I am tired of technology leadership conferences taking place in “5 star” hotels with 1 star connectivity. In creating the Innovation Leadership Summit, September 20, 2016, we have partnered with Skills Matter in central London. The Skills Matter CodeNode is a bespoke venue for the technology and innovation community and has been developed with you the technologist customer at its heart.
Our reasons for partnering with Skills Matter are two-fold. Not only is this South Place, London venue the natural setting for a serious C-level debate on being an innovation leader and enabler, Skills Matter CodeNode is somewhere CIOs should experience and investigate as part of the tool box they use to create an innovative culture in their organisations. CIOs from the gaming, financial services and technology service provider sectors are regular users of the CodeNode for hackathons and meetups and a number have shared with me and our columnist Mike Altendorf how beneficial the relationship is, with some reporting a major improvement in recruitment and retention.
Skills Matter was founded by Wendy Devolder, the Dutch CEO set out to create “a highly social, innovative tech organisation”. Today Skills Matter is “helping a 60,000 strong community of passionate developers learn and share skills to write better software”. With many in the CIO community claiming there is a major skills gap in the UK, Devolder and her team are the centre for a major community of developers and innovators.
“After starting out as a one woman operation in 2003, I now have the pleasure to work with a great team and many brilliant people in London’s amazing engineering community, comprising of some of the world’s greatest technology experts, hackers and makers. Together, we have grown Skills Matter into a vibrant hub where people come to learn and share their experience, skills and creations.”
Devolder, her team and the lead sponsors of the Innovation Leadership Summit, eSynergy Solutions, have played a key role in bringing innovative community members to the Innovation Leadership Summit to ensure the event is a melting pot of leadership and fresh thinking.
“I am a passionate advocate for the benefits of technological innovation and giving back to the tech start-up community in East London, and am proud of the significant contribution Skills Matter has made to the now thriving tech scene in Tech City,” Devolder says. Adding “I am also a committed supporter of improving technology education for young people in the UK and am working closely with Computing At School, Code Club and Apps for Good to put the excitement back into learning hands-on technology at school.” Skills Matter produce events, online tutorials and insights on the latest technologies in mobile, web and enterprise computing as well as robots and drones for these communities.
“I started Skills Matter in 2003 to help drive innovation in software engineering, helping people discover emerging technologies, learn new skills and evolve practices and ideas,” Devolder, a former Tech City Advisor in Downing Street says. CodeNode opened in 2015 and the Innovation Leadership Summit is the first major event for the CIO community to be held there.
The Innovation Leadership Summit will take place in the CodeNode’s main auditorium, with networking taking place at the Spacebar where CIOs can collaborate with peers, developers using Skills Matter and play table football with our event partners and the six challenger vendors who are presenting at the September 20 event.
Join 100 registered CIO peers and secure the last places at the 2016 Innovation Leadership Summit request a ticket at: http://www.horizonbusinessinnovation.com/2016-innovation-leadership-summit/