Posted on August 7, 2017 by staff

SAS hero to headline inaugural tech event in Leeds


Hundreds of business tech enthusiasts will descend on Leeds in October when the city hosts the country’s first Innovation & Disruption event.

The four-hour showcase on October 19th at Aspire will shine the spotlight on some of the most cutting-edge innovations set to rock the technology sector over the next 12 months.

Innovation & Disruption is the brainchild of Tim Mercer, CEO of Yorkshire-headquartered cloud tech firm Vapour and someone with almost 20 years’ industry experience under his belt.

Former Special Forces hero Ant Middleton – the chief instructor on Channel 4’s SAS Who Dares Wins – will be the special guest and lead speaker for the day.

“This is a man with real gravitas and an unrivalled insight into the importance of leadership, specifically during incredibly hostile circumstances,” said Mercer.

“He knows about the gruelling physical and psychological pressures that the human body can be placed under, so what better person to inspire some of the commercial environment’s most aspirational business and tech professionals?”

IT directors and decision makers will also have the chance to try out a number of industry-firsts when it comes to voice and video communications, virtual reality and cloud security. More speakers are due to be unveiled as the event draws closer.

High profile sponsors are already on board in support of the event, including IT solutions providers Pure Technology and Alphadigital, investment banking enterprise Seneca Capital, and national law firm Freeths Solicitors.

Mercer continued: “Our quarterly tech events at Leeds’ White Cloth Gallery are always a sell-out. Doing something bigger and better was therefore the next logical step, but we have been careful to develop a format that doesn’t yet exist in the UK.

“The focus is to showcase both emerging and proven technologies, under one roof, in what we believe is the most stand-out example of innovation and disruption for British businesses.”