Is tech addressing society’s greatest challenges?

Engine Shed

Is tech addressing society’s greatest challenges?

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Josh Glancy, Special Correspondent at The Sunday Times


Zara Nanu MBE: CEO at Gapsquare

Ben Shorrock: Managing Director at TechSPARK

Palie Smart: Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Global Civic Engagement, University of Bristol

Charlie Mercer: Deputy Policy Director, Startup Coalition


We are excited to continue our Engine Shed Financial Innovation Event Series with a keynote and panel discussion: Is tech addressing society’s greatest challenges?

In his keynote, Josh Glancy will outline his case that decades-long innovation in tech has been a wasted opportunity for transforming a human society for the better.

The panel will discuss if they agree or disagree with Josh’s case, debating:

  • Is our brightest talent focused on designing smart apps rather than addressing society’s greatest challenges?
  • Are tech companies too easily tempted by low-hanging fruit, instead of shooting for the moon?
  • Is technological progress stagnating?
  • Are the tech giants stifling innovation and exacerbating inequality?


  • 18.00: Networking
  • 18.30 : Josh Glancy keynote
  • 18.40: Panellists respond
  • 19.10: Open discussion moderated by the chair
  • 19.30 : Continue networking
  • 20.00: Close

Date And Time

2023-09-13 @ 06:00 PM to
2023-09-13 @ 08:00 PM

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