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Programme of Events 2020


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.



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


Having met with PICTFOR’s Co-chairs, Treasurer and Industry Chair, the secretariat has updated the events programme to react to the escalation 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. We will continue to ensure the issues of diversity and tech ethics are touched on during all events.



 Inaugural Meeting

Parliamentarians only – Establishing the APPG for the new Parliament 

Date: Tuesday, 28 January at 14.30-15.30 in Room O, PCH



Cyber Security

How can the UK remain world-leading in the cyber security sector?

CEO Forum open to Parliamentarians and corporate level members

Date: Thursday, 13 February at 8:30am – 10:00am in Dining Room A, House of Commons



  • 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 is the best model for tackling risks and continuing international cooperation?
  • What can Government and industry do to further ensure cyber security is a national skill and embraced throughout society?


Welcome Reception

How can the UK further lead in the Internet, Communications and Tech sectors to positively respond to global challenges?

Member’s Event – Reception with speeches and networking

Date: Tuesday, 25th February 16:00 – 18:00 in the Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons

Sponsored by Google and Internet Association

Theme: Introducing PICTFOR to the new Parliament, this event will cover our themes for 2020 and outline the purpose of PICTFOR while providing a networking space for our industry members, Parliamentarians and other senior thought-leaders to interact.


  • Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital Infrastructure
  • Daniel Dyball, UK Executive Director at Internet Association
  • Ronan Harris, Vice President and MD at Google UK & Ireland
  • Polly McKenzie, Chief Executive at Demos
  • Host: Darren Jones MP, PICTFOR Co-Chair



 COVID-19 response

How can the sector go on supporting SMEs, Parliament, Government and the Nation throughout the continuing global pandemic?

Members event – Roundtable

Date: Tuesday 19 May, 11:00 – 12:00 on Zoom

 Please note: This event will be held as a digital roundtable. Details will be announced shortly.


  • How has the sector responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How can the sector further support SMEs, Parliament, Government and the nation as we begin to rebuild the economy?
  • What can the sector do to promote the sharing of factual advice and limit the spread of ‘fake news’?


  • Digital and Culture Minister, Caroline Dinenage MP
  • Shadow Science, Research and Digital Minister, Chi Onwurah MP
  • Digital and Technology Leader at Zoom, Magnus Falk




What further strategic investment will help to ensure Britain retains our growing cutting-edge digital economy throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond?  

CEO Forum open to Parliamentarians and corporate level members

Date: Monday 3rd June, 15.30-16.30, on Zoom


  • Following delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, how can industry further support Parliament to make sure the UK meets Government’s 2025 full fibre network target?
  • What further investment in infrastructure do we need to ensure that the UK is ready for 5G?
  • What new opportunities exist for strategic investment that will allow the UK to be completive in emerging technologies and ways of working?


  • Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman MP
  • PICTFOR Industry Chair, Simon Blagden CBE (Chair)




How can we ensure Britain becomes the best-connected nation? 

Member’s Event – Panel and Q&A

Date: Monday 20th July, 11:00-12.00 on Zoom


  • In light of the rapid switch to remote working in the UK, how can we further innovate for consumer fairness and good regulation?
  • How can we further support the nation’s SMEs, so that people and businesses can make the most of the opportunities presented by developments in 5G and connectivity?
  • How can industry continue to support Parliament to ensure no place is left behind?


  • Civil Society and DCMS Lords Minister, Baroness Barran MBE,
  • CEO of DevicesDotNow, Liz Williams MBE
  • CEO of Jisc, Dr Paul Feldman,
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Professor Will Stewart




How can the UK further lead the digital health revolution?

Member’s Event – Panel

Date: TBC


  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we ensure the UK embraces cutting edge innovation which best serves the NHS and patients?
  • What can we learn from the global response to COVID-19 and the role of tech in the health service?
  • What are emerging technologies in healthtech?
  • How can the NHS use data in the future, joining up digital systems and reducing the need for face to face appointments?


Welcome Back – ‘Celebrating Diversity in Tech’

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

Member’s Event – Welcome Back Reception or Roundtable/Panel

Date: TBC

Please note: This event will either be held in person as a reception or as a digital reception with keynote speeches. Details will be announced shortly.



  • How can we ensure commitment to diversity and good company culture is non-optional for top companies?
  • What additional pro-tech and pro-innovation initiatives can help to ensure that the creation and benefits of tech are spread throughout society?
  • How are tech companies changing and diversifying, and what positive effects are we seeing as a result?



Online Harms

How do we include and protect through internet design?  

Member’s Event – Roundtable

Date: TBC

Please note: This event is likely to be held as a digital roundtable. Details will be announced shortly.


  • What is being done well to prevent and mitigate online harms now?
  • How has the sector responded to the increase of potential harm during the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • How can we further work internationally to tackle global online harms?
  • In the modern digital world, what are practical ways to regulate the internet and ensure decision-making is democratic?


Trade & the Global Digital Marketplace

What are the priorities of the global-facing UK digital economy? 

CEO Forum open to Parliamentarians and corporate level members

Date: TBC


  • What do we want to see from future trade agreements to ensure that the UK can drive forward our digital market including security, data-flow and intellectual property rights?
  • How can we continue to attract the best and brightest people to live and work in Britain?
  • Can continuing to lead on tech ethics, promoting diversity and solving the world’s big problems help to ensure we continue to be the top digital ecosphere?



Skills & Scale Up 

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

Member’s Event – Panel

Date: TBC


  • 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 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?


Annual Dinner

Member’s Event (additional cost)

Date: Wednesday, 25th November 18:00 – 20:30, House of Lords


  • Invitation under review by DCMS Ministerial team
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jo Stevens 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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