2038: Tech ForesightJun142018
Event: 14 June 2018 10:00

2038: Tech Foresight

TF2038 - Shifting Realities

Powered by Imperial Business Partners, curated by Imperial Tech Foresight

Enter a world of shifting realities, where things are not always what they seem to be, and where technological breakthroughs could change the very fundamentals of how we engage with and see the world.


This year, Tech Foresight 2038 will delve into a shifting reality brought on by transformative material, computer-assisted synthesis, bio-sensing matter, hybridized realities, and system impermanence.

What if our bridges were self-diagnosing? What if we could synthesise a new molecule in just a second? What if our materials and structures changed on their own accord?

Explore a world in which nano-tuned matter allows us to make static elements come alive, where substances self-heal, and where self-assembly is heralding a new world of responsiveness. New technology is allowing us to understand patterns and make more intuitive decisions on how we want to interact with the world. Scientific breakthroughs enable us to see, understand, and interact with the world differently. Programmable material permits us to make static matter come alive, and analytics is making the invisible visible, heralding in an era of cognitive discovery.

Tech Foresight 2038 will explore how companies can adapt to shifting realities enabled by technology through academic visionary perspectives on the future, interactive workshops, engaging student work, and provocative panel debates.

Join us on 14th June and help us unravel the shifting realities of 2038.

Registration details to follow shortly



Foresight speakers


Professor Mark Girolami

Professor Mark Girolami FRSE is Chair of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College London, he holds the Royal Academy of Engineering / Lloyd’s Register Foundation Research Chair in Data Centric Engineering, and is one of the Strategic Programme Director s at the Alan Turing Institute. He works at the interdisciplinary edge of mathematics, statistics, computing and engineering to create statistical applications that deliver value from complex data across industries as diverse as the life sciences, engineering, and chemistry with partnerships that including the likes of Amazon, Shell, and Lloyd's Register. 


Dr Riccardo Sapienza

Dr Riccardo Sapienza leads the Complex Nanophotonic lab at Imperial College, on the study of light at the nanoscale, in complex materials, and the effects of wave interference in light propagation and generation. Potential research applications include bio-sensing, future quantum information technology, and the development of new materials to control light.

 Why attend?

  • Engage with world-class Imperial academics to hear what is next on the technology horizon
  • Network with experts from industry, academia, start-ups, and beyond, to learn how other sectors and domains are grasping the opportunities of radical technological change
  • Explore through academic presentations how these technological advances might disrupt and influence sectors and domains in the long-term 
  • Activate your learnings in interactive workshops
  • Extract useful insights to drive your technology directions and inform your business


Tech Foresight 2038 brings together academics, industry leaders and members of the public to engage in the topic of the future. Imperial’s first and only foresight conference has been connecting curious minds to the future since 2012. Showcasing early-stage scientific breakthroughs that could disrupt our world.

Information for delegates


The British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2DB