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Exploring Ethical Tech | Reframing Responsible Tech Workshop

Join us in Exploring Ethical Tech with a focus on decision making on the fifth day of our Digital City Fringe Festival.

As a rapidly growing tech hub and socially progressive region, Greater Manchester has the potential to establish itself on a global stage as an examplar for tech ethics. The region has thriving tech for good scene embodied through pro-active community at Tech for Good Live, as well as establishing itself as a progressive centre for civic tech, with Salford planning to establish itself as a world-leading SmartCity, and two security hubs being established at the University of Manchester and Manchester Digital.

Collaboration, innovation and an inclusive economy are central to the region’s ambitions, and so designing, developing and deploying tech that goes beyond industry to consider people, communities, society and the environment is essential to the region’s future. Sponsored by the Co-op Foundation and Luminate, and building on The Federation’s work to educate and upskill organisations in responsible tech practice, the Exploring Ethical Tech fringe festival aims to bring ethical tech to the heart of the city’s Digital City programme, and engage Greater Manchester’s tech ecosystem in our work to bring the humanity back to tech.

Technology is not only changing our daily lives, human interactions and society, but it's also radically changing the business landscape. Consumers are changing: access to information, transparency, collection of personal data are affecting users behaviour and trust in businesses. Technology is also changing the way we work, collaborate and exchange information and which jobs will be relevant in the future. As such, organisations have to look wider and deeper in the ecosystem they operate in.

In this increasingly complex landscape, businesses are struggling to prioritise and to manage the uncertainty that comes with every days’ decisions.

In this workshop, we will explore the landscape of responsibility and test the first prototype of a framework to help businesses reframing responsibility into their own context and finding priority impact areas.

Mariagiulia Benato is a business and service designer who developed this diagnostic tool as part of her journey at Hyper Island. She has eight years of experience developing strategy, products and services and business innovation in different industries, with focus on financial services. She lives in Amsterdam, working for a digital design agency, and cooperates with London-based tech-for-good startup accelerators.

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