Digital Island Conference 2018

Isle of Wight Annual Digital Island Conference


Cowes Yacht Haven: Thursday 15 November

In conjunction with Barclays Eagle Labs: Ai Frenzy and Isle of Wight Digital Disrupt


The second Isle of Wight Digital Island conference was held on Thursday 15th November 2018.

The event had a focus on the significance of the development of Artificial Intelligence – AI in every aspect of our lives.

Barclays Eagle Labs ran an “Ai frenzy” event during the day focusing on the business benefits of AI. Partners, such as IBM, involved in considering the potential health and social care benefits of AI featured.

This presents an important opportunity to take stock on the Isle of Wight Council’s progress in taking forward our digital ambitions developed at the inaugural event one year ago and hear from leading industry contacts, on and off the island, about latest developments.

The conference programme is structured to provide maximum possible time and space for networking , including an evening ‘Digital Disrupt’ session for those only able to make it after hours.

The Digital Disrupt evening session was run seperately by the Isle of Wight Digital Disrupt Group – visit the Digital Disrupt website to find out more. 

Full conference programme

Digital Island 2018

Thursday 15 November, Cowes Yacht Haven

9.00am Registration
9.30am Welcome Speech – David Stewart (Leader of the Isle of Wight Council)
9.35am AI – The next level

Adrian Hopgood
– Professor of Intelligent Systems and Director of Future
& Emerging Technologies at the University of Portsmouth

10.00am Digital Island – Our framework for change

  • Progress, Projects and links to the wider regeneration programme – Chris Ashman, Isle of Wight Council
  • Institute of Coding – Professor Steve Legg; Alex Cole – skilling the Island for its digital future
  • Isle of Wight – One Public Service – David Stewart
  • Gigabit Island – the first 12 months –John Irvine, CEO, Wight Fibre

Delegate table session – 2019 priorities for the Digital Island framework

11.30am Business benefits of AI deployment

Alex Keeble – Barclays Eagle Lab – Ai frenzy

Mart Drake-Knight, Rapanui – Introduction to Rapanui and use cases of AI

Ross Cruickshank, IBM

Victoria Anderson, Innovative Physics

Sally Thompson, Launch International

1.00pm Lunch, networking and exhibition
2.00pm Community benefits of AI: Robert Tickell, IBM

  • Watson: Supporting health and social care integration – Aaron Torrens, IBM
  • Virtual consulting – Dilip Chakrabarti, Babylon Health
  • Independent Living – Ben Meen, Norse Care/Mark Hitchcock, UEA
  • Digital housing design – engineering affordability – Steve Thompson, PCSG

Delegate table session – public engagement with our digital future

4.15pm Andy Seddon, Cyber Security Solutions Architect – Cyber Security Portfolio at National Grid

  • Network resilience – Stopping the lights going out on UK plc
5.00pm Break and exhibition
6.30pm – late Digital Disrupt – presentations and networking session (separate registration required).