Digital Jobs Action Summit

What do we mean by ‘digital skills crisis’? How might we build a strategy to solve it?

Keynote Presentations


Welcome and Introduction to The Digital Jobs Action Summit by Kirsty Styles; Head of Talent and Skills at Tech North.

What is the Problem?

Statistics from the Tech Nation report, presented by Julian Misell of Tech City UK.

Northern Skills Spotlight

A presentation of research and data about skills provision across the North by Stuart MacDonald of The Centre for Local Economic Strategies.

Best Practice and Policy Ideas

Grace Blakely of IPPR North presents their research about which organisations have done tech skills provision well previously, and which areas of focus the organisation believe to be a good starting point.

How New York is mastering talent

Lauren Andersen of The New York Tech Talent Pipeline shares the success that Mayor Bill De Blasio’s team has had bridging the digital skills gap in New York.

Platform Capitalism

Nick Srnicek of City University gives us some insights from his book ‘Platform Capitalism’ and talks about how technology is changing the current labour market.

Panel Discussions

What is the REAL problem?

Chaired by Richard Gregory, Tech North


  • Sherry Coutu, Founders4Schools
  • Nina Swanwick, HSBC
  • John Farenden, EY
  • Simone Roche, Northern Power Women
  • Oliver Quinlan, Raspberry Pi Foundation

The supply of workers and the perception of jobs

Chaired by Kirsty Styles, Tech North


  • Gemma Cameron, Co-op Digital and Hack
  • Manchester
  • Liam Parkinson, Twitch
  • Laura Partridge, N8 Research Partnership
  • Anna Smith, BBC

The demand from companies and the culture of work

Chaired by April Williams, Tech City UK


  • Ben Lind, Hedgehog Labs
  • Joanna Wake, RAW Digital
  • Ellie Yates, Hiring Hub
  • Terry Manyeh, Reclaim MCR

Why can’t we learn?

Chaired by Ben Cave, Tech City UK


  • Mark Riches, DigitalMe
  • Rosie Clayton, RSA
  • Karen Price, The Tech Partnership
  • Dom McGregor, Social Chain
  • Rupinder Garcha, Code First: Girls

Lightning Talks

Geek Talent – The School Curriculum

Solution Path – Changing University Outcomes

Entry Level Boss – The terrifying job hunt

Founders and Coders – Going International

North Coders – Bootcamps at home

HMP Humber and Code 4000 – Re-skilling prisoners