First Robotics & Innovation Conference speakers and award announced!

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The first speakers at next year’s Robotics & Innovation Conference have been revealed, along with details on the inaugural Robotics & Innovation Award.

The RT Hon Ben Wallace MP, secretary of state for defence, Ministry of Defence; Professor Joe Harrison, chief executive, Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation; and Professor Tony Young, national clinical lead for innovation, NHS England & NHS Improvement, have confirmed their participation at the event, which takes place at the Red Bull Technology Centre in Milton Keynes on 27-28 April 2021.

Harrison will discuss the next-generation of surgical robotics in the context of Milton Keynes University Hospital pioneering use of CMR Surgical’s Versius surgical robotic system. He’ll highlight opportunities, limitations and challenges presented by the technology, as well as the potential implications for human surgeons.

Details of Wallace’s and Young’s presentations are still to be confirmed and will be announced via the agenda section of the Robotics & Innovation Conference website.

Commenting on the announcement, Robotics & Innovation editor, John Thornton, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that these gentlemen are among the first speakers of the first-ever Robotics & Innovation Conference.

“We want leading professionals that can offer delegates truly engaging content and fresh new insight to help educate and transform industries everywhere, and we’ve got exactly that with these three speakers.”

The inaugural Robotics & Innovation Award will also be up for grabs to entrants of the Pit Lane, an area that will give 10 of the best start-ups, students and up-and-coming engineers the chance to pitch their ideas, concepts and prototypes to influential companies and decision-making personnel who have a genuine interest in the projects being presented.

The best entry will win the Robotics & Innovation Award, which comes with a £5,000 cash prize and an opportunity to make connections with stakeholders that could turn a concept or prototype into reality.

Click here for details on how to enter the Pit Lane and to stand a chance of winning the first-ever Robotics & Innovation Award.

For partnership opportunities, please contact Nairn Foster on 020 8037 1774 or For speaking and Pit Lane enquiries, please contact Sophie Weston on 020 8037 1777 or

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