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A Leeds Digital Festival event.


This event is part of Leeds Digital Festival 2021 and delivered by Leeds City College.

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Join us at Leeds City College for our panel discussion exploring Innovation, Security and Data in the Digital World. Whether you’re part of a digital company, have a digital role or are simply interested in digital, this event is a great opportunity to network with other IT and Digital professionals and explore how the digital landscape is evolving in these areas. The event will be chaired by Jonny Ross, MD of Leeds-based digital marketing agency Fleek Marketing, and an SEO expert. Jonny has chaired several panel discussions and successfully ran Leeds Digital Festival events previously.

The increase of technology and digital solutions has impacted every industry and changed the way we live our lives. From the way we consume products to how we engage with the media and with one another, technology is no longer a helpful addition, but a fundamental part of the way we live our lives. With little evidence that the momentum of this transformation is slowing down, what might the future of digital innovation look like for businesses and consumers alike?

The collection, use and storage of personal data is fundamental to digital innovation and the integration of technology into our daily lives. With this comes questions around data management, accessibility and ownership, and raises concerns around data security and personal privacy online. What is being done to maintain personal security online?

Our event will explore these ideas and more so join us for an evening of discussion this Leeds Digital Festival!


Who can attend?

This event is part of Leeds Digital Festival 2021 and is open to all. However, this event will be particularly beneficial if you:

  • Are a professional looking to further digitalise your business
  • Are a professional looking to innovate in the digital landscape
  • Are a professional concerned about the data within your organisation


The Panel

Lexi Mills – Lexi Mills is a multi-award-winning and data-driven digital marketing expert, specialising in PR SEO and emotionally intelligent business strategy. She’s President of The Future of Search Foundation and CEO of Shift6, an international consultancy that provides professional services and training to agencies, corporations, government entities and investors. Lexi’s research focuses on the opportunities and ethics of artificial intelligence, and the growing risk posed by bias within algorithms, particular in healthcare sectors.

Gary Hibberd – Gary is the ‘The Professor of Communicating Cyber’, at Cyberfort, and is a Cyber security and Data Protection expert with 35 years in IT. He is a published author, regular blogger and international speaker on everything from the Dark Web, through to Cyber crime and Cyber Psychology.

Martin Port – Martin is a multi-award winning Yorkshire based serial entrepreneur and CEO. Having founded the telematics company Masternaut in 2002, he took it from a small start-up to one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses. He is the Founder and CEO of the Leeds-based software company BigChange

Rob Cowgill – Rob is the Protect Delivery Officer as part of the West Yorkshire Police Cyber-crime Team, focusing on safeguarding businesses and schools against online crime and ensuring they are cyber protected. The protect arm of the team comes from a £1.9 billion investment to safeguard businesses in Britain.

Tom Forth – Tom Forth is Head of Data at The Open Data Institute Leeds and a co-founder of two Leeds technology startups, The Data City and imactivate. From tracking every bus in Birmingham, to delivering over 10 million bin days to people’s phones in Leeds, he’s been working with big data in cities for a decade.


Event Details

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. Attendees will receive a link prior to the event.


11am – welcome

11:15 – Panel discussion

12 Noon – Questions

12:15 – Close

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Innovation, Security & Data in a Digital World

Start: April 27 @ 11:00 am
End: April 27 @ 12:30 pm

Price: FOC

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