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Scotland's 7th Annual Technology Leadership Summit
Thursday, 27th April 2023
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Free to attend for IT & Digital personnel 
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The Summit

The Summit will consider the role of leadership within the technology domain. Amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and disruption, the conference will discuss how you can help your organisation navigate change, overcome problems and accelerate innovation.

 

The programme will feature insights from an impressive array of technologists, founders, researchers and transformation specialists; contextualising the biggest challenges facing the industry and sharing practical advice, guidance and best-practice on how you can maximise your impact within your team.

 

Now in its seventh year, the Summit has established itself as the largest annual leadership event for Scotland’s IT & Digital community, and an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and high-level networking.

Core themes:​

  • Trends: Digitalisation, agility, disruption and hybrid teams

  • 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

 
Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

 The Venue 

The conference will be held live and in-person at the iconic Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, a professional event space offering panoramic views of the city and Arthur's Seat.

 

The venue is centrally located in the old town, just 15 minutes walk from Waverley train station, making it easily accessible via public transport. We also offer discounted on-site parking to attendees if you wish to drive and provide light refreshments throughout the day. 

 

Agenda 2022

Session 1.         

The opening session will examine the legacy of pandemic disruption, reflecting on the lasting impact for technology leaders and their businesses. We will explore key trends and observations, discuss the need for increased agility and alignment within the organisation, and consider how the recent adversity can fuel progressive innovation and positive change.
 

09:15   Welcome and Introduction

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland


09:25   Adversity and Innovation: Observations and Learnings During the Pandemic

  • Predictions at the start of the pandemic

  • Key trends and observations from the last 2 years

  • What I got right… and not so right

  • Reflecting on challenge and opportunity

  • Legacy impact and what’s next

Gary Crawford, Chief Innovation Officer, Waracle


09:45   People are the Key to Agility

  • Bridging the digital skills gap

  • Alignment of tech {ability}, speed and talent

  • Organisational transformation to become a tech-focused company

  • Implementing ways of working

Paramjit Uppal, CEO, AND Digital


10:05   Digital Agile Leadership: The Paradox

  • Digital transformation in a nutshell

  • Agility is an enterprise culture, not a process

  • Providing safety around disruption

  • Urgency for greater inclusion and diversity in tech

Mivy James, Digital Transformation Director, BAE Systems


10:25   Combined Q&A

10:55    Session Close

 

Session 2.         

Session 2 will explore a variety of key topics in a smaller and more interactive breakout setting. The breakouts will be run in longer 30-minute slots across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post event.


11:30    First Breakout Option

12:00    Transition

12:10    Second Breakout Option


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11:30    First Breakout Option (Select from A - C)


Breakout A – We Are All Bias: It’s OK?

  • Talking to Lived experiences as a Black Senior Leader Under 40

  • Talking about What D&I is

  • D&I is how you do business not separate

  • Finding your D&I Plan & Talent

  • Simple Tips

Nik Bobb, Senior Project Manager: Global Data Services, HSBC


Breakout B – Closing the IT-Business Integration Gap in a Digital World

  • In a digital world, colleague, customer and citizen expectations are high and rising

  • IT have a crucial role in helping organisations deliver, adapt at pace, innovate where needed and keep the promise of safety

  • Some IT organisations are not where they want to be

  • The moment is now. It’s not easy. Taking the opportunity starts with the leader, how they build trust and build bridges

Ali Law, Managing Partner: IT & Digital Transformation, Hanya Partners


Breakout C – Create Your Killer Mindset & Culture

  • The need to attract and retain female talent

  • Why a good mindset matters for you and your business

  • Confidence building and dealing with imposter syndrome

  • Creating an inclusive culture

Pinky Ghadiali, Founder, Netwomen.co

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12:10    Second Breakout Option (Select from D - E)

 

Breakout D - Is Your Organisation Ready to Embrace the Digital World?

  • Why organisation need to change their organisation and upskill their staff to meet the Digital Challenge

  • What does a Target Operating Model look like in the Digital era

  • Focus on IT and why change is needed

  • Key technologies that are driving the change 

Sean Sadler, Senior Digital & Cloud Transformation Consultant CGI

Breakout E - Fast and Furious Attacks: Using AI to Surgically Respond

  • Fast-moving cyber-attacks can strike at anytime

  • Are reaction times of security teams quick enough?

  • Using Autonomous Response to take targeted action in stopping in-progress attacks

  • Real-world threat finds, case studies and attack scenarios

Finlay Hutchinson, Commercial Director, Darktrace

Breakout F - Cybercrime evolves but security fundamentals remain

  • The changing cybercrime landscape

  • Security mindset & leadership

  • Back to (security) basics

Scott Wright, Security Engineer, Check Point

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12:40   Lunch Exhibition and Networking

 

Session 3.         

The afternoon session will consider how leaders are adapting to the future of work; examining how business culture, team dynamics and the workflow are evolving, and how leaders are responding to optimise productivity and support their teams in the new hybrid era.
 

13:30   A Brave New World

  • The need to adapt to the future of work

  • Retain your culture and team mentality in hybrid environments

  • Maximise collaboration, creativity and output in distributed teams

  • Effectively support your people - helping with belonging; isolation, wellbeing and mental health

  • Respond to the demand for greater flexibility and balance at work

Andrew Dobbie, CEO & Founder, MadeBrave


13:50   Optimising Team Performance in Hybrid Environments

  • Where we started our Hybrid journey

  • What we value, and how this shaped our approach

  • Defining the purpose of your spaces

  • With great flexibility comes great responsibility

  • The office as a social hub

  • Test, learn and iterate on your approach

Myra Fulton, Senior Director: Engineering, Skyscanner


14:10   How Should Leaders Learn from and Respond to Web 3?

  • What centralised, hierarchical organisations can learn from emerging Web 3.0 trends 

  • 4 signs you need to change how you lead 

  • New leadership skills for the future of work  

  • Where to start and what’s in it for me (and your team)  

Gerrie Hawes, Corporate Behavioural Psychologist, Remotely Human


14:30   Combined Q&A

15:00    Closing Remarks
 

15:05   Networking Drinks Reception

17:00    Close of Conference

 

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*The conference outline is provisional and subject to revision

 

About DIGIT

 

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 www.digit.fyi with over 50,000 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.

 

2022 Sponsors & Exhibitors 

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Exhibitors

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