With the European market making up 19% of the Global Information Technology industry’s £3.8 trillion value in 2019, keeping up with the latest technological and innovation-related trends is crucial in developing and maintaining a successful business – and that is exactly what the #DigitalReboot Disruptive Digital Conference was all about!
The #DigitalReboot Disruptive Digital Conference funded by Santander Universities, was a free local event held on the 27th of February, 2019. The aim of the event was to provide students, graduates and local individuals with expert knowledge in the UK’s fast-growing tech industry. Over 80 attendees were present at the event, creating a space for individuals from different academic and business backgrounds to socialize and create potential relationships with another as well as benefiting from listening to a series of expert speakers from different respective fields.
Before the commencement of the conference itself and after being registered, attendees were invited to food and beverages at the catered Templeman Library reception provided by the University as well as encouraged to network with other attendees.
“Following my networking at the event, I have a meeting set up with the Reader in Computer Science a week today which happened following my conversations before the event started. This would not have been possible if not for the networking part of the evet. So, I guess that’s an unexpected benefit of arriving too early.” –Attendee of conference
Professor Phillipe de Wilde, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, opened up the conference by giving a warm welcome to all the attendees from the University of Kent and addressing the importance of business inspired individuals on expanding their knowledge of the fast pace tech environment. Professor Phillipe highlighted that conferences such as the Disruptive Digital Conference hosted by the university are a direct attempt in engaging with individuals regarding the advancements in technology and the opportunities they create to positively impact businesses.
The conference focused on a key number of topics including how to digitalise your future, learning from one of the UK’s fastest growing tech companies, understanding how to keep tech trends diverse & inclusive, exploring the expectations of a modern workforce, reflecting on our engagement with tech and embracing the Cyber Challenge by surviving & thriving in a hostile cyber environment.
“Fascinating subject. Really provided a great deal of information that requires some serious thinking.” –Attendee of conference
“I really enjoyed the conference and gained a lot of knowledge about what’s happening in the digital area.” –Attendee of conference
“As a local business it’s always important for us to forge greater links with the University. To date, we have benefited so much with regards to student placements and business growth support, and now gaining greater understanding of the future of tech through this amazing conference. As a business, following the conference, we have already started to consider how these tech trends can support our continued business growth and look forward to exploring greater way in which the University may be able to further assist.” – Ben Glancy, Director at Convert Energy
After the speakers gave their talks, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers themselves as a specific time was allocated to a Q&A panel. Once the event finished, attendees helped themselves to some souvenirs to take home with them as a ‘thank you’ to the participation of the attendees from the organisers of the event.
By: Adrian Paris, University of Kent Hub Innovation & Enterprise Assistant