Tech Forum 2020 - Tech for Good

3 September, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Virtual

Technology can be transformational. But how is tech tackling the fundamental challenges facing us within environmental and social impact? Join us at Tech Forum 2020 – a virtual and collaborative gathering – as we discuss the technologies of the future, and tech as an enabler for good. How can ideas and innovation behind ideal driven technology and conscious investments be used to drive change? Through keynotes, panels, pitching sessions from aspiring start-ups and interactive talk shows, and with a stellar line-up of speakers from both sides of the North Sea, we explore the technologies shaping the future and how the industry, academia and policy makers can solve the world’s problems together.

Join us and meet leading and successful Swedish and British entrepreneurs, large corporates on their own digitisation journeys, UK public bodies in transformation, and some of the many venture capital investors browsing the space in Europe’s financial capital.

Agenda

More details to follow

Welcome
Peter Sandberg, Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK 

Introduction
Master of Ceremonies
Amali de Alwis, UK Managing Director, Microsoft for StartUps

5G as an enabler
Marielle Lindgren,
CEO, Ericsson UK and Ireland

Technologies shaping the future
Harry Rhys Davies, Applied AI Lead, Tech Nation
Dr. Stephanie Hare, Author, Researcher and Broadcaster
Andrea Spaccapietra, Head of MELA Digital Services CU UK & Ireland, Ericsson UK and Ireland
Moderated by Amy BoydSenior Cloud Advocate AI/ML, Microsoft

Transforming urban transport, a sharing model
Bodil Eriksson
, CEO, Volvo Car Mobility

Transforming the high street, back to local
Nick Brackenbury, Co-Founder & CEO, NearSt

Impact at the core of the business model
Agate Freimane, General Partner, Norrsken VC
Cansu Deniz Bayrak, Partner, Head of Fundraising, Bethnal Green Ventures
Mikkel Skott Olsen, Head of +impact, Danske Bank
Moderated by Aurore Belfrage, Partner, SusTechable, and Senior Advisor, AI Innovation of Sweden

Attracting capital and backing ideas
Sofia Dolfe, Investor, Index Ventures
Carlo Biggio, Venture Capital Investor, Accel Partners
Teemu Mattila, Investment Manager, DN Capital
Annette Wilson, Chair Europe, Antler
Deepka Rana, Venture Capital Investor, Northzone
Moderated by Amali de Alwis, UK Managing Director, Microsoft for StartUps

From idea to global - building a unicorn
Steven Collins
, Chief Technology Officer, King

Solving the world's problem - together
Juliet Bauer, UK Managing Director, KRY/LIVI
Bethan Charnley
, Head of Strategic Projects, CDEI
Sue Delay, Associate Director Technology and Innovation, techUK
Torgny Gunnarsson, Deputy CEO, Combient Group
Tony Young, National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England
Moderated by Darren Murphy, Program Manager, Antler

About Tech Forum

Tech Forum is a platform for Swedish-British tech and investors to meet, learn and to discuss. Celebrating the best of the latest in technology from across the North Sea, whether it's artificial intelligence, blockchain or virtual reality (and beyond) - the forum features leading experts at global success stories, exciting entrepreneurs and challengers alongside passionate purse-string partners.

Booking information

SCC member price: FREE
YP member price: FREE
Non-member price: £45

Terms & Conditions

Bookings are non-refundable, but at the discretion of the organiser, you can change the name of the person attending. For this, please contact events@scc.org.uk.

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This is Tech Forum

Last year, Swedish and UK businesses along with 200+ attendees and 40+ investors were assembled at the Google Headquarters in London. On September 3 2020, we are gathering again - this time in a virtual setting - to discuss the technologies of the future and tech as an enabler for good. 

Confirmed speakers

Amali de Alwis

Amali de Alwis

UK Managing Director, Microsoft for StartUps

Amali de Alwis is Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups UK, which supports the best enterprise tech startups grow with Microsoft support. Prior to this she was CEO of Code First: Girls - a multi award-winning training company focused on increasing diversity in tech. Outside of the day job, Amali is a Board member at Ada National College for Digital Skills, on the D&I Board at the Institute of Coding, and Advisory Board member at the Founders Academy. She was a founding member at Tech Talent Charter, and was awarded an MBE in 2019 in the New Year's Honours list for Services to Diversity and Training in the Tech Industry.

Juliet Bauer

Juliet Bauer

UK Managing Director, KRY/LIVI

Juliet Bauer joined LIVI from NHS England, where she was the organisation’s first Chief Digital Officer.  Juliet is a Patient Governor for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Bauer has led the delivery of technology programmes across many sectors, including leading the Times Newspapers digital transformation. She holds a Masters’ in Business Administration from Columbia Business School.

Carlo Biggio

Carlo Biggio

Accel Partners

Carlo Biggio is a Venture Capital Investor at Accel Partners, who focuses particularly on financial technology and SaaS businesses. Prior to joining Accel, he worked for the investment team of Anthemis Group, a fintech-focused venture capital fund and Rocket Internet. Carlo holds a MSc in Finance from Bocconi University and the Rotterdam School of Management, with a focus on investment valuation.

Amy Boyd

Amy Boyd

Senior Cloud Advocate, AI/ML, Microsoft

Amy Boyd is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, having obtained a degree in Computer Science, completing a research project in Natural Language Processing/Machine Learning. Amy is passionate about Data Science and Machine Learning and her roles at Microsoft have allowed her to work on many different areas of data science (Visualisation, ML, Big Data, IoT) as well as working on projects with customers across the globe. Her role as a Cloud Advocate is to help developers to learn, engage and build on the Microsoft AI Platform. Amy creates and delivers content online and in-person and works with developers to provide the best product experience for them.

Nick Brackenbury

Nick Brackenbury

Co-Founder & CEO, NearSt

Nick is co-founder and CEO of NearSt, a retail tech startup getting people back into high street shops. The company’s NearLIVE platform is helping stores to sell more locally by connecting every product in every shop to the web, so you can find something you want nearby as easily as you can find it online. NearSt’s technology is already being used by Google to boost footfall in local stores across the UK.

Bethan Charnley

Bethan Charnley

Head of Strategic Projects, CDEI

Bethan is Head of Strategic Projects at the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI). CDEI has a unique mandate to advise the UK Government on the measures we need to take 'to maximise the benefits of data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for our society and economy.' Before joining CDEI, Bethan was Innovation Policy Lead at the Government Digital Service in Cabinet Office, where she created the first piece of consolidated government guidance on using artificial intelligence in the public sector. Prior to joining the civil service Bethan worked as a management consultant advising private sector clients on how to build innovation and emerging technology capability. Bethan also has an MSc in the 'Social Science of the Internet' from the University of Oxford's Internet Institute. 

Steven Collins

Steven Collins

Chief Technology Officer, King

Steven joined King in February 2020 and is responsible for leading King’s technology and digital architecture strategy, driving technology advances that will enable King to operate at greater speed and better serve the players of its existing successful franchises (including Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch), and its strong pipeline of new games. Dr. Collins brings more than 35 years of industry experience to King, with a strong track record of leadership and technology innovation in games, computer graphics and mobile application development. In addition to his previous role as co-founder and CTO of Havok Inc., the world's leading supplier of physics and animation solutions to the games industry, Steven also co-founded Swrve New Media Inc., a leading provider of mobile marketing automation and analytics.

Sue Daley

Sue Daley

Associate Director Technology & Innovation, techUK

Sue leads techUK's technology and innovation work which includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly and as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda in the UK Big Data 100. Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI.

Cansu Deniz Bayrak

Cansu Deniz Bayrak

Partner, Head of Fundraising, Bethnal Green Ventures

Cansu is Senior Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures, Europe’s leading early stage tech for good VC, where she leads on fundraising for their investment vehicles. Previously, she was with the global accelerator Startupbootcamp, first building their MENA branch in conjunction with a micro-fund in Istanbul, then scaling their industrial IoT programme to London and running it. She has been in the tech industry as founder, operator and early-stage investor for a decade. Her background is in international politics and human rights law, before going into investment she worked with IGOs and NGOs like Amnesty International, the Council of Europe, and the UN in Turkey and France. Currently based in London, she is an ambassador for the UK Government’s Tier 1 Tech Nation Exceptional Talent scheme.

Sofia Dolfe

Sofia Dolfe

Investor, Index Ventures

Sofia joined Index in April 2018. She spends time in the Nordics and The Netherlands, and focuses on investments in consumer internet and marketplace businesses across all stages. Prior to joining Index, Sofia was an investor at EQT Ventures in Stockholm. Sofia is a graduate of the London School of Economics (M.Sc. Management) and of the University of Edinburgh (M.A.).

Bodil Eriksson

Bodil Eriksson

CEO, Volvo Car Mobility

Bodil Eriksson is the Chief Executive Officer for Volvo Car Mobility and Leader of M, a global standalone brand from Volvo Cars. M is dedicated to enabling more people to move freely, meaningfully, and sustainably. In 2017, Bodil was tasked with developing new, shared mobility solutions that put people at the center of products and experiences. Prior to Volvo Car Mobility, Bodil led the re-emergence of the Volvo Cars brand in the U.S. market, helping to establish the brand as a premium player and increase both awareness and sales. Additionally, Bodil has driven change across the Oil, Insurance, Food and Pharmacy Retail sectors. Through nearly three decades in executive management positions, Bodil has been a champion for consumers to shape the future with their purchasing decisions. 

 

Agate Freimane

Agate Freimane

General Partner, Norrsken VC

Agate is a General Partner at Norrsken VC, Europe's largest impact venture capital fund, that focuses on investing in rapidly scaling early stage start-ups that use technology to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges while building highly profitable businesses. She started her career in finance working in investment banking and private equity at Citigroup and Morgan Stanley in London and New York. She then started her start-up journey and was one of the first employees at BrickVest, a London based fintech start-up. In her free time she is most passionate about education and co-founded Bright Mentors, an edtech charity in London.

Torgny Gunnarsson

Torgny Gunnarsson

Deputy CEO, Combient Group

Torgny Gunnarsson is Deputy CEO of Combient Group, driving a network of 30 leading Nordic enterprises on a joint mission to speed up the transformation across industries. Torgny has 30+ years of international experience in the IT industry, primarily within software, cloud and digitalization. Prior to Combient, he was based in London for eight years before moving back to Stockholm in 2015 to form part of the founding team of Combient. Torgny will share a cross-industry perspective on AI strategy, the race for talent, workforce transition and the importance of ecosystem collaboration.

Dr. Stephanie Hare

Dr. Stephanie Hare

Author, Researcher and Broadcaster

Dr. Stephanie Hare is an independent researcher and broadcaster focused on technology, politics and history. Previously she worked as a Principal Director at Accenture Research, a strategist at Palantir, a Senior Analyst at Oxford Analytica, the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a consultant at Accenture. She holds a PhD and MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (French) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Diana Krantz

Diana Krantz

VC Investor, Draper Esprit

Diana joined Draper Esprit as a Venture Capital Investor in 2017. Draper Esprit is a later stage investor (Series A+) that typically invests in sectors such as HealthTech, DeepTech, FinTech, Consumer & SAAS. Prior to that, she worked for Techstars and Rocket Internet. She has previously worked at a London-based hedge fund and for the Council of Europe Development Bank in Strasbourg. Diana holds a degree in Economics and Business from University College London.

Marielle Lindgren

Marielle Lindgren

CEO, Ericsson UK and Ireland

Marielle is the CEO of Ericsson UK and Ireland, supporting Telecom Operators and Service Providers bring cutting-edge communication technology to industry and society. She leads a team of 3,400 ICT experts across the UK and Ireland in supporting customers’ business growth through continuous technology transformation. Having joined Ericsson in 2000, Marielle has held many different senior roles within the organisation, including Head of Customer Unit UK, Vice President & Key Account Manager for several major UK operators, Head of Marketing for Global Services business unit in Sweden and heading multiple Product Management organisations in Sweden. Marielle is also a member of the leadership team for Ericsson Europe and Latin America.

Teemu Mattila

Teemu Mattila

Investment Manager, DN Capital

Teemu is a VC Investor at DN Capital, focusing on the Nordics and SaaS.   DN Capital looks to partner up with seed to Series B -stage companies in Europe and North America across technologies within SaaS, fintech & consumer tech verticals.  The firm thrives on supporting its portfolio companies - especially with recruiting to key VP+ level positions and with finding the best growth and GTM strategies.  

Darren Murphy

Darren Murphy

Antler

Darren is Program Manager in Antler’s London office. Darren has 5 years of experience working with tech startups, helping them go-to-market and secure investment. He previously worked as Head of Innovation at Unbound, connecting 100s of startups with global corporations at events such as Unbound London, FinTech Abu Dhabi and Innovfest Unbound in Singapore. Darren has also worked at the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, Digital Catapult, where he helped establish their first accelerators.

Deepka Rana

Deepka Rana

Venture Capital Investor, Northzone

Deepka is part of the investment team at Northzone. Based in London, she spends her time covering the UK and German markets. Previously, Deepka focused on consumer start-ups at Heartcore Capital, and started her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Investment Banking Division, where she advised clients in the Tech and Media sector. Deepka grew up in Germany and the UK and graduated with a degree in Physics from Imperial College London.

 

Harry Rhys Davies

Harry Rhys Davies

Applied AI Lead, Tech Nation

Harry built and runs Tech Nation's Applied AI programme, a Government-backed initiative to support the UK's leading AI companies as they scale. The first cohort included companies like SenSat, which closed $10m with Tencent, and Latent Logic, which was acquired by Waymo. Previously, Harry was Head of Investment at Wayra, Telefonica's startup accelerator, and managed a number of different programmes across the country, including the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator.

Peter Sandberg.

Peter Sandberg.

Managing Director, Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Peter Sandberg is Managing Director at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce since 2018. He holds an MSc in Political Science and Economics from Lund University and has previously worked in press and communications roles at the Swedish Embassy and Chamber of Commerce in London respectively. He has worked at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City as Director of Program and VP, and when returning to London, joined the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association where he was part of the management team in his role as Director of Commercial Development & Membership.
Mikkel Skott Olsen

Mikkel Skott Olsen

Head of +impact, Danske Bank

Mikkel Skott Olsen is heading the two digital platforms, +impact and the Hub, as part of Danske Bank Growth & Impact. Both platforms help start-ups. +impact connects impact start-ups with experts, while the Hub helps with talent recruitment, investment and best practice tools. He has a background as Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at the VELUX Group and as management consultant in Deloitte. Mikkel was also part of founding the Active House Alliance (activehouse.info), an international alliance of more than 40 organisational members, which worked to develop and promote sustainable buildings, and acted as Chairman of the organisation.

Andrea Spaccapietra

Andrea Spaccapietra

Head of MELA Digital Services CU UK & Ireland, Ericsson UK and Ireland

Andrea is responsible for technical sales support and project delivery of the Digital Services portfolio, including Telecom Core and Cloud, OSS, BSS and professional services for IT. In his role Andrea supports service providers to digitalise their business and operations, achieving an efficient and timely introduction of 5G use-cases. Andrea has 30 years’ experience in telecommunications and has held several senior positions in product development, product marketing, product management and technical sales within Ericsson and other market leading companies. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Electronics Engineering, achieved “Cum Laude” at the University Federico II in Naples, Italy and has completed post graduate courses at Columbia University (NY) and London Business School.

Annette Wilson

Annette Wilson

Chair Europe, Antler

Annette is an experienced professional, having spent the last twenty years in leadership roles in growth, private equity and venture capital firms. She currently holds the positions of Chair Europe at Antler, VC Council Member at Invest Europe and Adviser to Investment Advisory Committee at Finch Capital. She is former COO of Finch Capital and was Head of Investor Relations and Public Relations at Silverfleet Capital Partners, an established mid-market buyout investor. Prior to Silverfleet she was the founding CFO of Palamon Capital Partners, a European growth investor. She has also served on the BVCA Board and Chaired the BVCA Investor Relations Advisory Group.  



Tony Young

Tony Young

National Clinical Lead for Innovation, NHS England

Tony is a practicing frontline NHS surgeon, Associate Medical Director at the Mid and South Essex STP, Director of Medical Innovation at Anglia Ruskin University, and has founded 4 Med-Tech start-ups. He has also co-founded the £500m Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus.

Get in touch

Are you interested in finding out more about the Tech Forum 2020? Please get in contact with Events & Programmes Manager Mathilda Börjesson.

Mathilda Börjesson

Events & Programmes Manager

borjesson@scc.org.uk
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