Smart Buildings - does reality meet the hype?

Thursday 19th October 10:00 - 10:45

Management Theatre

Cisco asks does the reality meet the hype – lots of smoke but no flame!

Join Cisco for a fireside chat as they discuss whether the Smart Buildings hype is achievable, and does it really meet all the hype?

Cisco will be running a discussion with two panellists who have very different backgrounds but all with a vested interest and view on the world of Smart buildings

The Panellists:

Chris Hyder : formerly Enterprise Architect and WPP and Mozo Bank
Mark Nallen: formerly Director of Technology && Innovation at Canary Wharf Group

Chris and Mark joined the Cisco Hybrid Work and Sustainable Real Estate team recently bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and a view from the real corporate business world where Smart buildings were at the heart of their everyday life. We will discuss with Chris and Mark the real world experience and how their knowledge is contributing to the development of the Cisco Smart Buildings strategy.

This will be a chance for the audience to engage with one of the worlds largest network manufactures and get a deeper understanding of where the vendor market is heading and what this means to Architects, Designers, Landlords, Developers, Owner Occupiers and Tenants


Alastair Tucker-Brown

Smart Buildings Specialist


Alastair has accumulated over two decades of expertise in the Enterprise Data Networking arena, working in both Enterprise and Public Sector roles at senior levels with National and Global organisations helping those businesses understand the latest technology and how that technology can support their business transformation and drive true business outcomes. He has a reputation for getting to the heart of what businesses truly want to achieve as an outcome and helps them build strategies to achieve it. Alastair is excited to be part of the Smart Buildings and Hybrid Work revolution as it moves at an extraordinary pace to deliver true business outcomes

Chris Hyder

Smart Building & Hybrid Work Specialist


Chris has a diverse technical background spanning across telecommunications, data networking, IoT, infrastructure design, deployment, and support. He specialises in the practical application of technology, particularly in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design for buildings and data centres.

An adept problem solver, Chris enjoys leveraging technology to create meaningful experiences for people, enhance operational efficiencies, and foster organisational change.

Mark Nallen

Partner Business Development Manager Smart Buildings & Hybrid Work


Mark Nallen is a distinguished technology leader renowned for enabling and bring to life new innovations. With a history of devising customer-centric strategies and steering implementations. Prior to joining Cisco Mark held senior influential positions at Canary Wharf. His expertise spans diverse areas – from software and hardware implementation to project management, cyber security, and real estate infrastructure. A sought-after advisor to boards, he propels B2B, B2C and stakeholder engagement for digital transformation. A trailblazer in thought leadership and innovation, he's instrumental in fostering partnerships with industry giants, yielding breakthroughs published in prestigious outlets. Mark Nallen's legacy resonates in smart IoT integration, groundbreaking apps, and pioneering technologies that have reshaped urban landscapes.

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