Wednesday 10th October
|09:30 - 09:35||Welcome||Craig Doyle, BT Sport
Craig Doyle @btsportrugby is a trained broadcast journalist and TV presenter and is one of BT Sports most popular presenters. He is lead host of their Premiership Rugby, European rugby and Moto GP coverage.
Craig has presented numerous leading TV shows for the BBC including Tomorrows World, The Holiday Programme and, on moving to BBC Sport, anchored such programmes as Grandstand, The Athens Olympics, Six Nations Rugby and Wimbledon.
Married with four children, he still finds time for rugby and competition as a triathlete. He is a keen cook with a great knowledge of food and wine.
|09:35 - 10:05||Opening Address||Rachel Neaman
Digital technology is transforming all aspects of the way we live, work and play. Advances in artificial intelligence, the use of big data, ultra-fast processers, and the power of the internet are opening up a host of possibilities never before dreamed off. Yet, these same developments are leading to unintended consequences which our society is increasingly ill-equipped to address – issues such as fake news, cybercrime, and the erosion of trust in the democratic process.
So rapid is the speed of change that society is being left behind. And so are governments, regulations and economic models.
How does society as a whole adapt to this constant change, and develop the resilience and mind-set necessary to thrive, not simply survive? Will robots take all our jobs, leaving us deskilled and redundant? And how do we ensure our world remains diverse, inclusive and reflective of all, not just of the few?
Rachel Neaman is a digital leader specialising in digital transformation, skills and inclusion. She has extensive senior leadership experience in the public, private and not-for- profit sectors in the UK and internationally. Passionate about harnessing technology for positive social outcomes and ensuring technology works for everyone, she has held CEO positions in the not-for-profit sector, and was the first Head of Profession for Digital at the UK Department of Health.
Rachel holds a number of non-executive roles. From 2013–16, she was Chair of the Digital Leaders network, and is now a non-executive member of the Digital Leaders, DigitalHealth.London and UKCloud Health Advisory Boards. In February 2018, she was appointed to the Board of the Campaign for Social Science. A strong advocate of the importance of diversity and gender equality, she mentors and supports girls and women interested in a career in technology.
Rachel speaks regularly at conferences, is a frequent judge of digital awards, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). She has featured in Computer Weekly’s list of Most Influential Women in IT in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
|10:05 - 10:15||Continuous Quality through Vendor Management||Scott Armstrong
Continuous Quality through Vendor Management
The success of IT projects is dictated by the quality of the deliverables, which must be tracked and achieved through Vendor Management.
The traditional models of public sector procurement, however, promote the paradigm that the responsibility of that quality lies with the vendors themselves, effectively asking them to mark their own homework.
In this short talk, Scott will explain why this approach has had to change, and will demonstrate why quality and testing must be governed independently of the vendors and provide the basis for effective vendor management.
Scott Armstrong is the Sales Director for SQS in Northern Ireland and has over 20 years’ experience in software delivery and quality. SQS is the global leader in accelerating digital transformation through world class quality.
|10:15 - 10:45||The Science of Where - Unlocking Data's Full Potential||Rachel Steenson
The Science of Where - Unlocking Data’s Full Potential
ESRI Ireland believe digital transformation is leading government and society into a new technological frontier. Esri is the global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), and here in Northern Ireland provide the world’s most powerful mapping and spatial analytics software to further enable the Northern Ireland public sector to solve problems and improve decision making processes.
Rachel's presentation will give a short overview of our partnership with NICS over the past 20 years including looking at some of the award winning solutions that have been implemented, before looking into the future - how will we use Location Intelligence to enhance data exploration and to deliver further Insights?
|10:55 - 11:25||Refreshments and Networking|
|11:25 - 11:55||Changing Landscapes N.I||Bob McClean
Changing Landscapes N.I
Civica Digital will present on the output of two round tables with senior public and private sector digital leaders and an extensive independent NI citizen research project. A teaser to the upcoming Changing Landscapes report, the presentation will draw out some key themes identified by the digital leaders, and reflect on the NI public’s perceptions of digital services.
Bob McClean is the Business Development Director for Civica Digital in Ireland, having taken up the role in November 2014. Bob has been active in the UK and Irish markets since 2000, focussing mainly on the public sector and citizen engagement.
Mark Owens joined Civica Digital Ireland as Managing Director as of July 2018. Civica Digital has a well-established NI business, employing over 80 software developers, business analysts and Project Managers, delivering software services for a large number of public sector clients such as NI Direct, PSNI and DVA.
Mark previously worked at Capgemini, where he was a Vice President, running their UK SAP Practice for the last 3 years. At Capgemini he was responsible for delivering SAP consulting services to some of the biggest UK companies such as HMRC, Burberry, Rolls Royce and Centrica.
|11:55 - 12:45||Digital Dexterity: Transforming Enterprise Leadership for Digital||Alicia Mullery
Digital Dexterity: Transforming Enterprise Leadership for Digital
At its core, digital transformation is an enterprise challenge — not just an IT challenge — that requires changing the beliefs, mindsets, and behaviors of leaders and employees firm-wide, not just in IT.
To help senior leaders manage the people side of the digitalization challenge, the CEB CIO Research Team at Gartner has built a score of “digital dexterity” by analyzing data from nearly 3,500 corporate employees across industries.
In this session Gartner will discuss:
Alicia Mullery is a Principal Executive Advisor with CEB, now Gartner. She advises CIOs and their leaderships and brings a global perspective from her time in North America, Europe and South Africa. Ms. Mullery specializes in both live meeting facilitation and virtual support on topics including strategic planning, IT operating models, business engagement and transforming IT talent.
Her priority is to first understand a client's business context and then match their needs with best-practice examples that will both inspire and drive action. She is passionate about helping teams achieve success quickly and takes a pragmatic approach with her clients.
Ms. Mullery is also responsible for the PMO and Applications offerings for CEB, now Gartner, in EMEA with a focus on scaling Agile.
Since joining CEB in 2008, Ms. Mullery has worked in the HR and Finance Practices supporting clients' global talent initiatives.
12:45 - 14:15
|14:15 - 14:45||Diversity & Inclusion In Tech||James Thomas
Diversity & Inclusion In Tech
The Wellcome Trust exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive.
A global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. Supporting scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate.
During the session you will see the direct link between good technology product design and diversity and inclusion within workforce. You will be enthused by the potential that younger generations show, and shocked by the bias contained in some technology. This will be relevant to every organisation.
Before Wellcome, James had an extensive career in the private and public sectors, delivering transformational change through technology and data.
His career began in the oil and water industries, with BP and Veolia. He moved to global technology provider Oracle to develop and lead technology consulting services for clients, including banking, defence and manufacturing.
He then moved into healthcare, with technology leadership roles in the NHS. This included eight years as a Director of UCL Hospitals, establishing UCL Partners, London NHS Procurement Partnership and the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre.
Following this, James became an Associate Partner at Atos Consulting, including working with Genomics England to review its Informatics and bioinformatics capabilities
|14:45 - 14:55||Insights from the Oireachtas Digital Transformation Programme||Dr Finn de Brí
Insights from the Oireachtas Digital Transformation Programme
Dr. de Brí will share insights on the Digital Transformation journey the Houses of Oireachtas has undertaken. This is a multi-annual transformation programme incorporating seven programmes of development and over 100 projects.
Dr Finn de Brí
Dr Finn de Brí is Chief Information Officer for the Houses of the Oireachtas, with responsibility for the Oireachtas Digital Transformation. Prior to this he was head of Taxes and Customs software application development in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners. He holds a PhD in Information Systems from Trinity College Dublin where he researched and developed an eight stage maturity model which describes and predicts how information systems in large government organisations develop over time.
|14:55 - 15:25||How the Public Sector Can Exploit IoT and Big Data To Make Evidence-based Decisions||Alistair McMahon (O2)
Analytics Director, Telefonica O2 UK
Alastair has worked in the built environment sector for 15 years. He is currently Analytics Director for the Telefonica O2 Data Unit, providing data driven insights for public sector infrastructure, environment and strategic planning projects.
Prior to joining O2, Alastair worked in city planning for Atkins on UK transport infrastructure assessment and overseas development projects in Colombia, Nigeria, Rwanda, India and China. Alastair studied architecture and cities at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture.
Based in London, he is Analytics Director for the O2 Data Unit. Responsible for developing and managing data science projects for government, transport, health and cities projects.
He is also Co-Founder and COO of Pawmetrics, an award-winning animal health start-up.
|15:25 - 15:55||Emma Penney
MyNI aims to allow government departments and other organisations in Northern Ireland to collaboratively create and share content that will benefit people living here.
By using digital marketing tools and techniques, MyNI aims to pro-actively alert and engage people with online information and services, by making it:
It aims to ensure that people are getting correct and timely information about the environment, agriculture, health and other matters that are important to them.
A mapping revolution
Over the course of history revolutions have taken place in many different forms. We are currently in a digital revolution where advances in technology are moving at an exponential pace. The rise of Smart Cities, the Internet of Things and Linked Data are enabling a society that is changing faster than ever.
In order to keep pace with and facilitate these changes, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) have revolutionised their most detailed level of mapping. To attempt to put this into context think about changing from interpreting paper maps to identify symbols and lines and converting them into buildings, electricity pylons, pipelines, contours etc. to an intelligent digital framework which knows what these things are and can link them to each other and to other multiple datasets and attributes. That is what we have done to our mapping!
OSNI FUSION is our new large scale mapping product that has moved us from a flat cartographic model to a fully polygonised representation of the world. Every feature contains a unique identifier which stores the history of each change made to it. This can facilitate the setting up of triggers and enable automatic notifications of change (ideally to business processes), the impact of which will have the potential to completely change the way we interact with land and property related data in government.
This talk will highlight the potential of where we can utilise this, freely available, valuable resource to revolutionise the way we work with spatially related data if we can generate the cultural shift to fully embrace it.
Presenter: Suzanne McLaughlin, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland, LPS