Venturefest Launch Event

Speaker Presentations

What’s On

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Smart City Marketplace

Divided into the five themes of Venturefest:

  • Intelligent Infrastructure
  • Intelligent Transport;
  • Smart Energy
  • Smart Living
  • Smart Money

Three companies from each theme will showcase the best-in-class technologies.

Venturefest Seminars

A day long series of talks and panels from industry leaders and tech businesses on the journey to a Smart City and the opportunities and challenges presented within.

The Hub

A centre for networking, exploring interactive technology and the overflow space to listen to the seminars.

Silicon Gorge Investor Pitching

10 start-ups presenting to over 50 investors from around the country to secure sponsorship for their Smart City related innovation.

Seminar Agenda

  • 10:00am Opening remarks from Peter Clough, Partner, Osborne Clarke


  • 10:10am Sandra M. Baer, President, Personal Cities

  • 10:30am Ian Meikle, Director, Infrastructure Systems, Innovate UK

  • 10:45am BREAK
  • 11.15am Technology Challenges in Smart Cities (individual talks followed by panel session)

    Sam Mazloum
    Director, Public Sector UK and Ireland, Mastercard

    Miranda Sharp
    Head, Smart Practice, Ordnance Survey

    Jason Collard
    Managing Director, YTL Developments

    John McNicol
    Director, Nova Modus Ltd

  • 12.30pm LUNCH BREAK
  • 13.30pm Alex Gluhak, Head of Technology, Digital Catapult

  • 13.50pm Paul Adams, Lead on Marketing for the UK&I and Western Europe, Nokia

  • 14.15pm Technology Solutions to Smart City Challenges (individual talks followed by panel session)

    Dan Hubert
    Founder, AppyParking

    Barney Smith
    CEO, Bristol Is Open

    Mark Cridge
    Chief Executive, mySociety

    Vassilis Seferidis
    CEO, Zeetta Networks

  • 15:30pm Drinks Reception and Conference Round Up

    Sam Markey
    UK Cities Engagement Lead, Future City Catapult

  • Event Moderator; Stephen Hilton

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Thought Leadership Conference

Venturefest Questions

Leading futurologists, business leaders and academics will position the challenges to developing technology for the future city.

Smart Energy

A smart energy system fit for the 21st Century needs to radically rethink the place that energy holds in the world and in our lives.

Intelligent Transport

Urban mobility has undergone a radical shift from large-scale public infrastructure  to the rise of mobility on demand services.

Intelligent Infrastructure

Embedded sensors and ubiquitous digital communication networks are enabling a world where ‘dumb’ and ‘silent’ infrastructure assets are springing to life.

Smart Living

What does it mean to ‘live smart’ in a world where there are more connected devices than people, yet natural resources are increasingly scarce?

Smart Money

The banking and finance sector is anticipating more change in the next two years than in the last 200, see the tech thats driving it.

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