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
MD: Software Engineering, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co
Transformation Director, Cairngorm Capital
Author and Futurist
Technology Analyst, Concept Gap
Head of Delivery, BJSS
CEO & Founder, GoCodeGreen
Chief Operating Officer, Droplet Computing
Wellbeing Specialist & Founder, The Vortex Centre
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
SESSION 1 Re-watch on Youtube
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 Data-Driven Decisions to Solve Real-World Problems: Learnings from Downing Street
Laura Gilbert, Chief Analyst & Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street
10:05 AI: Practicalities and Future Realities
Theo Priestley, Author & Futurist
10:25 Combined Q&A
10:55 Session Close
SESSION 2 Re-watch on Youtube
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
Breakout Options Include:
A. Tackling Burnout in the Tech Industry
Identifying burnout - before, during, after
The tools and techniques - survival to thrival
The support required for all team members
The role of the leaders
Jim McFadyen, Wellbeing Specialist & Founder, The Vortex Centre
B. The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same
Leveraging technology and new ways of working to future-proof your organisation
Guiding your senior leaders through disruptive times
Fostering the right culture and skills to build an organisation for the future
Using psychology and simple ways of working to get buy-in from the wider team
Lauren Cahill, Transformation Director, Cairngorm Capital
C. The Circle of Life: A Talk About Killing Services
Why and how services die
Service elements remain and be provided legally, effectively, and sustainably
We learn from these closures to design better services in the first place
Anne Dhir, Service Designer & Creative Strategist, SPARCK
12:10 Second Breakout Option
D. Am I a Good Leader?
Why is good leadership important to support your business objectives?
What is a good leader? We will explore the characteristics and responsibilities of a good leader.
Understanding and reflecting on your own capabilities as a leader? Bravery is the key to this one!
Evolving your capabilities to address the deficiencies in your leadership approach.
Laura Casci, Head of Delivery, BJSS
E. Decarbonising the Digital World in Which We All Live
Why should we care about the impact of digital?
An approach to measuring impact
The scale of opportunity, and how do we make all our great tech more energy efficient?
What we do next matters...
Eric Zie, CEO & Co-Founder, GoCodeGreen
F. Achieve Cyber Essentials and Accreditation Whilst Running Unsupported Apps
The impact of running legacy apps and servers in 2023
What’s new in Cyber Essentials v3, and how will it impact me
How to easily address all your compatibility, security, and compliance
Barry Daniels, Chief Operating Officer, Droplet Computing
12:40 Lunch Exhibition and Networking
SESSION 3 Re-watch on Youtube
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 is required to create a positive business culture, and then consider how we as tech leaders can help move the needle on climate change and build a more sustainable future.
13:30 Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - How to Know if You're Getting it Right
Marnie McCormack, MD, Software Engineering, JP Morgan Chase & Co
13:50 Culture as a Platform
David Farquhar, CEO, IGS
14:10 Building a Sustainable Future: How we Take Responsibility as Tech Leaders
Tim Sabanov, CTO, Zumo
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.