BCS Virtual Insights online 2020

BCS Virtual Insights online 2020

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Join us for a week of virtual conversation, debate and stimulating insights to help you prepare your future self.

The physical event due to take place at The Crystal in London can’t take place this year, but we can still bring 2020’s line-up of inspiring and motivational speakers to you during a BCS virtual Insights week.

We will be running 4 one-hour mini sessions over the course of a week, delivered from our brilliant guest speakers and you too can take part and have your say via interactive polls, debate and Q&A.

Our speakers will examine ‘Personal Responsibility’ why it matters and the difference it can make for you, and your business, and we’ll round up the week with a discussion on ‘Emerging Change’ addressing the new norm and its future impact for IT Professionals.

Plus, preview the very latest industry research from the Chartered Institute for IT, a digital copy of BCS Insights 2020, taking the best of our research conducted with IT leaders and professionals from our global membership community.

The full programme and list of speakers can be found here


Monday 22nd June

Historic experiences in IT

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

Renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley discusses what it takes to be successful in IT, especially in overcoming hurdles in IT’s older attitudes, and those of society itself. She talks about employing women, her philosophy on work-life balance and how the industry has changed from those early pioneering years. She will also look at how taking personal responsibility increases trust and some tips on being successful today.

AUDIENCE Q&A– your chance to ask a renowned IT pioneer a question.

Professionalising IT – where is the industry today?

Adam Thilthorpe – BCS Director of External Affairs

Adam is a champion of IT professionalism today. His talk and subsequent discussion will cover the benefits society will get from improved professionalism, why during COVID it has highlighted the professionalism need and why it really matters and what industry leaders and individuals can do to support the regulation of the global IT profession.

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION:: How do we regulate the IT Profession?


Tuesday 23rd June

Making a difference as a digital leader

Rebecca George OBE - Managing Partner, Government and Public Services, Deloitte LLP, BCS President

Making a difference as a social change agent

Matt Haworth - Co-Founder, Digital Reason

BCS President Rebecca George OBE and social change agent Matt Haworth look at how taking personal responsibility can benefit ourselves and society. Rebecca George has great experience as an IT leader in a societal setting and looks at the example IT leaders should be setting. Matt Haworth shows what can be done to benefit those who are disadvantaged in the digital age, and both will discuss how IT professionals can make a real difference.

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: How can individuals be empowered to make a difference?


Wednesday 24th June

AI in 2020 and beyond

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford

World renowned author and a leading figure in contemporary philosophy and a member of the Ethics Advisory Board for NHSx Covid-19 app, Luciano Floridi joins us once more, sharing his views on AI in 2020.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from one of the best philosophical minds in the world.

Digital Attitudes

Catherine Miller, former CEO of doteveryone, analyses the public’s attitudes towards technology, based on the 2020 Power, People and Technology report. How much trust do people have in IT institutions, what are their concerns on social media and public discourse?

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: how can we raise the profile of ethics versus law/regulation?


Thursday 25th June

The role of play

Yesim Kunter, Play Expert and Futurist

Changing behaviours during a national crisis

Reema Patel, Ada Lovelace Institute

Futurist Yesim Kunter and the Ada Lovelace Institute’s Reema Patel look at interesting areas for coping with digital change. Yesim is a futurist who focuses on how play can help us deal with the issues society now throws up in a business and life context. Reema Patel will look at data governance in times of national emergency – and how use of data can benefit us all.

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION: Yasim and Reema will kick off the debate around behaviours, the good use of data and its benefits– and open the discussion on how we help the public engage with it.

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