BCS Insights 2021 -Defining Good, Doing Good

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Take part in a day of inspirational challenging debate with distinguished industry experts to explore what ‘good’ really looks like in IT

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Back for a third year, BCS Insights 2021 brings you our most stellar line-up yet. Join key speakers including internet legend Vint Cerf, and eminent computer scientist Dame Wendy Hall, as we take a planet-wide view of tech: how it can help the climate emergency; how it hinders; the role of professionalism; what we should expect from the tech giants… and what we can do.

In the morning session we’ll aim to define what good looks like in IT for our profession and our planet, while the afternoon’s focus is on doing good and what that means for our people and our principles.

What should we expect from IT and its providers, and how do we pursue these goals as an industry, for the benefit of society? We’ll examine the role of the big tech companies, what good innovation really means, and how and when we should press reset as a profession.

The full programme and list of speakers can be found here


Thursday 24th June


Brian Runciman MBCS, BCS Head of Content and Insight

TALK: How to be a technologist in a climate emergency

Chris Adams, organiser of, Director of the Green Web Foundation.

PANEL DEBATE: Balancing opposing forces

How do we balance the opposing forces of tech’s benefit and the drawbacks it fosters? The panel considers practical technology strategies to pursue to help with the climate emergency, including reconsidering upgrade cycles; hardware use and reuse, recyclability and getting away from the novelty mindset.

Panellists: Chris Adams; Amanda Brock, CEO OpenUK; others to be confirmed

Chair: Brian Runciman

TALK: What does a good tech giant look like?

What should we expect from our tech giants? What do societally beneficial tech giants look like? How can we get there?

Speaker to be confirmed

TALK: Four internets

Dame Wendy Hall, UK AI Skills Champion, looks at the fragmentation of the internet and its implications.

TALK: Professionalism is not a four-letter word

Adam Thilthorpe, BCS Director of Professionalism

Competent, accountable and ethical IT professionals want to say ‘yes’. How can they be supported to speak up when ethically difficult situations arise – and to help others understand alternatives?

PANEL DEBATE: Innovation for good

Innovation and entrepreneurship are an engine – what does good innovation look like? Getting away from the ‘move fast and break things’ mentality.

Panellists: Dr Chen Mao Davies, CEO, Latchaid; others to be confirmed

Chair: Brian Runciman


TALK: Keynote, theme TBA

Vint Cerf, Google Chief Web Evangelist and co-inventor of the internet protocol

TALK: The Digital Divide arms race

Tony Roberts, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, founder of Computer Aid.

How do we create conditions to allow people to express themselves online when repressive governments play whackamole with people's rights?

PANEL DEBATE: Education: Rip it up and start again?

Is it time to reimagine how we educate children about and with computers – and what principles can we take into how we communicate thorny tech the issues to broader society?

Panellists to be confirmed

Chair: Niel McLean, BCS Head of Education

PANEL DEBATE: A roadmap for good

Who needs to be involved in a workable roadmap for responsible and beneficial tech? How do we get them involved? What is the order of priority for tackling problems?

John Higgins, BCS President

Other panellists to be confirmed


Paul Fletcher, BCS CEO

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We are all responsible for ensuring technology-led change is safe and positive for everyone in society. At BCS we’re committed to meeting this responsibility under royal charter.

That’s why we set the highest standards of professionalism and best practice in the industry, share knowledge, and develop skills and capability tuned to our evolving digital world.

We’ve been supporting the technology industry since 1957 and our 73,000-strong membership spans 150 countries. Every member actively promotes IT professionalism and we provide them with career development opportunities and bring the community together to address the professional, ethical and economic challenges facing technology today.

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