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Digital Society 2017 Conference: Digital solutions to reducing poverty and tackling inequality in Scotland

25-07-2017

Digital Society 2017 is a half day event focusing on reducing poverty & inequality in Scotland through digital innovation.

The Scottish Government's digital strategy, Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: A Digital Strategy for Scotland has highlighted the importance of technology in improving our society as a whole. This conference will bring together tech gurus with social policy experts to share knowledge, ideas and resources to generate new innovative approaches towards realising this goal.

Poverty remains Scotland's biggest social issue and digital technology is widening the inequality gap. Carnegie Trust UK reported that more than 1 million Scots have been left behind in the digital revolution. Digital exclusion can lead to social exclusion, poor educational attainment and lower levels of skills having a severe impact on our society and economy.
It is time to make a change. Advacment in digital technology is an opportunity to tackle poverty head on. Digital Society 2017 aims to faciliate this discussion and provide an opportunity for cross sector networking.
Join in the discussion online: #DigitalSociety2017

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Featured speakers include:

  • Naomi Eisenstadt- Independent Poverty Adviser to the Scottish Government
  • Ewan Aitken - CEO, Cyrenians
  • Maggie Morrison - Vice President Public Sector, CGI Scotland
  • David McNeill - Digital Director, SCVO
  • Nilufar Anwar - Non-executive director, #techmums
  • Douglas White - Head of Advocacy, Carneigie Trust UK
  • Gillian Docherty - CEO, The Data Lab
  • Peter McColl - Head of Policy, Scotland, Nesta
  • Elaine Melrose - Group Director of Resources, Wheatley Group
  • Craig Steele - Digital Skills Specialist & Leader, CoderDojo, Scotland
  • Bella Combest - COO & Head of Community, Street Change UK
Why attend:
With the continued integration of technology into our everyday lives #DigitalSociety2017 will be a unique opportunity for the public, third and private sectors to come together to discuss how digital innovation can be used to create social change.
Digital Society 2017 will discuss:
• Reducing Scotland’s digital divide;
• Creating social change through digital innovation;
• Up - skilling the nation to create a strong digital economy; and
• Using Big Data to tackle complex social issues.
We want you to join in the conversation!
FutureScot has created a space on the website for speakers, delegates and interested parties to discuss how digital innovation can be used to create a fairer, more equal society.

If you would like to make a contribution please get in contact with Aileen O'Hagan on [email protected]
If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or check out the website for more information.
Source: Eventbrite

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