Tech Fest Conference - January 2021

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Innovation, Ethics and Practice, Social Media and Digital Skills

A new virtual, two-day conference designed to enhance your skills and knowledge as we imagine new ways of working using digital technology

2020’s global pandemic has caused huge disruption for all of us, with major changes to how and where we work.  Many have had to adapt rapidly to new working practices, with digital and virtual service delivery emerging as safe and necessary ways to offer services. There is continued uncertainty in education, training and employment around the globe.  Widespread redundancies and organisational restructuring has brought into sharp focus the need for high quality, lifetime career development provision for everyone at all stages of their education and career.

Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 January 2021

Our inaugural Tech Fest will bring leading experts and practitioners together to focus on digital practice and explore its potential to enhance and add value to the services we provide.  Interactive keynotes, panel sessions and workshops will be complemented by a virtual exhibition, featuring the latest digital career development products and services.  You will be able to chat live and ask questions during sessions, meet and interact virtually with other delegates and exhibitors by chat or optional video meetings. It’s a great chance to catch up with those you know and connect with others with a shared interest and passion for digital technology.

Key themes  

  • Innovation  - What new ideas, approaches and practices are people piloting?  From chatbot career advisers using artificial intelligence to virtual reality work experience visits for year 10 students, what are people experimenting with, what’s working and what’s on the horizon?
  • Ethics and practice - How can we ensure digital career development is safe, inclusive, secure and accessible?   How can we encourage women and minorities to benefit from all that technology offers, and gain the skills needed for success in future learning and work?
  • Social media and digital skills and tools – What skills are needed to be confident practitioners in the new digital context?  How can we keep up with the new digital skills fast becoming essential for every career practitioner?

Who is the conference for?

The event is for everyone involved in career development and those tasked with supporting and working with them to explore and improve digital provision in their organisations. 

The programme

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend for one or two days; plenary sessions will take place in the morning and workshops in the afternoon.

The exhibition will run across both days from 10.30 am to 2.30pm. 

We will be launching the CDI Career Assured scheme and showcasing the products and services of providers who are actively working towards this new accreditation, recognising the very best in career development tools and products. 

Recordings of sessions will be available to ticket holders for 30 days after the conference, enabling you to gain maximum value from the wealth of ideas and knowledge that will be shared during the event.

Call for workshops and booking information

The call for workshops will be launched at the end of October and booking will open on Monday 2 November 2020.