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North west commercial business events: February – April 2017

North west commercial business events: February – April 2017

Best for Recruiters

14 February
Digital Skills Festival 2017 – Conference
Manchester Town Hall, Manchester
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Kicking off an annual four-day festival, the biggest skills conference in the North examines how the industry engages with education and what businesses need to do to recruit and retain digital talent. The Manchester Digital event is a chance for digital businesses to have a say on what education providers should be doing to develop the right talent for the region’s digital sector. Other topics of discussion will include the findings of the Manchester Skills Audit, the Workplace Equality Toolkit and the Apprentice Levy.

Best for Expert Insight

7 March
Internet of Things and Big Data Conference
Adelphi House, Salford
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Leading tech experts will provide valuable insight on the latest developments in the Internet of Things (IoT) at this Salford Personal Development event. Attendees have the opportunity to learn how to harness and exploit the information revolution and solve the challenges new innovations will bring. A range of speakers have been lined up including Juan Mateos-Garcia, head of innovation mapping at NESTA, who will discuss whether the UK has the right skills to thrive in the Big Data era.

Best for Everything IT

26-27 April
IP EXPO Manchester
Manchester Central, Manchester
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Boasting six unique events under one roof with more than 100 exhibitions and free seminars, IP EXPO Manchester is a one-stop shop for all things IT. The showcase will cover the topic of artificial intelligence and feature exclusive content alongside senior level insights from across the industry. The latest developments in IT will also be unveiled. Speakers include James Akrigg, head of technology for partners at Microsoft; and Detective Constable Paul J Taylor, an investigator working on the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) cyber crime team.