In Greater Manchester, we are doing digital differently. We are committed to being a digital city-region that puts our residents at the heart of our plans and are working towards our ambitions to be recognised as a world leading digital city-region.
At the beginning of 2020, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority launched the Greater Manchester Digital Blueprint, which set out the digital ambitions for our city-region. A lot has happened since then.
This event will celebrate sector achievements during COVID-19, with specific focus on our commitment to empowering people through digital and addressing digital exclusion and inequalities across the region.
We’ll look at how our Digital Blueprint, ecosystem and activities are leading the way and used as exemplars for inclusive growth and investment in the North West and across the UK and discuss what’s next for the sector.
This pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital and digital inclusion, it has widened the inequalities caused by digital exclusion, but is also acting as a catalyst, which is accelerating digital inclusion efforts. In Greater Manchester, we want to create a truly ‘connected’ city-region where everyone has equality of opportunity to access all that Greater Manchester has to offer.
10.30 | Opening remarks | Councillor Sean Fielding, GMCA Lead Employment Skills and Digital
10.45 | What's happening across the sector | Slido
10.55 | Panel session - How Greater Manchester is doing digital differently
Annette Joseph, Founder, Diverse and Equal Beckie Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder, Tech Returners Mo Isap, Co-Chair, Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership Ryan McMurdo, Training Officer, Starting Point and DigiKnow Ross Martin & Stephen Hulland, Barclays Digital Eagles Martin McFadyen, Head of Public Sector, Virgin Media Business
11.30 | The Greater Manchester Youth Advisory Group | Zara, Youth Advisory Group representative
11.40 | GM Digital – our ambitions and what's next? | Sara Todd, CEO, GM Digital Portfolio, GMCA
12.00 | Close