230 events will be hosted across the country, dedicated to raising awareness of the opportunities in the digital industrial age
Digital Leaders, the leadership platform promoting digital transformation and building UK leaders’ digital confidence across all sectors, is proud to announce the beginning of the UK’s 3rd Digital Leaders Week, running from the 17th to 21st June.
Across the UK over 230 events will offer nearly 15,000 leaders free access to best practice; allowing them to build stronger networks and provide a better understanding of the need to adopt new thinking and embrace innovation that will solve the challenges that lie ahead.
Last year, Birmingham City Council were announced joint ‘Digital Council of the Year’ together with Salford City Council as part of the Digital Leaders 100 awards. Given Greater Birmingham is home to one of the largest technology and digital clusters in the UK, we are delighted to be co-ordinating activities to showcasing some of our region’s digital transformation and smart city activities in collaboration with public and private sector partners. Events taking place as part of Birmingham’s Digital Leaders Week 2019 include:
Monday 17 June 09:30-12:30 - ‘The Great City Food Digital Treasure Hunt’ facilitated by Birmingham City Council’s Public Health division and Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands which aims to help Birmingham understand the food environment of the city using data.
Tuesday 18 June 12:00 – 13:30 – ‘Digital Leaders Round Table’ – following on from the Digital Treasure Hunt, this meeting will use learning and outcomes obtained from the day before and identify initiatives and ways forward on how we can tackle obesity and health problems that could follow.
Tuesday 18 June 13:30-16:30 - ‘Digisheds™ Smart Skills Engine’ organised by educational technology specialists Tin Smart Social, will launch a pioneering programme to develop diverse digital talent within the region.
Wednesday 19 June 09:00-14:00 – ‘Rising to the Challenge – Solutions for Sustaining Infrastructure’, a half day seminar for design professionals within the Buildings, Rail and Infrastructure sectors
Wednesday 19 June 15:30-16:30 – ‘Advanced Analytics: What can we predict?’ is a session for students considering a career in Business or Technology. A chance to hear from industry experts on the new tech AI, Machine Learning, changing business environments and more!
Wednesday 19 June 17:30-22:00 – ‘Tech Wednesday’ – this is Innovation Birmingham’s monthly Campus meet-up for Birmingham’s technological and entrepreneurial community – an opportunity for tech start-ups and individuals within the region present and demo innovative projects to the group.
Thursday-Friday 20-21 June 09:00-18:00 – ‘Mayoral STEAMhouse Challenge – Clean Air, Green Future’, organised by Birmingham City University, West Midlands Combined Authority and Climate Change Solutions Ltd, will have keynotes from the West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Prof. Julian Beer Deputy Vice-Chancellor of BCU. The event will bring together a range of key public, private and third sector stakeholders with knowledge and commitment to collaborate for accelerating wider public understanding and engagement in delivering solutions, benefiting health and sustainability for all our region.
Friday 21 June 09:30-13:30 – ‘Women in Business Expo’ – this is currently the UK’s only work and business show aimed at helping, supporting women business owners, professionals, mums to re-train, start-up or grow a business and to challenge stereotypical barriers, challenges that face women and work.
For more information about the events, please visit https://digileaders.com/region/birmingham/
Peter Bishop, Assistant Director for Information, Technology and Digital Services said:
“I’m am very pleased that the Council is working with its partners to bring together an array of exciting events for Digital Leaders week that showcase the breadth of digital talent and capabilities across the city. I hope these events will inspire our citizens and businesses to create new opportunities and innovations that will continue to position Birmingham as a leading centre for digital developments and excellence.”
Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders said, “It’s important to have a National Week that reminds us all that Digital Transformation remains essential for a positive future for the UK economy and our transformation of government services. Digital Leadership and how our leaders drive outcomes inside government, enterprise and the third sector is an essential ingredient of success.”
Robin Knowles CEO of Digital Leaders said, “We are proud to have over 100 partners supporting this UK wide week of activities that will help build our national confidence.
Digital Leaders Week gives those leaders born before the 90s the skills and knowledge required to naturalise from ‘digital immigrants’ to ‘digital natives’; as well as ensure the UK tech industry remains at the forefront of global digital transformation.
This digital transformation is especially poignant as a result of our changing relationship with our European neighbours and the rest of the world.
For more information go to http://digileaders.com/week to hear first-hand the stories that will inspire digital change through people, outcomes and personal accountability.
About Digital Leaders
Digital Leaders is a global initiative that has created a shared professional space for senior leadership from different sectors promoting effective, long-term digital transformation. Our community of over 100,000 senior leaders are involved in leveraging technology to promote economic growth, increase social well-being and narrow social gaps