Editorial

UK’s most important Digital Identity conference opens for business on Friday

With a confirmed set of UK Digital ID ecosystem stakeholders from Whitehall to the global stage, Think Digital Identity For Government 2019 is a must-attend day for anyone serious about understanding where this key technology is going

Posted 3 June 2019 by

This Friday, at 8.45am, doors open at last for one of the most eagerly-anticipated events in the UK Digital ID world – Digital Identity For Government 2019, the only UK Digital ID event to focus heavily on the burning issues across public sector digital identity.

Friday, June 7, is when the latest Think Digital Partners Digital Identity conference will take place

So far 200 confirmed delegates from central government, the wider UK public sector, and representatives of the global Digital ID vendor community will gather under the diligent chairing of independent UK public sector tech commentator David Bicknell, who has once again kindly agreed to MC for us (and we have been lucky once again to secure the chance to get some useful provocation from his ex-GlobalData colleague, the ever-stimulating Gary Barnett!).

The special one day event, hosted once again at highly convenient central London venue One Great George St (nearest Tubes: Westminster or St James’s Park) will offer delegates a unique chance to hear from the real decision makers setting the pace in this key digital service space.

Take the morning’s Identity Leaders panel: with a remit to detail the big issues influencing strategy, planning and the drive for innovation in Identity across the public sector, it features pretty much the most senior Digital ID people you can think of from organisations including DWP, DCMS, the Post Office and two from GDS.

We expect these major stakeholders to devote at least some of their time to what can be done with Identity tech to help combat fraud – and given that these individuals include Deputy Director, Identity & Trust Services at DWP Digital Cheryl Stevens, OBE, the man at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who led the project to put GDPR into UK law, Andrew Elliott, and Lisa Barrett, now at the Government Digital Service but who previously held the position of Director of Analysis and Interim Chief Scientific Advisor at Ministry of Justice – I think we can be sure of a highly informed, and informative, debate.

Another likely to be well-attended session will be the on-stage conversation between Kantara’s Executive Director Colin Wallis and David Black from ID Crowd on how we can get a standards-based assurance mindset in the private sector. But there’ll be a lot more – including in-depth public sector ID case studies (NHS and The Passport Office), government policy ID updates, expert panels and fireside chats from leading suppliers and industry groups in the ID ecosystem.

“This is easily going to be not just the biggest, but the best, Digital ID event we’ve curated,” states Matt Stanley, Director at the company that’s organised the event, Think Digital Partners. “It’s going to be the one conference you need to be at if you are in the Digital ID space this year.

“We particularly want to thank our commercial partners for Think Digital Identity For Government, especially those headlining and so footing the bill for the conference, Ubisecure and Transmit Security.”

Stanley also reminds us that the conference falls perfectly in line with the launch of another new offering from Think Digital Partners, the ‘Digital ID Directory,’ the perfect resource for anyone looking to procure Identity products and services and which gives you a check-list of no less than 60 search criteria to help buyers find their perfect supplier partner. Each delegate will be given promotional material on the Directory to take back and share with their wider teams and drive engagement online.

If you are interested in attending, but have not yet been able to secure your place, there may just be about time to squeeze you in – but don’t risk it, so go on over to get your place here.

So it’s only hours to go now… can you tell we’re pretty pumped about this?

So, see you on Friday – and let’s work together to set the agenda for true Digital Identity UK success going forward.