UK, France sign five-year digital services collaboration agreement
The UK and French governments have signed a new agreement designed to deepen technology collaboration between the two countries and strengthen ties between their respective digital industries.
UK Digital Secretary Matt Hancock is visiting Paris to announce the deal, the overriding aim of which is to boost both countries’ digital economies by forging new links between leading enterprises and research centres.
The agreement will centre around key transformational technologies such as data analytics and AI, working together to share expertise and enhance new and existing developments.
“Over the past year, world leaders have begun to sit up and realise that data is one of their most valuable assets, and intelligently acting upon and using this data is now fundamental - this is where artificial intelligence comes in,” said Melissa Di Donato, Chief Revenue Officer, SAP Cloud ERP.
“The real value of AI is in its power to help us understand information and make decisions in a fraction of the time it took before, empowering business processes and adding value. But for this to happen we must put the necessary foundations in place to ensure AI works for all.”
It has been revealed that the Alan Turing Institute will be signing an agreement with France’s DATAIA organisation as part of the wider deal.
“The Institute and DATAIA both share a vision for building research in data science and AI which crosses disciplinary boundaries and recognises the societal implications of data and algorithms,” said Alan Wilson, CEO of The Alan Turing Institute.
Further, during the UK-France Digital Colloque, a summit comprised of 350 businesses, researchers and officials, Hancock and his French counterpart Mounir Mahjoubi will sign an accord on digital government, committing to cooperation across AI, innovation, data and digital administration.
Searching for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology
The search is on for the Top 100 Leaders in Technology 2021 – nominated by readers of Technology magazine and open to all.
The initiative has been launched and nominations are now open, with the final, prestigious Top 100 due to be announced during Technology and AI LIVE running 14-16 September, beamed from London to the world.
This latest, definitive list of the leading executives and influencers in the industry will be announced at the event and shared across social media channels, this website, and presented in a special supplement that honours all of those named in our annual list.
The Top 100 Leaders follows on from the well-received Top 100 Women in Technology that BizClik Media Group (BMG) – publishers of Technology magazine, AI magazine and a growing portfolio of industry-leading titles – produced in March this year to coincide with International Women’s Day.
“The Top 100 Women recognised the incredible and influential women driving our industry,” says Scott Birch, editorial director, BMG. “The success of that initiative encouraged us to recognise the Top 100 Leaders – individuals championing everything that we love about technology and embracing best practice that’s good for business.”
Nominations are already coming in, with some notable highlights including:
Rhonda Vetere - Herbalife
Bryan Smith - Expedient
Nominate your Top 100 Leader HERE
The deadline for nominations closes on Sunday 1 August 2021, and it is free to nominate. The Top 100 Leaders will be announced across our platforms and at the LIVE event.