Byte the Future 2017


Friday 12th May 2017
12pm lunch. Conference starts at 1pm.


The Royal Society of Arts

Join us for an afternoon...
to make great ideas happen.

Byte the Future is a conference for influential and innovative business and IT leaders, to gain inspiration, debate the latest topics, discuss strategies and build upon their network. Through a combination of presentations, work groups and panel interviews, this event will be an afternoon of thought-provoking content.

During the evening there will be an opportunity to enjoy informal drinks, where delegates can network with new faces and catch up with existing contacts.


Gain insight and inspiration

Stay ahead of the curve

Network with like-minded peers



Rosetta Science Operations Manager, European Space Agency


Chief Digital Officer, The Economist


CTO, Dow Jones


Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Emergn


CTO, 3Pillar Global


Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, Travelport


Founding Partner, Chelsea Apps Factory


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration and networking lunch

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Why innovation labs don’t work

Jonathan Rivers, CIO, 3Pillar Global

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Make everyday a hackathon: creating sticky innovation

John O'Donovan, CTO, Dow Jones

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Is technology getting in the way of innovation?

Jora Gill, Chief Digital Officer, The Economist

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

Workshop: Bimodal strategy

Alex Adamopoulos, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Emergn Limited

According to Gartner, Bimodal is the term they use to describe the growing need to bridge existing operations and capabilities with the surge of new, digital oriented demands. This workshop will focus on one core aspect of this bridge – scaling the product organisation. We’ll look at techniques and approaches that are significantly changing the way companies are getting their best ideas to the market and why a product mindset is a game-changer.

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshments break

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Creating innovation

Josh Hart (Chelsea Apps Factory), Jora Gill (The Economist), Asitha Rodrigo (Third Bridge), Fiona Shanley (Travelport)




4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Landing on a comet…twice

Laurence O’Rourke, Rosetta Science Operations Manager, European Space Agency

Laurence O’Rourke has being working at the European Space Agency (ESA) since 1996, located at three of its establishments (ESTEC, ESOC and currently ES AC in Madrid) as an Engineer and Scientist . He has worked on five satellite missions for ESA during this time.

In Rosetta, he was part of the flight control team in ESOC at the time of its launch in 2004. After launch he moved to work on the Integral mission (ESA Gamma Ray observatory) followed by the Herschel mission (ESA Infrared Space observatory).

On Herschel he was the Deputy Science Operations Manager for the mission. In 2011 he returned to work on the Rosetta mission and is one of two Science Operations Managers in the mission leading a team in ES AC. This team interacts with the 11 instrument teams and the Philae Lander teams located around Europe and the US. The team was responsible for the planning of science operations which involved designing the science trajectory around the comet, pointing the spacecraft at the comet, providing the instrument commanding and checking the success of the executed observations when they had completed on board.

Laurence is also the ES A Philae Lander System Engineer and he led the team which successfully found Phlae on the comet surface. He has published various science articles on comets and asteroids with his most notable recent publication being in Nature concerning the first confirmed detection of water in the asteroid belt , namely on Dwarf Planet (1) Ceres. Based upon that paper he was awarded the O’Rourke asteroid by the IAU.

Presenting: The dangers of landing twice on a comet

This talk will describe the challenges and dangers of the Rosetta mission, such as flying around and landing on a comet travelling many millions of km from the Earth at speeds over 120,000 km/hr.
It will cover the preparation for arrival to the comet, the satellite launch, its initial voyage around the solar system and the two major landings per formed. Laurence will also describe and show key details of the comet , such as what it looks like, what it’s made of, how it smells and how it sounds. During the presentation Laurence will describe some of his personal experiences of living with this mission on a 24/7 basis for three years.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking drinks


It was the best conference I have been to for a while.

Management Consultant

Many, many thanks for a fantastic day. It was truly awesome (not a word I use much!).  I have been waxing lyrically about the day with my colleagues and I hope that you do something similar again in the future.

Executive Director
Head of Operational Strategy and Change Management

I thoroughly enjoyed the day, finding the speakers to be professional and interesting across the range of topics. The networking opportunities provided during the day were very well facilitated by the Jenrick team.


IT Director

Well worth my time out of the office.


Not a ‘typical’ conference, which was refreshing. Good content and networking opportunities.

Head of Change

A very motivational and inspiring day.

Product Manager

I thought it was well organised and the speaker line up was brilliant. Usually I dip in and out of these events, but I was pleasantly surprised.


I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to the next one.



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Our Sponsor

With thanks to Emergn.

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The Royal Society of Arts (RSA House)

4-8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Additional details

Nearest Underground Stations: Charing Cross, Embankment, Covent Garden and Leicester Square Nearest Mainline Stations: Charing Cross and Waterloo