Posted on June 22, 2016 by staff

Cloud UK Live attracts stellar tech names to Manchester


A new technology event – Cloud UK Live – is set to see the industry’s biggest names converge in Manchester next month.

The first in a series of free events, Cloud UK Live brings Manchester’s thriving tech scene into global focus with the attendance of senior figures from industry giants Cisco, Microsoft, Dell and VMware.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones MBE (pictured) is to welcome the stellar line-up of guest speakers – including David Rowan, Editor of Wired magazine – along with 250 attendees, to the firm’s purpose-built event space at UKFast Campus on July 6th.

Jones said: “Bringing these amazing companies to Manchester and showcasing our incredible tech community is a fantastic opportunity. Our city has so much to offer and it’s great to bring these global players here to help us continue to grow.

“Collaboration is the key to achieving our long-term goal of making Manchester the number one tech city in the UK.

“We have some amazing speakers at the event, both from UKFast and from further afield. We’re creating a huge buzz around tech in the city and it’s incredibly exciting.”

The full line-up includes Jo Laking, UKI Cloud Director at Cisco; James Akrigg, Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft and Peter Barnes, UK Executive Director at Dell.

Jones continued: “Cloud is helping people transform their businesses and the event is about putting people in the best possible position to understand if cloud is for them and how they can get the best results from it.

“New technologies open up incredible opportunities, but companies need an understanding of how cloud can fit into their operations and how it can be of benefit. It’s the same with any project; you have to have the right tools to deliver the job.”

Jones is set to open Cloud UK Live with a talk on digital transformation. The event takes place at UKFast Campus, Birley Fields, Manchester from 2pm to 6pm on Wednesday July 6th.