Speakers and Agenda revealed for the 5G for Immersive Technologies Event

Posted on: 19/11/2019

Join UK5G, Immerse UK and BBC to explore the impact of 5G for the Creative Industries and the role of immersive technologies. 29th November, Salford.

This event is an opportunity to tell us what your needs are and share ideas on how 5G can enable and enhance your creative projects.


The high-bandwidth low-latency technologies promised by 5G will likely radically disrupt the Creative Industries. Across TV, film, music, advertising, theatre, the arts and digital creative industries, the effects could affect the production, distribution and consumption models, as well as the content that is made.


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11:00 – Arrivals and registrations
11:20 – Welcome and introduction
11:30 – Overview of 5G and its impact on the creative industry, panel of 5G Infrastructure builders, broadcasters and creators:


  • Claire Havey – Board Member UK5G and Chair of UK5G Creative Industries Working Group
  • Dr Alex Connock – Academic and Entrepreneur in Digital Content


  • Alexandra Hussenot -¬†CEO & founder of Immersionn
  • Iwona Wilk – Knowledge Transfer Manager for Digital and Creative, KTN
  • Andy Curtis – Knowledge Transfer Manager for Digital and Creative, KTN


  • Laura Kriefman – Award-winning Director, Producer and Artist behind Hellion Trace
  • Wenbing Yao -¬†VP Business Development and Partnerships,¬†Huawei UK
  • David Biggs – Head of Technology Labs at BT
  • Ed King -¬†Lead Architect in the BBC‚Äôs Technology Strategy and Architecture Connectivity group
  • Dr Alex Connock – Academic and Entrepreneur in Digital Content
  • Mauricio Aracena – President of Virtual Reality Industry Forum and Media Standardization Manager at Ericsson

12:15 – Networking Lunch
12:45 РWorkshop session: work with creative industry professionals and 5G experts to understand the changes 5G could bring’
13:45 – Coffee break
14:00 – Presentation of workshop results with Q&A
15:30 – Summary and final remarks
15:45 – Networking
16:00 – End


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Speakers profiles

Claire Havey is an Account Director for Red Bee Media which operates at the front line of the broadcast industry delivering critical services for the world’s leading broadcasters. She has worked across the media space, delivering strategic and high profile launches, as a founding member of one of the first cloud based production platforms, Aframe, as a digital specialist for the UK and European research funds, and as a Board Member of UK5G.


Dr Alex Connock is an academic and entrepreneur in digital content.

Academically he is Fellow at Oxford University’s Said School of Business, in Management Practice (Marketing), where he teaches on MBA and Executive Education courses. He is also Senior Tutor of the Master’s degree course at the UK’s National Film and Television School in creative entrepreneurship. He is entrepreneur in residence at European business school INSEAD, and visiting professor at Salford University where he has created MA and BA-level courses in Digital Video Production and Marketing. He is also visiting professor at Sunderland and Manchester Metropolitan universities, and creative leader in residence at UCLAN. He has a PhD in video optimisation for e-commerce, as well as degrees from Oxford (PPE), Columbia University (Journalism) and INSEAD (MBA).

Commercially, he has run a sequence of production companies. In 2018 he founded Missile Digital Studios, producing content for the BBC and commercial customers. He previously led production companies Endemol Shine North (2011-16) and Ten Alps (now Zinc Media) which he co-founded with Bob Geldof and ran as CEO rom 1998 to 2011, and which included major documentary production businesses such as Brook Lapping and Blakeway, plus digital agency DBDA and the UK government’s digital Teachers TV channel project.  Through all these companies he has been involved in hundreds of TV productions for all major UK plus many international broadcasters, as well as TV and digital commercials and digital branded content. He has six times been shortlisted as Entrepreneur of the Year.

Non-executive roles currently include Unicef UK, The Halle Orchestra and UK 5G.  Alex is an Academy full member at BAFTA, and a patron of the Edinburgh International TV Festival.


Alexandra Hussenot is the CEO & founder of Immersionn, the world’s first VR Discovery Engine and she is also the UK lead for ‘Women in Immersive Technologies’. Prior to this, Alexandra pursued an international business career at insurance firm, Allianz, managing a GBP£80M global business. During her 11 years at Sony she designed and launched new software and service products. She has also lead large scale operations for mobile phone repairs and remanufacturing.


Iwona Wilk is a Knowledge Transfer Manager for Digital Economy and Creative Industries at KTN responsible for supporting UK companies by connecting them with potential partners from the industry, academics and other innovation support providers.  Iwona is actively involved in running the UK5G Innovation Network dedicated to the acceleration of 5G adoption in the UK and has been supporting the Network’s activities since its launch in early 2018. Iwona works closely with the UK5G Advisory Board and the recently established Working Groups to deliver their objectives and enhance collaborations with 5G eco-system in the UK.


Andy Curtis is a Knowledge Transfer Manager for Digital Economy and Creative Industries at KTN. He has a professional background in the Creative, Media and Digital industries and his career has also encompassed many other technology and innovation led sectors, niches and business markets. He has worked with businesses, local and national governments and Universities in client cities and regions in the UK, Europe and North America to support business growth initiatives in innovative technology sectors.


Laura Kriefman is the award-winning Director, Producer and Artist behind Hellion Trace. With over a decade of experience delivering interdisciplinary projects worldwide that fuse music, movement and technology Kriefman has created multi-award winning interactive shows, installations and spectacles that have been commissioned worldwide including USA, Brazil, Ireland, Croatia, Europe, India, and Indonesia. Her work has been recognised with numerous international fellowships including: Questlab Artist in Residence with Studio Wayne McGregor, 2018 Mozilla XR Studio Fellow, PRS Female Innovator in Music (keychange.eu), 2016 INK Fellow, 2015 WIRED Magazine/The Space Creative Fellow and a 2011-2012 Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow.


Wenbing Yao joined Huawei UK in 2008 and took up the role of VP Business Development and Partnerships in April 2018. Since 2017, Wenbing has been with Huawei Corporate Elite Program on telco network and business transformation, driving strategic projects on NFV, SDN and automation with tier one network operators. Between 2012 and 2016, Wenbing was the Director of Strategy and Marketing, responsible for developing the mid and long term business strategy for Huawei UK; driving strategic business development in areas including 5G, IoT, Smart City, Big Data, Data Centre IT and infrastructure; leading joint innovations with key telecom customers and organising market communication activities. Before 2012, Wenbing held various positions in a global account in Huawei, leading the solution marketing and industry and research collaborations team.


David Biggs is heading up the mobile innovations team at BT technology and has over 21 years of Telecommunication industry experience. David was involved in the first UK MNO to launch 4G, 1 year ahead of competition, and now the first UK MNO to launch 5G. David is passionate about the industry and is keen to continue to be a key contributor to help the UK’s speed of adoption, ahead of most countries. His team is at the bleeding edge of technology and doing a lot to push the boundaries. Their demos have been on the gadget show ( immersive ambulance), BBC news (BT launch broadcast over 5G) and BT Sport (1st live sport broadcast over 5G).


Ed King is a Lead Architect in the BBC’s Technology Strategy and Architecture Connectivity group. He’s currently looking at 5G (with the European Broadcasting Union and as a member of the UK5G Creative Industries Working Group) and next generation media networks. Before working for the BBC, Ed spent the previous 12 years in technical consulting roles. Ed says he’s has never had an original idea in his life, which is why he loves working with creatives!


Mauricio Aracena is the President of Virtual Reality Industry Forum and Media Standardization Manager at Ericsson. He has more than seventeen years experience in working  with multimedia technologies for the mobile phone industry. He has actively contributed in defining the next generation multimedia standards for 3GPP, ATSC and DVB, recently in the area of  High Dynamic Range. He is  currently leading the standardization strategy for AR/VR for 5G within Ericsson. Mauricio holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and an MBA from Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.


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