Businesses urged to learn from leaders at Digital Festival 2018

David Warrender, CEO of Innovation Point at Digital Festival

Businesses urged to learn from leaders at Digital Festival 2018

Speakers from GoCompare, Wired, Starling Bank and more will be attending the event, sharing their tech and digital insights from the main stage.

The founding editor-in-chief of Wired, established fintech leaders, and a Silicon Valley investor are just some of the names businesses can learn from at this year’s Digital Festival, as the first wave of speakers is announced. 

The international tech event, headline sponsored once again by fintech pioneer GoCompare, returns in 2018 for its sixth year. 

Digital Festival, organised by Innovation Point in partnership with Welsh Government, will welcome more than 2,000 delegates to the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Online ticket registration for the event, taking place on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 May 2018, is now open.

Keynotes from big names in the tech world will be delivered from the main stage, including speakers from GoCompare, BT, Sony Europe, TechUK, British Blockchain Foundation, Garmin and BBC sharing their insight into how the latest innovations can impact on the way organisations operate. 

A series of workshops will explore how megatrends like 5G, artificial intelligence, and digital privacy can benefit businesses across the UK.

Jackson Hull, chief operating and technology officer at headline sponsor GoCompare, said: “We’re proud to support Digital Festival and further our shared ambition of putting Wales on the map as a tech hotspot. 

“This event is a catalyst for great ideas and important conversations between start-ups and established organisations, and this sharing of insights and collective problem solving can help take innovation from concept to reality.

“As a tech company we’re always on this journey ourselves, and we’re excited to share what we’ve learnt and learn from others too.”

Panels and round-table discussions at the event will look to solve contemporary challenges to the tech sector, such as barriers to women reaching high-level roles.

Barclays Eagle Labs and the Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies (CEMET) join this year’s list of sponsors, and the festival will boast an expo showcasing the latest tech products and services with experts on-hand to explain how they can add value to organisations of all sizes.

Start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch to investors from a Dragons’ Den-style showcase stage, collaborate with industry leaders in a start-up clinic, and work together in group sessions to problem solve challenges against the clock. 

The event also offers the opportunity to meet contacts and potential customers, with 6200 new connections made at last year’s event by organisations looking to do business.

David Rowan, founding editor-in-chief of Wired UK edition, is headline speaker on Tuesday 22 May said: “The world will never move this slowly again.  Technology is changing the way every kind of company does business. 

“Suddenly, companies are realising they need to be an artificial intelligence (AI) business, a data-led business, a networked-intelligence business, and so on. 

“That creates huge opportunities for the incumbent companies that can move quickly and make the most out of these new competitive advantages. 

“AI will create new efficiencies in sectors from healthcare to personalised education.  I’m the rare optimist who is less worried about human jobs disappearing – I actually think there will be new demands for higher-level human jobs, to perform tasks the machine is less good at.

“At Digital Festival, I’ll be sharing the lessons I’m learning in my intense travels visiting start-up clusters, university R&D labs and venture capitalists. 

“The future is being built in Shenzhen, Berlin, Tel Aviv and everywhere else that's on the network.

“There's no reason that Cardiff can't incubate the world-changing digital companies of the future.”