14-16 June 2021 – Kings Cross, London

CogX Festival

A Global Leadership Summit and Festival of

AI & Transformational Technology addressing the question

“How do we get the next 10 years right?”

The world’s largest gathering of CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Academics, Artists, Activists & Policy Makers working to realise the biggest transformational opportunities of our time and how we address the challenges along the way. 

In a world where everyone has had to find new ways to learn, new ways to work, and new ways to connect and build relationships, CogX believes in the power of convening people. So, in true CogX style, we are working towards delivering a hybrid festival in June 2021 which gives people the option of attending sessions virtually or coming together in person in a safe and comfortable way.

In this new hybrid format, CogX will continue to bring together the most incredible cross sections of society focused on the overall ambition of ‘How do we get the next 10 years right?’.

  • Inspiring current and future generations of leaders
  • Moving conversations forward with concrete actions
  • Celebrating and recognising the latest innovation, especially those focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Continue the fight for equality, diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of society
  • Getting to NetZero – helping reframe the climate emergency as the biggest economic opportunity in the last 200 years
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Meet our 2021 Speakers

To make the Festival safer for everyone, we’re limiting the number of in-person speakers. Don’t worry, we’ll announce who’ll be on-site closer to the event.

Matthew McConaughey
Actor & Author
Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner for Competition & EVP A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, European Commission
June Sarpong

Director of Creativity, BBC

Daphne Koller

CEO & Founder of insitro; Coursera, Co-Founder and Board Member of Engageli, insitro

Sean Doyle,

Chief Executive Officer, British Airways

Skylar Tibbits

Professor & Director, “Self-Assembly Lab, MIT”

Elizabeth Yin

General Partner, Hustle Fund

Tahmima Anam


Sally Walker

Founder, Human Digital Thinking, Former Director Cyber, GCHQ

Adrian Joseph,

Managing Director, Group AI & Data Solutions, BT

Why CogX at King’s Cross?

In 2019 we took over 2 million square feet of London’s phenomenal King’s Cross estate. In 2021, we’re returning with our hybrid Festival to the heart of the Knowledge Quarter with its hub of technology and innovation organisations including the Francis Crick Institute, British Library, Wellcome Trust, Google and more.

Why should I attend?

Glimpse into the future

Dive into world-class content and get inspired with insights from the most revolutionary minds in the industry. You'll be among the first to explore what's in store in the years ahead, and how you can help make it happen.

Find opportunities

Introduce your big ideas to thousands of attendees and engage with the people who can drive them forward. Whether you're looking for audience insights, potential customers, investors or business partners — you'll find them at CogX.

Grow your network

Find like-minded people, mingle with world-leading experts and meet your industry heroes all in one place. Either online or offline, you'll leave the Festival with a bigger, brighter network of people you wouldn't have met otherwise.

Join the conversation

Have your say in the most important conversation of our time. Bring your ideas to the table, add your unique perspective and play your part in helping us get the next 10 years right.

Our Partners

CogX Festival 2021

Join us in-person or online and connect with our speakers in the way that suits you best.

  • 1 Day Gold Pass

    • Access to 1 day of our CogX Festival 2021
    • Networking with all Virtual and In Person Attendees
    • Our lowest cost in-person ticket
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* Limited availability on in-person festival passes – Full refund available if covid restrictions remain in place. 

2021 Topics

Global Leadership

Focusing on the biggest questions of our time, leaders set our direction of travel


Culture, Creativity and Technology

The Cutting Edge

The tech that's coming in the next 12 to 18 months

Cyber and Defence

Security in all its forms

Economy and Future of Work

Building the economy with people at its heart

Education & EdTech

Powerful tools for learning and development

Ethics and Society

Building tech that works for everyone

FinTech and Financial Services

Key trends in finance are rapidly reshaping the competitive landscape


The place for the next generation

Health, Wellbeing & Covid-19

A 360 view on health under COVID-19

Lab to Live – Real World Lessons

Real world lessons and best practice examples Lab to Live – Real World Lessons

Artifical Intelligence

Building resilient and sustainable systems

Next Gen Infrastructure and Cloud Services

Bridging the digital and physical worlds

Planet, Smart Cities & Space

Interconnected earth and cities


Curated by the Alan Turing Institute and Springer Nature

Venture & Growth

Innovation at every stage of business

Web 3.0 and Decentralised Future

Addressing global challenges with distributed technology