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14 November 2019, 10:00am to 15 November 2019, 4:00pm
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Join us at Cumberland Lodge on 14 and 15 November 2019 for a cross-sector, roundtable conference on 'Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides'. 

This conference explores innovative and effective ways of promoting equal access to high-quality digital education and participation, irrespective of age, gender, income, employment or physical or mental ability.

We will also be investigating how intelligent technology use can foster a greater sense of community and inclusion in a digital world and increase social and political opportunities.

The aim is to produce a series of practical, policy-focused recommendations for positive action and change.

In 2020, we will be publishing the key themes of discussion and cross-sector recommendations from the conference in a Cumberland Lodge Report on 'Digital Inclusion: Bridging Divides', and presenting it directly to practitioners and policymakers in central London.

Who is it for and why should I come?

Through collaborative, cross-disciplinary sessions, you will have a unique chance to explore these issues with a diverse delegation of academics, policymakers, future leaders, the private sector, civil society and community practitioners. 


This is the first conference in our 2019-20 series, ‘Inclusion & Opportunity’. 

Sessions will explore the following issues, with opportunities for group discussion and breakout sessions throughout, and time and space for reflection and networking.

  • Identifying the Divide
  • Socio-economic Limits: Education and Employment
  • E-government: Serving Citizens Online
  • Intergenerational Challenges
  • Inhabiting Digital Territories Differently
  • Digital Social Innovation: Reports from a Possible Future


Our keynote address will be delivered by Lizzie Hodgson and Brandon Relph, hosts of The Z-X Spectrum podcast, who take an intergenerational view on the impact of technology on work, education and life.

We are pleased to announce that other confirmed speakers include: 

  • Dr Liam Berriman - Lecturer in Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex
  • Areeq Chowdury - Founder at Webroots Democracy 
  • Robin Christopherson MBE - Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet 
  • Sophie Deen - Chief Executive, Bright Little Labs
  • Rich Denyer-Bewick - Managing Director, Citizens Online
  • Avi Gillis - Head of Tech Diversity and Digital Inclusion at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) 
  • Anna Grant - Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK
  • Maneesh Juneja - Digital Health Futurist
  • Dr Elaine Kasket - Psychologist and author
  • Helen Milner OBE - Chief Executive of The Good Things Foundation
  • Sarah Parkes - Project Manager of One Digital at Age UK
  • Kapila Perera - Director of Research and Engagement at Doteveryone
  • Richard Skellett - Founder at Digital Anthropology
  • Dr Mart Willekens - Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University
  • Gori Yahaya - Chief Executive Officer at Upskill Digital

Conference costs

Attendance at this conference is supported by our charitable funds, to ensure a diverse spectrum of participation, including people of all ages, backgrounds and perspectives. This includes overnight accommodation at Cumberland Lodge on 14 November and all meals during your stay.

Please note that this conference is now full. We have also awarded five travel bursaries to support PhD students working in relevant fields with the costs of travelling to and from Cumberland Lodge.

Conference briefing

We are currently preparing an interdisciplinary overview of current research and thinking on Digital Inclusion: Inequality, Identity & Belonging, to inform our conference discussions. Digital copies of this conference briefing will be emailed to all participants ahead of the event.

We have commissioned Farah Elahi to support us as our freelance Research Associate for this project. Farah will be attending the conference and summarising key findings and recommendations in our post-conference report.

Further enquiries

To find out more, or to enquire about joining the waiting list, please email us at