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Please note, the agenda below is a working draft and is subject to changes. 




Welcome to Supercharging the Digital Economy 2019 

Julian David, CEO, techUK 


Opening Keynote 


Session 1 Keynote: Smart Cities and Connected Communities

Steve Evans, UK Head of Digital Strategy and Transformation, CGI


Session 1 Panel: Technology and Innovation: How to realise the full economic and social opportunities from the adoption and deployment of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies. How do we overcome common challenges to ensure success? This opening panel will set the scene for the day ahead by discussing the opportunities and benefits to industry of adopting and deploying key emerging and transformative technologies that are driving the 4th Industrial Revolution. It will explore how industry leaders are already realising the transformative impact of technologies including AI, IoT and 5G, and discuss common challenges and issues that they have faced along the way. With technologies such as 5G entering commercial deployment this year, and increased investment by government and industry on AI innovative, the panel will discuss what lessons can be learnt from adoption so far and consider what barriers may exist, and how these can be overcome to supercharge the take up and use of technologies that are central to the digital fabric that enables greater digital transformation. 


  • Sue Daley, techUK (Chair) 
  • Shivani Govil, EVP Emerging Tech and Ecosystem, Sage 
  • Guy Matthews, 5G Expert, CGI
  • Dan Sodergren, Head of Business Services, The Landing 


Lunch Break


Session 2 breaks into two tracks – delegates choose to attend one track


Transport & Logisitics 


Case studies and examples

Smart manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Case studies and examples

Transport & Logistics  

Focussing on the benefits that advanced digital technologies are bringing to the transport and logistics sector. This will cover the benefits that smart mobility solutions can deliver to the North and economy as a whole. It will look at both how smart infrastructure upgrades and demand responsive transport services can add capacity, build resilience and enable more flexible journeys for all users. Participants will hear about real examples of the implementation of a range of solutions, the benefits they have delivered and lessons on how to drive adoption.  


  • Daren Wood, Vision Director, Resonate

Smart manufacturing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution 

This session will focus on the opportunities and benefits that advanced digital technologies are bringing to the UK’s manufacturing sector and industries. Through real life case studies and examples, it will show the progress made so far in the adoption and deployment of technologies such as IoT, AI and automation by manufacturers. A panel discussion with industry leaders will explore what are the key ingredients for success, key challenges that must be overcome and what needs to happen next to supercharge advanced digital manufacturing in the UK. In the run up to the UK’s Digital Manufacturing week in November (12-15 Nov), this session will offer inspirational insights into what can be achieved through the implementation of key fourth industrial revolution technologies in manufacturing and share experiences from the digital factory floor of what is achievable now and in the near future. 


  • Alain Dilworth, Programme Manager, Made Smarter - North West Pilot 
  • Martin Ewings, Operations Director, Experis 

Networking Break


Session 3 Keynote: What does digital mean in the North and need to supercharge our future?

  • John Cridland, Chairman, Transport for the North

John will discuss the role digital can play in supercharging the economy and society in the North. He will outline the key recommendations of the Transport for the North’s One North Strategic Transport Plan and discuss what the realisation of this plan could mean for digital leaders across the whole of the North. This session will explore the opportunities and benefits that can be realised across the four prime capabilities which TfN have identified; advanced manufacturing, low carbon energy, life sciences and digital itself. He’ll set out what Transport for the North does and plans in enabling these sectors and what the key remaining challenges are and how a fully digital enabled North could overcome them.


Session 3 Panel: What does digital mean in the North and the need to supercharge our future? Building on John’s presentation the session will explore the opportunities for how the North can use digital technologies to supercharge its economy and deliver a more inclusive society. Attendees will hear how a smarter approach to technological adoption and innovation can spur inward investment into the Greater Manchester region and the North. Topics covered will include how to attract and retain skills in the North as well as ensuring that digitisation works for everyone.


  • John Cridland, Chairman, Transport for the North 

  • Phil Swan, Chief Information Officer & GM Digital Lead, Greater Manachester Combines Authority 


Closing Keynote

16.10 -17:00

Closing remarks and Networking Drinks Reception



For further information, please contact:

  • Noreen Aldworth

    Noreen Aldworth

    Head of Events
    T 020 7331 2052

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