One of the exclusive benefits of the Imperial Business Partners programme is an opportunity to work with our in-house group researching the longer-term future: Tech Foresight. 

Tech Foresight is an in-house futures research function: bringing a foresight view to business.  

Drawing directly from the world-leading research and innovation at Imperial, the Tech Foresight team presents a unique perspective on future trends research. The team is geared to collaborate with you on strategic futures projects, expert panels, future technology showcase events and experience journeys at Imperial.

A global consumer goods IBP member wanted to explore how emerging trends and technologies might impact their R&D site and ways of working on the mid to long term. To do this, Imperial Tech Foresight developed a set of future scenarios based on Imperial academic expertise. Our foresight specialists, assisted by leading Imperial academics, then ran a bespoke one-day workshop. As a result, our client’s s strategy team members had the opportunity to ask questions about the possible futures, explore new ways of problem solving together and discover ideas for a resilient and adaptive R&D approach in the next 10-15 years. “The Imperial foresight sessions gave us some really challenging future scenarios, that pushed our long-term thinking outside our comfort zone – in a good way!”

What are the Tech Foresight opportunities?

  • Access to annual cycles of general disruptive technology research (referenced in Financial Times, Business Insider, Forbes).  IBP members will have access to the open-content as well as partner only content. 
  • Disruptive technology scanning projects of targeted area: futures focused mapping across targeted areas (within IBP offer depending on scope) 
  • Tech Foresight events and activities to showcase projects and convene partners/stakeholders  

What are examples of disruptive technology sensemaking projects?

  • Helping you create a manageable and actionable set of over the horizon changes 
  • Connecting future change to the present  
  • Identifying actions that can be taken today due to changes in the future 
  • Bringing understanding of the implications of future change  
  • Making insights communicable to a wide audience