CogX Festival

14-16 June 2021 – Kings Cross, London

A Global Leadership Summit and Festival of 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. 

Topics include; Global Leadership, Health, the Planet & Smart Cities, Artificial Intelligence, Genz, Createch, the Economoy, Quantum, Cyber & Defense, Ethics & the Future of Work.


Expected Visitors In Person & Online





News – CogX Festival goes hybrid with in-person, on-site stages and extended virtual experience.

"A limited number of passes are now available for in-person on-site access to the CogX festival. Our stages will span 2m square feet of the King’s Cross area in London with full health and safety compliance. See early bird pricing below available till the end of March. A full refund will be offered if Covid restrictions limit us to a virtual only event (final decision on Friday April 16th)."

Charlie Muirhead, CEO & Co-Founder of CogX

Confirmed Speakers for 2021

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

Steen Jakobsen, Chief Economist, Saxo Bank
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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

Past Speakers Include

Leif Johansson

Leif Johansson
Chairman of AstraZeneca

Niklas Zennström
Founder of Skype

Dame Vivian Hunt
Managing Partner at McKinsey

John Kerry
US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate & Former U.S. Secretary of State

Jane Goodall
Primatologist and Anthropologist

Clare Barclay
CEO, Microsoft UK

Matt Hancock
U.K. Health Secretary

Safiya Umoja Noble
Associate Professor at UCLA

Audrey Tang
Digital Minister, Taiwan

Nichola Mendelson, VP, EMEA at Facebook

Our Partners

Our aims:

  • 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
  • Helping reframe the climate emergency as the biggest economic opportunity in the last 200 years

Global Leadership Summit

Summit stage – an open and inclusive dialogue discussing the most important issues facing the world today, giving our invited speakers the opportunity to speak candidly.

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

CogX Festival 2021

In person or online, you can access our content and speakers in the way best suited to you.

  • Topic Pass

    • Access to one Topic Stage on-site
    • Networking with all Virtual and In Person Attendees
    • Our lowest cost in-person ticket
    Add to cart

* Limited availability on in-person festival passes – Full refund available if covid restrictions remain in place. Decision to be made by April 16th.

Announcing a hybrid festival

It’s been a year unlike any other. As a route out of the pandemic starts to emerge, we find ourselves in a new world, with new ways to learn, new ways to work, and new ways to connect…

CogX Awards

The most exciting celebration of innovation and transformational opportunities, and recognition of the companies and individuals making the biggest impact and delivery. From Gender Equality Leader to Rising Star in Tech, find out more by getting in touch with us here.

Intelligent Networking across in person and online attendees

A space to learn, discover, and build meaningful connections with people shaping the future of humanity.

CogX Expo

Here you’ll find the latest in tech and AI and the companies that are making it happen.

Iconic Location and Venues on site

The Festival will return to the heart of the Knowledge Quarter with its hub of technology and innovation organisations, and most iconic venues covering 2msqf including the Francis Crick Institute, British Library, Welcome Trust, Google and more.