The Future Of Technology

With TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Mike Butcher, ‘Internet of Things’ expert Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, and Simon Sear and Tom Morgan from SPARCK

From Drones delivering your shopping, robots performing surgeries at hospitals, to internet connected fridges sending food orders to your local supermarket, what is the Tech of the Future?

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?
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Hear predictions from world class experts TechCrunch Editor-In-Chief Mike Butcher and ‘Internet of Things’ designer Alexandra Deschamps-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.

Simon Sear – Founder, SPARCK
Tom Morgan – Strategy Consultant
Beyond agile – why organisations are embracing design thinking.
Simon and Tom will share their insights into how successful organisations are disrupting markets quickly and effectively using a design thinking approach and digital technologies like AI, IoT and cloud.


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 (which creates spaces globally for tech entrepreneurs); (which lobbies for UK startups);, the annual European Tech Startup Conference & Awards; and the non-profit,, a community of refugee-focused NGOs and tech innovators. Mike’s personal blog is, 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.

Simon Sear FOUNDER

I studied psychology for 5 years and at the end of it I was all set to be a business psychologist. I’ve always been interested in us social animals and what makes us tick and 20 years ago I joined a consultancy aiming to change the world, well the culture of an organisation or two!

Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m not sure yet, I ended up applying my analysis skills on an IT project. It was the recession of the early 1990’s and, although I had the enthusiasm of youth and the latest psychological thinking, no one wanted to buy it, but they did want to buy IT and I was getting married and needed the bonus to pay for the wedding. 

So, there started a 20+ year career in IT that’s taken me from being a rookie consultant, to a CIO managing hundreds of people and millions of pounds and back again to being a consultant. I love change, I’ve learnt a thing or two about IT and consulting and I still have that passion for psychology. 


I started out my career as a Trainer at Apple, helping customers and employees get the most out of their brilliant new tech. That love for the intersection between people and technology took me to Accenture Interactive, where I worked as a Digital Experience Consultant for a couple of years.

I guess above all, I’m really passionate about the way humans interact with technology – strip away all the lingo and you’re left with something quite spectacular: which is a society that is dependent on technology, and technology that’s dependent on our society. I love to help people see how they can make the most of that shift that’s happened over the last twenty years – and see it from the eyes of those, like myself, who live and breathe it everyday!

In my free time I love to create and design, with experience in both UX and VisuaI. I’m a creative at heart – and that’s not going anywhere any time soon.