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International Technology, Media and Communications Conference 2017

London, United Kingdom

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08 December 2017, 09:30 - 16:30

Now marking its 3rd year, CMS's International Technology, Media and Communications conference will be gathering more than 150 delegates, representing financial institutions, technology players, traditional and new media companies, and communications service providers from across the globe.

“Innovate to survive” is the conference motto this year. Please join us in London for a day of interesting panel discussions and keynotes to hear how companies are strengthening their position to thrive in an ever-evolving technological landscape.

*agenda subject to alteration




Opening Remarks

  • Chris Watson, Global Head of Technology, Media and Communications, CMS UK
  • Dóra Petrányi, Managing Director, Central Eastern Europe, CMS Hungary


Deliveroo's journey
London-based Deliveroo is a start-up success story, having grown in just four years to hit a valuation of over £1bn. Hear why innovation is a necessity in their journey.

  • Rohan Pradhan, Global Head of Editions, Deliveroo


Is eSports the next big sensation?

As the popularity of Esports grows, traditional sports have responded in a mixed way - sometimes with apprehension, sometimes spotting an opportunity, and sometimes being plain puzzled as to its appeal. Start to understand the Esports landscape and hear how third parties can use Esports to their commercial advantage.

  • Michiel Bakker, CEO, Ginx eSports TV
  • Seong Sin Han, Head of Marketing Legal Services, UEFA
  • Pietro Fringuelli, Partner, CMS Germany
  • Dolf Segaar, Partner, CMS Netherlands


Game-changing financial services

How are banks and insurers being disrupted by startups, and what do consumers want nowadays?

  • Martin Smith, Head of Marketing, Concirrus
  • Robert Kaluza, Co-founder, Billon Group
  • Kirsty Rutter, Managing Director, Innovation, Barclays
  • Anne Chitan, Of Counsel, CMS London
  • Ireneusz Piecuch, Partner, CMS Poland



  • Deborah Sherry, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital, Europe


60 years of AI - a bird’s eye view
Since Margaret Boden's first scientific publication on artificial intelligence in 1972, she has witnessed some of the most significant breakthroughs and periods of struggle in the area. Maggie will give us a rare and valuable insight into the developments in AI over time.

  • Margaret A. Boden OBE ScD FBA, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex




IBM Watson at work

How is AI being applied in practice? Craig Dawson will share how IBM Watson's technologies are wowing and transforming organisations in various industry verticals.

  • Craig Dawson, Head of Europe, IBM Watson
  • Chris Watson, Partner, CMS UK


Innovate or your deal could die

The pressure to be more efficient and drive legal costs down is even more intense. This panel will discuss the practical applications and benefits of legal technology, the risk appetite of investors, and what the role of lawyers will be in the future.

  • Owen Oliver, Product Manager, Workshare
  • Daniel Sasaki, Managing Partner, Mayfair Equity Partners
  • Peter Wallqvist, Vice President of Strategy, iManage
  • Chris Baldwin, Consultant, CMS UK
  • Klaus Jaeger, Partner, CMS Germany


The Rise of the New Luxury Economy

  • Javier Cedillo-Espin, CEO, onefinestay


Why brands that put people at the heart of innovation will thrive

There are multiple factors that make an organisation truly ‘innovative’, and it is people who will always be at the heart of that - be it employees, customers, or the wider world.

  • Amanda Baker, Strategy Manager, Rooster Punk
  • Tom Elgar, Founder, Passle
  • Rob Wilmot, Founder and CEO, Crowdicity
  • Charles Kerrigan, Partner, CMS UK



Closing remarks


Christmas drinks reception


Final close

Watch what people said about last year’s conference:

Innovate to Survive - Agenda and speaker information


Portrait of
Craig Dawson
Watson Leader Europe, IBM
Portrait of
Deborah Sherry
General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer, GE Digital Europe
Portrait of
David Putts
Chairman, Billon Group
Portrait of
Robert Kaluza
Co-founder, Billon Group
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