Sorry, booking ended on : 23/11/2016

Start date: 24 / 11 / 2016
End date: 24 / 11 / 2016
Time: 8.30am - 10.30am
Venue: Sandy Park Conference Centre
Event speakers: TBC

Event Description

Thursday 24th November 2016

8.30am - 10.30am

Sandy Park Conference Centre


All organisations need digital skills. The UK leads Europe in technology growth but, due to the UK skills shortage, the Country is at risk of slipping behind.

The digital skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP [UK Government Science & Technology Committee, 10 June 2016

The challenge is particularly acute for our South West based, high growth, technology businesses, trying to secure, develop, and retain digital talent. Start developing your digital strategy with this ExIST Quarterly Meeting providing further insight into industry needs, policy, and education.

Speakers for this event include:

techUK – a strategic perspective
Doniya Soni, Policy Manager – Skills, Talent and Diversity; techUK

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members, collectively employing approximately 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. techUK's vision is for the UK to be a leader in the development and use of digital technology for the benefit of the UK economy and its citizens.

The Impact Lab
Ben Neild, Assistant Director Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter

Developing Exeter’s potential to become a national centre for environmental data analytics

Ben Neild, Assistant Director Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter
The UK Government is asking its regions to identify their key assets, to be clear about their ambitions, and to explain how targeted investment will enable us to become world-class in specific areas of economic activity. Innovation Exeter is focused on building on the presence of the Met Office, a ‘Top Ten’ University, ‘Outstanding’ college, Science Park, Maths School and innovative businesses to secure the investment that the City-region needs to become a world-leader in environmental data analytics.
Ben Neild will set out the ambition in more detail and describe steps that are being taken to make it a reality, including:
·         The Data Analytics Skills Escalator – providing the digital skills needed by organisations, and a progression for local people enabling them to secure well-paid jobs.
·         An Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab – spawning innovation, supporting entrepreneurs, and bringing new ideas, products and services to market.


Julie Hawker, is joint CEO at Cosmic, and Board member of the Exeter & Heart of Devon Skills Partnership and of Devon & Cornwall Business Council

Julie will speak about the evidence of digital skills gaps across the local area and wider region, and in many growing businesses across all sectors. From direct experience of business support provision locally, and her involvement in support of many local initiatives to build the skills we need.

Attracting and retaining digital talent will be a constant theme for the coming years and Julie’s passion is to engage with businesses and organisations which can work together to make this a reality. 


Putting the Tech in Fintech
David Ives, Chief Technology Officer, Crowdcube

Crowdcube is the UK's first and leading investment crowdfunding service; providing a platform for entrepreneurs of start-ups and growing businesses to connect with potential investors.  In just over 5 years the company has developed its platform technology and grown the business to over 80 employees, with the majority located in its Exeter HQ. Discover how Crowdcube, as the company developed, has adapted its approach to technology and acquiring the necessary digital skills.




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