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Technology Matters

Sunday 06 September 2009, 0900-1145
Room C74, InfoLab21, Lancaster University

Presentation 1: ~ IT Systems of the Future: The BT Perspective ~

Presentation 2: ~ HSBC's view on Innovation ~

Booking Details:

This event is free of charge to all attendees. Although free, spaces may be limited so please contact Nick King by email as soon as possible to reserve your

Presentation 1: ~ IT Systems of the Future: The BT Perspective ~

Presenter: Robin Mannings- Research Foresight Manager: BT Adastral Park Research Centre


On the September 6th , Robin Mannings, BT's Research Foresight Manager and one of BT's most experienced and well-known experts in the field of Mobility and Disruptive Technologies will be speaking at InfoLab21 regarding his views on the future, in particular looking at those relevant to the IT and Communications businesses. His presentation will include the big issues and new trends facing business and society in the future and the part future ICT will play - in particular disruptive technologies.

Robin is also an expert in future technologies especially in the areas of wireless, positioning, telematics, RFID, Sensor Networks and Ubiquitous Computing. Based at Adastral Park in Ipswich(the centre for BT's research and development activities), he works extensively with major corporate customers, suppliers, academia, the media and teams within BT on the commercialisation of research in these rapidly converging and disruptive technologies. He is a member of BT Group's Corporate Foresight and Futurology team.

His international reputation was principally established through his research on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and he is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate at Lancaster University's Computer Science Dept in the area of ubiquitous computing, personal telematics and autonomous location systems. He is also a Chartered Engineer and the author of many papers and patents and is featured regularly in the media.

Presentation 2: ~ HSBC's view on Innovation ~

Presenter: Andy Button, HSBC Divisional Technology Banking Manager

Andy's role within HSBC is to support the banking needs of technology based companies and monitor rapidly changing technology to provide a source of expertise to their colleagues. His role is also to liaise with universities, science units, and innovation centres, and work with professional, advisors, venture capitalists and Regional Development Agencies, to identify opportunities for new business.

Andy will speak on the importance of the knowledge economy to the UK, the impact of Globalisation and an insight into the technologies in propositions he has reviewed with perhaps a glimpse into the future based on the technologies around now.

In recognition of this sector's importance, HSBC continues to sponsor two Chairs of Innovation at Brunel University and the University of York, who asses the technological and commercial viability of businesses for the bank.


9:00am - Registration and refreshments

9:30am - Start: Infolab21 overview 15 mins

9.45am - Presentation 1 (1 hour)

10.45am - Tea Break 15 mins

11.00am - Presentation 2 (30 mins)

11.30am - Questions 15 mins

11.45am - Close

Presentation Slides

Powerpoint Presentation By Robin Mannings From BT

Powerpoint Presentation By Nick King From The KBC At InfoLab21

Powerpoint Presentation By Andy Button From HSBC

Further Information

For additional information on this event please contact Nick Kingeither by

or by Phone:01524 510447