Cambridge Tech Week lines up awards, events and top global speakers
Speakers from Arm, Apple, BT, Twitter and Google have been confirmed for the inaugural Cambridge Tech Week (CTW23) from May 9-12, which celebrates the ideas of the future in artificial intelligence (AI), semiconductors and quantum technologies.
The week will centre on Cambridge and the UK as a global leader in AI and deep technology, showcasing world-renowned research and innovation.
CTW23 positions the city and the UK in the world spotlight by uniting companies, organisations and academic institutions and showcasing the best of the region and its cutting-edge technology, under the theme of Finding the Future to unlock technology’s power for global impact.
Over the week, confirmed speakers include:
Patrick Pichette, former chairman at Twitter
Howard Watson, chief security and networks officer of BT Group
Whitney Richardson, aesthetics scientist at Apple
Kirsty Gill, chief people officer of Arm and
Toju Duke, programme manager for Responsible AI at Google.
There will be discussions around the latest in AI and deep technologies, the importance of quantum in a data-heavy world, the future of work, sustainability and investment, and the UK’s strategic position in semiconductors globally, to name a few.
An eclectic mix of fringe events will also take place across Cambridge, representing different interest groups and technology use cases.
The week will also feature the first ‘Big Tech Debate’, to be held at the Cambridge Union debating chamber. Delegates will have the space to pose questions on the biggest issues and opportunities in technology today, to those at the forefront of the ecosystem. The interactive session gives a unique format where the economic, societal, political impacts and consequences of the use of technology will be discussed in a world-famous setting.
In addition, CTW23 is launching the Innovation Alley Awards. Successful startups will have the opportunity to showcase their idea over the first two days of the week, and winners will be announced during CTW23.
Chris Bruce, chair, Cambridge Tech Week, said: “We are so excited to be launching Cambridge Tech Week. The week will shine a light on the incredible AI and deep technology innovation in Cambridge and the UK as a whole.
“Cambridge is a global destination for uniting innovators, investors, businesses and research institutions in forming the technology of tomorrow, and deserves a spot on the international stage. Cambridge Tech Week hopes to achieve this with the inaugural event.”