Type: TFN Conference and Call for Poster

As the situation around Covid-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, BT is stepping up precautionary safety measures to keep everyone safe. With that in mind, we’re letting you know that unfortunately we have taken the decision to cancel the Tommy Flowers Network Conference on 24-25th March.

Apologies for any inconvenience the cancellation has caused

Please look out for more information in the coming weeks about future conferences and thought leadership events.


Type: TFI Conference

 Healthy Longevity

Date: 15th - 16th October 2019
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:30 AM
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday, 15th October'19
Fees: none

Conference report (pdf)

Opportunities of an Ageing Society

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.
Plese download our conference report


Type: TFI Conference

 The Future of Transport

Date: 5th - 6th March 2019
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:30 AM both days
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday 5th
Fees: none

Road - Sea - Air - Space - Individual - Goods - Economy - Ecology - Ethics

Transport these days is not just getting into a car or an airplane for a trip, or loading a container on a lorry.

IoT interconnects everything with everything and enables ways of transport never imagined before.

Blockchains enable new ways of authentication and new technologies from autonomous driving via drones and modern Zepplins.

The type of personal transport through the centuries always was an expression of status, whether walking barefoot or in shoes, riding a horse or a mule, driving a cart or a carriage, or in this modern world the choice of brand of car. Yet, will we be able to afford individual transport as we know it in the future.

We will have key industry, government and academic speakers discussing the problems we face now and in the future, state of the art technologies, and a vision of the future. And we will give our audience the opportunity to dive into solution mode with a real world problem and the chance to question and network our experts. Please see the draft agenda below.

Registration for this conference is now closed.

Type: TFI Conference

 Repurposed Innovation Mash-UP

Date: 18th - 19th September
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:30 AM both days
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday 18th
Fees: none

To stay in the lead, industries need to innovate. Although we are in the telecoms sector, innovation and new ideas can be found anywhere. But why so often don’t we see the opportunities which are right in front of our eyes? Can we actively change how we look at innovation? What can we learn from existing examples of 'Repurposed Innovation‘? 

We will be looking at how ideas from different industry sectors can be unexpectedly applicable in the ICT sector. The agenda will mix up industry and academic experts, drawing upon unexpected technologies. Here are just a few of the confirmed mashups:
  • Hitachi will talk about IoT applied to agritech, medtech and more
  • Techmahindra will talk about neuroscience applied to AI
  • Open University will talk about blockchain applied to education
  • Bristol Robotics Lab will talk about soft robots that could be used in telecom ducts
  • TDS will demo a tethered drone system that can be used in emergency situations
  • And we will have speakers from the UK Government's Satellite and Digital Catapults
Registration for this conference is now closed.

Type: TFI Conference

The Future of TV
Date: 6th - 7th March
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Start: 09:30 AM both days
Drinks & Dinner: Tuesday 6th
Fees: none

In order to successfully peek into the future one must understand the past. Have you ever been asked what sort of television you had when you were young, in order to guess your age? Throughout history television has been redefined ... read more 

Registration for this conference is closed now!

Type: TFI Conference

Security & Trust
How to empower and protect all users
Date: 26th - 27th September 2017
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

As ICT becomes an increasingly central part of society, the ICT industry must protect our customers and ourselves - from deliberate external and internal attacks and from both external events and unintended internal accidents. Technology can empower users so that they can protect themselves and their data, but these new capabilities can in turn enable new kinds of attack, or have unintended consequences, so there is constant evolution across technology, user behaviour, and the perception of human rights.

Users need to trust the underlying infrastructure in order to make full use of it, and maintaining users’ trust requires a credible track-record of secure operation, when the technology base is constantly evolving. So the ICT industry itself needs to be able to trust the AI and other mechanisms we are using to manage and protect our infrastructure.




Type: TFI Conference
Comms Brief of 'Converged User Experience' conference

Converged User Experience
How to deliver the connectivity and performance required

Date: 13th - 14th June 2017
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE
Fixed, mobile and IoT (Internet of Things) infrastructures are coming together as technology evolves, but it is the user who remains the point at which all this technology truly converges. It is the experience of the user that matters. Network engineering and data science combine in order to serve the users' need to communicate with each other wherever and whenever, to be entertained, and to control their environment on the switch of a button. 
The ICT industry faces and ongoing challenge to cost-effectively deliver the connectivity and the performance required.

  • High profile speakers from industry and Government bodies
  • Deep Dive breakout sessions and networking
  • Drinks reception and dinner on the first day
  • Visit of the visit Innovation 2017, BT's major technology exhibition, including the world renowned BT showcases on the second day
Please read more here.

Type: TFI Conference
Comms Brief of 'The Future Organisation' conference
Images of 'The Future Organisation' conference
Slides of 'The Future Organisation' conference

Future Organisation
How to build agility and customer focus

Date: 28th February - 2nd March 2017
Location: Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

The Tommy Flowers Institute, who’s aim is to develop ICT researchers for leadership excellence, launch their first conference, “Future Organisation – how to build agility and customer focus?” at the end of February. It will be attended by sponsored PhD students, UK Academia and members from the ICT Industry. Read more here

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