techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter | Beyond Brit-twin

I hope you find this month’s update a helpful overview of the most recent news and upcoming opportunities from our programme.

Last month, we hosted techUK’s first ever digital twins event- focusing on the steps necessary to make a national digital twin a reality. For further insight on the discussions that took place, take a look at techUK’s event round-up and our latest podcast, where we consider what a national ‘Brit-twin’ would deliver and talk to Peter van Manen at Frazer-Nash, Sarah Hayes at the National Infrastructure Commission, Kevin Reeves at Costain, David Cuckow from the BSI and Mattheiu Francoz at Dassault Systemes about how we can get there.  

Based on the discussions that took place at techUK’s Digital Ethics Summit 2018, we will be launching techUK’s Digital Ethics 2019 paper at the end of this month. In the paper we have identified eight actions that need to take place this year, to move the digital ethics debate forward. Further details on the launch will be circulated in due course, however if you’d be interested in writing a blog post, highlighting your own reflections on the current state of digital ethics and necessary next steps, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

All the best 


techUK Cloud, Data Analytics and AI News 

Digital Twin collaboration opportunity!

A key theme from techUK's Brit-Twin: Towards a National Digital Twin event was for the need for greater collaboration across and between sectors. techUK is therefore pleased to support a funded collaboration opportunity with techUK member and leading smart infrastructure company, Costain. 


Virtual twin of territories: what does it take? Data, data, data 

Matthieu Francoz, Dassault Systemes, writes about our #Brit_twin event discussing the three key elements needed to establish a digital twin. 


techUK AI Leaders | Paulo Gomes, CRITICAL Software  

Last month’s AI Leader was Paulo Gomes, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, at CRITICAL Software. The purpose of techUK’s ‘AI leaders’ campaign is to showcase technology leaders that are playing a leadership role in making the UK AI ready. If you are an AI leader, or know someone that is, get in touch to see how you can get involved! 


UK Cloud Awards nominations are open 

Nominations close on 22 April for the 2019 UK Cloud Awards taking place in London in May. Find out further information on the awards and to nominate an organisation or individual as Cloud Visionary of the Year! 


The future of AI and automation in the workplace  

Stacey McIntosh, Editor-In-Chief of Sage Advice UK, explores the benefits of AI and automation for different industries as well as businesses of all sizes. 


techUK calls for action on digital identity  

techUK white paper 'The Case for Digital ID' was launched to an audience of techUK members, technology experts and representatives from business by Ruth Milligan, Head of Financial Services at techUK, outlined the main message of the paper: digital IDs are essential if the UK is to reap the full benefits of a digital economy.  


No Deal preparation advice 

While techUK has been vocal in its opposition to a No Deal Brexit, we want to make sure that members are aware of the various steps that you can take to mitigate some of the potential impacts of leaving the EU without a deal.  


UK and Polish tech trade associations call for data flows to continue after Brexit 

techUK and ZIPSEE Digital Poland have published a joint paper which outlines the importance of data transfers between the UK and Poland and calls for the continued free flow of data between the UK and Poland post-Brexit.

Other News and Comments 

AI and digital design to transform future of UK construction (GOV.UK) 

RAIL debuts license agreements for the responsible use of AI (VentureBeat) 

Trump signs executive order to spur US investment in artificial intelligence (The Verge) 

Singapore releases Asia’s first AI governance framework (Computer Weekly) 

Yorkshire Technology Partnership to offer data analytics for education sector (Business Up North) 

Despite Theresa May’s plans, Brexit will stop the UK being an AI leader (Verdict) 

An end to gridlock? How artificial intelligence could help get London moving again (CITY A.M)

Upcoming events 

25 February - techUK Introductory Evening 

Whether you are new to techUK, thinking of joining us or would just like a reminder of the many benefits and services that we have to offer, then this is the event for you. We invite you to join us for an introductory evening, where we will tell you more about techUK, how we work and how you, as a member, can access our many member benefits and services. 


1 MarchDigital Leaders 100 

The DL100 list is created by public vote and celebrates the teams and individuals who are working hard behind the scenes to secure the UK’s Digital Transformation. You can enter yourself or nominate someone else in the 10 categories


14 March - Joint Industry Roundtable on Explainable  

Join us at this industry roundtable, organised by techUK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the Alan Turing Institute, on Thursday 14 March, 15:30-17:30. The focus of the roundtable discussion is to assist with the development of new guidance to help organisations explain the decisions made by their AI systems. Spaces for this event are limited, so if you’d like to attend, please contact  


20 March Building trust in the security of cloud - Where are we now and what needs to happen next? 
techUK is holding a roundtable discussion to bring industry leading cloud service providers and cybersecurity professionals to discuss and identify the current, and possible future, security concerns and issues that may be preventing the increased adoption and use of cloud services and explore possible solutions to build greater long term trust and confidence in the cloud. This session will look to identify specific issues or area of work techUK should be taking forward in 2019.  


2 April - Human Rights and Tech Conference  

Helping firms understand the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and operationalise human rights has been something techUK has been asked to more and more which is why techUK is pleased to announce a free conference in London on 2 April. In the conference we will focus particularly on modern slavery as well as human rights issues in the supply chain and procurement.

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