Agenda 2020

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10:00 am - 11:00 am (60 Min)

AI and Data: The driver of zero carbon?

Joseph Dutton


Mark Atherton


Anna Craciun

Transport for Greater Manchester

Gina Dowding

Former MEP for NW and Chair of Green Party NW

Jonathan Kini

TalkTalk Business

Vijay Natarajan

Qbots Energy

Dr Tim Whitley


Ellen Wilson


Last year, 17-year-old Greta Thunberg initiated the... world’s first Climate Strikes, Extinction Rebellion brought streets to a standstill and it was reported that the climate crisis was the public’s most important issue; suffice to say the environment has never been higher on the agenda. A year since Greater Manchester announced its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the national target – cities across the world have declared a climate change emergency. This session will explore the environmental and economic impact and opportunities that can come from leveraging AI, data and other emerging technologies to achieve green objectives.


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11:00 am - 11:10 am (10 Min)

Introduction by Adzooma

Keynote Theatre
11:10 am - 11:35 am (25 Min)

Marketing for everyone.

As the world continues to become more diverse, inclusion is... more critical to every brand and organisation across the globe. Over 1 billion people have disabilities around the world, with many not being visible to the human eye. If a true representation of ALL people are included at the beginning of any project or idea, how different would this world look? What new industries, new art, and world-changing inventions would individuals and communities dream up, that could transform lives and living conditions? Ben Irons, UK Sales Director, Microsoft Advertising, will share our view on how to shift gears to include everyone’s varying thoughts and opinions in your business and life and how to make diversity and inclusion real for your business.

Keynote Theatre
11:35 am - 12:00 pm (25 Min)

Using digital to work smarter, not harder

Most businesses operate on the model that if they just work... harder, they will be rewarded with increased performance. However, technology is debunking this myth, elevating those who work smart by leveraging digital tools and information to take the spoils. This talk will provide you with some game changing tactics you can implement to get the best of both worlds - working hard and smart! We’ll walk through the emerging technologies you can implement to gain an advantage on your competitors and how your whole team can upskill themselves to become digital experts.


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12:00 pm - 12:10 pm (10 Min)

Building an agile business: How payments can be a tool to help drive change

Remaining agile and reducing business model complexity are... today two of the most important considerations for many businesses when they look to choose new payment providers. As traditional banking institutions struggle to keep up with the pace of changing customer needs and innovative business strategies, new payment providers with a ’tech first’ approach are helping deliver solutions that are both fast and agile. Colin Neil from payment provider Adyen will talk about what it means to be a tech focused payment company and what challenges that has helped a number of its clients overcome.

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12:10 pm - 12:35 pm (25 Min)

The Agile Retailer

Being agile promises to allow retailers to adapt to change... at lightning speed, enable hundreds of digital customer experience improvements every week, and can even mean the end of change freezes during the busiest times like Black Friday and Christmas. But what does it actually mean to be agile? What stops retailers being agile, and how can they take their first steps towards new ways of working? Andy Burton, CTO at The Very Group, will share his insight on the agile revolution taking place at one of the UK's largest digital retailers,

Keynote Theatre
12:35 pm - 1:00 pm (25 Min)

Managing change in a different way

The famous Tony Wilson quote “This is Manchester, We do... things differently here” is one that rings true across the city, even more so in a retailer that has been an integral part of the city’s growth for over 160 years. Here Adam talks through his experience as a modern CIO joining such a well established company, how technology change is nothing without facing into the culture of an organisation and the tools and techniques he has used to create a department focused on working on the right things, the right way at the right pace.


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1:00 pm - 1:10 pm (10 Min)

Using data from space to access new commercial markets

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1:10 pm - 1:35 pm (25 Min)

Doing things differently. Using data to tackle climate change.

An armada of sensors monitor our world from Space every... moment of every day, observing everything from the state of our seas, to the heat in our cities, from the quality of the air, to the health of our crops. Never before have we had such powerful insight into the workings of our planet, and into how Human activity is affecting its stability. Hosted by European Space Agency Business Applications, this session explores how data acquired in Space can assist policy makers, inform the public, and enable businesses to deliver sustainable, long-term growth.

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1:35 pm - 2:00 pm (25 Min)

Disrupt or Die

The boards and C-suites we work with today rank the threat... of disruption by new entrants at the top of their list of concerns keeping them awake at night. Incumbent legacy businesses are struggling to find the capacity and capability to keep up. The pace of innovation is staggering, yet there's a real demand for companies to operate with still more agility to address the demands of customers. In this talk, Patrick will share his views on why delivering real digital change is more important than ever, and asks how can we deliver it in a more effective and innovative way?


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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (60 Min)

Ambition Unlocked

Your ambition is the beating heart of your business. As an... owner, CEO or entrepreneur, you embrace a passion for your business with a commitment that it flourish and grow. Is your business story ready for the public spotlight? How do you build trust as you scale and transform? These are just some of the questions that we will be asking ambitious owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs to understand how they unlocked their full potential and what actions they have taken which have had the most impact to drive sustainable growth within their business.


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3:00 pm - 3:10 pm (10 Min)

Opening remarks

Cllr Elise Wilson


Brian Higgins

GM Cyber Foundry
Keynote Theatre
3:10 pm - 4:00 pm (50 Min)

Greater Manchester: Becoming a cyber superhub

Brian Higgins

GM Cyber Foundry

Saskia Coplans

Digital Interruption

Darren Earnshaw

Barclays Ventures

Rob Sedman


Cllr Elise Wilson


Technology is becoming embedded in our lives at record... pace, transforming our economy, public services and the communities we live in; constantly presenting new challenges and opportunities. With so much of the digital economy relying on online platforms, challenges primarily arise from the need to ensure the safety and security of online activities, transactions and interactions. Already recognised as a centre of cyber security excellence and now home to the UK national security agency GCHQ, Greater Manchester is aiming to become the driving force behind the nation’s digital security industry and has an opportunity to become a world-leading cyber super hub. This session will explore the steps being taken for Greater Manchester to position itself at the epicentre of cyber security in the UK and internationally.


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