techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter | CDEI Work Programme

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

Last month the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation published its 19/20 Work Programme and 2-year Strategy, setting out the Centre’s priorities and ways of working for its first year. To support this work programme, on Friday 26 April, we’re partnering with the Centre to conduct an exploratory workshop on online targeting and personalisation. This workshop will be a key opportunity for techUK members to engage with the Centre and inform the recommendations they put forward to government later this year. If you’d like to attend the workshop, please register through the portal here or RSVP to

Next week we’re going to be hosting techUK’s AI campaign week! During this week we will be discussing how AI is impacting four key sectors: healthcare, infrastructure, policing and cybersecurity and the necessary next steps to ensure AI remains a competitive advantage for the UK. If you’d like to join the conversation on Twitter, please feel free to use the #AIWeek. 

If you have any further questions about any aspect of our programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

All the best,


techUK Cloud, Data Analytics and AI News


techUK’s AI Week is back
On Tuesday 23 April, we will kick off techUK’s AI Week – highlighting the growing opportunities and benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for both the UK economy and society. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes or Jake Wall

European Commission takes forward expert group’s AI guidelines
techUK provides an overview of the High-Level Expert Group on AI's Trustworthy AI guidelines and the next steps proposed by the European Commission.

CDEI Strategy and Work Programme - Here, and here.
techUK provides an update and comments on the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI)’s 19/20 Work Programme and 2-year Strategy, setting out priorities and ways of working for its first year.

ICO Regulatory Sandbox Now Open for Applications
The ICO Regulatory Sandbox is open to organisations of all sizes and from all sectors – public, private and third - and will help to mitigate risk of technical or operational innovations breaching data protection law. Applications will close at noon on Friday 24 May.

Digital Twin Collaboration Workshop Roundup
On the 14th March, techUK held a workshop with members interested in collaborating on funding opportunities available around digital twin technologies.

Ana Perales, ‘The Tipping Point for AI’ guest blog
Guest blog by Ana Perales, Director at Barclays UK Ventures, highlighting key findings from the 'State of AI 2019' report by MMC Ventures, produced in association with Barclays.

Human Rights Conference - key themes and write-up
Two weeks ago, techUK held a conference looking at the human rights risks in tech supply chains with over twenty speakers from across the tech industry, government and third sector.

techUK comments on the Government’s new Online Harms White Paper
Vinous Ali, head of policy at techUK, comments on the release of the Government’s Online Harms White Paper.

Other News and Comments


UK Cloud Awards 2019 shortlist revealed (Cloud Pro)

What future for AI in news? (LSE Blogs)

Barbarians at the Gate: AI and Copyright on a Collision Course  (E Content Mag)

Australian Government seeks views on ‘AI for a fairer go’ framework (Computer World AU)

Pioneers of artificial intelligence Slovenia to set up international AI research centre with UNESCO  (Forbes)

Hospital develops AI to identify patients likely to skip appointments (The Guardian)

Data trusts: lessons from three pilots (report) (Open Data Institute)

Upcoming events


23 April - 26 April - AI Week
On Tuesday 23 April, we will kick off techUK’s AI Week – highlighting the growing opportunities and benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for both the UK economy and society. Throughout the week techUK will be bringing you news, views and insights from the technology sector on how UK organisations are using AI to revolutionise business productivity and transform people’s lives. We will be sharing guest blogs and podcast interviews, press articles and daily tweets reflecting the current AI environment in the UK and what this may look like in the future.

26 April - CDEI/techUK Online Targeting Workshop
On Friday 26 April, following the publishing of its 2019/20 work programme, we’re partnering with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to conduct an exploratory workshop on online targeting and personalisation. This is a key opportunity for techUK members to engage with the Centre and inform the recommendations they put forward to government later this year. 

29 April - Responsible Minerals Dialogue
techUK is very pleased to announce a free, cross-sector one-day event on the responsible sourcing of minerals at techUK’s London offices on 29 April. This one-day conference will explore how businesses are responding to the challenges presented by due diligence and the expectations of civil society and government. It will highlight real world solutions and actions and explore what a robust response to this issue looks like.

29 April - WEF webinar - Unlocking AI Adoption in the Public Sector
On Monday 29 April (4-5pm) we’ll be hosting a webinar with Sabine Gerdon, from the Office for AI, who is currently on secondment at the World Economic Forum's Centre for the 4th Industrial Revolution, leading on a project to unlock AI adoption in the public sector. The aim of the project is to develop guidance on public sector procurement of AI powered solutions.

The webinar will provide an opportunity to hear first-hand about the work she’s leading in the US, ask questions about the project and discuss the best way for techUK members to support Sabine’s work.

7 May - Digital ethics in policing roundtable
In an increasingly digitally-enabled world, the police face a range of new threats and opportunities. One such challenge is the ethical application of emerging digital technologies in policing, and maintaining the balance between privacy and public safety provision that is critical to maintaining public consent and legitimacy. This roundtable is an opportunity to bring together the various stakeholders working in this area to examine the key opportunities, challenges and priorities, as well as determining our next steps.

If you are interested in attending this roundtable, please contact with your expression of interest.

8 and 9 May - Tech Show North 2019
Taking place on 8 & 9 May 2019 at EventCity, Manchester, Tech Show North will be the biggest ever gathering of technology companies and suppliers held outside London. With the event expected to attract up to 3,000 visitors and over 120 exhibitors, it will feature keynote speakers from globally significant tech brands and seminars and talks involving leading industry professionals from the tech world.

14 May - Legal Tech and AI Beyond the Hype
On 14 May, techUK’s Legal Affairs Group has organised a panel session which will look at the current Legal Tech landscape, and lead an interactive session. Our speakers will discuss the best combination to achieve the likely benefits of legal tech.

10 - 12 June - CogX 2019
Across 12 stages, CogX 2019 will deliver 400 hours of content and explore a huge range of topics from the rise of digital beings and effective computing to how other emerging technologies such as DNA gene editing, autonomous transportation, blockchain, IoT, VR and AR are reshaping the way we move, learn and work. CogX 2019 will welcome a global audience of 15,000 guests to Kings Cross and bring to life over 200,000 square feet of public space, hosting 500 speakers from across industry, academia, government and technology to cover a range of topics on 12 stages.

Don't wait to secure your tickets. techUK members are eligible for discount codes - to take advantage of this, email

12 June - AI Summit 2019, London 
The AI Summit, hosted during London Tech Week 2019, offers the opportunity to engage with world leading organisations, hear from the brightest minds and gleam exclusive insights into pioneering AI projects from all corners of industry, like never before. This year The AI Summit will welcome more speakers than ever before with over 70 CxOs and global AI visionaries who will cover everything from business strategy to technical skills across 15 dedicated theatres!

19 June - Attributing Carbon to the Cloud Roundtable
This members’ only roundtable will examine how we can keep track of carbon emissions when we outsource activity to the cloud. Customers are seeking more transparency on carbon associated with the cloud services they procure. This may be because they wish to report scope 3 emissions or because they need to provide robust evidence that outsourcing activities are sustainable.

techUK has already produced a draft outline document in this area and we will use the information from this discussion to develop a complete briefing paper.

20 July - AI Tech North 2019
AI Tech North 2019 is the first AI conference of its kind in the North. It's a platform to bring like-minded professionals, leaders and enthusiasts together with a common interest in artificial intelligence. The event hosts 18 technical tracks spanning across various AI technologies, along with five strategic keynote sessions focusing on how to innovate, how to use AI, how to be ethical, and how to overcome disruption, with the aim of helping organisations, communities, technologists and enthusiasts to collaborate and exchange ideas, strategise and devise the innovations of tomorrow.


  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
    T 020 7331 2019

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