DAY 1 AGENDA

Please see below the agenda for day 1, Tuesday 4 October, which takes place in London at the Cavendish conference centre. 

>> Click here for the days 2 & 3 agenda 

Please note, day 1 in London is specifically for IT professionals from end user companies. All qualified registrations will be confirmed via email after booking your place. We welcome everyone to our virtual days on 11 & 18 October. 

Agenda - Day 1

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Reception
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Opening Remarks

Welcome to Computing's IT Leaders Festival 2022!

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Keynote – Adopting Future Operating Models Today

Your organisation choice of operating model has an enormous impact across all facets of business from the value you bring to your customers, to the environment and procedures your staff will follow. For many leaders, the decision to reimagine the current operating model can feel like challenging the status quo, but if IT leaders have learned anything from the last few years – it’s that change IS the status quo.


Phil Jordan, Group CIO, Sainsbury's

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Darktrace - AI Red Team and Attack Path Modelling

Offensive AI is already laying the groundwork for a new security challenge — deepfake technologies will outsmart and outpace human teams and traditional defences with attacks that appear totally legitimate. Organisations need Self-Learning AI technology to proactively identify emerging vulnerabilities and weak points, and deliver a holistic understanding of an organization’s evolving, dynamic risk profile. Autonomous, AI Red-Teaming will transform defensive systems, augmenting human teams and offering a ‘Self-Learning AI loop’ cycle, improving with each phase and producing a fully autonomous approach to security – helping to mitigate and thwart real-world attacks before they even have a chance to strike.

Max Heinemeyer, Director of Threat Hunting, Darktrace

Toby Lewis, Head of Threat Analysis, Darktrace

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Fireside Chat - The Leadership Dilemma of Transformation

For IT leaders, digital transformation is a necessary step in keeping your organisation competitive, but the process opens up a lot of worries for leaders and employees alike. This can leave many leaders with a dilemma - what do I want to make changes to first, tech or culture? Hear from a transformation expert on:

  • How to manage our expectations of rapid change with clear goals and an idea of what success should look like for your organisation
  • How to keep existing teams aligned with goals as new teams join and a new company culture flourishes
  • What tools and guidance you can give employees to help them manage the transition as comfortably as possible

Jeremy Cooper, Founder, Balanced Life

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Morning Refreshments
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Panel Discussion – Refining the Process: Recruiting a Neurodiverse Workforce

As we all know, the recruitment process is a daunting challenge for any hopeful candidate, especially so for neurodiverse individuals. Hear from a panel of neurodiverse IT Leaders about the steps they have taken to make their organisation’s recruitment process more accessible to neurodiverse candidates. Hear how they:

  • Distilled their job descriptions down to the fundamental necessities the role requires and the feedback they received.
  • How they tailored each interview process to the candidate and what impact this had in candidate confidence and performance.
  • What challenges the workplace continues to pose to our neurodiverse colleagues and what grants and schemes are available to employers to make the workplace more accessible to those who need it most

Tree Hall, CEO, Charity IT Leaders
Andrew Shelford, CEO, ADHD UK

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Threatlocker

Details TBD

Group A

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Lunch Break
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Failing Forward: Why Psychological Safety is essential to a productive workplace

Psychological safety can not only prevent disasters occurring, but also improve your organisation's ability to innovate and deliver, faster. In this session, we'll discuss:

  • How psychological safety is addressed in industries including aviation, manufacturing & healthcare, and even mountain climbing. •
  • How psychological safety in technology organisations can improve your resilience and speed to market. •
  • What you can do to foster greater psychological safety in your own organisations. 

Tom Geraghty, Founder, PsychSafety.co.uk & Transformation Lead, Red Hat

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Pixel Preservation: Real applications for the blockchain, smart-contracts and NFTs

Non-fungible tokens? Cryptocurrencies? Blockchain? Are these are just fads, aren’t they? The value of the assets might go up and down like a rollercoaster, but for many applications its proving to be sound technology. As governments and organisations begin to create their own blockchain applications and currencies, it seems as though forms of digital, decentralised money and applications are here to stay. Join this interactive session to: 

  • Hear how the Imperial War Museum approach the Metaverse, NFTs and the future of online engagement.
  • Understand what practical applications smart-contract and blockchain technology can play in different forms of organisation.
  • Discuss the role cryptocurrencies, NFTs and blockchain can play in your organisation’s digital transformation.

Nick Hodder, Associate Director of Transformations, Imperial War Museum

Group B

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Failing Forward: Why Psychological Safety is essential to a productive workplace

Psychological safety can not only prevent disasters occurring, but also improve your organisation's ability to innovate and deliver, faster. In this session, we'll discuss:

  • How psychological safety is addressed in industries including aviation, manufacturing & healthcare, and even mountain climbing.
  • How psychological safety in technology organisations can improve your resilience and speed to market.
  • What you can do to foster greater psychological safety in your own organisations.

Tom Geraghty, Founder, PsychSafety.co.uk & Transformation Lead, Red Hat

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Pixel Preservation: Real applications for the blockchain, smart-contracts and NFTs

Non-fungible tokens? Cryptocurrencies? Blockchain? Are these are just fads, aren’t they? The value of the assets might go up and down like a rollercoaster, but for many applications its proving to be sound technology. As governments and organisations begin to create their own blockchain applications and currencies, it seems as though forms of digital, decentralised money and applications are here to stay. Join this interactive session to:

  • Hear how the Imperial War Museum approach the Metaverse, NFTs and the future of online engagement.
  • Understand what practical applications smart-contract and blockchain technology can play in different forms of organisation.
  • Discuss the role cryptocurrencies, NFTs and blockchain can play in your organisation’s digital transformation. Nick Hodder, Associate Director of Transformations, Imperial War Museum

Nick Hodder, Associate Director of Transformations, Imperial War Museum

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Lunch Break
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Plurasight - Bridging the gap between getting certified and getting experienced for tech teams

Details TBD

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Addressing the Avatar: A live Metaverse walkthrough

The number of online meetings we are all having has increased dramatically since their overnight adoption only a few years ago. They are convenient but often lack the feeling of unison face-to-face meetings provide. See how the metaverse can bring you the best of both worlds through a live demonstration. Come and see:

  • What a Metaverse experience offers that a standard virtual meeting cannot.
  • Current and upcoming VR and haptic technology, and their applications in the workplace.
  • How you can tailor your avatar and environment to match your organisations style.

Charles Radclyffe, CEO, Ethics Grade

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Closing Remarks

Thank you for join us on day one of Computing's IT Leaders Festival 2002!

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Drinks Reception

Please join us for a drink reception!