techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter | January update

Welcome to the first 2019 edition of techUK’s Cloud, Data Analytics and AI newsletter. I hope you find this month’s update a helpful overview of the most recent news and upcoming opportunities from our programme.

The start of a new year provides an excellent opportunity to review our programme’s work priorities and begin, with the help of our members, to plan 2019’s programme of work. Already this year we’ve been busy responding a series of consultations including the European Union’s High Level Expert Group’s recently proposed AI Guidelines (NB: new deadline for responses: Friday 1 February) and the APPG on Data Analytics’ Technology and Data Ethics Inquiry. On Tuesday 22 January, we’ll be hosting our first event of 2019, titled ‘Brit-twin: towards a national digital twin’ focusing on the steps needed to make a national digital twin a reality.  If you’d be interested in attending this event, feel free to drop me an email.

Finally, if you have any ideas or suggestions about the type of work you’d like our programme to focus on in 2019, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

Kind regards,


techUK Cloud, Data Analytics and AI News

#Brit_twin Guest Blog: Teasing the digital cat out of the bag

Ahead of techUK's #Brit_twin event, Dr Peter van Manen of Frazer-Nash Consultancy shares his experience of digital twins as a tool for sustainable sporting and economic success.

UK Cloud Awards nominations are open

Nominations close on 22 April for the 2019 UK Cloud Awards taking place in London in May.

CES 2019 techUK blogs – day 1, day 2, day 3

Read Paul Hide, techUK’s Director for Membership and Marketing, thoughts from his time at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

AI in Vegas: Audiogum make an exceptional entrance at CES 2019

techUK CES 2019: Audiogum demonstrate how intelligence creates exceptional user experiences at world’s biggest consumer electronics show

How would a No Deal Brexit impact tech?

While the default position is for the UK to leave the EU with No Deal unless something else is agreed, this is a scenario that doesn’t work for the tech sector.

There are only minuses to a Canada plus deal

It’s not just a No Deal Brexit that presents risks for tech – a Canada style free-trade agreement may also have a big impact on market access.

Digital Ethics Summit - Making ethics relevant to all in 2019

Take a look at the highlights from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit held at County Hall on Wednesday 12 December.

Recorded event sessions from the Digital Ethics Summit

In case you missed it, all event sessions were recorded in their entirety and are available to view now.

Other News and Comments

To save us from a Kafkaesque future, we must democratise AI (The Guardian)

UK leads EU in cloud adoption (IT ProPortal)

National Health Service trials AI software to diagnose breast cancer (Financial Times)

Data science and analytics is top priority for leaders in finance (Consultancy UK)

The Turing Institute joins forces with Japanese research centres to develop AI (Newstatesman Tech)

2019 - the year AI will move into the mainstream (Forbes)

Upcoming events

17 January - Making the most of your techUK membership

Whether you are a new member, someone who has recently joined an existing member company or simply looking for a refresh on what techUK has to offer, then this is the event for you. We will introduce you to techUK, explain how we are structured, how we work and how you as a member can get the most from what we have to offer from techUK’s programmes as well as our wider member services. We shall also be demonstrating our new web portal giving you guidance on how to set up your communication preferences, register for events, and access our member-only insights. You are welcome to join the event either in person or virtually via Skype for Business.

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. This session will lay the foundation for understanding what a digital twin is, and how it applies data and digital technologies to provide real-time insights that can assist in planning, predicting and understanding various types of infrastructure assets.

29 January - Analyst launchpad: business growth via analyst endorsements
techUK is pleased to announce that we are joining forces with the Analyst Observatory at the University of Edinburgh Business School (UEBS) to provide tech companies with a new service package for scaling up and internationalising your businesses through the endorsement economy. Join us for the first free information session on the endorsement economy and the pitch to analysts. The service package is particularly suitable for start-ups and SMEs with plans to scaling up and moving into the international sphere.

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