Digital Evolution 2017


Digital Evolution: a movement for social change is our sixth annual conference and tickets are on sale now.

Taking place at London's BT Centre, we'll be taking a more in-depth look at how digital can have an impact on tackling social exclusion. 

We'll be exploring and addressing this area and, with so much great work happening already, we'll be we shining a light on all of that amazing work being done to help the hardest-to-reach in communities across the UK.

We'll be welcoming back inspiring digital leader Maggie Philbin OBE to chair the day's events and we'll be giving delegates the chance to take away some practical ideas for how they can make change happen in their community, or for the people they’re supporting.

Innovation - how to do things differently - will be a theme that runs throughout the day and interactive workshops will help delegates to tackle pressing issues, and approach challenges with fresh eyes.

We expect people from across sectors to be in attendance, including community partners, policy makers, corporate organisations and third sector representatives. Whichever category you fit into, we'd love to welcome you to our conference to discuss how digital can have a real and lasting impact on tackling social exclusion.

Today's digital inclusion conference with @goodthingsfdn was fantastic, thanks so much - loads to think about

Sue Caton (@SueCatonMMU)

Important Details

Date and time: Thursday 30 November 2017, 10am-4:30pm

Location: BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC10 7AJ

Standard pricing

Online Centres Network Member: £105+VAT

General: £140+VAT


Online Centres Network Specialist Discount

Members of the Online Centres Network Specialist Networks can claim an exclusive 15% discount on conference tickets. If you are a member please get in touch with your network specialist or call the Good Things Foundation network team on 0114 349 1666.


Great day at #digievol16 - fantastic to see the passion of @helenmilner and team at re-branded @goodthingsfdn to promote #digitalinclusion

David McNeill (@David_McNeill)

Post-conference drinks reception

New for 2017! Stick around after the main conference has come to a close because from 4:30-6pm we'll be hosting a post-conference drinks reception at the BT Centre, included in your ticket price. This is an excellent opportunity to catch-up with other delegates about the day's discussions, grab a chat with anyone you might have missed earlier in the day or simply to celebrate your organisation's achievements from the past year.


Maggie Philbin, CEO, TeenTech, Conference Chair

Maggie Philbin is co-founder and CEO of TeenTech CIC, an award winning organisation helping young people understand more about opportunities in Science and Technology. She is keen to help improve the visibility of successful scientists and engineers, to encourage both young people and women to pursue careers and to reach top positions in these areas. In 2016, Maggie was voted Digital Leader of the Year at the DL100 awards and was named Computer Weekly's Most Influential Woman in UK IT.

Simon Leeming, Head of Digital Skills Partnership, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (Panellist)









Helen Milner, Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation

Helen Milner OBE is the Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading digital inclusion charity, working with 5,000 hyper-local community partners to help people make the most of technology. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in online education. Since 2010, Good Things Foundation has helped almost 2 million people to learn basic digital skills using

Rachel Neaman, CEO, Corsham Institute (Panellist)

Rachel is CEO of Corsham Institute (Ci), a not-for-profit organisation working for a fair, inclusive, prosperous and creative society based on trust and security. A specialist in digital transformation, leadership, skills and inclusion, Rachel was previously Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone, the organisation founded by Baroness Martha Lane Fox to make the internet work for everyone. Before that, she was Chief Executive of the digital skills charity Go ON UK, which merged with Doteveryone in April 2016. Prior to joining Go ON UK, she was Digital Leader and Head of Profession for Digital at the Department of Health, responsible for digital strategy, policy and transformation. From 2013–16, Rachel was Chair of Digital Leaders, a global initiative for senior leaders promoting effective, long-term digital transformation She is now a non-executive member of the Advisory Board under the new Chair Lord Francis Maude. Rachel is also a non-executive member of the DigitalHealth.London Advisory Board and the UKCloud Health Advisory Board.

Matthew Ryder QC, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Great London Authority

As Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Matthew ensures that social mobility is central to the Mayor’s programmes. He leads the promotion of active citizenship across London and makes sure City Hall uses the best methods for measuring levels of social integration. He’s been Chair of the UK’s Black Cultural Archive, a governor of the University of the Arts in London, a national ‘Reach Role Model’ and has regularly been named as one of the most influential persons of African- Caribbean heritage in the UK by the annual ‘Powerlist’. A keen sportsman, Matthew created and ran an annual charity basketball tournament in Brixton to help young British players progress onto college scholarships in America.

Campbell Robb, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Campbell joined Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust as Chief Executive in January 2017. Before joining JRF and JRHT, Campbell was the Chief Executive of Shelter for seven years. As Chief Executive, he led the organisation through one of the most challenging periods in its history. This included building a sustainable, fundable model of integrated advice and support that is helping more clients than ever before, a growth in independent income and leading the organisation’s response to some of the biggest changes to housing and welfare policy in generations. Prior to joining Shelter, Campbell was the first Director General of the Office of the Third Sector, an adviser to The Treasury and was previously Director of Public Policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Campbell is a trustee of Care International UK.

Nicola Wallace Dean, Programme Lead, Starting Point Community Learning Partnership

Nicola is the Programme Lead for the Starting Point Community Learning Partnership in Stockport, a social enterprise focused on creating exceptional community learning spaces. She also has more than 10 years experience in developing and delivering IT training for organisations including IBM, Merseyside Police and the Ministry of Justice. She describes herself as ‘passionate about increasing social and digital inclusion by listening to people, working out what drives them and encouraging them to take positive action to bring about change’.

Liz Williams, Director of Tech Literacy at BT and Chair of Good Things Foundation's Board

Liz heads BT’s tech literacy programme which aims to help build a culture of tech literacy, where it is viewed as a cornerstone of modern education. The programme was launched in March 2015 alongside a first ambition to reach 5 million young people with better teaching in computing skills by 2020. To date, over 900,000 children have benefitted. Liz also leads the BT Group Education Strategy which helps young people, particularly those at risk of being disadvantaged, become work ready and get into jobs. Liz is Chair of the Good Things Foundation, a UK based charity which supports digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. Most recently, Liz chaired a review of digital skills on behalf of the UK Government. Liz represents BT on the Movement to Work employer coalition committed to tackling youth unemployment through high-quality vocational training and work experience. In 2016, Liz was named in Business Cloud Magazine’s inaugural ‘100 Women Role Models of Tech’ list.

Chris Ashworth, Programme Director, Nominet Trust (Panellist)

Chris is the Programme Director of Nominet Trust – the UK’s leading foundation transforming lives with technology. Now entering its 10th year as the corporate foundation of Nominet, the Trust has supported over 300 start-ups and social businesses driving social change using tech. Chris leads the research, design and implementation of the portfolio of grants and initiatives, working closely with partners to support their success and achieve social impact. Previously at Oxfam, his background is in international development where he focused on strategic partnerships, emerging markets and innovation.

Paul Miller, Bethnal Green Ventures

Paul Miller is a partner at Bethnal Green Ventures where he leads on strategy and fundraising. He was previously co-founder and CEO of education technology startup School of Everything as well as working for the think tanks Demos and Forum for the Future.

Charlotte Murray, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Social Inclusion, Good Things Foundation

Charlotte Murray is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Social Inclusion for Good Things Foundation, a UK charity that aims to help socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. Charlotte is responsible for both the organisation’s social inclusion strategic business stream and leading four functional teams - marketing, digital, learning & network - delivering core underpinning products and services for Good Things Foundation. Current Social Inclusion programmes delivered by Charlotte and her team include a financial literacy programme in partnership with the Money Advice Service; an ESOL programme in partnership with the BBC, British Council & Department of Communities & Local Government; a Health Digital Literacy & inequalities programme; and a tax and benefits advice programme. Before joining Good Things Foundation, Charlotte worked for Learndirect and The Prince’s Trust.

Amy O'Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead, Oxfam

Amy is an adviser on applications of information communications technologies (ICTs) to support programming at Oxfam GB. Her role involves supporting staff working in humanitarian response, campaigning and long-term development to explore effective design and best practice in the use of ICTs. This involves working with programmes to establish the enabling role ICTs can play in improving quality, efficiency and reach. Amy previously worked for FrontlineSMS, who build professional SMS (text message) management tools and support organisations to develop effective applications, as well as the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation where she supported minority groups to develop human rights campaigns. Amy holds a Masters in Human Rights from University College London (UCL), with a specialism in the rights of internally displaced people (IDPs).

Leigh Smyth, Head of Group Digital Inclusion, Lloyds Banking Group (Panellist)








Guillaume Sampic, Director for Internet of Things Strategy, BT

Guillaume leads the definition and execution of BT's Internet of Things strategy as part of a team that is responsible for delivering solutions for BT internally and for BT customers globally. Prior to this, he was responsible for corporate strategy at EE. Guillaume's previous experience includes marketing strategy and management consulting with Accenture and high tech companies on three continents.

Molly Watt, Tech Evangelist

Molly Watt is a 22-year-old inclusive technology evangelist, keynote speaker, children's illustrator and author, co-founder of the Molly Watt Trust, director of Molly Watt Limited ambassador of ReSound, Sense and advocate of assistive technology. She is currently consulting with developers and designers in digital, breaking down barriers for those with and without specific accessibility needs, and working alongside some of the biggest in digital and their accessibility teams. She also raises awareness of abilities within disabilities using assistive technologies. Born severely deaf then registered blind - becoming deafblind at 12 - Molly has a unique insight into accessibility, the use of accessibility features and mainstream assistive technologies. Molly’s belief is that digital holds the key to accessibility, diversity and inclusion for us all.


9.30 - 10.00 - Coffee and registration

10.00 - Opening plenary: The power of technology for good

Hear about the huge power technology has to solve some of our most pressing social challenges, and overcome barriers, both in the immediate term and looking further into the future.

Maggie Philbin (Chair, CEO Teentech)

Helen Milner (Chief Executive, Good Things Foundation)

Molly Watt (Tech Evangelist and Accessibility and Usability Consultant)

Guillaume Sampic (Internet of Things Strategy Director, BT)

11.20 - Coffee break

11.35 - Design Studios

Join the Good Things Foundation Design & Innovation team to take part in some interactive sessions where we will share some of the basics of service design to help you think differently about how to solve some of the challenges you're facing.

12.25 - Lunch and networking

13.20 - Matthew Ryder QC (Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, Great London Authority)

13:50 - Showcase: How digital is affecting social change

Hear three quick-fire talks about how digital is already having a huge impact in driving positive social outcomes.

Charlotte Murray (Director of Social Inclusion, Good Things Foundation)

Nicola Wallace Dean (Programme Lead, Starting Point Community Learning Partnership)

Amy O'Donnell (ICT in Programme Lead, Oxfam)

14.30 - Coffee break

14.50 - PANEL SESSION: A stronger Britain through digital

How can we seize the opportunities digital is presenting?

Leigh Smyth (Head of Group Digital Inclusion, Lloyds Banking Group)

Chris Ashworth (Programme Director, Nominet Trust)

Simon Leeming (Head of the Digital Skills Partnership, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

Rachel Neaman (CEO, Corsham Institute)

15.25 - Closing plenary: Seizing the power of digital

How can we work together to make the most of the opportunities digital provides us with, to do more to support our communities, through new funding, new partnerships and new approaches.

Paul Miller (Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures)

Campbell Robb (Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation)

Liz Williams (Director, Tech Literacy and Education Programmes, BT Group)

16.30 - Drinks

Please join us for drinks in the BT Centre

18.00 - Event closes

What will be involved in the Design Studios?

There will be four Design Studios at the conference, each one will be running the same activity on Creative Problem Solving – how to quickly generate ideas to solve social problems.

Each one will be run by one of our Design & Innovation team who will take you through a simple, re-usable process that can be applied to any given problem.

You’ll see how quick techniques used by some of the most successful organisations in the world can be used to help you identify new ways to support the people in your community who need it most.