Wednesday, 29 January 2020

A new Decade - A new Name - A new Conference

Tommy Flowers Network
A new decade a new name. The Tommy Flowers Institute is evolving!

We launched 4 years ago with the mission statement of ‘bridging the gap between the ICT Industry and UK Academia to help produce research leaders of the future’. 

Now the ‘Tommy Flowers Institute’ will become ‘Tommy Flowers Network’ and we’ll expand our remit to bring you Thought Leadership and other exciting events alongside our conferences.

We’re growing into a network of likeminded people and institutions working for a greater good.  We want to build upon that and with your continued support we can continue to create something really special we can be incredibly proud of.

Creating Value for Economies:
Collaborate – Innovate – Educate

Our next conference explores the impact of the ecosystem that we are building. We will discuss existing success stories with academia and industry.  Via a poster event, we will be celebrating our young researchers, positioning their work within this vibrant world of Technology and Innovation.

We will encourage collaboration throughout the conference with our young researchers, experienced strategists and successful entrepreneurs, by pushing new ideas, providing sound advice and sparking new innovations.

The conference takes place at Adastral Park, on 24th - 25th March 2020, with a dinner on the evening of Tuesday 24th.  There are no fees to attend the conference.
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If you are a post graduate researcher or early career researcher, in either academia or industry, or know of any who would be interested in entering our poster event please sign up here or share the following information with them:

Tommy Flowers Network Needs You!
Posters required for our next conference!

At the next Tommy Flowers Network Conference, looking at ‘Creating Value for Economies: Collaborate-Innovate-Educate’, we want to celebrate and showcase early career researcher’s work in this vibrant world of Technology and Innovation.

Would you like to showcase your work to business, academia and fellow researchers? 

Then please enter our free Poster event which will take place on 24th March 2020. Here are a few guidelines:
  • Entrants can come from any discipline - as long as there is an angle to ICT and communications. 
  • Entrants can come from any type of organisation, including both industry and academia
  • Posters can be re-used from a previous event.
  • Entrants need to attend day one of the conference on 24th March 2020, where they will have the opportunity to present their posters in an informal environment.
  • Entrants attend the free evening dinner on 24th March 2020, where awards will be presented.
  • Entrants are very welcome to attend day two of the conference on 25th March 2020

Student Poster Deadlines:
  • Extended Submission: 25th February 2020: Submission of Poster Abstracts are due by close of play, via this URL.
  • 26th February 2020: Notification of Poster Abstract Acceptance
  • 4th March 2020: Submission of Poster Draft for Review
  • 6th March 2020: Confirmation of Poster accepted
  • 10th March 2020: Submission of final Poster
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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Thank you for a fantastic 2019!

What a year it has been!
Now that it is coming to a close we would like to say 'Thank You!' to all our supporters and give you some news bites before soon we go into holidays.

We will have a new name next year. 'Tommy Flowers Institute' will become 'Tommy Flowers Network', because that is what we are: A network of likeminded people and institutions working for a greater good! So, we might look a bit different next year, but we still are the same team and we still follow our vision.

We had a great conference season 2019. The 'Future of Transport', as well as 'Healthy Longevity' have been well received, and we all took a lot away to think about more. We now have published the slide decks and the coms briefs. So, please have a little browse through our brand new Downloads page. Some slide decks however, we cannot publish, they were not suitable for public sharing.

And we have decided on the Spring 2020 conference with the title 'Creating value for the UK economy: Collaborate - Innovate - Educate'. We are looking for post graduate researchers to contribute posters and short presentations of their work, we will enable a lot of networking, true to our new name, and we will have fantastic speakers, as we always do.

On this note the team wishes a very Merry Christmas and we are looking forward to seeing you 2020!

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Adele Chaplin speaking at 'Healthy Longevity', 15th-16th October 2019

It is with great joy that we announce that we have Adele Chaplin speaking at our conference on 'Healthy Longevity' taking place at Adastral Park on 15th and 16th October 2019.

Adele Chaplin is an accredited Humanist Funeral celebrant, conducting non-religious funeral services around East Anglia and the United Kingdom.  Before working as a celebrant, Adele was a web site developer and content creator for companies such as the BBC, Aviva and The National Archives, but having taken 10 years out to raise her family, she decided to take the opportunity to re-train in a different field.  Now Adele works full time as a celebrant, crafting unique memorable services, both for those who have experienced a bereavement, but also for those who want to plan their ceremony in advance – either due to a life limiting condition, or just because they are organised!  She has also signed up to The Funeral Celebrant Accord, a newly developed set of criteria which defines what a good celebrant is.   Adele also chairs the Ipswich and Felixstowe Death Café’s, hoping to bring a new level of death acceptance to Suffolk, and removing some of society’s taboos around death and dying.  Adele firmly believes that the way to live a good life is to prepare for a good death and is happy to facilitate anyone who feels the same way.  Outside of celebrancy, Adele volunteers at her son’s school as a librarian, is Welfare officer of Ipswich Judo Club, and currently helps with her local cub pack. 


“Living your best life by preparing for a digital death”.  Adele will be speaking about how we can best prepare for the management of our online presence after our death.  From Facebook memorialisation to online banking passwords, digital books of remembrance to handling a deceased person’s email account, Adele will provide ideas, help and guidance, giving you much to think about for the management of your own digital estate.  Adele will also talk about the rising demand for technology within the funeral industry, such as online streaming, music on demand and other digital services, and as part of this, she will give you the opportunity to think about, and record, what your wishes might be for your own funeral.

Fun Fact!

As a student, Adele used to live in a cupboard – this was before Harry Potter made it cool!

Please register for the conference here.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Rob Collinridge speaking at 'Healthy Longevity', 15th-16th October 2019

We are exited to have Rob Collingridge, CEO of Smartisant, speaking at our conference on 'Healthy Longevity', taking place at Adastral Park, Ipswich on 15th and 16th October 2019.

Rob Collingridge graduated from Portsmouth University in 1989 with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and joined BT in 1989 to working on real-time speech-interactive systems. He worked on BT's first Internet services and has worked on many of BT Consumer's services over the years.  In his last 10 years in BT, Rob was an Innovation Consultant bringing new concepts to market for BT and its customers.  Rob was one of the main advocates for smart home technology within BT.

Rob started building his own smart home from scratch in 2008 to deliver the quality user experience he was after, writing the software and building the hardware elements where they were not readily available. Smartisant Ltd was formed in 2009 to progress his innovative and visionary approach and his smart home has now evolved in to something extremely powerful.

Rob left BT in December 2018 to focus on his role as Managing Director at Smartisant, with a focus on delivering intelligent assisted living for all.  Smartisant aims to deliver the building blocks and intelligence to enable homes, offices and other spaces to become smart, whilst respecting privacy and providing the best possible user experience.

Smart home technology is a growing in popularity around the world but struggle by the major players to own market share is resulting in a disjointed and baffling technology experience for many, with many products and services having a short lifetime. 

The presentation will show how more intelligent application of technology can deliver intelligent assisted living for all in a more sustainable and cost-effective manner.  It will cover the many benefits of intelligent assisted living and show how the contextual smart home and a more user-centric approach to technology deployment improves privacy and provides a great user experience that works for everyone.

Please register for the conference here.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Tina Woods, speaking at 'Healthy Longevity', 15th-16th October 2019

It is with great delight that we are announcing that Tina Woods, CEO and founder of Collider Health will be speaking at our conference on 'Healthy Longevity', taking place at Adastral Park, Ipswich on 15th/16th October 2019.

Tina Woods is CEO and Founder of Collider Health, a health innovation catalyst working with organisations in both private and public sectors to accelerate innovation and transform health with sustainable impact at scale. 

Tina is an ecosystem architect and builds collaborative networks and strategic partnerships to facilitate smart investment. Collider Health currently works with AXA health insurer on their corporate innovation programme Health Tech & You, with a focus on consumer-driven preventative health technology.

Tina and her team at Collider Health also work with NHS X and the National AHSN Network to build the AI ecosystem for the NHS and is also involved in consortia development for the Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund with UK Research & Innovation. 

Tina is also CEO and Co-founder of Longevity International, that runs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity and CEO & Founder of Collider Science, that aims to inspire young people in science and technology and equip them with the skills for the future.

Tina will be speaking on 'The Hype, the Hope and the How of Living Longer Better'.

Please register for the conference here.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Hazel Harrison speaking at 'Healthy Longevity', 15-16th October 2019

We are absolutely delighted to have Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist and founder of 'Think Avellana' as speaker at our conference on 'Healthy Longevity taking place at Adastral Park on 15th - 16th October 2019.

Dr Hazel Harrison set up ThinkAvellana with a mission to bring psychology out of the clinic and into workplaces and schools. Harnessing her belief that prevention is better than cure, she develops and delivers keynotes and training workshops on a range of wellbeing and mental health topics.

These include ‘How to build resilience’, ‘The upside of stress’, ‘Mindfulness matters’, ‘Learning from failure’, ‘How to recognise and apply your strengths’ and ‘The science of happiness’.

She’s worked with the BBC, Daily Mail Group, Fremantle, Royal Ballet School, Saatchi & Saatchi, and The Times. Her local clients include Birketts, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, East of England Co-Op, Howes Percival plus numerous primary and secondary schools and colleges.

Hazel completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Media at Leeds University before completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of East Anglia. After graduating, she worked in the NHS for 13 years and specialised in helping children and families.

Hazel lives in Suffolk with her husband and two children, who frequently tell her they’re the only ones at school without a dog or any other pet. Hazel would love to have a Labrador or Beagle one day but is less inclined to give a lizard a home.

To find out more about Hazel and ThinkAvellana, read this East Anglian ‘Business East Monthly’ magazine article or visit

The demand on mental health services is increasing and the need for support far outweighs the resources available. In this context, how can we take care of our mental health as we age? How can digital technologies enhance our wellbeing and what solutions can they offer to the mental health crisis? In this keynote, Dr Hazel Harrison, will address several areas of wellbeing and look at the digital solutions already being developed that may play a crucial role in ageing positively.

Fun Fact!
Hazel just became a Suffolk county champion in the Suffolk 10K 2019 road race.

Please register for the conference here

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Autumn Conference 2019 - Healthy Longevity

Opportunities of an Ageing Society

New Date: 15th - 16th October 2019

We would like to invite you to the next Tommy Flowers Institute Conference taking place from 15th - 16th October 2019, at Adastral Park, Ipswich. Please visit our events page as well, where we will publish the agenda and further information as we go along with planning.

Are you ready for the upcoming Tommy Flowers Institute conference on Healthy Longevity? 

Over the course of two days we’ll look at how we can exploit and innovate to the maximum so we explore and proactively address a number of key areas for what is described as ‘the UK’s greatest societal opportunity’. We’re delighted to announce speakers including

Within the UK, it is expected there will be 16.9 million people aged 65 or over by 2035 accounting for almost one in four of the population.  We are undergoing a fundamental change to our age structure, many people are having fewer children and living longer lives and as a result the average age of our society is on the increase.
This shift in structure isn’t just isolated to the UK, reports indicate nearly half the world’s nations have total fertility rates (TFR) below the replacement level of just over two children per women.  By 2050 the world’s TFR could potentially fall below replacement levels resulting in an older population demographic worldwide.

We would be delighted if you could join us for our 7th conference where we will explore what is described as ‘the UK’s greatest societal opportunity’.

Over the course of two days we’ll look at how we can exploit and innovate to the maximum so we can adapt to this change in demographic.  Subjects will cover impacts to society, economy and work, mental health and wellbeing, fitness advances to keep us healthier for longer and technology that will allow us to live in our own homes longer.’
Please look out for further details on our social media streams as we build out our agenda, places are allocated on a first come first serve basis therefore please register as soon as possible if you would like to attend this event. 

Becoming a member of Tommy Flowers Institute will keep you informed of future events and projects.