My Speeches

 I’m now accepting bookings for select public speaking engagements. If you’re looking for someone charismatic, well-respected and experienced you can book Robert Winston here.

If, however, you want someone young and funny looking with real experience in making and doing things, then I’m your man. Cheaper than Winston, too.

Previous clients include: The University of Liverpool, Mobile World Congress, UKTI, The IET, British Computer Society, NHS, London Internet Exchange, University of Gloucestershire, University of Bath,  University West of England, BT, International Broadcasting Convention, University of Essex, Coventry University, Institute of Directors and Liverpool John Moores University.

Forthcoming lectures, presentations, talks and conferences.

 

10th May 2017 – Internet of Everything : Connecting the Unconnected, Sensor City

The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything (people, processes, data and things) is now about connecting the unconnected.  We tend to think of the Internet being everywhere but a staggering 99.8% of the world is still unconnected.

As a joint IX Liverpool and Sensor City event, Prof. Matt Wilson from Telecoms Cloud presents a range of new opportunities to connect the unconnected while creating value by improving operational efficiency and improving customer experiences for businesses.

Such devices include IP Cameras, Energy Grids, Heathcare Facilities, security systems , utilities, manufacturing, plants, cities, mining and transportation systems that be controlled from virtually anywhere in the world.

While this talk will focus on the benefits of connecting such devices, there will be a Q&A/debate at the end of the session to discuss what devices should not be connected and the reasons why.

By the end of this event, you should learn about:

• The purpose of connecting everyday objects that are currently unconnected

• The Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats by connecting “everything” to the Internet

• A review of the technology on the market, for both consumers and businesses, and what is around the corner

• How you can get involved, learn and discover more about the Internet of Things as a future career

 

27th July 2017 – Internet of Things:Hype or Helpful – Exploring the Future Business Opportunities, Sensor City

So what is all this hype about the Internet of Things? It is really the next phase of the Internet, will it really transform our lives, is it really worth £322 billion to the UK Economy by 2020?

For the more seasoned of us, are we at the peak of IOT gimmicky products and hype? Has the bubble now burst and will application after application become viable and then valuable?

Join us on the 27th July for a joint IX Liverpool and Sensor City event, presented by Prof. Matt Wilson from Telecoms Cloud and you’ll discover how the Internet of Things could affect society, the workplace and your home, and learn what (if any) opportunities could arise out of it.

By the end of this event, you should learn about:

• The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that the Internet of Things will bring to us

• The business and technological opportunities of IOT and how you can take advantage, from any industry you are in

• How to prepare yourself, your home, business or school for what change IOT will bring about

• How you can take advantage of IOT in your product or service, gain competitive advantages, provide a better customer service and/or usher in a new wave of efficiency into your organisation

 

21st Sept 2017 -Internet of Things: Healthcare. Connecting the sick and the elderly, Sensor City

Connecting and monitoring patients has tangible benefits to society, but at what cost? Prof. Matt Wilson explores both the opportunities and pitfalls of what connected healthcare could bring and change how we treat our sick and elderly in the future.

We asked Prof. Matt Wilson from Telecoms Cloud , a former Non-Executive Director in an NHS Trust, with a responsibility in Telehealth,  to take us through some lessons learned, some of the products in the market, what is currently being achieved by both the public and private sector while sharing his insights for how we are both treated for illnesses and monitored during recovery with a connected future.

Join us on the 21st of Sept for a joint IX Liverpool and Sensor City event and you’ll discover how the Internet is transforminghealthcare, learn how it affects the patient experience and be inspired by what the future holds with connected Healthcare.

By the end of this event, you should learn about:

• The opportunities and pitfalls of connecting patient and their data to the Internet, including the cyber threats that could affect us

• The business and technological opportunities of IOT and healthcare

• How IOT is going to transform the healthcare industry and what to expect in the future from your healthcare experience

 

26th Sept 2017 -The IET, Internet of Things: Hype or Helpful – Exploring the future business opportunities

 

23rd Nov 2017 – Internet of Things: The security nightmare – Hype or a hacker’s Dream?, Sensor City

So the Internet of Things is safe right? All of the data collected from sensors, systems and even the images from your child’s baby monitor are safe and secure right?…wrong.

The Internet of Things presents society with some amazing opportunities, changing the way we live, work, specialise and even shop, but there is a growing undertone of insecure devices and systems, with threats lurking in every corner as cyber thief’s, hackers and even competitors are more than happy to exploit your open and accessible devices.

The lack of standards, control, accountability and value and respect of peoples data has created a wide range of insecure and open platforms, easily hackable and many without care or recourse to the victim…or it is all hype?

Join us on the 23rd November and you’ll discover the current and emerging threat from the Internet of Things, and how you can better protect yourself, business or even school.

By the end of this event, you should learn about:

• A walk through of some current devices in the market and viable threats to them, and what is /has been done to fix these

• The network security manager’s nightmare, how to better manage these devices, contain them or adapt your security polices (like with bring your own device)

12th April 2018 – Lecture for IET Retired Professionals Group – Internet of Things : Healthcare (Connecting the sick and elderly)

Connecting and monitoring patients has tangible benefits to society, but at what cost? Prof. Matt Wilson explores both the opportunities and pitfalls of what connected healthcare could bring and change how we treat our sick and elderly in the future. Matt, a former Non-Executive Director in an NHS Trust, with a responsibility in Telehealth, will take us through some lessons learned, some of the products in the market and what is currently being achieved by both the public and private sector. He will also share his insights into how we are both treated for illnesses and monitored during recovery with a connected future.

1st May 2018 – Setting Up Liverpool’s First Local Wireless Internet Provider

Sick and tired of unable to get high quality/competitive internet for his business, Prof. Matt Wilson decided to do something about it – build an ISP himself.

Matt’s talk takes us through his journey of setting up his Wireless ISP and together we will discuss the business idea and challenges, the economics of running an ISP, the planning and marketing through to the careful design and engineering of a Wireless Network.

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16th March 2017 – Internet of Things:Hype or Helpful – Exploring the Future Business Opportunities, University of Liverpool

So what is all this hype about the Internet of Things? It is really the next phase of the Internet, will it really transform our lives, is it really worth £322 billion to the UK Economy by 2020?

For the more seasoned of us, are we at the peak of IOT gimmicky products and hype? Has the bubble now burst and will application after application become viable and then valuable?

 

 25th April 2017 – The IET, Internet of Things: The Security Nightmare – Hype or a Hackers Dream?

Will the Internet of Things threaten to our way of life or is it all hype? Prof Matt Wilson explores his concerns and identified vulnerabilities of IOT, allowing you to decide if we are in fact storing up a security nightmare for our connected futures.

As the Internet of Things grows, so does the threat to our way of life. Prof Matt Wilson explores the security concerns and vulnerabilities of IOT, what should be done and the potential risks to citizens in the future if things are not taken seriously enough.  Is it all hype and will it be alright in the end? Or could we be storing up a security nightmare and a hackers dream come true?

9th March 2017  – European VoIP Summit, London – Speaker and panel member.

Tuesday 6th Dec 2016- IET Somerset & West Wiltshire – Christmas Family Lecture – Internet of Things, University of Bath

Internet of Things, A talk on the concepts of the IoT and its impact on everyday objects, connected in ways only limited by our imagination and desire.

29th Nov 2016 – The IET, Internet of Things:  Healthcare – Connecting the Sick and Elderly

Connecting and monitoring patients has tangible benefits to society, but at what cost? Prof. Matt Wilson explores both the opportunities and pitfalls of what connected healthcare could bring and change how we treat our sick and elderly in the future.

As a former Non-Executive Director in an NHS Trust, with a responsibility in Telehealth, Prof. Matt Wilson will take us through some lessons learned, some of the products in the market, what is currently being achieved by both the public and private sector while sharing his insights for how we are both treated for illnesses and monitored during recovery with a connected future.

 Aug 15th & 16th, 2016, 10:30 AM – London Internet Exchange, ICC Birmingham

I’m giving a presentation at Linx94 at the ICC in Birmingham about IX Liverpool and will be taking questions at the end, please come along if you can make it. For more details please visit the Linx website for times and directions etc.

July 27th, 2016, 6:00 PM – Ignite Liverpool, Leaf , Bold Street. Liverpool, L1 4EZ

I’m giving a presentation at Ignite Liverpool on IX Liverpool, please come along if you can make it. For more details please visit the Ignite Liverpool website for times and directions etc.

Mar 30, 2016, 7:00 PM – DoES Liverpool, Gostins Building Liverpool, L1 4LN

I’m arranging a meetup for the local community who are interested in learning about our proposals to build an Internet Exchange in Liverpool, discover how it will benefit Liverpool and what help we need for it to happen and of course take questions from everyone.

Thursday, 17th March, 2016 – Internet of Things:  Internet of Everything :  Connecting the Unconnected

The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything (people, process, data and things) is now about connecting the unconnected. We tend to think of the Internet being everywhere but a staggering 99.8% of the world is still unconnected. Prof. Matt Wilson from Telecoms Cloud presents a range of new opportunities to connect the unconnected while creating value by improving operational efficiency and improving customer experiences for businesses. Such devices include IP Cameras, Energy Grids, Heathcare Facilities, security systems , utilities, manufacturing, plants, cities, mining and transportation systems that be controlled from virtually anywhere in the world. While this talk will focus on the benefits of connecting such devices, there will be a Q&A/debate at the end of the session to discuss what devices should not be connected and the reasons why.

Monday 22nd February, 2016 – Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Internet of Things:  Smart Cites and the Smart Citizen

I have been asked to give a talk on behalf of the IET and UKTI on the Internet of Things and Smart Cities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

29th Jan 2016, 7:00pm – DoES Liverpool, Gostins Building Liverpool, L1 4LN

During the Open Source Telephony Enthusiasts Group (OSTEG) meetup I will be giving a presentation & talk about IX Liverpool, and what our plan is, while asking for volunteers, and proposing a company structure and proposed board of directors.

18th November 2015 – Liverpool John Moores University – Lecture on Business Strategy to MBA students

5th February 2015 – Keynote Speaker, The IET – Blackout (Photos Here)

Matt explores Cyber Security and the National Grid,  and the weaknesses of current systems, specifically the electricity generation networks that we all rely on.

Matt will present a simulated Cyber Attack on the National Grid, taking out major generating stations, substations and others by producing erroneous power flows –  causing a cascading/rolling failure between network sectors as entire cities shed their loads to protect their networks.

By the end of 2020, around 50 million smart meters will be fitted in over 26 million UK households. Matt explores the vulnerability of smart meters and the risk they pose to both consumers and electricity networks, including how they can be used collectively as a weapon to cause insatiability in the network or even bring down the national grid if compromised.

Matt will also explore the impact over a 7 day total blackout period, with effects on emergency services,  political situation with The UK Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the society as a whole, complete with prevention measures for how to protect oneself such a blackout occur.

Matt will also explore prevention techniques along with the lessons learnt from other blackouts, such as:

July 2012 India blackout – 670 Million people affected
January 2001 India blackout – 230 million people affected
2009 Brazil and Paraguay blackout – 87 Million people affected.
Northeast blackout of 2003 – 55 million people affected

 

30th October 2014, Keynote Speaker, The IET- Internet of Things (IOT)

Matt explores the Internet of Things – connected devices that will change our daily lives.  Matt explores the various devices, from internet connected washing machines, fridges, to the car you drive and field devices such as remote sensing, control systems and monitoring and the challenges, especially the security issues that face the future of these devices.

During the presentation, Matt will expose a security flaw by hacking into a Smart Electricity Meter that is feeding a building and disconnect the power remotely, causing the occupants to lose complete power, perhaps until the audience decides when/if it should be turned back on and on what terms!

Presentation is followed with a demo of certain internet connected devices, with an interactive session for audience members with computers.

3 July 2014, Speaker and Chair,  Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury, London, UK – Software Defined Networks (SDN)

I will be chairing this seminar, organised by the IET. The day will cover interoperability, standards, applications and controllability issues for SDN. Other contributors include BT, BBC R&D, Everything Everywhere, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intergence, Interoute, Metaswitch Networks, NEC Telecom MODUS Ltd, Polatis, Telecoms Cloud Limited and University of Essex.

See the full programme and register your place online at www.theiet.org/sdn

24th June 2014, Guest Speaker, The International Festival for Business (IFB) – ICT – STFC Daresbury

Big Data Day, part of the International Festival for Business, will be held on 24 June at Sci-Tech Daresbury. This event is your opportunity to network and learn from thought leaders coming together to provide more business insights and value from Big Data. Join us in exploring challenges and opportunities presented by the huge growth in data, including the technical, economic and social impact on a number of key industry sectors. The Big Data Day will offer breakout sessions on, The Connected Car & Automotive Services (in partnership with The Knowledge Transfer Network), Digital Society: the Connected Consumer (in partnership with techUK), Internet of Things & Smart Networks (in partnership with The Knowledge Transfer Network), The Power of Big Data in Improving Population Health (in partnership with techUK), Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in site tours covering, Data Manipulation in the Cloud and its Benefits to the Supply Chain, Using New Data Visualisation Techniques to Influence Decision Making, What Does the Technology Look Like?

20th March 2014, Guest Speaker, Liverpool John Moores University,  Mersey Western Cheshire Recognition Event – Matt is giving a talk on why the IET is his Professional Home for Life, and how his businesses engage with the IET as a business partner.

18th March 2014 – Keynote SpeakerIET, Liverpool – Presentation on Erlang – traffic measurement in modern networks – Matt gives a presentation about traffic measurement in modern networks,   importance of mathematical modelling in the design of  telecommunications, Erlang B and C traffic models and examples of equations used on his own telecommunications network. The talk includes history about the Danish telephone engineer A. K. Erlang and practical examples on how the Erlang loss formula helps plan traffic from small villages and call centres to voting by phone on large syndicated television programs such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

25th Feb 2014 –Guest SpeakerMobile World Congress, Barcelona – Driving Mobile Growth Through Big Data – The Connected Digital Economy Catapult is hosting a seminar session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in association with UKTI and the ICT KTN, at which Matt will be giving a lecture on the Internet of Things, Machine to Machine Devices, Big Data and future growth of the mobile sector.

29th October 2013 –Keynote Speaker,  The IET – Presentation on the launch of 4G, A look at what the new LTE 4G Mobile services will bring, frequency allocation, launch dates and possible future applications.  Matt presents plans for the UK upgrade of the networks, takes a look at compatible phones and discusses how Ofcom have re-used the UK TV analogue signals.

11 Sep 2013, Guest Speaker, BT Auditorium, BT Centre, London, Information Assurance Advisory Council – Annual Symposium, IAAC’s flagship event is the Annual Symposium. The purpose of the day is to bring together the thought leaders and policy makers from all sectors in UK. The aim is to explore the IA issues associated with imminent changes in business practices, technology, legislation or regulation that will impact on UK’s digital society.  IAAC’s Symposium is not just information transfer from a distinguished cast of speakers. But it is a real opportunity for wide attendee participation that encourages innovative and unfashionable points of view. Each of four sessions in the day has a distinct style including a clone of Dragon’s Den and a Tough Talk panel run on the lines of Question Time.

25th June 2013 –Guest SpeakerInternational Broadcasting Convention (Technology Booster), London, Internet of Things and the future impact on media and broadcasting

14th May 2013 –Keynote SpeakerA Presentation on Telephone Hacking, British Computer Society, University of Gloucestershire, Training Centre TC103, Elwes Building, The Park, Cheltenham, GL50 2QF. Matt will be presenting a talk will be on the recent telephone hacking scandal, exploring how the voicemail systems of various communications providers have been compromised, what went wrong and who is to blame. Discuss how communications providers have responded to the scandal and what is being done to provide secure messaging to customers in the future.

25th April 2013 – Guest  Speaker Broadband-Quality or coverage?The IETStrand Palace Hotel, London, UK, Matt will be part of an expert panel (that include Cisco, Policy Exchange, Federation of Small Businesses, ThinkBroadband.com, BT, Atkins, INCA, CityFibre and Broadband Stakeholder Group – BSG) providing an open discussion forum uncovering the policies, technologies and potential of super fast broadband in the UK.

16th May 2013 – Guest SpeakerUniversity of Essex, School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, The Internet of Things, Challenges, Security and how it is going to change our lives, this event explores the Internet of Things and both the opportunities and challenges that it presents to society.

18th April 2013 – Guest SpeakerUniversity of Essex, School of Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, Joint Workshop with Industry 2013:  This year’s event is themed around four topics: The Digital Connected Economy, The Connected World, Human Factors and Big Data.  Speakers from the School- academics and students- and invited guests will be giving presentations within these subject groups, with a view to showcasing existing synergies as well as providing a taster of the School’s new Cloud Computing and Multimedia degree schemes.

11th April 2013 –Keynote Speaker,  Seminar on Entrepreneurship, University of Liverpool, Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics, The University of Liverpool, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GJ

21st – 22nd March 2013 -Code Pool 2013 -Keynote Speaker,  I’m a speaker at Code Pool 2013 in Liverpool this year, please see codepool2013.codevision.org.uk, hopefully we should get some good numbers, please come along if you can, its going to be a great event.

6th March 2013 –Keynote Speaker,  Telecoms in the Cloud – Coventry University, Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB – Matt will give a talk on his new product “Telecoms Cloud”,that will revolutionise the telecoms market – by moving traditional telecoms to cloud computing. His new application allows businesses to move away from typical hardware based systems and control all of their telecoms via the web interface. He will also talk about how he has linked external services such as the London Underground, Real-time weather reporting and even the National Grid so that businesses can use these external metrics to automatically change their telecoms settings and avoid downtime with customers. Matt also talks about disaster recovery and how his application can switch all a business’s communications to a different office or mobile within a single push of a button if disaster strikes. Matt will also talk about how he designed his private cloud and built the service from the group using experience from other applications. During the talk there will be a demo of the service and Matt will be taking questions throughout.

Sept 2012, Keynote Speaker, A Presentation on QR Codes, The IET.

Sept 2012, Keynote Speaker, Telephone Hacking, The IET.

Sept 2012, Keynote Speaker, The how and why of professional registration, UK electronics skills foundations (UKESF), University of Edinburgh.

May 2012, Keynote Speaker, Telephone Hacking, The IET.

April 2012, Keynote Speaker, The Institute of Directors, Positioning your business to engage in the digital age..

Dec 2011, Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneurship Seminar: Value, Vision & Passions, University of Liverpool.

Nov 2011, Keynote Speaker, Liverpool John Moores University, MA in Marketing.

Nov 2011, Keynote Speaker, Automated Telephony, University West of England.

Sept 2011, Keynote Speaker, Telephone Call Recording, The IET.

March 2011, Keynote Speaker, Setting up and Virtual Mobile Network Operator, The IET.

December 2010, Keynote Speaker, Is Fax Dead Yet?, The IET.

November 2010, Keynote Speaker, Masters in Business Administration, Liverpool John Moores University.

Oct 2010, Keynote Speaker, “Internet of Things”, University of Liverpool,

April 2010, Keynote Speaker, Entrepreneurship, Cardinal Heenan High School.

March 2010, Guest Speaker, MA in Marketing, Liverpool John Moores University.

February 2010, Keynote Speaker, Masters in Business Administration, Liverpool John Moores University

January 2010, Keynote Speaker, Calls are being recorded, The IET

January 2010, Guest Speaker, PG Cert. in Business Turnaround, Liverpool John Moores University

November 2009, Keynote Speaker, PG Cert. in Business Turnaround

Aug 2007, Keynote Speaker,  The “Internet of Things” – How everyday objects are being connected, controlled and monitored over the internet

Talks later than 2007 have been archived, please contact me for details on these.