HOST will be opening the festival with the first Cyber Summit in the North West on Monday 7th March at HOST Social, its stunning seventh floor venue that overlooks the digital hub of MediaCity.
In partnership with the Greater Manchester Cyber Security Advisory Group, we will showcase the best of cyber innovation in the region with a variety of inspiring panels, networking, Q&As, expos and a VIP drinks reception.
Cyber Summit Agenda
10:20 - 10:30am - Welcome to the Cyber Summit
10:30 - 11:30am - Jobs and Future Skills, sponsored by Roke
Looking to the future, the panel will address how the keys to a thriving future ecosystem are in the embracing of diversity and further investment in skills and education.
Panel Chair - Mo Isap, CEO of IN4 Group
Mick Gallagher, Senior Account Manager at Roke
Neil Jones, Managing Director of North West Cyber Resilience Centre
Emma Bateson, graduate from Skills City’s Cyber Bootcamp
12:00 - 1:00pm - The North West Cyber Corridor Vision, sponsored by BAE Systems
This panel will discuss how collaboration is key to unlocking the full potential, and target outcomes of the North West corridor, and what this opportunity means for the future of the geo-region.
Panel Chair – Victoria Knight, Strategic Campaigns Director at BAE Systems
Andrew Elliot, Deputy Director, Cyber Security, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Sarah Kemp, Chief Executive of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
StJohn Crean, Pro Vice-Chancellor research and enterprise at UCLan
Phil Swan, Digital Director at Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Andrew Roughan, Managing Director at Plexal
1:00 - 2:00pm - Networking lunch, sponsored by WardWiz
2:00 - 4:00pm - Greater Manchester Cyber Showcase
This panel will showcase exciting initiatives like the AI and Cyber Foundries, and accelerator programmes, as well as the innovations of the reigons SMEs. Following this, an SME and Skills Expo will be taking place with booths and presentations from North-West based SMEs and Skills City bootcamps, providing participants with the opportunity to engage directly with the ecosystem.
Panel Chair - Keith Miller, Academic Director of the GM Cyber Foundry and GM AI Foundry
Prof Danny Dresner, Cyber Security at University of Manchester
Roxana Lawton, Enterprise Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University
Andy Beaden, Chairman of IN4 Group
Seònaid Lafferty, GM Cyber Foundry Project Manager at University of Manchester
Expo exhibitors: Skills City, HOST Cyber, WardWiz, Praeferre, In-House Health, DustID, CodeYourFuture
4:00 - 6:00pm - VIP Drinks Reception, sponsored by Plexal
Organised by In4 Group. Free to attend.
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