Summit Agenda

10 November at The Core, Newcastle
*Agenda subject to change

9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 9.35 Welcome to Conference
Steve Blanks, Chair of Digital Leaders NE, Head of UK Operations Escher Group

9.35 - 10.00 Opening Keynote
Jacqueline De Rojas, EVP at Sage / President at techUK

10.00 - 10.20 Keynote
Nick Williams, Managing Director, Consumer Digital at Lloyds Banking Group

10.20 - 11.00 Digital Leaders North East (DLNE) Impact
Charles Sellers & Rob Wilson, DLNE Leadership Group

11.00 - 11.25 Tea and Coffee Break

11.25 - 12.25 Healthcare Salon
Dylan Roberts, CTO at Leeds City Council, Joe McDonald of Connected Health Cities & Dr. Mark Dornan, Digital Lead at Newcastle CCG

12.25 - 13.25 Lunch

13.25 - 14.25 Education Salon
Dominic Murphy, MD at Geek Talent & Luk Vervenne, CEO at Synergetics

14.25 - 14.50 Tea and Coffee Break

14.50 - 15.50 Economy Salon
Jeff Vining, VP at Escher Group & Chris Yiu, Uber

15.50 - 16.10 Close of Conference
Robin Knowles, Founder and CEO, Digital Leaders

16:10 - 16:30 National Institute for Smart Data Innovation
Steve Caughey, CEO Arjuna Technologies

17.05 - 19.00 Networking drinks
Sponsored by National Institute for Smart Data Innovation


10.30 Keynote Address - Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK

In her keynote, Jacqueline will explore what it takes to be a world leading digital economy. She will explain the importance of data in growing not just the tech sector, but creating jobs right across the economy and across the UK. In looking at the potential of data across healthcare, education, retail and manufacturing, she will discuss the barriers the UK faces, especially in light of the vote to leave the EU, and the factors for success.

11:25 Healthcare Salon

The Summit’s healthcare session will also explore the challenges around ownership and sharing of data between agencies and patients to drive smarter intervention.

This session will feature one of the leading digital innovators in local government, Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital Officer of Leeds City Council, who will discuss their use an eco system of local SME suppliers and cross agency collaboration, to move the city towards a holistic healthcare system that not only benefits patients, but also supports the local economy.

In addition, our second speaker Dr. Mark Dornan, Care Commissioning Group lead for Digital Health and practising GP, will explore experiences from a regional health provider and the challenges of sharing data and increasing intervention rates. Mark will be joined by Joe McDonald from Connected Health Cities, to further elaborate on the issues within this sector.

This session will also address:

  1. What’s the best approach to communicating with patients on how their data can be shared?
  2. What are barriers for hospital trusts GPs and other agencies such as councils to share data?
  3. Given the vast amounts of data held by different agencies, what role does the private and academic sectors have in helping to transform the use of data to assist in delivering smarter outcomes through the secure storing and sharing of fluid datasets.

13:25 Education Salon

Skills, has been and continues to be, a key topic of conversation during Digital Leaders events over the last two years. In particular, education establishments challenge to adapt quickly to the fluid skill requirements of industry.

This session will include Dominic Murphy from Geek Talent and Luk Vervenne from Synergetics. Luk will present an overview of the challenged within the sector, which include his experience of regulation and changes that have been made in the last years. Dom will explore some of the ground breaking technology being used to analyse job trends to allow curriculums to respond to industry requirements.

This session will also address:

  1. What are the key challenges in data retention and ownership within education?
  2. How can we ensure the education system is designed with future jobs in mind?
  3. Can data help increase regional student retention though links to the right jobs?
  4. How can data be used to help student retention rates?

14:50 Economy Salon

Data is being touted as the new gold, however despite billions of datasets held by the private, public and academia sectors, very little commercial or social value is currently being extracted. It is widely anticipated that data will play an increasing role in the ongoing fortunes of Britain’s SMEs, but how do the public sector make better use of data and digital platforms to support our economy and benefit our communities.

This session will share the experiences and vision of digital innovators currently working to unlock the potential of data. Jeff Vining, current Vice President of Escher Group, has spent most of his life working within agencies, such as Gartner and the FBI, analysing data to help inform policy or strategic interventions. Chris Yiu, who is the general manager for UBER in Scotland and North East England. Chris will discuss how they use the vast amounts of data they collect to inform their business strategy.

In addition, this session will also look at:

  1. How can you securely collect, store and analyse data?
  2. How can algorithms and predictive data be designed to deliver better solutions to citizens?
  3. How can data be used to drive better intervention in the economy?
  4. Why should a company utilise their data smartly to inform growth and expansion?