Out and about: E&T’s pick of #technology #events in May

Activities for all ages taking place during May. As always, check in advance with the organiser’s website for current details about start time, and whether there’s any charge or need to register.

 Above and Beyond

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 27 May –29 August

Experience what space flight is really like and glimpse into its future in the National Maritime Museum’s new family-friendly, interactive exhibition, sponsored by Boeing, which opens for the Summer this month. Design and race your own supersonic jet, take an elevator ride to the edge of space and enjoy the view of Earth from above, or go on a marathon to Mars and see how your body would cope on the long-haul trip to the red planet. Recommended for ages 7+, ‘Above and Beyond’ is packed with immersive simulations, participative design challenges and visionary concepts that will help visitors get up-close and personal with the technology that makes air and space travel possible.

 IAC Open Days

Queensway Meadows, Newport, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May

Users and suppliers of industrial control equipment will converge on Industrial Automation and Control’s Newport works for an exhibition featuring more than 30 displays of equipment including variable-speed drives, motors, sensors, programmable controllers, communications, motion control and machine safety. Among the big hitters due to be attending and exhibiting are Siemens, ABB, Sick (UK), Wittenstein, Mersen, IFM Electronic, Pilz, Underwoods, ABB Low Voltage, DP Fabrications, Eldon, Parmley Graham and Cembre. The two day event showcases a company recognised as one of the UK’s leading systems integrators. Entry is free with catering provided, although pre-registration is essential.

Digital 2016

Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales, 6-7 June

Digital 2016 brings together more than 2000 delegates from a wide range of industry sectors, all within the digital sphere; to be enlightened, to network, to be inspired, and to do business. Explore the world of new technology, hear from inspirational industry leaders, interact with the latest tech and network with a mass of like-minded business leaders. Whilst tech is the constant thread, there’s a focus on how it’s is revolutionising the way we live and do business by addressing themes such as tech, skills, security and funding. Day 1 is for those curious about how technology is shaping our future and revolutionising the way we live and do business, while Day 2 will help you understand how you can drive growth in your business by engaging digital skills To help get your business equipped with digital skills there’s an IT bootcamp and coding workshops

The Lean Startup Summit London

Level39, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, 16-18 May

The Lean Startup philosophy was first proposed by entrepreneur/author Eric Ries in the book ‘The Lean Startup’ and has since been applied to any individual, team, or company looking to introduce new products or services into the market. Today, the methodology is a common practice used all over the world and The Lean Startup Summit London brings together entrepreneurs and corporate innovators who seek ways of working that support continuous innovation and sustainable growth. Themes and keynote speakers are based on host Level39’s verticals –  Fintech, Cyber Security, Smart Cities and Retail Solutions – and the organisers are taking the 50/50 pledge to showcase an equal share of men’s and women’s voices.

{Open}:Hack @ tmformlive!

Nice, France, 6-7 May

A unique opportunity to bring your product or create new prototype apps working with an open ecosystem platform focused on building smart, sustainable cities. As well as experimenting with the open platform, open APIs, open data and creative new solutions exposed by others, attendees will have the chance to compete for prizes offered to the solutions that have the greatest impact to climate and smart city challenges affecting real citizens. Winners will get the opportunity to demo their application to a number of city directors and senior executives from around the globe at our flagship TM Forum Live event.

Mail Rail – the Post Office Underground Railway

Bromley Central Library, 3 May

What do you know about the Post Office former underground railway system in London and the plans for its future ? This talk, jointly organised by the IET’s London and South East: Kent local networks, will describe the line that ran between Whitechapel and Paddington from 1927 until 2003 and plans to possibly reopen it for public viewing.

Robots Helping People

IET, Savoy Place, 11 May

What do robots need to be able to effectively help people? How can we equip robots with the skills to understand human states, predict human intentions and assist in an intelligent and supportive manner? Using examples from his research at Imperial College’s Personal Robotics Laboratory, Professor Yiannis Demiris will describe how assistance personalisation is a key competence that future helper robots will need to possess in a lecture organised by the IET’s  London local network. Expect an interdisciplinary exploration of the field of personal robotics, drawing inspirations from intelligent sensing, machine learning, human factors, and robot design to give a glimpse of how robots can help people’s wellbeing.

 Science as Revolution: RTS/IET public lecture with Sir Paul Nurse

British Museum, London, 11 May

Science has brought about revolutionary changes in our understanding of ourselves and the natural world that have acted as major drivers of our culture and civilisation. This knowledge has in turn brought about revolutions in the ways that we live and in the technologies that support society. A case can be made that science is the most revolutionary activity of humankind. This year’s RTS/IET Public Lecture, to be delivered by Sir Paul Nurse, examines the ways in which science is changing the world and how the world needs to respond to these changes. Sir Paul will explain how scientific knowledge has brought about revolutions in the ways that we live and in the technologies that support society.

IET Tribology Tour: Bringing Tribology to Life

Coventry University, 12 May

In association with IET Local Networks, the IET Tribology Network is hosting a series of evening talks that bring tribology to life through real examples and case studies. The study and application of the principles of friction, lubrication and wear – collectively known as tribology – is fundamental to energy production, manufacturing, healthcare and many other industries. Tribology underpins and sustains our economic competitiveness, environment and quality of life. Come along and find out how it opens up exciting and powerful paths to new technological solutions, improves the sustainability of products and systems, benefits the environment, and increases economic competitiveness

Building Efficiency

London, 13 May

Today’s UK portfolio of non-domestic buildings is where the future of UK prosperity is determined. So in order to meet the needs of the occupants, achieve carbon and energy reduction targets, and comply with legislation whilst keeping within the budgets imposed on them, building service engineers, FMs and energy managers have a mammoth task to keep a building functioning to all criteria imposed on them. This BSRIA event will look at the benefits of a business focused attitude towards maintenance strategy decision making, how benchmarking projects can be used in order to demonstrate evidence of improvements and how it can drive efficiency. Attendees will also find out how building performance evaluation can identify areas of good performance and also where there is a need for improvement.


Booker Park Community School, Aylesbury, 12 May,

Find out more about Schoolhaus, claimed to be the UK’s most energy-efficient school buildings, designed and developed by UK Energy Partners design and develop to be built and delivered by its construction division, Net Zero Buildings. The award-winning designs run at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions, generating energy and revenue through integrated solar PV roofs. Activities on the day include a building tour, presentations from expert speakers and case studies.


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