Head to Manchester for IP EXPO

The first ever IP EXPO Manchester is a few days away; here’s an update on the exclusive speaker programme

 The first ever IP EXPO Manchester is nearly here and organisers are very excited to announce the new addition of the BBC to the keynote line-up, discussing how to bring digital skills to the UK’s workforce.

 Keynote theatre highlights:

·       The Keynote theatre will play host to Sir Richard Leese, head of Manchester City Council, who will open the event on Wednesday 20 May at 9:30am. Sir Richard will share his vision for Manchester as a European technology hub, welcoming Dr Neil McArthur of TalkTalk to share the stage with him and discuss a joint view for the future of Manchester

·       Gareth Stockdale, head of operations and public affairs for BBC Learning will be joining the keynote line-up to discuss the Make it Digital initiative, designed to highlight the world of digital and help to build the UK’s digital skill sets through a range of programmes and partnerships, including the Micro bit device, which will provide an introduction to coding for over 1million Year 7 children across the UK. Watch the speech on 20th May at 12:30pm

·       Ian Massingham, technical evangelist for Amazon Web Services and James Cronin, engineering VP of NetSuite, will be discussing how the Cloud has transformed businesses. Massingham will speak at 14:30pm and Cronin will take to the stage at 15:10pm

·       DevOps is a key focus for this year, with Mandi Walls, director of consulting for Chef, giving her views on DevOps culture on Thursday 21 May at 11:50am. Also sharing their views on the future of DevOps practices in the Keynote theatre for Day Two are Jonny Woolridge, CTO of the Cambridge Satchel Company and Gareth Rushgrove, software engineer from Puppet Labs

·       Join us on Day One as the BBC outline their strategy for the Make it Digital initiative

Cloud and Mobility theatre highlights:

·       IP EXPO Manchester will be hosting its first dedicated DevOps Meetup at the Cloud and Mobility theatre on Wednesday 20 May at 16:30pm

·       James Hornby from Microsoft will discuss Skype for Business and how it can transform the modern workplace on Thursday 21 May at 10:30am

Cyber Security theatre highlights:

·       James Holland of Palo Alto Networks discusses what’s a really going on in our networks on Thursday 21 May at 11:10am

·       Mark James of ESET UK discusses the pitfalls of ‘liking’ something online and how to protect yourself against identify fraud, on Wednesday 20 May at 11:10am

Data Centre and Virtualisation theatre highlights:

·       Darren Swift, of Zerto Ltd, asks the question ‘who needs disaster recovery?’ on Wednesday 20 May at 11:10am

·       Join John Lynch of Future Cities, Steve Turner of Manchester City Council and Stuart Higgins of Cisco for a panel on Thursday 21 May at 13:00pm to discuss the future of smart cities

Storage and Backup theatre highlights:

·       Join us for a Hadoop and Big Data meet-up on Wednesday 20 May at 16:30pm

For a full list of what to expect from IP EXPO Manchester’s impressive speaker line-up, click here: https://www.ipexpomanchester.com/Seminars