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

Early-bird pricing (available now until Monday 11 September 2017)

Online Centres Network Member (early-bird): £85+VAT

General (early-bird): £120+VAT

Standard pricing

Online Centres Network Member: £105+VAT

General: £140+VAT


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.

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.

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.

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.

Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, London Mayor's Office

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.