The shockwaves from the pandemic have combined with the acceleration of technological progress to give a jolt to every company, in every sector, in every geography.
The North of England was already working hard to be at the forefront of the technology that will shape the lives we have in the future.
These innovations that are changing everything from how we shop, how we heat our homes, and how we stay safe online, to how our football teams find the next superstar, and how we grow our businesses are all being imagined and implemented here.
Disruptors North is a one day virtual event that will showcase the businesses already leading the charge and the next generation of entrepreneurs and companies that are aiming to transform the regional, national and global economy.
It will encourage and inspire business leaders and managers who know they need to become a disruptor. It will also inform you on what is being done by our politicians and policymakers to attract technology companies and investments, boost skills and create the conditions for innovative businesses to flourish.
The event will feature experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs alongside some of the most exciting young technology companies from across the North.
Deloitte will lead a high-energy, interactive session that will unravel what we mean by disruption and disruptive technology. It will be brought to life with a truly disruptive Northern case study and the session will touch on trends we’re seeing and how these may evolve in the future - including some pitfalls and risks to look out for!
Digital transformation has become a huge topic of conversation in the aftermath of the pandemic, as organisations across all sectors look to ensure that their business operations can fully harness the power of digital technologies.
But the process of digital transformation is about much more than throwing investment at expensive tech stacks and tools that rarely get used. Instead, it’s a people-driven process and an organisational and operational culture that comes from the boardroom.
Mark will explain how to go about winning that argument and ensuring that everyone in the business is bought in to your digital transformation agenda.
Taking the inspirational idea and turning it into an investable proposition is a huge challenge - but the rewards can be huge for those who can deliver on the ambition. Learn how to manage growth while staying disruptive.
Cities are constantly evolving but with the pandemic fueling a change in working patterns how is technology shaping the future of our cities.
In this session the panel will consider how our urban areas are becoming smarter from smart buildings to smart roads. It will also look at how technology is shaping planning and share an insight into what's next for our cities.
Stephen Muldowney - Business Development Manager - WeLink Communications UK
The North of England is a hub of excellence when it comes to technological advancement and the globalisation of the offering is rapid. To understand the cross border dynamics of international technology, we have assembled a panel of speakers who represent major global ‘inbound’ players and Northern ‘outboard’ organisations who are leading the charge taking Northern technology overseas.
Who are the disruptors of tomorrow? We hear from Freeserve founder Ajaz Ahmed about what it takes to to be a pioneer before showcasing 5 businesses from across the North who have found a niche and have the potential to be the exciting tech-led companies of the future.
Big data, algorithms and AI are often more discussed than understood. But they can be transformational for businesses of all sizes, powering change and exponential progress - find out how.
The digital skills gap is one of the most critical economic problems facing the North. Leaders need to be able to understand and embrace the opportunities from disruption and their companies need to employ and develop individuals with the skills to make it happen...otherwise they will be left behind. Having and keeping the right skills and talent in the business, and building diverse, resilient teams with fantastic leaders is extremely difficult with the current war for talent. But it is a battle that you can't afford to lose.
Hayley Robert - CEO - Dstology
Space technologies may feel like it is light years away from day-to-day business life, but the innovations and enhancements continue to drive disruption. Make sure you're not a sleeping satellite and hear from Northern businesses who are using these technologies to become stars of their industries.
The post-pandemic recovery is being framed around a "build back better" motto. Tech for good already had growing momentum, with it acting as an umbrella term for using technology to deliver better services, connecting communities, and addressing social, environmental and economic challenges. How do we use technology to improve our communities and society for the benefit of all?