Past Event

Conservative Party Conference Fringe: Manchester and beyond – the future of decent work in a digital world

1 October 2017 17:30–19:00

Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB

Advances in digital technology and artificial intelligence are transforming the future of work. Self-driving trucks are due to be tested on UK roads in 2018 and are already being piloted in the US where around 3 million people are employed as truck drivers, while in the Philippines 89 per cent of call centre jobs are now at risk from automation. Women are also likely to be disproportionately impacted by automation, and less likely to be shaping decisions in the tech sector where they are under-represented.

Robot guiding traffic in the Congo

Image credit: Brian Sokol / Panos

Technological advances represent significant opportunities both for the UK and the rest of world. With significant implications for the UK Government and the Global Goal to achieve decent work for all by 2030, this fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference seeks to explore:

  • The opportunities and challenges that advances in digital technologies present for the work place and workers in the future, both at home and abroad?
  • How policies across UK government – industrial strategy, education and skills, international development and trade – can help promote prosperity across the UK as well as supporting economic development globally? 


Chair: Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos and Presenter, BBC2’s ‘Secrets of Silicon Valley’

  • Dan Dalton MEP
  • Melissa Leach, Director, Institute of Development Studies
  • Katie Gallagher, Managing Director, Manchester Digital
  • Claire Wicher, Founder, CodeUpUK


Please register to attend.  Please note that this event at Manchester Town Hall is outside of the conference secure zone and a conference pass is not required. 

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