smart homes and cities hides a complex sea of change that will affect how we work as technologists and makers. In her talk Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino will contextualise the internet of things and explain why it matters to the maker community to push their ideas beyond a prototype.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer and entrepreneur. She was named first in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers and is the Director of designswarm a strategic consultancy focusing on the internet of things.
Mike Butcher MBE is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. He has been named one of the most influential people in tech by The Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers.
Mike has written for UK national newspapers and magazines. He has been named one of top 100 most influential people in European technology by Wired UK for 5 years running . He has spoken at the Monaco Media Forum, Le Web, Web Summit, DLD and the World Economic Forum, where he is a ‘Media Leader’. Mike is a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4 and Bloomberg.
He has also advised the UK Prime Minister and the Mayor of London on tech startup policy. He is the co-founder of TechHub.com (which creates spaces globally for tech entrepreneurs); Coadec.com (which lobbies for UK startups); TheEuropas.com, the annual European Tech Startup Conference & Awards; and the non-profit, Techfugees.com, a community of refugee-focused NGOs and tech innovators. Mike’s personal blog is mbites.com, while he Twitters at @mikebutcher.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer and entrepreneur. She was named first in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014).
She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, connected lamps for your global friends and family. She is also the Director of designswarm a strategic consultancy focusing on the internet of things. Some of her clients include BBC R&D, P&G, British Gas, EDF R&D and Nominet, British Telecom and others. She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK. She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the second largest meetup on that topic in the world.
Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum and galleries around the world.
She is part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group and an advisor to many startups.