Looking to the Future: Emerging Trends for the Next Decade and Beyond.

Zero Carbon/ Hydrogen Based Economy.

The Common Good.

Next Generation Networked Systems.

Applications of digital technologies in construction with focus on VR.

Robotics Workshop by SeeByte and NOC.

Professional Development Workshop.

Sub-plenary and Panel Discussion.

And many more exciting talks.


Theo Priestley

With a career spanning 20 years, Theo is recognised as an advisor and sought after keynote speaker and evangelist on emerging business and technology trends; identifying and tracking the impacts of emerging technologies on society and industry globally with a view to explaining both the positive and negative effects on today's culture and the future. He has worked with clients including Siemens, Bosch, TIBCO, HPE, Mannai, Marketing Society Scotland, Edinburgh City Council, Generation Media, Aon, WEF, IDC, Welch Allyn and others to provide keynote engagements, content marketing, and innovation workshops. Theo has also mentored and coached early stage entrepreneurs on marketing and product management strategies at two leading technology accelerators. He has written over 100 articles and provided commentary for publications including WIRED, Forbes, Venturebeat, FT Raconteur, Huffington Post, The European, GigaOM, and has appeared on both radio and UK national television.

Chief Marketing Officer, WFS Technologies Ltd.


Julie Adair

Following a leadership career in the media (BBC, Disney and others) Julie Adair joined GCU in 2014 to develop a digital social innovation initiative which aims to identify, showcase and connect social impact projects to each other and into academia for learning, teaching, research and community engagement. In 2016 this project, now called Common Good First (CGF), was funded by the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education call, and Julie now leads a consortium of twelve Higher Education Institutions - 6 in Europe and 6 in South Africa to deliver a digital platform for CGF as well as a series of digital labs and a digital storytelling toolkit.

She also represents GCU as a member of All Digital, a Brussels-based group which aims to enhance digital skills across Europe and is GCU’s Ashoka U Change Leader

Director of Digital Collaboration - Glasgow Caledonian University