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Digital 2015

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Last week, Jemma and Emma attended the Welsh Governments third annual Digital conference, Digital 2015. The event was at the Celtic Manor in Newport with both the Monday and Tuesday being glorious days, showing Wales off at its best to the hundreds of visitors to the event.

Compéred by Jamie Owen from BBC Wales Today, Day 1 kicked off with an inspiring Keynote speech from Ian Livingstone (fantasy author and co-founders of prominent games company Games Workshop.) Ian is part of a movement campaigning to get Computer Science taught in schools, to overturn the current National Curriculum which focuses ICT – In Ian's words ‘A strange hybrid of desktop-publishing lessons and Microsoft tutorials. While Word and Excel are useful vocational skills, they are never going to equip anybody for a career in video games or visual effects.’

The remainder of the day was split between talks and workshops based on Digital Skills, Digital Entrepreneurs, Digital Innovation, Cyber Security and a Digital Showcase alongside an Expo of Welsh Digital companies.

The day was certainly food for thought and we brought away many useful hints to aid future development here at Waters.

Day 2 followed the same format of talks and workshops, with the days Keynote speaker Anthony Vanky from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) giving us an insight to some of the projects he had worked on at MIT. Anthony is a researcher and partner strategist at the MIT Senseable City Lab, and a PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and had a great stage presence that really captured the whole audience.

Overall the experience was extremely worthwhile, and the afternoon tea and cake was worth going for alone! Roll on Digital 2016, we can’t wait to get involved...