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    Trends of the Future - Are You Ready?
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    Wednesday 27 February 17.00 – 21.00
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    Templeman Library Lecture Theatre
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Public Conference


Trends of the Future - Are You Ready?

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Digitalise your future and learn about the latest trends!


** OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ** FREE to attend **

Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NU

A free event looking into the future at trends, innovation and how we will be working years from now

Suitable for those looking to start their own disruptive business, those running an enterprise & keen to explore how it should look in the future, those wanting to be employed in this space or simply those with a keen interest!

  • Digitalise your future and learn about the latest trends!
  • Hear about becoming one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies
  • Understand how to keep tech trends diverse & inclusive
  • Explore the expectations of a modern workforce
  • Reflect on our engagement with tech, how it needs to be humanised
  • Embrace the Cyber Challenge - Surviving & Thriving in a Hostile Cyber Environment

Come along to get answers to your questions and stay ahead of the curve!


Time Activity Duration Venue

Arrival, Drinks Reception, Light Buffet and Networking

60 mins Café space
18:00-18:10 Welcome
Professor Philippe De Wilde
10 mins Lecture Theatre
18:10-18:20 Introduction to #DigitalReboot
Marcus Wright
10 mins Lecture Theatre
18:20-18:40 Future Technology & our Human Interaction
Dan Maudhub
20 mins Lecture Theatre
18:40-19:10 Keeping the Tech Trends Diverse and Inclusive
Gen Ashley
30 mins Lecture Theatre
19:10-19:25 Comfort Break 15 mins Café space

The 8 key expectations of a Modern Workforce
Adam Henderson

15 mins Lecture Theatre
19:40-19:55 Embracing the Cyber Challenge - Surviving & Thriving in a Hostile Cyber Environment
Andy Settle
15 mins Lecture Theatre
19:55-20:25 How to go from zero to one of the UK's fastest growing tech companies
Jonathan Grubin
30 mins Lecture Theatre
20.25-20.55 Q&A
Panel of experts
30 mins Lecture Theatre
20.55-21:00 Closing remarks
Marcus Wright
5 mins Lecture Theatre



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Professor Philippe De Wilde - Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research & Innovation

Phillipe De Wilde

Between 2007 and 2014 Prof. De Wilde was Head (USA: Dean) of the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, with campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. Prof. De Wilde obtained the PhD degree in mathematical physics and the MSc degree in computer science in 1985. He was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College London, between 1989 and 2005. He has published numerous papers on computational intelligence.

He has published four books, including ``Neural Network Models’’, Springer, 1997, and ``Convergence and Knowledge-processing in Multi-agent Systems’’, Springer, 2009. He has been a research fellow at British Telecom and has advised venture capitalists.

He works in computational intelligence and cybernetics, using neural networks, fuzzy logic, evolution, and game theory. Research interests: security of machine learning, decision making under uncertainty, games on networks, networked populations, phylogenetic trees.

Dan Maudhub - Founder/CEO of Wonderful

Dan Maudhub

Dan is a multi-award winning entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of Wonderful, a strategic technology and marketing partner to fast growth businesses. Dan advises companies on how to develop and implement new technologies to enable business growth.

He is also a non-executive Director of a new motorsports platform called Motormouth and oversees the Wonderful Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at empowering community leaders and entrepreneurs.

Adam Henderson - Writer & Speaker on the Modern Workforce and Changing World of Work

Adam Henderson

Adam Henderson is a TEDx speaker, writer and consultant, on a mission to Rethink Work for the Modern World.

Adam believes the way many businesses operate reflect the way the world was and not the way the world is and in doing so is causing a growing disconnect between employers and their employees, which is having a detrimental affect on everyone. To solve this problem of a disconnected workforce, Adam is the founder of Gravitee, an internal change consultancy helping businesses adapt to the needs of a Modern Workforce, and also runs the Millennial Mindset, a training company that helps businesses understand and adapt to their Millennial workforce.

He also runs an influential blog called Re-thinking Work that discusses how to make the world of work better for everyone, with his articles being read by more than 1.5million+ people across the world. Adam has also appeared on BBC1 as an expert panelist on the gig economy and the future of work.

Gen Ashley - Founder, TECH(K)NOW

Gen Ashley

Gen is the Founder of TECH(K)NOW Day - a conference focused on Women in Technology.

She is a very active leader in the Tech community in London and a Lead for Google Women Techmakers London, NASA Space Apps Challenge London, Twitter Developer Community London and Google Developer Groups London.

She is also part of the leadership committee for Ada's List (a network for women in technology). She is co-organiser of COED:CODE, OpenTechSchool London and London Game Developers.

She was the Head of Developer Outreach at Skills Matter and a former VP / Business Development Manager / Project Manager at Citigroup. Gen helped lead Anita Borg Institute London and was actively instrumental in delivering the very first 1-Day Grace Hopper Conference in Europe (GHC/1 which is now called HopperX1) which was held in London.

She was recently awarded as MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft and as Director of Women Who Code London built up a community of 5000+ women in tech.

Jonathan Grubin - Founder & CEO of SoPost

Jonathan Grubin

Jonny is Founder & CEO of SoPost, the product sampling platform. Recently recognised by Deloitte as the UK's 13th fastest growing technology company.

SoPost works with many of the world's leading brands to help them distribute their product samples online in the most effective way possible.

Jonny launched his first business at the age of 14, and his entrepreneurial journey since then has seen his involvement in a range of start-ups, from internet companies through to eco-friendly delivery services.

Andy Settle - European Lead for Cyber Incident Response Operations at IBM

Andy Settle

Andy Settle is a Cyber Security and Threat Intelligence Consultant. For over two decades he has been dedicated to responding to cyber security challenges including major data breaches, online fraud detection, incident response & remediation, intrusion detection penetration testing and vulnerability & threat research. He has worked within the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), telecommunications and financial sectors, central government and defence. He is a member of the UK NCSC Security Researchers Information Exchange (SRIE) and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is originally from a software engineering background with significant experience in telecoms, networks and systems.

When not 'doing the day job', Andy is an assessor for the UK Cyber Security Challenge. He is an active British Army Specialist Reserve Officer and is currently reading for a masters in Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University.

Andy has three kids, one grandchild and lives with his partner in Kent. He can play guitar, banjo (but chooses not to) and harmonica (badly). He is a 'born again' cyclist and long distance runner, once managing to cut his right ear off in a bizarre mountain bike accident. Andy has only once purchased a rubber octopus online.

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Last Updated: 27/02/2019