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Event Details

  • Start Date:4th February 2019
  • Start Time:14:00 pm
  • End Date:4th February 2019
  • End Time:18:00 pm
  • Location:MSP Tech Incubator, Manchester Technology Centre, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED
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Digital Skills Festival Launch

The Digital Skills Festival Launch event is taking place on Monday 4th February from 2pm until 6pm. The launch is where we will release the findings of our Digital Skills Audit. There will also be expert inisghts and talks and time for networking with industry professionals and education experts.


2:00 Arrival and Registration

Katie Gallagher, managing director, Manchester Digital


Matthew Gould, Director General, Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Skills gap? Grow your own engineers
Matt Whalley, Head of Delivery - Manchester, BJSS

3:20 The Future of Education
Josh Smith, Chief Technical Officer, Demos
4:00 Refreshment Break

SODA: Greater Manchester's first multidisciplinary school for digital
Penny Macbeth, Dean of Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

4:30 GM Digital Skills Programme Launch

Findings from the Digital Skills Audit
Alison Ross, Chair of Manchester Digital and Tom Amies-Cull, Vice-Chair of Manchester Digital

5:25 Close and drinks


Auto Trader and BJSS are headline sponsors of the Digital Skills Festival. Moneysupermarket GroupGCHQ and Manchester Metropolitan University are also sponsoring the five-day event. Attendance at the Conference is free and open to any digital business or education provider. Please note that places are very limited so if you book a ticket and you can no longer attend, please let us know so that we can reallocate your ticket.

If you'd like to join them as a sponsor, please click here to find out more. 


About our Sponsors 

Auto Trader 

We’ve built a business that is centred around its people, and we’re proud of our inclusive and progressive culture. Our tech and data expertise make us one of the UK’s leading companies and we were named one of the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2018.

We're not simply a website that allows people to buy and sell vehicles. through the evolution of our digital platforms and innovative data products we make the process of buying and selling cars easier for consumers, retailers and manufactuerers. 


BJSS ( is the UK’s largest privately-owned I.T. and business consultancy. With over 25 years' software development and IT advisory experience, the company is renowned for technical excellence, cost-effective delivery and its proven BJSS Enterprise Agile approach.


At Moneysupermarket Group we invented price comparison and now we are ready to re:invent the market with our tech teams, constantly looking for new and better ways to help people save money by connecting them to the right advice and the best deals. To do this we are changing the way we work, connect and grow our current and future talent.


GCHQ is the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency. Our purpose is to keep the country and it’s people safe in the real world and online. We work with our partners in Government to counter threats to the UK such as terrorism, serious crime and cyber attack. We also support the armed forces deployed overseas. From WWI to the present day, GCHQ has been bringing together the best minds with the latest technology to protect our nation for 100 years.

Manchester Metropolitan University 

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) will be a purpose-built, interdisciplinary school opening at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021. This is a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will drive ideas and innovation across all forms of creative content. Find out more at:


By booking a ticket to this event, you agree to our event cancellation policy:

A full refund will be given for cancellations received any time up to 7 working days prior to the event (unless stated otherwise). If you cancel any places after this date you will be charged the full amount and a refund will not be given. However, you may choose to instead send a replacement delegate. There is no charge for this service.

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