The BCS Virtual Festival of Digital Skills is a brand-new event shining a light on the opportunities and aspirations for the digital future within the UK and beyond.

The five-day virtual conference will connect influential guest speakers with a diverse audience to collaborate, question and debate the digital skills agenda, aligned with our inaugural conference theme: 2021 The economic road ahead.

Reflecting the scope and complexity of the digital skills challenges we all face in 2021, our new event will deliver a comprehensive and thought-provoking conference programme running from 30 November through to 4 December 2020.

It’s completely free to attend and takes full advantage of the very latest in real-time online conferencing technology, with dedicated streams for schools, educators, authorities, industry and individuals, including a networking lounge and exhibition where you can live-chat to our experts.


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Why come along?

The BCS Virtual Festival of Digital Skills offers you a focused and accessible online forum for meeting other professionals in your field, discussing challenges and ideas and sharing discovery. It’s also an opportunity to get involved in debate and analysis with the policy-makers, business professionals, educators and specialists who are steering the digital agenda.

We will be running workshops and sessions where you will get a hands-on interactive approach to what is new from BCS and understand more about the new and emerging skills in the workplace.

2021 The economic road ahead

For schools

Learn new approaches to embedding digital skills across the curriculum and preparing students for the digital-driven workplace.

For colleges and training providers

Find out how you’ll be affected by latest policy and funding changes and identify the right digital skills portfolio for your learner community and your centre.

For local authorities

Discover new and effective ways to engage with the SMEs and employers in your area to support delivery of your regional digital skills strategy.

For employers

Gain a clearer view of your digital skills capability, the gaps you need to fill and how - and the future technology trends and roles that will transform your business

For HR professionals

Get up to speed with the latest employer reforms, the Government’s Plan for Jobs programme, diversity in IT, traineeships, T-Levels and apprenticeships

For individuals

Understand the training and progression routes into today’s digital roles and the types of new roles industry will be demanding in the future

What you'll take away

Gain insight into latest thinking from the experts on the UK’s digital landscape, including bespoke sessions from leaders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and how to adapt and equip yourself and your organisation in the face of accelerating technology change.

Learn about the government’s new National Data Strategy on which BCS has consulted; the consultation period closes during festival week - the new strategy is due for publication early 2021.

Join our career development sessions for CPD, developing a good mindset, good leadership skills, soft skills to stand out and much more.


As a registered attendee you’ll receive an exclusive copy of our state of the nation report.

The Festival of Digital Skills report takes a look at this year’s key skills issues as they arose in our research. In that time we looked at diversity issues, the burgeoning AI scene, the views of digital leaders and, most recently, the security landscape.

The report also looks at BCS policy approaches and how apprenticeships will support economic growth.

Book now

Take your place at BCS Virtual Festival of Digital Skills.