Agenda BlueTech Forum 2019.

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Day 1 - Wednesday, 5th June 2019

16.00: Experience the Botanical Kew Gardens - Networking Garden Tour

Enjoy a guided tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train and learn about Kew's flora and fauna, historic buildings and vital conservation work, all the while bonding with your peers in the most exciting and casual atmosphere! Since the 18th century, the Botanic Gardens of Kew have been closely associated with scientific and economic exchanges established throughout the world in the field of botany, and this is visually reflected in the richness of its collections. The tour passes iconic landscape and architectural features of the gardens, as well as the gardens house botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) which have been considerably enriched through the centuries. Since their creation in 1759, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.

18.30: Opening Networking Reception - Three Course Standing Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful Three Course Standing Dinner in the Kew's Nash Conservatory. The Nash Conservatory is the oldest of the 19th century glasshouses at Kew. Originally built in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, this classic conservatory now provides a unique and versatile space event space for both daytime and evening events.

Income from all events held at Kew Gardens support Kew’s vital conversation, education and research programmes. We are proud to host BlueTech Forum 2019 in this historical and unique venue.

Day 2 - Thursday, 6th June 2019

07.30: Networking Finger / Fork Buffet Breakfast

Start the day by connecting with your peers over some freshly roasted coffee or English tea in the Nash Conservatory. BlueTech's team will be ready to welcome you and assist you in making those valuable business introductions.

08.30: Chairman's Opening Address

Paul O’Callaghan, CEO, BlueTech Research

Paul will provide an introduction to this year's Forum before diving into the highlights from recent research reports on fast-growth niche markets, rapidly evolving technology areas, and emerging crises and market drivers.

08.50: Thought Leadership Roundtables

Our thought leadership roundtable sessions are facilitated by our Technology Assessment Group (TAG), BlueTech Research Analysts and industry experts.

Moderators will provide brief introductory primers on their topic followed by a facilitated discussion. We will also invite “conversation starters” to each of the tables to ensure a lively debate and discussion.

These bite-size interactive briefings will provide intelligence in an easy-to-digest format, setting the stage for informed discussions throughout the day, and will allow you to interact with fellow delegates.

Each topic will have 4 rotations, allowing you to join the 4 most relevant discussions to you.

Topics will be announced shortly.

10.20: Networking Coffee Break
10.50: Keynote Address

Michael Pawlyn is an architect and innovator who has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry. He established his firm Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy.

Prior to setting up Exploration Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that designed the Eden Project. Regularly booked as a keynote speaker on innovation, his TED talk has had over 1.8 million viewings and his book Biomimicry in Architecture has been RIBA Publications’ best-selling title. Michael Pawlyn jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the latest version of which was opened by the King of Jordan in 2017.

11.05: Innovation Showcase Roundtables

12 Innovation Showcase companies will have 1 minute to pitch their technology and convince you they are the new breakthrough.

Practical case studies will introduce delegates to the technology concept, its value proposition, the problem it solves, the influencers on the choice of technology, the experience gained during implementation, and the impact on the future rollout.

Showcase companies will be announced shortly.

12.45: Networking Lunch - Two Course Fork Buffet Lunch

Network with your colleagues in the lawn of Kew Gardens over a Two Course Fork Buffet Lunch.

14.00: Keynote Address: Nick Jeffries, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Nick works in the Insight and Analysis team of the Foundation, a group of scientists, engineers and other technical specialists, that aim to provide evidence of the benefits of a circular economy and insights into the transition pathways. He currently manages the case study resource and in doing so attempts to answer the question - what does the circular economy look like in reality?

14.25: End User Innovation Needs Roundtables

An interactive roundtable discussion where industrial and utility end-users will be invited to identify key innovation challenges in their businesses, opportunities, and required solutions.

This presents a unique and exciting opportunity for delegates to showcase their technological advances to C-Suite executives in an interactive roundtable discussion setting. Listen to the presented case studies and engage in a sharing of knowledge and best-practice solutions.

2019 participating companies will be announced shortly.

A glance at 2018 End-User Innovation Needs Roundtable host companies:

16.00: Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
16.45: Closing Keynote Address

David Sedlak is the Plato Malozemoff Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Water Center and Deputy Director of the NSF engineering research center for Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). He has over 25 years of research experience studying water quality and urban water systems. He has served on the USEPA’s Science Advisory Board for Drinking Water as well as the State of California’s Expert Advisory Panel for Direct Potable Water Reuse. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and recipient of numerous awards including the Paul Busch Award for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research and the Clarke Prize for Excellence in Water Research. Sedlak is the author of Water 4.0: The Past, Present and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource and serves as editor-in-chief of the ACS journal, Environmental Science & Technology.

17.00: BlueTech Innovation Awards Ceremony

Companies taking part in the Innovation Showcase will receive nominations and votes from the Technology Assessment Group (TAG) members to win one of two BlueTech Awards: Best Technology Innovation Award and Best Market Strategy.

17.15: Closing remarks
17.30: Closing Food & Cocktail Reception

After a full day of intensive networking and insightful discussions this closing food & drinks reception gives you the perfect chance to relax and connect with your peers in a casual setting

Enjoy delicious local artisan produce such as roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, quail's eggs, Scottish smoked salmon, bangers & mash, wines and local craft beers - a perfect wrap-up for the day.

All Day: 1-1 Networking Meetings

We emphasise the importance of networking and forging new business relationships with other attendees in a 1-to-1 setting throughout the BlueTech Forum event. Closer to the event you will gain access to our full delegate list so you can pre-arrange private meetings and allocate your precious time to connect with the most valuable contacts.