If ‘talent’ is your biggest problem, help Tech North do something about it at the Digital Jobs Action Summit in Leeds on 27 April 2017, part of Leeds Digital Festival.

There’s a lot of talk around ‘talent’, ‘skills’, ‘productivity’, ‘growth’ and ’employment’ – now we need action.

Attend the Digital Jobs Action Summit to add your voice to the first ever Northern Digital Jobs Strategy that will be presented to government.

Location: Canal Mills, Leeds

Date: 27 April 2017

Time: 08:30 – 16:30

Tickets: Free, including parking for drivers, get yours here
Digital Jobs


Skills Summit Programme

Session #1: What’s the problem?

Looking at national data and local challenges, what do our panel see as the critical problems here? Not enough ‘talent’? Lack of good careers advice? Lack of input from business into education? Business that is too fast-paced? Lack of funding?

Session #2: Why is there a problem?

Is this a supply-side issue? Do people not know about digital jobs?

Or is this a demand-side issue? Do tech companies and digital jobs not look attractive? Are companies looking in the wrong places?

Session #3: What can we all do about it?

We’ve got everyone in the room that we need to work on this issue and policy actions to consider from our new Northern Skills Spotlight. Let’s get working on scoping out these ideas into a Digital Jobs Strategy to present to government.

Session #4: How are others leading the way?

Why can’t we learn? What small-scale skills solutions are out there to solve our skills problems? Can we learn from other countries and other regions? Does skills need even wider government intervention? How can we skill and reskill quickly, or does this take more time?

We’re convening all stakeholders in the North and from across the UK to:

  • Hear new research from Tech City and Tech North, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and IPPR North, that sets out our current people and skills challenges, as well as bringing together best practice
  • Explore what the issues are from both a supply and demand perspective, with people who’ve recently got their break in digital, employers doing things differently and more
  • Work together with local and national leaders in digital skills and industry, along with learners, parents, educators and academics, to scope some local actions and national policy asks, which will be taken on by Tech North, or taken to government within Tech City UK’s first ever Tech Nation Talent & Skills report
  • Learn from case studies brought by national and international speakers about what is working across the world
Digital Jobs Action Summit

Speakers include

Anna Smith

Junior Software Engineer

city university

Dr Nick Srnicek 

Lecturer, International Political Economy


Stuart MacDonald

Associate Director

Gemma Cameron

Principal Engineer


Nick Barnby

Code First Girls

Rupinder Garcha

Project Manager

Mark Riches

Executive Director

Entry Level Boss

Alexa Shoen

Founder & Creative Director

Sherry Coutu

Executive Chair of the Board

Dan Sofer


Geek Talent

Dominic Murphy

Managing Director

Eve Holt & Nicola Waterworth


Benjamin Lind


Hiring Hub

Ellie Yates

Head of Marketplace

Nina Swanwick

Technical Product Manager

IPPR North

Grace Blakeley


N8 Partnership

Laura Partridge

Innovation and Engagement Manager

NYC Tech Talent Pipeline

Lauren Andersen

Executive Director

North Coders

James Brooke


Simone Roche


Louise Haigh

Shadow Minister for Digital Economy

Oliver Quinlan

Senior Research Manager

RAW Digital

Joanna Wake

Managing Director

Reclaim MCR

Terry Manyeh



Rosie Clayton

Education Consultant

Dom McGregor



Richard Gascoigne

CTO & Co-founder

Tech City

Julian Misell

Tech Partnership

Karen Price



Liam Parkinson

UK Partnership Manager

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