Dave Pearson, VP Oracle Architecture, Oracle Global Technology Business Unit
Ian Osborne, Enterprise Lead, ICT Knowledge Transfer Network
Sponsored by ICT KTN.
Synopsis: The UK Government published an ICT strategy for Government Cloud (G-Cloud) in January 2010. Following the change of administration in May 2010, the Cabinet Office published a new Government ICT Strategy in March, 2011. What elements have been maintained in this new strategy, what are the objectives to be met and where lies the challenge in doing so? This talk will look at the plans and progress being made in this challenging area of computing.
Daron Green, General Manager, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft
Sponsored by Microsoft.
Professor Paul Watson, University of Newcastle, Director of the Digital Institute
Synoposis: Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy” (SiDE) project is researching how advanced technologies can be used to improve the lives of those from vulnerable groups including older people, disabled people, and marginalised youth. Poor health, disability, family breakdown, poverty and unemployment are just some of the reasons why people of all ages may become marginalised from society. We believe that digital technologies have the potential to transform the lives of those who find themselves in this position, but research is needed to realise the opportunity – that is the goal of SiDE. The work spans a range of activities including accessibility, the connected home & community, inclusive transport and the creative arts. Based at Newcastle and Dundee Universities, SiDE is funded by RCUK through its Digital Economy programme. This talk will focus on the e-Science that is integral to the research. This includes e-Science Central - a portable, scalable, secure cloud platform, the use of accelerometers to determine the activity of people and objects, and an “Ambient Kitchen” that helps users with dementia to continue to live safely in their own homes by sensing their activity and prompting them when they need assistance to make progress.