Sky News’ Big Ideas Live returns with its specialists to ask ‘Who Owns the Future?’

Friday 4 November 2022

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

Reaching more than 100 million people every month across TV, digital, social and audio, Sky News is now offering an interactive, in-person experience for audiences where hundreds of people will be able to get up close to the team of journalists and expert guests, to go in-depth into the critical issues of our times.  

Live from Shoreditch, London, on Saturday 19th November 2022, the all-day event will ask ‘Who Owns the Future?’ and aims to explore the big talking points in science and tech, 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 revolutionary tech changes that are happening around us and what they might mean for our future.  

Sky News has built a reputation for delivering live journalism from the heart of the story: from eyewitness reporting around the world, to in-depth data dives and bitesize explainers. Big Ideas Live is another way in which Sky News will connect audiences to the big stories of our times, hearing from the changemakers and experts who are shaping our future. 

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with Sky News – through Q&A sessions with our correspondents, as well as insights into Sky News’ award-winning data & forensics journalism team, including the chance to try open-source journalism and UGC verification for themselves.  These techniques have been used extensively in Sky News’ recent coverage of the Russia/Ukraine war. 

Sky News’ specialist journalists at the event will include: 

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

The event will also feature interactive experiences such as Metaverse shopping and AR try-ons with Estée Lauder and Too Faced. There will also be the opportunity to discover futuristic food technologies with the chance to taste 3D printed meat alternatives. Immersive physical and virtual art installations will be on show as well as displays of world-leading technology transforming sport, healthcare and fashion, along with robotic demonstrations. 

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

The event will take place 9.30am - 6pm on Saturday 19th November at Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY. Full details of the event and link to purchase tickets available on


Key panel discussions: 

  • 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 from Microsoft Research, Verity Harding (former co-lead of Ethics & Society at DeepMind) will explore whether AI can ever really be human.
  • Why are we still racing to space? Speakers including the UK’s Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and Jane Poynter, the co-CEO of Space  Perspective (the world’s first luxury spaceflight experience company), will discuss why so many are still investing so much in the space race and 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 holds now for big tech.
  • ·Can Britain be a science & tech superpower?: Speakers, including Zoe McDougall from Oxford Nanopore, will explore why Britain is yet to become a science and tech superpower and how we encourage the innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. 

Break-out sessions include: 

  • Can technology hold off our ageing process? Sky News’ Science and Tech Editor Tom Clarke explores the trailblazing technologies which could bring an end to ageing as we know it. 
  • How cutting-edge technology can save lives in surgery, with world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Owase Jeelani from Great Ormond Street Hospital, who employed VR technology this year in the lead-up to a successful operation separating conjoined twins in Brazil. 
  • Can sporting judgment calls be left to video assisted referees? HawkEye’s Chief Technology Officer Tracey Kitt explores this controversial issue on the eve of the Qatar World Cup. 
  • Understanding cyber warfare in geopolitics, with our Security & Defence Editor Deborah Haynes, the former Director of Cyber at GCHQ, Sally Walker and the British Secret Intelligence Service’s former Director of Operations and Intelligence, Nigel Inkster.  
  • Audiences will also be able to hear Dex Hunter-Torricke,from the Facebook Oversight Board – an independent body created to review some of the most difficult and significant content decisions that Instagram and Facebook have to make. 

Panellists are correct at time of publication but can be subject to last minute changes. 

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