Managing through Large Scale Organisational Change

Sally Goble, Engineering Director at Accurx

Everyone who joins a startup does so because they love ‘fast pace’ and ‘challenges’. However, in the last year Sally has found herself, in her medium sized start up, caught up in the maelstrom of wholesale organisational and strategic change. 

In this talk Sally will recount some stories from the eye of the hurricane of taking a team of engineering managers and engineers through turbulent change, and will reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and what she wished she’d known beforehand.

The Future of Autonomous Marine Exploration

Prof. Andy Stanford-Clark, Innovation Leader at IBM Research

Andy Stanford-Clark will talk about the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project, in which IBM is the lead technology partner. Mayflower has no captain and no crew, and is a scientific research vessel for gathering data from the ocean to help advance our understanding of the impact of climate change and pollution, studying things like ocean chemistry and the health of marine mammals. This fully autonomous ship travelled from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts in the Summer of 2022, recreating the journey of the Pilgrim Fathers just over 400 years ago, and achieving the first Atlantic crossing by a self-directing fully-autonomous ship. Andy will describe how the AI Captain controls the ship and will talk about the scientific experiments on board, and the data these have produced.

New Trends in Engineering and Technology Innovations

Ana Avaliani, Director of Enterprise at the Royal Academy of Engineering

Ana will share her insights on the new trends in tech innovations. She started her career in a telecommunications start-up with a role focusing on technology scouting, finding and implementing novel technologies. Ana has extensive experience in innovation management across public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining the Academy, Ana worked at PA Consulting Group, technology and innovation consultancy firm, leading on high profile projects including the setup of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub in Lebanon, Beirut.


9:30Welcome – (Seemin Suleri)
9:40No Plan Survives First Contact with the Enemy : Managing through Large Scale Organisational Change – (Sally Goble)
10:10The Tech Sector in Dorset – (Shelley Collins-Trevett)
10:20Coffee & Networking Break
10:45Made in Dorset – Panel & Discussion – (Sharon Jones)
11:50Mayflower Autonomous Ship : The Future of Autonomous Marine Exploration –
(Andy Stanford-Clark)
12:20Buffet Lunch
12:50Networking and Exhibition
13:30Workshops – Attendee Choice
14:40Coffee & Networking Break
15:10New Trends in Engineering and Technology Innovations – (Ana Avaliani)
15:40Session Closing Remarks – (Seemin Suleri)
16:00Conference Close

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