May saw Wales’ largest digital event take place in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre. In what was a fantastic couple of days, with some brilliant speeches and debates, and huge amounts of networking, Wales really did showcase the ambition and potential it has to become a leading tech zone.
Being based in Wales, Welsh Tech is close to our hearts. We already work with some really great tech SMEs, as well as supporting a number of great institutions, keen to play our part in helping Welsh Tech to compete on a UK and global stage. As sponsors of Digital Festival, we were proud to play a key role in what is rapidly becoming one of the UKs most exciting digital events.
Here’s what we got up to:
1. Milo welcomes ‘Eight-bit’ and ‘Demitrie’
We chose the Digital Festival to launch our 2 new services, ‘Mango Recruit2Retain’ and ‘Mango Revolution’, both innovative offerings that are helping to disrupt recruitment in tech and support firms through major changes, such as culture or the arrival of leadership teams.
During the event we ran a poll to name our 2 new service mascots, and were astounded at the number of delegates who voted.
As the event drew to a close, all votes were in, with our new alien ‘Recruit2Retain’ mascot being named ‘Demitrie’ and our new ‘Revolution’ robot mascot receiving the name ‘Eight-bit’.
Welcome to the family both!
Check out our website for further information on all of our services.
2. Painting a picture of how recruitment will be disrupted
On day 1, our CSO & co-owner, Martin, took to the stage to talk about ‘recruitment for the digital age’, and how an entire industry was going to be disrupted.
See our article ‘Recruitment for the digital age’ for further info.
We were suitably pleased with how many people and firms followed up with us after this talk, keen to get insight in to the ‘perfect storm’ which is gathering and will ultimately lead to the major disruption of a £32bn industry.
As a team, our primary mission is to help UK tech. And that means, supporting growing firms in their pursuit of talented people in a way they can afford, and in a manner which promotes retention and career progression. The current skills ‘civil-war’ in tech is doing nothing to help individual firms or, to that matter, the macro UK tech industry. So, something has to change. And we intend to be at the forefront of that change, driving progress that truly helps ambitious and high potential tech firms to grow sustainably and compete on the world stage.
3. The Mango ‘bot’ has arrived!
You what?! A HR firm with a chatbot?! That’s right. Digital Festival also saw us officially launch our new chatbot which you can find at www.mangohr.co.uk/talk-to-a-monster.
It’s early days but this project, supported by our friends and partners at ‘Pillar AI’, will grow in to a complete HR assistant for firms of all sizes and industries. Offering support and guidance on many common topics, and connecting us with a rapidly growing customer base in a much more effective way, 24/7.
The bot, positioned throughout the venue, drew massive interest with a large proportion of delegates interacting with it. We were really pleased to see the interest, affirming in our mines that HR as an industry itself can and must embrace technology to transform experience for everyone involved.
4. Discussing careers and diversity in tech
As part of a brilliant schedule of talks and discussions, our CEO Sarah and CSO Martin both participated in discussions on ‘diversity’ and ‘careers in the digital age’ respectively.
We thoroughly enjoyed the debates which demonstrated the sheer scale and potential of the digital sector, with growing collaboration being a key theme of both.
In Sarah’s panel discussion on diversity, we saw discussion range from how technology is acting as the catalyst for economic and social progress in Africa, through to how firms can use diversity and inclusion to their advantage, accessing talent pools currently untapped.
And in Martin’s roundtable on careers and recruitment, a really interesting debate was had over both the growing need for whole-scale collaboration between industry and educators to address the rising skills gap once and for all, to make training and development a continual thing, and also on whether we really see a world where recruitment agencies don’t exist.
Since Digital Festival we have also been at a number of other events including the Natwest Business Support even in Bristol.
Watch this space for more talks and discussions involving our rapidly growing team, or get in touch if you’d like our support at any event you’re involved with.
5. Mango’s Einstein Bar and Milo Bytes workshops
Last but not least, we were thrilled to bring to Digital Festival our very own ‘Einstein Bar’. With 1:1 support on hand from our team of highly experienced and diversely skilled people experts, we also welcomed some of our close partners.
A schedule of mini-workshops were very well attended, with content ranging from wellbeing and diversity, coaching and behavioural profiling, along with the new worlds of performance management and recruitment.
Also, our friends at Pillar AI were on hand throughout the event to talk all things chat bots, and how they are bringing major improvements to industries far and wide, from customer service to HR.
Thanks to everyone who came and visited us. We really enjoyed meeting so many passionate and capable people. We left both tired yet energised over how Welsh tech is pushing forward at pace, and promises to be a true centre for innovation for years to come.
Until next year Digital Festival!