Professor Brian CoxProfessor Brian Cox is to be the keynote speaker at a debut tech conference in Manchester on May 20. Called TMRW, the conference seeks to bring together start-ups, enterprises and digital creatives to explore issues relating to the (technology-driven) future.

TMRW is being staged alongside IP EXPO Manchester which is also making its debut in the North following three previous shows in London: IP EXPO Europe, Data Centre EXPO and Cyber Security EXPO.

Both events – TMRW and IP EXPO Manchester – are being staged at Manchester Central over 20 and 21 May.

In addition to Brian Cox, the organisers of TMRW intend that the programme explores as wide a variety of topics as is possible in one day relating to “new developments in physical and digital technologies and how they affect business and society.”

Themes to be addressed will range from smart cities to privacy in an increasingly digital age. There will also be a ‘Live Lounge’ where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in interactive demonstrations and activities.

Emma Carr

Emma Carr

Other speakers include Samy Kamkar, a self-proclaimed “computer hacker, whistle-blower and entrepreneur”, Professor Will Alsop, Lesley Cowley, chair of the DVLA, Emma Carr, director of Big Brother Watch and Tom Cheesewright, the ‘futurologist’ and well-known BBC tech pundit.

Cheesewright is also the founder of TMRW and he explained his rationale for launching the show. “We have here on our door-step a tech powerhouse, with a vibrant start-up scene, forward-thinking enterprises and one of the world’s largest communities of digital creatives.

“By bringing together the creators and consumers of tomorrow’s technologies and feeding them with insight and inspiration, we aim to catalyse wholly new innovations, schemes and opportunities.”

Further information about TMRW can be found here.