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Monday, 20 April 2015

@SuperFastDorset Conference - #IPACASamsung

Today, Samsung Community Space Committee Member; Wayne Day represented us at the Super Fast Dorset Conference. The event held in Sturminster Newton was part of a wider plan to develop a pan-Dorset vision to include the 20% currently left behind in the digital race.

The event included three national key speakers, well-known for their work in digital inclusion - 

- Valerie Singleton OBE – well-loved BBC presenter and co-founder of Simplicity Computers

- Lord Jim Knight – chairman of the digital technology social enterprise the Tinder Foundation, and South Dorset MP 2001-2010.

- Sarah Bridges – Director of Programme and Partnerships for the digital skills charity Go ON UK

Tonight, Wayne shared some key messages from the event with the Samsung Community Space Management Committee, key points included -

  • 20% Dorset Digital Divide - why are this amount in Dorset not interested? Confidence? Skills?

  • It's estimated that if we got 100% Digital Confident across the Country this would lead to cost savings of £63 billion to central government. It's estimated to cost £865 million to lead us through this step change. (Money that could be well spent?)

  • Interesting Fact - Three times as many Smart Phones on the planet than there are toothbrushes.

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