Centenary lecture

Wills Memorial Building, 6.00pm, Admission free

Monday 2 November 2009

Please note, this event is fully booked.

Dr Graham Spittle, Vice President, Software UKI (UK & Ireland), IBM

A smarter planet: technology innovation and why it matters

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Lecture description

We are all connected – economically, technically and socially through systems and processes. They enable physical goods to be developed, manufactured, bought and sold; services to be delivered; everything from people, money and oil to water and electrons to move; and billions of people to work, govern themselves and live.

For the first time in history, almost anything can become digitally aware and interconnected. With so much technology available at such a low cost, the list of possibilities is endless. But being connected is not sufficient. We also have to infuse intelligence into our solutions and ways of working. The world has become ‘flatter’ and smaller and it must continue to become smarter.  This presentation will consider the latest innovations and draw inferences for the future.

Biography of Graham Spittle

Vice President, Software UKI (UK & Ireland), IBM

Graham Spittle was appointed to his present position in January 2008, prior to which he was VP, Integration Development and Director of the IBM Hursley Laboratory, where he has worked in a variety of roles since 1985. From 1995 to 1997 he was on international assignment in New York as a member of the Corporate Software Strategy Group. He has lectured and published on software contracting and intellectual property. He has a Master’s degree in geography from Edinburgh University and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Southampton University.

In addition to his IBM responsibilities, he holds a number of external positions, including Chair of the UK Technology Strategy Board; Director of The Foundation for Science and Technology; Fellow of the British Computer Society; Member of the Design London Advisory Group; Member of the NHS Health Innovation Council; Member of the Court of Benefactors of Oxford University; Member of the Informatics Advisory Board at Edinburgh University; and Member of the Council of Southampton University.

In 2008 he was awarded a CBE for his services to industry.