Highlights from DTX and UTX 2024 in Manchester


Last month more than 6000 visitors descended on Digital Transformation EXPO (DTX) Manchester for a jam-packed two-day event, featuring world renowned speakers and market leading technology companies – collocated with UC Expo (UCX), the leading unified communications event, plus the UK’s first ever Code100 coding competition.

DTX + UCX Manchester is the biggest enterprise IT event in the North of England, and this year’s exhibition was one of the largest to-date, organisers said in a press release. Taking the stage in Manchester Central, more than 240 vendor, enterprise and local council speakers provided invaluable advice to arm visitors with all the knowledge needed to tackle today’s most pressing digital transformation issues.

Visitors were treated to an opening keynote from the world’s master of mind control, Derren Brown. He urged technology leaders to create tech for good whilst stressing the key role of storytelling alongside “accommodating the messiness” to build resilience. Other keynotes included Founding CEO of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, Ciaran Martin, who shared his insights on the technology and security trends keeping Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) awake at night, and Gaven Smith, the former Chief Technology Officer of GCHQ, hosted a keynote session on the important role Manchester plays in improving the UK’s cyber resilience.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson also took to the main stage on day two to discuss her pathway to success whilst urging organisations to bring disabled people to the table to drive inclusivity and innovation. Other notable speakers included Matthew Skelton, co-author of Team Topologies, Julian David, CEO of TechUK, Denise Dourado, Director of Data & AI and App Innovation at Microsoft, plus Heather Lowrie, the CISO of the University of Manchester.

From case studies to roundtables to panels and debates, visitors heard from technology pioneers from leading brands, including the BBC, NatWest, Booking.com, Kellanova (formerly Kellogg’s), TUI, DWP and Manchester Airport Group, where they shared how they are using technology to grow their businesses and improve experiences for customers and colleagues, with key recurring themes including sustainability, inclusivity, culture and change management, tech debt, and of course AI.

Delegates also flocked to Manchester’s first Microsoft Tech Lounge which hosted panels around meetings equity and accessibility as well as talks on the latest Microsoft roadmap and Copilot updates. The event also featured its ever-popular AWS lounge aimed at developers and architects, plus the UK’s first ever Code100 challenge, where developers took part in a heated competition for a place in the Code100 World Congress. DTX also saw product launches, with Infinidat launching its Next-Generation InfiniBox, plus a whole host of memorable moments including an Arcade Game Lounge, a VR escape room, while iconic figures from Doctor Who and Batman’s Tumbler car provided attendees with fun, time out and selfie opportunities!

Whether it was AI, cyber security, DevOps or cloud, DTX + UCX offered information across the entire technology stack – providing delegates with insight, case studies and unrivalled knowledge from businesses at the forefront of digital transformation.

For anyone who missed the Manchester event, DTX + UCX will soon be opening its doors in London for what is set to be another game-changing exhibition. Expect more technology pioneers, more case studies, plus another rivalled lineup of innovators, leaders and technology powerhouses.

To guarantee your place at DTX+UCX London, which takes place at ExCeL on 2-3 October 2024, register your interest here

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