‘Tech Week is going to build on the lessons from Covid’

JERSEY’S Tech Week is going online this year and includes something for everyone, from those who are looking to personally upskill or transform their businesses, to world experts in digital innovation.

Tony Moretta (29369218)
Tony Moretta (29369218)

From 19 to 23 October, the week of panel discussions, demonstrations and talks will look at lessons learned and experiences gained from the Covid lockdown while also examining the digital economy and how technology impacts on all areas of our lives, from health to finance.

‘One hugely positive takeaway from the months of lockdown was just how well Jersey coped and that we should be talking digital resilience and not just digital transformation,’ said Tony Moretta, chief executive of Digital Jersey.

‘Tech Week is going to build on those lessons and discuss how we can all position ourselves for whatever the future may bring.’

The week will start with something for creatives in the form of a Digital Design Challenge. There is a prize pot of £4,500 on offer, with entrants being asked to visualise data, use digital tools to show how tech influences our society, or use data sensors to transform our environment.

The rest of the week will be in the form of an online television channel, moving away from straight webinar production. Key figures from IBM, Ocado, World Bank, Google and Microsoft will feature.

On Monday, there are two sessions aimed at Jersey’s finance industry, one on fintech regulation and jurisdictional competition, and the other on the big themes that are shaping fintech going forward. Tuesday morning looks at the innovative solutions and services that grew out of the Covid pandemic in Jersey. In the afternoon an expert panel will look at how artificial intelligence is benefiting society and industry.

Wednesday sees digital health expert and one of Jersey’s leading cardiologists Dr Andrew Mitchell walk us through the changes in healthcare, including a virtual reality simulation of a medical procedure and how digital technology can bring humanity back to medicine.

In the afternoon Internet of Things expert Joe Dignan will look at Jersey as a testbed for technological innovation.

Thursday is the digital economy panel discussion followed by a look at the intersection between digital and creativity, and Friday morning sees a session on Jersey as a Smart Island, and the changing opportunities for businesses and individuals.

Finally, the week will end with the launch of the Jersey TechAwards. All sessions are free and registration is open at digital.je/techweek.

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