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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Phil Smith Distinguished Lecture Event

25 November 2014
Building 45, Room 0045 Highfield Campus University of Southampton

For more information regarding this event, please telephone 023 8059 5000 .

Event details

We are pleased to announce that Phil Smith, Chief Executive of Cisco Systems UK & Ireland, will be visiting the University of Southampton as part of our Distinguished Lecture Series.

Lecture synopsis

Technology is at the heart of everything we do today. From the moment we wake up through to the time we are sleeping, our homes, neighbourhoods, businesses, communities and countries are more connected than ever before. How did we come to rely so much on technology in our hyper-digital world? Discover how technology has been changing the way we work, live, play and learn for the last 30 years. Phil Smith, Chief Executive of Cisco UK & Ireland, will share his personal insights on the fascinating history of technology and the Internet. He will showcase how ingenuity has truly changed humanity and how world-leading technology has sparked years of inventiveness across the world.

About the speaker

Phil Smith is the UK & Ireland Chief Executive of Cisco Systems, Chair of the UK Technology Strategy Board and Chair of e-Skills UK. Phil created the Cisco British Innovation Gateway (BIG) programme, as a legacy of London 2012, to support driving UK technology growth through entrepreneurship and STEM skills. In December 2013, Phil was hailed as the 5th most influential person in UK IT by Computer Weekly in its UKTech50 awards. In 2012, Phil was voted Orange Business Leader of the Year in the National Business Awards and ranked as number 29 in the Wired 100. He sits on the board of The Business Disability Forum, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST) and The National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). He is also the Co-Chair of the Future Technologies and Infrastructure Working Group for the Information Economy Council.


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