Cloud, Data & AI – Transforming Public Services 2024

Harnessing the potential of cloud, data and AI to modernise public services

Date: Thursday 21 March 2024
Venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow
Conference Timings: 08:30 – 16:30

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.

Public services are going through a rapid period of change. Superlative online experiences are no longer a ‘nice to have’, but an essential component of how we interact with services. Cloud, Data & AI – Transforming Public Services – is the go-to event for public sector officials looking to embrace the potential of technology and innovation to modernise the services they deliver. It brings together government and technology solutions providers to enable transformation to start to take hold, showcasing the latest cloud technologies, public sector data techniques, and stimulating debate on how to harness AI in ways that are trustworthy, ethical and inclusive.

Learning Objectives:

  • Global thought leadership on how cloud, data and AI can make government services more agile, responsive and smarter
  • Turning data into a productive asset for your organisation – bringing harmony and cohesion to disparate, siloed datasets
  • Understand the cloud deployments that are right for your organisation – working with managed service providers on sustainable, economic and scalable solutions 
  • How to get to grips with AI. Once our data is in a good place, how to make the best use of AI in ways that are trustworthy, ethical and inclusive
  • Show and tell: hear from practitioners from within the public sector, academia and industry on lessons learned from cloud, data and AI deployments
  • Securing buy-in: how to make a business case for using technology and innovation to change the way we do things 

Cloud, Data & AI 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.

2024 Speakers

More speakers to be announced soon

Centre for Data Science & AI, University of Glasgow

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)

Innovative Technologies Programme Manager

Lecturer in Cybersecurity
University of Strathclyde

Chief Data Officer
Research Data Scotland

Service Delivery Manager for Data and Analytics
NHS National Services Scotland

Senior Technical Consultant for Data and Analytics
NHS National Services Scotland

Head of Innovation
Scottish Forestry

Deputy Director for Cloud & Digital Services
The Scottish Government

Chief Technology Officer
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government

Head of Justice Transformation
The Scottish Government

Head of Data & AI
Zühlke Group

Deputy Director - Digital Health and Care
The Scottish Government

Conference Agenda

21 March 2024 | Session One: Transforming Public Services

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration & networking

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Chair's opening remarks

9:10 AM – 9:25 AM

Harnessing the Cloud to deliver a superlative user experience for government digital services

Speaker coming soon
9:25 AM – 9:40 AM

Maximising the value of data and using cutting-edge data science techniques to help solve global challenges

Professor Ana Basiri
Centre for Data Science & AI, University of Glasgow
9:40 AM – 9:55 AM

Fostering a vibrant ecosystem of data-driven innovation

Supporting collaborative partnerships to build new opportunities in a data-led economy

Professor Mark Parsons
Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC)
9:55 AM – 10:10 AM


Dan Klein
Zühlke Group
10:10 AM – 10:20 AM

Questions from the audience

10:20 AM – 11:00 AM

Expert panel: Digital transformation priorities for Scotland’s public services

How can we harness cloud, data and AI for the benefit of our organisations and wider society?

Jonathan Cameron
The Scottish Government

Kyle Usher
Scottish Forestry

Fiona Cameron
The Scottish Government

Colin Birchenall
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM

Networking & refreshments

21 March 2024 | Session Two & Three: Masterclass & Knowledge Exchange Sessions

11:20 AM – 12:30 PM

Coming soon

Speakers coming soon
12:30 PM – 1:25 PM

Lunch & networking

21 March 2024 | Session Four: Leadership Sessions on Cloud; Data

1:25 PM – 2:45 PM


Designing digital infrastructure to deliver scalable, responsive and sustainable services to citizens

Isaac Smith
The Scottish Government

Speakers coming soon
1:25 AM – 2:45 PM


Get your organisation’s data in the right place to innovate – building the foundations for a deep, data-led transformation

Nora Cooke O'Dowd
Research Data Scotland

Philippa Viganó

Speakers coming soon
2:45 PM – 3:05 PM

Networking & refreshments

21 March 2024 | Session Five: Leadership Sessions – AI

3:05 PM – 4:25 PM


Using AI and automation to deliver performance step changes for public sector organisations – supporting human decision-making to enhance service delivery

Nils Krichel
NHS National Services Scotland

Simon Rogers
NHS National Services Scotland

Dr Ali Farooq
University of Strathclyde
4:25 PM

Conference close

Event Sponsors

Sponsor profile

BT is one of the world’s leading communication services companies, with a significant local presence in Scotland. This includes a £1.5bn GVA impact across Scotland, supporting nearly 15,000 jobs and providing the digital infrastructure to support organisations and people across Scotland, including key critical services. The solutions BT provide are integral to modern life and digital transformation. BT’s purpose is as simple as it is ambitious: we connect for good.

Sponsor profile

Zühlke is a global innovation service provider. We turn big ideas into working solutions that deliver positive and sustainable value. For people, planet, and profit.

A holistic growth partner to our clients, we close the gaps between strategic ambition, tech implementation, and operational excellence.  

Our multidisciplinary teams enable organisations to de-risk strategy and accelerate time to value – in a business environment that’s fluid, data-empowered, and collaborative.  

Together, we deliver innovation, software, and hardware initiatives in complex and regulated areas – across diverse industries and ecosystems.

Zühlke was founded in Switzerland and is a global team of 1,900 colleagues, with multiple locations in Europe and Asia.

Sponsor profile

At Hippo, we design with empathy and build for impact.

We combine data-informed evidence, human-centred design, and software engineering to deliver high-profile services that affect millions of lives every day across the NHS, Department for Work & Pensions, GAMSTOP, Ministry of Justice and the wider UK public sector.

With a team approaching 400 specialists across the UK, we build digital services that work for everyone.

Sponsor profile

Voice Technologies is an award-winning, employee-owned provider of speech recognition, digital dictation and information workflow systems.

Our mission is to help organisations in the public and private sectors to spend less time and money on creating and distributing high volumes of documents and correspondence, and more time and resources on their core services such as patient and client care.

As a Nuance Elite Partner, Voice Technologies empowers organisations to embrace AI powered speech recognition and digital dictation Dragon apps in ways that integrate with their existing systems, to generate communications such as reports, letters, notes and emails, quickly and securely.

We develop specialist apps in collaboration with the NHS that transform efficiency to free up clinical and admin resources, including the award-winning WinVoice document workflow management apps, and FormStream, simple-to-use, web-based forms for paperless documentation.

Find out more at

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Amigoco provides Cloud Consulting Services to help organisations embrace cloud technologies in a safe and efficient manner. Since 2017, we have been providing high quality consulting services in the public sector to Scottish Government, Scottish Parliament, Department of Work and Pensions, Northumberland County Council and other government agencies.

We provide these services to our existing customers.

  • Cloud: Architecture, Securtiy, DevOps, GitOps, Strategy
  • Data: Migration, Analysis, Geospatial
  • Security: NCSC, CISSP, CCSP, Audit, Threat Modelling

Access our 30+ network of technical, UK based, BPSS checked consultants, with many SC/DV.

Sponsor profile

The CyberScotland Partnership is a collaborative leadership approach to focus efforts on improving cyber resilience across Scotland. The Scottish Government’s key strategic stakeholders have come together in a formal partnership arrangement to drive the delivery of activities that will achieve the outcomes of The Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland.