The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones to provide thrilling end to Hub16 London


Hub16 London attendees are set for a special closing session led and hosted by the BBC’s prolific tech correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. One of the most recognisable faces in UK journalism, Rory will take to the stage for the very final session on Wednesday November 9th before running a Q&A session with Anaplan founder and CTO Michael Gould.

The face of tech journalism

Rory is a stalwart at the BBC, having been with the organisation since the early 1980s where he began his career as a researcher on the Leeds edition of Look North, the regional current affairs programme. By 1990 Rory had joined the business desk, eventually becoming business correspondent for BBC News – a position he held until 2006. During this period Rory covered numerous landmark stories such as the Black Wednesday fallout and the crisis – on which he wrote his first book; ‘Dot.bomb’.

The era can be seen as the beginning of Rory’s move toward technology issues, culminating with him taking the role of technology correspondent in 2007. Here he has spent the best part of the last ten years covering the rise and fall of the world’s biggest tech firms, as well as reporting on new and developing technology. As well as reporting for the BBC News channel and writing for the website, he also presents the Tech Tent show every Friday at 3pm on the BBC World Service.

Rory at Hub16

Taking to the stage Rory will discuss the most exciting technologies he has seen recently, as well as his views on how they might have an impact on a range of industries in the coming months and years.

Having covered everything from Google’s AI aspirations and Amazon’s aim to deliver pretty much anything on-demand, to the dangers of blockchain in the last few months alone, there are few people better placed to speculate on what’s next in the world of tech!

Rory will then host a Q&A style discussion with Anaplan founder Michael Gould, debating the opportunities for businesses in using technology to meet changing market demands – ensuring they have the measures in place to plan for any eventuality. With the details of Brexit still to be ironed out, and key regulatory reforms such as the GDPR due to come in to play in the coming years, the discussion should be relevant to organisations from almost all sectors.

Other topics up for discussion include technology predictions for 2017, skills challenges in technology firms and other businesses, as well as innovation and the role the UK can play on the global stage.

Once Michael Gould has delivered his closing remarks, bringing Hub16 London to an end, there’ll also be the chance to meet Rory in person and ask any further questions at the VIP drinks event immediately after the show.

Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating and thrilling end to Hub16 London! For more information, and to see the full show agenda, click here.

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