This talk will look at the opportunities ahead for addressing responsible computing within the IT industry.
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As the IT industry matures and embarks on the next wave of digitisation, harnessing the latent potential of AI, Robotics and Quantum, the opportunity to make a step change in professionalism and responsibility is now. Addressing the climate crisis and digital divide at the at the same time is what any responsible computing industry would want to do. Yet we still hear stories of inappropriate uses of the current digital platforms that are the unintended consequences that the industry needs to address. The BCS is a leading member of the responsible computing movement and has been championing the need for competent, ethical, accountable and inclusive professionals. The talk will unpack the opportunity ahead, why this is the right time for this to be realised and explain the strategies that the BCS is now pursuing.
About the speaker
Rashik Parmar MBE FBCS
Rashik Parmar is Group CEO of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Rashik was until July 2022 the IBM Fellow and Vice President responsible for creating and driving IBM’s European technical strategy. His focus has been helping clients on the journey to becoming a cognitive enterprise, leveraging Cloud, AI and IoT technologies whilst creating a dependable IT platform. Drawing on thirty-nine years of practical experience in IBM, he is uniquely placed in developing strategies that are realistic whilst providing tangible business impact. He has worked with financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT transformation projects of all sizes. Overall, he specialises in ensuring the technical success of complex IT projects that transform business models. Some of his work is summarised in the HBR Article he co-authored “New Patterns for Innovation” – Jan-Feb 2014.
Rashik was appointed to the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board, where he is Deputy Chair of the Employment and Skills Committee helping to develop innovative strategies to accelerate the growth of this £55bn marketplace.
Rashik also chairs the Board of Trustees for IVE, a progressive training company developing creativity as the path to social mobility.
Rashik was awarded an MBE as part of the HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday honours for his contribution to business and innovation.
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