The meeting discussed the launch of the 2023 Let’s Do Business Expo with the theme “AI & Data Revolution.” The event is scheduled for October 12, 2023, at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and the keynote speaker will be Katie King. Other speakers and live panel hosts will be announced later, focusing on AI, Big Data, and Ethics. An interactive area showcasing technologies like Chat GPT and VR will be featured.
The possibility of a hybrid approach for the speaker slots was considered, combining in-person and webinar-style presentations. Practical considerations such as electricity points and SME case studies for AI implementation were discussed. Companies specialising in AR, AI, and Big Data were suggested to encourage stand holders.
The Forum also addressed matters arising from previous meetings, including rural connectivity information signposting, the inclusion of Digital as a cross-cutting theme, and updates on funding bids for the Digital Divide. Focus on United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) goals were Gender Equality and Clean Water and Sanitation
Working groups were discussed, with members expressing interest in the Digital Skills and Digital Divide groups. Members pledged to join and further expressions of interest were encouraged.
The meeting concluded with plans to coordinate meetings for the working groups’ members.