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Wednesday 8 October 2008
(formal banquet preceding evening)
(Organised by: British Institute of Technology and E-Commerce)
(Sponsors: KPMG)
(Sponsors: Microsoft)
(Sponsors: Rolls Royce)

Keynote Speakers


Other Speakers

Other Senior Indian Delegates

Senior Representatives also expected from

Senior Diplomats expected from

Location: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London SW1P 3EE (The pre-conference dinner will be in the Science Museum)
Nearest tube stations: St James' Park; Westminster
Timing: Registration 08.00: Conference Proceedings 8.30am – 5.30pm: (Pre-Conference Dinner 6.30-8.30 pm)
Pricing: £300 (inclusive of dinner) plus V.A.T  cheques made payable to: British Institute of Technology & E-commerce Ltd
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Parallel Sessions

The Issues
The role of Government
Governments have a key role in fostering the success of high-technology industry. This success will often depend on a regular supply of new developments to achieve and maintain a global lead, along with support for exploitation and global partnering. In this section, we will hear from the governments of both the host nation and the focus nation about their support for science and innovation, and for effective partnering.

The Innovation Process
In today's world, new inventions and their use in innovative products and services are the basis for many businesses. Success usually goes to the first to identify relevant new technologies at a very early stage and to acquire and exploit them for business benefit. In the 'global economy', these discoveries could arise anywhere, and the transition to successful products or services may depend on global partnering, so a truly worldwide approach is essential.
We will hear from leading exponents about their successes and best practise methodology and ways in which they can be adopted for other environments.

Beyond the Internet
The impact of the Internet on business, and indeed on all aspects of our lives, needs no emphasising. However, in this rapidly evolving field, new developments are inevitable. Business and Governments will be faced with new opportunities and threats, with a vital need to be able to understand them and respond in a timely and appropriate fashion.
In this section, we will address possible future scenarios and their implications, along with recommendations and methods for accommodating the changes.

Today's world offers many opportunities for new businesses based on emerging technologies. However, the pace of development, together with the ever accelerating speed of communication of ideas and transport of goods and people bring new challenges to the leaders of organisations.

One of the significant success factors for the future will be a clear vision of the whole process from technology to market. Entrepreneurs must consider the global picture in all aspects of their planning, whether it is technology, creation and development, production or marketing. Innovation is essential, whether it is in the form of new technology or in the approach to business development and partnering.

A key consideration is the rapidly changing balance of research, technology and manufacturing between
developed and developing nations. It is no longer enough to develop a product and then look for
'cheap manufacturing' elsewhere. Developing nations have expertise in all stages of the process, and this
must be harnessed efficiently.

The aim of the World High-Tech Forum is to concentrate on a different 'focus country' each year,
with presentations from government and leading companies providing valuable high-level,
'shared learning'. The focus of the 2008 Forum is India, a country which will have population larger than China in the next 5 years, a country which provides the manpower of the technology world, a country which is investing strongly in technology creation as well as manufacturing and education.

During the conference,we will hear from leading government figures about the plans for links between nations, and from top businesses about their strategy and successes. Senior representatives from both will
share 'best practice' examples and processes. The emphasis will be on innovation and global partnering, with coverage of inward investment and export topics, along with technology and business collaboration. Carefully selected 'case studies' will concentrate on the strategic level, to support businesses who wish to invest in the focus country or creating other business alliances.

Delegates will leave the conference better equipped to lead their organisations through the opportunities
and complexities of the future.

Governments have a prime need to foster science and technology, not only for the nation's reputation but also for their own needs (as in defence) and for the economic strength of the nation. The success of high-technology industry will often depend on a regular supply of new developments to achieve and maintain a global lead.
In this section, we will hear from both governments and industry about best practice, in both the support and exploitation of research. Considerations of intellectual property protection will be included.

In today's world, new inventions and their use in innovative products and services are the basis for many new businesses. An essential pre-requisite is thus the existence of a strong science base, whether national or international.

Business success usually goes to the first to identify and utilise these new discoveries for benefit to business and the economy. One key aspect of this success is the ability to identify relevant new technologies at a very early stage and to acquire them for business benefit. In the 'global economy', these discoveries could arise anywhere, so a truly world-wide approach is essential.

Whilst it is not possible to predict every development in technology, and certainly not new fundamental discoveries, the successful organisation will have the ability to identify and assess new discoveries and developments as they emerge. Relevance to the operation of the organisation must be judged, and decisions taken whether to monitor or actively pursue these matters.

These processes are known by a number of titles, including 'Technology Watch', 'Technology Scanning', etc.

We will hear from leading exponents in industry, government and academia about proven, best
practise methodologies and how they can be adopted for other environment.

India has become one of the chosen destinations for manufacturing, this trend will be shaped by its
competitiveness and meeting the global demands. In the longer term, close partnerships covering the
whole product evolution from concept to production will become the norm, but there is no doubt that
production will still form a key part of the partnership. Manufacturing technologies and advanced
manufacturing systems integrated with intelligent design and manufacturing equipment will no doubt be a
key topic of discussion. Taking prototype to mass production through the use of e-design, e-chain and e-manufacturing is already nearing reality.

The sectors affected include communication, aerospace, automotive, information technology, electronics
and printing. Key aspects include Design and Future-proofing in prototyping; Evolution from Manufacturing
to Service Models; Aligned buyers and sellers in Service Systems; Energy recycling in Electronics; Closed
loops, recycling and Polymers and Closing loops for mobile phones.

Areas of concern are skills development, training, informing and consulting. Key speakers in this area may
include senior representatives of Corporate and Government organizations.

Throughout the history of technology, there have occurred new developments that transform business
environments, presenting major opportunities to adopters, and major threats to established suppliers.
Examples that readily come to mind include the telephone, steam engine, air travel, electronic
computers etc. More recently, we have seen the fusion of computing and telecommunications, the
analysis of the human genome, DNA-based medicines, etc. The rise of the internet and its e-mail
and data access capabilities have virtually eliminated letter post, as well as threatening book and music

These technologies, often known as 'Transformation Technologies' because of their dramatic impact on
businesses, are appearing more and more frequently with the acceleration of scientific progress and the
increased communication across the science world. The successful enterprise of the future will be
characterized by an expertise in identifying, accessing and exploiting such transformation technologies,
whether they offer an opportunity for new business or a threat to existing products.

In this forum, we will hear from proven experts in this field, and learn best practice from them to apply in
our own lives.

In seeking competitive advantage, whether for a company or a nation, it is essential that a global view is taken. The research community is truly world-wide, with new developments coming from anywhere. In particular, the rapidly changing balance of research, technology and manufacturing between developed and developing nations must be taken into account. Equally, the resources needed for development and
production are available in many nations.

The successful organisation will consider this in all aspects of their planning, whether it is technology creation and development, production or marketing, and form global partnerships to their mutual benefit. We will hear from leaders of successful organisations who have mastered this aspect.

The importance and complexity of technology creation and its utilisation is common to many nations
all around the world, with varying degrees of support from governments. In particular, the adoption of
e-Government practices is a sign of a committed government.

There is a clear need to improve on an internet infrastructure which is as inherently fragile, in business
security terms, as the present one. iIt is essential that we look at ways to optimise and render safe the
cyber business world.

There is need for a concerted effort by heads of government to reach a common agreement of the
importance of creating a development of the internet which will overtake and replace it in the interest
of all nations. This task rests on each and every government to show their support for the creation of
the eNet that will be more secure, profitable and manageable.

In achieving this, the economic powers of the world must support the developing countries in a shared
initiative if they wish to realize the potential of a common global 'enhanced internet' to work. for the
benefit of all.