18 September | London

Inventing the Future

The past few decades were characterized by game-changing technologies that radically altered business, public and private life, changing the way we live and work. Innovations such as the personal computer, social media, and the rise of mobile and cloud computing each ushered in a wave of innovation that made the present moment seem dramatically different from the one that preceded it. Inventing the Future focuses on tomorrow’s revolutionary technologies and the innovative leaps these breakthroughs are likely to inspire for decades to come.

September 18 - Tuesday

8:00 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks


  • Nate Lanxon

    European Technology Reporter and Editor, Bloomberg

9:05 am

Opening Remarks


9:15 am

Cybersecurity, Data and Privacy in the Age of Digitisation

The digital transformation of both government and business in all sectors can bring huge operational advantages, increasing flexibility for employees and creating a competitive advantage for entities that digitise--but the more data there is to manage, the more vulnerable that very data is to attack. This discussion with former GCHQ director and BlueVoyant Europe Chairman Robert Hannigan will focus on the threats posed by the collection, storage and analysis of big data, and what can be done to mitigate these risks.



9:35 am

Digital Defence: Taking on the Cybersecurity Threats Endangering Tomorrow's Tech

Innovations like blockchain and the Internet of Things may still be evolving and reshaping the corporate landscape, but the threats related to these breakthrough technologies are already commonplace. This panel examines the risks that corporate cyber-defence teams must work to mitigate before investing and implementing new technologies.


  • Nate Lanxon

    European Technology Reporter and Editor, Bloomberg


9:55 am

Condoning Crypto: Estimating the Impact of Likely Regulation on Cryptocurrency Markets

As cryptocurrencies continue to grow in popularity as an asset class, the likelihood that governments and regulators will step in to protect consumers and prevent systemic risk is on the rise. While regulation would give these markets legitimacy, they could also prove limiting. How will cryptocurrency markets react if the exchanges are soon regulated, and what effect would reclassification as a financial asset have?



  • Sally Eaves

    CEO, Blockchain & AI Thought Leadership, Sustainable Asset Exchange (SAX), Forbes Technology Council

10:25 am

Presentation: Will Artificial Intelligence Revolutionise Pharma?


10:30 am

Pharma and the AI Transformation

AI is radically disrupting the pharmaceutical industry, as the availability of data transforms drug development and streamlines the supply chain and production process. We speak to executives in pharma to find out how they're collaborating with AI startups to revolutionise drug research, development and production.



11:00 am

Closing Remarks


Nate Lanxon

Bloomberg European Technology Reporter and Editor

Martin Shanahan

IDA Ireland CEO

Stephanie Baker

Bloomberg News Senior Writer

Robert Hannigan

BlueVoyant Europe; Former Director, GCHQ Chairman

Nicole Eagan

Darktrace CEO

Nour Al Ali

Bloomberg Dubai Editor

Sally Eaves

Sustainable Asset Exchange (SAX), Forbes Technology Council CEO, Blockchain & AI Thought Leadership

Ryan Radloff

CoinShares CEO

Dan Morgan

Ripple Head of Regulatory Relations, Europe

Jutta Steiner

Parity Technologies Co-Founder and CEO

Elizabeth Krutoholow

Bloomberg Intelligence Senior Healthcare Analyst - Specialist Pharma and Biotech

Andrew Hopkins

Exscientia Founder and CEO

Vishal Gulati

Draper Esprit Venture Partner


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