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Shropshire’s first technology conference attracts global line up

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Tech Severn Conference Logo

Tech Severn Conference Logo

Shropshire’s first technology conference is set to attract influential speakers from across the globe.

The TECH Severn 2018 Conference is being held at the Theatre Severn on 17 July. Organised by Shropshire Council, the event will look at how technology may help solve many of the challenges faced by councils and businesses across the UK.

Hundreds of delegates from across the UK will hear how the latest innovations may transform their organisations approach to technology and how this technology could help them save costs and time, and possibly even lives in the future.

Maggie Philbin OBE

Headlining the event will be Tomorrow’s World presenter, Maggie Philbin OBE. Maggie Philbin is also well known for her work on programmes such as Hospital Watch, Body Matters, QED and Bang Goes the Theory. Maggie is also the CEO and Founder of TeenTech, Patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust and President of the Institute of Engineering Designers.

Maggie Philbin OBE who will be headlining the Tech Severn Conference 2018 Event

Maggie Philbin OBE who will be headlining the Tech Severn Conference 2018 Event










Maggie Philbin said;

“TECH Severn will be a great opportunity to see how technology can tackle key challenges being experienced by an increasing ageing and vulnerable population. I’m looking forward to hearing not only from the keynote speakers, but from what I know, will be a highly informed audience.”

Ms Philbin will join the Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Dr Kevin Doughty, Sheila Mackintosh and Daniel Rowles and a host of other speakers and exhibitors at the TECH Severn 2018 Conference, to show how technology has progressed.

Andy Begley, Director of adult services and housing at Shropshire Council added;

“We are absolutely delighted to have Maggie Philbin OBE as our guest speaker.

“TECH Severn is not just a business gathering, we are providing delegates with insights into what the future holds for all types of businesses and how technology will shape our lives, work and businesses.  Telehealth and telecare innovations have the potential to support and improve the quality of life for our residents and keep them from unnecessary care home and hospital admissions which reduces the anxiety felt by them and their families.”

Tech Severn Seed event 2017

Tech Severn Seed event 2017










Over 400 delegates who are expected to attend the event will get to hear and see the very latest from our exhibitors which include:


Attendees will also be able to join in the many activities during the day, including trialing the Dementia Virtual Tour Bus, looking over the latest Tesla car and viewing the latest robotic equipment to help those who struggle to feed themselves, due to issues with arm/hand coordination. Visitors will also get the opportunity to take part in the ‘One Name, One Voice’ project by Wild Strawberry or walk around a 360° wraparound sound and vision igloo.

Latest technology

The event will also lend itself to the launch of two flagship projects from Shropshire Council; The One Scheme and TECH Gym. Both projects offer the latest insights into artificial intelligence, digi health, modern methods of construction, green technology, assistive technology, digital marketing and eco energy

The One Scheme

The One Scheme is a construction project led by Shropshire Council in partnership with University Centre, Shrewsbury.  The first phase is to create  hi-tech, hi-spec properties incorporating solar tiles and micro grids as well as assistive technology, into the fabric of the home and wider community. These can be built quickly and cost effectively.

Tech Gym

Working with University Centre Shrewsbury and local businesses, the Tech Gym will allow individuals and business to pay a fee to access the latest hi-tech equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters as well as training, development, advice and networking sessions with opportunities to access venture capital.

Tech Severn Seed event 2017

Tech Severn Seed event 2017









Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for adult services, health and housing said;

“We want to be pioneering the advancement of technology that will enable people to live better and work smarter and attract technology based companies to the region.

“Attendees will get to hear world changers on the latest innovations in assistive technology, digi-health, green technology and modern methods of construction and business.  Visitors will also see how technology is being used currently, and its role in the future by councils and businesses.

“This is a very exciting time for Shropshire and the future looks very promising and exciting.”

Tickets to the FREE event are available here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tech-severn-2018-conference-tickets-45015230767

For more information about TECH Severn Conference 2018 visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/whats-on/whats-on/tech-severn-conference-2018/

Further information

TECH Severn 2018 Conference is a free conference being held on 17th July from 9 am to 5 pm at Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8AT

Exhibitors will include Growth Hub, LEP, WelBeing, TESLA,

Speakers include:

Chair: Vicki Archer, BBC

  • Maggie Philbin OBE, President of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech
  • Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) London South Bank University Previous Minister of State for the Department of Health will talk about ‘TEC Futures: From Technology Enabled Care to Technology Enabled Care’
  • Professor Kevin Doughty, Visiting Professor of Digital Transformation of Care Services University of Cumbria, Director iCUHTec International Centre for Usable Home Technology will discuss “Using Digital Care Technologies to Improve Quality and Choice in Satisfying the Expectations of Commissioners and Consumers”
  • Andy Begley, Director of Adult Social Care & Housing, Shropshire Council will discuss the challenges and solutions for Shropshire Council
  • Sheila Mackintosh, Director and Housing Consultant at Mackintosh O’Connor Associates Ltd: Research Fellow, University of the West of England. Sheila has over 30 published books and reports to her name and will look at “Present and Future Homes for Later Life”
  • William McMorran, MD of award winning architects Architectonicus, winner of the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018 Award for Exceptional Contribution to Dementia Care will talk about “Advanced Architectural Models & Evidence Based Service Design”
  • Charles McCay, Managing Director of Ramsey Systems. Charlie has over 20 years’ experience working with healthcare information and international standards from HL7, ISO and CEN, to enable effective and safe sharing of information. He recently completed a datathon showcasing HL7 FHIR® DataThon at VITALIS & MIE2018 and will look at “Digital Health Pathways and Simulations – Evidence Based Healthcare and the Real World”
  • Daniel Rowles has been working in Digital Marketing for the past 19 years, with extensive experience working both client side and within the agency environment. He is a Course Director for the CIM, a certified Google Squared trainer and a lecturer at Imperial College and Cranfield School of Management. Daniel has helped organisations of all types to use digital marketing effectively, working with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups through to global clients like the BBC, Sony, Tesco, Vodafone, Mercedes, L’Oréal and Warner Bros.

Maggie Philbin OBE

In 2017, Maggie was awarded an O.B.E. in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to the Science, Technology and Engineering Community.

She is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech  (Patron Duke of York http://www.teentech.com/about-teentech/ ) an award winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in Science, Technology and Engineering.  Maggie is well known for her involvement in the promotion of women in business, science and technology.

Drawing on her unique experience with some of the greatest innovators and inventors of all time, Maggie Philbin talks with great humour, authority and style about the key ingredients of innovation and forward thinking in business.

Maggie has worked on science, medical and technology programmes for over 30 years ranging from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory.

Her television career also encompasses Hospital Watch, Bodymatters Roadshow, QED, and BBC2’s women’s documentary series The Doll’s House.

Maggie has worked as a medical and consumer reporter for ‘This Morning’ on ITV, filmed reports for BBC’s current affairs programme ‘4×4’, studio pieces for BBC One ‘The One Show’  as well as a series of 20 programmes called ‘Heartland’ for Channel Health.

She presented 40 editions of the science programme ‘Wideworld’ for Channel 5 and spearheaded the BBC’s “Talking Teenagers” project across television and radio.

If one theme runs through Maggie’s career, it’s a talent for handling “live” shows. This has made her popular in the corporate sector where her diverse range of broadcasting skills is a valuable asset for conferences, business presentations and corporate television.

With an ability to discover a story before it is a story, her research abilities and attention to detail, Maggie Philbin is a phenomenal reporter. Maggie’s professional presentation reaches out to every viewer and listener, drawing them in and making the story ‘their’ story too. One of the very best in her field.

Alongside her ability to deliver the most complicated story in an engaging and watchable way, Maggie Philbin has great people skills and can make the most nervous guest feel relaxed comfortable and happy to tell their story. From teenage mums to nuclear physicists, from captains of industry to technology geeks – Maggie will get the best out of them.