Scotland's 7th Annual Technology Leadership Summit with live keynotes, workshops and exhibition.
Thursday 27 April 2023
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
08:30 - 4.30pm
Free to attend (T&Cs apply)
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 Technology community, and an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and high-level networking.
Trends: Digitalisation, agility, disruption and hybrid teams
Evolution: The changing nature of technology 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
Chief Analyst & Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street
CIO, Ultimate Finance
MD: Software Engineering, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
CEO & Co-Founder, GiggedAI
Transformation Director, Cairngorm Capital
Professor of the Future of Work, Newcastle University
Technology Analyst, Concept Gap
Head of Delivery, BJSS
CEO & Founder, GoCodeGreen
Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
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.
27th April, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
The opening session will examine the rise of AI and the shift to automation and data-driven decision-making within the enterprise. Amid a wave of hype around the maturation of Generative AI tools like ChatGPT, we will cut through the noise and examine what this evolution actually means for tech leaders and their teams, and explore how organisations can positively embrace the advancement of data technologies.
09:15 Welcome and Introduction
Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
09:25 Generative AI: Fad or Fundamental?
Richard Marshall, Technology Analyst, Concept Gap
09:45 Harnessing the Future: Enabling the Transition to a Data-Driven Era
Andrew McKee, CIO, Ultimate Finance
10:05 Data-Driven Decisions to Solve Real-World Problems: Learnings from Downing Street
Laura Gilbert, Chief Analyst & Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street
10:25 Combined Q&A
10:55 Session Close
Session 2 will examine a variety of key topics in a smaller and more interactive breakout setting. The breakouts will be run in longer slots across three parallel streams, providing delegates with the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post-event.
11:30 First Breakout Option
12:10 Second Breakout Option
12:40 Lunch Exhibition and Networking
Breakout Options Include:
Tackling Burnout in the Tech Industry
Rich Wilson, CEO & Founder, GiggedAI
Leading Through Change
Lauren Cahill, Transformation Director, Cairngorm Capital
Am I a Good Leader?
Laura Casci, Head of Delivery, BJSS
Decarbonising the Digital World in Which We All Live
Eric Zie, CEO & Co-Founder, GoCodeGreen
The afternoon session will take a reflective look at technology leadership: we will breakdown the challenge of decision-making in senior roles and look at ways to avoid and mitigate mistakes; explore what makes an effective and impactful leader, and then consider how we need to adapt our strategy and process to optimise for the future of work.
13:30 Tech Leadership: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - How to Know if You're Getting it Right
Marnie McCormack, MD, Software Engineering, JP Morgan Chase & Co
13:50 Reflecting on Leadership
David Farquhar, CEO, IGS
14:10 How Can Leaders Optimise for the Future of Work
Abigail Marks, Professor of the Future of Work, Newcastle University
14:30 Combined Q&A
15:00 Closing Remarks
15:05 Networking Drinks Reception
17:00 Close of Conference
*The conference programme is provisional and subject to revision
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 Technology 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.