San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Earlier this year the North East was recognised as being one of the leading digital cities outside of London.
Digital technology has the potential to create jobs and growth in the region, but industry predicts a significant digital skills shortage.
To what extent is the region’s digital skills base armed to meet the future demands and opportunities that the sector presents?
This panel debate, organised by Newcastle Science City, the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service and the Institute of Physics will discuss this key issue, giving you the opportunity to find out how Parliament select committees work, and how you can get involved in that work.
Parliament’s select committees hold government departments, public agencies and business to account through public inquiries. They also generate policy ideas, raise issues of public interest and generate debate on a range of issues.
Join Ian Mearns, MP for Gateshead and member of the House of Commons Education Committee, in debating with local experts on the issue of digital skills in the North East. You will hear from
• Tony Durcan - Director of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning, Newcastle City Council
• Bob Paton - North East managing director of Accenture
• Steve Caughey - Chief Executive Officer, co-founder of Arjuna Technologies Ltd
• Steve Blanks - Head of North East Operations at Escher Group
This event is not part of a formal inquiry. It is designed to illustrate the work of parliamentary committees.
Lunch will be provided.
When & Where
Newcastle Science City
Newcastle Science City is a partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council to help the region realise the full economic potential of its science and technology-based industries.
We deliver a range of activities including the development of a close-knit scientific community and encouraging more people to work in scientific and technical roles. Key to our remit is creating and growing innovative businesses.