The Emerging Technology Theatre, sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs, featured some of the UK’s leading Tech businesses.

Take a look at this year’s programme below with details on each speaker and the synopsis of their talk.


Day One Agenda Day Two Agenda


Day One

Time Agenda
10:20 – 10:40 Matthew Priestley, Ecosystem Manager, Barclays Eagle Labs
Introduction by Barclays Eagle Labs
11:00 – 11:20 Paul Billington, Managing Director, The Landing
“Innovation For Growth”

How do you create value from innovation? Listen to this talk if you want to build an investible tech start up and/or understand how to add real value you to your business through harnessing innovation.

11:20 – 11:40 Adam Smethurst, Commercial Director & Michael Cottam, Operations Director, Juicy Media
“Being Better by Leveraging Digital”

Business process re-engineering to drive efficiencies, profits and growth.

11:40 – 12:00 Chris Guerin, Founder & CEO, Xpllore
“Connecting Developers, Enterprise and Users through Immersive Experiences”

Xpllore is revolutionising the way people learn, design and communicate for the next generation.

12:00 – 12:20 Peter Beswick, Regional Sales Manager UK North, Zerto
“A New Era for Data Protection: Converged DR and Backup”

It’s time to revolutionize your data protection with a converged and continuous Disaster Recovery and Backup solution for both short-term and long-term data retention. Worried about Ransomware, or other unplanned disruptions and recovering fast enough? Continuous Journal-based recovery gives you DVR-like abilities to rewind and resume from any point in time to protect against logical and hardware failures, human mistakes, and natural disasters. Learn how Zerto uses its journaling technology coupled with continuous replication to protect and recover files, VMs, applications or even entire data centres and resume from just seconds before an incident – unlike out-of-date backups or snapshots.

12:20 – 13:00 Business Cloud Panel
Chair: Chris Maguire, Editor, Business Cloud
Panelist 1: Wais Shaifta, CEO, Push Doctor
Panelist 2: Dr Lucy Buckley, MRPharmS Co-Founder, Dr Fertility
Panelist 3: Andy Lord, CEO, Code Nation
Panelist 4: Matthew Elliott, co-founder, Nivo

“Building a global business in the North of England”

This year’s Tech Show North 2019 takes place on May 8-9 and BusinessCloud is a proud media partner. On May 8th BusinessCloud will be hosting a discussion in the Emerging Technology Theatre entitled ‘Building a global business in the North of England’. Several entrepreneurs will be sharing their stories about building a global business in the North.

14:00 – 14:20 Jennifer Estherby, Innovation Lead for HealthTech, Eagle Labs Barclays UK Ventures
“Barclays Eagle Labs- supporting UK Businesses and Industries to Grow”

Innovation Lead, Jen Estherby will be discussing how Barclays Eagle Labs have a national platform to support the grow of UK businesses and how we are leveraging our connections to facilitate industry-wide transformations by bringing together key industry players and encouraging them to collaborate in the Health Tech sector.

14:20 – 14:40 Jordan Appleson, CEO, Hark
“IoT in Retail: The Age of the Smart Supermarket”
15:00 – 15:20 Roxanne Martin, AgriTech Innovation Lead, AgriTech x Eagle Labs

An intro into how Eagle Labs is looking to support a more efficient, sustainable, and productive agricultural industry for generations to come.

Day Two

Time Agenda
10:20 – 10:40 Matthew Priestley, Ecosystem Manager, Barclays Eagle Labs
What are Barclays Eagle Labs? How can we help your business grow?
11:00 – 11:20 Mike Fay, Embedded & IoT Business Development Manager for UK & Ireland, Dell
“IoT Edge Computing, the starting point of managing your data”

Dell EMC is helping organisations cut through the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) and deploy a solution that really works — and delivers measurable value faster. With our broad portfolio, open architecture, domain expertise and services — as well as our award-winning partner program — we have what it takes to make IoT work for you. On your terms today and tomorrow and with minimal risk.

11:20 – 11:40 Hamad Mian, Managing Director, Unbranded Manchester
“Saving your development overhead”

A brief intro into how the industry of website development is broken and going against the principles of DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) programming.

I’ll go into detail as to how frontend web development should be made more modular, taking on the principles of Atomic Web Design into a programming mindset to create straight forward scalable platforms.

This will lead onto how our Layout Composer does all of that already and how in turn it’s allowed clients to organically grow websites, test layouts and new pages without breaking away from their brand guidelines.

11:40 – 12:00 Dr Chris Folkerd, Director of Enterprise Technologies, UKFast
“5 Things to Consider when Moving to the Cloud”

So you think you want to move your application or service to the cloud?

That’s a great start, but that’s just the first step in a long line of choices you’ll need to make if you want your project to be a success.

From which type of cloud is the best fit, to working in a multi-cloud world and which workloads are most appropriate to migrate, UKFast’s director of enterprise technology Chris Folkerd is on hand to help you build your checklist of things to think about before making the jump to cloud.

12:20 – 12:40 Tim Bond, Head of Insight, The DMA
“The future of customer engagement”

The most successful brands put excellent customer engagement at the heart of what they do. In an increasingly connected digital world, the ways and means for brands to contact customers has increased exponentially, but what does the future look like? In this presentation Tim will take you through the DMA’s ‘Future trends 2019’ research findings into the relationship between brands and customers. The findings reveal how consumers are starting to accept the technology that brands have been implementing in recent years, but marketers are feeling a measure of anxiety about how and which new applications to invest in – whether it’s chatbots, smart assistants, AR/VR or gamification – there is clear consumer interest.

14:20 – 14:40 Anna Sutton, CEO, The Data Shed
“Becoming a Female Tech CEO & things I’ve learned along the way”

After spending 15 years in marketing I never thought I’d end up running a tech business. After getting frustrated with the lack of Martech at the time, my partner and I set out to do something about it. Kicking off at 8 months pregnant was just one of the challenges we faced. Now we’re finally launching our product after bootstrapping our way through the last 5 years. Come and find out about the challenges we’ve faced and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.

15:40 – 16:00 Mo Isap, CEO, IN4.0 Group
“Do we too easily fall into the trap of sacrificing one over the other?”

Every-day life presents us with alternatives and we often opt to sacrifice one over the other simply because it is a societal norm. Is it too utopian to envisage Primark prices with John Lewis quality, grammar school results with non-selection and faith values with liberal freedoms?

Can ‘both’ be an alternative to either/or?

Nature’s ecosystem relies on predators also being prey, car makers look for safety and performance and athletes strive for strength and agility. Steve Jobs created beautifully designed products affordable to the masses to make Apple one of the most valuable company in the world.