Inspiration unlocks the future

Programme     Speakers     FAQs

Join us live online for a one-day event that will shine a light on ideas that have the potential to disrupt and change the way we do things, through a series of innovative and insightful talks.

Hear about swarm robotics, transformative healthcare technologies, the latest in wireless communications and much more.

The entire Fast Forward conference will be available to view live or on-demand.

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If you’re watching live online, we will be taking questions for the speakers via both Twitter and Facebook. Get involved and join the conversation!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IETengfest.

Programme and broadcast schedule

         
         
 

09:15

REGISTRATION

   
         
         
 

09:50

HOST’S WELCOME

ROB BELL, TV Presenter, Broadcaster, Adventurer, Engineer, Thrill Seeker

ROB BELL  
         
         
 

10:00

AN OPTIMIST’S TOUR OF THE FUTURE

MARK STEVENSON, entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation

Mark Stevenson  
         
         
 

10:30

BIG DATA IN HEALTH - WHEN BIAS KILLS

MAXINE MACKINTOSH, Co-founder of OneHealthTech, which promotes under-represented groups in health innovation

Maxine Mackintosh  
         
         
 

11:00

BREAK AND GROUND FLOOR EXHIBITION

Plus live coverage of the Fast Forward Conference plus updates from our IET.TV studio on all of the activities happening throughout the building

   
         
         
 

11:30

CREATIVE COMPUTERS

DALE LANE, Developer for IBM working on Watson

Silhoutte  
         
         
 

12:00

5G AND THE INTERNET OF SKILLS

MISCHA DOHLER, Wireless Communications expert, cross-disciplinary innovator, smart city pioneer, pianist and composer, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

MISCHA DOHLER  
         
         
 

12:30

IET PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION AWARDS

   
         
         
 

12:45

LUNCH AND EXHIBITIONS

Featuring ESCAPE, the Riverside and ground floor exhibitions and Photography Competition exhibition

Plus live coverage from our IET.TV studio on all of the activities happening throughout the building

   
 

12:45 - 13:30

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION EXHIBITION

Held in the Mountbatten Room

Photography Competition  
 

13:00 - 13:30

ESCAPE

Meet and ask questions with some of the participants in Channel 4’s Escape

Held in the Kelvin Theatre

ESCAPE  
         
         
 

14:00

SELF REPAIRING CITIES

MARK MIODOWNIK, Author of the bestselling Stuff Matters and presenter of shows including Materials and Chef vs. Science

MARK MIODOWNIK  
         
         
 

14:30

GETTING HUMANITY TO MARS

BAS LANSDORP, CEO, Mars One, and a man on a mission to establish a human settlement on the Red planet

Bas Lansdorp  
         
         
 

15:00

BREAK

   
         
         
 

15:30

CREATIVITY IN ENGINEERING

HAIYAN ZHANG, Innovation director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, designer, technologist, inventor and maker of things

HAIYAN ZHANG  
         
         
 

16:00

PANEL: Future of virtual assistant technology

Panellists:
WILLIAM TUNSTALL-PEDOE, Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur
DANIELE MAGAZZENI, Researcher in artificial intelligence planning and model checking
JULIE McCANN, Expert in adaptive computing and wireless sensor networks

Host:
ROB BELL

Questions set by children attending EngVentures and the Fast Forward audience

Rob BellWilliam Tunstall-PedoeDaniele MagazzeniJulie McCann  
         
         
 

16:45

CLOSING COMMENTS

   
         
         
 

17:00

SHOWOFF ENGINEERS – BEERS AND TECHNICAL HUMOUR

In the Engineers’ Arms (Maxwell Library)
Supported by the IET London Local Network
Cash bar (18+ only)

Over 18  
         
         
 

18:00

CLOSE OF FAST FORWARD CONFERENCE

   
         
         

Speakers
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ROB BELL

ROB BELL

TV Presenter, Broadcaster, Adventurer, Engineer, Thrill Seeker

 
       
       
 

Mark Stevenson

MARK STEVENSON

Entrepreneur, author, broadcaster and expert on global trends and innovation

 
       
       
 

Maxine Mackintosh

MAXINE MACKINTOSH

Co-founder of OneHealthTech, which promotes under-represented groups in health innovation

Maxine is the co-founder of One HealthTech – a community which champions and supports underrepresented groups in health innovation, particularly women, to be the future leaders in healthcare.

She does this alongside a data science PhD in London where she is mining medical records for new predictors of dementia.

Her professional work has led her to the Royal Society, Roche, L’Oreal, Department for International Development, and NHS England.

She is part of a number of communities and committees including the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, the British Computer Society and the Digital Health Forum.

 
       
       
 

Maxine Mackintosh

DALE LANE

Developer for IBM working on Watson

Dale joined the development team for IBM Watson in early 2011, as the work started to transition Watson from a Research project demonstrated on a quiz show to a commercial solution ready for industry.

He spent several years working on large-scale bespoke applications of Watson in industries such as healthcare.

More recently, he has spent the last few years working on transforming Watson into a developer-friendly platform on the cloud that enables developers to embed AI capabilities in their own apps and solutions.

 
       
       
 

Mischa Dohler

MISCHA DOHLER

Wireless Communications expert, cross-disciplinary innovator, smart city pioneer, pianist and composer, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor in Wireless Communications, King’s College London

Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts.

He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.

 
       
       
 

Mark Miodownik

MARK MIODOWNIK

Author of the bestselling Stuff Matters and presenter of shows including Materials and Chef vs. Science

Professor of Materials and Society, UCL

Mark is a materials engineer and Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group.

Mark received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK.

For more than ten years he has championed materials research that links the arts and humanities to medicine, engineering and materials science.

This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making where he is Director and runs the research programme. His current research interests are animate materials, innovative manufacturing, and sensoaesthetic materials.

 
       
       
 

Bas Lansdorp

BAS LANSDORP

CEO, Mars One, and a man on a mission to establish a human settlement on the Red planet

Bas Lansdorp is an entrepreneur with a passion for ambitious projects. He is co-founder and CEO of Mars One, the Dutch foundation that aims to land the first human on Mars in 2032.

Lansdorp abandoned his PhD research in wind energy at Delft University of Technology to start his first company, Ampyx Power.

Ampyx Power develops a novel, cheaper than coal, method of wind energy generation. Lansdorp then sold part of his shares in Ampyx Power to finance the start of Mars One.

Now, just three years later, Mars One is one of the established names in the world of space exploration. Mars One aims to send its first unmanned demonstration mission to Mars in 2022 and recently announced.

 
       
       
 

HAIYAN ZHANG

HAIYAN ZHANG

Innovation director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, designer, technologist, inventor and maker of things

Haiyan Zhang is a designer, technologist and maker of things. She is Innovation Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Inventing cutting-edge technology to enable new "Connected Play" experiences. She is also an inventor appearing in the BBC documentary, Big Life Fix.

In her 18-year career in the Technology sector, Haiyan has worked hands-on in software engineering, user experience, hardware R&D, service design, Cloud platforms, design thinking and blue-sky envisioning.

She continues to push on the boundaries where technology can transform people's lives for the better.

 
       
       
 

WILLIAM TUNSTALL-PEDOE

WILLIAM TUNSTALL-PEDOE

William is an entrepreneur with a particular focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI). He most notably founded the UK start-up Evi (formerly True Knowledge) which specialised in natural language understanding and automatic question-answering. After seven years as a venture capital backed business, the technology and team was acquired by Amazon in 2012 to create Amazon Alexa. Following acquisition, William held a senior product role in the team that defined, built and launched Alexa and Amazon Echo (the first Alexa device).

Alexa is perhaps one of the hottest consumer technology products of the last few years and has shown the path to a future where everyone routinely interacts with technology using voice. Since making the difficult decision to leave Amazon in 2016, William has been helping many other AI start-ups as a mentor, adviser and investor including being a fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, a Toronto based incubator which helped around 50 AI startups in the last year.

He also once got a lot of press for calculating that April 11th 1954 was the most boring day in recent history.

Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneur

 
       
       
 

DANIELE MAGAZZENI

DANIELE MAGAZZENI

Researcher in artificial intelligence planning and model checking

 
       
       
 

JULIE McCANN

JULIE McCANN

Expert in adaptive computing and wireless sensor networks

 
       
       
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