What is required for Southampton to become a centre for artificial intelligence?

Southampton City Council is currently undertaking an inquiry into the future of work in the city. The Panel has been informed that in the UK jobs in the digital tech sector rose 13.2% between 2014 and 2017 and that new automation technologies in areas like artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics will also create some totally new jobs in the digital technology area adding an additional £232bn to the UK economy by 2030, making it one of the nation’s biggest commercial opportunities.

Southampton has recently been identified as a technology ‘Super Cluster’ based on the level, concentration and growth of tech sector employment in the city. At the meeting on 17 January 2019 the Panel will be considering what more can be done to help support the growth of the digital technology sector in Southampton enabling the city to become a centre for AI, smart automation and the digital economy.

A number of guests have been invited to the inquiry meeting to inform the discussion:

•Sue Daley – Tech UK's Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI for. Tech UK are the representative body for technology companies in the UK
•Tom Frame – Group Managing Director of Etch UK a digital tech company located in Southampton, London and Cape Town
•David Bream – Director, Southampton SETsquared, University of Southampton
•Catherine Lee – Director of Research, Innovation & Enterprise, Southampton Solent University
•Denise Edghill - Interim Director for Growth, Southampton City Council
•Jeff Walters – Economic Development Manager, Southampton City Council

The inquiry meeting commences at 6pm in Conference Room 3 at the Civic Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

You can find out more about the Scrutiny Inquiry Panel by contacting Mark Pirnie, Scrutiny Manager, tel: 023 8083 3886.