Digital Health and Space Sessions Feature at Commonwealth Games British Business House

City Chambers by Stewart Priest

Alongside the sporting elite headed to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, UK Trade & Investment are launching a series of high-profile international business sessions including Digital Health and Space/Satellite Applications.

The sessions taking place at the City Chambers, which for 23-25th July will be transformed into the British Business House. Other sessions include agri-tech, global sport, energy, rail, transport, security, and opportunities in the growth of African cities as well as showcases of British expertise.

Digital Health: Reconfiguring Healthcare Worldwide - Wednesday 23 July

Healthcare systems across the world, including in the Commonwealth, must respond to the multiple challenges of long-term conditions, aging populations, accessibility and affordability. Digital health is widely accepted as a key enabler in transforming healthcare service delivery to meet these challenges, and thus ensure that high quality, universal healthcare can be attained and sustained.

In response to these challenges, the UK has innovated in digital healthcare, and the solutions it has developed have the potential to be adapted and applied globally. It also has much to learn from alternative approaches from overseas.

The aim of this session is to:

  • Enable British businesses to understand key opportunities in Commonwealth markets. Allow key decision makers from Commonwealth Government departments to interact with the “best of” British talent; and
  • Support partnership formation between British businesses (individuals and consortia) and key overseas digital health providers


The audience will consist of British providers (including NHS bodies) of digital health, particularly those with a specific interest in Commonwealth countries; officials from the health departments of Commonwealth countries who are likely to buy British expertise; and major digital health providers from Commonwealth countries who are looking for potential British collaborations.

The offer:

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain direct access to British expertise in digital health, expertise which is playing a key role in transforming healthcare in Britain as it responds to the challenge of containing the cost of health service delivery while improving the quality of service. The British digital health sector is a powerful and unique combination of clinical, academic and technological expertise and has the potential to play a valuable role in supporting the reconfiguration of healthcare in Commonwealth countries.

For British digital health providers the event will provide an insight into markets which are culturally and linguistically familiar, and where, even though health systems vary across the Commonwealth, there may be significant opportunities for collaboration.

The latest draft agenda for the seminar is as follows:

13:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

13:10 Digital Health as The Driver of Transforming the NHS

Professor George Crooks, OBE, Medical Director, NHS 24 and Director at the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare

13:40 Be Healthy, Be Mobile: The World Health Organisation’s Flagship M-health Programme

Joint presentation from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the World Health Organisation, BUPA, GSK and Public Health England


  • WHO/ITU (to be confirmed)
  • Fiona Adshead Director of Wellbeing & Public Health, BUPA
  • Ramil Burden Vice President, Africa & Developing Countries, GSK
  • Kevin Fenton, Public Health England

14:00 Commonwealth Perspectives

Mr Paul Madden, Deputy Secretary and Chief Information and Knowledge Officer, Australia

Other Commonwealth Ministerial speakers from Trinidad & Tobago, India and Nigeria to be confirmed

14:45 Roundtable Discussion

15:15 Close

Space Data for Life - Friday 25 July

The UK’s commercial space market is a world leader, currently sized at £9 billion per annum and supplying satellites and services worldwide, particularly in emerging economies. The data these satellites supply can help Commonwealth countries tackle pressing development challenges in innovative ways, by increasing agricultural yield by monitoring soil needs, increasing capacity on transport networks by accurately tracking current usage, and with satellite broadband increasing access to the world’s most precious resource information.

The UK has highlighted Space and Satellite Applications as one of its “8 GREAT technologies” and is fostering the growing market through key initiatives like the Satellite Applications Catapult and the £80 million Space ODA programme, which funds projects that solve development problems or issues in developing countries using the Space sector.

Commonwealth markets are well placed to leapfrog developed economies by adopting these space-based solutions early and reaping the efficiency benefits that they provide in tackling some of the major development challenges of today. UK and Scottish companies and universities have an excellent track record of supplying these solutions and together present a compelling offering.

The aim of this session is to:

Provide a platform from which to showcase UK expertise in advanced technologies, including taking data from the furthest edges of humanity and using it for everyday activities

Highlight UK expertise in sourcing and processing data from space and the supportive ecosystem that it facilitates; and

Showcase a range of companies that can help support precision agriculture, environmental monitoring and emergency response, as well as access to broadband


The audience will consist of cross-cutting policy makers from a range of Commonwealth markets. This will include space agency representatives and senior overseas Government officials, from those interested in innovative space based solutions through to everyday and developmental challenges. UK companies in attendance will be given the opportunity to develop trade opportunities in Commonwealth markets.

The offer:

A chance to engage with energy policy makers and decision makers involved in procurement of innovative solutions, particularly from developing and emerging commonwealth markets. The session will provide a platform to promote goods and services to a range of clean energy developers and purchasers from the Commonwealth.

Key contact: Sophie [dot] boldonatukti [dot] gsi [dot] gov [dot] uk or 0207 215 3504

The latest draft agenda for the seminar is as follows:

10:00 Registration & Coffee

10:30 Welcome and Introduction

David Parker, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency

10:40 Keynote Speech

The Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science

10:50 The UK’s Commercial Space Market

Stuart Martin, Chief Executive, Satellite Applications Catapult

11:00 Upstream Space Sector – Panel Presentations

Satellite technology is undergoing rapid change. Miniaturisation of electronics and seamless interconnection to the terrestrial wold mean that space solutions are ever more affordable. Hear about the latest developments and how the UK is shaping this agenda.

  • Satcoms – Providing Global Connectivity
  • Access to Space – Manufacturing Satellites for the Expport Market
  • Pioneering the CubeSat Revolution, Craig Clark, Chief Executive, Clyde Space
  • Q&A Session

11:45 Refreshment Break

12:00 Commercialising Space – Panel Presentations

Space derived services are changing our everyday lives. Navigation, telecommunications and weather forecasts are all examples of the routine use of satellite data. Hear about how the UK is leading the development of new applications that would be especially suited to Commonwealth Nations.

  • Analysing Data – Resolving Business Problems Using EO Data, Phil Briscoe, Marketing Director, Rezatec
  • Highlands Initiative – Connecting Remote Areas, David Livingstone, Managing Director, Napier Meridien
  • Combatting Illegal and Unreporting Fishing, Nick Wise, Catapult
  • Q&A Session

12:50 Closing Remarks

13:00 Lunch

For more information about the British Business House, download the full brochure or email BBHregisteratinnovision [dot] eu or call +44 (0)207 034 4847.

Photo (cc) Stewart Priest on Flickr.