7.30 am Breakfast
7.50 am ‘The Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering’ a catalyst for changing the Employment, Skills and Aspirations Landscape of the East of England with John Beer.
8.30 am Finish
‘The Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering’ a catalyst for changing the Employment, Skills and Aspirations Landscape of the East of England
Aspirations of the current and future generations of school students in rural areas is at an alarming low. Norfolk is no exception to this phenomena. The presentations objective is to outline these challenges and how we all, jointly, can strategically change the East of England regions Employment, Skills, Education and Aspirations landscape by creating a world renowned Centre for Knowledge Engineering i.e. AI and Deep Learning, Data Analytics, Bio-Informatics and Cyber Security. The East of England has now 3 world leading regional research hubs creating major breakthroughs in search engine technologies, Bio Med and food research but still not seen as a ‘powerhouse’. The objective is for the East of England to become the UK’s powerhouse of the Knowledge Engineering sector.
After leaving school at 15.5 years I joined the GPO Overseas Telecommunications on a 3 year Telecoms Technician apprenticeship and then subsequently moving to senior management positions in Xerox, Fujitsu Europe and Canon EMEA responsible for Strategic Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategy and Analysis. In 1996 I received a grant from the DTI to create a search engine platform for exporting SME’s engaging with Mike Lynch’s Autonomy team. I later co-founded an Unstructured Search API company based in New Zealand (later to become global) of which I successfully exited in 2011. I am currently an investor and advisor in and to a number of companies in the Search, Content Monetisation, and Knowledge Extraction space and since 2012 have been the CEO of Downham Market Developments Ltd the developer of ‘The Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering’ a new £350M commercial and education campus on the 80 Acre site of the Ex WW2 RAF Downham Market.
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