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10th Annual Digital Innovation Conference with live keynotes, workshops and exhibition hall


Thursday 25th May 2023
P&J Live, Aberdeen
08:30 - 16:30
Free to attend (T&Cs apply)

The Summit

The Summit 

The North of Scotland is in the midst of a full-scale transformation. Building on a well-established reputation as a global energy hub, the North is fast becoming a key destination for emerging innovation across an increasing range of sectors.

The DIGIT North Summit is designed to bring technology leaders together and drive practical innovation through shared learning. The event will facilitate cross pollination between key industries, from traditional sectors like Oil & Gas and Agriculture to high-growth fields like: Life Sciences, Biotech, Gaming, Fintech and Space. 

The programme will contextualise the key emerging technologies and industry disruptors, and consider the vital role that technology leaders will play in ensuring organisations can thrive amid a backdrop of market change and economic volatility.

2023 Speakers
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DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of virtual conferences and online events focused on core areas of emerging Technology, Digital and IT. We also run Scotland's leading Technology News Platform with over 50,000 page views per month.

Our events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.

2023 Sponsors
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2023 Exhibitors
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2023 Agenda

08:00     Registration Opens

08:15     Cyber Security Breakfast Briefing Panel (45 minutes) · Rewatch on YouTube

Building a Mature Cyber Security Programme for Greater Cyber Defence and Business Results

  • Jai Aenugu, Founder, TechForce

  • Holly Grace Williams, Cybersecurity Researcher & Consultant, Techforce

  • Martin Ogden, Head of IT & Corporate Systems, Which?

  • Margaret-Anne Ramage, IT Manager, Gordon & MacPhail

  • Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

SESSION 1.  · Rewatch on YouTube

The morning session will contextualise the biggest changes, priorities and challenges facing tech leaders in 2023: we will look at navigating industry transformation, organisational disruption, and new security threats, while capitalising on the positive opportunities of technology advancement and new ways of working.


09:15     Welcome and Introduction from the Conference Chair

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland


09:20   Reflecting on a Decade of Change and Transformation

Angus Murray, CIO: Thermal & EPM, SSE

09:40    Making the Shift to a Data-Driven Enterprise

Charlie Atkinson, Head of Business Transformation, INEOS

Esther Diederen, Director, Baringa

10:00     Securing Advanced Technology in the Future Workplace

Rachael Coull, CISO, Mesmerise VR

10:20     Q&A Panel

  • Angus Murray, CIO: Thermal & EPM, SSE

  • Charlie Atkinson, Head of Business Transformation, INEOS

  • Esther Diederen, Director, Baringa

  • Rachael Coull, CISO, Mesmerise VR

  • Graeme Gordon, CEO, IFB & Vice Chair, ONE D&E (Panel Chair)

10:55     Networking & Refreshments


SESSION 2.  · Rewatch on YouTube

Session 2 will explore a variety of key topics in a smaller breakout setting. The breakouts will be run in longer 30-minute slots across two parallel streams, providing delegates with the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post-event.

11:30    First Breakout Option 

Breakout Options Include:

A. How Cyber Security Supports Some of the Biggest Challenges Within Oil and Gas

  • Implementing robust safeguarding measures

  • Protecting people and processes

  • Keeping your employees safe from burnout through automation

  • Training and upskilling staff and staff retention

Chris Downes, Head of Commercial, Core to Cloud

Laurence Bentley, Head of Cyber Security, Core to Cloud

B. Connect and Protect What Matters Most

  • Securing your end-to-end business services

  • The business value and financial impact of SD-WAN.

  • Provision of services continuity regardless of user location or application.

  • Virtual WAN creation for consistency across the network

Allan Paton, SDWAN Leader UK & I, HPE Aruba Networking

12:00    Transition

12:10    Second Breakout Option 

C. Unified Cloud Networking & Cyber Security (SASE) Enabling Digital Modernisation

  • Technology trends and challenges as we move into a new 20-year Tech Cycle

  • Why the need to unify Cloud Networking, Cyber Security with Observability

  • How do I incorporate SASE into my Digital Strategy

  • A demo of what Unified SASE looks like addressing 2 Use Cases


Joe O’Gorman, SASE Specialist, Cisco

D. Ransomware: When Real-Time Detection Meets Real-Time Protection

  • The current state of cybersecurity in Scotland

  • How ransomware detection works

  • The importance of continuous data protection to ensure business continuity

Rob Lyttle, Territory Manager, Scotland, Zerto

12:40    Lunch & Networking


SESSION 3.   · Rewatch on YouTube

The afternoon session will explore the advancement of data science, automation and AI. We will look at where data is already making a practical impact within business, and then consider the Generative AI hype-wave and how the maturation of LLM & AI tools will really impact organisations in practice.


13:30    Levelling up Your Business with Data Science

Colin Gray, Senior Lead Data Scientist, Jagex


13:50    Leveraging Digital Twins and Data Collaboration for Practical Impact

Charlotte McLean, Engineering Manager, Aize


14:10     Panel Introduction: Looking to the Future of Data, Automation and AI

Theo Priestley, Author & Futurist


14:20     Closing Q&A Panel

  • Colin Gray, Senior Lead Data Scientist, Jagex

  • Charlotte McLean, Engineering Manager, Aize

  • Iain Dougan, Head of IT Operations, SSEN Transmission

  • Luciana Blaha, Asst Professor & Founder, Intelligent Automation Systems Lab, Heriot-Watt University

  • Nassima Brown, Co-Founder & Director of Strategy, FENNEX

  • Theo Priestley, Author & Futurist (Panel Chair)


15:05     Closing Remarks


15:10     Networking Drinks Reception

16:30     Close of Conference


*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to revision

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Interested in speaking or exhibiting at DIGIT North 2023?

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