10.00 – 10.15

Tim Rivett,  SYPTA Chair of EASY Connects
Welcome and background to South Yorkshire initiatives.

10.15 – 10.45

Stephen Dodson
Putting the South Yorkshire initiative into the national context and “Digital Britain”.  Steve will talk on the wider benefits of the innovative use of ICT in terms of meeting economic, social, environmental and improved service delivery.

10.45 – 11.20

Dr Aniyan Varghese, DG INFSO, EU, Brussels
Sets the EU context and the future dirction within which the digital region can prosper –  “A Strategy for ICT R&D and Innovation in Europe: Raising the Game”
What is planned next in terms of large scale demonstrations, pan-European interoperability and the increasingly important topic of identity management. This shared vision is one in which local organisations will find themselves operating within and to their advantage if recognised early.

11.20 – 11.35

COFFEE and Networking

11.35 – 11.55

Graeme Dent, Project Director,  South Yorkshire Digital Region
Background to recently launched Digital Britain/Digital Region £100 million project in South Yorkshire.

11.55  – 12.15

Carl Howard, Yorkshire Forward
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Yorkshire and South Yorkshire in this digital economy setting

12:15 – 12:30

Gary Simpson, [email protected] Connects.

The Role of [email protected] Connects.

12.30 – 14.00

LUNCH followed by opportunity to look at the exhibits in the MAGNA centre

There will be a choice in the afternoon session between the programme continued below and the DIADEM Project workshop.

14.00 – 14.25

Shaun Topham
Presentations of large-scale European interoperability demonstration projects such as: STORK, PEPPOL, SPOCS

14.25 – 15.45

Baudouin de Sonis (eForum) – Workshop/Presentation FAST Project and South Yorkshire
Applications already selected to demonstrate secure messaging service, based on authentication of identity, time-stamping and archival facilities, removing obstacles and enabling more applications to be put online.  EASY has the opportunity to demonstrate several applications locally having a budget allocated from this project.

15.45 – 16.00

Summary of day.