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At the heart of the Expo Hall we have created a Hub for creative thinking. Here, you will be able to immerse yourself in cutting edge technology, hear first hand innovation stories from our customers and explore your own revolutionary ideas.  


Through fast-paced 20 mins presentations you will hear our customers talk about innovation in their own words. We will also discuss our approach to innovation and help guide you in your own revolutionary thinking.


At the Builders Fair you will be able to see, touch and feel some of the most cutting edge technologies in action, from IoT to Artificial Intelligence. This area is also equipped with real-life applications of these technologies to inspire you and give you ideas on how you can leverage these technologies in your business.

14:15 - 14:35

How Starling Bank Innovates with Cloud
Steve Newson, Technology Director, Starling Bank

Fail fast and fail often - not only does the Silicon Valley mantra speak volumes on the relentless pursuit of innovation, it also highlights technology's power of unpredictability. But when creating a bank from scratch, the art is in combining pace of change and stability. So when your the rest of your industry is still deploying on mainframes how do you create a safe, simple and scalable system in the cloud?

14:40 - 15:00

The Potential of Voice Interfaces in Healthcare
Bob Harris, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Veni Loqui

Thoughts, observations, and practical lessons learnt from an early stage startup which passionately believes Voice Interfaces have a major role to play in the Health and Care Sectors. Covering what we believe to be achievable with today’s Voice Technologies, based on our practical experience, we’ll also explore how Voice, and associated technologies, must evolve in order to deliver their true potential.

15:05 - 15:25

Lessons Learned from Public Sector
Alessandro Santini, UKI Lead, Cloud Native Architecture at Accenture

Public sector clients, like many other highly-regulated environments, face a lot of difficult decisions in terms of data policies, technology choices, and operating models – just to name a few. This presentation provides a summary of the lessons that we have learned in several engagements with Public Sector clients, articulating the choices they have made, the (unintended) consequences and the their resolution. The objective is to provide PS customers with practical experiences, good food for thought and, ideally, an opportunity to validate or rethink their approach to very common concerns across AWS clients.

15:30 - 15:50

Digitizing Legal
Ben Gardner, Chief Scientific Officer at

Legal engineering is an emerging discipline bringing together lawyers, technologists and process engineers to work at the interface of the law, data and technology to drive innovation in how the law is accessed and delivered. The story of CoLin, the winner of the 2017 On Line Courts Hackathon, provides a good use case to illustrate this. This presentation will describe how we created a digital assistant using Alexa that would help ordinary people identify if they have a legal issue, and then guide them through the legal process towards a resolution.

15:55 - 16:15

Innovation in Local Council
Amanda Dickens, Chief Operating Officer, Disruption Practice at PwC UK

In this session, Amanda Dickens, COO of the Disruption team at PwC will talk about a few of the really cool projects her team have been working on with some of the most forward thinking councils in the UK.  She'll be joined by Dwayne Branch from Newham Council council who are disrupting themselves and bringing innovation to life in their community.

16:20 - 16:40 Innovation in StartUps
Arunkumar Krishnakumar, Venture Capital, Blockchain, Crypto, Fintech and AI
12:10 - 12:30

Blockchain in the Cloud
Abdul Ashik, IT Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers

In this session Ash will give a summary of the value proposition of blockchain technology, and go through some of the innovation happening in the crypto space that would make up the blockchain eco-system and the use of cloud to build out the infrastructure. Abdul Ashik is an IT Consultant with one of the Big 4 and Co-Founder at Blockchainology.

12:35 - 12:55

Why games are the first killer app for voice
Tom Hewitson, CEO

How do you build successful experiences in a world whereeveryone's still learning what works? The answer: build a game. Discover howyou can naturally constrain mental models and conversation paths using gamemechanics to build voice experiences that people love.  

13:00 - 13:20

Great Techspectations: Innovations Changing the Future of Retail
Amelia Kallman, Futurist, Consultant, Speaker

From autonomous mobile stores to shopping in The New Realities, 5G is enabling new possibilities for the future of retail, as well as the future of our lives.

13:25 - 13:45

Using Data to Create Hyper Customisations
Francois de Bodinat, CMO at ZeroLight

A Concept demo on how we can leverage real-time cloud platforms to provide a more intuitive/interactive customer experience, and how can we leverage customer behaviour analytics (on an aggregated level) to deliver a more social, data driven, and more personalized experience, for both the customer and the dealers.

14:15 - 14:35

Accenture Innovation case study: Serverless and Codeless
Ian Finch, Senior Manager at Accenture

In the same way that Serverless computing allows you to build and run applications and services without thinking about servers, low code platforms allow the creation of applications and services with little to no hand-coding. This presentation will show how the combination of serverless and low code platforms reduce the barrier to entry for building applications, accelerates delivery, and empowers agility.

15:05 - 15:25

How We think about Innovation at Amazon
Asaf Anolik, Head of Innovation at Amazon Web Services

In this session, we’ll review some of the mechanisms and best practices that help us innovate at Amazon, and go through some of the suggestions on how it applies to startups and particularly AWS customers. The goal is to drive simplicity through a continuous, explicit customer focus. Get insights on how we structure our teams for autonomy and speed, and how we’re 'working backwards' from our customers when deciding where to focus engineering efforts.

15:55 - 16:15

Creating a culture of innovation through fostering a movement of creativity for young people
Giustina Mizzoni, Executive Director at CoderDojo Foundation

Giustina Mizzoni, the Executive Director of the CoderDojo Foundation will be discussing the importance of young people regularly going through the cycle of innovation and how the CoderDojo movement is facilitating this through its Coolest Projects initiative. This showcase creates opportunities for young people to think of problems and solve these in an innovative and creative way."