Chris Gibbons - Digital Collaboration & Transformation Consultant at Accenture
First of the panel to speak was Chris Gibbons, a digital collaboration and transformation consultant from Accenture. Chris discussed digital health and how it’s transforming health care, in particular issues around security, monitoring health and companionship. Uses for Alexa (asking questions about medication and a pre-sleep routine) and FitBit (the user's heartbeat may be low - have they taken their medication?) were mentioned. Chris closed with three key points:
- Get people round the table to discuss the issues
- Move from disruption to transformation
- Get started - prototype and learn
Theresa Pullen - Global Tech Exec
Theresa gave a very personal insight into her time as a business and technical executive, mainly from her time working in Belgium for pharmaceutical giant Merck. Innovate from the inside and the culture of a company were discussed alongside three key points:
- Understand the context
- The appetite for change
- Don’t throw away the old stuff
Point three was supported with a story of a team member who was classed as ‘old school’ and potentially not a good fit for new technology. However, bringing his experience and expertise to the new technology discussion allowed for further innovation.
Ben Kaner - Head of Digital Strategy, North Tyneside Council / ENGIE
Ben explained his role as Head of Digital Strategy within a council and how technology has to deliver council services. An overview of Engie (including home performance, energy generation and global innovation) and in particular, the purpose of a council (including fair trade, keeping people healthy and creating value in people) gave further insight into his role. Some key points from Ben were:
- Preparing for a future society including big data and privacy issues
- Ask the right question to get the right answer
- What is the reason why somebody would want something?
Philip Miller - Architect, Ryder Architecture
Last up, Philip Miller, an Architect from Ryder Architecture. Philip discussed the role of future/smart homes, the Internet of Things and in particular the rise of BIM (Building Information Modeling). Philip challenged anyone to spot a difference between the 3D model and actual development of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, a project completed by Ryder Architecture. Some great content on the amount of information being collected from the project. Sensors around the hospital are measuring how efficient the building is.