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Sessions

Elaine Bucknor

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Sky

Breakfast panel: Security and cyber-attacks – safeguarding the business
08:00-08:45 - Sky Central

Why is the Internet of Things (IoT) inherently vulnerable to attack and what is being done to address this? How can businesses bake security into their cultures and workplace practices, designing security with the end-user in mind? How do we shift the mindset from security protection to cyber resilience? Our…

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Didier Lebrat

Group Chief Technology Officer, Sky

Closing remarks
17:10-17:15 - Sky Cinema

Didier Lebrat, Group Chief Technology Officer at Sky, brings Sky Tech Summit 2018 to a close.

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Vicky Gomersall

Presenter, Sky Sports News

Coming up …
08:55-09:00 - North West Corner

Vicky Gomersall welcomes guests to the North West Corner and explains what’s coming up on the Start-up Stage.

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Vicky Gomersall

Presenter, Sky Sports News

Keynote & panel: Driving innovation through investment & partnership
09:40-10:30 - North West Corner

How Sky’s Start-up Investments & Partnerships team works with entrepreneurs to evolve Sky’s customer offerings and business operations.  

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Anna Jones

Presenter, Sky News

Keynote & panel: Emotion AI – the new tech frontier
14:00-14:50 - Sky Cinema

What if our high-tech devices could decipher and respond to our emotions? Computer scientist, technologist, entrepreneur and business leader Rana el Kaliouby is on a mission to humanise tech with artificial emotional intelligence, or ‘Emotion AI’, changing the way we interact with machines, and each other. What are the commercial…

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Anna Jones

Presenter, Sky News

Keynote & panel: Inclusion – the key to fostering a culture of innovation
11:00-11:50 - Sky Cinema

Technology is changing the world of work, removing cultural barriers and driving social change. That change is now being reflected in the workplace as tech companies and organisations become more inclusive. What are the benefits of this approach, and what is the link between inclusion and innovation? Why is Sky…

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Andrea Zappia

Chief Executive Officer, Sky Italia

Keynote: The Gamechangers Debate
16:15-17:10 - Sky Cinema

Which emerging tech will have the biggest long-term impact on media and entertainment – AI, Blockchain, 5G, or VR/AR? We’ve asked four industry players to each champion a particular technology and argue its cause. After our experts have made their case our audience will decide – with the help of…

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Jeremy Darroch

Group Chief Executive, Sky

Leading through change and disruption
09:05-09:30 - Sky Cinema

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sky, in conversation with Anna Jones, Presenter, Sky News.

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Mike Ruddell

Innovation Manager, Sky Sports

Masterclass: Harnessing the potential of remote production
13:00-13:45 - Sky Central

How Sky is pioneering remote sports production and embracing IP delivery.  

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Carlos Rojas

Strategy and Planning Manager, Sky

Masterclass: Powering effective forecasting with our business tool
12:00-12:45 - The Hub

How Sky built Anticipy, a traffic forecasting tool, with the aim of open sourcing it so that businesses and organisations can use it to meet their forecasting needs.

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Mark Alford

Head of Digital, Sky News

Masterclass: Who’s who? Integrating AI in live TV production
09:40-10:30 - The Hub

How Sky News adopted cloud-based AI and machine learning to enhance its coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May.  

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Paolo Pescatore

Independent Telecoms & Media Analyst

Start-up showcase I
12:00-12:45 - North West Corner

Two innovative start-ups – Hold and Eluvio – take to the Start-up Stage. Our intrepid entrepreneurs will tell us where they are on their start-up journey; they’ll talk about their vision and how the germ of the idea originated; and they’ll explain the technology they are deploying.  

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Paolo Pescatore

Independent Telecoms & Media Analyst

Start-up showcase II – Ocean Ventures
15:00-15:50 - North West Corner

Three innovative start-ups involved with Sky Ocean Ventures – the impact investment fund announced by Sky earlier this year – take to the Start-up Stage. The start-ups are: Skipping Rocks Lab, Choose Water and Uzer. All three businesses have sustainable solutions that aim to help solve the oceans’ plastics crisis.

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Tours – including Sky Sports’ new ‘AR set on location’
18:20-20:00 - North West Corner

Tours of Sky Studios included an exclusive view of Sky Sports’ pioneering augmented reality (AR) set, contained with a state-of-the-art OB truck.

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Anna Jones

Presenter, Sky News

Welcome & Introduction
09:00-09:05 - Sky Cinema

Event chair Anna Jones, Presenter, Sky News, and Didier Lebrat, Group Chief Technology Officer, Sky, open this year’s Tech Summit.

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Steve & Rob

WIFI WARS: The live, interactive, comedy gameshow

WiFi Wars: The live, interactive, comedy show
17:30-18:20 - North West Corner

Evening entertainment at Sky Tech Summit 2018 was provided by WiFi Wars, a live comedy game show where guests played along. Hosted by comedian and regular videogames commentator Steve McNeil (Team Captain on Dara Ó Briain’s Go 8 Bit, host/regular on Challenge TV’s Videogame Nation), the show was first performed as…

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Angelica Stephenson

Senior Technical Lead, Strategy & Planning, Sky

Workshop: Automating processes using computer vision
13:00-13:45 - The Hub

How computer vision is bringing efficiency gains to Sky’s complex and dynamic Content Supply Chain (CSC).  

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Hubert Behaghel

Head of Technology, Discovery Platform, Sky

Workshop: Especially for you – driving personalisation with AI
15:00-15:50 - The Hub

How is AI and machine learning enhancing content discovery and personalisation? What does the interface of the future look and sound like?    

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Colin Sladen

Head of Platform Technologies, TV Engineering, Sky

Workshop: Listen up… Developments in next generation audio
12:00-12:45 - Sky Central

How will next-gen audio further enhance the television experience? What is binaural audio and how might it be implemented? What are the opportunities for new access services? As part of the session, Dr Mariana Lopez will be talking about improving accessibility of TV and Film for visually impaired people using…

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Chris Johns

Chief Engineer, Broadcast Strategy, Sky UK

Workshop: Redefining the visual experience – advances in UHD & HDR
09:40-10:30 - Sky Central

The latest research and standardisation approaches that are further improving the viewing experience, including learnings from recent HDR trials, and the link between UHD and the creation of a new Interoperable Master Format (IMF).    

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Ailin Tarbinian

Delivery Manager OTT Live Streaming, Sky

Workshop: Superior streaming – ensuring a quality experience
15:00-15:50 - Sky Central

How do leading streamers define and measure video quality? How do they plan, predict and cope with demand surges? What initiatives are under way within organisations and across the streaming video ecosystem to further improve the user experience?    

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