In collaboration with Cyber partners across the West Midlands

Date: Friday October 20th  |  Time: 09:30 – 15:30  |  Location: The ICC


A cyber conference and showcase

The West Midlands is quickly becoming a Cyber hotspot with corporates, startups and public sector organisations innovating around this hot topic. As part of this year’s Birmingham Tech Week, CyberScape23, will showcase what the region has to offer and help SME’s and leaders understand how Cyber can help and enhance their businesses. Hear from industry experts, exciting startups and cyber innovators.

Cyber Secure = Resilient Growth

Speakers & Contributors

Daljinder Mattu
Senior Policy Lead for Cyber Security in the Midlands

Linda Smith
Founder & Strategic Advisor

Prof Prashant Pillai MBE
Managing Director

Vanessa Eyles
Director of The Cyber Resilience Centre for the West Midlands

Dr. Harjinder Singh Lallie
Associate Professor of Cyber Security

Junaid Arshad
Deputy Head of Computing

Dr Anitha Chinnaswamy
Deputy Director, Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre

Mike Lewis
Tech Sector Lead

Neil Howells
ROCU WM Cyber Protect Officer

Afshan Sheikh
Cyber Practice Director

Hugo Russell
Digital & Cyber Project Manager, Investor.

Ryan Protheroe
Cluster Manager – Midlands Cyber

Manny Athwal
Founder and CEO

Wayne Horkan
Head of Technology and Engineering



09:00-10:00 - Registration and Networking

Meet and network with other cyber enthusiasts and experts

10:00-10:10 - A welcome from the Cyber community and sector

A warm welcome from the West Midlands cyber ecosystem

10:10-10:40 - The government's perspective on Cyber and its important to the UK tech sector

Hear why the government think cyber is pivotal to the economic stability and growth of the UK tech sector

10:45-11:15 - Cyber Skills - the need for a diverse and dynamic workforce

The threat of cyber attacks means we need to create and foster a future workforce of innovative, diverse and dynamic thinkers. However, with a digital skills gap, this isn’t going to be easy. We’ll discuss how do we create a pipeline of cyber talent and cyber leaders to face future challenges.

11:20-11:50 - The police and partners - a collaborative approach to tacking cyber attacks

Recruiting and retaining digital talent with emphasis on direct experiences from discussants of fundamental reasons D&I strategies in recruitment fail and how to avoid those traps, and then how to ensure sustained commitment to D&I strategies once recruitment has been successful.

12:00:13:00 - Lunch and Networking

Grab some lunch and network with other cyber enthusiasts and experts

13:25-14:05 - Strengthening the ecosystem through collaboration

Discover how ecosystem partners are working together and how you can contribute to the future growth of the cyber sector in the West Midlands

14:05-14:45 - Open discussion into the region's cyber sector

Your opportunity to contribute and openly discuss your ideas to transform the region’s cyber sector.

14:45-15:30 - Networking

Final opportunity to network before the event comes to a close

15:30 - Event Ends

Event officially ends