Astronauts, blockchain and real-time hacks: what to expect at IP Expo 2018

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On September 26, 2018

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The nights are drawing in and the temperature is continuing to drop, which can only mean two things: 1) the UK summer is well and truly over, and 2) IP Expo 2018 is nearly upon us.

Pitching itself as “Europe’s number one IT event,” IP Expo crams six trade shows under one cavernous roof, taking place on 3-4 October 2018 at ExCeL, London.

Last year’s event saw a record turnout of 15,593 attendees, and this year is expected to be even bigger. So, to help you prepare for the event, here are three things you can expect to see.

A focus on security and AI

IP Expo 2018 will cover pretty much every area of B2B technology you can imagine, from data analytics and machine learning, to the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain. However, there is set to be a definite emphasis on cyber-security and artificial intelligence (AI), both of which of course remain key areas for today’s enterprise decision makers.

For example, security seminars will cover everything from threat intelligence and security monitoring, to biometric authentication and advice around building a data breach response plan. There will also be a live open-source security lab where visitors can see hacks take place in real time and gain insight into how to defend against an attack.

On the AI front, visitors can get the low-down on managing the data lifecycle, how to be human in the age of the machine and insight into why bias in AI is more dangerous than killer robots. Plenty to get your teeth into!

An abundance of blockchain

With it currently being such a hot topic for anyone involved in IT, there will also be a stronger focus on blockchain technologies than in previous years. Multiple panel discussions will cover the biggest recent developments in the field, while seminars will cover a range of related topics, such as realising the business benefits of blockchain, regulatory issues and some real world use cases.

Other discussions will cover issues around performance, resilience and blockchain integration, as well as the introduction of platforms and their impact on enterprise. Speakers will include Tazz Gault from State Zero, talking ‘Blockchain Bulls**t and busting blockchain myths’, and Peter Chandha from DPI Innovative Technologies, outlining ‘how to decide if the blockchain is the right strategy for your business’.

This year’s event even has a specific blockchain area, where Citrix, Ometis, Splunk and Wolfram will all have stands and will be showcasing their latest solutions.

The blockchain world is only going to continue growing over the coming months, so we’d definitely recommend stopping by some of these talks and stands to gain valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities the technology offers.

Elite speakers a-plenty

IP Expo Europe usually manages to put together an impressive line-up of guest speakers and this year is certainly no exception.

Kicking things off is decorated Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who helped build the Mir space station in the late 90’s and became Commander of the International Space Station for six months in 2013.

Attempting to follow in Hatfield’s footsteps is a star-studded list of technology leaders. Senior representatives from the likes of Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Amazon Web Services will all be in attendance, along with well-known security analyst Graham Cluley and BP’s Chief Digital Innovation Officer Morag Watson, just to name a few.

And…the lorries!

If IP Expo 2018 isn’t sounding good enough already, we’re also going to be at the event, broadening our knowledge on the tech industry’s latest innovations and catching up with some of our great clients. For example, Gospel technology is exhibiting and running a seminar about “the blockchain platform for enterprise data”, while Arcserve is also exhibiting and hosting a seminar to debunk the myths of Office 365 protection.

If you’d like to grab a coffee and have an informal chat to find out how we can help your company, feel free to get in touch at We’d love to meet you!

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