Digital Inclusion event will provide ‘platform to speak and be heard’

13 Aug 2015, 10:57 am

This year’s annual digital inclusion conference from the Tinder Foundation will have a special focus on the role of digital channels in everyday life, society and democracy and will, for the first time, include an ‘unconference’.

Helen_MilnerDigital Evolution: Building a digital nation, now in its fourth year, invites digital inclusion practitioners to attend and share their challenges and achievements in making digital tools and channels accessible by everyone, regardless of age or ability.

The event is aimed at local community partners, national organisations and thought leaders in the public, private and third sectors. “The conference is aimed at ‘do-ers’, or those getting stuff done in their communities”, says the organisation’s website, and will offer a mix of practical sessions, keynote presentations and time to network and share ideas with others.

“What sets this conference apart from the rest is that it provides the opportunity to commit to making positive changes within society” said Tinder Foundation’s Marketing & Communications Manager Fera Baybutt. “This is your platform to speak up and be heard”.

An ‘unconference’ – informal sessions which are chosen and formatted on the day according to attendees’ preferences – will take place on the night before the main event.

“In terms of the format, we’re making a few changes to make it even better” said Baybutt. “We’re providing delegates with even more opportunity to interact with each other, discuss ideas and share experiences. This is something that’s come up in post-event feedback and we’re keen to give people what they want”.

Speakers at the main conference include:

  • Tinder Foundation’s Chairman Lord Jim Knight, Managing Director of Online Learning at TES Global, former Labour MP (2001-2010) and former Schools and Employment Minister
  • Beverley BryantDirector of Digital Technology for NHS England, whose role is to set the national direction for NHS technology and stimulate technology leadership and innovation across the NHS
  • Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech and presenter of former TV programme ‘Tomorrow’s World’, who will chair the conference.

They will cover:

  • the relationship between financial and digital literacy
  • why digital skills are so important for the health of the nation
  • the latest developments in online learning
  • the state of the digital nation landscape.

Further speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tinder Foundation, a staff-owned mutual, tackles social challenges through digital inclusion initiatives including community learning and by managing the national network of UK online centres in 5,000 communities throughout the UK (find out more).

The main conference takes place on Wednesday 25 November at the BT Centre in London.

Book a ticket for Digital Evolution: Building a digital nation.

Photo: Helen Milner, CEO, Tinder Foundation. Credit: Local Digital.