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

Supercharging the Digital Economy 2019
10:00 Registration & Networking
10:30 techUK Welcome
  • Julian David, CEO, techUK

Welcome address

  • Cllr Elise Wilson, Leader of Stockport Council
10:50 Keynote: Smart Cities and Connected Communities
  • Steve Evans, Vice President, Emerging Technology Practice CGI

Panel: Technology and Innovation

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, 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, Associate Director techUK (Chair)
  • Guy Matthews, Director of Emerging Technology, CGI
  • Dan Sodergren, Head of Business Services, The Landing
  • Shivani Govil, EVP Emerging Tech and Ecosystem, Sage
  • Paul O'Brien, Director - AI, Service, Security and Operations Research, BT 
12.20 Lunch Break
13.20 Session 2 breaks into two tracks – delegates choose to attend one track


This session will focus on the benefits that advanced digital technologies are bringing to the transport and logistics sector.

We will examine the benefits that smart mobility solutions can deliver to the North’s economy as a whole. This session will also look at 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.


  • Teodora Kaneva, Programme Manager, SmarterUK, techUK
  • Robin Brattel, CEO, Iotic Labs 
  • Raj Sivalingam, Head of Innovation, WHP Telecoms
  • Neil Walton, Turing Fellow, University of Manchester

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.


  • Sue Daley, Associate Director, Tech & Innovation, techUK
  • Alain Dilworth, Programme Manager, Made Smarter North West Pilot 
  • Martin Ewings, Operations Director, Experis 
  • David Biden, CEO, Human+
  • Will Bridgman, Chairman, Warren Services 
14.20 Networking Break

Keynote: What does digital mean in the North and what is needed to supercharge our future?

During this session, 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. John will 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.

  • John Cridland, Chairman, Transport for the North

Session 3 Panel What does digital mean in the North and what is needed 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.


  • Bryan Glick, Editor-in-chief, Computer Weekly (Chair)
  • John Cridland, Chairman of Transport for the North
  • Eve Roodhouse, Chief Officer Economic Development, Leeds City Council 
  • Jason Souloglou, Senior Director, Insight, Arm
  • Elizabeth Stutchbury, Lead Consultant, Informed Solutions 
  • Phil Swan, Chief Information Officer & GM Digital Lead - Greater Manchester Combined Authority
16:00 Closing Remarks
16.10 Networking Drinks Reception
17:00 Conference Close



For further information, please contact:  

  • Noreen Aldworth

    Noreen Aldworth

    Head of Events
    T 020 7331 2052

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