Digital Jobs Action Summit

What exactly do we mean by ‘digital skills crisis’, and how we might go about building a strategy for digital jobs to solve it?

How can we close the digital skills gap in The UK?

Keynote Presentations

DJAS - Introduction with Kirsty Styles


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

DJAS Keynote - What is the problem?

What is the Problem?

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

DJAS Keynote - Northern Skills Spotlight

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.

DJAS Keynote - Best Practice and Policy Ideas

Best Practise 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.

Keynote - How New York is mastering talent

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.

DJAS Keynote - Platform Capitalism

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

Panel - What is the REAL problem?

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

Panel - The supply of workers and the perception of jobs

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

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

Panel - Why can't we learn?

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

Lightning Talk - Geek Talent

Geek Talent – The School Curriculum

Lightning Talk - Solution Path

Solution Path – Changing University Outcomes

Lightning Talk - Entry Level Boss

Entry Level Boss – The terrifying job hunt

Lightning Talk - Founders & Coders

Founders and Coders – Going International

Lightning Talk - North Coders

North Coders – Bootcamps at home

12 Lightning Talk HMP Humber & Code 4000

HMP Humber and Code 4000 – Re-skilling prisoners