Holyrood Connect Week 2022

Holyrood’s Connect Week is returning for its second year running. This year, the week will begin with our in-person Public Sector Cloud conference at Dynamic Earth Edinburgh, and will then move online for a series of engaging webinars set across two mornings. These webinars will focus on various topics at the heart of the Scottish digital landscape and delve into the topics rooted in this calendar year’s Connect portfolio of events, including Public Sector Cyber Security Scotland, Public Sector Data Summit, Digital Transformation and more.

Focus areas across the two days will include:
• digital connectivity and infrastructure
• cloud security
• digital inclusion and skills
• the roles and ramifications of artificial intelligence and machine learning

Through engaging sessions of various formats, Connect Week 2022 will allow public and third sector professionals to keep abreast of the latest developments within the space and gain a better understanding of future trends. Delegates will hear from thought leaders and industry experts and have the opportunity to engage with them through audience Q&As. Speakers and panellists will bring a breadth of experience and insight and offer technical and user-centric perspectives.

Join us online on the 7th, and 8th of December to ring in Holyrood’s 2nd annual Connect Week.

Be sure to show your excitement about the upcoming event or get a jumpstart on the discussion by using the official event hashtag, #ConnectWeek22, on Twitter!

This event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place. If you work in the private sector, please email us to be added to our waiting list.

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Nigel Gibbons
NCC Group
Prof. Nick Pitropakis
Edinburgh Napier University
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John McGowan
Palo Alto
Colin Hamill
Colin Hamill
Peter Mackenzie
Peter Mackenzie
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Kirsty McFaul
Education Scotland
Anna Ashton Scott
Anna Ashton Scott
The Data Lab
Sarah Enyon
Sarah Eynon
Scottish Futures Trust
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Lee Dunn
The Scottish Government
Gemma Milne
Freelance / UCL
David McNeill
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Martyn Wallace
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
Alison McLaughlin

The first webinar in our Connect Week series will centre on future-proofing cities through digital connectivity via technologies like 5G and the Internet of Things. In this webinar, subject leaders from the Scottish public sector will explore the importance of driving change around digital infrastructure and the ways we can achieve cutting-edge digital connectivity. There will be a short keynote presentation followed by a panel discussion, led by our day’s Chair.

The second of our Connect Week webinars will focus on the vital need for widespread digital inclusion across Scotland, as well as the growing demand for further digital skills development. This webinar will delve into the interconnected relationship between access to devices and growth of digital skills well beyond basic use. Public sector leaders in this sphere will gather for a discussion around the progress made in the last year, and what still needs improvement. The webinar will begin with a short keynote presentation before the panellists join for an engaging discussion.

With hybrid working now the norm, security needs have changed. 69% of organisations have suffered a cybersecurity incident as a result of remote or hybrid working. In Connect Week’s third webinar, delegates will learn some of the key threats and market trends from industry experts, as well as hear about real-life best practice case studies from public sector professionals. The hour will begin with opening remarks from our sponsor, before turning it over to a local authority leader who will dive into their own council’s case study. Afterwards, delegates will have the opportunity to ask the group their own questions during a Q&A and discussion portion.

The fourth Connect Week webinar will explore the power of people in the growing use of technology solutions. While the Scottish public sector continues to drive towards digital transformation, it is vital to recognise that services alone cannot solve all issues. Instead, organisations need to find a balance between technology solutions and uniquely human skills. This hour-long webinar will begin with a short presentation from a Sophos representative, setting the scene for why humans cannot be made redundant, specifically in cyber threat management. A selection of public sector leaders will then join them to engage in a panel discussion on the topic. The floor will be open to any and all delegates who would wish to ask the panel questions regarding the role of people in maximising service delivery.

Join the experts from NCC Group in sharing the story of how a collaborative team from public and private sector departments came together (almost on a war footing) to bring order to chaos. Together they helped set the security strategy for Test & Trace before later assuring and stress testing the Test & Trace NHS app and other software/technologies such as cloud. One of the finest examples of collaboration amongst industry in modern times. Representatives from NCC will present on this case study and then pivot to how they're further securing UKHSA today and for the future. Alongside a public sector professional, they will partake in a short audience Q&A afterwards.

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      7 Dec 2022 9:00 am
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      8 Dec 2022 12:00 pm
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