CWIC is live!
The CWIC17 Blog Series
We’re delighted to announce that the CW International Conference (CWIC) has launched. It’s been a long time in the planning (about 7 months) so it’s always a welcomed relief when the ‘Go Live’ button is finally pushed. Having absorbed the feedback following last year’s annual conference, the committee have put together an exciting agenda with a refreshed format: 4 x one day CWIC-Starter technology-oriented events in March; kicking off a 4 month connected Innovation Programme, and with the culmination of the main conference itself taking place at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus on 7th June 2017.
On Friday 6th January, the CWIC committee & CW staff got together and ‘walked’ the new June venue- – an imposing purpose-built event facility. The tiered Francis Crick Auditorium is particularly impressive and the surrounding networking space (which is all one level) is a perfect venue for CWIC. As you can imagine, there was plenty for the committee to discuss!
As the conference gathers momentum, the committee will keep the CW wider community updated via a series of informal blogs. We hear from the committee as we go live with the launch:
‘’The Immersive Technology Stream has the privilege to be running the first Connecting Generations event, and you could say that we are kick-starting the CWIC-Starters in March! Our Immersive Technologies CWIC-Starter will be a half day hands-on investigation of the opportunities for new immersive technologies – like VR, AR and 360 video – but looking beyond those simple applications like games and roller-coaster rides. Our aim is to go away from the hype of ‘mixed reality’, and look at some different areas and identify some likely new products and target markets. There will be discussion, debate and demonstrations here, to set the ball rolling for the ensuing on-line Innovation Programme, where we will continue to learn and discover as we post our blogs about the new ways the generations are connecting.’’
David Crawford, leading the Immersive CWIC-Starter (20th March, Ravensbourne)
“There are so many new technologies appearing, all potentially disruptive, that it’s increasingly difficult for companies to define their technical strategy. Conferences like CWIC have a breadth of high level thought leadership that cuts through the vested interests of individual technologies, providing an insight into the wider picture of where businesses need to go in future generations. It’s a welcome shaft of light, bringing clarity to the question of how our world may change.”
Nick Hunn, Leading the LPWAN & IoT CWIC-Starter (28th March, Cambridge Computer Labs)
‘’The concept of connecting generations is a key driver in the healthcare market globally and the session at the event will be addressing this by bringing in global leaders to look at successful examples of innovative technology that have achieved this enabling attendees to take away learnings that they can apply to their own businesses for future global success.’’
Collette Johnson, leading the Healthcare CWIC-Starter (30th March, Addenbrookes Hospital)
Pictured below, from left to right:
Abhi Naha (Sponsorship & Marketing, CW), John Davies (International relations, CW), Paul Ceely (BT), Nick Hunn (Wifore Consulting), Simon Fletcher (Real Wireless, Committee Chair), David Crawford (Ravensbourne), Robert Driver (CEO, CW) and Collette Johnson (Plextek).
It’s fair to say a buzz around the conference is building and we’re look forward to welcoming delegates to the first free CWIC-Starter event on 20th March at Ravensbourne University, which will focus on Immersive technologies and their applications. Visit our website for more information. Or follow the action on twitter – simply search #CWIC17
We’re always keen to have on-the-day bloggers at our events – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.