'Emerging Talents' debate Information Advantage at DI'19 Event
The growing interest and levels of attendance at Defence Information Events over recent years illustrates its success in bringing together MOD and Industry to address topical issues around secure information sharing. Attendee feedback helps develop an engaging and relevant event programme. It has consistently pointed to one area for improvement: we need to attract younger members of our community to participate in the Defence Information Event.
For DI'19, we have taken positive steps to engage these important members of our defence community. Our stimulus is a debating session involving two groups representing emerging talent, from MOD and Industry. The topic is “How the MOD can gain the Information Advantage”. The emerging talents will be side-by-side with experienced Panel members to 'make their pitches', debating the issues before opening up for a full audience debate.
The format has scene setting on Information Architecture & Information Advantage from Steve Latchem, Head of Architecture and Chief Architect, MOD ISS and Industry input from Gareth Hetheridge, Rolls-Royce. The emerging talents from MOD and Industry provide their perspectives, followed by a Panel debate.
We have challenged our emerging talents to be creative with this purposefully open topic. And a 'lively' session is in prospect, based on a recent preparatory workshop - our DI'19 audience should expect the unexpected!
In addition, emerging talent representatives will be have their own exhibition stand, so Event attendees can chat to them during the breaks, e.g. discussing the topic more closely and learning about their preparations for the debate.
Demonstrating further commitment to emerging talents, the MOD is preparing for 20+ Apprentices to participate at DI'19, as part of their wider education, aiming for them to engage with their Industry peers whom we trust will attend in numbers too. We are sure that all delegates in our defence community will welcome 'new blood' as part of the invaluable networking at DI'19.
Added: 2nd February 2019