Answering the biggest questions of our time

Cultural shifts, climate change and a life-altering pandemic — society and its most powerful industries have experienced tremendous changes over the past year. Now with the unruliness of the pandemic slowly coming to an end, it’s time to convene today’s brightest leaders and luminaries to delve into the latest disruptions, the incoming trends and the answers to this year’s theme: ‘How do we get the next 10 years right?’

With a remarkable mix of founders, CEOs, policy mavens and modern-day icons, we take you on a tour of the biggest questions, achievements and challenges of our time with some of the world’s best. From the next wave of artificial intelligence to the ongoing climate crisis, this stage offers a rare and exciting opportunity to take notes from the people shaping the future of our digital age.

Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here


Reimagining the future

Peer into the knowledgeable, inspiring —and sometimes unpredictable — minds of the people reimagining the future of aviation, education, politics, retail, research, finance and leadership.


Emerging industries

Discover how humanity’s biggest industries have shifted under the pandemic and how they can emerge better and stronger than ever.


British powerhouse

Meet the post-Brexit British powerhouses for a tour of the latest investment trends and opportunities in environmental, social and corporate governance.


Creativity & growth

Learn how to lead differently and build better, more diverse teams as a catalyst for thriving creativity and growth.


Net zero

Tour the roadmap to achieving Net Zero and why the climate emergency is the biggest economic opportunity in the last 200 years.

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What regulation is coming for Big Tech?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How do we clear the path to reach Net Zero?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What is the economic outlook for the next 3-5 years?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What tech disruptions are on the horizon?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
SPACs and IPOs: What role can London play?

What regulation is coming for Big Tech?

How do we clear the path to reach Net Zero?

What is the economic outlook for the next 3-5 years?

What tech disruptions are on the horizon?

SPACs and IPOs: What role can London play?

Meet the speakers

See the Agenda

8:45 am - 8:55 am 14th June 2021 MC
8:59 am - 9:14 am 14th June 2021 Opening of Festival

Welcome to CogX2021 from festival CEO, Charlie Muirhead

9:00 am - 9:40 am 14th June 2021 Tech Zero Taskforce

Join the UK’s fastest growing startups as they launch the Tech Zero Taskforce. Led by Bulb and with the support of Tech Nation, the Taskforce aims to get 1,000 UK companies signed up to...

9:40 am - 10:00 am 14th June 2021 Rolls Royce and the path to Net Zero

A year on from signing up to the UN’s Race to Zero — with a bold ambition to play a leading role in pioneering a resilient, inclusive, net zero carbon future — we talk to Warren East, CEO...

10:00 am - 10:40 am 14th June 2021 How technology can serve everyone: Stakeholder Capitalism – The what, the why and the how

Health, economy, social justice, technology, ESG — the Covid crisis has made several industries realise the urgent need for change due to major shifts in stakeholder needs. Tech-driven...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 14th June 2021 Building a digitally fit future: Big tech and accountability

We live in an age where big tech companies like Amazon and Facebook wield an extraordinary amount of power. The question of our time is, how do we keep them accountable? We join two pioneers of...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 14th June 2021 Responsible leadership: The risks and the rewards of advancing the state of the art in AI

As the COO of DeepMind, Lila Ibrahim is laser-focused on mission and impact. She’s responsible for guiding and developing teams across engineering, virtual environments, program management and...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 14th June 2021 Planet: What benefits will fully autonomous transportation bring?

The evolution of driverless transportation will change the way we live and work forever. From the design of urban environments to reducing emissions, road safety to vehicle ownership all the...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 14th June 2021 The power of privilege and the importance of allyship in the workplace

Many of those privileged enough to be distanced from racism are now having to come to terms with the uncomfortable fact that they continue to prosper at the detriment of others. They’ve been...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021 New monetary policy and the deficit myth

When it comes to the vast public stimulus payments of the past year, Bernie Sanders adviser Stephanie Kelton argues that the question ‘how do we pay for it’ is misplaced. One of the...

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 14th June 2021 Switched on: The next revolution for our planet.

What if we could reduce power consumption around the world in the flick of a switch? Join Russ Garcia and Tony Fadell to learn all about their revolutionary technology, how it could impact...

6:40 pm - 6:45 pm 14th June 2021 MC
8:59 am - 9:04 am 15th June 2021 MC
9:00 am - 9:40 am 15th June 2021 The future of flying

The past year has shown extraordinary transformation and unimaginable disruption for the global aviation industry. British Airways CEO, Sean Doyle joins us to discuss how he navigated the...

10:00 am - 10:40 am 15th June 2021 Sustainability: Sustainable Technologies, Green IT & Cloud

Digital technology is one of the world’s greatest enablers but with it comes the challenge of an ever-growing IT carbon footprint. Yet Post-Digital technologies, such as the cloud, are energy...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 15th June 2021 Power, politics, and the planetary costs of artificial intelligence

How is AI shaping our understanding of ourselves and our societies? What happens when artificial intelligence saturates political life and depletes the planet? Kate Crawford, with more than a...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 15th June 2021 Future of research

Meet the woman in charge of the UK Research Council’s £8bn a year research grant funding. Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser is the Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 15th June 2021 The exponential age

Exponential technologies touch everything from computing and manipulating biology, to working with matter and supplying energy. With AI as a catalyst for countless other technologies, there’s a...

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm 15th June 2021 Ethics and Bias in AI

In a world where security and the wellbeing of citizens is pivotal, how can companies ensure ethical, non-biased policies and frameworks? When Machine Learning is involved, how can we prevent...

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm 15th June 2021 Toolbox for the future: Why innovation is the only way out of the climate crisis

Join two pioneers: Tony Fadell, Future Shape Principal, iPod inventor, iPhone co-inventor and Nest founder; and Actor & Investor Robert Downey Jr. to discuss why out-of-the-box thinking and...

7:00 pm - 7:05 pm 15th June 2021 MC
8:59 am - 9:04 am 16th June 2021 MC
9:30 am - 10:00 am 16th June 2021 How do you turn a Telco into a Digico? A conversation with Harmeen Mehta, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, BT

Telcos deliver the lifeblood of our economies, our society, our digital businesses; connectivity. Their impact is huge, their potential is enormous. But many have struggled to adapt to the...

10:00 am - 10:40 am 16th June 2021 What’s the role of the BBC in the next 10 years?

How we create, consume and relate to news and media is changing at a never before seen rate. We talk to Richard Sharp, Chairman of the BBC about the challenges and opportunities the BBC will...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 16th June 2021 What the UK needs from a National AI Strategy

Earlier this year the AI Council published an AI Roadmap suggesting the UK government double down on the good work started by the 2018 AI Sector Deal and proposing a national strategy fit for...

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: VISA
What does it take to be a responsible leader of AI?

Business leaders looking to leverage the power of data and AI find themselves navigating evolving regulations and a sea of new ethical, governance and organisational considerations. So what does...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 16th June 2021 The future: No place for the death penalty

The death penalty is skewed towards punishing the most disadvantaged members of society. If we want to build a fairer world, we have to uphold everyone’s human rights. We invite Afua Hirsch to...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Shell
Can technology lead the green recovery?

The global pandemic has sparked a technological revolution – changing the way we live, learn and work. Now can it help us tackle climate change? From carbon tracking, to energy efficiency,...

4:10 pm - 4:50 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Accenture and The Alan Turing Institute
Make the leap, take the lead

Technology has been a lifeline during the pandemic—enabling new ways of working and doing business, creating new interactions and experiences, and improving health and safety. The pandemic has...

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 16th June 2021 Amazon: Democratising machine learning

Machine learning (ML) is fundamentally changing the world around us. Amazon has been one of the powerhouses of applied ML from its start 25 years ago, operating hundreds of ML-driven services,...

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 16th June 2021 High Risk, High Reward: The future UK Scientific Research

Amanda Solloway MP, Matt Warman MP and Hannah Fry discuss The Advanced Research & Invention Agency (ARIA) and its implications on scientific research in the UK, and how it can help cement...

6:40 pm - 6:45 pm 16th June 2021 MC

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Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

” We have to fundamentally change our thinking and our behavior. There’s an enormous upside to dealing with [the climate crisis] properly, but it requires leadership. We need to start to change the language around the climate crisis, get back to the table, and do something about it. “

— John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate