Digital Disrupt 2018

Cowes Yacht Haven, November 15 2018

Supported by
Isle of Wight Council


About the Event

An evening of conversation, inspiration and communication after the big IW Council Digital Island Conference. Get together with the Island's tech business community, hear some entertaining and stimulating presentations, get a glimpse of the future... and have a drink at the bar.



Isle of Wight businesses with five or fewer employees



Island residents in employment who commute regularly to the mainland



Maximum possible distance from the sea on the Isle of Wight.


This is how it's going to work on the night

Doors open, bar is open
In fact the bar stays open all night.
Event introduction
Find out what's on, who's here, and an intro to the experts in the room so you know who you want to talk to.
Structured networking session and meet the experts
Get in and meet businesses and experts from across the Island's business community - your chance to find business services you need - or customers for your own company.
Speakers - see below for details
Sofa chat with experts
Throw some questions at the experts and speakers.
Closing speeches
We get emotional
Informal networking
Bar remains open

Speakers and Experts

Our main speakers and experts

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    Lucy Rogers

    "Was the Banksy prank triggered from the Isle of Wight?"

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    Andy Stanford-Clark

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    Mart Drake-Knight

Lucy Rogers
Inventor, Robot Wars Judge and dinosaur whisperer
I am a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, problem solver, maker and Judge on the recent series of BBC Robot Wars. I am an inventor and Founded the Guild of Makers. I also have a PhD in Bubbles (Fluid Dynamics), a City in Guilds in Woodturning and a Cycling Proficiency Certificate. My family make things – from spinning to woodwork, metalwork to embroidery. Making is such a integral part of my life that it was only recently that I realised I am a “maker” first and an “engineer” second. To me it’s like saying I’m 5’6″ or have blue eyes. It’s just part of what I am. But I’ve realised not everyone is encouraged to make or even know what a maker is. I aim to change that.
Andy Stanford-Clark
Internet of Things evangelist
Andy Stanford-Clark is the Chief Technology Officer for IBM in UK and Ireland. He is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor with more than 40 patents. Andy is based at IBM's Hursley Park laboratories in the UK, and has a long background in Internet of Things technologies. He has a BSc in Computing and Mathematics, and a PhD in Computer Science. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle, an Honorary Professor at the University of East Anglia, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southampton, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Mart Drake-Knight
Founder, Rapanui
Mart Drake-Knight, with brother Rob, is co-founder of ecofashion company Rapanui. They've grown the business to now occupy the old Co-op supermarket in Freshwater, constantly developing staff and providing opportunities to get into not just a fashion or production, but a tech business on the Island. Their years of campaigning around plastics and sustainability is well-known, but if you dig deeper in to the workings of Rapanui and the Teemill factory, you'll see a burgeoning team working on AI, automation and robotics.


We've got a very simple pricing structure

    • £7.50

    • Early Bird

      • You get there first
      • Save £2.50!
      • Tickets are extremely limited
    • Register
    • £10.00

    • Individual

      • You're just as important
      • But if you're not quick
      • You won't save £2.50
    • Register
    • £80.00

    • Corporate

      • 10 Tickets
      • Bring your Entire Company
      • Table will be reserved for you
    • Register
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Sponsors and Partners

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Isle of Wight Council
The Isle of Wight Council regeneration service is supporting and sponsoring this event as a warm-up for the main Isle of Wight Digital Conference on 15 November.
Made by Hippo
We are Hippo - a digital studio providing strategy, infrastructure and technology solutions and providing enterprise level technology services & support for design agencies, marketing studios and freelancers in the UK, Europe and the US. Through our strategic client partnerships, we assist in extending and transforming our clients by providing innovative solutions, services & experiences.
Pinkeye Graphics
We make great things and tell brilliant stories. Logos, websites, leaflets, shopfronts, signs, maps, branding... Pinkeye Graphics does them all. We know how to work with you and create exactly what you need.
Powered Now
Invoice, estimating & scheduling software for small businesses. Manage your business from anywhere and any device.
Sunshine Recruitment
Sunshine Recruitment Solutions specialises in discreet introductions between skilled professionals and reputable employers. We shed light on your search, making the recruitment process brighter from beginning to end. At Sunshine we take the time discover exactly what you need - then, we do our best to find it for you.
North Wind Digital
At North Wind Digital, we combine expert knowledge of the business domain with advanced software robotics to provide a comprehensive solution for our customers – delivering functional excellence, and implementing the finance function of the future.

Helping your organisation engage and manage your customers, Is paramount to your success and will help your business grow. We know that 80% of your time is spent on doing what you do well, but streamlining the last 20% can help you make the next step. At MyCRM this is what we do best, MyCRM Essentials helps you manage everything from appointments to the full sales cycle and support process, giving your customer a remarkable customer experience.
Vectis Ventures
Vectis Ventures Limited is the parent company of two of the best-known large tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight, offering a range of exciting activities and memorable experiences for all. Blackgang Chine was started in 1843 by the Dabell family and is now managed by Vectis Ventures alongside sister park Robin Hill. The company has a reputation for technological innovation in visitor presentation, famously the animatronic dinosaurs at Blackgang.