Using Tech and Innovation to Respond to our Sustainability Challenges

3rd February 2022

Using Tech and Innovation to Respond to our Sustainability Challenges

3rd February 2022
BuroHappold & Online (Hybrid Event)
230 Lower Bristol Rd
United Kingdom
Starts at 6:00pm
Ends at 8:00pm
Member price £15
Non-member price £15

Join us for this hybrid event to understand how BATHNES and its businesses can use technology to respond to our sustainability challenges.

About this event

What can digital connectivity offer cities, especially ones with a strong heritage history and its own sustainability challenges and opportunities?

How is technology unlocking holistic performance in the built environment, and why do we need to accelerate adoption to meet our sustainability goals?

How can projects such as "Connecting Bath" support businesses boost their connectivity and innovation? What barriers are there, and how can we overcome them?

Hosted on the riverside at BuroHappold, expect informative talks and inspiring networking opportunities to further support your ability to discover, collaborate and innovate.

We are welcoming Bath Spa University, City Global Futures and BuroHappold to speak at this event.

This event has as focus on Bath but will be applicable to any business interested in technology, innovation and connectivity in their region.

Tom Hopton and Becky Haywardfrom BuroHappold will be speaking about how technology is helping to unlock holistic performance in the built environment, and why we need to accelerate adoption to meet our sustainability goals.

Kate Pullinger, Bath Spa University andStephen Hilton, City Global Futures

Digital technology continues to develop at an exponential pace, radically changing how we live, work and play - but the relationship between technology and sustainability is complex. Virtualising products and services might enable less consumption of valuable resources but digital technology also consumes power and creates significant waste as kit becomes obsolete. What is clear is that realising benefits requires an ambitious and visionary approach to ensuring the ubiquitous and equitable availability of cutting edge digital connectivity.

Connecting Bath is a report commissioned by Bristol + Bath Creative R+D. The current/planned roll-out of 5G connectivity and the future development of 6G are potentially significant opportunities for the creative industries in Bath. Under the leadership of Kate Pullinger, Bristol + Bath Creative R+D commissioned City Global Futures to undertake this research, exploring the feasibility of a private, cutting edge digital network for Bath.


6:00 – 6:20 – Registration, Networking, Refreshments [ Welcome & Facilitated Networking for Online Attendees]

6:20 – 6:30 – Introduction by Future Leap

6:30 – 6:45 –Tom Hopton and Becky Hayward, BuroHappold

6:45 – 6:55 – Q&A

6:55 – 7:10 –Kate Pullinger, Bath Spa University and Stephen Hilton, City Global Futures

7:10 – 7:20 – Q&A

7:20 – 7:25 – 60 Second Pitches

7:25 – 7:30 – Close

7:30 – 8:00 – Networking [Till 7:45 for Online Attendees]

Meet The Speakers!

Kate Pullinger,Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Bath Spa University

Kate is a writer who works across book and digital forms; her most recent projects include the novel Forest Green, and the smartphone ghost story, Breathe. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University where she leads the research centre, the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries. She is also the academic lead on the University's town-centre research and innovation hub, The Studio at Palace Yard Mews.

Stephen Hilton, Founder and Director, City Global Futures

Stephen has 20+ years’ experience of developing strategy and delivering innovative and impactful projects with cities, government bodies, universities, businesses and communities. He was named Local Government Innovator of the Year for his work on technology and democracy. Stephen is a Fellow of the new University of Bristol Digital Futures Institute; a former Fellow of the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D Cluster, which is examining Digital Placemaking. He is Sector Advisor on Smart Cites to Invest Bristol+Bath and is a Board Member of the Architecture Centre.

Tom Hopton,Associate Director, BuroHappold

Tom is the Global Leader for Smart Buildings and Controls with 16 years’ industry experience. He holds Fellowship status with CIBSE for his contribution to industry, a marker of his commitment to engineering quality, projects and clients.

Tom is the Vice Chair of the global CIBSE ICT and Controls Committee, which focuses on developing industry standards and guidance around controls, ICT and technology. Tom also sits on the judging panel for BCIA’s annual awards and is an advisor to the SmartScore Council.

Tom also sits on the judging panel for BCIA’s annual awards and is engaged with the European Commission to develop their emerging “Smart Ready Indicator” assessment methodology.

Dr Becky Hayward,Associate Director, BuroHappold