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Event Details

  • Start Date:5th May 2017
  • Start Time:10:00 am
  • End Date:5th May 2017
  • End Time:17:30 pm
  • Location:Citylabs 1.0, Nelson St, Manchester, M13 9NQ
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Digital Revolution Conference 2017

Digital Revolution is Manchester Digital's annual conference now in it's 3rd year & taking place on the 5th May 2017.
Digital Revolution is where we look at global trends and events and understand the impact that they will have on Greater Manchester's digital and technology businesses in the coming years.
It is a great chance to network with like-minded individuals who are motivated by progress and want to get a glimpse into the future of their businesses. 
With thanks to Manchester Science Partnerships for sponsorsing. If you're interested in sponsoring this event, you can find our packages here
Tickets are now on sale and are priced at £32 + VAT for Manchester Digital members and £46 + VAT for non members.
The full agenda can be found below:



10:00 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:35

Welcome and outline of day

10:35 - 11:20

Manchester Digital Update

Today is the day that the new GM Mayor will be announced so as well as discussing our plans for the next 12 months the Manchester Digital board will also discuss the manifestos of the leading GM Mayoral candidates and discuss what we hope a new Mayor will mean for our industry and which policies we hope are taken forwards.

Presented by Katie Gallagher, Tony Foggett, Alison Ross and Shaun Fensom.

11:20 – 11:40


11:40 – 12:25

Tech for Good

In 1787, nearly 11,000 Mancunian people, which was more than a fifth of the population at that time signed a petition in favour of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade. In fact, Manchester has long been a centre for radical movements, and ethics and community have formed key parts of Manchester's development.

Fast forward to modern day and ethics is still an important part of the region’s technology sector. This panel will discuss how we make profit and purpose part of the DNA of our businesses whilst still remaining innovative and cutting edge.

Speakers include: Alison Ross, Auto Trader, John Keiller, Common Good; Farooq Ansari, Reason Digital and Harry Bailey, Human.

12:25 – 13:15

Fake News

Remember when fake news was limited to April Fool’s Day and was stuff like Boris Johnson tarmacing over Britain’s canals to create a ‘cycle super highway’? Sadly, this is no longer the case and fake news is becoming a serious problem. Many believe that the US election result was influenced by a widespread belief in fake news among Trump supporters. How do we identify it, deal with it and will we ever combat it?

Speakers include: Joanna Halton, Jo & Co; Jen O’Grady, Democracy PR; David Edmundson Bird, MMU and Chris Maguire, Business Cloud

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:00

Bricks and Clicks

In Manchester, there is a growing number of technology 'hubs' - spaces all dedicated to supporting the digital and tech sector at varying stages of growth.

The panel will look at how digital and technology is driving change in the industry; are these businesses forcing property developers to rethink their offering? Do tech businesses need tech buildings? Does place matter? We're seeing wraparound services, such as community engagement, health services and events being offered as key differentiators; do they make a difference? The panel will also consider how important property really is to a start-up or scale up business.

Speakers include: Paul Unger, PlaceNorthWest; Chris Reay, Allied London, Nicola Woods, OBI Property and Tom Renn, Manchester Science Partnerships

15:00 – 15:50

Internet vs Splinternet

Many people are predicting that the internet as we know it will not exist for much longer. Hacking, spying and cybercrime are all huge causes for concern for government. Many are developing legislations that they believe will protect their digital borders, however this is a double edged sword as many will also control what citizens can and cannot access. Many, including the UK’s own bill, will enable intrusive surveillance powers that will require little/no justification. What will these changes do to the universal internet as we know it?

Speakers include: Stephen Mills, PwC; Tom Forth, ODI Leeds; Claudia Wootten, DWP and Robert Briggs, RBC Group

15:50 – 16:10


16:10 – 16:55

Innovation and Political Turbulence

We are often told that history repeats itself and there are lessons to learn from the past that could be applied to today's landscape and the disruption caused to society and industry by the advance of technology. Industries are changing and people are being left behind, some jobs won't exist or will be entirely automated in the future. How did similar periods in history play out. How much of the political turbulence that we have seen recently has been driven by technology and globalisation.

Speakers include: Martin Bryant, Tech North; Keith Braithwaite, Zuhlke; Jonathan Schofield, Manchester Confidential and Grace Blakeley, IPPR North

16:55 – 17:00

Closing remarks

17:00 – late

Post conference networking

Before booking your place, please note that we cannot give refunds within 7 working days of the event taking place. Our full cancellation policy can be found here: https://www.manchesterdigital.com/event-cancellation-policy. Please also take the time to read our code of conduct: https://www.manchesterdigital.com/code-conduct


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