Doteveryone – the think tank championing responsible technology for a fairer future - asked us to help organise their first event on Responsible Technology. The event was a sell-out and included a diverse line-up of expert speakers.
Doteveryone’s Responsible Tech 2019 event was designed to catalyse change across the technology industry to make responsible technology the new normal and launch their TechTransformed programme – a set of new methods and resources to transform how technology teams create products and services. The one-day conference brought together over 250 experts in technology, policy, data and ethics, at the British Library in London. The day included the premiere of a new Agile event to help organisations reflect on the impact, and consider the potential consequences, of the tech they build. Thirteen delegates shared the work their doing in the field of Responsible Tech with 3-minute “Lightning Talks”, and Doteveryone’s Lydia Nicholas, digital anthropologist and stand-up comedian, chaired two lively head-to-head debates on the dilemmas of responsible tech. The day ended with a drinks reception at Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, which included a showcase of their new Future Networks Lab.
The event included keynotes from Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Wright MP, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, Co-founder of STEMettes, and Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Founder and Executive Chair of Doteveryone.
Jeremy Wright’s keynote covered four key themes – safety and ethics, incentivising Responsible Technology, breaking down barriers and a strong foundation for digital skills. His speech also announced a package of measures to spark a wave of innovation in the tech for social good space which includes a £30m government partnership with the Social Tech Trust, a new fund for tech innovation and the world-first Data Trust programme.
The Business Narrative team, working closely with the Doteveryone team, led the project and helped to produce the event. We managed the event budget, negotiated and managed the venue, and guided the team on programme development, marketing and the design and branding process.
We also undertook a full range of strategic and event management roles including logistics, attendee and speaker management, badging, catering, branding production, staging and technical production, AV, videography, and stage managing the on-the-day experience.
The event inspired conversations and connections, both on and offline, through Twitter and press coverage in a range of media including Sky News, Charity Digital News and The Third Sector.
It was such an honour to work with a phenomenal client team to convene a meaningful event with lasting impact.