DigitalScotland 2021

THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOR PUBLIC SECTOR TECHNOLOGY

Wednesday 24 November 2021 | live

SCOTLANDS LEADING TECH CONFERENCE RETURNS ON 24 NOVEMBER  2021 WITH A WORLD LEADING PROGRAMME – SAVE THE DATE

About
We are Scotland's leading public technology and innovation event. Hosted every year from Edinburgh, the conference is a heady mix of leadership, creativity and skills that are driving transformational change across the public services we are all reliant upon.

Our audience is diverse as we operate at the intersection between the public and private realms, allowing people to connect, ideas to meld and new possibilities to form.

We invite you to join us in the home of The Enlightenment and take your virtual seat alongside fellow disruptors, innovators and free thinkers.
Why Attend?
Scotland's flagship tech conference is set to return in 2021 with a world-leading programme of disruption and exchange between public and private sector digital leaders.

We are currently building our programme, so why don't you save the date, keep an eye on our newsletter updates and we look forward to seeing you once again on November 24.

In the meantime, have a look at our agenda from 2020, where we welcomed over 1,300 delegates, 40 speakers and 20 sponsor organisations to take part in a forum of open technological discussion, curiosity and debate.

IN 2020 WE WELCOMED 1300 DELEGATES, 40+ SPEAKERS AND 20 COMMERCIAL PARTNERS

AGENDA LIVE IN SEPTEMBER 2021, SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE FANTASTIC LINEUP WE HAD IN 2020

2020 Speakers





Professor of Computing Science & Author of the Technology Ecosystem Review
University of Glasgow




Digital Director
The Scottish Government




Service Designer
NDS Scotland




Enterprise Strategy Director
AWS




Chief Statistician
The Scottish Government




Digital Technologies Sector Skills Manager
Skills Development Scotland




Managing Director
Accenture




Director, Public Sector Scotland
SAS UK




Chief Data Officer
The Scottish Government




Transformation Practice Lead
Red Hat




Chair
Digital Technologies Skills Group (DTSG)




Director of Innovation & Health
Fujitsu




Head of Information and Cyber Security
NHS National Services Scotland




Deputy Director, Digital Connectivity
The Scottish Government




Recruitment Business Partner
Adarma Security




Vice Principal (Research)
University of Glasgow




OpenShift, Ansible & Cultural Adoption Sales Specialist - UK Public Sector
Red Hat




CEO
The Scotland 5G Centre




Director
VKY Intelligent Automation




Regional Lead – Scotland & North East
CityFibre




Head of Digital Economy
Glasgow City Council




Director Scotland
Sopra Steria




Chief Executive Officer
Scottish National Investment Bank




Chief Executive
East Renfrewshire Council




Service Owner for Cloud 1st Programme, Digital Directorate
The Scottish Government




Chief Executive Officer
CENSIS




Chief Executive Officer
ScotlandIS




Chief Executive Officer
The Data Lab




Chief Technology Officer
Digital Office - Scottish Local Government




Chief Design Officer
The Scottish Government




Infralink Programme Lead
Scottish Futures Trust




Founder
Framewire




Professor of Cryptography
Edinburgh Napier University




Executive Director, Data-Driven Innovation Programme
The University of Edinburgh




Director of National Digital and Information Security
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)




Chair
National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board, The Scottish Government




Cabinet Secretary for Finance
The Scottish Government

Conference Agenda

1 December 2020

Session 1: Building a Digital Scotland

9:10 AM

Government Keynote

Central and Local Government are committed to delivering an updated vision for a Digital Scotland - to ensure we deliver economic recovery, meet our climate change targets, and ensure that everyone in Scotland has the skills, connectivity, data and devices required to fully participate in our digital nation.

9:35 AM – 10:45 AM

Collaboration, Innovation and Partnership – The role of Digital Scotland in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

The coronavirus public health crisis has shown us that digital adoption is more important than ever, driving fundamental change and transformation throughout Scotland.


Kim McAllister

Jane Morrison-Ross
ScotlandIS

Gillian Docherty
The Data Lab

Paul Winstanley
CENSIS
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Break & Networking

Session 2a: Themed Masterclasses on AI, Digital Skills and Innovation

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

How can ethical and explainable AI help protect the most vulnerable in society today?

One unwelcome aspect of this pandemic is the increased exploitation of vulnerable people. Yet the application of technology and approaches in use elsewhere in the world can enhance our ability to, for example, safeguard children and the victims of domestic abuse, to intercept human trafficking, or protect vulnerable consumers.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Digital Skills & Young People

Following Mark Logan’s report and call to action for more tech industry engagement with schools, Ross will host a session about the importance of digital apprenticeships for young people, while also highlighting SDS’s new ‘Industry in the Classroom’ programme.


Ross Tuffee
Digital Technologies Skills Group (DTSG)

Radina Dimova
Adarma Security

Claire Gillespie
Skills Development Scotland
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Challenge Based Innovation for Challenging Times

Huge strides have been taken in the adoption of digital ways of working in a very short period of time but the potential of technology to help us respond and recover goes far beyond the digitisation of our work and work places.


Mark Elliott
CivTech

Session 2b: Themed Masterclasses on Data-as-a-service, Digital Workforce and Open Innovation Service

11:30 AM – 12:05 PM

Supporting vision and strategy through data-as-a-service with Highways England

Ian Gordon, Highways England Head of Data Architecture and Engineering and Carl Austin, BJSS UK CTO, discuss how they have collaborated to deliver critical data foundations into Highways England, and share some key learnings from delivering similar platforms across industry.


Ian Gordon
Highways England

Carl Austin
BJSS
11:30 AM – 12:05 PM

Start your Journey of Recovery and Growth

How a digital and data ready workforce is going to be crucial for Scotland's economic recovery.


Melinda Matthews-Clarkson
CodeClan
11:30 AM – 12:05 PM

Fujitsu's Open Innovation Service - its application to quantum inspired drug discovery platform, and our engagement with Glasgow University and the UK Space Agency

Too many digital transformation projects are focused on demonstrating quick wins without a clear understanding of a sustainable business model or solution scalability, with the majority of projects failing fast instead of scaling fast.


Patrick Stephenson
Fujitsu
12:05 PM – 12:45 PM

Networking & Lunch

Session 3: Leadership Streams on Data & AI, Service Design and Connectivity

12:45 PM – 1:55 PM

A Data and AI Vision for Scotland

Scotland is fortunate to have some of the best data, and world leading expertise in data-driven innovation. With the development of an AI Strategy for Scotland, and a dedicated Data Delivery Group, the vision is to use Scotland’s data to its full potential by driving innovation, improving public services and unlocking economic value – saving time, money and lives.


Albert King
The Scottish Government

Roger Halliday
The Scottish Government

Colin Birchenall
Digital Office - Scottish Local Government

Will Watkins
Red Hat

Paul Drewett
Red Hat
12:45 PM – 1:55 PM

Scotland’s Approach to Service Design and Delivery

In a digital world, the demands on public services are changing, and so too is the way in which organisations approach service design and user experience. The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD) aims to introduce new ways of working, using technology as an enabler to transform and improve outcomes for citizens.


Margaret Moore
Sopra Steria

Cat Macaulay
The Scottish Government

Ute Schauberger
NDS Scotland
12:45 PM – 1:55 PM

Future-Proofed Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity

Connectivity has served as a crucial lifeline during lockdown, helping to keep people working, supporting public services and keeping the economy moving. As Scotland aims to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is going to be even more important to invest in digital infrastructure, helping to transform public services and rebuilding the economy.


Robbie McGhee
The Scottish Government

Sarah Eynon
Scottish Futures Trust

Anne McLister
Glasgow City Council

Elaine Doherty
CityFibre
1:55 PM – 2:10 PM

Afternoon Break & Networking

Join the Delegate Networking Forum and visit our Virtual Exhibition Lobby

Session 4: Afternoon Plenary

2:10 PM – 2:55 PM

Ministerial Keynote & The Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review

Hear from Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Finance as she lays out how digital can be at the forefront of Scotland's reboot and recovery plans. Kate Forbes, MSP, will be joined by world-leading public technology expert Mark Schwartz, and Scotland's own Mark Logan, architect of the Scottish Technology ecosystem Review.


Kate Forbes MSP
The Scottish Government

Mark Schwartz
AWS

Mark Elliott
CivTech

Eilidh Mactaggart
Scottish National Investment Bank

Session 5: Leadership Streams on Smart Cities, Cyber Security and Cloud

3:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Creating Scotland’s Truly Smart Cities

With the rollout of gigabit broadband and 5G technologies, Scotland's public services have an opportunity to become among the most connected in the world. Building better public services on smart networks will transform the way we travel, work, live and learn, with real-time data providing enhanced understanding of the way our cities flow and operate, informing better policy decisions and outcomes.


Jarmo Eskelinen
The University of Edinburgh

Paul Coffey
The Scotland 5G Centre

Prof. Chris Pearce
University of Glasgow
3:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Security and Resilience at the Heart of Transformation

The acceleration of data-led and digital services offers incredible potential and opportunity across Scotland. However, with rising cyber threat levels and vulnerabilities, ensuring Scotland is a well-architected and resilient digital nation has never been more important.


David Ferbrache OBE
National Cyber Resilience Advisory Board, The Scottish Government

Bill Buchanan
Edinburgh Napier University

Scott Barnett
NHS National Services Scotland
3:00 PM – 4:10 PM

Adopting a Cloud First Approach

Disruption from COVID-19 has changed the behaviour of government organisations, businesses and consumers across Scotland. As the public sector accelerates adoption of a ‘Cloud First’ approach, how do we overcome challenges, ensure a smooth transition from legacy systems, and achieve improved outcomes for citizens.


Nia Lewis
The Scottish Government

Deryck Mitchelson
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

Ross Lyon
The Scottish Government

John Baxter
Accenture
4:10 PM – 4:40 PM

Final Networking Session

Join the Delegate Networking Forum and visit our Virtual Exhibition Lobby

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