From Hull Live | Monday 5 August 2019
Steven Dickens, global sales leader at tech giant IBM, named as the keynote speaker for event in October.
More top speakers have been confirmed for a two-day tech expo being held in Hull later this year.
Tech Expo Humber hopes to attract some of the industry’s biggest names to the Bonus Arena on October 1 and 2, as well as encourage more young people to pursue careers in technology.
Steven Dickens, global sales leader at tech giant IBM, has now been named as the keynote speaker for the Expo.
He will join other big names including Twitter Europe’s vice president Bruce Daisley in Hull for the expo, which is also being held alongside Connexin Live 2019.
Mr Dickens said: “Tech Expo Humber represents a seminal moment in the IT landscape for the North East.
“As the region aims to consolidate and extend its leadership in Green IT, analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing, IBM is proud and honoured to be a key partner.
“I look forward to be a keynote speaker and to talk about IBM innovations in the area Blockchain, Linux and Open Source deployed at enterprise scale and how students and professionals can leverage these technologies and build meaningful career paths.”
The expo will examine technology which is shaping a variety of business sectors in the region.
It will also cover the topic of tech incubators, and how start-up firms can break into the industry.
News broke earlier this week that Connexin Live 2019 would take place at the Bonus Arena on October 1, to coincide with the Tech Expo.
Back for a second year, this year’s Connexin event will focus on data, and how it is used in everything from managing flooding to improving air quality.
Tech Expo founder Antonio Tombanane has also revealed Girls Who Code – a not for profit US organisation which looks to encourage more women to work in tech – will feature at the conference.
He said: “We are excited to host and organise Tech Expo Humber, this is an opportunity for the Humber region to put itself on the map for tech.
“We want to showcase our innovation but also to inspire young people to get into tech. This event is being made possible because of our headline partners, strategic partners, and sponsors to whom I would like to thank. We all share the same vision.”
The region’s two major councils, Hull City Council and East Riding Council, have also got behind Tech Expo Humber.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration at Hull City Council, said: “Hull City Council is proud to support this event alongside some of Hull’s biggest organisations.
“The tech sector in Hull is a key part of the city’s economic regeneration and this event should certainly help to encourage some of the city’s talented young people into careers in this vital sector.”