IM Companies Contribute To The Success Of The Inaugural Tommy Flowers Institute Conference

April 4, 2017

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Future working practices and the relationship between humans and machines were among topics that lit up the first Tommy Flowers Institute (TFI) conference.

​Based at Adastral Park, the institute that was launched last year aims to be a major UK centre by 2020 for developing future leaders in ICT research.

Howard Watson CEO Technology, Service & Operations, BT, says: “The Tommy Flowers Institute brings together the UK’s ICT industry and academia to develop research leaders for the challenges facing the ICT sector, ensuring that the UK can sustain a world-leading knowledge economy.”   It wants to help ICT researchers combine technical expertise with an understanding of business needs.

The three-day conference gathered people from leading UK universities including Cambridge, Bristol and York, TechEast and was supported by  companies  from the within  Innovation Martlesham cluster who gave  either Key Note Speeches or took part in panel sessions.

Innovation Martlesham (IM) provides many collaborative opportunities for our members.  By working with the Tommy Flowers Institute not only are our companies able to put forward projects to students to help with business challenges, but it also gives the IM Community access to bright minds, opportunities to engage with a large number of students and have excellent collaborative opportunities in one place.  Being part of TFI enables even the smallest of IM Company to impact the ICT industry and be as powerful and flexible as large corporates.

Andy Rogers, Founder and CEO of Rokker, said “being part of this event gave us a valuable forum to connect with the academic research community and start to establish more formal ways we could engage”.

“A big problem for small companies is access to the latest thinking in academia on technological developments.  The TFI provides an excellent opportunity to address this.  The event itself significantly exceeded my expectations and reflected the quality of the attendees from both academia and industry.  OXEMS has made some good contacts raising the potential of collaboration projects in the future”, said Kevin Gooding, Founder, VP Operations.

Fraser Burton, Head of University Partnerships, BT says: “This conference has been a spectacular success. It’s brought together local and central government, local and global businesses. Plus the very best postgraduate researchers and academics.”

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