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Innovation Opportunity of the GDPR for Digital Manufacturing

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Digital Catapult is committed to supporting, learning from and bringing together emerging businesses, researchers and other innovators across the personal data landscape. We are coordinating a series of workshops*, a forum and a showcase** that highlight the Innovation Opportunities that will be present in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect on 25 May 2018. The event series will also take into consideration the UK’s new Data Protection Bill. This workshop will be focussed on digital manufacturing and will be facilitated by Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire. In addition, there will be a further two workshops focused on artificial intelligence and media.

Who Should Attend?

We are inviting a range of startups, scale-ups and established businesses innovating in digital manufacturing or autonomous distributed manufacturing that are:

  • Already GDPR-compliant and can add to the conversation directly about their experience
  • Know about GDPR and are working towards compliance and exploring the viability of certain tools and approaches
  • Academics and researchers involved in digital health and, or data protection who can discuss the work they are developing about challenges and opportunities
  • Data Protection Officers or senior management involved in the organisation’s business development and strategy, with a  maximum of two people per organisation.

Why attend?

  • The workshop will provide significant opportunities for businesses to gain insight, adapt and develop their products, services and proposition for consumers, well before the Regulation comes into effect
  • It will also surface best practice and enable participants to share learning and apply research that’s already being undertaken, including assessing potential impact of the above aspects.


  • 9:00: Arrive and Refreshments
  • 9:30: Welcome, introductions, overview and objectives of the day
  • 9:45: What the GDPR requires – key considerations and principles with a focus on digital manufacturing and Q&A
  • 10:35: Beyond compliance: the value intersection of personal data, user relationships, content/product development, personalisation and optimisation
  • 11:25: Refreshment break
  • 11:40: Challenge provocation: Session with a GDPR-compliant company that has gone through the pain points
  • 12:10: What’s already being done, developed (by companies or other bodies): platforms, tools, applications and frameworks
  • 13:10: Lunch
  • 14:00: Group activity: Where are the gaps and opportunities for you to innovate?
  • 15:20: Refreshment break
  • 15:30: Feedback from group activity
  • 15:50: Application of known research: what’s being developed about challenges opportunities
  • 16:50: Summary and next steps
  • 17:00: Finish

Additional Details

This workshop will be held at the Digital Catapult Centre in Bradford and will be jointly delivered with external facilitators.
Places at each workshop will be limited to 30 attendees.

Speakers Include:

  • Christian Beck: Commercial Manager at Digital Catapult
  • David Galloway: Strategy and Business Insight Manager at BOC
  • Gary Graham: Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Management Division, Leeds University Business School.
  • Melanie Oldham: CEO at Bob’s Business, Cyber Security eLearning Provider
  • Emma Roe: Head of Commercial and Intellectual Property at Schulmans
  • Ian Sharp: Head of Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire and CEO of Digital Health Enterprise Zone

*Each full-day workshop will focus on particular industries or technology drivers where we see significant potential for innovation opportunity. The digital health (19 January) and digital manufacturing (16 February) workshops will take place in Bradford. And the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) (2 March) and media (15 March) workshops will take place in London.

**The details of the forum & showcase will be published in the near future.

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Digital Catapult Centre Yorkshire


Bradford Design Exchange
34 Peckover Street
Bradford, BD1 5BD United Kingdom
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