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About Digital 2013

The ICT Sector in Wales

The ICT sector in Wales contributes in excess of £1.2 billion to the Welsh total Gross Value Added (GVA) and comprises all sizes of business, from indigenous sole-traders to multi-national corporations. And it’s a growing sector; with employment of ICT professionals within Wales forecast to increase twice as quickly as the average employment growth in Wales by 2020.


Predictions show that optimisation of ICT by businesses could generate a further £1.5bn for the economy over the next five years. It’s a sector that’s integral to businesses in Wales - across all sizes and sectors - and effective utilisation of digital technologies has never been as important for enterprise, jobs, and growth.

But with developments in the digital sphere unfolding at a startling pace, it’s crucial that Welsh businesses are equipped with cutting-edge digital knowhow to enable them to exploit new technologies for business benefit.

Why so many delegates attended across the two day event

Digital 2013 provided a platform for knowledge transfer; anchored by talks from industry-leaders from organisations including Cisco, Microsoft, Cassidian and HP.

The two-day event on 3rd and 4th June 2013 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport brought together businesses, academia, decision-makers and industry leaders from across the private and public sector with over a thousand delelgates attending across the two days.

Digital Skills 2013

Skills professionals and decision-makers working in the field of ICT, along with businesses attended on Monday 3rd June 2013 to take part in workshops and discuss issues around the ICT skills agenda. The Digital 2013 skills day was developed to provide a forum for the discussion of issues including the current ICT skills gap which exists across the UK.  Inspirational speakers included Maggie Philbin and Emma Mulqueeney on the main stage and nine informative workshops relating to IT Skills.

Digital 2013

On Tueday 4th June businesses heard from global thought-leaders on how digital technology can provide opportunities to win customers and collaborate. Delegates from businesses across Wales, The UK and further afield who attended Digital 2013 reported being inspired to take on new technological challenges and were given a platform for buyers and suppliers to identify opportunities for collaboration through main stage presentations and a series of workshops. The event also showcased businesses in Wales that are using ICT to grow their bottom lines; demonstrating to others how they too can benefit from being part of the digital agenda in Wales.

Digital 2013 also showcased businesses and provided networking opportunities through it's Exhibition Hall with over fifty exhibition stands showcasing businesses of all sizes and providing opportunities for collaboration, networking and securing new business contracts.

If you were unable to attend the event or were there but would like to re-visit the discussions from the day, copies of the presentations and video footage are both available to view on this site, just select the the presentations tab in the left hand menu or to view video footage from the day, select the media tab at the top of the page.