8th Annual
The must-attend online event for the Oil & Gas IT community, with keynote talks, breakouts and an exhibition hall - all hosted live on a virtual platform. Free to attend for end users working in the industry - join us from anywhere in the world. 
 Thursday 22nd April 2021
08:00 - 16:30 GMT 

The Summit

The Digital Energy 2020 Summit on 29th April will be going ahead as a virtual event, delivered fully online. 

The Virtual Summit will retain all of the main features of our standard conference programme - with keynote talks, breakouts and an exhibition hall - all hosted live on a virtual platform. We will also be running Q&A sessions to enable audience participation, and facilitating networking and business engagement opportunities over the course of the day. Not only will you be able to enjoy our full line-up of speakers - but you’ll be able to log-in remotely and join us from anywhere in the world.


The Energy sector is changing: the challenging economic landscape has forced businesses to scrutinise their operations in pursuit of greater productivity and asset efficiency. Meanwhile, the market is growing increasingly diverse as renewables mature and new entrants emerge.

Now in its 7th year, the Digital Energy Summit has established itself as the largest annual Information Technology event for the energy community. The Summit brings together senior technologists and innovators, providing a unique forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and high-level networking.

The programme will explore the role of digital technology in driving innovation, optimisation and improvement across the industry. Sessions will provide informative peer-led presentations on key themes impacting the sector, from data analytics, AI and machine learning, to cyber security, culture, strategy and leadership. 

Core Themes


  • Digitalisation: efficiency, modernisation, simplification, organisational transformation

  • Data: analytics, insight, business intelligence, automation, RPA, data sharing

  • Asset visibility: performance optimisation, conditioning, visualisation, digital twins

  • Emerging technologies: AI, ML, IoT, robotics, drones, blockchain, HPC, edge

  • Infrastructure: SCADA, cloud, hybrid architecture

  • Cyber security: information governance, supply chain security, GDPR

The conference is free* to attend for IT & Digital personnel, C-level executives Energy Company personnel in the end-user community



DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. Working alongside partners from industry, academia and government, we host an extensive conference series focused on core areas of emerging technology, Digital and IT. DIGIT also run Scotland's leading IT & Digital News Platform www.digit.fyi which receives over 100,000 page views per month.

Our events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange and discussion, drawing senior stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a strong delegate following and have become renowned as a pivotal forum for high-level networking and engagement.

We are delighted to announce that DIGIT will be running our entire Q2 conference programme in a virtual environment. Not only will you be able to enjoy our full events line-up for April, May and June - but you’ll be able to log-in remotely and join us from anywhere in the world.









2020 Speakers

2021 Coming Soon

Elizabeth Hollinger
Director - Insights, Data, App Development, Aggreko
Mark Mitchell
Security Engineer, Check Point
Gillian Docherty
CEO, The Data Lab
Preston Cody
VP & Head of Analytics Lab, Wood Mackenzie
Blaine Tookey
Technology Principal, BP
Adebayo Aremu
Drilling Operations Superintendent, KCA Deutag
Bruce Catto
Group IT Manager, North Star
Jude McCorry
Stephen Ashley
Digital Transformation Solution Centre Manager, OGTC
Martin Ogden
Head of IT and Digital, Repsol Sinopec
Niko Dukic
Senior Program Manager for Azure Storage, Microsoft
Mike Gill
IS Project Manager, Premier Oil
James McLean
Senior Manager IT UK, CNOOC International
Darren Martin
Group CTO, Wood
Hannah Rudman
Strategic Transformation Director, Wallet.Services
Andy Hardy
VP EMEA & APJ, Nasuni
Rina Ladva
Energy Sector Head, Microsoft UK
Liam Manderson
Managing Director, Targe Environmental
Louise Smith
CDO, Lloyds
Stephen Kelly
CISO & DPO, Chrysaor
Angus Murray
Head of IT, TAQA
Nirmalie Wiruntunga
Professor of Intelligent Systems, Robert Gordon University
Sean Robertson
Client Director Lead, Merkle
Alan Norrie
IT User Enablement Lead, TAQA
Michael Murphy
Scotland Manager, Zerto
Lionel Jacobs
Sr Security Architect, Palo Alto Networks
Ray Bugg
Founder, DIGIT
Mark Stephen
Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
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Agenda 2020

2021 Coming Soon

08:00     Welcome to the Digital Energy Virtual Summit

08:00     Exhibition Zone Opens


The conference will open with a breakfast briefing looking at the response to the ongoing crisis and exploring how a data-led approach can help organisations weather the disruption and prepare for the future.

08:45     Introduction from the Conference Chair

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

08:50     Breakfast Briefing

Survive & Thrive: How data and analytics can help carry your business out of the current climate

  • Crisis context: what is happening and why it is relevant for energy.

  • Data projects: the right and wrong way to approach them.

  • Crisis response: what are energy professionals already doing

Sean Robertson, Client Director & IoT Lead, Merkle
Gillian Docherty, CEO, The Data Lab Innovation Centre
Elizabeth Hollinger, Director of Insight, Data & App Development, Aggreko
Angus Murray, Head of IT, TAQA Global
Rina Ladva, Head of Manufacturing, Energy, Utilities & Life Sciences, Microsoft UK

09:30     Break



Session 2 will illustrate how digital technologies are being leveraged to deliver genuine impact, from keeping vital supply chains functioning, to optimising efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions and helping secure operations.

09:45     Future Ready Now

  • The impact of Covid-19 is accelerating the use of technology in field services for operators maintaining vital assets that not only help power society, but keep it safe.

  • Maintaining real-time connectivity with crucial assets and the people who operate them today and in the future.

  • With reduced capital expenditures reflecting a shift towards operational efficiency and making existing assets more productive- driving efficiency through operations, assets, and people, by means of digital technology

  • Opportunities to use digital technologies to create value by enabling better integration across disciplines, asset organizations, and players in the value chain.              

Darren Martin, Group CTO, Wood

10:15     How Digital will Help BP Achieve its Net Zero Ambitions

  • BP’s net zero agenda

  • Who we are in DIO and what we do

  • What and where new digital technologies can make an impact

  • Deeper dive into monitor and measuring methane emissions

Blaine Tookey, Technology Principal, BP

10:45     Protect your everything: Cyber Security and the new world of working

  • Discover the underlying trends in Cyber Security for 2020

  • Secure remote working

  • protection of operational technologies through the use of automation and adaptive security controls

Mark Mitchell, Security Engineer, Check Point

11:15 Break



This session will begin with a series of breakouts from leading solution providers. Three breakout sessions will be run in parallel and delegates will select one breakout to attend live. The other two sessions will be available to watch on-demand post-event.

​11:25 Breakout A.​ How a Services Platform Built for the Cloud Improves Global File Access in Volatile Times

  • ​Eliminate up to 50% of current infrastructure costs 

  • Make sharing, collaborating, and scaling large files dramatically easier. 

  • Boost productivity & provide improved services to Geo-Scientists & file users with VDI.

Neil McCrindle, Regional Manager, Nasuni

Niko Dukic, Sr Programme Manager, Microsoft

​11:25 Breakout B. ​Hitchhiker’s Guide to Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

  • ​Explore the economic benefits of moving disaster recovery operations to the cloud

  • Decision Making Process of Cloud BC/DR

  • Hear perspectives on finding the right approach: Public cloud versus disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS)

  • Accelerate planned cloud migration efforts to realise results faster and without risk.

​Michael Murphy Scotland Manager – Zerto

​11:25 Breakout C. ​ICS/OT Asset Discovery and Risk Assessment - The hidden dangers of IoT/IIoT to Industry

  • ​Managing the supply chain - Staying complaint

  • Shadow OT - you can protect your environment from things you can't see

  • Protecting your OT infrastructure and resources - the effect the unknown and/or forgotten can have on your controls network security

  • Next steps

​Lionel Jacobs, Sr Security Architect , Palo Alto Networks


11:55     Transition to main conference session

The morning session will conclude with a panel discussion on cyber security collaboration.

11:55    Panel: Driving Cyber Security Collaboration in the Oil & Gas Industry

  • Driving collaboration through the Service Organisation Security Forum

  • Common security challenges

  • Practical value

  • Future goals

  • Building on collaboration

Martin Ogden, Head of IT and Digital, Repsol Sinopec
Stephen Kelly, CISO & DPO, Chrysaor
Andrew Thom, Business Information Security Officer, Wood
Stephen Ashley, Digital Transformation Solution Centre Manager, OGTC

12:30     Lunch, Exhibition & Networking



Four breakout streams will be run in parallel and delegates will select one presentation to attend live. The streams will cover four distinct topics: business change, modern workplace, intelligent systems and DLT. The other three sessions will be available to watch on-demand post-event. 

13:00    Breakout D. The Power of User Stories in Business Change

  • Failure rate of change programs is c70%

  • Use change model to position key elements of change

  • Focus on action/implementation phase of change

  • The power of user stories

  • Real change is messy, fluid & non-linear

  • Empowerment, formulation, quick wins & failing fast

Mike Gill, IS Project Manager, Premier Oil

13:00    Breakout E. Delivering a Modern Workplace Around the Needs of the User

  • Why Modern Workplace: the problem and solution

  • How we delivered: architect, deploy, train then support and empower

  • What we prioritised: modern device, modern OS, accessible anywhere

  • Engaging the users: rebranding and championing the programme

  • What next: where are we optimising, learning and building for the future

  • How MW has helped us cope with current COVID-19 disruption

Alan Norrie, IT User Enablement Lead, TAQA

13:00    Breakout F. Intelligent Systems: Applying Reasoning and Learning systems in Decommissioning

  • The background for the project

  • The goal of maximising circular economy use of materials

  • The village concept: creating multiple reuse rotes

  • How learning and reasoning algorithms are being used

  • Annotation, recognition, characterisation and learning

Nirmalie Wiratunga, Professor of Intelligent Systems, Robert Gordon University

Liam Manderson, Managing Director, Targe Environmental

13:00   Breakout G. Improving Cyberbreach Reporting with Trust and Security Enabled by DLT

  • Across critical sectors reporting cyber breaches happens late with low levels of information

  • SBRC is working with Wallet.Services to develop a prototype to make reporting easier, quicker and more trusted

  • We’ll discuss the project’s potential to create improved integrated and confident community on all levels

  • Improve assurance in statutory reporting to inform all Government  strategies, polices

  • Support focussed growth, investment and innovative opportunities

Hannah Rudman, Strategic Transformation Director, Wallet.Services

13:30     Transition to main conference session



The closing session will look at the future of drilling and rig operations and consider how the reality of technology deployment aligns with predictions from the last decade. Before examining the need for a fundamental reinvention of the Oil & Gas industry around a new data-orientated operating model. The conference will then close with a live cross-sector panel looking at business resilience, collaboration and future trends.

13:30     Driving Drilling and Rig Site Crew Efficiency through Technology

  • What happened to the rig of the future, remote, crewless drilling predictions from 2010s?

  • What are non-oil price related blockers to digital technology adoption for rig operations?

  • What role do human factor considerations play in deployment of new technology for rig crew use?

Adebayo Aremu, Drilling Operations Superintendent, KCA Deutag


14:00     Time for Reinvention: Embracing Data and Technology in a New Operating Model

  • The big picture landscape: trends and observations

  • The shift to digitalisation and the potential prize

  • Embracing data effectively within the organisation

  • Overcoming challenges and barriers

  • Case studies and outcomes

Preston Cody, VP and Head of Analytics Lab, Wood Mackenzie


14:30     Closing panel

  • Current landscape and business resilience

  • Cross-sector collaboration, learning and innovation

  • Future trends

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
James McLean, Senior Manager IT UK, CNOOC International
Jude McCorry, CEO, SBRC
Louise Smith, CDO, Lloyds

15:05     Closing remarks

15:10     Exhibition and Networking

17:00     Close of Conference

*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to revision. 


2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors



Breakfast Briefing Sponsor



For enquiries about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Ray Bugg on ray@digit.fyi

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