TechTrade launches in Yorkshire

01 September 2016

Book your spot at the inaugural TechTrade Yorkshire (TY16) event, which will take place on 8 September at Elland Road, Leeds. 

Focussed on how tech can transform organisations’ productivity, efficiency and innovation, this free one-day programme will welcome senior IT professionals, MD’s and CEO’s from throughout the region and beyond; whether they have digital responsibility for a microbusiness or a multinational. With an incredible programme, this is a not to be missed opportunity for Wakefield businesses to learn from leaders in the field, and make valuable connections.

TY16 is the brainchild of Wakefield based Mooncas, the team behind the successful Manufactured Yorkshire which took place in May. Founder Chrissie Gale comments on the plans for the sister TechTrade event: “Yorkshire is fast becoming renowned for its digital prowess, with some of the country’s most prolific technological talent based here in the region. This event is designed to bring that community together, to help unlock Yorkshire’s further potential for growth.

We don’t just want to look at IT from a functional or compliance perspective. We want to highlight its potential to fuel the much-discussed Northern Powerhouse. James Akrigg is therefore one of many speakers we look forward to welcoming to TY16 as part of our goal to see Yorkshire’s tech future, today.”

Chrissie summarises: “Delegate registration is free for people who have responsibility for Digital decisions in their business, so I encourage IT professionals and those with a role in the sector to put the date in their diary. This is a really focused programme; dedicated to skills and knowledge development within this arena.”

Keynote speaker James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft will take to the stage to talk about how organisations can achieve more with technology – an enabler for modern working. Further speakers include Vince Sparks, IT Director of Eddie Stobart; David Warburton-Broadhurst, CIO of Metronet UK; Dr Adam Beaumont, CEO and Founder of AQL; Dylan Roberts, Chief Digital Officer at Leeds City Council; and Richard Carter, Chief Executive of Nostrum Group.

Wakefield’s very own Dan Conboy will be talking about B2B Ecommerce: The Next Game Changer. As Managing Director of Statement, a leading eCommerce agency, and Chair of Cognitiv, Wakefield’s industry group for the creative, digital and IT sectors, Dan is sure to give valuable insight into this topic. Dan says “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the regions CDIT sector together and to connect with other industries – It’s crucial that Wakefield firms take advantage of the opportunities in the region to connect and to continue to grow and strengthen this vital sector”

We are also delighted to see Gary Hibberd, of Wakefield based Agenci, speaking on the Cyber Security Panel. Gary is a member of CENTRIC, which is a UK Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism Research Board, who advise at a UK and European level on these topics. In recognition of his work in raising the awareness of Cyber related issues, in an engaging and thought-provoking way, Gary was shortlisted in the June 2016 UK ‘Cyber Security Awards’, for the ‘Cyber Personality of the Year’ and Agenci were shortlisted for the ‘Most innovative Cyber Insurance Product’.

Brands from the world of big data, cybercrime, cloud computing, telecoms, process automation and beyond, will showcase their products and services, with The Intellectual Property Office, Media Yorkshire, Blue Logic and Manchester-headquartered Godel Technologies among the names already confirmed.

Further information including the seminar line-up, exhibitor run down and pre-registration can be found at