Innovate Now 5: Industry 4.0 is a panel lead event with expert opinions on industry 4.0 and how it is relevant to businesses.
This will be the fifth instalment of hedgehog lab's flagship event, and we'll be focusing in on 'Industry 4.0', also referred to as the fourth industrial revolution within manufacturing and industry.
On the evening, the event will concentrate on exploring how advances in automation, robotics, big data, AI and more, will result in industrial transformation.
We're back to the presentation format at this event, with one expert set to increase our understanding of what Industry 4.0 actually is, and what it means for businesses, before our second speaker, John Ferguson, explains how his organisation are already benefiting from the adoption of such technologies.
Speaker Profiles - John Ferguson (Architecture Innovation Lead at Nissan):
John is responsible for designing the future technology architectures that will support Nissan Europe's business strategy. He is also responsible for supporting the creation and governance of the roadmaps required to make the vision a reality. The role involves exploring new technologies and concepts, figuring out how Nissan can best exploit them, and augmenting the best ideas into technology roadmaps.
John has a background in innovation having won Nissan's Chairman's Innovation Award and having spent time working in an incubator in Paris working with mobility startups. He has worked at Nissan for 14 years and has a background in software development and Enterprise Architecture.
Speaker Profile - Andrew Esson (Chair of the EEF North East Regional Advisory Board):
Andrew Esson is an award-winning engineer, industrialist, and entrepreneur who has spent his career in and around technology-based companies. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Andrew holds a Masters Degree in Technology Management and has decades of experience in the strategic use of technology to enable business transformation, including serial ERP, CAD and CAM implementations, development of novel product configuration software systems, and offshore equipment monitoring.
Andrew is Chair of the EEF North East Regional Advisory Board, and currently divides his time between supporting the Scaleup North East programme as a Scaleup Partner, and various non-executive, advisory and consultancy projects under the banner of his own business, Esson Partnership.
(Timings subject to change)
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Registration & Refreshments: Guests collect their welcome pack on arrival and are free to help themselves to a drink, chat with fellow delegates and enjoy the build up to the panel discussion.
6:30pm - 7:15pm: Andrew Esson (Chair of the EEF North East Regional Advisory Board): Andrew will explain Industry 4.0 and the four disruptions that will cause the digitization of the manufacturing industry: big data, analytics and AI, new and rising user interfaces and automation.
7:15pm - 7:45pm: Food & Networking: Guests are free to grab themselves another drink, discuss the panel's thoughts and enjoy some delicious treats ahead of the second half of the event.
7:45pm - 8:15pm: Speaker Two - John Ferguson (Architecture Innovation Lead at Nissan): John will provide a more practical overview of how organisations in manufacturing are already embracing the kinds of solutions discussed in our first presentation, using experience from his time with Nissan to bring examples to life.
8:15pm - 8:45pm: Close & Networking: Enjoy the opportunity to pose one-on-one questions to those on our panel, interact with fellow delegates and ensure you have a clear idea of how you can implement or follow up on your learnings.
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