Digital Evolution: Social Revolution is Tinder Foundation’s annual conference for 2016 and will take place on Thursday 24 November at London’s BT Centre, just a stone’s throw away from St Paul’s.
This is the fifth year we’ve held our conference and we’ll be bringing together a range of community organisations, policy makers and corporate organisations working on digital inclusion activities, to talk about the huge impact that technology can have on tackling key social challenges in today’s society.
We’re absolutely delighted that the conference will once again be chaired by the fabulous, and award-winning, Maggie Philbin of BBC and TeenTech fame.
The day will provide you with the all-important chance to mingle and network with others from across sectors, so you can gather and share ideas on how we can work together to close the digital divide and reduce social exclusion. You’ll also have opportunities to chat about your challenges and achievements from the past year, and to hear from experienced and varied speakers from across the spectrum who will motivate and inspire your digital inclusion activities.
Tickets are priced at £115+VAT for Centre Partners and £140+VAT for others but if you're a member of our UK online centres Specialist Networks a 15% discount is available. Please call 0114 349 1666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your exclusive code.
Maggie Philbin, Conference Chair
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on science, medical and technology programmes, and can currently be seen on BBC’s ‘Bang Goes The Theory‘ and BBC 1’s Inside Out.
Maggie is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people understand more about opportunities in Science and Technology. She is keen to help improve the visibility of successful scientists and engineers, to encourage both young people and women to pursue careers and to reach top positions in these areas.
Maggie sits on the panel of the New Engineering Foundation, which supports the development of Vocational Education and helps lecturers in FE get cutting edge career development in industry. She is also patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust which helps scientists, engineers and technologists return to their careers.
Group Chief Executive, Halton Housing Trust
Nick has driven the transformational change of Halton Housing Trust to enable it to be best placed to meet the future opportunities and challenges the housing sector faces.
Included in the top 25 most influential people in housing, he is a keen advocate of innovation. He uses digital as an enabler to drive fundamental change in how businesses operate.
Nick has been paperless for the last 15 years and introduced a fully flexible/ remote working approach which has driven down operating costs. He has led the move for 90% of Trust customers to be accessing services online by 2018, driven by the introduction of Universal Credit and the ‘Housing Graph of Doom.’
He writes regularly for Inside Housing as one of their IH50 columnists.
Chris Goulden (Panellist)
Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Chris Goulden is Deputy Director of Policy and Research at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. He is a former social researcher at the Home Office and Cabinet Office. Chris has also been a cancer researcher in the NHS, a member of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Policy Expert Group and a member of the Social Research Association Board. He has a MSc in social research methods from South Bank University.
Roger Hamilton (Panellist)
Work Coordinator, St. Mungo's
Roger has been championing digital inclusion amongst homeless clients for the past 6 years. Himself a beneficiary of the resources of UK online centre St. Mungo’s, his continued dedication to supporting people to gain basic digital skills and build resilience in their lives led to the homeless charity being recognised for it’s significant contribution in 2012 to UK online centres achieving the goal of 1 million registered users of the service.
Today, Roger champions the case of Digital Inclusion in supporting tenants facing or threatened with homelessness. It is embedded in the programme to develop the necessary skills to find and gain training, volunteering and employment.
As a Work Co-ordinator on the Workwise Project based in Lambeth Council offices, he is supporting tenants to gain skills and employment to mitigate the effects of Welfare Reform throughout the borough. The impact of his contribution is seen in those lifted out of the Benefit Cap and others affected by the Bedroom Tax now enjoying the benefits.
Chief Executive Officer, Leep
Cecily Michaels is the Chief Executive Officer of Leep, an Australian-based group dedicated to creating inclusive communities through communityNet, digital inclusion and volunteer solutions. Cecily has nearly 30 years experience working with disadvantaged communities and is passionate about addressing inequality and injustice.
For nearly 20 years she worked managing overseas aid projects in the Middle East with Palestinians as well as South East Asia. For the past 8 years Cecily has turned her focus to the community sector in New South Wales, Australia, addressing the needs of people experiencing disadvantage in Western Sydney.
In an increasingly digital world, Cecily is an enthusiastic advocate for ensuring everyone has the skills and access to be online.
Rachel Neaman (Panellist)
Rachel is Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone, the digital organisation founded by Baroness Martha Lane Fox to address the social and moral issues created by the internet age. In addition to leading on digital skills and transformation, Rachel also manages Doteveryone’s strategic partnerships with organisations including the BBC, BT, Google, Lloyds Banking Group and Sage. Rachel was previously Chief Executive of Go ON UK, the digital skills charity chaired by Martha Lane Fox, which merged with Doteveryone on 1 April 2016.
From 2013–16 Rachel was Chair of Digital Leaders, the UK’s premier platform for expert opinion and networking on digital transformation, and is now a non-executive member of the Advisory Board under the new Chair, Lord Francis Maude. She is also a non-executive member of the Digital.Health London Advisory Board. Rachel was voted 20th in Computer Weekly’s list of 50 Most Influential Women in IT 2016.
Alison Reid (Panellist)
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Alison has worked for Cheshire West and Chester Council for over 15 years. She manages four 'Work Zones', each dedicated to supporting residents into work across the four urban areas within her borough: Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford. Their current initiative, 'Better in Work' is an individualised employment support programme, that aligns with the Council's outcome of building a borough where people are well educated, skilled and earn a decent living.
Alison has a BA (Hons) degree in History from Chester University and achieved a PGCE Post-16 at Manchester Met University, before working for Mid Cheshire College as a Return to Study tutor teaching adult students on the Access to Higher Education course. She says: "Having a job can be a key way to general wellbeing, as well as providing you with the money to manage your own life choices and live life your way."
Director of Public Policy & Volunteering, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
Karl's work at NCVO is to champion the voluntary sector and volunteering. We believe that voluntary organisations and the volunteers they and others engage make a positive difference to the world - and we want to support them to make an even bigger difference.
As NCVO’s Director of Public Policy & Volunteering, Karl leads a group of talented, committed people that create robust, innovative, policy and research, advice and support, and campaigns for the long term. They work across sectors, supporting both voluntary organisations and volunteering, wherever it takes place.
Director, Tech Literacy and Education Programmes, BT Group
Liz heads BT’s tech literacy programme which aims to help build a culture of tech literacy, where it is viewed as a cornerstone of modern education. To date, over 700,000 children have benefitted. Liz also leads the Group Education Strategy which helps young people, particularly those at risk of being disadvantaged, become work ready and get into jobs.
She is personally focused on championing the needs of those that need extra help, both in terms of overcoming social disadvantage and disability. She established the external panel of disability and inclusion experts that now guides BT’s customer strategies, and previously led BT Group’s charity and community strategy.
Liz is a board member of the Tinder Foundation, and most recently chaired a review of digital skills on behalf of the UK Government. She also represents BT on the Movement to Work employer coalition which is committed to tackling youth unemployment through high quality vocational training and work experience.
Sian Williams (Panellist)
Sian Williams leads the Financial Health Exchange at Toynbee Hall in London’s East End, combining human-centred design and systems-thinking to develop policy and practice that support better financial health. Recent projects include: the launch of the MAP Tool, a digital needs and impact measurement tool; developing Toynbee Hall's highly effective community peer money mentoring programme into a blended e-learning programme; and research which helps the industry to address significant access gaps, including on access to cash, the electronic needs of low income consumers, and cheque digitisation.
Sian sits on a range of industry advisory groups, is a Financial Inclusion Commissioner, a member of the Payment Systems Regulator’s Panel, chairs the Payments Strategy Forum End User Needs Working Group and is a trustee for the Money Advice Trust. Prior to joining Toynbee Hall, Sian had a 15 year career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.