Westminster eForum

Immersive technologies in the UK - priorities for regulation, policy, investment and research

Morning, Thursday, 2nd April 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will consider key issues for immersive technologies in the UK - with discussion expected on:

  • its potential uses,
  • regulatory and policy priorities, and
  • next steps for investment and research.

Delegates will discuss how immersive tech is being used, and the impact it is set to have across a wide spectrum of sectors ranging across:

  • High-value manufacturing and engineering - including aerospace, automotive and other areas of transport;
  • Video games, film and television;
  • Architecture, construction and planning;
  • Computer-aided design and three-dimensional modelling;
  • Healthcare, including surgery and psychological therapies; and
  • The emergency services, health and safety, and the military.

The agenda also looks at potential ethical and legal issues arising from its widespread adoption, including:

  • Data protection and regulatory compliance, such as issues around lawful processing bases for personal and special category data;
  • Health and safety issues for users of immersive tech;
  • Liability and insurance issues resulting from potential misuse or harm caused by these technologies;
  • Intellectual property rights for content created in real time; and
  • Content regulation of advertisements and entertainment served by immersive technologies.

It takes place in the context of:


Speakers

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Dr Jeremy Silver, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Catapult;
  • Andy Schofield, Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems; and
  • Grace Boswood, Chief Operating Officer, Design and Engineering, BBC.

Further speakers include:

  • Andrew Bravin, Associate, Technology Group, Sheridans;
  • Simon Fletcher, Chief Technology Officer, Real Wireless and Co-Chair, International Working Group, UK5G Innovation Network;
  • Glenn Hapgood, Co-Founder, Rescape Innovation;
  • Jason Hawthorne, Founding Director and Chief Digital Officer, VU.CITY;
  • Professor Roy Kalawsky, Director, Advanced VR Research Centre, Loughborough University; and
  • Sol Rogers, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, REWIND and Chair, Advisory Board, ImmerseUK.

The agenda

  • Key priorities for the future development of the UK’s immersive tech sector;
  • Investing in the UK’s immersive tech sector - engagement, business development and access to finance;
  • Next steps for developing immersive technologies in the UK - developing a range of use cases across the wider economy;
  • Assessing the ethical and regulatory implications of the latest developments in immersive technologies - data protection, safety and liability;
  • The transformational potential of immersive technologies - case studies in:
    • AR technologies in the video games sector;
    • The impact of virtual reality in the broadcasting sector; and
    • Applying immersive technologies in high-value manufacturing.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster eForum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DCMS; Cabinet Office; the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation; Defra; DfT; the European Space Agency; MoD; the Office for Artificial Intelligence; HMRC; Home Office; and DIT.



Keynote Speaker

Dr Jeremy Silver

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Catapult

Keynote Speakers

Simon Kelsall

Investment Director, Growth Capital, Frontier Development Capital

Grace Boswood

Chief Operating Officer, Design and Engineering, BBC

Andy Schofield

Manufacturing & Materials Strategy and Technology Director, BAE Systems

Dr Jeremy Silver

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Catapult

Speakers

Simon Fletcher

Chief Technology Officer, Real Wireless and Co-Chair, International Working Group

Jason Hawthorne

Founding Director and Chief Digital Officer, VU.CITY

Glenn Hapgood

Co-Founder, Rescape Innovation

Professor Roy Kalawsky

Director, Advanced VR Research Centre, Loughborough University

Sol Rogers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, REWIND and Chair, Advisory Board, ImmerseUK

Andrew Bravin

Associate, Technology Group, Sheridans