12 Jun 2015

The Open University hosts International Conference on Technology Policy, and Innovation

ICTPI 2015

ICTPI 2015

The Open University is hosting the 15th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation (ICTPI) at its Milton Keynes campus on 17-19 June 2015 – the first time this prestigious international event has been held in the United Kingdom.

The Open University in Milton Keynes

The Open University in Milton Keynes

ICTPI brings together academics, business-leaders and policy makers to discuss important issues relating to in the use and impact of science and technology to foster regional economic development and shared prosperity at home and abroad.

The event will showcase speakers from across the globe from a wide range of subject areas and disciplines such as cyber security, big data, smart technologies and e-learning. Professor of Energy, William Nuttall, from the OU’s Faculty of Maths, Computing & Technology, is leading the University’s involvement in the event and said: “The OU is delighted to be hosting this prestigious event, bringing together some of the best thinkers and researchers from around the world.”

The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Information and communications technology (ICT) and Science in a Complex World’ and will be organised along the following themes:
• Smart Cities – using information and communications to manage resources effectively.
• New Economy ¬– balancing economic growth and affordability, reliability and security of societal services and environmental protection both locally and globally.
• Data Security ¬– a look at both the benefits and threats of the recent explosion of new kinds of economic and social activity through the internet.
• Education Futures ¬– reassessing the models of learning in a digital world and how student progress is tested and supported.
• Energy – examining future energy challenges and opportunities
• MK: Enterprise Growth – a business-to-business event focus on regional growth in Milton Keynes and the South-East Midlands.

Professor Nuttall added: “The OU is the ideal choice for ICTPI 2015 given our world-leading research in the key areas of smart cities, new forms of energy, e-learning and cyber-security. Our location in the heart of Milton Keynes is also significant, given our work with the city on MK:Smart – a £16m project to develop new ways of managing the city’s key infrastructure.”

To see the full event programme, please visit the conference website at:

Notes to editor
15th International Conference on Technology, Policy and Innovation (ICTPI)
Full details of the conference can be found at:

ICTPI 2015 is sponsored by Milton Keynes Council, Invest Milton Keynes, Higher Education Funding Council for England, Santander Universities and Tech Mahindra.

MK:Smart is an OU-led consortium of local and national partners in a significant Big Data that will see Milton Keynes benefit from a £16m Higher Education Funding for England catalyst grant-funded project.
MK:Smart will develop innovative ways of supporting the significant forecast growth in Milton Keynes through curation of the data that drives the city’s key transport, water and energy infrastructure.
Find out more about MK:Smart here:

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