Speaking Engagements

I regularly speak and present on a range of topics. If you would like me to speak at a conference or event then please get in touch with my agent, Katie Olver.

Things Kate can speak about / present on

  • ICT energy efficiency
  • Data centre energy efficiency.
  • As a long standing member of the BCS DCSG as well as a data centre operator with impeccable green credentials I have lots of good info to share here.
  • Operating an ultra-high efficiency cloud computing service.
  • The energy costs of Internet transactions.
  • As well as being a very efficient cloud provider, my PhD is in this field and I recently completed a piece of commissioned work for the ESP KTN investigating the energy cost of Internet transactions, including looking at mobile devices.
  • ICT and the rebound effect.
  • I also have a deep understanding of the rebound effect and how it applies to ICT, as well as how ICT is part of the solution to climate change.
  • Evolution of the Silent Cyberwar
  • I am also a cyber security expert (Memset's SIRO) and can talk about how the online cyberwar is evolving; what threats organisations should be concerned about and what to do about them.
  • This can be government or private sector oriented.
  • Open Source Software
  • Memset almost exclusively use open source software and I openly share how Memset are using it to maximum business benefit as well as addressing security and reliability concerns with hard data.
  • Big Data Analytics without the cost
  • A popular topic of late popular, and one that I have had excellent reviews for, big data analytics. I'm quite contentious here (as in most areas ;) and take the stance that with a little intelligence and free open software tools you can get huge benefits from big data without the costs many perceive (you don't need data scientists nor expensive software!).
  • G-Cloud: where we are and where its going
  • Looking in depth at G-Cloud's technical architecture, where it is at present, where it is headed and what its potential really is.
  • Giving businesses a guide to how to get onto G-Cloud and tackle the accreditation levels.
  • Cloud standards
  • Review of principal conceptual standards.
  • Review of principal technologies in use.
  • Review of currently applied operational standards.
  • Business and technology from both sides of the gender divide
  • My unique experience as a businessperson/technologist who has worked in the industry both as a man and a woman.
  • What this perspective has shown me in terms of what we're still doing wrong in terms of getting girls engaged with STEM.
  • The STEM skills shortage and how it is hurting UK PLC.
  • People and Technology: Maximising efficiency by blurring the lines
  • How at Memset we have tightly integrated business operations and software automation for massive efficiency gains while still maintaining the human touch.

Feel free to use the following biographies on conference Web sites etc where I am speaking, or if you need something fine-tuned to a particular audience, just contact Katie Olver.

Kate's bio - long

Kate is a multi-award winning technology entrepreneur, owner-manager of Memset, a nationally leading managed hosting and cloud IaaS provider, and a renowned expert-advocate of green ICT and cloud computing.

Memset was Britain's first Carbon Neutral ISP (August 2006). As well as sitting on Intellect UK's main board, Kate chairs their climate change group, through which she has been instrumental in obtaining a Climate Change Agreement for data centres. Kate also sits on the ministerial Green Economy Council, championing the role of UK technology in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

She is also a member of the European Commission's prestigious European Cloud Partnership with the specific mandate of championing British cloud SMEs at a European level.

Kate significantly contributed to the formation of the G-Cloud and Memset are now among the new breed of SMEs supplying ICT services to the public sector via that framework. Memset were the second company to achieve Impact Level 2 (IL2) pan-government accreditation and are working with CESG towards IL3 accreditation.

In 2012 Memset won Datacentre Solutions Public Cloud award, have won PCPro's Best Web Host award for the last 7 years running and in 2011 won the BCS UK IT Small Supplier of the year award (highly commended in 2012).

In 2012 Computer Weekly ranked Kate as the 4th most influential woman in British ICT.

Kate's bio - short bio

Kate is a multi-award winning technology entrepreneur, owner-manager of Memset and a renowned expert-advocate of green ICT and cloud computing. She, with her brother Nick, started Memset from scratch in 2002 with just £3,000 and they have built it into a nationally leading managed hosting and cloud IaaS provider.

Kate sits on the main board of Intellect and chairs their climate change group, as well as sitting on the ministerial Green Economy Council. In 2011 Kate was ranked the twentieth most influential person in UK ICT by Computer Weekly and was also overall winner of their Social Media Champion award.

Awards & Nominations

UKtech50: No. 20 Social Media Champion Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year SE NatWest Every Woman Award Blackberry Women & Technology Awards 2008 PC Pro Best Web Host Award 6 years running Surrey Business Awards 2006/07 Computing Awards for Excellence 2007 Chamber Awards 2009 National Finalist Toast of Surrey 2011: Business Personality of the Year Carbon Neutral