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An opportunity for industry leaders to discuss their thoughts on how novel technologies and trends could affect industries, businesses and society in the coming decades.

With so much rapid change in the world today, there is an increasing appetite across the industry, Government and beyond to be better prepared for the future ahead.

Innovate UK, in conjunction with Innovate UK KTN, is launching an exciting new series of events, different from anything you may have seen from the UK’s Innovation Agency before!

In these events Jonathan Mitchener, Innovate UK’s Futurist and Innovation Lead for Horizon Scanning, will run a dynamic session giving glimpses of a variety of possible technology-driven future scenarios.

This will be followed by a workshop in which you and your fellow industry leaders will discuss your thoughts on how these novel technologies and trends could affect industries, businesses and society in the coming decades. You will walk away with new foresight into potential opportunities and challenges for the future of your business.

The events are aimed at business leaders who have strategic responsibility for forward thinking and change, from all industry sectors of the economy. Initial events in the series will trial a cross-sector approach, though it is possible that sector specific events could follow if demand exists.

Come and explore what the future may hold for you, your organisation, and your customers and suppliers, and help guide the future of UK innovation!

Delivered by

Jonathan Mitchener | Futurist and Innovation Lead, Horizon Scanning

Jonathan joined Innovate UK (then Technology Strategy Board) in August 2011, as Lead Technologist for Information and Communications Technology (ICT), to drive investment in research and innovation across UK companies. A first-class honour graduate in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in 1988, he undertook a wide range of roles in more than twenty years with BT including research, systems deployment, and technology and management consultancy, before becoming their futurologist.

Subsequently he ran his own independent futures consultancy business helping clients across all sectors understand the impacts of future disruptive change on their organisations. He has travelled extensively to speak to, inspire and provoke a range of audiences on technology topics, and has also written for many journals and magazines and appeared on radio and television. He uses his wide experience to help advise organisations on successful innovation, and currently leads on emerging technologies, horizon scanning, and the unique Analysis for Innovators programme at Innovate UK.


You will only need to select 1 workshop to attend

  • 31st January | 14:00-16:00
  • 21st February | 14:00-16:00
  • 28th March | 14:00-16:00