DigitalScotland 2024

DigitalScotland 2024

The annual conference for public sector technology professionals

Date: Tuesday 26 November 2024
Venue: Edinburgh international conference centre
Conference Timings: 08:00 – 17:00

TICKET PRICES

Government Organisations: Free of charge

Non-Government Organisations: £99

Commercial Organisations: £299

The above prices are for our early bird tickets. As we get closer in time to the conference, the ticket fees will be increased.

DigitalScotland is the largest annual gathering of public sector technology professionals, where global govtech leaders share technology insights and lessons in digital transformation, leadership, skills, cultural change and data-driven innovation.

Due to feature 50-plus speakers from a diverse array of backgrounds, DigitalScotland is the leading forum to hear about how digital and data are transforming the way our public services operate and fulfil their mission to be modern, responsive and designed around the needs of citizens.

With a growing global ‘govtech’ movement, DigitalScotland is a must-attend for technologists and policymakers delivering the next generation of government services.

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DigitalScotland 2024 is fully accredited by The CPD Group, the largest accreditation body in the UK. If you attend you will qualify for 8 CPD credits. For more information click here.

2023 Speakers

2024 speakers to be announced soon


Professor of Applied Cryptography
Edinburgh Napier University

Permanent Secretary
The Scottish Government

Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade
The Scottish Government

Head of Digital Citizen Unit
The Scottish Government

Chief Executive
Central Digital & Data Office, UK Government

Digital Director
The Scottish Government

Data Transformation Lead
The Scottish Government

Deputy Director, Digital Connectivity
The Scottish Government

Baillie Gifford Professor in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence
University of Edinburgh

Head of Digital Transformation Division
The Scottish Government

Chief Data Officer
The Scottish Government

Head of Business Intelligence
Glasgow City Council

Deputy Director for Cloud & Digital Services
The Scottish Government

Business Change Service Manager
Aberdeenshire Council

Clinical Director, North East of Scotland Breast Screening Programme
NHS Grampian

Head of The Scottish AI Alliance
The Scottish AI Alliance

Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure
Scottish Futures Trust

Chief Information Officer
Research Data Scotland (RDS)

Director of Digital and Security
NHS National Services Scotland

Programme Delivery Manager
The Scottish Government

Director
Glasgow City Innovation District

Head of Strategic Partnerships
Edinburgh Innovations

Business Change, Business Analyst
Aberdeenshire Council

Cloud Business Architect
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde / Scottish Government DHAC

Head of IT Enablement
Registers of Scotland

International Market Development Partner
Netcompany

Head of Ethics and Sustainability Consulting
Sopra Steria

Head of Intelligent Automation
Scottish Government

Global Director of Mission Critical & Private Networks
Cellnex

Deputy Director, Social Security Programme
The Scottish Government

Head of Data & AI
Zühlke Group

VP of Partnerships
CodeBase

Associate Director
Scottish Futures Trust

Head of Public Sector UK & Ireland
UiPath

Chief Data Officer
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

Head of Clinical Innovation
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Head of Consulting Citizen and Devolved Government
Sopra Steria

Service Owner for Cloud First Programme, Digital Directorate
The Scottish Government

Chief Solution Architect
Leidos

Data & AI Practice Lead
Sword IT Solutions

Scotland Director
Ofcom

Cyber Exercising Coordinator
CyberScotland

Head of Information Assurance & Cyber Security
Leidos

Director
SWAN Framework at BT Business

CTO
Brightsolid

Product CTO, Identity Protection
Crowdstrike

Change Manager
Falkirk Council

Solution Engineer
SentinelOne

CTO
Sword IT Solutions

Asset Manager Officer
Falkirk Council

Scotland Director
BT Business

EIS Supplier Manager for Cloud and Security
Skills Development Scotland

Business Solutions Manager
Dumfries & Galloway Council

Public Sector Account Director
The Clarus Networks Group

Headteacher
Falkirk Council

Head of Innovation
Cisco

UK Director of Transformation
ServiceNow

Enterprise Network & Cybersecurity Team Leader
Falkirk Council

VP Product Architecture
Emergn

2023 Agenda

2024 agenda coming soon

21 November 2023 | Session one (2023): Transforming Scotland

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration & welcome refreshments

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Chair’s opening remarks


Kim McAllister
Chair
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM

Ministerial keynote


Richard Lochhead
The Scottish Government
9:15 AM – 9:55 AM

Technology transforming government fireside chat


Geoff Huggins
The Scottish Government

Megan Lee Devlin
Central Digital & Data Office, UK Government
9:55 AM – 10:15 AM

Everything from anywhere and all at once

We demand more of connectivity than ever before - but being connected is only the start of the digital journey


Hayden Edwards
SWAN Framework at BT Business
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

The EU Digital Identity Wallet

Establishing the benchmark for transparent and user-friendly digital identification for EU citizens, with data safety at its heart


Thomas Rysgaard Christiansen
Netcompany
10:30 AM – 11:05 AM

Panel discussion: The emerging role of AI in government services

When humans are fallible, how can ethics, trustworthiness and inclusivity be hardwired into AI platforms?


Prof. Shannon Vallor
University of Edinburgh

Tom Wilkinson
The Scottish Government

Mark Watson
Leidos
11:05 AM – 11:30 AM

Networking & refreshments

21 November 2023 | Session Two (2023): Parallel Masterclass Sessions

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The Platform Approach: Citizen automation, robust security and efficient engineering

Join us in this masterclass to gain a holistic understanding of the benefits that a platform-centric approach can bring to your cloud strategy. Explore how it bolsters security, enhances operational efficiency, and drives cost-effectiveness. Throughout this session, we will delve into emerging technologies, shifting paradigms, and operational trends, all of which can play pivotal roles in supporting your transformative journey.


Andy Sinclair
Brightsolid
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Effective Security at the heart of a Digital Scotland

Delivering digital public services that are secure by design, and secure in delivery. This session looks at practical approaches to Cyber security and information assurance with learning points around people, processes and technology to inform and encourage, embedding effective security into solutions and building resilience and trust.


Richard J. Jones
Leidos
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Debunking Common Myths About XDR

There has been a tremendous buzz across the cybersecurity community about the emerging technology known as XDR (eXtended Detection & Response). Unfortunately for the practitioner, there has yet to be a single definition widely accepted by both analysts and vendors perporting to be knowledgeable on the subject. What is XDR and why should I consider the technology in my enterprise security stack? What should I expect from vendors who claim to have built the perfect mousetrap? What is reality, and what is just hype? This session will walk through some generally accepted value statements associated with XDR, while attempting to debunk a few common myths that continue to muddy the water for security teams.


Jonny De Silva
SentinelOne
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Exercise in a Box

Exercise in a Box is a non-technical workshop which helps organisations find out how resilient they are to cyber attacks and practice their response in a safe environment. Exercise in a Box is a tool that recreates real-world business scenarios and with probing questions attached to each scenario, it allows your organisation to test its cyber resilience.


Stephen Broadbridge
CyberScotland
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Transition

12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Turning Falkirk Council's data strategy into reality

Working in collaboration, Sword supported Falkirk Council in establishing a data strategy, delivering a modern cloud technology stack. This provided high quality reporting, insights, and decision-ready information through data analysis, ensuring a “single source of truth”. Focusing on a use case where headteachers are empowered with better insight on pupil absence, enabling the school to support their pupils more effectively.


Lise Parker
Sword IT Solutions

Greg Anderson
Sword IT Solutions

Rebecca McDonald
Falkirk Council

John Reid
Falkirk Council

Gordon Henderson
Falkirk Council
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Do better with less: how public sector organisations can create a standout employee experience

In the wake of today’s skills shortages, UK public sector organisations looking to remain competitive can't afford to provide anything less than an incredible employee experience. In this masterclass, we’ll explore why employee experience matters in the public sector landscape right now, and, most importantly, what practical steps organisations can take to keep employees happy and improve their competitive standing.


Graham Curran
ServiceNow
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Connected communities in action

Digitisation provides a tremendous opportunity to not only to support internet connectivity for communities, but also to drive innovation. In this session we will share some recent examples of projects that are doing just that. This includes helping people access healthcare, even when remote on Clare Island, County Mayo and a use case from Falkirk Council.


Brian Jordan
Cisco

Murat Dilek
Falkirk Council
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Best Practices: Secure identities in a hybrid multi-cloud world

Modern attackers use identity to infiltrate enterprises. They take advantage of identities for individuals, workloads and applications, spanning through multiple identity providers. It might seem near impossible to correlate this information, detect and prevent lateral movement. Join Ross to understand how other organizations have deployed identity protection to protect not just on-prem Active Directory but AzureAD, Okta, ADFS and Ping too. Learn best practices used by some of the largest enterprises when it comes to identity protection.


Ross Penny
Crowdstrike
12:40 PM – 1:35 PM

Lunch, supplier showcase & networking

21 November 2023 | Session Three (2023): Leadership Streams on Cloud; Enabling Connected Communities; Getting the Most out of Public Sector Data; Citizen Engagement

1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Citizen engagement

Digital platforms and portals to enable citizens to better interact with services


Jackie Smith (Chair)
Sopra Steria

Eilidh McLaughlin
The Scottish Government

Dr Kevin Macnish
Sopra Steria

Professor Bill Buchanan OBE
Edinburgh Napier University
1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Getting the most out of public sector data

How a data maturity assessment can build new thinking in your organisation and transform its use of data


Steph Wright (Chair)
The Scottish AI Alliance

Kimberley Hose
Glasgow City Council

Sally Kerr
The Scottish Government

Dan Klein
Zühlke Group
1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Cloud

Harnessing the potential from cloud applications and data management to improve organisational efficiency and collaboration


Nia Lewis (Chair)
The Scottish Government

Isaac Smith
The Scottish Government

Albert King
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

Paul Docherty
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde / Scottish Government DHAC

Dr Andrew Jones
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Enabling connected communities

Future-proofing national digital infrastructure for citizens and businesses across Scotland


Sarah Eynon (Chair)
Scottish Futures Trust

Robbie McGhee
The Scottish Government

Steven Flockhart
NHS National Services Scotland

Alan Lees
BT Business

Paula Wilkie
Skills Development Scotland

James Pocock
Dumfries & Galloway Council
2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

Refreshments & networking

21 November 2023 | Session Four (2023): Leadership Streams on Innovation; Digital Transformation Journeys; Smart Services; AI and Automation; The Final Frontier for Wireless Communications

3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

AI and automation

Harnessing the power of AI and automation to drive transformational change in business processes, citizen services and healthcare


Steph Wright (Chair)
The Scottish AI Alliance

Colleen Henderson
Aberdeenshire Council

Michelle Simmons
Aberdeenshire Council

Kjersti Fergusson
Scottish Government

Philip Sheen
UiPath

Dr Gerald Lip
NHS Grampian
3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

Digital transformation journeys

From scaling to agile development and the modernisation of public service delivery


Joy Bramfitt-Wanless
The Scottish Government

Tessa Quinn
The Scottish Government

Leanne Carson
The Scottish Government

Paul Christie
Registers of Scotland

Andrew Husak
Emergn
3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

Innovation

Utilising the potential of Scotland‘s data ecosystem to stimulate and scale innovation – creating jobs, attracting investment and improving services


Alisdair Gunn (Chair)
Glasgow City Innovation District

Hugh Wallace
Research Data Scotland (RDS)

Dr Andrea Taylor
Edinburgh Innovations

Yasmin Sulaiman
CodeBase

Mikko Uusitalo
Cellnex
3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

The final frontier for wireless communications

How satellite communications technology and innovation can help connect people, places and communities and close the digital divide in Scotland


Sarah Eynon (Chair)
Scottish Futures Trust

Glenn Preston
Ofcom

Sam Eaton
The Clarus Networks Group

Dr. Robert Gardner
Scottish Futures Trust

21 November 2023 | Session Five (2023): The future of public services

4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

Fireside chat

Chaired by Kim McAllister


JP Marks
The Scottish Government
5:05 PM

Conference close & networking

2023 Sponsors

2023 sponsors

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