Godel attend Tech Trade Yorkshire 2016
Godel were amongst over 50 other exhibitors at Tech Trade Yorkshire’s inaugural event, held in Leeds. Co-ordinated by experienced Yorkshire exhibitors Mooncas, Tech Trade Yorkshire’s aim was to bring together IT professionals from across the region and explore the endless ways in which technology can be used for both organisations’ and consumers’ benefit.
This one-day event welcomed over 300 senior IT professionals from microbusinesses and multinational companies alike. Throughout the day attendees were encouraged to attend knowledge-based seminars from various organisations including Microsoft, Metronet, Leeds City Council and TechUK.
Keynote speaker James Akrigg, Head of Technology at Microsoft took to the main stage demonstrating some of the latest updates from the software. He presented the company’s ideas regarding the future of technology, and also introduced some innovative Microsoft software – a digital ruler which will make drawing lines with a touchscreen much easier.
Natasha Sayce-Zelem, Head of Technology at Sky UK, shared her experiences from working at the BBC through to her present role supporting Sky’s eCommerce platform. Her seminar concluded with her top tips for successful agile programming delivery. During the day, Sue Daley of TechUk was joined by LexisNexis’ Andy Longshaw for a Q and A session, whilst Eddie Stobart CIO Vince Sparks and Metronet CIO David Warburton-Broadhurst joined a panel on digital communications.
Alongside the seminars, a trade exhibition ran throughout the day where companies held stands and were able to share their missions with attendees of the event. Overall the exhibition provided an excellent opportunity to speak with UK tech companies specialising in many different sectors, from software development to telecommunications.
TechTrade’s founder Chrissie Gale said: “We hear lots of talk about the Northern Powerhouse, and I truly believe Yorkshire’s tech sector will prove crucial to that vision becoming a reality. But the level of knowledge, dialogue and ambition within the room last week showed we can not only compete with other UK cities– we can lead the way.”
Whilst organisations were able to showcase their innovative services at Tech Trade Yorkshire, the event was a fantastic platform for the delegates to network and discuss the challenges that are being faced in the local tech sector amongst their peers.