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Purpose-driven Technologies in the 21st Century

Saturday 11th November 2023

Rhodes House, Oxford


Embracing a new era of technology, the second annual iteration of the Rhodes Forum on Technology and Society delves into the heart of purpose-driven technology in the 21st Century, where impact has value for people, the environment and society. In an age where technological strides continuously redefine our boundaries, this year's Forum seeks to unravel the interplay between innovation and intention.

The world is changing fast. AI handles everything from simple tasks to creative feats, biotech is revolutionising healthcare, and technology is reshaping defence strategies. In this era of rapid progress, we're shifting the focus from just speed and size to a technology with a clear sense of purpose.

Join us at the Forum to explore the fusion of innovation and intention. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect, the Forum will explore a range of perspectives from across cultures and disciplines, creating a conversation that welcomes technologists, policymakers, and leaders from around the globe.



The latest programme and confirmed Speakers will be updated here and on the event app. 

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment! Suggestions for accommodation in Oxford can be found here

Please contact if you have any questions or have any difficulties booking.

Dress Code: Business Casual - No Ties



*Please note that your attendance fee helps to partially cover the cost of the Forum. We rely on the generosity of individual donors and other sponsors to cover the rest of the costs. This particular event was made possible through the generous support of our donor, Kevin Xu as part of the Kevin Xu Initiative on Technology and Society at the Rhodes Trust . We are grateful for the support of Equitech Futures as our lead partner for this event. An in-person ticket cost includes lunch, refreshments and snacks throughout the day, and a full day of conferencing *


11 November 2023
Rhodes Trust

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