Cloud, Data Analytics and AI | November Update

Welcome to techUK’s November edition of the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI newsletter! I hope you find this month’s update a helpful overview of the latest news, events and opportunities to get involved with our programme.

It’s hard to believe that it is nearly December and we are coming to the end of this year. Not before one of our biggest events of the year! techUK’s second annual Digital Ethics Summit is being held on Wednesday 12 December with a great line up of speakers who will be assessing the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise, identify and address digital ethical issues. This must attend event is organised by techUK in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, British Academy, University of Oxford Data Ethics Lab, Open Data Institute, the RSA, The Alan Turing Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and The Nuffield Foundation’s Ada Lovelace Institute.

Please book your free ticket to the Digital Ethics Summit as spaces are going quickly and we do expect the event to be sold out soon, so don't miss out. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

All the best,


Sue Daley
Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI

techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI News

Supercharging the Digital Economy podcast

This month’s podcast comes to you from techUK’s Supercharging the Digital Economy flagship event in Manchester. During the show, Matthew Evans, associate director at techUK catches up with Liliana Danila, Economist at the British Retail Consortium to go through why technology is impacting high street stores and online shopping experiences. He then catches up with techUK’s Jessica Russell, programme manager for transport and smart cities, to discuss techUK’s new report, Future Mobility Services in the UK.

3 December – techUK’s Cloud 2020 vision – Are we there yet?
On 3 December from 15:00-17.00 (registration 14:30-15:00) come and join techUK's Cloud 2020 debate, where key cloud computing leaders will discuss and assess progress made in our recommendations in the Cloud 2020 paper and what actions may still be needed as we look ahead. The session will also consider whether there are important issues that will impact the future development of the cloud computing market in the UK.

Budget 2018 round up

In techUK’s Budget Briefing we highlight the key announcements in the Budget that impact on the tech sector. These range from new pots of money that will be open to bids by businesses, to measures that affect training and skills. Alongside our Budget Briefing techUK is publishing a separate note on the Digital Services Tax announced by the Chancellor.

Same footprint, more capacity: Using AI to drive infrastructure

On 18 June, techUK, in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and The Alan Turning Institute, held a one-day design AI sprint. The event explored AI, machine learning and data science: shaping the future of existing infrastructure opportunities and addressed the challenges of using AI to enhance the function of infrastructure assets in our existing infrastructure.

Artificial Intelligence - A game changer for ocean conservation?

Read this blog from Katherine Mayes, Programme Manager- Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI at techUK, as part of #GreenWeek. There’s no question that improving the health of our ocean and making significant steps to reduce global warming will be vital for human survival.

Other News and Comments

Europe’s AI ethics chief: No rules yet, please (POLITICO)

Five new AI medical centres to open across the UK next year (The Telegraph)

The importance of AI education in the UK (Information Age)

Majority of councils using data analytics to improve services (Local Gov)

UK third-party data centre market is largest in Europe (Cloud Pro)

AI art at Christie’s sells for $432,500 (The New York Times)

Upcoming events

Get involved: ‘Council of the Future’ Campaign week

During this campaign we will be exploring what the ‘Council of the Future’ will look like and the building blocks to getting to this vision. It will be an opportunity to hear from members and stakeholders on the technologies shaping local public services of the future. One of the key themes we are exploring is the emerging technologies that will be shaping the future of local public services, and we’d be delighted to get your views on this. If you would like to contribute, please email Georgina Maratheftis. The deadline for content to be submitted is Wednesday 28 November. When you submit the blog please can you also include the name, job title of the author as well as a blog title (max 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use. You can learn more by reading our contributor guidelines here.

29 NovemberDefence Logistics Hackathon

Accelerating Logistics Decision Support through exploiting Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) capabilities. The intent of this hackathon is to demonstrate the ability to analyse and share structured and unstructured multi-source data; maintaining its classification and permission-based access rules at machine speed. This event will provide a great opportunity to demonstrate your ability to solve current Defence Logistic challenges, as well as the opportunity to network with senior decision makers and end users within this area. Following the event, you will be invited to submit a fully costed proposal which could lead to securing funding to further develop your product

3 December – techUK’s Cloud 2020 vision – Are we there yet?

Check out techUK's follow up debate to our Cloud 2020 paper. In 2016, techUK published its Cloud 2020 Vision for keeping the UK at the forefront of cloud adoption. With 2020 nearly upon us, techUK wants to review what progress has been made and what may still need to be done.

12 December – Digital Ethics Summit

Registration for techUK’s Digital Ethics Summit is now open! Click the link above to register. On the 12 December, techUK will be holding its second annual Digital Ethics Summit. The event will bring together stakeholders to assess the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise, identify and address digital ethical issues and concerns. We will consider whether the practical action that has been taken is enough and discuss what more may be needed.

12 December – Members in the Cloud and Analytics space are invited to a virtual meet-up on ‘Big Data in Conservation’. The webinar is being hosted by WILDLABS, a community of technologists looking at how tech can address conservation challenges.

22 January  Brit-twin: towards a national digital twin

techUK will be bringing together public and private sector, policy makers, decision makers and innovators to forge an understanding of just what might be involved in making the national digital twin a reality, and how the tech sector can help to deliver this ambition, taking it beyond the pilot stage.

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