techUK at Political Party Conferences

Autumn party conferences are fast approaching, with the inevitable rumours of leadership challenges against Corbyn and May making their way into the news.

This party conference season will see techUK host and join a range of panels alongside thought leaders, MPs and Ministers at the Labour Conference in Liverpool and the Conservative Conference in Birmingham.

Please come join techUK and our members at our events where we will discuss some of the biggest issues facing the sector and country, from future proofing the workforce to manage new technologies like AI, to helping businesses large and small adopt technology to boost their productivity.

To find out more about what we’re doing at party conferences please contact Ben Bradley on


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Labour Party Conference

Liverpool, 23rd-26th September


Monday 24th September:

New Statesman Business Reception (invitation only)

18:30-20:00, Room 2, Lower Level, Hall 2, ACC Liverpool

  • John McDonell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK


Tuesday 25th September

Making Business Digital: Solving the UK’s productivity puzzle so that no-one is left behind

Google, Sage and techUK

11:00-12:00, Concourse Room 3, ACC Liverpool

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)
  • Sabby Gill, MD UK&I, Sage
  • Katie O’Dononvan, Public Policy Manager, Google
  • Bill Esterson MP, Shadow BEIS Minister
  • Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, FSB (invited)


Making the Future of Work, Work for All

Cisco and techUK

14:30-15:30, Concourse Room 3, ACC Liverpool

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)
  • Scot Gardner, Chief Executive UK & Ireland, Cisco
  • Lesley Giles, Director, The Work Foundation
  • Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union
  • Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Digital Minister


How can Autonomous Vehicles Benefit Cities?

FiveAI and techUK

16:00-17:00, Meeting Room 7, Liverpool ACC

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)
  • Stan Boland, Chief Executive and co-founder, FiveAI
  • Leon Daniels, former MD, Surface Transport, TfL
  • Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister
  • Darren Jones MP, Co-Chair Parliamentary Commission on Tech Ethics



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Conservative Party Conference

Birmingham, 30th September-3rd October

Sunday 30th September:

AI: a force for good?

Atos and ConHome

16:00-17:30, Hall 6, Birmingham ICC

  • Kulveer Ranger, VP Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&I
  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
  • Will Tanner, Director Onward
  • Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConHome


Monday 1st October

How do we make the UK a world leader in autonomous vehicles?

FiveAI and techUK

16:00-17:00, Drawing Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham

  • Oliver Shah, Business Editor, Sunday Times
  • Stan Boland, Chief Executive and co-founder, FiveAI
  • Jesse Norman MP, Transport Minister
  • Dharmash Mistry, Partner, Lakestar Capital
  • More speakers tba


Trust, Data and Decisions: How do we find the information we need?

Institute for Government and Solicitors Regulation Authority

15:45-17:00, Concerto Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham

  • Gavin Freeguard, Head of Data and Transparency, Institute for Government (chair)
  • Jane Malcolm, Executive Director, Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Which?
  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK


The new economy: how will automation and AI change the future of work?

Prospect Magazine

17:45-19:00, Executive Room 2, Birmingham ICC

  • Steve Bloomfield, Deputy Editor, Prospect
  • Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, Innovation, Skills and Migration, techUK
  • Raj Mak, Head of Digital Birmingham
  • Alok Sharma MP, Employment Minister
  • Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Pearson HE Commission


The Enterprise Forum Business Reception (invitation only)

17:45-19:00, Hall 8, Birmingham ICC

  • Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders
  • Special Guest Speaker


Tuesday 2nd October

Digital Britain: are we being ambitious enough?

Google, Sage and techUK

16:00-17:00, Dolce Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)
  • Margot James MP, Digital and Creative Industries Minister
  • Ronan Harris, UK & Ireland MD, Google
  • Sabby Gill, MD UK&I, Sage


Powering up: Supercharging productivity in the Digital Age

The Spectator

16:00-17:00, Birmingham ICC

  • Tony Danker, CEO of the Productivity Leadership Group
  • Scot Gardner, Chief Executive UK & Ireland, Cisco
  • Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK
  • Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley (invited)


AI, Automation and the Future of Work

ResPublica, techUK and Tata Consultancy Services

17:45-19:00, Room 101, Library of Birmingham

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
  • Vicky Ford MP, Member of Science and Technology Committee
  • Jim Bligh, Director of Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Adam Marshall, Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce (invited)
  • More speakers tba
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