Our morning keynote looks at the role of digital in ensuring business resilience and sustainability.
Speakers include, Dragons’ Den investor and entrepreneur, Piers Linney who will open the event alongside Dr Nicola Millard, Principal Innovation Partner, at BT Enterprise. Together, they bring expertise on shaping the future of work, the role of investment and how digital inclusion and exclusion can have a varying and widespread impact on business resilience and society’s pathway to decarbonization.
Keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion taking a more in depth look at digital inclusion, exclusion and the impact on building a green economic recovery for the region. Chaired by Lucy Winskill OBE, Chair of the North East LEP and including, Piers Linney, Fareeha Usman from Dynamo, Jamie Campbell from Rural Design Centre and Peter Baek from NESTA.
Piers is best known for appearing on Dragons’ Den, but he is also an active board member for the British Business Bank and a trustee with the UK’s leading innovation foundation, Nesta. He said: “I have experienced both success and failure, and what I know from this experience is the last year will have presented what will seem like insurmountable challenges for start-up and scale-up enterprises. The good news is there are many varying options for businesses working their way through the current climate. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and insight on how innovation and collaboration can help businesses to thrive.”
Dr Nicola Millard, said: “We’ve learned during the pandemic that work can be done effectively in places beyond the office. But the future of work is neither about home working or office working… it’s about getting work done. Emerging is a digital first hybrid model – but, for that to work effectively, we need to fundamentally rethink old, analogue ways of working and reinvent them for a digital age.”