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Cambridge Global Challenges


INNOVATE 2017 collects innovators, investors, and academics to showcase many of the world's brightest innovators and best innovations. This year's conference is focused on how UK innovation can tackle the biggest global challenges, but will still provide the standard support sessions on innovation, expansion, and collaboration.

The key themes of the event cover:

  • Creating new worlds: the opportunities and challenges that space presents, both to people and to business
  • Automating the world: the impact of AI on business, and planning for a future including machine learning
  • Securing the cyber world: increasing awareness and understanding of cyber-security
  • Building the cities of a future world: rapid urbanisation is creating massive issues for cities around the world - how do smart cities factor into a solution?
  • Feeding the world: harnessing technology to keep up with the increasing demand for food
  • Creating an equal world: is innovation evening out the playing field, or increasing the gap between rich and poor?
  • Curing the world: improving health and quality of life through innovation, and
  • Energy powering the world: making the creation of energy more sustainable.

Two of these themes are being debated live on Twitter. Automating the World runs from 14:30 - 15:30 on 8th November, and Securing the Cyber World will be from 09:45 - 10:45 on 9th November.


For more on the Twitter debates, please see the dedicated events pages below:

Automating the World

Securing the Cyber World


For further details on the INNOVATE 2017 event, please see the website here.

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, 9 November, 2017 - 17:00
Event location: 
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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