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Big names from IBM and Twitter join line-up of 2019 Tech Expo Humber

Steven Dickens, global sales leader at tech giant IBM, has been named as the keynote speaker for the Expo 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 being 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.”

Bruce Daisley, vice president at Twitter Europe, will also speak at the event
Bruce Daisley, vice president at Twitter Europe, will also speak at the event (Image: Copyright Unknown)

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.

Bruce Daisley- Vice President of Twitter Europe, is also on the line-up for the Tech Expo this year.

He said: “The Tech Expo Humber is an exciting event helping to fuel the transformation that is taking hold in the Humber area.

“More and more businesses are seeing the opportunities presented by the region and I’m delighted to be addressing the event that most captures the spirit of this momentum.”

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, the 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.”

“Technology and innovation are growing sectors in both the UK and the East Riding economies, so the council is proud to sponsor events like the Tech Expo. 

“A lot is being done by the Government and this council to reverse skills shortages through the right mix of education, training and career progression opportunities which in turn attracts and retains young talent.” 

The expo is also being supported by the University of Hull.

Bill Walker, director of strategic relationships and knowledge exchange at the University of

Hull, said: “The Hull Tech Expo is a wonderful initiative that will showcase the thrilling range of cutting- edge opportunities that careers in technology provide.

“Never before will so many of the top names in new technology have gathered together in Hull to actively engage the area’s young people in the exciting futures that await them.

“The University of Hull is delighted to work with its local authority partners and technology colleagues to support the vision, ambition, and enterprise of Antonio Tombanane to bring this event to life.”

A website has also been created for the expo – www.techexpohumber.com – and more information will be added as the countdown begins to the event.

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