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A chance to debate what IT and telecoms could do for innovation, productivity and the economy

Today IT and telecoms are two of society’s greatest tools for advancement, not simply out of the present economic crisis, but more importantly in moving society forward in the future. Around the world, IT and telecoms are being pushed in new directions, from China and India to South Korea and Brazil, and a new workforce of professionals is being created.

After the indecisive UK election, can we be decisive about setting an agenda for IT and telecoms for the next decade? How can these technologies promote efficiency, productivity, quality and innovation beyond their own domains - from medicine and health to manufacturing and transport - to qualitatively transform society? And what new (and old) models of innovation do we need within IT and telecoms to further develop their value?

New technologies offer intriguing possibilities like realtime translation, tele-medicine, voice interaction, the pervasive internet, thought-powered computing, robotics, location-based services and more. But where should our priorities lie? How should we allocate investment, both public and private? The previous government offered us the low horizons of two-megabit broadband while promoting IT and telecoms in areas like security, ‘social inclusion’ and education. Is there any value in these areas?

Please join BIG POTATOES and spiked for this agenda-setting debate in association with Epoch.


JP Rangaswami | talks
Matt Warman | talks
Alan Patrick | talks
Professor Peter Cochrane | talks


Date and Time:

8 July 2010 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



One Queen Anne’s Gate

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