DYNAMO 19 PROGRAMME

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Thursday 20 Jun 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION, REFRESHMENTS & EXHIBITION

 

10:30 am - 10:50 am MORNING REFRESHMENTS & EXHIBITION

 

10:50 am - 11:50 am BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Gender Balance in Tech

007 (Prospect Building)

Room sponsored by

Alastair Irons, University of Sunderland

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, Stemettes

Sue Ormerod, Nigel Wright Recruitment

Lynsey Harbottle, 50:50 Future

The skills gap in the digital and tech sectors is widely acknowledged, yet there is a huge gender imbalance in the sectors. In this session we will explore proactive approaches to address the gender imbalance from a number of angles - educational, recruitment and employment. Participants in the session will take away an appreciation of the problems and challenges in addressing gender imbalance in the tech and digital sectors and the building blocks to create an action plan to take back to their organisations. The session will consider that challenges but the main focus will be on identifying opportunities.

Thu 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Immersive Tech Panel: What does the future hold?

009 (Prospect Building)

Rachel Burdis, PROTO (chair)

Katy Reilly, VRTGO labs
Shaun Allan
Robert Currie, Digital Catapult
Kay Rogage, Northumbria University

Join PROTO, Catapult, VRTGO Labs and Northumbria University to discuss immersive tech in the region.

Thu 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Dynamites 'Hall of Fame' - New Business / International Success / Innovator of the Year

Room 107 (David Goldman)

Room sponsored by

metrology software products
Nomad Digital
Sage
Nebula Labs

Hear their success stories

Thu 10:50 am - 11:50 am

1. Human Centered Design and 2. Production Modernisation

Room 108 (David Goldman)

Room sponsored by

Session 1: Human Centered Design – how public services are leading the way

Fay Cooper, DWP

In this session we will look at how public services in the North East are leading the way in service design, and how we can learn from the ground breaking product design methods being deployed in DWP Digital and across Government; reflecting on the importance of bringing together user centred information - data, insights, and research, which enable us to design services that meet diverse and changing user needs. We will also reflect on the future of human centred design and how the field of practice is evolving in exciting ways.

Session 2: Product Modernisation within a North East tech organisation

Ceara Metcalf, Sage

This session will discuss product modernisation and transformation within a tech company as the industry evolves. We will explain Sage’s history, experience, challenges, and lessons learned whilst inviting feedback/input from other companies in the audience. We will drill-down into Sage’s current product modernisation
from desktop apps to cloud-based SaaS apps, looking at the opportunities, bene ts, challenges, and lessons learned.

Thu 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Hey Robot “Design this building for me!”

Room 109 (David Goldman)

Andy Bates, Waterstons

The world of work and the much heralded digital revolution have dominated the headlines of recent times, and the construction industry has been no exception. Attend any conference in the sector and you’ll hear about the latest and greatest technology and how the sector is lagging behind. Scary stuff indeed. It’s easy to be intimidated, or feel that you’ve somehow failed to keep up. Join Lead Consultant for AEC, Andy Bates of Waterstons, as he takes an alternative view into the construction technology space of the future. Re ecting on some of the possible and improbable futures that await us in the delivery and management of tomorrows built environment, and the strategies you might need to deploy to succeed in it.

Thu 10:50 am - 11:50 am

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm LUNCHTIME PLENARY

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH & EXHIBITION (and student showcase)

 

2:35 pm - 3:35 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Not another skills gap workshop…Repeated rhetoric, the blame game and lack of action – we’re sick of it are you?

007 (Prospect Building)

Room sponsored by


Nick Camara, Nomad Digital
Michael Phillips, Nomad Digital
Charlotte Windebank, FIRST
Andrew McFetrich, Sage

We live in a wonderful, affordable region where people have a great quality of life! We need to help people recognise this. Newcastle was named the second top smart city for digital and tech jobs growth and was voted best for creating innovation in Education. However, the skills gap is still the biggest concern for tech companies here – because required skills are dif cult to find. How can we respond, what can we offer and how can we work together? Could we offer training for the skills we need? Providing work experience and technical application? The opportunity to then offer a graduate programme, placement or the promise of a job could go a long way to keeping our tech talent here in the North East. In this interactive session we’ll challenge ourselves and delve into how we can inspire people to remain in the North East. Join Nick Camara, Global Director of Human Resources at Nomad Digital, Andrew McFetrich, Talent Acquisition Partner at Sage, Charlotte Windebank, Skills Programme Lead and Co-Founder of FIRST and some of our very own tech talent. Expect something a bit different, with a tangible outcome to take forward and some fun audience participation.

Thu 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm

Innovation Showcase Panel

009 (Prospect Building)

Chaired by Alexis Long, Ignite
Laura Partridge, North East LEP
Will Dracup, Biosignatures
Kevin Price, Ricochet

Join Ignite, North East LEP, Biosignatures and Ricochet to discuss their innovative projects, and how we, as a region, can become more innovative.

Thu 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm

Dynamites 'Hall of Fame' Growth Explosion

Room 107 (David Goldman)

Room sponsored by

Trench Networks, Aspire Technology Solutions, Atlas Cloud

Hear their success stories

Thu 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm

Data Science vs Machine Learning vs AI

Room 108 (David Goldman)

Room sponsored by

Colin Gillespie, Jumping Rivers

Data science, machine learning and AI are the current hot topics. They crop up in the news, in academia, in board meetings, and at times are used interchangeably. But what are they? More to the point, are they the same? In this workshop, we’ll explore what these terms mean and how they differ. To illustrate the differences, we look at concrete examples and see how the approaches diverge. We’ll discuss the common tools used in these domains. In a throwback to a bygone era, we also discuss how statistics ts into this mass of buzzwords.

Thu 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm

1. Cyber Resilient? and 2. Cyber Security strategy

Room 109 (David Goldman)

Session 1: Cyber Resilient? Critical Elements for your Cyber Security Strategy

Stew Hogg, Waterstons

The government’s data breach survey exposes an interesting paradox. Every year organisations state that cyber security is a major priority, yet the survey reveals that a third of organisations have experienced a data breach in the last 12 months. In this seminar, Stew Hogg, Head of Information Security at Waterstons, will outline how mature organisations are adapting to the evolving threat landscape, ensuring cyber strategies not only address the threats of today but also the growing risk from a digital supply chain which is increasingly reliant on partners, customers and cloud vendors. Looking across the domains of people, process, technology and partners, Stew will provide practical tips and address the key controls which must be considered as organisations embark on their quest to become truly cyber resilient.

Session 2: Cybersecurity and North East Business Organisations: Securing Your Data

Dr Biju Issac, James Nicholson, Neera Jeyamohan, Nicholas Dean, Ryan Miller, Northumbria University

The biggest challenge for the North East (NE) Tech sector will be to secure company data against Cybersecurity attacks. In this session, we will present some facts about cybersecurity attacks on companies and data breaches (5 minutes), followed by some practical demonstrations of network security attacks through the ‘Cyber Clinic’ at Northumbria University (15 minutes) and Q&A (5 minutes). The students in ‘Cyber Clinic’ meets during term-time on every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm to train on pen- testing using Kali Linux hack tools. They are involved in (1) Shodan Intelligence Project, where they find network security vulnerabilities in companies at Newcastle and generate reports for the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) and (2) University Pen Testing Project, where they assess the security vulnerabilities of the university network. We want to create awareness with the NE businesses on securing their data.

Thu 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm

3:35 pm - 3:55 pm REFRESHMENTS & EXHIBITION

 

3:55 pm - 4:55 pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Mapping the Smart City Ecosystem

007 (Prospect Building)

Room sponsored by

Dr. Graham Thrower, Urban Foresight
David Beeton, Urban Foresight
Prof. Mark Tewdwr- Jones, Newcastle University
Rob Bullock, Connexin

Modern cities can be considered a complex system of systems. This complexity increases as cities introduce exciting new digital technologies and services. This session will explore the smart city objective of achieving integration between these diverse systems and the associated technical, commercial and legal challenges.

It will explore what a smart and connected ecosystem might look like and question how achieving this will impact services and infrastructure that affect people’s everyday lives. It features presentations from: Urban Foresight, which was recently appointed Newcastle City Council’s Smart City Innovation Partner; Newcastle City Futures, which is working to deliver exciting and meaningful projects across the city; and Connexin which deployed multiple sensors and cameras to create the UK’s smartest street as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Thu 3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

Globalising a North East Tech Business

009 (Prospect Building)

Jamie Hardesty, Tech Nation (Chair)
Mark Norris, Sage
Paul Dinning, Bede Gaming
Sarat Pediredla, hedgehog lab

A panel, made up of some of the region’s most successful businesses, share their war stories and lessons learned from globalising a business from the heart of the North East. Discussing tried and tested methods and best practices from scaling and recruitment to maintaining culture and communications, this panel has experienced and overcome many of the challenges of a globalising business. This session is intended to be interactive where as well as hearing from those driving their businesses to world growth, those attending can put forward their own issues for the panel to discuss the best course of action and advise accordingly.

Thu 3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

[no session]

Room 107 (David Goldman)

Thu 3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

Intelligent Automation In The Department For Work And Pensions

Room 108 (David Goldman)

Room sponsored by

Hayley Addison, DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Intelligent Automation Garage was established to create a central DWP capability to drive savings and ef ciencies through Automation and AI technologies. This session provides a case study overview of the journey so far and what is next on our automation roadmap.

Thu 3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

Scoping the Future for the International Centre for Connected Construction

Room 109 (David Goldman)

Anne Macdonald, Dynamo North East
Prof Rebecca Strachan, Northumbria University
Kay Rogage, Northumbria University
Richard Watson, Northumbria University

Digital construction is opening up new opportunities for the application of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, virtual and augmented reality, off-site manufacturing, cybersecurity and digital twins. Come and find out how you can contribute to this exciting new domain through the International Centre for Connected Construction (IC3), an initiative led by Northumbria University and Dynamo. IC3 presents an opportunity for collaborating/developing our digital expertise in construction to address the current and future challenges of the construction sector and provide an internationally recognised leading centre in the North East. This session will introduce you to IC3 and present our outcomes and ndings to date. We want to engage with you to gain your input into these plans. After a short presentation, this interactive session will focus on the IC3 value propositions and challenges and opportunities for stakeholders within the region, and identify next steps. Find out more at www.northumbria.ac.uk/business-services/engage-with-us/ic3/

Thu 3:55 pm - 4:55 pm

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm CLOSING PLENARY

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm DRINKS RECEPTION

Sponsored by  


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