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If you are interested in participating in worthwhile conversations with technology leaders, join our annual conference. We used the input from our member organisations and curated a wide range of topics to be covered by our fantastic speakers.

As innovative technology opportunities are emerging, organisations should not forget that their people and their unique capabilities are one of most valuable resources. Hence the focus of the conference will be this year on the human factor.  The traditional notion of the workplace is no longer and as we embrace changes, a flexible mindset and an openness to continually evolve is necessary. 

This conference offers opportunities to connect with industry leaders as well as your peers, to exchange ideas and experiences and even find answers to some of the questions you have.  As you continue to expand your knowledge and skills, CITF is a pillar that provides practical learning and further development opportunities to support you along the way. 

 

Day 1 - Thursday 11 November 2021, 16:00 - 17:30 

16:00 - 16:25  Conference Opening and Welcome 
Keynote Interview: Inspiring Your People with Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Dell Technologies  

How has the impact of Covid-19 changed attitudes to motivation? What does that mean for talent management and leadership in the post-Covid era? We hear from the Senior Vice President of one of the largest tech companies in the world, Claire Vyvyan, on how to create a common purpose in a crisis driven, hybrid environment.  
 
16:30 - 16:55 Case Study with Q&A: How will organisations shape flexible working? With Erica Hodgson, Head of Change, The Law Society
People are now thinking differently about when and where they work. Flexible working empowers employees to work in a way that suits their needs but how will leaders and employees work together to get the balance right? Change specialist Erica Hodgson will share how flexible working will look in the future for their technology teams and how to evaluate the level of flexibility that the organisation can support.   
 
17:00 - 17:25 Impact of Emerging Technologies on Talent Strategies 
Digitalisation, machine learning, automation - so much is happening in the technology world but does your organisation have the skills needed for a bright future? Managing emerging technologies can require distinct skills and capabilities - Join this session to learn more. 
 
17:25 - 17:30 Announcements and Close

 


Day 2 - Friday 12 November 2021, 10:00 - 12:30 

10:00 - 10:25 Day 2 Opening
Presentation with Q&A: 
Championing organisational transformation and culture change to drive business performance with Zayd Rasool, Director Service Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline 

The success of any transformation depends on how leaders shape and influence their organisational culture. How have organisations ways of thinking and behaving changed in the hybrid world?  Zayd Rasool will share his experiences of being a cultural champion and how this has impacted on people and business performance.  
 

10:30 - 10:55 Panel Discussion: “How to avoid burnout if you work in technology?” with Mark Bramwell , CIO, Said Business School, University of Oxford, Helen Beeby, IT Communications and Training Manager, Amey

A 2020 survey of 11,000 tech workers on Blind found that 57% felt burned out.  Despite all the signs of life returning to normal, technologists are still very much grappling with the fallout (and the burnout) from the many changes that have come to our lives. Our panelists, passionate wellbeing champions will share their experiences how organisations can balance the demands of work in technology.  

Later, join our Midday Mindfulness session to experience the benefits of paying attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – this can significantly improve your mental wellbeing. 
 

11:00 - 11:25 

Presentation with Q&A: Technology Strategy is Human After All with Rashid Hamid, IT Strategy and Architecture Director, Alshaya Group, Kuwait based multi-retailer franchise organisation

For any organisation to reap the full value of their technology strategy, its’ people will need to fully engage with the strategic vision. Transformational leader, Rashid Hamid will share how he drives teams to effectively contribute and implement technology strategy in a hybrid environment.  
 

11:30 - 11:55 

Unlock the job market with Louisa Perry, Partner, Head of Technology & Digital Practice, Savannah Group 

The recent tech job market has been described by the press as the hottest since the dot-com era - why is it so currently overheated?  What skills and capabilities (bith hard and soft) are sought after by employers? One of the top headhunters in the UK market, Louisa Perry will share her insights and answer your questions. 
 

11:55 - 12:00
Conference Close
Closing speech by Joanna Poplawska, CEO at CITF

 
 12:00 - 12:30 
Interactive Breakout Session: Midday Mindfulness with Jessie Laute, Breathwork & Wellbeing Coach  

Mindfulness improves creativity, focus, communication, and memory. Join this session with our fantastic Breathwork & Wellbeing Coach Jessie Laute to learn and practice mindfulness exercises which will leave you feeling refocused and rejuvenated. 

   

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