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2nd Annual

The must-attend online event for the technology community on AI, Machine Learning, RPA & more.  Keynote talks, breakouts and an exhibition hall - all hosted live on a virtual platform. Free to attend for end users working in the industry - join us from anywhere in the world. 

DATE CHANGE: Thursday 27th August 2020

 Virtual Summit - this event will be delivered online. 

Supported by

The Virtual Summit

The IA2020 Summit will be going ahead as a virtual event, delivered fully online.

The Virtual Summit will retain all of the main features of our standard conference programme - with keynote talks, breakouts and an exhibition hall - all hosted live on a virtual platform. We will also be running Q&A sessions to enable audience participation, and facilitating networking and business engagement opportunities over the course of the day. Not only will you be able to enjoy our full line-up of speakers - but you’ll be able to log-in remotely and join us from anywhere in the world.


The modern enterprise is becoming an increasingly automated environment: technological advancements in AI, Machine Learning and RPA are allowing organisations to improve business intelligence, streamline process and enhance productivity. Across the industry landscape operations are changing, from the automation of low-level administrative tasks to customer service Chatbots and complex self-regulating IoT systems.

The Virtual Summit will explore the real world practical value of Intelligent Automation. The programme will provide tangible examples and case studies demonstrating where IA technologies are being successfully deployed, while considering some of the most common challenges and organisational barriers and illustrating how they can be overcome.


Core Themes

  • Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Intelligence

  • Robotic Process Automation

  • Internet of Things, IIoT / Industry 4.0

  • Advanced analytics, Business Insight, Data-Driven Decision Making

  • Strategy, Deployment, Business Transformation, Scalability

  • Risk, Compliance, Security




DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of conferences focused on core areas of emerging technology, Digital and IT. We now provide news, views and opinion via www.digit.fyi to over 30,000 users monthly

The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.

We are delighted to announce that DIGIT will be running our entire Q2 conference programme in a virtual environment. Not only will you be able to enjoy our full events line-up for April, May and June - but you’ll be able to log-in remotely and join us from anywhere in the world.

Past Speakers 

Senior Manager, Decisioning & AI, CYBG
Head of Privacy & DP Gemserv
ML Research Lead, RGU
Senior Principal Specialist, DNV GL
Head of Data Science, TVSquared
Visiting Professor & DataIQ Top 100
Research & Policy Manager, ScotlandIS
Chief Evangelist, UiPath
CEO, Airts
Co-Founder, DX3
Head of Platform, Machines With Vision
CTO, Good Loop
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2019 Conference Agenda

(2020 coming soon)

08.30    Arrival and registration

The opening session will explore the rise of Intelligent Automation technology; illustrating where analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and RPA are being used to automate process, improve efficiency and reduce human involvement in laborious tasks. The session will also consider the overarching role of IA within the broader context of business transformation to help deliver on operational goals.

09:20    Welcome and Introduction
Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

09:30    Harnessing Data and Machine Learning to Improve Retail Decision Making
Martin Squires, Visiting Professor & DataIQ Top 100 Leader

09:50    Supporting those who Support Others: Intelligent Automation within a Customer Support Team
Regina Berengolts, Head of Data Science, TVSquared

10:10    Automation, Employees and Customer Experience: The Future of Work
Guy Kirkwood, Chief Evangelist, UiPath

10:30    Questions & Discussion

11:05    Coffee & Networking    

The session will explore key areas in a smaller group environment. Three breakout sessions will be run in parallel and then repeated, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two of the options on offer.

11:40    Breakout 1

12:10    Transition

12:15    Breakout 2

Breakout A: The Growth of Automation and the Cyber Threat
• AI and predictive risk intelligence
• Cyber risk in an IoT world
• Instilling trust in the robotic automation platform
• Are Cyber professionals embracing Automation?

Mark Mitchell, Security Engineer, Check Point

Breakout B: Learn how to scale your virtual workforce
• Define you purpose – alignment to your strategy
• Equip your people – build in change from the outset
• Enhance your processes – redefine your delivery approach
• Choose the right technology – establish your automation operating model

Neil MacLean and Susan Weerts, EY and Jonathan Angove, Blue Prism

Breakout C: Adapting to an automation maturity curve
• Automation adoption in a complex project-based environment

• Maturity markers to identify and adjust for

• Opportunities to accelerate upward velocity

Andrew Bone, CEO & Co-Founder, Airts

12:45    Lunch


This session will provide an opportunity to break into smaller groups to look at the use of Intelligent Automation within a specific industry application. The three streams will be run in parallel and delegates will select one of the three options to attend.

13:35    Stream 1: Large Scale Industrial Automation: The Internet of (Very Big) Things

• The rise of the Machine Economy: how Web 3.0 will make M2M commerce a reality

• Connecting data, leveraging ML algorithms, and using crypto to facilitate M2M micro-transactions

• Enabling industrial machines and edge devices to establish new business models

• Adventures in deploying Event Based Vision Systems for localisation on trains

• Applying this technology to optimize rail maintenance with Network Rail and Deutsche Bahn

• The practical challenges of integrating connected sensor systems onto trains/vehicles

Simon Montford, CEO, DX3 Consortium

Geoff Ballinger, Head of Platform, Machines with Vision

13:35    Stream 2: Academic-Industrial Collaboration: Automated Extraction of Information from Engineering Drawing

• Problem Definition and the way to Solution

• Overview of Machine Learning and Vision Applications

• From Traditional Machine Vision Methods to Advanced Deep Models

• Challenges faced and lessons Learned

• Interpretation of the extracted data

• Future development and realising the business value

Eyad Elyan, Machine Learning Research Lead, RGU
Brian Bain, Senior Principal Specialist DNV GL

13:35    Stream 3: Leveraging AI and Data for Personalisation

• Personalised marketing - Opportunities

• AI in Advertising - the hype train

• AI in Advertising - how it is smarter than you realise

• The personal data economy

• Case study: Good practice

• Case study: Bad practice

• Where to tomorrow?

Daniel Winterstein, CTO, Good Loop

14:15    Transition to the main hall


The implementation of AI has been accompanied by a raft of challenges, from internal resistance and cultural inertia to wider societal fears around job losses, privacy and ethics. For many organisations it is this human reaction which poses the most pronounced barrier to practical deployment. The closing session will explore the challenges of implementing AI and automation technologies in practice, and discuss how these barriers can be addressed.

14:20    Exploring Organisational Challenges of AI Implementation
Martin Thorn, Senior Manager, Decisioning, Analytics & AI, CYBG 

14:40    Addressing Ethics and Privacy within AI Deployment
Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy & Data Protection, Gemserv 

15:00    Q&A Panel


  • Martin Thorn, Senior Manager, Decisioning, Analytics & AI, CYBG 

  • Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy & Data Protection, Gemserv 

  • Svea Miesch, Research & Policy Manager, ScotlandIS

  • Andrew Bone, CEO & Co-Founder, Airts

  • Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

15:35    Closing Remarks

15:40    Networking Drinks Reception

17:00    Close of Conference

*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to revision. 


2019 Sponsors (2020 Coming Soon)



Delegate Terms and Conditions
The online booking form constitutes a legally binding agreement. We cannot be held responsible for the non-arrival of registration information.

Cancellations must confirmed by 5pm August 25th 2020 using this cancellation form.

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the organisers to alter the content and the timing of the programme or the identity of the speakers. Where conferences are free to attend, a £99 + VAT charge will be levied should the delegate fail to attend on the day and not notify the organisers before the specified time & date.

Data Protection


The personal information you provide upon registering for one of our events will be held on a third-party CRM database (Infusionsoft) and accessed only by DIGIT for communication purposes, including conference information and our newsletter.

Sharing of your data

Your name, company, job title and location will be provided to sponsors and exhibitors of the conference you register for. Contact email will only be provided if permission is granted via the opt-in box at the point of registration. Telephone numbers will not be shared.

Registration details will be shared with 6Connex, our virtual event platform, for the purposes of logging into the event. Delegate details will be held until the event has finished and then deleted. The full 6Connex Privacy Policy is available here.


If you enter a competition by clicking on a competition banner within an exhibition booth at a virtual event, your contact email address will be shared with the organisation that is running the competition.

For our full events terms & conditions, please visit this page.


For more information and any further enquiries, please email events@digit.fyi. For more information on DIGIT and any further enquiries, please contact by email at
ray@digit.fyi or by phone 0131 553 9381 


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Virtual Summit - this event will now be delivered online. Instructions about how to join will be emailed to those registered closer to the date and will be available on the event website.  

IA2020 on 27th August is free to attend only to IT & Digital end users ( e.g. CIO’s, CDO’s, IT Directors, IT Managers, Transformation Directors, ‘Heads’ of Digital, Data, Security, Architecture etc). Suppliers of technology products and services, consultancy & recruitment will be charged a £99 + VAT fee to attend.

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