Sky News’ Big Ideas Live returns with its specialists to ask “Whose future is it?”


The in-person event gives the public the chance to hear directly from Sky News’ specialist journalists who will be in conversation with some of the world’s science and technology leaders and inspiring thinkers, including Microsoft and NASA.


Reaching more than 100 million people every month across TV, digital, social media and audio, Sky News now offers an interactive in-person experience for the public where hundreds of people can connect with the team of journalists and expert guests. , to explore the critical issues of our time.

Live from Shoreditch, London on Saturday 19e In November 2022, the one-day event will ask “Whose Future Is?” and aims to explore major talking points in science and technology, including the potential of AI, space travel and cyber warfare.

Hosted by Tom Clarke, Sky News Science and Technology Editor and Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee, and featuring guest speakers from Microsoft Research and NASA, Big Ideas Live will explore the changes breakthrough technologies happening around us and what they could mean for our future.

Sky News has built a reputation for delivering live journalism from the heart of the story: from eyewitness reports around the world to deep dives into the data and succinct explainers. Big Ideas Live is another way Sky News will connect audiences to the big stories of our time, hearing from the changemakers and experts shaping our future.

Visitors will be able to get closer to Sky News – through Q&A sessions with our correspondents, as well as insight into Sky News’ award-winning data journalism and forensics team, including the chance to try out the open source journalism and UGC verification for themselves. These techniques were used extensively in Sky News’ recent coverage of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Sky News specialist journalists at the event will include:

  • Thomas Moore, Science Correspondent
  • Rowland Manthorpe, Technology Correspondent
  • Deborah Haynes, Security and Defense Editor
  • Tom Cheshire, Data & Forensics Correspondent

The event will also feature interactive experiences such as Metaverse shopping and AR tryouts with Estée Lauder and Too Faced. It will also be an opportunity to discover futuristic food technologies with the possibility of tasting 3D printed meat alternatives. Immersive physical and virtual art installations will be featured along with exhibits of cutting-edge technologies transforming sport, health and fashion, as well as robotics demonstrations.

Tickets are now on sale from Content from the event will be broadcast live throughout the day on the free-to-air Sky News TV channel on Sky 501, Virgin 603, BT 313 and Freeview 233, alongside content available on the app and the website and a live stream of the day taking place on Sky News’ YouTube channels. The content will also be available on Sky News’ social channels, including TikTok, Twitter and Instagram, and audio services.

The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday 19e November at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY. Full event details and link to purchase tickets are available at


Key round tables:

  • Can your brain be replaced by AI? Speakers including Anil Seth, professor of neuroscience at the University of Sussex and author of Being You – A New Science of Consciousness, Dr Chris Bishop of Microsoft Research, Verity Harding (former co-head of ethics and company at DeepMind) will explore whether AI can ever truly be human.
  • Why are we still running to space? Speakers including British astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and Jane Poynter, co-CEO of Space Perspective (the world’s first luxury spaceflight experience company), will explain why so many people are still investing so much in the space race and let’s look at the future of space tourism.
  • The future of Big Tech? – Experts, including blogger and author Cory Doctorow, will shed light on what the future now holds for big tech.
  • ·Can Britain be a science and technology superpower? : Speakers, including Zoe McDougall from Oxford Nanopore, will explore why Britain has yet to become a science and technology superpower and how we are nurturing the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Can technology slow down our aging process? Sky News’ science and technology editor Tom Clarke explores the pioneering technologies that could end aging as we know it.
  • How advanced technology can save lives in surgery, with world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Owase Jeelani of Great Ormond Street Hospital, who used VR technology this year ahead of a successful operation separating conjoined twins in Brazil.
  • Can sports judging be left to video-assisted referees? HawkEye Chief Technology Officer Tracey Kitt explores this contentious issue on the eve of the Qatar World Cup.
  • Understanding cyber warfare in geopolitics, with our Security and Defense Editor Deborah Haynes, former GCHQ Cyber ​​Director Sally Walker and former British Secret Intelligence Service Operations and Intelligence Director Nigel Inkster.
  • The public will also be able to hear Dex Hunter-Torricke, of the Facebook Supervisory Board — an independent body created to look at some of the toughest and most important content decisions Instagram and Facebook have to make.

Panelists are correct at time of publication but may be subject to last minute changes.

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