techUK: Drones and the UK’s Fourth Industrial Revolution – 6 Dec 2019

On Friday 6 December techUK is holding an event to showcase and explore the role of drones and related robotics technologies in enabling the UK’s fourth industrial revolution (4 IR) and driving forward the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. This speaker led event is part of techUK’s drones campaign focused on exploring how to rebalance the public debate and generating greater demand for enterprise drone technology. Bringing together technology leaders, public policy experts and key stakeholders from the UK drone community, this must attend event will consider progress to date on drone take up in the UK, ask whether there is a clear vision and strategy for ensuring the successful adoption and use of drone technologies in the UK and whether the capabilities and capacity needed to move forward currently exist. It will also discuss how to create the right environment to ensure drones can play a full role in the successful delivery of the UK’s 4IR future.

Through real life case studies and examples panel sessions will explore the potential benefits offered by the convergence between drones and other key fourth industrial revolution technologies such as IoT, AI and Digital Twins. As well as discussing where the opportunities exist across both the public and private sector for greater adoption of drone technology, the event will also explore the challenges and potential barriers standing in the way. It will consider how concerns around issues such as cyber security, privacy, trust and public perception can be overcome and agree what needs to happen in 2020 and beyond to position the UK for leadership and success in drone technology.


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Date: Friday, 06 December 2019
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Place: 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD


Draft agenda

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome and introduction

Sue Daley, Associate Director Technology and Innovation, techUK

9.40 – 10:00 Opening keynote

The UK’s vision for leadership and success

  • What does success look like?
  • Do we have the capability and capacity we need?
10:00 – 11:00 Panel discussion

Opportunities in key sectors for UK deployment and use of drones

  • sector examples
11.00 – 11.30 Networking break
11.30 – 12.30 Panel discussion

Opportunities for 4IR technologies

How drones are a key technology to increase adoption and use of emerging 4IR technologies

  • IoT, AI, Digital Twin, 3D etc
12.30 – 13.30 Networking Lunch
13.40 – 14:30 Panel discussion

The challenges and barriers that need to be addressed and how to overcome these

  • cyber security
  • trust (identity management role)
  • public perception
  • public narrative
14:30 – 15:00 Closing keynote

What needs to happen next – and next steps