Everything you need to know about the Tech Zone at Digital City Expo

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by Josh Peachey

There's now less than a week to go until Digital City Expo at Manchester Central, so let's take a closer look at one of the four zones - the Tech Zone. 

Digital City Expo will take place at Manchester Central Convention Complex in the heart of the city, and will run across Wednesday 11th and Tuesday 12th of March, celebrating all things digital, spanning tech, eCommerce, marketing, media, creative and more.

The Tech Zone is home to this year's edition of Tech Show North, and will provide a fantastic opportunity for digital experts to connect and discuss the latest technological advancements, whilst hearing from some inspiring business leaders.

The Lead Sponsor for the Tech Zone is BJSS, with the Tech Masterclass Theatre being sponsored by AND Digital, and the Tech Innovation Theatre sponsored by iomart. The Event Partners for the Tech Zone at Digital City Expo are Node4, Sync, and iomart.

By registering for the expo, you will receive a free ticket to attend, granting you access to all four of the sector zones, as well as the Keynote Theatre where figures from a range of highly successful companies will talk about vital industry challenges. There's also the option to purchase a Priority Pass via the registration system to guarantee access and queue jump to the Keynote Theatre in the event that sessions on the day are oversubscribed.

Some of the keynote speakers have already been announced but you can find a full list here.

With the other three zones at Digital City Expo focusing on eCommerce, Marketing and Media, the Tech Zone will bring together digitally ambitious entrepreneurs and groups to explore and push the limits of tech innovation. 

Day One

David Espley, CTO of Radius Payment Solutions, will be open up talks on the Tech Masterclass Theatre on behalf of 101 Ways (10.10am) talking about how to migrate from mainframe to the cloud. Mike Longfellow and Darren Goldie from Modo25 (10.50am) will talk about their new agency model whilst explaining how to take control of digital spend. 

The Founder of AI Tech North, Sherin Mathew, will explain how businesses can implement AI tech (11.30am) before a talk by BJSS and Co-op about how tech is changing access to goods and services (2pm) with Steve Gatenby and David Gore. 

Mark Curtis-Wood of Vaioni Group Limited ends Day One on this theatre by exploring how tech is shaping the customer experience (2.40pm). 

Over on the Tech Innovation Theatre, Mobica's Dawn Embry starts Day One (10.10am) by focusing on the world of user-centric innovation. 

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There is then a panel discussion with In4.0 Group's Mo ISAP, Inevitable's Ben Grubert, SLWF MEdia's Ste Bergin and Natalie Jameson from The Landing (10.50am) talking about opportunities for innovation and collaboration in MediaCityUK.

Natalie stays on the Tech Innovation Theatre for the next panel discussion (11.30am) but is joined by UP's Emer Coleman, Flock's Michal Wisniewski, and Andy Almond from Langham Recruitment, to explain why diversity and culture are key to accelerating a business. 

The afternoon's Tech Innovation talks include Dr Louise Sheridan (1.20pm) looking at diversity and inclusion strategies that attempt to level the playing field, before iomart's John Burrowes delves deeper into solving mass data fragmentation in the hybrid cloud era (2pm).

Day Two

AND Digital's Matt Lee begins proceedings on the Tech Masterclass Theatre for the second day of the expo, talking about how companies can create ubiquitous experiences (10.10am). Jon Corner, Founder of The Landing and Chief Digital Officer for the City of Salford will be exploring connectivity and how we can embrace the future (11.30am).

The afternoon sees Naomi Timperley sharing why people and communities need to be part of creating tech (2pm) before Beckie Taylor from Tech Returners' talk 'There's a bridge over the skills gap - you're just not using it' closes the Tech Masterclass Theatre talks (2.40pm).

Over on the Tech Innovation Theatre, James Akers from Digital Culture Network, Arts Council England, begins the talks on Day Two by sharing 'Fantastic metrics and where to find them' (10.10am) before a panel discussion on why 5G matters for the future of smart cities (10.50am) takes place with speakers from ARM, Vodafone, Machine Compare and The Landing.

Another panel will then talk in depth about the value of VR (11.30am) and will feature speakers from Xpllore, Holovis, The Landing, and Immersify Education.

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SkyParlour's Angela Yore (1.20pm) will share how to create and communicate a purposeful narrative internally and externally, especially when it is not obvious, before Hannah Forbes from The Funding Crowd (2pm) talks about equity crowdfunding, and shares how to get it right.

Jody Marks from MRJ Recruitment (2.40pm) will end the talks on the Tech Innovation Theatre with a discussion that explores the war for talent in the North, caused by the surge in companies moving there.

Click here to register to attend Digital City Expo, where you can engage with a wide range of companies and hear top-level insights from certified experts.

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