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8 April, 2014 - 10:29 By Tony Quested

Lynch lays it on the line for UK innovators


Cambridge technology entrepreneur Mike Lynch will ask whether the UK can continue to punch above its weight in innovation when he delivers a unique lecture in May.

Dr Lynch, founder of Cambridge tech great Autonomy, delivers the first joint Royal Television Society (RTS) and Institution of Engineering lecture at The Royal Society on May 13. It will be chaired by Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide and Director, Global.

Entitled ‘Prediction is very difficult, particularly about the future’, Dr Lynch – now head of Invoke Capital in Cambridge and London – uses the words of Nobel Prize winning physicist and philosopher Niels Bohr as start point to explore the big questions facing us in a technology-led future.

Are we facing the end of privacy as we know it, and should we be concerned? How can our creative industries and technology work together successfully? Do we still have enough ambition in the UK to continue to punch above our weight?

Dr Lynch says: “There’s no doubt that the UK does punch well above its weight in the creative industries and in engineering and I look forward to leading a lively discussion about where these strengths might lead us, and what their impact will be on our society.”

Theresa Wise, CEO of the RTS adds: “Content is becoming the central part of many technology companies’ strategies. By joining with the IET we will bring together our respective audiences to discuss not only the challenges being faced by the industry today but what the future holds for society in general.

“Dr Lynch is regarded as one of Britain’s most successful technology entrepreneurs so is the perfect person to lead this discussion.”

Dr Lynch is a celebrated technologist who has a proven track record of identifying and monetising fundamental technologies. He founded Autonomy in 1996 based on technology invented at Cambridge University, where he studied Information Sciences, received a Ph.D. and held a research fellowship in adaptive pattern recognition.

He served as CEO of Autonomy for over 15 years, during which time it became one of the UK's most successful technology companies on the FTSE100. The company was acquired by HP for $11 billion in 2011 and following his departure Dr Lynch founded Invoke Capital, a technology investment company focused on identifying world-leading technology emerging across Europe.

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