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With keynote speeches from Professor Brian Cox and hacker and entrepreneur Samy Kamkar, the TMRW conference has a packed schedule of discussion panels in which business leaders, technologists and futurists will examine how the digital and physical are coming together to change our world.

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Just some of the panellists confirmed are: Professor Will Alsop OBE, director of aLL Design; Nathan Cornish, director at Urban Splash; tech entrepreneur Polly Barnfield OBE from Maybe; Chi Onwurah, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister and Martin Bryant, editor-in-chief of The Next Web.

The one-day event will be hosted by TV presenter Tim Lovejoy, who has created a series of shorts for Channel 4 called In the Future.

Professor Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester, said: “Manchester has always had an atmosphere, and I’ve watched it change over time. There has always been the music, which began for my generation with Factory Records. The music is still here, but now there is a resurgence of Manchester’s historic excellence in science and technology. There are start-ups all over the city, and the universities are making huge investments in next generation technologies. And next year the European City of Science is here.

“TMRW is a great opportunity to bring together people from all over the world and get them talking and thinking about science and the future. How do we help each other to innovate, to transform our city and our economy.

“In my talk I’ll describe the universe as seen from Manchester, and the role that science and innovation in Manchester has played in our ability to see it at all.”

Organiser and applied futurist Tom Cheesewright said: ‘‘The majority of business owners simply don’t have the time to think about how future technology will affect the very core of their company. The rapid growth in technological developments we have seen over the last few years is awe-inspiring but it brings challenges and threats that we can’t always imagine.

“The TMRW event was created to bring together the people defining our future to discuss the effects these technologies will have on our everyday lives. On how we interact with businesses, utilities, public bodies and, of course, each other.

“Not every business can afford to pay consultants to tell them how to futureproof their products or services – but by creating an affordable one-day event we can help people take a glimpse into the future and stay ahead of their competitors”

Key themes throughout the one-day event are: security, Internet of Things, personalised commerce, hyper-productivity, physical computing, additive manufacturing, robots and predictive analytics, augmented humans, smart cities, and personal privacy in a digital age.

Panel discussions take place in two tracks – the first being about the digital realm and the second is about the physical realm. There is also a live lounge running throughout the day to allow delegates the chance to try out new technologies themselves.

Sessions booked into Track 1: The Digital Realm include:

  • Very personal shopping: when shops know us better than we know ourselves
  • Mo’ money, mo’ problems: digital currencies and future payment
  • The internet is broken – who is going to fix it?
  • Regulating the fifth estate – who controls social media?
  • Nothing is secure and it never will be – protecting identity, privacy and property in a digital age

Running parallel to this is Track 2: The Physical Realm

  • Bricks and bits: do we really want our cities smart?
  • Who needs an IT director anyway?
  • Material world: our printed future
  • Augmented, automated, awesome: smarter people and smarter places
  • Robot wars: soldiers, drones and self-driving cars

Over in the Live Lounge, sessions include:

  • DIY Biohacking: Making glow-in-the-dark bacteria
  • Scaling on AWS – how to go from one user to one million
  • How to build tomorrow’s gadgets – hands on with the latest development devices from Imagination Technologies and Gemalto
  • Founders Panel – lessons from Mancs who’ve made it happen

TMRW is sponsored by Heineken, and supported by partners IoD and Manchester Digital.