Friday 18th October
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Conference chair: Caron Alexander
|09:00 - 09:30||Registration||
There will be a desk in the foyer where you can collect your conference ID card and lanyard. This must be worn for the duration of the conference.
|09:30 - 09:45||Welcome||Caron Alexander
Caron Alexander will welcome delegates to the conference.
Caron has more than 30 years’ experience in the UK public sector, and is currently Director of Digital Shared Services for Northern Ireland Government and Head of the NI Civil Service IT profession.
She is responsible for providing ICT shared services to 27,000 staff, for the NI citizen portal www.nidirect.gov.uk and contact centre services, delivering the NI Digital Transformation Programme and driving forward the NI Open Data agenda. Previously Caron held a number of senior technical, programme and change management roles in the Northern Ireland Civil Service.
|09:45 - 10:15||To dare is to do||Matt Valentine
To dare is to do
Matt Valentine is Director of Industry Segment Sales at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
He is responsible for Industry Segment Sales leadership in the UK and Ireland. This incorporates Financial Services and Insurance, Public Sector, Manufacturing and Retail, Commercial Media and Entertainment.
HPe aim to provide industry leading customer engagement, a clear strategy for Hybrid IT and Intelligent Edge including the Services required to support customers needs.
|10:15 - 10:35||Spotlight on Education||Sinéad Reavey
|10:35 - 10:50||The future of Digital Transformation = the sum of all parts||Simon McKelvey
The future of Digital Transformation = the sum of all parts
The session will provide insight about why businesses must look at every aspect of their organisation and consider how digital transformation can help it compete more effectively and deliver long-term success.
Simon McKelvey, Senior Consultant, Neueda Digital Transformation Services, has over 13 years industry experience, with a strong track record in the delivery of strategic IT projects with large organisations in government, utilities, health and banking.
Starting his career in PwC’s technology practice, Simon gained significant experience delivering programmes and projects that were underpinned by technology for a range of organisations across the UK and Europe.
|10:50 - 11:30||Networking and Refreshments|
|11:30 - 12:00||You already have the answer – lessons from a start-up||Avril Chester
You already have the answer – lessons from a start-up
Avril Chester is 2019 Women in IT awards Entrepreneur of the Year and Founder & CEO of Cancer Central; a technology start-up signposting to cancer services, products and support on a local & national level.
Cancer Central, Digital Leaders HealthTech Innovation of the Year 2019, is built on an intelligent AI chat platform called ‘Ave’, created from over 25,000 donated hours by 200+ volunteer subject matter experts and 30+ organisations with major contributions from TechFINIUM and ROQ.
Avril is co-creator of the ‘Human Open Source Model’ called cominovation and author of ‘Taking that leap of faith’ and ‘Be with me, it’s c’.
|12:00 - 12:15||Government as an innovator||Eoin McFadden
Government as an innovator
Eoin McFadden will explore how government can learn to innovate in how it co-develops services and products with technology companies. In particular how it can both get better results and drive innovation in the economy through approaches such as the Small Business Research Initiative.
Eoin has nearly 30 years' experience working across a wide range of areas in the public sector including community relations, statistics, foresight and parliamentary and assembly business and for the past thirteen years has worked on Innovation Policy and led the development of the Small Business Research Initiative across the NI Civil Service.
|12:15 - 12:50||Spotlight on NICS||
Spotlight on NICS
In this time-slot we will have a range of presentations on NICS initiatives.
Carolyn McCall is a Digital Transformation Lead working in the Digital Transformation Service.
#GOVHACK - Government and Digital Services Forum working together to make lives better…. surfacing of wicked public sector challenges, or combination of challenges and how these can be met using technology, and other innovative solutions, within the context of Government’s digital transformation agenda to make citizen’s lives better.
Robbie Burrows is the Head of ICT for the Northern Ireland Prison Service, a post he took up in August 2012.
His role is to manage the ICT service for the Line of Business Systems which are critical for Prison Service to ensure their day to day operations keep running smoothly. During this time he has overseen a period where the NIPS operational culture has moved from keeping ICT at a distance to now fully embracing it.
Lately NIPS have major new developments in the use of mobile technology in a prison environment. Robbie has also worked for prolonged periods in the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Agriculture previously.
MyNI Digital Transformation – DAERA’s Principal Use Case Story
Eileen Curry is Head of MyNI in the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Working closely in partnership over the last 4 years with the Digital Transformation Services Team in the Department of Finance, Eileen has led DAERA’s involvement as the principal use case for MyNI. She will highlight the key benefits to date of MyNI for DAERA and for DAERA’s customers. She will also highlight the future potential of MyNI not just for DAERA, but for the wider NICS.
|12:50 - 14:00||Lunch|
|14:00 - 14:30||Unleashing the Power of 5G||Fotis Karonis
Unleashing the Power of 5G
5G is going to change everything. How? That’s up to you.
Fotis Karonis is the CTIO, Enterprise & the 5G Executive Lead at BT Group to drive the delivery and launch of the 5G programme. A post he took up in August 2018 having been BT’s Managing Director of Mobile and Convergence, CTO of EE and lead of the Technology integration of EE with BT group.
As EE CTO, he led EE the UK’s largest operator to be the first to launch 4G in the UK in 2012.
Fotis was awarded Mobile Europe’s CTO of the Year in 2015.
|14:30 - 14:50||Effective research in cyber attacks||Simon Whittaker
Effective research in cyber attacks
Simon is Cyber Security Director at Vertical Structure, an established company providing cyber security related services and training. The majority of his work involves consulting with companies to perform security and penetration testing and helping improve processes and procedures.
He also runs training events to help developers improve their secure coding practices, especially in Cloud applications.
All of Simon’s work is based around the principles of Prepare, Protect, Persist® - whereby clients are prepared to encounter security threats through training, protected through identifying / resolving issues and persisting the resilience through certification and ongoing consulting.
|14:50 - 15:10||Taking a geographic approach to machine learning to help you "See What Others Can't"||Rob Morrison
Taking a geographic approach to machine learning to help you "See What Others Can't"
Imagery and remotely sensed data is a valuable resource for many organisations who have made substantial investment obtaining the data. The field of Machine Learning is both broad and deep and is constantly evolving. Using ArcGIS and Machine Learning allows organisations to derive valuable new content.
ArcGIS is an open, interoperable platform that allows for the integration of complementary methods and techniques that empower ArcGIS users to solve complex, real-world problems in a fundamentally spatial way. Learn how by combining powerful built-in Image analysis tools with any machine learning package users can benefit from the spatial validation, geo-enrichment and visualization.
See how this Machine Learning is being applied in real world use-cases from marine farming and crime analysis to agriculture and sustainability.
Rob Morrison is Principal Consultant at Esri Ireland and has over 30 years of experience in the field GIS, 17 of which have been working with the ArcGIS platform. Originally from New Zealand, Rob has worked for Esri Ireland for the past 10 years after extended periods working in the UK and the middle east.
|15:10 - 15:25||Networking and Refreshments|
|15:25 - 15:45||Application Modernisation: Key strategies for driving innovation||Ronan Laffin
Application Modernisation: Key strategies for driving innovation
Most organisations have a portfolio of applications which have evolved over many years or even decades to meet business requirements. While legacy applications form the backbone of many public sector organisations they can hinder the adoption of new digital technologies such as cloud, IoT and mobile and the creation of the modern experiences today's users and citizens expect.
In this talk, Ronan and Niall will demonstrate strategies for unlocking innovation and rapidly delivering new business value in the digital domain while retaining much of the value of previous technology investments. This session will show how approaches such as making business functionality available across web and mobile devices, integrating core systems with other modern data and business insight platforms, extending underlying capability and functionality or migration and re-platforming applications in Public Cloud allow organisations to modernise core business systems and enable legacy applications to work in tandem.
This is a unmissable session for those seeking to navigate the application modernisation challenge full of insights on the drivers, approaches and benefits of Application Modernisation in the public sector.
Ronan Laffan is Head of Advisory Services at Version 1
Having joined in 2001 as a Solutions Architect, Ronan is now Head of Advisory Services at Version 1 and is one of the company’s most experienced Architects. With extensive knowledge across a wide range of technologies, Ronan has led major technology solutions and modernisation programmes for many of Version 1's public sector customers. He is known in the industry as an innovative and strategic thinker and has presented on technology and development topics at national conferences as well as providing architecture insight and development planning representation for public sector customers at a EU level.
Niall Diggins is Head of User Experience at Version 1.
Niall is responsible for leading Version 1’s User Experience capability and working with customers to ensure business objectives are realised through design thinking and user-centred design methodology. He is passionate about all things creative, interactive and technical and is a strategic thinker who believes that problems are most efficiently solved through research and exploration. Niall has a wealth of experience collaborating with public sector customers on modernisation and improvement programmes and leveraging UX strategies to deliver significant positive change for users and citizens.
|15:45 - 16:05||How AI, IoT and mobile technologies are improving NI citizen experiences||Mark Owens
How AI, IoT and mobile technologies are improving NI citizen experiences
The landscape in N.I is changing, with citizens demanding more digital insights. We will be showcasing two innovative technologies;
SensAI, a pattern recognition and predication application which utilises AI, Machine Learning and IoT which;
Civica’s Mobile Working Platform, designed to help the public sector to quickly mobilise the workforce and provide access to core services.
Mark Owens, Managing Director, Civica NI.
Mark Owens joined Civica in July 2018 as Managing Director of Civica NI, part of the Civica Group. Mark is responsible for Civica’s business in Ireland, both public and private sectors and joins from Capgemini, where he was a Vice President and Head of SAP Consulting Services in the UK for 11 years. He has delivered large transformational programmes for clients such as HMRC, Burberry, Centrica and BAE Systems.
Bob McClean, Business Development Director, Civica NI
Bob McClean is the Business Development Director for Civica NI, having taken up the role in November 2014. Bob has been active in the UK and Irish markets since 2000, focussing mainly on the public sector and citizen engagement. Bob has successfully managed the winning of transformation projects for NIDirect, PSNI, Teachers Pensions and Driver & Vehicle Agency NI.
|16:05 - 16:30||Resilient Belfast||Grainia Long
Grainia Long is Commissioner for Resilience for the city of Belfast, based in Belfast City Council. Her role was created following Belfast’s membership of the global 100 Resilient Cities network, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Previous to this, she was Chief Executive of the national child protection charity in the Republic of Ireland, ISPCC Childline. This position followed several years working in housing, including as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and previously National Director of the CIH in Northern Ireland.
She has served two terms as a member of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, was a member of the Lyons Commission on Housing Supply and Advisor to the Best Commission on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland. She is currently Chair of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Trust, a social housing provider in England, and Senior Independent Director on MTVH Group Board.
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|16:30||Close and charity raffle||