I hope you find this month's update a helpful overview of the most recent news and upcoming opportunities from our programme.
The past week has been a particularly busy time here at techUK! In case you missed it, last week was London Tech Week. techUK has produced a helpful LTW round-up, highlighting the different events and activities that took place. I am pleased to say that there were a number of government announcements made during the week, that may be of interest to our members, including: £18.5 million to fund AI conversion degrees and innovation in adult online learning; the launch of the Government Technology Innovation Strategy and an accompanying guide to using AI in the public sector and finally a series of joint roundtables between techUK, BEIS and the UKRI to help businesses fully recognise the benefits of high performance computing. Lots of work in the pipeline, so watch this space!
If you have any further questions about any aspect of our programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI News
London Tech Week, techUK Digest
techUK reflects on a host of panels, events and other incredible activities that took place over London Tech Week.
techUK comments on the Prime Minister's London Tech Week announcement
techUK comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement kicking off London Tech Week, which includes over a billion pounds of investment and a new Competitiveness Study.
Government Technology Innovation Strategy
Read techUK’s take on the Government’s new Technology Innovation Strategy
Snapshot of the digital ethics discussion at CogX 2019
techUK provides an essential round-up of all things digital ethics from the opening days of CogX 2019. On the Tuesday Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK hosted an insightful discussion on digital ethics and the world of work at CogX. You can watch the full video here.
ICO launch explainable AI interim report
The Information Commissioner’s Office, in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, publish their "Project ExplAIn" interim report.
Your journey into tech – techUK’s online Career Pathways Guide
techUK has launched its online pathways guide highlighting the variety of routes into a tech career.
techUK welcomes Government net-zero emissions target
techUK comments on the government’s announcement of its intention to lay legislation that puts the UK on the path to become the first major economy to set net zero emissions target in law.
PwC Report - AI in Healthcare: Perspective on the Practicalities
During London Tech Week, PwC published a report into the practical steps that can be taken by those working in healthcare to ensure a symbiotic integration of AI into the industry.
Tech Leaders Recognised on Queen's Birthday Honours List
techUK congratulates tech leaders, partners and members recognised in this year's Honours List
June brings Pride Month, a time of celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community, that also creates awareness of the prejudices the community faces.
Cloud Week needs you!
On Monday 15th July, techUK will kick off this year’s Cloud Week. If you'd like to contribute, follow the link!
Other news and comments
Government outlines public sector AI guidance – UK Authority
UK invests 185m to boost diversity in artificial intelligence – ComputerWeekly
How a signalling company used AI to help trains run on time – Gov.UK
Call for Procurement Controls of Police AI - UK Authority
Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to ‘smart sustainable cities’ – UN News
Airlines are Increasingly Connecting Artificial Intelligence to Their MRO Strategies – Aviation Today
U.S. Congress targets deepfakes ahead of 2020 election – VentureBeat
Many businesses 'still not achieving benefits of cloud' – TechRadar
UK is leading the way when it comes to cloud adoption – IT Pro Portal
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.
If you wish to attend this roundtable, please contact Emma Fryer or Jake Wall.
21 June - China-Britain AI Summit 2019
China-Britain AI Summit 2019 is a unique event that will illuminate the artificial intelligence landscape in China and the UK. Players in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from China and the United Kingdom will come together to build global partnerships and catalyse commercial business and investment opportunities.
The summit will be opened by the President of Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) together with opening remarks coming from the Chinese Embassy in London. The Summit will showcase innovative British & Chinese machine and deep learning technologies and explore potential synergies and avenues for cooperation.
Please note that techUK members get a 10% discount on tickets, please email Charlie Wyatt for the discount code.
10 July - techUK Annual Dinner 2019
techUK is delighted to announce that this year’s Annual Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday 10 July at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. The techUK Annual Dinner is the established, must-attend business dinner in our calendar that last year attracted over 500 guests, including over 120 senior Government and civil service leaders.
The evening begins with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders. Previous speakers include Margot James MP, Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Karen Bradley MP, 2017 Secretary of State for DCMS, Lord Bridges of Headley, and journalists Andrew Neil and Emily Maitlis.
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.