The ESTnet team attended the Welsh Government's first ever Digital 2013 event to promote the ICT sector in Wales at the Celtic Manor resort on the 3rd and 4th June. With a welcome from technology magnet Sir Terry Matthews and insightful talks and workshops from a host of other high profile speakers, the two-day event drew crowds in excess of 1000.
As exhibitors, the ESTnet team had the opportunity to meet prospective new members as well as spending time with fellow exhibitors and members, including Certus IT, Cassidian, Accelero Digital and Eysys. first day of the event focussed on a skills theme and included an address by the Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, Jeff Cuthbert AM as well as an insightful presentation from Tomorrow's World presenter Maggie Philbin. Ms Philbin's presentation focussed on her involvement with Teen Tech CIC, an initiative that promotes careers in STEM subjects to teenagers, a matter the ESTnet is extremely passionate about.
Day two of the event featured a series of workshops as well as key note speeches from Sir Terry Matthews on the rise of his Mitel and Newbridge Networks empire, David Coplin, the chief envisioning officer for Microsoft and Ken Segall, the man behind the branding of Apple's 'I' generation of products.
Managing director of the ESTnet, Avril Lewis, said: "Digital 2013 was a first for Wales and the calibre of people the event attracted, both delegates and speakers, was excellent. The development of the ICT sector in Wales is a key priority for the ESTnet and it was extremely encouraging to see so many ESTnet members turn out in support of the event."
The ESTnet board was invited to a dinner reception with key speakers and figures involved in the Digital 2013 event and took the opportunity to provide briefings on the work of the ESTnet and its aims and objectives for the industry in Wales.