Conference Day

Monday 5th February 2024

The Digital Skills Festival will be launched in person with our Conference Day, bringing together industry speakers and will also see the launch of the annual Digital Skills Audit results. 

The afternoon will be welcomed by Katie Gallagher, Managing Director at Manchester Digital followed by a keynote speaker,  industry speakers and panel guests – all of whom will be announced soon.

The Manchester Digital Skills Audit is an annual audit of over 250 digital and technology businesses, identifying new or emerging trends as well as key issues that the industry faces and skill sets and job roles of growing importance. The findings from the 2023 Skills Audit will be discussed with analysis on what these findings mean for the sector.

Who is Conference Day aimed at? 

Conference Day is primarily designed for those who give strategic direction to their organisation, including those in senior roles with Manchester Digital member organisation, public sector and government decision makers, educators and tech employers interested in talent and skills.


12:30pm – 1pm: Registration and arrivals

1pm – 1:15pm: Welcome & introduction to the Skills Festival 2024

1:15pm – 1:45pm: Keynote: ‘Understanding the past to predict the future of the digital skills economy’ with ECOM

1:45pm – 2:15pm: Panel: ‘Ensuring the balance between ethics and innovation in a workforce supported by AI’ chaired by AtkinsRéalis

2:15pm – 2:40pm: Tea break

2:40pm – 3pm: ‘Wellbeing in a new world’ with Auto Trader

3pm – 3.20pm: Skills Snapshot 2024

3:20pm – 4pm: Question Time Panel: Audience opportunity to ask our expert panel questions following the Skills Snapshot

4pm – 4.20pm: Fireside chat: MentorHER

4.20pm-4.25pm: Lightning Talk: lnsights from an Apprentice

4.25pm-4.45pm: ‘Immersive technologies & knowledge retention’ with Modern English

4.45pm-4.50pm: Closing remarks

4.50pm-6.15pm: Drinks reception

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