IT Leaders Festival - New for 2020!

2020 has been the year of change. Priorities shifted drastically and it has never been more important to plan the future. For a CIO it has been essential to keep pace with the exponential rate that organisations are transforming their technology strategies. The already constant demands and time-sensitive environments have only been increased by sudden shifts to remote working and new working patterns. Since you’ve started reading this you’ve probably received at least 3 more emails; you and your team simply do not have time to watch the plethora of webinars that you’re invited to.

Well now, you don’t need to.

The inaugural IT Leaders’ Festival is all about the experience of you and your team. Inspired by your peers, Computing has created a three-day festival that holds each individual at the core. Sit at your desk, on the sofa, or relax in the garden to settle in for one of our ‘big picture’ keynotes and browse the agenda to find the key sessions you don’t want to miss. Perhaps you’ll join an interactive workshop to trial the tech you’ve been meaning to learn about. After, you can chat with your colleagues and peers in our online networking area to discuss the challenges, concerns and transformations that COVID-19 has bought your IT department.

Join us at the first ever IT Leaders’ Festival on 20th – 22nd October from the comfort of your own home (we heard the coffee was better there!) Built by IT Leaders, for IT Leaders. Through a range of keynotes, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and much more it’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate, network and resolve your IT challenges with your peers.

This event is working towards the International Standard ISO 20121 and follows guidance set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA)


Day 1: Leadership

Opening Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

Computing Delta Keynote

Delta is the world's first truly independent market analysis service for technology leaders. 

Our session will cover the cultural challenges of digital transformation. 

  • How should your teams be structured to best facilitate digital transformation?
  • Hear the results of research conducted among some of the world's largest and most successful organisations. 

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

The Super-Resilient Leader
Digital is much more than the industrial era amped up on ‘tech steroids’. Looking through the lens of leadership we will explore how the digital typhoon is impacting business models and people. This session will also look at the changing role of the IT Leader, and how to be successful in managing consistent flux and change. How can you create a ‘safe environment’ that enables failure, innovation, and growth within the team? Finally, how to build super-resilience into your organisation and the importance of being a visible change leader.

Ade McCormack, Founder, Digital Readiness Institute

Networking break, refreshments and visit to Tech Zone
Attracting New Talent
  • What are jobseekers looking for in a new employer?
  • How can you remotely attract, train, mentor and retain top talent?
  • What can you do to encourage diversity within your organisation?
  • How can technology impact diversity?
Networking, Exhibition and Movement Break
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
  • Managing a technical team as a non-techie, wherever you are based.
  • Encouraging your team to realise their value to the wider business, and how to 'talk' business.
  • How to bridge the gap between technical teams and the wider business.
  • Creating an efficient, motivated, and industry leading technology team.

Chris Storey, Head of Technology, Yachts and Le Boats

Roundtable: Skill Drought
  • What skills should you be investing in? How will this change over time? 
  • What skills are young people being taught? 
  • How can you train staff to overcome the skills shortage?
  • How could apprenticeship schemes benefit your organisation?
Roundtable: Tech Team Diversity
  • How can we collaborate to improve diversity in the industry?
  • What successful programmes have companies been implementing?
  • Where are the key failings of diversity in the industry, and how can they be over-come?
Roundtable: Adjusting for an 'ever-green model'
  • Suppliers are constantly releasing updates with new functionality, new technology and automatic updates. How can you keep up with this?
  • How can you harness this to maximise the benefits of already existing investments?
  • How can you stay secure with such rapid developments?
Panel Discussion: The Future Generations: what, where, why, how?
  • What enticed these young people into the technology industry? 
  • What are the biggest challenges they faced?
  • Their most and least favourite elements of their current roles.
  • How to stand out as an employer to the upcoming generation.
  • What can we do to attract more young people into the technology industry?
Networking, exhibition visit and movement break!
Panel Discussion: Part of the A-Team

COVID-19 forced a drastic switch to remote working. Many traditional managerial processes have evolved with the new remote team. During such a time of transformation is it more important to focus on processes, or people? This panel discussion will look at: 

  • How to maintain employee engagement and ensure you still have a ‘team’?
  • How to encourage your employees to look after their mental and physical health during a time of unprecedented change.
  • Best practices for supervision, appraisals, and motivation.
  • How to maintain organisation wide collaboration to avoid breakdown into silos.
In Conversation with Delta Steering Committee: Speaking 'Their' Language
  • How to engage senior stakeholders with business transformation driven by technology?
  • Understanding different personality types and frames of reference.
  • How to calculate the cost and demonstrate the value of IT.
  • How can you emphasise the urgency of investing in IT.
Closing Remarks

Stuart Sumner, Editorial Director, Computing and Delta

Please click here for Day 2!

2020 Acts

Digital Readiness Institute
Lead Product Owner
Department for Work and Pensions
Head of IT
Ted Baker
(Prev) SVP International IT
20th Century Fox
Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise)
School of Computing and Digital Technologies, Staffordshire University
VP of Strategy

More to be announced!


Global Director- Digital Foundations Integration
Hermes Europe
Associate Director of Operational Technology
Met Office
Kettering General NHS Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Head of Technology
Natural History Museum
The Law Society
Met Office
McCann Worldgroup (Former)
Head of ICT Operations
Imperial College London
Chief Architect
King's College London
SVP, International IT
Twentieth Century Fox
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
IT Director- Europe
Technology Director
Former Reed Global (Former)
IT Chief Architect
Cambridgeshire County Council
Oakam Ltd
Director of development and operations



The IT Leaders Festival is a conference welcoming all end-user IT professionals.

  • Business Analysts
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Professionals
  • Business Intelligence Professionals
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief information security officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Finance Directors
  • Futurists
  • Head of Data Centre
  • Head of Information Security
  • Head of IT Information Analysts
  • Information Managers
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • IT Directors
  • IT Managers
  • IT Operations Professionals
  • Network Managers
  • Technical Architects

Delegate Ticket
£ 595.00 +VAT (20%)



For booking queries:
Evert Lombaert
Associate Editor, Computing
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Commercial Director
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