GM Responsible Tech Collective

Four projects are underway as part of The Federation’s Responsible Tech City initiative, and we’re recruiting for participants.

In late Summer 2019, at The Federation we learnt that beyond the PR concerns and the desire for brands to be perceived positively, the region’s businesses understand that responsible tech matters to people. People they’re selling products to, and the people they’re employing. That shame and fear are a major barrier to tech organisations facing into the potential consequences of the products they design and develop. We heard that Greater Manchester businesses have ambition, that most importantly includes the wants, needs and voices of those people creating, using and being impacted by tech.

In early Autumn last year, The Federation brought together a collective of the region’s most progressive and ambitious organisations, including the Co-op, BBC, Manchester Digital and Manchester City Council, to discuss how as a city we use this motivation and ambition to establish Greater Manchester as an examplar city-region for ethical tech. Education, practical tools and the opportunity to pilot and innovate in partnership with citizens were all flagged, and now, we have a plan.

At our next session, we’ll be shaping four of the six projects that we’ve voted on as a collective, and how we engage the ethical tech pioneers that the GM Responsible Tech Collective wants to mobilise to influence decision making, enable a culture of ethics and practice responsible tech. Sponsored and supported by The Co-op Foundation & Luminate, we’re looking for industry leaders, influencers and actors to come together work collaboratively on the six projects detailed below to ensure our region’s social history keeps pace with our tech ambition.

  • Responsible Tech Diagnostic Tool: How might we influence strategic decision making around responsible tech?
  • Cultural Inclusion Manifesto: How might we ascertain what great cultural inclusion looks like in tech businesses?
  • City-Led Smart City Framework: How might we ensure Manchester citizens are determining their public IOT data rights?
  • Security Standards Citizen Assembly: How might we ensure GM communities are influencing the scope of security standards?

Join us as part of The Federation’s Digital City Fringe Festival – Exploring Ethical Tech – on Thursday 12th March at The Federation to help shape our collective approach.

Tea & Coffee to be served.


This event is part of the Digital City Festival Fringe programme. All Digital City Festival Fringe Events are independently run and funded – for any queries contact [email protected]

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Date & Time
Thursday 12th March
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Federation, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF

GM Responsible Tech Collective

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