Programme 2018

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we went back to our roots, offering a much more streamlined programme with a focus on showcasing the life-changing technologies with which Oxfordshire is leading the way!

Taking our lead from the recent Science and Innovation Audit, we focussed on the four sectors of Autonomous Vehicles, Digital Health, Quantum Computing and Space.

The morning sessions offered an insight into the technologies behind the four cutting edge sectors, followed in the afternoon by a look at the applications currently envisaged. Some of the businesses working in these sectors shared their ideas and showcased new products.

To wrap it up, our closing panel discussion considered the implications and opportunities offered by these sectors – and make no mistake they will impact us all!  It truly is a revolution in progress and we are proud to be part of it.

For the young businesses in these sectors, our long-standing Pitching for Success competition took place. The competition offered young businesses the chance to pitch for funding, mentoring or skills, linked together with informative discussions from investor panels. Find out more about Pitching for Success and the winners here.

Morning Sessions

07:30 – 08:45

TechTonic Breakfast Session

Life-Hack solutions for better diversity

TechTonic, a network aimed at empowering, supporting and celebrating Oxfordshire’s women in the technology sector, has asked four successful women from Quantum Computing, Autonomous Vehicles, Space and Digital Health sectors to share their entrepreneurial stories and the top three solutions for succeeding in business. Join us and them for a breakfast session to get inspired, learn from one another, and to network with other inspirational women in Oxfordshire.

Location: Clerici Classroom CLC.1.02
Speakers: Holly Baldwin, Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes and Ilana Wisby

07:30 – 08:45

Breakfast Session

Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) Launch

Working with partners at Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford, OxLEP Business is pleased to launch our European Regional Development Funded (ERDF) Innovation Support for Business (ISfB) programme at Venturefest20. The ISfB official launch event will give you the opportunity to network over breakfast and introduce the support available to help you innovate and it includes a special keynote speaker.

Who should attend?
This session is aimed at entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who are looking to innovate. If you’d like to collaborate with a research institution or have an idea you’d like to commercialise and launch in the market – come along and see how we can support you to innovate.

Location: Clerici Learning Studio
Speaker: Phil Shadbolt

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome to Venturefest Oxford 2018

To celebrate our 20th anniversary we are going back to our roots and will be showcasing all the cutting edge technology and thinking that Oxfordshire is known for the world over. The brand new space at Brookes offers us unparalleled opportunities to put together a fantastic event.

Location: Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, Clerici Building
Speaker: Alistair Fitt

09:30 – 10:45

Pitching for Success

Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals.

The Investor Panel will include professional funding organisations; including speakers from crowd investment (Peer2Peer, equity, loans), venture capital and public sector funding.  Each panelist will give an overview of what they look for when investing or funding a company followed by Q&A with the audience.

After all the presentations are completed, the excitement continues as the audience votes to select a winning company. The two session winners will be announced at 15:45 and will be able to pitch again to the audience, who will decide the overall winner on the day for the £1,000 cash prize.

As well as the live pitches and investor panels, the companies from both sessions will be available in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre Foyer for networking.

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Panelists: David DennyJohn HoldenKat Perez and Matthew Wood
Pitching companies: Buzz Technology, GlyconicsLearning with Experts, Meteor Power,
MinfinityORO People SolutionsOxford Dynamic Consent, Schoenfeld Films,
Space Platform Technologies and Vitrue Health

11:00 – 12:00

AV – Oxbotica: Bits to Move Atoms

Oxbotica is a word leading autonomous vehicle software company. Its technology enables machines – and people – to robustly navigate, understand and act in their specific environments without relying on infrastructure such as GPS. Whether complete systems or individual components, its pioneering platform-agnostic technology can be integrated across multiple domains, from taxis to airports and warehouses to mines or even on Mars. Its autonomous control system, Selenium, enables vehicles to sense their environment, while Caesium is Oxbotica’s cloud-based fleet management system, that can schedule and co-ordinate fleets of autonomous vehicles. Oxbotica’s mission is to enable its customers to access, customise and integrate the world’s leading mobile autonomy IP into their own products. Paul is going to talk about how that’s possible and what comes next.

Location: Chakrabarti
Speaker: Paul Newman

11:00 – 12:00

Technologies underpinning Digital Health

Digital health is transforming healthcare across the whole patient pathway from prevention, through diagnosis and intervention, to ongoing monitoring across a broad range of care settings. At the heart of this transformation is the ability to analyse large datasets of information and through AI develop novel insights. The first session on digital health will look at some of the approaches underpinning this transformation, and explore their impact across clinical AI and imaging. This transformation is also opening up new ways of addresses innovation challenges within healthcare systems.

Location: Snow Room
Speakers: Steven HamblinNick de PenningtonNick Scott-Ram and Lionel Tarassenko

11:00 – 12:00

Building a quantum computer!

We are at the early dawn of a new age of discoveries that one day will change the world. A new type of computer, a quantum computer, is the key, harnessing the extraordinary properties of quantum physics to perform computations beyond our reach today. The UK is developing its own quantum processors that are complex to engineer. Join world-leading scientists and industry representatives to discover the different approaches the UK is taking in this exciting venture!

Location: Kennedy
Speakers: Peter LeekDavid LucasDominic O’Brien and Jason Smith

11:00 – 12:00

Space technologies to watch in 2019 and beyond

Oxfordshire has a key role to play in helping the UK space industry reach its target of 10% of the global space market by 2030. With 80 space organisations employing 800 people, Harwell Space Cluster is already home to many companies with leading edge, innovative space technology. This all female panel will highlight the technologies that are leading to step-changes in the UK space industry and let you know which companies to follow in 2019 and beyond.

Who should attend?  Anyone who wants to know more about the UK space sector the exciting developments within it and the innovative technologies that are changing the sector forever. The people you will be hearing from will be major players in the future of the space industry, so see them here first!

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Speakers: Shahida Barick, Joanna Hart, Rain Irshad, Elizabeth Seward and Shefali Sharma

Lunch

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch sponsored by Oxford Brookes

Lunch vouchers can be redeemed at the Terrace restaurant, the Deli and Cafe Central in John Henry Brookes building.

Afternoon Sessions

13:00 – 14:15

Pitching for Success

Pitching for Success will be to an audience that includes investors, support organisations and individuals.

The Investor Panel will include professional funding organisations; including speakers from crowd investment (Peer2Peer, equity, loans), venture capital and public sector funding.  Each panelist will give an overview of what they look for when investing or funding a company followed by Q&A with the audience.

After all the presentations are completed, the excitement continues as the audience votes to select a winning company. The two session winners will be announced at 15:45 and will be able to pitch again to the audience, who will decide the overall winner on the day for the £1,000 cash prize.

As well as the live pitches and investor panels, the companies from both sessions will be available in the John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre Foyer for networking.

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Panelists: Michael EleftheriouAndrea MicaSam Salih and Steve Silvey
Pitching companies: AcosityAmanda’s Cosmetics, Clipr Technologies, DognosticaFittever, OneCup, Oxford Digital Healthcare, OxyClot, Spottitt and Zelta Technologies

14:30 – 15:30

Towards Autonomous Mobility – a Local Authority Perspective

Oxfordshire is a hotbed of innovation: disruptive businesses and world-renown institutions, combined with a motorsports heritage, make the county a fertile ground for new mobility solutions, promising a variety of benefits. Yet, how can we transition to this bright future from the existing conditions and challenges (from aging society to potholes) while ensuring citizen safety and social equity?

Location: Chakrabarti
Speaker: George Economides

Humans learn from imitating other humans – from baby’s first steps to You-Tube DIY videos. What if robots could do the same?

This talk covers how advanced deep learning techniques can teach autonomous systems to perform complex human-like behaviours, using just 1 hour of (unlabelled) video data, and how we’re applying this to increasing the safety of self-driving cars.

Location: Chakrabarti
Speaker: Joao Messias (replacing Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes)

Digitising our world: photogrammetry and AV

With the emerging AR/VR market projected to be worth over $200bn by 2022, there is growing demand for a digital representation of the world we live in and our material culture.  This talk covers some of the exciting examples of how photogrammetry is being used in conjunction with remote vehicles as part of the monumental push to digitise our world.

Location: Chakrabarti
Speaker: Richard Allen

14:30 – 15:30

Digital Health Applications

In this session we will explore the different ways in which digital health technologies have been applied in product development and in the types of applications that are becoming available to patients, clinicians and healthcare providers. A series of leading developers will showcase their innovations to demonstrate the breadth and diversity of opportunity that digital health now offers, highlighting the vibrancy of the digital health sector across the region. Selected innovations span remote monitoring, imaging, digital therapies, mental health applications and autonomous conversation systems.

Location: Snow Room
Chair: Fred Kemp

Showcase Companies: 

14:30 – 15:30

How space-enabled applications are impacting daily life

For the UK space industry to reach its target of 10% of the global space market by 2030, many more space-enabled applications will need to be developed and adopted in the UK and beyond. Many of the 80 space organisations at the Harwell Space Cluster are already developing applications that will help companies save money and improve lives globally. This all female panel will highlight a few of these and the potential applications of the future in 2019 and beyond.

Who should attend?  Anyone who wants to know how the world around them is impacted by space and how space-enabled applications will drive the UK economy in the future. The speakers you will be hearing from will be major players in the future of the space industry, so see them here first!

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Speakers: Paulette ElliottLucy KennedyRegina Lally, Veronica La Regina and Roberta Mugellesi Dow

14:30 – 15:30

Quantum Applications

Quantum computing is in its infancy but developments have already given rise to start-up companies using quantum technologies in novel ways. These include Oxford Quantum Circuits, a new approach to scaling superconducting based qubits; Oxford HighQ, using microcavities for chemical sensing; and Verivin, analysing wine without opening the bottle! We also explore software innovations with NQIT, IBM Q and Cambridge Quantum Computing – on the challenges for programming quantum computers and developments in creating new quantum applications.

Location: Kennedy
Speakers: Niel de BeaudrapTim EllisonEvert GeurtsenIlyas KhanCecilia MuldoonJeremy Warren and Ilana Wisby

15:45 – 16:30

Pitching for Success: Final presentations, voting and winners announcement

The winners of the two pitching sessions from earlier in the day will pitch again for a chance to win the £1000 cash prize, voted for by the audience. All pitching companies will have the opportunity to win part of a prize package.

Voting is sponsored by ResponseCrowd.

Location: John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre

16:45 – 17:30

Closing Plenary: “Technology is cool, but you’ve got to use it as opposed to letting it use you” Prince

All day we will have been learning about the technologies behind our four sectors, and will have also explored the exciting range of applications that are or will be on offer. Now, to close our event, a diverse and knowledgeable panel of local business people and experts, led by Dr Matt Perkins for OUI, will consider the opportunities and, yes, challenges of these ground breaking sectors. We look forward to a lively and entertaining debate.

Location: Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, Clerici Building
Speakers: Rob Buckingham, Tim EllisonBarbara Ghinelli, Sarah HaywoodMatt Perkins and Phil Southall

17:45 – 19:30

Enterprise Awards

The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards, in partnership with Venturefest Oxford, recognise and celebrate success in innovation and enteprise across our region. This year the Enterprise Awards categories are:

  • Triteq Young Entrepreneur Award
  • Advanced Oxford Technology Breakthrough Award
  • Barclays Award for Innovation
  • The Oxford Trust Outstanding Achievement Award

The Award ceremony will be celebrated with a drinks and bowl food reception, sponsored by Marks & Clerk, at The Terrace, Oxford Brookes University, on 12th September, where the winners will be announced.

The Enterprise Awards is an invite only event. If you have any queries on the event, please email Georgina Matthews or Jude Eades.
Location: The Terrace

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