The keynote sessions offered delegates the chance to learn from the North’s key influencers and experts, and features the latest industry developments through real-world case studies. The keynote was the hub of the expo, and sessions switched between Tech & eCommerce themes. Take a look at the 2019 keynote programme below on day two.



From the research this is the overall theme of the content agenda as this concept embraces technologies and delivery models such as cloud computing, big data/analytics, cyber-physical systems (CPS), augmented reality and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the age of Industry 4.0, companies will be able to build and operate smarter than ever before. This will enable them to easily do things like customize products on demand. In today’s world, business technology is fuel. It has fast become essential for any company irrespective of industry, to win, serve and retain tech-empowered customers – But how do you accelerate business technology spend and impact to stay apace or get ahead in a disruption-rich market? The keynote tech sessions will focus on the technology available to enhance how you connect with customers and your workforce.


No matter which 2019 eCommerce trend businesses choose to pursue, they need to do so with the intent of providing a seamless and engaging shopping experience for customers. B2B eCommerce is exploding and eCommerce is not only for B2C brands – B2B companies are leveraging upcoming eCommerce trends too. It’s even been projected that B2B eCommerce sales will increase worldwide to $6.6 trillion by 2020.

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Tech Show North – Session 3

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Time Agenda
10:25 – 10:50 Geraint North, Senior Director & Distinguished Engineer, Arm
“Making AI Accessible and Personal”

Whether we realise it or not, Artificial Intelligence now underpins huge parts of our lives. The technology industry faces several challenges that we must overcome to fully realise the potential of this technology, meeting consumers’ expectations of privacy, personalisation and availability whilst efficiently delivering these computationally-intensive services at massive scale.

In this talk, Geraint will provide an overview of the state of AI technology today, describe these technical challenges and the approaches that the industry is taking to overcome them.

10:50 – 11:10 Mark Brady, Director of Business Development, Arm
“AI in the real world – a case study at Great Ormond Street Hospital”

Our environment and the spaces we occupy are shaped for our primary sense – sight. One of the richest sources of IoT data is unstructured video and imaging, yet more than 90% of that data is never analysed. The cost of transferring and storing it only increases with improved image quality and quantity. On-device AI and inference at the edge is required to unlock the latent business value.

Mark will talk about practical business challenges being solved by Arm in the context of Great Ormond Street Hospital whilst discussing the potential of on-device computer vision to create actionable insights.


eCommerce Show North – Session 3

Time Agenda
11:55 – 12:15 Fergus Campbell, Head of PR, Gumtree
“The Power of Classifieds: Telling the story of Gumtree’s 18 years of being free, easy to use, and local”

Gumtree was founded by two British entrepreneurs to connect local communities together to buy, sell or trade in a multitude of sectors – from For Sale/Goods and Property to Motors and Services. Today that same ethos applies, but change is afoot, and this session will show how Gumtree is investing in the product, key categories, and being more on the front foot in terms of engaging with its publics.


Tech Show North – Session 4

Time Agenda
12:35 – 12:55 Matt Armstrong-Barnes, Chief Technologist, HPE
“Artificial Intelligence – from conception to realisation”

Entering into the digital revolution means understanding that change is now constant and that expectations are at an all-time high. In this digital economy data is the new currency and gaining fresh insight from this explosion of information is the only way to gain rapid competitive advantage. Developing the rules that can identify patterns across diverse sources of information is daunting if not impossible. Find out how implementing AI using three simple steps that can accelerate your journey to maximising the value of the information you have.

12:55 – 13:15 Richard Savage, Head of Tech & Tech Ecosystem Recruitment, Hanson Search
“Talent: How to attract and manage a modern workforce”

One of the biggest challenges facing most tech businesses is attracting and retaining talent. The UK is already battling a skills shortage and with the number of businesses competing for the same talent increasing daily, and with the uncertainty of Brexit looming, we’ll be talking about the challenges facing businesses and how best to create a fit for future workforce. We will be covering:

– Challenges and trends
– On demand workers/ freelancers
– Diversity
– Impact of technology
– Talent acquisition: onboarding: retention

13:15 – 13:35 Andy Gower, Head of Immersive Content & Interactive Applications Research Group, BT Applied Research
“Next Generation Live Immersive VR Sports Experiences”

Providing sports audiences with the best pictures, sound and immersive experience is our passion. Bringing fans closer to the heart of sport is our driving goal. This talk introduces the immersive VR experience BT Sport currently offers to sports fans and outlines what we’re now exploring to further enhance the level of immersion and deepen audience engagement.


eCommerce Show North – Session 4

Time Agenda
14:30 – 14:55 Dr Nic Gowland, Business Development Manager, Graphene@Manchester
“Graphene is starting to disrupt, and the best is yet to come”

15 years after the first isolation of graphene, we are starting to see products on the market making use of it’s amazing properties. Nic will make the case for graphene as one of the major disruptive technologies of the next 25 years, and showcase the incredible work going on in Manchester around graphene research and technology development.