Saturday 9th September 2017: Parliament Street Tech Frontiers Conference

Saturday 9th September 2017

Today, Parliament Street was pleased to launch its new Technology Policy Group, Highway to Tomorrow at our first Tech Frontiers Conference

The event took place at the St. Matthews’ Conference Centre in Westminster. The main hall was consistantly full and the conference attracted entrepreneurs, tech professionals and industry experts.

Please check out our photo gallery on the Highway to Tomorrow website.

The itinerary was as follows:


Coffee, registration and conference opening

10.00 – 10.30

Keynote speech: Dean Russell, CEO, epifny consulting

Dean Russell, CEO of epifny consulting and former Conservative Parliamentary candidate, will explore the importance of leadership when implementing digital transformation. The talk will delve into his philosophy for successful digital transformation; which combines exemplary customer experience with an efficient back-office to deliver business value. Dean will also discuss the challenges and opportunities facing modern business, politics and government in the modern digital economy; ranging from a shortage of skills to the potentially unexpected consequences of GDPR.

10.30 – 11.30

Cyber Attacks – The Next Threat?

  • Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer, Thales
  • Ruth Davis, Head of Cyber Security Strategy, BT Security
  • Dan Raywood, Contributing Editor, InfoSecurity Magazine
  • Mark Burnett, ClearComm, (GDPR specialists)
  • Kate Baldwin, Deputy Director, Parliament Street Technology Forum (CHAIR)

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforceable from 25th May 2018. If a business suffers a data breach or fails to meet these extensive regularity requirements then it could be fined up to 4% of its annual turnover. So how can businesses tackle the cybersecurity threat, protect their data and avoid catastrophic financial penalties?

11.30 – 12.30

After Brexit – how can fintech and the city continue to thrive?

  • Hugh Cumberland, former broker and City technology veteran
  • Tim Focas, Columnist City AM
  • Patrick Sullivan, CEO, Parliament Street (CHAIR)

As the UK prepares to the leave the European Union, how can the city of London protect itself from major FS institutions relocating, safeguarding jobs and important industries? Hard or soft, which Brexit is best for the city and our highly competitive FinTech industry?

12.30 – 13.00

Break for lunch

13.00 – 14.00

Rise of the robots – embarcing artificial intelligence

  • Lottie Leefe, Director of Futurism (CHAIR)
  • Suman Nambiar, head of AI, Mindtree
  • Steven George-Hilley, director, Parliament Street Technology Forum
  • Camilla Hayselden-Ashby, FieldMargin

Research has revealed that young people fear the rise of the robots in the workplace, putting jobs at risk. What are the economic and moral drivers around AI in our society? Will robots destroy industries or create new ones?

14.15 – 14.30

Gradudate jobs in the technology industry

  • group discussion lead by Parliament Street’s CEO, Patrick Sullivan.

How can students secure a place working in the IT industry? What training and qualifications are required? Our experts discuss job opportunities and ways to increase the number of young people entering the technology industry.

14.30 – 15.30

Tackling the digital skills defecit

  • Clare Ambrosino, Chair, Parliament Street
  • Dean Russell, CEO, epiphany cosulting
  • Tim Focas, City AM (CHAIR)

Britain is still suffering from a chronic digital skills crisis and not enough young people are pursuing STEM subjects at school. What steps can be taken to change this and what are the economic and social consequences of failing to act?

15.30 – 16.30

HealthTech – Let’s transform the NHS

  • Rajiv Sethi, Consultant, Sethi Health, Improving Healthcare and Health Education globally, 
  • Mark Kelly, Director,
  • Clare Ambrosino, Chair of Parliament Street (CHAIR)

Our health service is strapped for cash, so why aren’t we using technology to improve services and reduce costs? What might the future digital NHS look like and what needs to change to make it happen?

16.30 – close



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