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Northernlands Summit Schedule

The Northernlands Data & Startup Summit promises to be a thought-provoking and engaging day, carefully curated to shatter the expectations of data so that different potential futures can be explored. The afternoon will provide an opportunity to take part in one of three different 'tracks' (or all three if you feel adventurous) - citizens and data; ethics and trust within data; and data demonstrations and real world applications.

Time Speaker Talk title & summary
9:15 Paul Connell Welcome and introduction
9:30 Jeni Tennison The Future of Data
9:50 Simon Smits
  • Paul Connell
Dutch Ambassador to the UK - Interview
10:10 Mr Gee
10:30 Akeelah Bertram
10:45 Danielle Knight Ethics, Trust and Transparency - Prototyping Possible Futures
11:00 Ian Massingham The future of Data Engineering and Machine Learning in the Cloud
11:15 Sarah Longlands Futuer Economy of the North
Tea/Coffee Break - 15 mins
11:45 Stian Westlake Why data matters in an intangible economy
12:00 Kenny Pool Smart Cities Made Real
12:15 Valerie Frissen SIDN Fund
12:30 Marc Farr #datasaveslives
12:45 John Sinteur Radically Open Security
13:00 Hera Hussain Demystifying procurement with open data
13:00 - 13:45Lunch
Fabulous vegetarian & vegan indian streetfood by award-winning Manjits Kitchen.
14:00 - 16:00EXPLORE
Workshops, demonstrations, discussions and more across three different themes:
  • Data & Technical Demos
    • Javier Ramirez - AWS
    • Stuart Lowe - ODI Leeds
    • Dan Cookson
    • Tom Forth & Dan Billingsley - The Data City
    • Sophie Walker - Dsposal
    • Matt Sweeney - aql
    • Richard Corderoy - Oakland Group
    • ARUP
    • Bradford Council
  • Trust, Data, and Ethics
    • Jeni Tennison - Open Data Institute
    • Paul Connell - ODI Leeds
    • Julian Tait - Open Data Manchester
    • Alex Craven - The Data City & Your Data Manual
  • Citizens, Data, and So What?
    • Sam Milsom - Open Data Manchester
    • Stephen Blackburn - LCC Innovation Lab
    • Danielle Knight - Superflux
    • Professor Andrew Cooper - Leeds Beckett University
    • Pietro Buffoni - Open Data Soft

These three sessions will run concurrently across the different rooms at ODI Leeds.

16:00 - 16:30Close
Final wrap-up of the day, with special closing talk by Paul Connell and Mr Gee.

The Startup Cafe
Sponsored by KPMG

Running alongside lunch and the afternoon sessions will be the Startup Cafe - a dedicated space for conversations with people from KPMG about the startup journey, the kind of support available, what you need to do to prepare for international trade, and more. Simply drop-in and drop-out as you want to throughout the afternoon with all of your questions.


The Northernlands Data and Startup Summit is a collaboration between ODI Leeds and The Kingdom of the Netherlands, the start of activity to create, support, and amplify the cultural links between The Netherlands and the North of England. It is with their generous and vigourous support, and the support of other energetic organisations, that Northernlands can be delivered.

  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Amazon Web Services
  • KPMG
  • Leeds International Festival
  • Leeds City Council
  • Oakland Group