Cambridge Tech Week at Home Grown 

Thursday, 1st August 2024, 6.30pm 

Ahead of Cambridge Tech Week in September, join us for an exclusive spinoff event in London!

In light of the recent election results, we’ll discuss the critical role of Deep Tech Science and Technology centres, such as Cambridge, as key enablers for the growth of UK GDP. Our distinguished panel of experts will provide their perspectives on leveraging the strengths of these innovation powerhouses to propel economic advancement.

Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large at TechCrunch (Moderator)
Mike Butcher

Mike Butcher (M.B.E.) is Editor-at-large of TechCrunch. He has written for UK national newspapers and magazines and been named one of the most influential people in European technology by Wired UK. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Web Summit, and DLD. He has interviewed Tony Blair, Dmitry Medvedev, Kevin Spacey, Lily Cole, Pavel Durov, Jimmy Wales, and many other tech leaders and celebrities. Mike is a regular broadcaster, appearing on BBC News, Sky News, CNBC, Channel 4, Al Jazeera, and Bloomberg.

He has also advised UK Prime Ministers and the Mayor of London on tech startup policy, as well as being a judge on The Apprentice UK. GQ magazine named him one of the 100 Most Connected Men in the UK. He is the co-founder of newsletter; (the Annual European Tech Startup Conference & Awards for 12 years); and the non-profits, and He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2016 for services to the UK technology industry and journalism.

Chris Bruce, Chair of the CTW24 Steering Committee & Board Member, Cambridge Wireles

An international business executive with over 30 years experience of leading growth businesses in wireless, internet and cloud sectors, including CEO BT Openzone Wi-Fi; Chair of the Wireless Broadband Alliance; MD and Board Director, GlobalReach Technology: and other roles in BT and Ericsson.

Chris is now a strategic consultant to wireless vendors and operators offering advice and delivering projects to enhance Go To Market results. Chris is NED Chairman, Handshakr, bringing together large corporates and smaller innovators and SVP Sentient building wireless networks in Japan.

Chris has a passion for innovation and growth and has supported start-ups and scale-ups as a mentor in accelerator programmes focused on Smart Cities, IoT, Blockchain and Authentication.

(More speakers to follow)

18.00 Registration and networking
18.30 MC introduction and welcome – Mike Butcher
18.40 Cambridge Tech Week – Chris Bruce
18.50 Panel discussion – How can Science and Technology centres such as Cambridge become a driver of economic growth for the UK
19.45 Q&A
20.00 Networking
20.30 Close

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