Responsible Tech 2019

Doteveryone’s one-day event filled with inspirational and practical ideas to embed responsible technology across the technology industry.

Hannah Kitcher
Mar 20 · 6 min read

Context, consequences and contribution

Welcome from Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone and Sarah Drinkwater, Director of the Tech and Society Solutions Lab, Omidyar Network

Sarah Drinkwater & Rachel Coldicutt — Welcome: Context, consequences and contribution

What is Responsible Tech and why do we need it?

Mark Martin, Cofounder of UK BlackTech, revealed the shocking statistic that only 2.9% of the tech sector are BAME and not a single tech leader from a black or minority ethnic background British BAMEs in tech leader positions.

Mark Martin — What is responsible tech and why do we need it?
Hayden Wood — What is responsible tech and why do we need it?
Rashida Richardson — What is responsible tech and why do we need it?

What does a world look like where Responsible Technology is the new normal?

Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory and Policy at Yoti, explained how it’s possible to build a digital identity company with a focus on transparency and trust.

Julie Dawson — What does the world look like where Responsible Tech is the new normal?
Jeremy Wright — Keynote Address at Responsible Tech 2019

How do we put the Responsible Tech agenda into practice?

How to put the Responsible Tech agenda into practice — Panel discussion

Breakout 1: Responsible Tech in Practice 💭

Forty people joined Sam Brown in the premiere of our TechTransformed resources to make better technology. They took part in a new Agile event designed to help organisations reflect on their impact and consider the potential consequences of the tech they build.

Premiere of Doteveryone’s Agile event.

Breakout 2: Head to Head 🥊

Jay Owens debated with Mat Morrison whether surveillance will steal your souls and Azeem Azhar went head-to-head with Alastair Parvin on whether innovation can be good for us all.

Head-to-head debates.

Breakout 3: Lightning Talks ⚡

Lightning Talk speakers.
  1. Embedding Long Term Thinking in Innovation (Santini Basra, Andthen)
  2. Responsible Innovations Makes for Responsible Technology (Caroline Thomas, ObjectTech)
  3. How can digital ethics help you? (Sue Daley, techUK)
  4. Doing well by doing good (Leigh Smyth, Lloyds Banking Group)
  5. Ethical Design (in real life!) (Jez Williams, Deloitte Digital)
  6. Why the data game is like the dating game (J Cromack, MyLife Digital)
  7. You’re Not Alone (Henry Jones, Big White Wall)
  8. 21st Century mutuals and trustees (Eliot Fineberg, Digital Design Freelancer)
  9. The best of UK tech for good (Julian Blake, DigitalAgenda)
  10. Teaching design thinking as a life skill (Jemima Gibbons, Design Club)
  11. Responsible tech — at the grassroots level (Cat Ainsworth, DOT PROJECT)
  12. Can a sustainability lens ensure tech works for people planet and profit? (Bridget Jackson, PwC)

What needs to change to get to that new world of Responsible Tech?

Our final panel discussion, chaired by Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of CognitionX, was all about what needs to change, in terms of policy, investment and organisational leadership in order to get to that new world where Responsible Technology is the new normal. Here are a few key insights from our panellists:

How to put the Responsible Tech agenda into practice — Panel discussion

Final remarks

Diversity and inclusion were key themes throughout the day — Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, closed revealing the extent of the gender bias in the industry. In a room full of technologists, nobody could name all four women she showed in her presentation — all of whom had made a significant contribution to STEM.

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon — Closing Keynote at Responsible Tech 2019

What’s next?

We want to drive real change in the world, because as Martha Lane Fox said when closing Responsible Tech 2019, the majority of the speakers on the day were ‘preaching to the choir’.

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Stories from the team at Doteveryone. We're championing responsible technology for a fairer future.

Hannah Kitcher

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Stories from the team at Doteveryone. We're championing responsible technology for a fairer future.