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The secretariat has solicited suggestions from PICTFOR’s Parliamentarian, industry and stakeholder members and used the resulting priorities to form the basis of this programme of events. Topics and timings may vary to accommodate speakers’ schedules and the legislative programme. Please note with respect to the upcoming events below that further details, including speakers and timings, will be announced at a later date, and PICTFOR will be holding all events virtually until safe to hold in-person and ‘hybrid’ events.

 

THEMES

 

Throughout each of our events below, we will cover the following broad themes through discussion:

 

  1. Britain’s Place in the World – What more can the UK do to ensure that we continue to be outward facing and further position ourselves as a global digital leader in the years to come?

 

  1. Climate Change & Tech – How can the tech sector help the UK combat climate change and be a positive force for environmentalism?

 

Following regular discussions with PICTFOR’s Co-chairs, Treasurer and Industry Chair, the Secretariat has curated the events programme to further reflect the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic. PICTFOR prides itself on delivering timely, bespoke events that provide its members with an opportunity to engage with the parliamentary legislative agenda, with this in mind the below schedule is subject to change in reflection of this landscape and events will be held virtually until safe to meet in person. We will continue to ensure the issues of diversity and tech ethics are touched on during all events.

 

 

JANUARY

 

Skills & Scale Up 

Start-up to Global – how can the UK nurture more Unicorns?

Member’s Event – Panel

Date: Monday 18 January 2021

 

Theme:

  • How do we rebuild the digital economy to ensure the UK is the best place in the world to start and scale a globally successful company?
  • How do we forecast to ensure we are upskilling the nation for emerging tech roles?
  • How can the UK further promote companies and individuals responding to global challenges, including climate change and digital exclusion?
  • What additional skills and investment do we need to further advance the UK’s ability to host tech unicorns?
  • What more can be done to encourage and support diversity in this space?
  • How do we ensure that entrepreneurs are ready for all aspects of e-commerce?

 

Speakers:

  • Small Business Minister, Paul Scully MP
  • Chair of the Digital Skills APPG, Julie Elliott MP
  • Founder of Babylon Health, Dr Ali Parsa
  • Proffessor Sue Black OBE, TechUp Women

 

 

MARCH

 

Cyber Security

How has the Integrated Defence Review changed tech’s role in defence?  

Member’s Event – Panel

Date: Monday 1 March, 13:00-14.00

Co-sponsored by Nominet and CyLon

 

Theme:

  • How can we ensure the UK’s cybersecurity sector continues to be world-leading?
  • What more can be done to ensure that the sector is attracting top talent, embracing innovation and encouraging public and private sector collaboration?
  • What can Government and industry do to further ensure cyber security is a national skill and embraced throughout society?
  • Has enough been done throughout the pandemic to prevent and investigate cyber-attacks on those making a rapid switch to working and learning from home?
  • How can the sector ensure Security Intellegence is used efficiently and ethically to keep the nation safe?

 

Speakers:

  • Shadow Procurement Minister, Khalid Mahmood MP
  • International Relations Committtee, Baroness Helić of Millbank in the City of Westminster
  • Managing Director NTX Cyber, Nominet, David Carroll
  • Co-Founder at CyLon, Grace Cassy
  • Air Vice-Marshal John Philliban RAF Former Chief of Staff, Joint Forces Intelligence Group

 

Levelling Up Through Digital

How can Tech and Digital support the levelling up agenda, bridging the geographical and socio-economic divide? 

Member’s Event – Panel and Q&A

Date: Thursday 13 May

Co-sponsored by Jisc and TBC

 

Theme:

  • In light of the rapid switch to remote working and learning in the UK, how can we further innovate for consumer fairness and better regulation?
  • How can we further strive for digital equality, ensuring no one is left behind by the digital revolution?
  • How can industry further support those who are at risk of becoming isolated?
  • How can we further incentivise telecoms organisations to build in rural areas?

 

Speakers:

  • Digital Infrastructure Minister, Matt Warman MP
  • Vice-Chair of the APPG on Social Mobility, Siobhain McDonagh MP
  • CEO of event Co-sponsor Jisc, Dr Paul Feldman
  • CEO of Good Things Foundation, the event’s second Co-Sponsor, Helen Milner OBE
  • Group CEO of Moneypenny, Joanna Swash

 

 

JUNE

 

Digital Regulatory Collaboration

What are the immediate and long-term opportunities and challenges when it comes to digital regulatory cooperation?

Member’s Event – Roundtable

Date: Thursday 17 June

 

Speakers:

  • CEO of Ofcom and Chair of the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF), Dame Melanie Dawes
  • Digital and Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage MP
  • CEO of the British Board of Film Classification, David Austin
  • CEO of the Advertising Standards Agency, Guy Parker

 

Panellists were then joined by representatives from the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum, including:

  • Kate Davies, Director of Strategy & Policy, Ofcom
  • Simon McDougall, Deputy Commissioner – Regulatory Innovation and Technology, ICO
  • Catherine Batchelor, Director – Shadow Digital Markets Unit, CMA
  • Kate Collyer, Chief Economist and Interim Director of Competition, FCA.

 

 

JULY

 

Platforms for Growth – Boosting Productivity Through Tech

How can the tech sector further support SMEs and the wider economy, creating positive environments for growth?

Member’s Event – Roundtable

Date: Monday 5 July

Co-sponsored by Facebook and (TBC)

Theme:

  • How has digital transformation enabled SMEs to introduce themselves to an online market throughout 2020?
  • How can the sector utilise upcoming legislative frameworks such as the AI Sector Deal, to ensure that consumers and business owners aren’t misinformed about potentially vital technologies?
  • How can tech sector further support the Governments National Data Strategy, creating a world-leading data economy in the UK?
  • How do we ensure that there are substantial and shared economic benefits from the AI review and the Governments upcoming Industrial Strategy?
  • How can tech support SME’s with reducing their carbon footprint?

 

Speakers:

  • Minister for Efficiency and Transformation at the Treasury, Lord Agnew
  • Data Minister, John Whittingdale OBE MP
  • Shadow Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster, Rachel Reeves MP
  • Shadow Minister for Shadow Business and Consumers Minister, Lucy Powell MP

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion Rally – ‘Celebrating Diversity in Tech’

Pro-tech, Pro-innovation, Pro-diversity: How can greater accountability help the sector and the world?

Date: Wednesday 14 July

 

Theme:

  • How can we ensure commitment to diversity and good company culture is non-optional for top companies?
  • How can we encourage the sector to share their experiences on D&I, enabling a celebration of best practice among thought leaders?
  • How can the sector further drive Diversity and Inclusion from the top down, encouraging global companies to lead by example?
  • What role can the sector play in pushing for more equal representation among legislators?
  • How can the sector drive inclusion through skills and equal access to tech education?

 

Target Speakers:

  • Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch MP
  • Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, Marsha de Cordova MP
  • President of the CBI, Lord Bilimaoria

 

The Tech Sector and the Climate Emergency

How can the Tech Sector further support the net zero agenda?

Member’s Event – Roundtable

Date: Tuesday 20 July

Partnering Group – Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group

 

Theme:

  • What is the sector already doing to support the UK’s net zero agenda?
  • How can technology support in the reduction of emissions in the home and on an industrial level?
  • How can we further educate people on the energy and climate implications of their tech?
  • With regard to the climate, how can we celebrate best-practice and amend bad practice within the sector?
  • What role can the sector play in the UK’s future Industrial Strategy and how can AI support the UK’s clean growth?

 

Speakers:

  • Bim Afalomi MP, Chair of Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy APPG
  • Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Green New Deal and Energy
  • Amanda Brook, CEO of OpenUK
  • Rob Cheesewright, Director of Communications Smart Energy GB

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

HealthTech

How can the UK ensure it becomes world leading in HealthTech?

Member’s Event – Panel

Date: TBC

 

Theme:

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we ensure the UK embraces cutting edge innovation which best serves the NHS and patients?
  • How can the UK ensure equal access to a COVID-19 vaccine?
  • What are the biggest issues facing the digitalisation of the NHS?
  • How can the sector further support the NHS to ensure the UK secures the basics before looking to ambitious Health Tech targets?
  • How do we ensure the advancement of Health Tech remains as a valuable tool for the health sector, but not as a solution to reduce the need for face-to-face medicine?
  • How can the advancement of Health Tech help reduce emissions and change perceptions about the need to travel for care?

 

Target Speakers:

  • Health Secretary, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
  • Health Minister, Nadine Dorries MP
  • Shadow Health Secretary, Jon Ashworth MP
  • Shadow Mental Health Minister, Rosena Allin-Khan
  • SNP Mental Health Spokesperson, Dr Lisa Cameron MP
  • CEO of NHSX, Matthew Gould

 

 

OCTOBER

 

The Evolution of Online Entertainment

What role can the sector play in helping policy makers embrace the evolution of entertainment, celebrating its positive influence and mitigating its negative impacts? 

Members event – Roundtable

Date: TBC

 

Theme:

  • How can the sector support Parliament as it attempts to legislate for a rapidly changing entertainment environment?
  • What can the sector do to advocate a global code of conduct?
  • How have online streaming sites effected the nature of Public Service Broadcasting?
  • How do we ensure that sensitive content is only available to those of an appropriate age?

 

Target Speakers:

  • Culture and Digital Minister, Jo Stevens MP
  • Chair of the DCMS Select Committee, Julian Knight MP
  • Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries, Tracy Brabin MP
  • DCMS Select Committee Member, Kevin Brennan MP
  • CEO of Ofcom, Melanie Dawes

 

 

NOVEMBER

 

EdTech

What are the challenges and opportunities facing the rapidly evolving UK education sector?

CEO Forum open to Parliamentarians and corporate level members

Date: TBC

 

Theme:

  • How has our approach to education changed since the pandemic?
  • How can we make sure that an evolving education system is inclusive and flexible to students’ needs?
  • Can the UK remain world-leading in its education system as the world evolves?
  • Can advancements in EdTech help cut emissions from overseas students as world leading education is delivered virtually?

 

Target Speakers:

  • Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP
  • Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, Gillian Keegan MP
  • Shadow Education Secretary, Kate Green MP
  • Shadow FE & Universities Minister, Emma Hardy MP

 

 

Annual Dinner

Member’s Event (additional cost)

Date: Wednesday 24 November

Target Speakers:

  • Culture Secretary, the Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP
  • Shadow Culture Secretary, Jo Stevens MP

 

 

DECEMBER

 

Research and Development

How can the tech sector further drive innovation in the UK’s economy?

CEO Forum – Panel

Date: TBC

 

Theme:

  • How do we continue to rebuild the digital economy to ensure the UK is the best place in the world innovate?
  • How can the UK further promote companies and individuals responding to global challenges, including climate change and digital exclusion?
  • What external stimulus does the sector need to continue to grow and excel in Research and Development?
  • What more can be done to encourage and support diversity in this space?

 

Target Speakers:

  • Science and Research Minister, Amanda Solloway MP
  • Shadow Science and Research Minister, Chi Onwurah MP

 

 

If you would like to sponsor one of the above events or have an idea for an event you would like to sponsor, the secretariat would love to hear from you events@pictfor.org.uk.

If you would like further information on this topic or about PICTFOR’s programme of events, please get in touch!

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