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Day 1: The Future of Housing

There will be 1 billion more of us added to the world’s population by 2030, and 2.2 billion more by 2050. Life expectancy is increasing too, resources are tightening and availability of land on which we can build is becoming scarcer all the time. For innovation to succeed in this space it needs to put people first – because everyone needs somewhere, they can call home.

Programme

08:45 | Registration and exhibition

09:35 | Welcome address by Nicola Yates OBE, CEO, Connected Places Catapult 

09:50 | Welcome to CityX – Erin Walsh, Director of Market Opportunities, Connected Places Catapult  

10:00 | Morning Keynote – Identifying the key challenges within Housing

With seven years as Director of Urban Development and Smart Cities Lead at Siemens, Julie has a wealth of insight on how of technology is shaping the built environment and the way we experience it. In January 2019, she started as Director of Technology and Innovation at Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property management development and regeneration companies. Reflecting on her experience working across different sectors, Julie’s keynote will address the current state of the Housing sector and identify some key opportunities for innovation, as well as highlighting pioneering practice.

Speaker: Julie Alexander, Group Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, Places for People

10:40 | Exhibitor Pitch Session One

11:25 – 12.10 | Show Zones and exhibition

11:25 – Speaker Corner 1: Connected Homes
Due to the rapid development in the Internet of Things (IoT), we are experiencing ever-increasing ‘connectivity’ in our daily life, especially in our homes, where we spend the majority of our time. According to Tech UK, the connected home is the largest IoT segment with seven billion connected devices in 2018, making up 26% of the IoT market. Bringing greater convenience and productivity, connected homes have huge potential to revolutionise the way we live.

Speaker: Rajni Nair, Senior Policy Researcher in the Energy team at Citizens Advice

11:45 – Speaker Corner 2: Low-Carbon Homes
Buildings alone account for almost 40% of all human greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the world, and more than half of these come from residential properties – our homes. Being part of the worldwide low-carbon movement, the implication of low-carbon houses could help us not only meet future energy needs but also have a positive impact on addressing climate change issues.

Speaker: Chris Langdon, Development and Investment Director, Engie

Business Cafe
Active during the entirety of both days, the Business Café provides a space for both pre-booked and spontaneous networking and collaboration, where Expo attendees are encouraged to explore potential collaboration and even setting up supply and demand relationships.

Advice Clinics
A number of professional advisors that include access to advisory sessions with organisation such as The Catapult Network, EEN, KTN, DIT and IPexperts from Withers & Rogers LLP, , and covering a range of topics – funding, partnerships, internationalisation, acceleration programs, sector focused expertise, etc. – will be offering 20 minute one-to-one guidance sessions that can be booked in advance online or on the day (subject to availability).

12:10 | Keynote Speaker – What is the home of the future?

Home of 2030 is the Government’s design and delivery competition created to drive innovation in the provision of affordable, efficient and healthy homes for all. It aims to inspire and reward the ambition of housing providers, designers, the supply chain and others helping to meet the big challenge of future housing needs. Home of 2030 is a cross-departmental initiative funded by BEIS in partnership with MHCLG and DHSC.

Leading the Home of 2030 project is BRE, the world’s leading building science centre. BRE was created almost a hundred years ago to develop innovative new housing models for returning WW1 soldiers. Since then the organisation has been at the forefront of housing in the UK and overseas with deep expertise in both existing housing stock and new build.

The media is full of debate and opinion on the topic of housing. It is a global issue and one of the great challenges we face as a society. The current housebuilding model in the UK is outdated with many people recognising that change is needed. This talk will examine some of the options for change and what solutions potentially will deliver high quality affordable homes in both the existing & new housing sectors. What are the challenges? How can we overcome them? How do we best deliver market change?

Speaker: Alan Somerville, Executive Director – Head of Building performance, BRE 

12:50 | Exhibitor Pitch Session Two

13:30 | Lunch and exhibition

14:30 – 16:15 | Show Zones and exhibition

14:30 – Speaker Corner 3: Modern Methods of Construction
With the increasing scale and complexity of new development projects and the demand for new homes on the rise, the house building sector is ripe for disruption. Enabled by technology advancement and innovation, a range of modern construction methods have emerged which are increasingly adopted by the sector. These have improved construction efficiency, lowered costs, and promoted sustainable development.

Speaker: Ed McCann, Senior Director, Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers

14:50 – Speaker Corner 4: Housing for an ageing population

We are living longer than ever before and the age profile of our society is changing rapidly. Most people want to remain in their own home as they age, but current housing stock is not suitable for us as we get older.  To enable people to live independently and safely at home for longer, inclusive and innovative products and services are needed.

Speaker: Jemma Mouland, Senior Innovation & Change Manager, Homes, Ageing Better

Business Cafe
Active during the entirety of both days, the Business Café provides a space for both pre-booked and spontaneous networking and collaboration, where Expo attendees are encouraged to explore potential collaboration and even setting up supply and demand relationships.

Advice Clinics
A number of professional advisors that include access to advisory sessions with organisation such as The Catapult Network, EEN, KTN, DIT and IPexperts from Withers & Rogers LLP, , and covering a range of topics – funding, partnerships, internationalisation, acceleration programs, sector focused expertise, etc. – will be offering 20 minute one-to-one guidance sessions that can be booked in advance online or on the day (subject to availability).

14:30 | Workshop One:  Discovering the Challenges in Housing 

Explore the emerging challenges surrounding the Housing sector.  Share ideas on what challenges you might be facing from your organisations.

Speaker: Annalise Johns, Housing Lead, Connected Places Catapult

14:45 | ConnectingX 

This session is a fast paced, interactive and effective way to connect with innovators, investors and cities. Designed to get everyone to connect to anyone, this activity will give you the chance introduce yourself, your interests and hear from others at the event.

15:30| Workshop Two: Unlocking Innovation Potentials in Housing

Explore ways to apply innovative thinking in creating solutions that can meet the challenges in Housing.  Create new ideas that can help add value to our society.

Speaker: Simon Sear, Chief Innovation Officer and Board Member of Tech Consultancy, BJSS

16:30 | Closing Keynote – Human Dot to Non-Human Dot: Connecting human places to abiotic and biotic systemic spaces

We have the technological real and near-to-real time human and non-human systems monitoring gear. But, when it comes to harnessing the potential of that gear, do we really have the right idea? In her keynote, Melissa will discuss how and why our understanding of places is fast-changing, risks and opportunities new insights reveal, and means by which her research suggests we can join diverse human, abiotic, and biotic dots both within and beyond the cities of the now and the near and medium-term future.

Speaker: Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist and Systems Theorist

17:00 | Networking and drinks reception

18:30 | Event Close