Experts say Wales could become a world leader in tech

Tech conference Digital 2016 kicked off with a bang at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport yesterday.

The event, which investigates the latest digital trends, saw a number of well-respected industry experts deliver talks to thousands of delegates.

They urged Welsh businesses to think outside the box and to play a pivotal role in developing Wales’s place on the worldwide technology stage.

In particular, the talks focused on how digital technologies are being used to change the world dramatically and how they’re affecting sectors like cybersecurity and fintech.

Technology journalist Lara Lewington, who presents BBC Click, welcomed attendees to the first event of the day. She was followed by Cisco’s Paul Smith, who talked about the opportunities tech is creating in Wales.

He said businesses ought to think differently about digital and stressed how vital it is for Wales to differentiate itself from other tech areas, focusing on its strengths.

Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK, talked about the tech clusters spread across the UK. He explained that digital tech is leading the growth of economies across the country, with the average tech salary at £50K.

Cyber security was a key theme throughout the day’s talks, with areas such as the Internet of Things, staying secure online, big data analytics and virtual reality also leading.

Jonny Voon from trade body Innovate UK shed a light on the growing area of IoT and explained what it is to the audience. He said it’s spurring on the digital revolution and has many benefits.

David Warrender, CEO of Digital 2016 organiser Innovation Point, said: “We have been drawing attention to the specific strengths that Wales has in the tech sector and the very real opportunities that there are for ambitious companies and entrepreneurs here.

“Wales is taking its place in a global market and we aim to continue to drive the momentum of this success.”