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East Midlands

Open House offers fresh view on connected future

15 Oct 2019

Are you and your business ready for a more connected future? 

We constantly hear about the dangers of technology and how it makes us vulnerable, but can it also connect us in ways we’ve never been able to before? 

At the IoD’s Open House Roadshow, attendees heard from experts from the tech sector on how being more connected can increase our business productivity. We dived into the world of artificial intelligence in SMEs, cyber security and 5G Networks, all while looking at how to best use technology and people in conjunction. The event was opened by IoD chair Charlotte Valeur who stressed the importance of connectivity; setting the scene for an exciting future ahead for us all if we embrace the technology. Robin Lester from Microsoft UK enlightened the audience on all things AI and how it will affect our business. AI could cost 1.8 million jobs – but will create 2.3 million new ones, most of which will be completely new and unknown today.

Other speakers included Melanie Hayes from KYND, who discussed cyber security; and Fiona Piercy, CEO of the Worcestershire 5G consortium. The presenters were then joined by Dave Hornby, Apple Enterprise Architect Director, Jigsaw24, and Susan Hallam MBE, CEO & founder, Hallam Internet, to form an expert panel to discuss Boosting Productivity through Technology. Chaired by Naomi Watts of Tech Nation, it gave the audience a chance to highlight key areas with the speakers. Panelists discussed continuous employee training and how to create the best work environment to encourage employee retention – even down to the smallest details, such as using an ‘Internet of Things’ coffee maker to increase worker productivity and comfort. Susan Hallam explained how she chooses employees for their values and personality and then trains them, rather than bringing in people with existing experience. 

This event was part of the IoD’s national Open House Roadshow series. The Open House Roadshow is hosting a series of events across the country highlighting topics including Connected Future, Inclusive Business, and Global Business.

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