An excerpt from the ‘The Humber: A Digital Catalyst’ video seminar. Part of the wider 2020 Tech Expo Humber.
It is crucial, for regional and wider UK economy, that we get as many SMEs engaged in the digital and digital skills gap transformation journey. There are so many misconceptions about 4.0IR and how, by even making small changes, can have a huge impact on a business.
Digital adoption is crucial to the future of UK plc and its ability compete. “It’s not about changing what you do, but how you do it.” We need to ensure that business leaders know who and how to take the first steps in the journey and who can support them, in a commercial environment, that is currently changing business priorities on a daily basis.
See the full ‘The Humber: A Digital Catalyst’ video seminar here.
The event shone a spotlight on how important digital technologies and innovation can help longer-term economic recovery. The steps business need to take to maximise the potential of digital technology to deliver a more resilient, green and thriving economy.
Speakers at the event included; June Smith, Regional Director about the Make UK, ‘Make it Digital’ campaign, how digital skills have been of paramount importance in effectively responding to the Covid crisis and the need for digital skills in a digital manufacturing future. June was also joined by her colleague Mike Maddock, (4IR) Champion for Make UK, who discussed how the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology can help overcome the skills gap with exciting developments like graphene technology.
Andy Parkinson, CEO of Lampada Digital Solutions and Director of Marketing Humber discussed how technology has a ‘crucial’ role to play in Humber’s 2040 net-zero carbon goal – data analytics, robotics and other advanced technologies will be essential in reducing the Humber region’s carbon emissions. It comes as the Humber looks to put itself ahead of the Government’s 2050 UK-wide target to cut out carbon, and position itself as the UK’s Energy Estuary and its ambitions to become a decarbonisation demonstrator region – which is Why the World Needs the Humber.