Scotland Policy Conferences

Implementing Scotland's Digital Strategy - connectivity, infrastructure investment, and supporting the wider economy

Morning, Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will provide a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the next steps for Scotland’s digital economy, following publication of the Scottish Government’s new digital strategy, Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World, in March 2017.


Sessions will consider the practical challenges and next steps for implementing key actions laid out in the strategy, which includes plans to launch a new Digital Growth Fund to improve supply of digital skills; steps to ensure resilience against cyber-attacks and a commitment to ensuring access to broadband speeds of at least 30 megabits per second for all by 2021 - as well as ways in which to address barriers to coverage in rural locations.


The seminar also takes place following publication of the UK Digital Strategy, providing delegates with an opportunity to consider future priorities in relation to both the Scottish and UK context.



Guests of Honour

Fergus Ewing MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, The Scottish Government

Steve Haines

Managing Director, BDUK, Openreach

Guests of Honour

Fergus Ewing MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, The Scottish Government

Steve Haines

Managing Director, BDUK, Openreach

Keynote Speakers

Tony Rose

Infrastructure Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Dr Steve Unger

Board Member and Group Director, Ofcom

Chairs

Rachael Hamilton MSP

Spokesperson for Tourism and Small Business, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Rhoda Grant MSP

Rural Economy and Connectivity Spokesperson, Scottish Labour Party

Speakers

Mandy Haeburn-Little

Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Janette Stewart

Principal, Analysys Mason

Paul Morris

Head of Government Affairs, Vodafone

Aiden Barr

UK Chief Information Officer, Abellio

David McNeill

Digital Director, SCVO

Martin McFadyen

Regional Director, Scotland, Virgin Media

Michael Armitage

Founder Director, Broadway Partners

Gareth Williams

Head of Policy, SCDI