The must-attend online event for leaders from the IT & Digital community
Featuring: keynote talks, breakouts and exhibition - all hosted live on a virtual platform
Free to attend
Wednesday 26th May 2021
08:00am - 16:30pm BST
The Virtual Summit
The Coronavirus pandemic has ensured that the last year was one of the most challenging periods in recent history. The social impact has been catastrophic, while the associated economic disruption has led to widespread decline and expectations of an extended global recession.
Businesses have been forced to contend with months of uncertainty, and are having to adjust to a new paradigm, with changed expectations, process, and new ways of working. Meanwhile, technology has been thrust front-and-centre, the lifeline that has allowed organisations to continue to operate.
This year’s Summit will discuss the role of technology leaders in this testing business environment. The programme will share insights from a range of different sectors, illustrating how leaders can help their organisation navigate disruption, overcome problems and continue to innovate and accelerate their recovery.
Trends: Digitalisation, agility, navigating disruption, remote working
Evolution: The changing nature of IT and Digital as a discipline
Leadership: Strategy, empowerment, communication, motivation and empathy
Culture: Creating a culture of inclusion, innovation and exploration
Impact: Technology as a driver of growth, innovation and improvement
DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of conferences focused on core areas of emerging Technology, Digital and IT. We also run Scotland's leading IT & Digital News Platform with over 100,000 page views per month.
The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.
Technical Director, Office of the CTO, Google
Author & MD of Blink, MediaCom
Director Human Capital, The Singularity Lab
Professor of The Future of Work, Newcastle University
Head of Data Science, Standard Life Aberdeen
Executive Director of Software Engineering, JP Morgan Chase
Principal Consultant, Nile
Author & Customer Strategist
Regional Vice President EMEA & APJ, Nasuni
Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
2021 Conference Agenda
07:45 Login to Virtual Event Opens
The opening session will look at the future of work and consider some of the challenges and opportunities ahead. As we emerge from lockdown and begin to re-set the normal, what do we want our workplace, organisations and society to look like, and how can we as tech leaders help to make this vision a reality?
09:15 Welcome from the Conference Chair
Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
09:20 The Future of Work
Abigail Marks, Professor of The Future of Work, Newcastle University
09:40 Combat Cognitive Bounce: The Hidden Crisis of Remote Working
Bianca Best, Author & MD of Blink, MediaCom
10:00 Positive Disruption: A New Opportunity
John Abel, Technical Director: Office of the CTO, Google Cloud
10:20 Combined Q&A
10:45 Break (15 minutes)
Session 2 will hone-in on a variety of key topics in longer, individual slots. Presentations will be run in 30-minute increments across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend three of the options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post event.
11:00 Breakout Option 1
11:30 Breakout Option 2
12:00 Breakout Option 3
Breakout Option A: Developing Culture in Remote Work Environments
Alastair Rennie, CTO, Metix
Breakout Option B: Leveraging Agile Roadmaps
Dwayne Pascal, CTO, Criton
Breakout Option C: Challenging Times Shape Consumer Sentiment and Behaviour
Ilenia Vidili, Author & Customer Experience Advisor
Breakout Option D: Employee Experience
Puneet Sachdev, Director, Human Capital, The Singularity Lab
Breakout Option E: Design Tools for Effective Leadership through Disruptive Change
Kirsty Bell, Principal Consultant, Nile
The closing session will focus on business alignment and maximising impact: exploring the role of technology in reducing friction with the organisation; looking at the importance of outcomes and purpose, and discussing how to leverage data to build and maintain trust.
13:30 Agility & Compliance: Removing Friction with Technology
Aubrey Stearn, Executive Director: Software Engineering, JP Morgan & Chase
13:50 Data Science Isn’t Special and it Needs Leadership to Save it
Martin Thorn, Head of Data Science, Standard Life Aberdeen
14:10 In God We Trust: All Others Must Bring Data
Hew Bruce Gardyne, Co-Founder, TVSquared
14:30 Combined Q&A
14:55 Closing Remarks
15:00 Close of Session
*The conference programme is provisional and subject to revision