Chair: Ed Cox, IPPR North
Speakers: Claire Braithwaite, Tech North, Tom Forth, ODI Leeds, Carys Roberts, IPPR
Is a 'digital economy' in the North a reality on the horizon, or will the digital boom bypass most people living and working here? Could the changing shape of the economy and advance of new technology be concentrated in the hands of a skilled few individuals and corporations, or will people share in on the increased connectivity and prosperity offered by tech developments?
This debate will explore the role digital plays in the future Northern economy, and the threats and opportunities posed by the changing technological landscape and how this plays out in people's social and working lives.
Hearing from leading experts, including government officials, on how the future of digital will shape the lives and future of work for people living in the North, this event will provide an intriguing insight into the prospects facing current and future generations faced with a changing landscape.
It will prompt intense discussion about how we respond, if at all, to the changing nature of a global, more technologically driven economy and society. This issue will affect all people's lives and have profound impact on public policy. This discussion will kick start some of the important talking points that need to be addressed in the not too distant future.