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DigitalScotland 2023

DigitalScotland 2023

The Annual Conference For Public Sector Technology Professionals

21 November 2023, Edinburgh international conference centre

DigitalScotland is the largest annual conference for public sector technology professionals in Scotland

Scotland’s leading annual event for public sector innovation returns once more live and in-person in Edinburgh in 2023.

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

From digital ID, to cloud, payments, AI and IOT, learn how transformative approaches to service delivery are creating ‘digital citizens’ of the future.

 Be part of the conversation. Join us on 21 November at Edinburgh’s fantastic International Conference Centre to take your seat alongside leading changemakers from Scotland and across the world.

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.

The full-day conference features a fantastic line-up of globally accredited speakers on topics as diverse as service design, ethics in AI, the internet of things, cybersecurity, 5G and much more.

With 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.

2022 Speakers 

2023 speakers to be announced soon!





Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise
The Scottish Government





Ambassador of Estonia in the UK




Chief Executive
Scottish Business Resilience Centre




Business Development Manager
cyberQuarter, University of Abertay




Research & Skills Manager
Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre




Digital Director
The Scottish Government




Deputy Director Head of Digital Transformation Division
Digital Directorate, The Scottish Government




CEO
Research Data Scotland




Chief Data Officer
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)




Head of Open Data
The Scottish Government




Head of IT Service
Registers of Scotland




Head of The Scottish AI Alliance
The Scottish AI Alliance




Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Deputy Vice Principle of Research (AI), Director of The Bayes Centre
University of Edinburgh




Director of Technology Strategy & Innovation
Leidos




Chief Information and Digital Officer
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service




Director of Corporate Transformation & Workplace
The Scottish Government




Executive Director of Performance Audit and Best Value
Audit Scotland




Head of the Scottish Digital Academy
The Scottish Government




Chief Digital & Information Officer
Police Scotland




Head of Cities
Amazon Web Services (AWS)




Deputy Director, Digital Connectivity
The Scottish Government




CTO
Brightsolid




Product Manager – Cloud First
The Scottish Government




CEO
Castlepoint Systems




Chair
BBC Scotland




Renewables and Connectivity Lead
Orkney Council




Chief Executive Officer
CENSIS




Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure Team
Scottish Futures Trust




Director
Glasgow City Innovation District




Chief Officer Digital & Technology
Aberdeen City Council




Chief Marketing Officer
Codeclan




Head of Business Intelligence
Glasgow City Council




Founder
Calba

Conference Agenda

25 October 2022

Session One: Transforming Government

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Refreshments & networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome and Chair's opening remarks


Kim McAllister
BBC Scotland
9:10 AM – 9:20 AM

Ministerial keynote


Ivan McKee MSP
The Scottish Government
9:20 AM – 9:35 AM

Getting digital government right:

What does good digital government look like and how do we harness technology to reduce digital exclusion, promote collaborative leadership and raise digital skills.


Antony Clark
Audit Scotland
9:35 AM – 9:50 AM

Transforming corporate services:

Delivering corporate capability fit for the future: digital, lean, shared, sustainable


Brian Reid
The Scottish Government
9:50 AM – 10:05 AM

How does Estonia’s past experience help to plan the future of a digital society?


Ambassador H.E. Mr. Viljar Lubi
Ambassador of Estonia in the UK
10:05 AM – 10:20 AM

The amazing importance and consequence of right now

Why is digital transformation important and what you can do today to ensure the future of Scotland


Jason Whittet
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
10:20 AM – 11:00 AM

Fireside Chat:

Global government digital leaders


Geoff Huggins
The Scottish Government

Ambassador H.E. Mr. Viljar Lubi
Ambassador of Estonia in the UK

Jason Whittet
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Refreshments & networking

Session Four: Leadership streams on Digital Transformation, Cloud, Connectivity and Data & AI

1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Digital Transformation:

From the transactional to the transformational: building person-centred digital services around the citizen


Joy Bramfitt-Wanless
Digital Directorate, The Scottish Government

Eilidh McLaughlin
The Scottish Government

Steve Roud
Aberdeen City Council

Richard Thompson
Sopra Steria
1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Cloud:

Innovation, decommissioning, net zero and scale: transforming services means embracing the full potential of cloud


Ross Lyon
The Scottish Government

Keith Dargie
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Paul Christie
Registers of Scotland

Jon Gasparini
Brightsolid
1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Connectivity:

Future-proofing national digital infrastructure: government and industry working together to improve outcomes for Scottish citizens and businesses.


Robbie McGhee
The Scottish Government

Sarah Eynon
Scottish Futures Trust

Shona Croy
Orkney Council

David Lewis
Capita Public Service
1:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Data & AI:

Building inclusive, trustworthy and ethical AI: using data to power the next generation of digital products and services


Steph Wright
The Scottish AI Alliance

Doreen Grove
The Scottish Government

Michael Rovatsos
University of Edinburgh

Rachael Greaves
Castlepoint Systems
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Networking & refreshments

Session Five: Leadership streams on Cybersecurity, Innovation, Data Transformation & Workforce Transformation

3:05 PM – 4:25 PM

Cybersecurity:

Building Scotland's cyber resilience through community, collaboration and increased focus on skills and security operations


Jude McCorry
Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Robert Hayes
National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board

David Ferguson
ScotlandIS

Cheryl Torano
cyberQuarter, University of Abertay

Steve McKee
Cisco
3:05 PM – 4:25 PM

Innovation:

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


Roger Halliday
Research Data Scotland

David Dunn
Citizens Advice Scotland

Alisdair Gunn
Glasgow City Innovation District

Paul Winstanley
CENSIS
3:05 PM – 4:25 PM

Data Transformation:

Harnessing data to optimise the performance of critical public services – leveraging new technologies including data analytics, AI and IoT to boost operational effectiveness


Andrew Hendry
Police Scotland

Davie Gow
Leidos

Albert King
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

Kimberley Hose
Glasgow City Council
3:05 PM – 4:25 PM

Workforce Transformation:

Helping workforces upskill and re-skill to keep up with citizen demand for modern public services


Lee Dunn
The Scottish Government

Sanna Rimpiläinen
Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre

Linda Scott
Codeclan

Stephen McAinsh
Calba
4:25 PM

Conference close

What does good digital government look like and how do we harness technology to reduce digital exclusion, promote collaborative leadership and raise digital skills.
Antony Clark, Audit Scotland

Delivering corporate capability fit for the future: digital, lean, shared, sustainable
Brian Reid, The Scottish Government

Ambassador H.E. Mr. Viljar Lubi, Ambassador of Estonia in the UK

Why is digital transformation important and what you can do today to ensure the future of Scotland.

Jason Whittet, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

 

Geoff Huggins, The Scottish Government      Ambassador H.E. Mr. Viljar Lubi, Ambassador of Estonia in the UK.   Jason Whittet, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

 
 

In this masterclass we will highlight some of the innovation created through the Scotland 5G Centre “Wave One” projects. Focusing on where the innovation has applied and the Centre’s role supporting access to the technology and also the uptake of 5G technology in general, across Scotland.
Julie Snell, Scotland 5G Centre.       Prof. Muhammad Imran, University of Glasgow.    Prof. Bob Stewart, Strathclyde University

Public Sector is seeing a 90% increase in highly disruptive ransomware attacks with Public Cloud, Email, Application Vulnerabilities and Supply Chain driving cyber risk to unprecedented levels. Check Points, Chief Information Security Officer, Deryck Mitchelson, will share strategies and solutions for delivering secure digital transformation whilst preventing your next ransomware and data breach.

 Deryck Mitchelson, Checkpoint

 

Do you need to improve the speed of service, but don’t have the time – or resource – to build a custom solution? Let’s show you how you can use the flexible pre-built templates available in Jira Service Management, and apply them to your workflows.
Gary Blower, Clearvision

With digital becoming the face of the public sector, it’s never been more important to keep public sector services online. Learn how you can improve website performance and resilience to deliver a superior citizen experience no matter the demand.

Patrick Spring, Queue-it

We’ve seen digital transformation executed at extraordinary scale and speed in recent years, including the introduction of new ways of working and managing information. But how can we build on such digitisation efforts? What role does technology play when it comes to managing information? And what emerging threats and challenges need to be acknowledged and addressed?
Ian McEwan, Objective
The micro exercise session combines several fundamental aspects of cyber security with additional, broader cyber security learnings to ensure all organisations, regardless of their sector or level of cyber knowledge, can benefit and learn about:
– Ensuring password security
– Identifying and reporting phishing emails
– Connecting securely during remote work
-Responding to a ransomware attack
Declan Doyle, SBRC

Hear from Aberdeenshire Council as they outline their experience to date in delivering Robotic Process Automation across the Council. They’ll outline how they developed the business case, ensured stakeholder buy in whilst sharing some of the benefits delivered to date.

Alex Croucher, VKY Intelligent Automation.  Colleen Henderson, Aberdeenshire Council.    Michelle Simmons, Aberdeenshire Council

It’s hard to know what’s more complex these days, the threats, or the plethora of tools we use to contain them.
What if the solution doesn’t involve buying any more cybersecurity product, but instead making better use of what you have?
Jonathan Hope, Sophos

With the increased demand on Local Authorities and Health & Social Care Partnerships, IT and Tech consulting firm CGI and Scottish Borders Council discuss the positive outcomes that can be delivered for care practitioners, service users and communities through the strategic digital transformation of services.

Gary Lessels, CGI    Jen Holland, Scottish Borders Council

Having the right digital foundations and infrastructure gives you confidence to transform your services, wherever you are. To deliver new innovation and inclusive opportunities for people in your community. Learn with live examples of how together, we can Connect Scotland for Good.

Hayden Edwards, BT Enterprise, Corporate & Public Sector

The Infralink team will take you through what you can do to help the public sector and the mobile sector engage better to deploy more mobile infrastructure in your area.

Sarah Eynon, Scottish Futures Trust 

Dr. Margaret Whoriskey MBE, Digital Health and Care Directorate      Joy Bramfitt-Wanless, The Scottish Government      Steve Roud, Aberdeen City Council

Jackie Smith, Sopra Steria     Eilidh McLaughlin, The Scottish Government

 
 

Nia Lewis, Scottish Government            Ross Lyon, The Scottish Government    Keith Dargie, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. 

Paul Christie, Registers of Scotland     Jon Gasparini, Brightsolid

 
 

Robbie McGhee, The Scottish Government.    Sarah Eynon, Scottish Futures Trust     Shona Croy, Orkney Council.    David Lewis, Capita Public Service

 

Steph Wright, The Scottish AI Alliance   Doreen Grove, The Scottish Government    Michael Rovatsos, University of Edinburgh 

  Rachael Greaves, Castlepoint Systems  

 

Jude McCorry, Scottish Business Resilience Centre        Robert Hayes, National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board      David Ferguson, ScotlandIS.   

Cheryl Torano, cyberQuarter, University of Abertay         Steve McKee, Cisco

Roger Halliday Research Data Scotland      David Dunn, Citizens Advice Scotland    Alisdair Gunn, Glasgow City Innovation District.    Paul Winstanley, CENSIS

 
 
 

Douglas Shirlaw, COSLA                           Andrew Hendry, Police Scotland             Albert King, NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)    

Kimberley Hose, Glasgow City Council   Davie Gow, Leidos. 

 

Lee Dunn, The Scottish Government    Sanna Rimpiläinen, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre      Linda Scott, Codeclan    Stephen McAinsh, Calba

 

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