techUK - Representing the tech industry in the UK techUK provides a collective voice for its members and drives connections with government and business to create a commercial environment in which they can thrive. http://www.techuk.org/ 2017-11-24T12:51:21+00:00 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management 10 Tech Take-Aways from the 'Fit For the Future' Budget 2017-11-24T11:54:45+00:00 2017-11-24T11:54:45+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11785-10-tech-take-aways-from-the-fit-for-the-future-budget Doniya Soni(techUK) doniya.soni@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>As the dust settles on the Chancellor’s Budget it is clear that tech has in many ways been the big winner.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>Despite difficult economic news, the Chancellor chose to focus much of the money he had on setting the UK on the path to be ready for the “Global Technological Revolution” on the horizon.</p> <p>techUK's long read looks at the detail behind the budget measures and whether Philip Hammond truly met his goal of making the UK ”fit for the future”.</p> <p>Download our analysis below.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}giles.derrington@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>As the dust settles on the Chancellor’s Budget it is clear that tech has in many ways been the big winner.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>Despite difficult economic news, the Chancellor chose to focus much of the money he had on setting the UK on the path to be ready for the “Global Technological Revolution” on the horizon.</p> <p>techUK's long read looks at the detail behind the budget measures and whether Philip Hammond truly met his goal of making the UK ”fit for the future”.</p> <p>Download our analysis below.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}giles.derrington@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Guest Blog: Prescriptive Security: Using the Haystack to Find the Needle 2017-11-24T11:05:03+00:00 2017-11-24T11:05:03+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11784-guest-blog-prescriptive-security-using-the-haystack-to-find-the-needle Talal Rajab (techUK) talal.rajab@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>In our increasingly data-driven world, organisations are engaged in a race to gather operational and customer data and apply analytics to transform that data into valuable business insights. Yet one important application that is still rarely addressed is cyber security data analytics.<strong><br /></strong></em></p> <p><strong>From Proactive to Prescriptive</strong></p> <p>We regularly hear about major cyber security breaches and wonder whether they were preventable. Prescriptive Security is about exactly that: preventing breaches from happening by leveraging big data and supercomputing capabilities. As technologies advance, cyber security is shifting away from a reactive and proactive model to a prescriptive model that can analyse analytics patterns in order to identity the next threats and to automate the security control responses.</p> <p>While cyber security has been focused on finding the needle in the haystack, Prescriptive Security instead uses the haystack to find the needle by leveraging big data and machine learning analytics and utilising all data generated within the organisation and outside the organisation, in order to bring 360° security visibility and eliminate all potential blind-spots.</p> <p>With a Prescriptive Security Operations Centre (SOC), organisations will be able to:</p> <p>• <strong>Face the ever-evolving threat landscape</strong>: The threat landscape has been increasing exponentially as the adoption of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud computing are expanding the attack surface. Every three months, over 18 million new malware samples are captured, with zero-day exploits (malware that goes undetected by traditional anti-virus software) expected to rise from one per week in 2015 to one per day by 2021. With Prescriptive Security, threat intelligence is no longer a separate technology-watching process managed through alert bulletins, but an integrated part of the SOC where threat intelligence feeds give actionable risk scorings and can detect unknown threats before they even reach the organisation</p> <p>• <strong>Significantly improve detection and response times</strong>: Time is on the side of any adversary who is patient, persistent and creative. We’re fighting human ingenuity and attackers aren’t playing by the same rules as we are. Prescriptive SOCs can change current operational models and considerably improve detection times and response times. Instead of thinking in days and months to detect and correct threats, with machine learning and automation we can neutralise emerging threats in real time and prevent future attacks</p> <p>• <strong>Optimise cyber security resources</strong>: While cyber attacks are growing in volume, complexity and pervasiveness, organisations will need to counter these using limited resources. The latest research estimates that by 2020, over 1.8 million cyber security jobs will not be filled due to a shortage of skills. Prescriptive Security, by introducing artificial intelligence and automatic response, will optimise the use of cyber security professionals who will be able to automate responses to common cyber attacks and focus on the more complex and persistent ones. It will also introduce new cyber security roles, such as cyber security data scientists to integrate statistical and mathematical models and provide innovative mechanisms to detect future cyber attacks.</p> <p><strong>Next-generation infrastructure</strong></p> <p>Prescriptive Security advances a tri-dimensional paradigm by increasing the detection surface, increasing the velocity of response and decreasing the reaction time. By using big data, analytics and supercomputing, it also effectively optimises the cost factor (human resources cost plus storage/compute power costs).</p> <p>Prescriptive Security SOCs will be the next-generation cyber security infrastructure that the digital economy needs to enable and engender confidence. With this in place, organisations will be able to effectively protect their business assets including valuable business data and customer personal data.</p> <p><strong>Digital Vision for Cyber Security</strong></p> <p>This article, by Zeina Zakhour, Atos Global CTO for Cyber Security, is part of the <a href="https://atos.net/en-gb/united-kingdom/digital-vision-programme/digital-vision-cyber-security?utm_source=tukblog&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=dvfcs" target="_blank">Atos Digital Vision for Cyber Security</a> opinion paper. It covers what every business should know about cyber security, why a concerted response is essential, and how to protect data, systems and services from any attack.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>In our increasingly data-driven world, organisations are engaged in a race to gather operational and customer data and apply analytics to transform that data into valuable business insights. Yet one important application that is still rarely addressed is cyber security data analytics.<strong><br /></strong></em></p> <p><strong>From Proactive to Prescriptive</strong></p> <p>We regularly hear about major cyber security breaches and wonder whether they were preventable. Prescriptive Security is about exactly that: preventing breaches from happening by leveraging big data and supercomputing capabilities. As technologies advance, cyber security is shifting away from a reactive and proactive model to a prescriptive model that can analyse analytics patterns in order to identity the next threats and to automate the security control responses.</p> <p>While cyber security has been focused on finding the needle in the haystack, Prescriptive Security instead uses the haystack to find the needle by leveraging big data and machine learning analytics and utilising all data generated within the organisation and outside the organisation, in order to bring 360° security visibility and eliminate all potential blind-spots.</p> <p>With a Prescriptive Security Operations Centre (SOC), organisations will be able to:</p> <p>• <strong>Face the ever-evolving threat landscape</strong>: The threat landscape has been increasing exponentially as the adoption of new technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud computing are expanding the attack surface. Every three months, over 18 million new malware samples are captured, with zero-day exploits (malware that goes undetected by traditional anti-virus software) expected to rise from one per week in 2015 to one per day by 2021. With Prescriptive Security, threat intelligence is no longer a separate technology-watching process managed through alert bulletins, but an integrated part of the SOC where threat intelligence feeds give actionable risk scorings and can detect unknown threats before they even reach the organisation</p> <p>• <strong>Significantly improve detection and response times</strong>: Time is on the side of any adversary who is patient, persistent and creative. We’re fighting human ingenuity and attackers aren’t playing by the same rules as we are. Prescriptive SOCs can change current operational models and considerably improve detection times and response times. Instead of thinking in days and months to detect and correct threats, with machine learning and automation we can neutralise emerging threats in real time and prevent future attacks</p> <p>• <strong>Optimise cyber security resources</strong>: While cyber attacks are growing in volume, complexity and pervasiveness, organisations will need to counter these using limited resources. The latest research estimates that by 2020, over 1.8 million cyber security jobs will not be filled due to a shortage of skills. Prescriptive Security, by introducing artificial intelligence and automatic response, will optimise the use of cyber security professionals who will be able to automate responses to common cyber attacks and focus on the more complex and persistent ones. It will also introduce new cyber security roles, such as cyber security data scientists to integrate statistical and mathematical models and provide innovative mechanisms to detect future cyber attacks.</p> <p><strong>Next-generation infrastructure</strong></p> <p>Prescriptive Security advances a tri-dimensional paradigm by increasing the detection surface, increasing the velocity of response and decreasing the reaction time. By using big data, analytics and supercomputing, it also effectively optimises the cost factor (human resources cost plus storage/compute power costs).</p> <p>Prescriptive Security SOCs will be the next-generation cyber security infrastructure that the digital economy needs to enable and engender confidence. With this in place, organisations will be able to effectively protect their business assets including valuable business data and customer personal data.</p> <p><strong>Digital Vision for Cyber Security</strong></p> <p>This article, by Zeina Zakhour, Atos Global CTO for Cyber Security, is part of the <a href="https://atos.net/en-gb/united-kingdom/digital-vision-programme/digital-vision-cyber-security?utm_source=tukblog&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=dvfcs" target="_blank">Atos Digital Vision for Cyber Security</a> opinion paper. It covers what every business should know about cyber security, why a concerted response is essential, and how to protect data, systems and services from any attack.</p></div> Internet of Things Monthly Update | November 2017 2017-11-23T16:43:14+00:00 2017-11-23T16:43:14+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/11783-internet-of-things-monthly-update-november-2017 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) manar.al-muflahi@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to the techUK IoT newsletter for the month of October. To see the full newsletter, including industry and regulatory news, you can download the full document below for members only.</p> <p>To subscribe to this and other updates, visit the <a href="http://www.techuk.org/services/newsletters">newsletters page</a> under the services tab of the techUK website.</p> <hr /> <p>It's almost winter but whilst the trees and wildlife have gone into hibernation we certainly haven't.</p> <p>On 31 October we held our annual Supercharging the Digital Economy Conference, discussing how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33791&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">capture global leadership in innovation</a>, how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33792&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">supercharge digital adoption and use</a>, and <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33793&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Britain's role in global trade</a>. It’s clear that all businesses are facing increased uncertainty. With Brexit negotiations still in flux and industry digesting the latest round of Budget announcements (<a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33889&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">see our take here</a>), the conference provided an opportunity to look at where the UK can capture value and what more can be done to support businesses to digitise.</p> <p>November has seen us launch two new initiatives. One focusing on <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33794&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">top actions to accelerate IoT market growth</a>, which we launched with a roundtable focused on <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33795&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">2018 policy priorities for the IoT</a>. The other looking at the <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33796&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Connected Home</a>. Working with <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33797&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">GFK</a> we launched with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by an <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33798&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">interactive workshop</a> where we took members on an immersive journey, exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.</p> <p>We are now busy planning for our 2018 work programme. If there are any specific IoT policy or market issues issues you feel we should be working on next year now is the time to <a href="mailto:matthew.evans@techUK.org">get in touch</a>.</p> <p>And last but not least I hope to see you for a drink or two at our free-to-attend <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33799&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">IoT and Data Winter Drinks Reception</a>, at the <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33800&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">BT Centre</a> on 6 December.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to the techUK IoT newsletter for the month of October. To see the full newsletter, including industry and regulatory news, you can download the full document below for members only.</p> <p>To subscribe to this and other updates, visit the <a href="http://www.techuk.org/services/newsletters">newsletters page</a> under the services tab of the techUK website.</p> <hr /> <p>It's almost winter but whilst the trees and wildlife have gone into hibernation we certainly haven't.</p> <p>On 31 October we held our annual Supercharging the Digital Economy Conference, discussing how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33791&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">capture global leadership in innovation</a>, how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33792&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">supercharge digital adoption and use</a>, and <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33793&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Britain's role in global trade</a>. It’s clear that all businesses are facing increased uncertainty. With Brexit negotiations still in flux and industry digesting the latest round of Budget announcements (<a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33889&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">see our take here</a>), the conference provided an opportunity to look at where the UK can capture value and what more can be done to support businesses to digitise.</p> <p>November has seen us launch two new initiatives. One focusing on <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33794&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">top actions to accelerate IoT market growth</a>, which we launched with a roundtable focused on <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33795&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">2018 policy priorities for the IoT</a>. The other looking at the <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33796&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Connected Home</a>. Working with <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33797&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">GFK</a> we launched with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by an <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33798&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">interactive workshop</a> where we took members on an immersive journey, exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.</p> <p>We are now busy planning for our 2018 work programme. If there are any specific IoT policy or market issues issues you feel we should be working on next year now is the time to <a href="mailto:matthew.evans@techUK.org">get in touch</a>.</p> <p>And last but not least I hope to see you for a drink or two at our free-to-attend <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33799&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">IoT and Data Winter Drinks Reception</a>, at the <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S5873&amp;CC=&amp;w=33800&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">BT Centre</a> on 6 December.</p></div> Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy 2017-11-23T12:30:00+00:00 2017-11-23T12:30:00+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/11780-policy-pulse-your-weekly-update-on-tech-and-digital-policy Tom Morrison-Bell(techUK) tom.morrison-bell@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>It’s budget day! Today we hear a number of broad ranging announcements for UK tech. Is it enough? Read our statement below. Meanwhile:</p> <ul> <li>Trump administration reveals plans to dismantle net neutrality;</li> <li>Barnier confirms Brexit means loss of financial service passports for UK firms;</li> <li>MPs hear warnings of UK companies falling behind on space contracts.</li> </ul> <p>And plenty more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Top Tech Policy News</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42081703?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">2017 Autumn Budget produces ambitious package for tech</a> <strong>(BBC)</strong><br />The Chancellor announces wide-ranging funding for tech that is future focused, but growth forecasts can’t be ignored.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/d8dbef08-cee1-11e7-b781-794ce08b24dc?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Trump administration unveils plans to end net neutrality</a> <strong>(FT £)</strong><br />The top US telecoms regulator has unveiled sweeping plans to overturn Obama-era rules designed to protect an open internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cityam.com/276078/michel-barnier-says-city-firms-lose-financial-passports-uk?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=dvTwitter&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Barnier: Brexit means Brexit, and that includes financial service passports</a> <strong>(City AM)</strong><br />City firms will lose their financial passports upon Brexit says Barnier, however, he reassured a good deal would facilitate as much market access as possible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/11/21/uk-losing-place-space-race-brexit-worries-mps-told/" target="_blank">UK risks falling behind on space race, MPs state</a> <strong>(Telegraph)</strong><br />Businesses are missing out on contracts for the EU-funded Galileo satellite programme due to Brexit, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>techUK Action &amp; Reaction</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Tech-heavy budget shows money in right place, but is it enough?</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Deputy CEO Antony Walker welcomes fitness-boosting tech budget, but stresses that it may not be enough to prepare for the uphill road ahead. Check out our analysis.</p> <p><a href="http://tech.newstatesman.com/guest-opinion/budget-economy-fit-for-future?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Chancellor must focus on present to build economy of future</a> <strong>(New Statesman)</strong><br />techUK’s Giles Derrington outlines the imperative need to assist businesses falling behind in a rapidly digitising economy, stating that only then will we be able to embrace the future.</p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11764-dcms-launches-20-million-cyber-discovery-programme?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">techUK welcomes DCMS Cyber Discovery Programme</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Although encouraged by the £20m funding announcement, we stress the initiative must form part of a wider response, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit.</p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11767-techuk-presents-white-paper-on-distributed-ledger?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">An in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its applications: a techUK report</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />techUK’s new paper explores what the risks are for companies in implementing DLT and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>More News &amp; Comment</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/f5fcb8cc-cddf-11e7-947e-f1ea5435bcc7?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Michael Heseltine: Whitehall must create a regional industrial strategy</a> <strong>(FT £)</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/how-can-fourth-industrial-revolution-be-made-good?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">How can the fourth industrial revolution be made good?</a> <strong>(Nesta)</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/fc8170dc-ce22-11e7-947e-f1ea5435bcc7?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Harnessing technology to challenge inequality</a> <strong>(FT £)</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Upcoming Events - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events" target="_blank">View full events calendar</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Nov 23</strong> - <a href="events/partner-event/item/11497-who-rules-the-internet?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Who Rules The Internet?</a></p> <p><strong>Nov 27 - </strong><a href="events/workshop/item/11668-putting-the-user-back-into-transport-innovation?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 05</strong> - <a href="events/roundtable/item/11681-local-government-roundtable-harnessing-digital-to-prevent-homelessness?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Local Government Roundtable: Harnessing Digital to Prevent Homelessness</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 13</strong> - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/11563-digital-ethics-summit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Digital Ethics Summit</a></p> <hr /> <p>As ever, please get in touch with the team and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about. We really do like feedback!</p> <p>{bio}antony.walker@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>It’s budget day! Today we hear a number of broad ranging announcements for UK tech. Is it enough? Read our statement below. Meanwhile:</p> <ul> <li>Trump administration reveals plans to dismantle net neutrality;</li> <li>Barnier confirms Brexit means loss of financial service passports for UK firms;</li> <li>MPs hear warnings of UK companies falling behind on space contracts.</li> </ul> <p>And plenty more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Top Tech Policy News</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42081703?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">2017 Autumn Budget produces ambitious package for tech</a> <strong>(BBC)</strong><br />The Chancellor announces wide-ranging funding for tech that is future focused, but growth forecasts can’t be ignored.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/d8dbef08-cee1-11e7-b781-794ce08b24dc?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Trump administration unveils plans to end net neutrality</a> <strong>(FT £)</strong><br />The top US telecoms regulator has unveiled sweeping plans to overturn Obama-era rules designed to protect an open internet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cityam.com/276078/michel-barnier-says-city-firms-lose-financial-passports-uk?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=dvTwitter&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Barnier: Brexit means Brexit, and that includes financial service passports</a> <strong>(City AM)</strong><br />City firms will lose their financial passports upon Brexit says Barnier, however, he reassured a good deal would facilitate as much market access as possible.</p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/11/21/uk-losing-place-space-race-brexit-worries-mps-told/" target="_blank">UK risks falling behind on space race, MPs state</a> <strong>(Telegraph)</strong><br />Businesses are missing out on contracts for the EU-funded Galileo satellite programme due to Brexit, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>techUK Action &amp; Reaction</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Tech-heavy budget shows money in right place, but is it enough?</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Deputy CEO Antony Walker welcomes fitness-boosting tech budget, but stresses that it may not be enough to prepare for the uphill road ahead. Check out our analysis.</p> <p><a href="http://tech.newstatesman.com/guest-opinion/budget-economy-fit-for-future?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Chancellor must focus on present to build economy of future</a> <strong>(New Statesman)</strong><br />techUK’s Giles Derrington outlines the imperative need to assist businesses falling behind in a rapidly digitising economy, stating that only then will we be able to embrace the future.</p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11764-dcms-launches-20-million-cyber-discovery-programme?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">techUK welcomes DCMS Cyber Discovery Programme</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Although encouraged by the £20m funding announcement, we stress the initiative must form part of a wider response, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit.</p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11767-techuk-presents-white-paper-on-distributed-ledger?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">An in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its applications: a techUK report</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />techUK’s new paper explores what the risks are for companies in implementing DLT and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>More News &amp; Comment</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/f5fcb8cc-cddf-11e7-947e-f1ea5435bcc7?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Michael Heseltine: Whitehall must create a regional industrial strategy</a> <strong>(FT £)</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/how-can-fourth-industrial-revolution-be-made-good?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">How can the fourth industrial revolution be made good?</a> <strong>(Nesta)</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.ft.com/content/fc8170dc-ce22-11e7-947e-f1ea5435bcc7?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Harnessing technology to challenge inequality</a> <strong>(FT £)</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Upcoming Events - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events" target="_blank">View full events calendar</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Nov 23</strong> - <a href="events/partner-event/item/11497-who-rules-the-internet?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Who Rules The Internet?</a></p> <p><strong>Nov 27 - </strong><a href="events/workshop/item/11668-putting-the-user-back-into-transport-innovation?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+22+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2022%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=iegXHLv9d1h%2fctPg59Tb8TIHrJOvOtROQR%2bsX7I3cP9FCFF%2fl3m0PYVSB2Ss9IPzxRP5hRQoIkJv1hM%2fBeC8mvx8n6B%2bR8udIuYJd0R0PNQDej7H2x%2bseqVvuDBizh83QNrpbH50q3KzaJQkC2Ru7vpkYCWJnZoRx2efzlfljd8wSPqAFZw8I0cXB10OYBsP" target="_blank">Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 05</strong> - <a href="events/roundtable/item/11681-local-government-roundtable-harnessing-digital-to-prevent-homelessness?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Local Government Roundtable: Harnessing Digital to Prevent Homelessness</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 13</strong> - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/11563-digital-ethics-summit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Digital Ethics Summit</a></p> <hr /> <p>As ever, please get in touch with the team and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about. We really do like feedback!</p> <p>{bio}antony.walker@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Consultation Event With The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) 2017-11-23T10:16:52+00:00 2017-11-23T10:16:52+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11779-consultation-event-with-the-open-identity-exchange-oix Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) georgina.maratheftis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This event will offer public service portal and platform suppliers a chance to learn about and influence the latest <a href="http://oixuk.org/">Open Identity Exchange (OIX) </a>project. The ‘micro-sources of data’ alpha project will run for 6 months and will examine how <a href="https://govuk-verify.cloudapps.digital/">GOV.UK Verify</a> could work with a local authority multi-service portal. It will verify users' identity at the lower level of assurance (LOA1) and then use locally collected social housing data to strengthen this assurance to the higher level of assurance (LOA2), which is recognised in civil court.</p> <p>Attendees will have the chance to review the project objectives and plans, and to learn more about plans to test Verify through non-GDS hubs. More details and an agenda will be circulated closer to the event.</p> <p>Places at this event are limited and will target lead technical architects and product development leads.</p> <p>To request a place, please email Georgina Maratheftis.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This event will offer public service portal and platform suppliers a chance to learn about and influence the latest <a href="http://oixuk.org/">Open Identity Exchange (OIX) </a>project. The ‘micro-sources of data’ alpha project will run for 6 months and will examine how <a href="https://govuk-verify.cloudapps.digital/">GOV.UK Verify</a> could work with a local authority multi-service portal. It will verify users' identity at the lower level of assurance (LOA1) and then use locally collected social housing data to strengthen this assurance to the higher level of assurance (LOA2), which is recognised in civil court.</p> <p>Attendees will have the chance to review the project objectives and plans, and to learn more about plans to test Verify through non-GDS hubs. More details and an agenda will be circulated closer to the event.</p> <p>Places at this event are limited and will target lead technical architects and product development leads.</p> <p>To request a place, please email Georgina Maratheftis.</p></div> What does the Autumn Budget mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy? 2017-11-22T18:27:57+00:00 2017-11-22T18:27:57+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11778-what-does-the-autumn-budget-mean-for-smart-transport-cites-and-energy Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) Aimee.Betts-Charalambous@techUK.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This years’ Budget had a strong focus on digital, identifying as a priority how the UK can seize the opportunity and maintain its position at the forefront of the tech revolution.</p> <p>With a raft of policy and funding announcements that strike at the core of innovation across multiple markets the future looks bright. Below you will find further detail on Budget Announcements as they relate to techUK’s Internet of Things and SmarterUK programmes.</p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget">Click here</a> to view techUK’s deputy CEO, Antony Walker comment.</p> <h3>Cross Sectoral</h3> <p>Amongst a number of ground breaking approaches to regulatory frameworks to support AI and driverless cars the Chancellor announced a <strong>Regulators’ Pioneer Fund. The new £10 million fund</strong> seeks to unlock the potential of emerging technologies, supporting regulators to develop innovative approaches aimed at getting new products and services to market. This builds on the already successful sandbox approaches of the FCA and Ofgem.</p> <p>In support of infrastructure investment, the Budget announced a boost to the <strong>National Productivity Investment Fund – now at £31bn</strong>. Targeting new funds to areas crucial for productivity such as housing, transport, R&amp;D and digital communications. Government made a further commitment to disrupting how we deliver infrastructure by pledging <strong>£80m to opening up the UK’s geospatial data, working with Ordnance Survey to open up the OS MasterMap.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>To support the companies who will deliver this future the Chancellor set out an action plan to support growth in innovative business including <strong>£2.3bn in R&amp;D support for innovative technologies</strong>, unlocking over<strong> £20bn of patient capital investment over the next 10 years,</strong> and an increase in <strong>R&amp;D tax credits to 12%</strong>.</p> <p>With AI at the heart of our economy going forward Government has also confirmed the creation of a <strong>n</strong><strong>ew centre for Data Ethics and Innovation</strong>. The new centre will focus on enabling safe, ethical and ground-breaking innovation in AI and data-driven technologies. Supporting wider innovation across the board including within the Internet of Things.</p> <h3>Smart Transport</h3> <p>The Budget saw several announcements supporting the future of UK transport with <strong>£35bn spend allocated for 2018-19. </strong></p> <p>The Chancellor has maintained the commitment to modernising the UK rail network with <strong>£84m for digital signalling</strong>. Building on <a href="insights/news/item/9762-autumn-statement-internet-of-things-and-smart-infrastructure">£450m allocated in 2016</a> to trial new technologies.</p> <p>We welcome the announcement of <strong>£30m to trial new solutions on the TransPennine route to improve mobile and digital connectivity for rail passengers</strong>. Through our <a href="file:///T:/Common/1.%20Smarter%20UK%20&amp;amp;%20IoT/3.%20Policy/o%09The%20list%20of%20energy%20saving%20technologies%20eligible%20for%20Enhanced%20Capital%20Allowances%20(ECAs)%20will%20be%20updated%20%E2%80%93%20this%20is%20an%20ask%20we%20put%20to%20government%20back%20in%20September%20as%20part%20of%20our%20work%20on%20the%20Clean%20Growth%20Strategy.%20We%20are%20continuing%20to%20work%20with%20Government%20on%20what%20this%20looks%20like%20for%20%E2%80%98smart%E2%80%99%20technologies.">Rail Connectivity Forum</a>, techUK is continuing to work alongside the rail industry to realise untapped opportunities from improved (digital) connectivity, promoting innovative applications and services that can exploit new connectivity.</p> <p>With a nod to autonomous vehicles and further regulatory announcements to follow it is important that we have a realistic focus on investment in existing infrastructure on which those vehicles will run. We welcome the announcements of a new <strong>NIC innovation prize - Roads for the Future -to determine how future roadbuilding should adapt to support self-driving cars.</strong></p> <p>Investment in transport is crucial to a strong and resilient economy. The government is right to ensure investment is future proofed by looking towards digital.</p> <h3>Smart Cities &amp; Communities</h3> <p>The Budget set out a clear agenda for improved investment in urban areas, including investment in not just services but also infrastructure to help Local Authorities better meet public needs in the future.</p> <p>Under new measures Local Authorities will be able to take advantage of a <strong>£1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund</strong> focused on improving transport within cities, <strong>£1bn in investment support for high value infrastructure</strong>, and a <strong>£190 million Challenge Fund aimed at encouraging faster rollout of full-fibre networks</strong>. This commitment to local infrastructure build will enable cities to take advantage of the data revolution. Providing a framework for cities to develop IoT-enabled solutions to better manage challenges and build economic opportunities.</p> <p>The Government has also announced new support for companies working in the public sector. A new <strong>GovTech Catalyst is to be launched</strong>, giving businesses and innovators a clear access point to government, helping them to navigate government and collaborate to solve public sector challenges. Our recent publication <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11700-iot-is-here-now-we-need-to-drive-adoption">Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation</a> identifies the need for challenge based procurement. With this new Catalyst we may very well have the body who can help deliver the shakeup. Industry will further be bolstered by a <strong>£20m GovTech Fund</strong>.</p> <h3>Energy</h3> <p>The Budget was relatively light on energy this time round, with most announcements hitting at environmental considerations instead of technology. Key announcements included:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>No new low carbon electricity levies until 2025</li> <li>£557m for further Contracts for Difference</li> <li>The Total Carbon Price (currently the total of EU ETS and Carbon Price Support was deemed to be at the right level, and will be at a similar price until unabated coal is phased out</li> <li>The First Year Tax Credit scheme will be extended until 2022, to help loss making firms invest in energy efficient tech.</li> </ul> </ul> <p>One announcement worth noting however is the upcoming <strong>update of the Energy Technology List</strong>, a government list of energy saving technologies eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances. This is an ask we put to government back in September as part of our work on the <a href="insights/meeting-notes/item/11558-clean-growth-strategy-roundtable-meeting-notes">Clean Growth Strategy</a>. There is no detail yet on how the list will be changing but over the coming months we will continue to work with Government on how we ensure the right status of new ‘smart’ technologies under efficiency policy.</p> <p><strong>Read further content regarding the Autumn Budget:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget" target="_blank">techUK Responds to 2017 Autumn Budget</a></strong></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This years’ Budget had a strong focus on digital, identifying as a priority how the UK can seize the opportunity and maintain its position at the forefront of the tech revolution.</p> <p>With a raft of policy and funding announcements that strike at the core of innovation across multiple markets the future looks bright. Below you will find further detail on Budget Announcements as they relate to techUK’s Internet of Things and SmarterUK programmes.</p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget">Click here</a> to view techUK’s deputy CEO, Antony Walker comment.</p> <h3>Cross Sectoral</h3> <p>Amongst a number of ground breaking approaches to regulatory frameworks to support AI and driverless cars the Chancellor announced a <strong>Regulators’ Pioneer Fund. The new £10 million fund</strong> seeks to unlock the potential of emerging technologies, supporting regulators to develop innovative approaches aimed at getting new products and services to market. This builds on the already successful sandbox approaches of the FCA and Ofgem.</p> <p>In support of infrastructure investment, the Budget announced a boost to the <strong>National Productivity Investment Fund – now at £31bn</strong>. Targeting new funds to areas crucial for productivity such as housing, transport, R&amp;D and digital communications. Government made a further commitment to disrupting how we deliver infrastructure by pledging <strong>£80m to opening up the UK’s geospatial data, working with Ordnance Survey to open up the OS MasterMap.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>To support the companies who will deliver this future the Chancellor set out an action plan to support growth in innovative business including <strong>£2.3bn in R&amp;D support for innovative technologies</strong>, unlocking over<strong> £20bn of patient capital investment over the next 10 years,</strong> and an increase in <strong>R&amp;D tax credits to 12%</strong>.</p> <p>With AI at the heart of our economy going forward Government has also confirmed the creation of a <strong>n</strong><strong>ew centre for Data Ethics and Innovation</strong>. The new centre will focus on enabling safe, ethical and ground-breaking innovation in AI and data-driven technologies. Supporting wider innovation across the board including within the Internet of Things.</p> <h3>Smart Transport</h3> <p>The Budget saw several announcements supporting the future of UK transport with <strong>£35bn spend allocated for 2018-19. </strong></p> <p>The Chancellor has maintained the commitment to modernising the UK rail network with <strong>£84m for digital signalling</strong>. Building on <a href="insights/news/item/9762-autumn-statement-internet-of-things-and-smart-infrastructure">£450m allocated in 2016</a> to trial new technologies.</p> <p>We welcome the announcement of <strong>£30m to trial new solutions on the TransPennine route to improve mobile and digital connectivity for rail passengers</strong>. Through our <a href="file:///T:/Common/1.%20Smarter%20UK%20&amp;amp;%20IoT/3.%20Policy/o%09The%20list%20of%20energy%20saving%20technologies%20eligible%20for%20Enhanced%20Capital%20Allowances%20(ECAs)%20will%20be%20updated%20%E2%80%93%20this%20is%20an%20ask%20we%20put%20to%20government%20back%20in%20September%20as%20part%20of%20our%20work%20on%20the%20Clean%20Growth%20Strategy.%20We%20are%20continuing%20to%20work%20with%20Government%20on%20what%20this%20looks%20like%20for%20%E2%80%98smart%E2%80%99%20technologies.">Rail Connectivity Forum</a>, techUK is continuing to work alongside the rail industry to realise untapped opportunities from improved (digital) connectivity, promoting innovative applications and services that can exploit new connectivity.</p> <p>With a nod to autonomous vehicles and further regulatory announcements to follow it is important that we have a realistic focus on investment in existing infrastructure on which those vehicles will run. We welcome the announcements of a new <strong>NIC innovation prize - Roads for the Future -to determine how future roadbuilding should adapt to support self-driving cars.</strong></p> <p>Investment in transport is crucial to a strong and resilient economy. The government is right to ensure investment is future proofed by looking towards digital.</p> <h3>Smart Cities &amp; Communities</h3> <p>The Budget set out a clear agenda for improved investment in urban areas, including investment in not just services but also infrastructure to help Local Authorities better meet public needs in the future.</p> <p>Under new measures Local Authorities will be able to take advantage of a <strong>£1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund</strong> focused on improving transport within cities, <strong>£1bn in investment support for high value infrastructure</strong>, and a <strong>£190 million Challenge Fund aimed at encouraging faster rollout of full-fibre networks</strong>. This commitment to local infrastructure build will enable cities to take advantage of the data revolution. Providing a framework for cities to develop IoT-enabled solutions to better manage challenges and build economic opportunities.</p> <p>The Government has also announced new support for companies working in the public sector. A new <strong>GovTech Catalyst is to be launched</strong>, giving businesses and innovators a clear access point to government, helping them to navigate government and collaborate to solve public sector challenges. Our recent publication <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11700-iot-is-here-now-we-need-to-drive-adoption">Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation</a> identifies the need for challenge based procurement. With this new Catalyst we may very well have the body who can help deliver the shakeup. Industry will further be bolstered by a <strong>£20m GovTech Fund</strong>.</p> <h3>Energy</h3> <p>The Budget was relatively light on energy this time round, with most announcements hitting at environmental considerations instead of technology. Key announcements included:</p> <ul> <ul> <li>No new low carbon electricity levies until 2025</li> <li>£557m for further Contracts for Difference</li> <li>The Total Carbon Price (currently the total of EU ETS and Carbon Price Support was deemed to be at the right level, and will be at a similar price until unabated coal is phased out</li> <li>The First Year Tax Credit scheme will be extended until 2022, to help loss making firms invest in energy efficient tech.</li> </ul> </ul> <p>One announcement worth noting however is the upcoming <strong>update of the Energy Technology List</strong>, a government list of energy saving technologies eligible for Enhanced Capital Allowances. This is an ask we put to government back in September as part of our work on the <a href="insights/meeting-notes/item/11558-clean-growth-strategy-roundtable-meeting-notes">Clean Growth Strategy</a>. There is no detail yet on how the list will be changing but over the coming months we will continue to work with Government on how we ensure the right status of new ‘smart’ technologies under efficiency policy.</p> <p><strong>Read further content regarding the Autumn Budget:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget" target="_blank">techUK Responds to 2017 Autumn Budget</a></strong></p></div> Analyst engagement – that’s just PR for analysts, right? 2017-11-22T16:01:36+00:00 2017-11-22T16:01:36+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/training/item/11777-analyst-engagement-that-s-just-pr-for-analysts-right Mariana Obetzanova (techUK) mariana.obetzanova@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Most companies treat analysts and press in much the same way. Press relations, analyst relations – same supplier, same set of core deliverables. Also, as it happens, most companies fail to get any tangible return from the analyst community. Why? Quite simply because analysts and the press are utterly different audiences.</strong></p> <p>Nobody would think of hiring a plumber to do their electrics, yet almost every company treats their analyst and press communications as if they were really the same by addressing them through PR. So PR companies put analysts on press release lists and arrange briefings to tell them about new product releases just as they would a journalist. And analysts throw the press releases away and ignore the briefings because that's not what they need. What they do actually need, and what delivers results, I'll discuss in the training day on 'How to get IT analysts (like Gartner) to help you grow sales'. Course on <a href="training/marketing-and-sales-skills-training/item/11770-how-to-get-it-analysts-like-gartner-to-help-you-grow-sales">22 Februrary 2018</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/U-cYKVDlIjs?rel=0&amp;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="607" height="499" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Most companies treat analysts and press in much the same way. Press relations, analyst relations – same supplier, same set of core deliverables. Also, as it happens, most companies fail to get any tangible return from the analyst community. Why? Quite simply because analysts and the press are utterly different audiences.</strong></p> <p>Nobody would think of hiring a plumber to do their electrics, yet almost every company treats their analyst and press communications as if they were really the same by addressing them through PR. So PR companies put analysts on press release lists and arrange briefings to tell them about new product releases just as they would a journalist. And analysts throw the press releases away and ignore the briefings because that's not what they need. What they do actually need, and what delivers results, I'll discuss in the training day on 'How to get IT analysts (like Gartner) to help you grow sales'. Course on <a href="training/marketing-and-sales-skills-training/item/11770-how-to-get-it-analysts-like-gartner-to-help-you-grow-sales">22 Februrary 2018</a>.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/U-cYKVDlIjs?rel=0&amp;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="607" height="499" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p></div> Where to start with analyst engagement 2017-11-22T15:49:28+00:00 2017-11-22T15:49:28+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/training/item/11775-engaging-analysts-for-results Mariana Obetzanova (techUK) mariana.obetzanova@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Analysts firms such as Gartner, Forrester IDC influence over half of all enterprise IT decisions. If you've not worked with them before, or have tried without success, where's the best place to start?</strong></p> <p>In this brief video we discuss the challenges in engaging analysts, the risk and pitfalls and, based on our experience as former analysts, advise on the best place to start to ensure success. The strategy overviewed here will be discussed in detail in the training workshops on <a href="training/marketing-and-sales-skills-training/item/11770-how-to-get-it-analysts-like-gartner-to-help-you-grow-sales?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=How+to+get+IT+analysts+(like+Gartner)+to+help+you+grow+sales%2c+22+Feb+18&amp;utm_term=How%20to%20get%20IT%20analysts%20(like%20Gartner)%20to%20help%20you%20grow%20sales,%2022%20Feb%202018&amp;utm_content=44" target="_blank">22 February 2018</a>. In that session we will review the best approach to getting results from analyst engagement and help each participant to build an action plan for their business.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/efai0pC846E?rel=0&amp;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="345" height="285" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>To make a plan of who to engage, how and with what key messages, book your place on to our <a href="training/marketing-and-sales-skills-training/item/11770-how-to-get-it-analysts-like-gartner-to-help-you-grow-sales?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=How+to+get+IT+analysts+(like+Gartner)+to+help+you+grow+sales%2c+22+Feb+18&amp;utm_term=How%20to%20get%20IT%20analysts%20(like%20Gartner)%20to%20help%20you%20grow%20sales,%2022%20Feb%202018&amp;utm_content=44">'How to get IT analysts (like Gartner) to help you grow sales'</a>&nbsp;course.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Analysts firms such as Gartner, Forrester IDC influence over half of all enterprise IT decisions. If you've not worked with them before, or have tried without success, where's the best place to start?</strong></p> <p>In this brief video we discuss the challenges in engaging analysts, the risk and pitfalls and, based on our experience as former analysts, advise on the best place to start to ensure success. The strategy overviewed here will be discussed in detail in the training workshops on <a href="training/marketing-and-sales-skills-training/item/11770-how-to-get-it-analysts-like-gartner-to-help-you-grow-sales?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=How+to+get+IT+analysts+(like+Gartner)+to+help+you+grow+sales%2c+22+Feb+18&amp;utm_term=How%20to%20get%20IT%20analysts%20(like%20Gartner)%20to%20help%20you%20grow%20sales,%2022%20Feb%202018&amp;utm_content=44" target="_blank">22 February 2018</a>. In that session we will review the best approach to getting results from analyst engagement and help each participant to build an action plan for their business.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/efai0pC846E?rel=0&amp;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="345" height="285" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>To make a plan of who to engage, how and with what key messages, book your place on to our <a href="training/marketing-and-sales-skills-training/item/11770-how-to-get-it-analysts-like-gartner-to-help-you-grow-sales?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=How+to+get+IT+analysts+(like+Gartner)+to+help+you+grow+sales%2c+22+Feb+18&amp;utm_term=How%20to%20get%20IT%20analysts%20(like%20Gartner)%20to%20help%20you%20grow%20sales,%2022%20Feb%202018&amp;utm_content=44">'How to get IT analysts (like Gartner) to help you grow sales'</a>&nbsp;course.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> techUK Responds to 2017 Autumn Budget 2017-11-22T15:14:29+00:00 2017-11-22T15:14:29+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11773-techuk-responds-to-2017-autumn-budget Jeremy Lilley(techUK) jeremy.lilley@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote><strong>Commenting on the Budget speech by the Chancellor, techUK deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</strong></blockquote> <p>“This is definitely a fitness-boosting tech Budget but many will question if it’s enough to prepare the UK for the long uphill road ahead.</p> <p>“It sets out a strong package of announcements for tech and innovation. Additional funding for 5G, AI, digital skills, retraining, connectivity on trains, high-value infrastructure and transforming cities sends the right signal about the ambition for the UK economy post-Brexit.</p> <p>“While the Chancellor has identified the right priorities, the overall economic forecast and tight spending constraints means that the amount of funding available is small relative to the growth potential of the sector.”</p> <p><strong>On the overall tech investment package:</strong></p> <p>“techUK welcomes the significant package of investment into the technologies of the future, including £500 million to support AI, broadband and 5G; £30 million for better connectivity on trains; £1.7 billion for the Transforming Cities Fund; and £1 billion to support high value infrastructure. The additional boost in R&amp;D spending of £2.3 billion to set the UK on the path the to 2.4 per cent of GDP spend on research by 2027 echoes techUK’s call for a powerful signal of intent to build an innovation economy.</p> <p><strong>On scale-ups:</strong></p> <p>“techUK has long been an advocate of the need to support scale-ups. Also welcome is the commitment to increasing patient capital, with £2.5 billion for a new National Investment Fund and increases in the Enterprise Investment Scheme investment limits are positive steps to support tech businesses grow and scale.”</p> <p><strong>On regulation:</strong></p> <p>“In an economy that is characterised by rapid technological innovation, it is vital that our regulators are able to keep pace. We therefore welcome the announcement of the new Centre for data ethics and innovation (£9 million) and the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund (£10 million) which builds on the sandbox approach by the FCA to support fleet of foot effective regulation. This will benefit consumers and businesses alike.”</p> <p><strong>On open data:</strong></p> <p>“Open Data is food for innovation and steps to further the Government’s Open Data agenda will benefit industry and citizens alike. As data becomes openly available it is important that we also protect its quality and integrity. We therefore support a new Geospatial Data Commission, with funding of £80 million, to look at these issues in the round.”</p> <p><strong>On productivity:</strong></p> <p>“The OBR forecasts show the real impact of continuing failure to crack the UK’s productivity problem. techUK would have liked to have seen more demand side measures to boost productivity. Supporting small businesses across the country to digitise and take advantage new technologies is the best way to increase their productivity. That means real work to rebalance the tax system to support those purchasing subscription software and helping educate non-tech businesses on the values of digital tools to reduce costs.”</p> <p><strong>On taxation in a digital age:</strong></p> <p>“The Chancellor is right that in a global economy, getting the tax system right will require a global approach. techUK continues to support the Government’s work for an international agreement on these issues and believes that the OECD is the best forum for addressing this issue.”</p> <p><strong>On skills:</strong></p> <p>“Preparing for the future means investing in digital skills. Without tech talent the UK will not be at the forefront of tech innovations. techUK is pleased to see the Chancellor’s package of £100 million to expand teaching of computing in schools. techUK has been flagging the urgent need for additional funding since 2014.</p> <p>“The Chancellor is right to acknowledge the need for flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy. Enabling companies to increase the scope of training available via Levy funds will allow training to meet the needs of new tech innovation."</p> <p><strong>On Brexit uncertainty:</strong></p> <p>“The reality for many UK tech businesses is that the Budget measures announced today will not make up for the uncertainty created by Brexit. To really be ‘fit for the future’, tech businesses need to know what that future holds.</p> <p>“Putting money aside for a hard Brexit is pragmatic, but does not deflect from the urgent need for progress in the Brexit negotiations, including securing a transition deal on which businesses can make future investment decisions. This may not be in the Chancellor’s hands, but will determine whether the UK thrives or falters in the global, tech-led future, on the horizon.”</p> <p><strong>Read further content regarding the Autumn Budget:</strong></p> <p itemprop="name"><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11778-what-does-the-autumn-budget-mean-for-smart-transport-cites-and-energy" target="_blank">What does the Autumn Budget mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy?</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>{bio}Antony.Walker@techuk.org{/bio}</p> <p>For Press Inquiries please contact:</p> <p>{bio}Alice.jackson@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote><strong>Commenting on the Budget speech by the Chancellor, techUK deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</strong></blockquote> <p>“This is definitely a fitness-boosting tech Budget but many will question if it’s enough to prepare the UK for the long uphill road ahead.</p> <p>“It sets out a strong package of announcements for tech and innovation. Additional funding for 5G, AI, digital skills, retraining, connectivity on trains, high-value infrastructure and transforming cities sends the right signal about the ambition for the UK economy post-Brexit.</p> <p>“While the Chancellor has identified the right priorities, the overall economic forecast and tight spending constraints means that the amount of funding available is small relative to the growth potential of the sector.”</p> <p><strong>On the overall tech investment package:</strong></p> <p>“techUK welcomes the significant package of investment into the technologies of the future, including £500 million to support AI, broadband and 5G; £30 million for better connectivity on trains; £1.7 billion for the Transforming Cities Fund; and £1 billion to support high value infrastructure. The additional boost in R&amp;D spending of £2.3 billion to set the UK on the path the to 2.4 per cent of GDP spend on research by 2027 echoes techUK’s call for a powerful signal of intent to build an innovation economy.</p> <p><strong>On scale-ups:</strong></p> <p>“techUK has long been an advocate of the need to support scale-ups. Also welcome is the commitment to increasing patient capital, with £2.5 billion for a new National Investment Fund and increases in the Enterprise Investment Scheme investment limits are positive steps to support tech businesses grow and scale.”</p> <p><strong>On regulation:</strong></p> <p>“In an economy that is characterised by rapid technological innovation, it is vital that our regulators are able to keep pace. We therefore welcome the announcement of the new Centre for data ethics and innovation (£9 million) and the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund (£10 million) which builds on the sandbox approach by the FCA to support fleet of foot effective regulation. This will benefit consumers and businesses alike.”</p> <p><strong>On open data:</strong></p> <p>“Open Data is food for innovation and steps to further the Government’s Open Data agenda will benefit industry and citizens alike. As data becomes openly available it is important that we also protect its quality and integrity. We therefore support a new Geospatial Data Commission, with funding of £80 million, to look at these issues in the round.”</p> <p><strong>On productivity:</strong></p> <p>“The OBR forecasts show the real impact of continuing failure to crack the UK’s productivity problem. techUK would have liked to have seen more demand side measures to boost productivity. Supporting small businesses across the country to digitise and take advantage new technologies is the best way to increase their productivity. That means real work to rebalance the tax system to support those purchasing subscription software and helping educate non-tech businesses on the values of digital tools to reduce costs.”</p> <p><strong>On taxation in a digital age:</strong></p> <p>“The Chancellor is right that in a global economy, getting the tax system right will require a global approach. techUK continues to support the Government’s work for an international agreement on these issues and believes that the OECD is the best forum for addressing this issue.”</p> <p><strong>On skills:</strong></p> <p>“Preparing for the future means investing in digital skills. Without tech talent the UK will not be at the forefront of tech innovations. techUK is pleased to see the Chancellor’s package of £100 million to expand teaching of computing in schools. techUK has been flagging the urgent need for additional funding since 2014.</p> <p>“The Chancellor is right to acknowledge the need for flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy. Enabling companies to increase the scope of training available via Levy funds will allow training to meet the needs of new tech innovation."</p> <p><strong>On Brexit uncertainty:</strong></p> <p>“The reality for many UK tech businesses is that the Budget measures announced today will not make up for the uncertainty created by Brexit. To really be ‘fit for the future’, tech businesses need to know what that future holds.</p> <p>“Putting money aside for a hard Brexit is pragmatic, but does not deflect from the urgent need for progress in the Brexit negotiations, including securing a transition deal on which businesses can make future investment decisions. This may not be in the Chancellor’s hands, but will determine whether the UK thrives or falters in the global, tech-led future, on the horizon.”</p> <p><strong>Read further content regarding the Autumn Budget:</strong></p> <p itemprop="name"><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11778-what-does-the-autumn-budget-mean-for-smart-transport-cites-and-energy" target="_blank">What does the Autumn Budget mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy?</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>{bio}Antony.Walker@techuk.org{/bio}</p> <p>For Press Inquiries please contact:</p> <p>{bio}Alice.jackson@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Justice & Emergency Services Update 2017-11-22T14:17:06+00:00 2017-11-22T14:17:06+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/11771-justice-emergency-services-update Seema Patel(techUK) seema.patel@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>Here is your fortnightly round-up of the news and opportunities from techUK’s Justice &amp; Emergency Services programme.</blockquote> <p>There are still a few places left at techUK’s <strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Annual Justice &amp; Emergency Services Reception</a></strong> on 30 November at Eight Moorgate Members Club, sponsored by Yoti. The reception is an opportunity to meet fellow members of the supplier community, as well as senior stakeholders from the policing, Home Office, and MoJ. It is an informal occasion to celebrate our work over the past year and look forward to the year ahead.</p> <p>We have a number of speakers joining us for the evening including Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Angus McCallum, Director, Digital Policing, Metropolitan Police Service. <strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">So book your place now!</a></strong></p> <hr /> <blockquote>News, Views and Opportunities</blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">techUK Justice &amp; Emergency Services Reception</a></strong><br />30 November - Join techUK at our Annual Justice &amp; Emergency Services Reception. It is a chance to network with other suppliers and stakeholders from policing, the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. Speakers include Sara Thornton of the NPCC and Angus McCallum of the Met. Sponsored by Yoti.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Book your place now.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11752-digital-policing-briefing-with-chief-constable-mike-barton?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Digital Policing Briefing with Chief Constable Mike Barton</a></strong><br />14 February - Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations. He and his teama re coming to techUK to brief members on his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for tech in policing.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11752-digital-policing-briefing-with-chief-constable-mike-barton?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Book now.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11542-police-ict-summit-2018-delivering-the-future?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Police ICT Summit 2018: Delivering the Future</a></strong><br />Registration is now open for the third Police ICT Summit, which is again being hosted, jointly, by the Police ICT Company and the National Police Technology Council.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11542-police-ict-summit-2018-delivering-the-future?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Find out more and book your place here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11718-leadership-culture-governance-central-to-improved-multi-agency-working?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Leadership, Culture &amp; Governance Central to Improved Multi-Agency Working</a></strong><br />Read the key insights and download the slides from techUK’s <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11718-leadership-culture-governance-central-to-improved-multi-agency-working?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Breaking Down Barriers: Multi Agency Collaboration for Public Safety</a> event that took place on 31 October.</p> <hr /> <blockquote>More techUK News &amp; Comment</blockquote> <p><strong><a href="defence-winter-dinner/about?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Defence Winter Dinner</a></strong><br />28 November - Join techUK and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO OBE ADC at our Annual Winter Dinner. <a href="defence-winter-dinner/about?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Book your place.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11758-techuk-sets-out-key-asks-ahead-of-budget?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">techUK sets out key asks ahead of Budget</a></strong><br />techUK has published its asks ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, calling on Philip Hammond MP to make the structural changes needed to prepare the economy for the future before the oppertunity is lost to Brexit.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/10881-uk-security-expo-cyber-security-intelligence-zone?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">UK Security Expo: Cyber Security &amp; Intelligence Zone</a></strong><br />29 November - techUK is pleased to offer members the opportunity to take a stand on the Cyber Pavilion situated in the Cyber Security &amp; Intelligence Zone at UK Security Expo.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11037-snacks-sips?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Snacks &amp; Sips: Govtech Networking Event</a></strong><br />11 December - A Speed Networking Event Connecting SMEs and Large Companies Interested in the Public Sector Tech Market.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11037-snacks-sips?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Sign up here.</a></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>Here is your fortnightly round-up of the news and opportunities from techUK’s Justice &amp; Emergency Services programme.</blockquote> <p>There are still a few places left at techUK’s <strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Annual Justice &amp; Emergency Services Reception</a></strong> on 30 November at Eight Moorgate Members Club, sponsored by Yoti. The reception is an opportunity to meet fellow members of the supplier community, as well as senior stakeholders from the policing, Home Office, and MoJ. It is an informal occasion to celebrate our work over the past year and look forward to the year ahead.</p> <p>We have a number of speakers joining us for the evening including Chief Constable Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Angus McCallum, Director, Digital Policing, Metropolitan Police Service. <strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">So book your place now!</a></strong></p> <hr /> <blockquote>News, Views and Opportunities</blockquote> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">techUK Justice &amp; Emergency Services Reception</a></strong><br />30 November - Join techUK at our Annual Justice &amp; Emergency Services Reception. It is a chance to network with other suppliers and stakeholders from policing, the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. Speakers include Sara Thornton of the NPCC and Angus McCallum of the Met. Sponsored by Yoti.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/social-event/item/11592-techuk-justice-emergency-services-reception?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Book your place now.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11752-digital-policing-briefing-with-chief-constable-mike-barton?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Digital Policing Briefing with Chief Constable Mike Barton</a></strong><br />14 February - Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations. He and his teama re coming to techUK to brief members on his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for tech in policing.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11752-digital-policing-briefing-with-chief-constable-mike-barton?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Book now.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11542-police-ict-summit-2018-delivering-the-future?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Police ICT Summit 2018: Delivering the Future</a></strong><br />Registration is now open for the third Police ICT Summit, which is again being hosted, jointly, by the Police ICT Company and the National Police Technology Council.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11542-police-ict-summit-2018-delivering-the-future?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Find out more and book your place here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11718-leadership-culture-governance-central-to-improved-multi-agency-working?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Leadership, Culture &amp; Governance Central to Improved Multi-Agency Working</a></strong><br />Read the key insights and download the slides from techUK’s <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11718-leadership-culture-governance-central-to-improved-multi-agency-working?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Breaking Down Barriers: Multi Agency Collaboration for Public Safety</a> event that took place on 31 October.</p> <hr /> <blockquote>More techUK News &amp; Comment</blockquote> <p><strong><a href="defence-winter-dinner/about?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Defence Winter Dinner</a></strong><br />28 November - Join techUK and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO OBE ADC at our Annual Winter Dinner. <a href="defence-winter-dinner/about?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Book your place.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11758-techuk-sets-out-key-asks-ahead-of-budget?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">techUK sets out key asks ahead of Budget</a></strong><br />techUK has published its asks ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, calling on Philip Hammond MP to make the structural changes needed to prepare the economy for the future before the oppertunity is lost to Brexit.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/10881-uk-security-expo-cyber-security-intelligence-zone?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">UK Security Expo: Cyber Security &amp; Intelligence Zone</a></strong><br />29 November - techUK is pleased to offer members the opportunity to take a stand on the Cyber Pavilion situated in the Cyber Security &amp; Intelligence Zone at UK Security Expo.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11037-snacks-sips?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Snacks &amp; Sips: Govtech Networking Event</a></strong><br />11 December - A Speed Networking Event Connecting SMEs and Large Companies Interested in the Public Sector Tech Market.<br /><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11037-snacks-sips?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+21+November+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2021%20November%202017%20&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=lGbtAqkDb3yq3H3PC56GozPTB805aMWmh0vHwgN7DuUBhrgP4VeQu8r47sYEnPVWo9PLudQZxIrQ3XcPWZhvf34lyLJkwXxMLXIUhK3n4phHlyc0xB4KbXZRVDHau8QdIPTQg7maQu8fuhRRLsYBloJ6BkBNJp6gzS1tOUbNVsg%3d">Sign up here.</a></p></div> Type 1 Diabetes: The Rise of the Machines 2017-11-21T16:32:57+00:00 2017-11-21T16:32:57+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/11769-type-1-diabetes-the-rise-of-the-machines Kate Francis(techUK) kate.francis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Technology has huge potential to transform type 1 diabetes and some people with the condition are already showing remarkable results using new digital technologies.</p> <p><a href="https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/testing/continuous-glucose-monitoring-cgm" target="_blank">Continuous</a> and <a href="https://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/News/Flash-glucose-monitoring-technology-to-be-made-available-through-the-NHS" target="_blank">Flash Glucose Monitors</a> are becoming more widespread; and after decades of algorithm development, <a href="https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/homehealthandconsumer/consumerproducts/artificialpancreas/default.htm" target="_blank">early iterations of the artificial pancreas</a> are coming of age.</p> <p>Meanwhile, some people who are certainly<a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB752GB757&amp;ei=xBkUWsmZI6uBgAa6rKDADg&amp;q=%23wearenotwaiting&amp;oq=we+are+not+waiting&amp;gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0i71k1l4.0.0.0.10747.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.DWMwQDoudFs" target="_blank"> not ‘patient’</a> have chosen to adapt technology themselves.</p> <p>But <a href="http://diabetestimes.co.uk/uk-insulin-pump-use-goes-up/" target="_blank">most people</a> in the UK continue to manage their condition with tools that remain largely unchanged since last century.</p> <p>Can the NHS adapt to meet the challenge of prescribing new technologies?</p> <p>Does the world of the NHS have a place for patient-led innovation?</p> <p>This event, co-hosted by techUK and <a href="https://twitter.com/parthaskar" target="_blank">Partha Kar</a>&nbsp;will showcase what is currently possible with today’s tools and what we need to do to make digital a reality for the many rather than the few.</p> <p>We will also look at what companies, healthcare professionals and people affected by the condition are working to make possible in the near future.</p> <p>-----------------------------</p> <p>The event is free to attend but please recognise that by booking a place you are committing to attend and potentially depriving someone else from a place.</p> <p>We will ask for a £20 donation to a diabetes charity of your choice for anyone that drops out less than two weeks before the conference.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Technology has huge potential to transform type 1 diabetes and some people with the condition are already showing remarkable results using new digital technologies.</p> <p><a href="https://www.diabetes.org.uk/guide-to-diabetes/managing-your-diabetes/testing/continuous-glucose-monitoring-cgm" target="_blank">Continuous</a> and <a href="https://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/News/Flash-glucose-monitoring-technology-to-be-made-available-through-the-NHS" target="_blank">Flash Glucose Monitors</a> are becoming more widespread; and after decades of algorithm development, <a href="https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/homehealthandconsumer/consumerproducts/artificialpancreas/default.htm" target="_blank">early iterations of the artificial pancreas</a> are coming of age.</p> <p>Meanwhile, some people who are certainly<a href="https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB752GB757&amp;ei=xBkUWsmZI6uBgAa6rKDADg&amp;q=%23wearenotwaiting&amp;oq=we+are+not+waiting&amp;gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0i71k1l4.0.0.0.10747.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1c..64.psy-ab..0.0.0....0.DWMwQDoudFs" target="_blank"> not ‘patient’</a> have chosen to adapt technology themselves.</p> <p>But <a href="http://diabetestimes.co.uk/uk-insulin-pump-use-goes-up/" target="_blank">most people</a> in the UK continue to manage their condition with tools that remain largely unchanged since last century.</p> <p>Can the NHS adapt to meet the challenge of prescribing new technologies?</p> <p>Does the world of the NHS have a place for patient-led innovation?</p> <p>This event, co-hosted by techUK and <a href="https://twitter.com/parthaskar" target="_blank">Partha Kar</a>&nbsp;will showcase what is currently possible with today’s tools and what we need to do to make digital a reality for the many rather than the few.</p> <p>We will also look at what companies, healthcare professionals and people affected by the condition are working to make possible in the near future.</p> <p>-----------------------------</p> <p>The event is free to attend but please recognise that by booking a place you are committing to attend and potentially depriving someone else from a place.</p> <p>We will ask for a £20 donation to a diabetes charity of your choice for anyone that drops out less than two weeks before the conference.</p></div> How Will Policing and Justice Be Affected By the Data Protection Bill? 2017-11-21T15:11:27+00:00 2017-11-21T15:11:27+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11768-how-will-policing-and-justice-be-affected-by-the-data-protection-bill Sophie Weston(techUK) sophie.weston@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the UK and across Europe on 25 May 2018. Its sister legislation, the Law Enforcement Directive, comes into effect slightly earlier, on the 6 May 2018. Both are currently working their way through Parliament in the Data Protection Bill, and together they represent the most significant reform of data protection laws for twenty years. The Bill will have profound implications for organisations across all sectors that collect and process personal data.</p> <p>As part of a series of events looking at the impact of the Data Protection Bill, techUK last week hosted a panel event to explore the implications of the Bill on policing and the justice system, and on tech suppliers to that sector.</p> <p><strong>Jeremy Lilley</strong>, techUK’s Policy Manager for Data Protection, chaired the panel of industry leaders, and opened proceedings by providing a bit of context for the discussion, explaining the background of the Bill, its progress through Parliament, and the areas where we are still awaiting guidance.</p> <p><strong>Chris Pounder</strong>, the Director of Amberhawk Training, addressed the Law Enforcement Directive, and provided some crucial clarity on the similarities and differences between GDPR and the Directive.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/eAhyqVzf0nGYOL" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Freha Arshad</strong>, ‎an Information Security Manager with Accenture, spoke about her experiences working in a major Police Force to advise them on compliance. She highlighted the implications both of the Directive on operational matters, and of GDPR on policing as a business (with regards to HR data etc).</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/rvSW9Wr6gsAJbR" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Julian Anderson</strong>, the Digital Government Sector Lead at Thales e-Security, provided a vendor’s perspective, outlining how information security companies are working with Forces to counter and mitigate breaches. He particularly emphasised the importance of encryption, access management, and strong key protection.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/CHr3Xlb750Lubm" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Nick Luscombe</strong> and <strong>Stefanie Jacobs</strong>, both from Microsoft, closed out the panel presentations by explaining how, as a cloud provider and data processor, they are giving Forces the tools they need to do the job while protecting them from non-compliance. They made the important point that compliance is not just a matter of technology, but also one of people and processes.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/t9NaTAY0Gr8YvN" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 5px;">The panel presentations and subsequent discussion identified several key themes. Primarily, maintaining trust is vitally important, and trust in data may well be the next frontier in the issue of public trust in policing. And it was posited that, given that this is the most significant change in data protection law for a generation, there is a chance that the regulations will be seen, not simply as a compliance issue, but as an opportunity to share and manage data more effectively across the entire justice system.</p> <p>Members can <strong>download</strong> the slide deck from the event below.</p> <p>For more information about techUK’s Data Protection work, please contact Jeremy Lilley.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}jeremy.lilley@techuk.org{/bio}<br />{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the UK and across Europe on 25 May 2018. Its sister legislation, the Law Enforcement Directive, comes into effect slightly earlier, on the 6 May 2018. Both are currently working their way through Parliament in the Data Protection Bill, and together they represent the most significant reform of data protection laws for twenty years. The Bill will have profound implications for organisations across all sectors that collect and process personal data.</p> <p>As part of a series of events looking at the impact of the Data Protection Bill, techUK last week hosted a panel event to explore the implications of the Bill on policing and the justice system, and on tech suppliers to that sector.</p> <p><strong>Jeremy Lilley</strong>, techUK’s Policy Manager for Data Protection, chaired the panel of industry leaders, and opened proceedings by providing a bit of context for the discussion, explaining the background of the Bill, its progress through Parliament, and the areas where we are still awaiting guidance.</p> <p><strong>Chris Pounder</strong>, the Director of Amberhawk Training, addressed the Law Enforcement Directive, and provided some crucial clarity on the similarities and differences between GDPR and the Directive.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/eAhyqVzf0nGYOL" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Freha Arshad</strong>, ‎an Information Security Manager with Accenture, spoke about her experiences working in a major Police Force to advise them on compliance. She highlighted the implications both of the Directive on operational matters, and of GDPR on policing as a business (with regards to HR data etc).</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/rvSW9Wr6gsAJbR" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Julian Anderson</strong>, the Digital Government Sector Lead at Thales e-Security, provided a vendor’s perspective, outlining how information security companies are working with Forces to counter and mitigate breaches. He particularly emphasised the importance of encryption, access management, and strong key protection.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/CHr3Xlb750Lubm" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;">&nbsp;</div> <p><strong>Nick Luscombe</strong> and <strong>Stefanie Jacobs</strong>, both from Microsoft, closed out the panel presentations by explaining how, as a cloud provider and data processor, they are giving Forces the tools they need to do the job while protecting them from non-compliance. They made the important point that compliance is not just a matter of technology, but also one of people and processes.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/t9NaTAY0Gr8YvN" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 5px;">The panel presentations and subsequent discussion identified several key themes. Primarily, maintaining trust is vitally important, and trust in data may well be the next frontier in the issue of public trust in policing. And it was posited that, given that this is the most significant change in data protection law for a generation, there is a chance that the regulations will be seen, not simply as a compliance issue, but as an opportunity to share and manage data more effectively across the entire justice system.</p> <p>Members can <strong>download</strong> the slide deck from the event below.</p> <p>For more information about techUK’s Data Protection work, please contact Jeremy Lilley.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}jeremy.lilley@techuk.org{/bio}<br />{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> techUK Presents White Paper on Distributed Ledger 2017-11-21T14:09:29+00:00 2017-11-21T14:09:29+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/11767-techuk-presents-white-paper-on-distributed-ledger Lucas Banach (techUK) lucas.banach@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>techUK today publishes its thought-leadership paper on Distributed Ledger Technologies: '<em>Playing Catch-up, Incorporating Distributed Ledgers into the Technology Stack and Repurposing the Wider Ecosystem.</em>'</strong></p> <p>Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology have been seen as offering solutions to a myriad of problems. Sorting out the hype from the reality in real market applications is now the task for forward-thinking experts.</p> <p><strong>techUK’s new paper takes an in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its potential applications. It asks what are the risks for companies in implementing it and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.</strong></p> <p>Rogder Oates, from Tata Consultancy, co-chair of the techUK Working Group on DLT and co-author of the paper comments, "<em>Every new technology is hyped, and DLT has had more than it's fair share, but it has the potential to be as disruptive as the internet, offering a secure transparent platform that will disrupt existing business models and create entirely new ones.</em>"</p> <p>Read the techUK White Paper for a deeper look at these complex issues. Our paper identifies a number of key points which now need to be addressed:</p> <p>• A new approach to technology neutrality, is there a role for the state to begin conversations around infrastructure?<br />• Regulators need to keep a watch for consumer outcomes in crypto-currency and crypto-fundraising markets as well as competition in markets where there is the presence of DLT consortia.<br />• Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Information Commissioner's Office should look to future proof data protection regulations by assessing DLT through the principles of data protection.<br />• Regulators should lead on the development of DLT solutions to interface regulatory reporting systems.<br />• Regulators should engage in mutual learning and collaborate effectively where there is the intersection of regulated activities<br />• Continue experimentation and research into government use of DLT and how to ensure privacy and security.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>techUK today publishes its thought-leadership paper on Distributed Ledger Technologies: '<em>Playing Catch-up, Incorporating Distributed Ledgers into the Technology Stack and Repurposing the Wider Ecosystem.</em>'</strong></p> <p>Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology have been seen as offering solutions to a myriad of problems. Sorting out the hype from the reality in real market applications is now the task for forward-thinking experts.</p> <p><strong>techUK’s new paper takes an in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its potential applications. It asks what are the risks for companies in implementing it and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.</strong></p> <p>Rogder Oates, from Tata Consultancy, co-chair of the techUK Working Group on DLT and co-author of the paper comments, "<em>Every new technology is hyped, and DLT has had more than it's fair share, but it has the potential to be as disruptive as the internet, offering a secure transparent platform that will disrupt existing business models and create entirely new ones.</em>"</p> <p>Read the techUK White Paper for a deeper look at these complex issues. Our paper identifies a number of key points which now need to be addressed:</p> <p>• A new approach to technology neutrality, is there a role for the state to begin conversations around infrastructure?<br />• Regulators need to keep a watch for consumer outcomes in crypto-currency and crypto-fundraising markets as well as competition in markets where there is the presence of DLT consortia.<br />• Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Information Commissioner's Office should look to future proof data protection regulations by assessing DLT through the principles of data protection.<br />• Regulators should lead on the development of DLT solutions to interface regulatory reporting systems.<br />• Regulators should engage in mutual learning and collaborate effectively where there is the intersection of regulated activities<br />• Continue experimentation and research into government use of DLT and how to ensure privacy and security.</p></div> SmarterUK Update | November 2017 2017-11-21T13:28:21+00:00 2017-11-21T13:28:21+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/11766-smarteruk-update-november-2017 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) manar.al-muflahi@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to our Monthly SmarterUK update. The full newsletter, including regulatory and market news, is available as a pdf download below for members only.</p> <p>To subscribe to the SmarterUK simply follow <a href="http://www.techuk.org/services/newsletters">this link</a>, enter your details, and select the newsletters of interest to you.</p> <hr /> <p>On the 31 October we held our annual Supercharging the Digital Economy Conference. Now in its second year we spent a day down in the Docklands at Siemen's Crystal, discussing how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33704&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">capture global leadership in innovation</a>, how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33705&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">supercharge digital adoption and use</a>, and <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33706&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Britain's role in global trade</a>.</p> <p>Following last month's Clean Growth Strategy publication our <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33707&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">meetings notes</a> from each of the three roundtables we held with Government are available. We also published our long awaited <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33708&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">report on tech led decarbonisation</a>. This has been a joint piece of work between our Environment &amp; Compliance Programmes and SmarterUK, started way back in January when we were still working under the title of the Emissions Reduction Plan. We will continue to engage with Government on these issues so if you'd like to be involved please get in touch.</p> <p>Finally, this month the&nbsp;<a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33709&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Industrial Strategy Commission published its final report</a> setting out institutional recommendations for how we can support the effective delivery of the UK's new approach to the industrial strategy. Chapter 3 of the report focuses on 'Investment in Infrastructure', highlighting not just the opportunity of new technologies but also where existing assets need strengthening. These include energy, rail and comms infrastructure.</p> <p>November is a big month for us, kicking off with the long awaited launch of our <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33710&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a>. Working with <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33711&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">GFK</a> we launched with a stakeholder roundtable exploring in more detail key insights from the report. We followed this with a <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33712&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">workshop</a> where we took members on an immersive journey, exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.</p> <p>But November doesn't end there... Looking forward to events this month we have an interactive workshop on 27 November looking at <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33713&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">use cases for data in transport</a>. Join both us and ITS as we explore how to put the user back into transport innovation. Spaces are limited so get in touch now to avoid disappointment!</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to our Monthly SmarterUK update. The full newsletter, including regulatory and market news, is available as a pdf download below for members only.</p> <p>To subscribe to the SmarterUK simply follow <a href="http://www.techuk.org/services/newsletters">this link</a>, enter your details, and select the newsletters of interest to you.</p> <hr /> <p>On the 31 October we held our annual Supercharging the Digital Economy Conference. Now in its second year we spent a day down in the Docklands at Siemen's Crystal, discussing how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33704&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">capture global leadership in innovation</a>, how we can <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33705&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">supercharge digital adoption and use</a>, and <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33706&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Britain's role in global trade</a>.</p> <p>Following last month's Clean Growth Strategy publication our <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33707&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">meetings notes</a> from each of the three roundtables we held with Government are available. We also published our long awaited <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33708&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">report on tech led decarbonisation</a>. This has been a joint piece of work between our Environment &amp; Compliance Programmes and SmarterUK, started way back in January when we were still working under the title of the Emissions Reduction Plan. We will continue to engage with Government on these issues so if you'd like to be involved please get in touch.</p> <p>Finally, this month the&nbsp;<a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33709&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Industrial Strategy Commission published its final report</a> setting out institutional recommendations for how we can support the effective delivery of the UK's new approach to the industrial strategy. Chapter 3 of the report focuses on 'Investment in Infrastructure', highlighting not just the opportunity of new technologies but also where existing assets need strengthening. These include energy, rail and comms infrastructure.</p> <p>November is a big month for us, kicking off with the long awaited launch of our <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33710&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a>. Working with <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33711&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">GFK</a> we launched with a stakeholder roundtable exploring in more detail key insights from the report. We followed this with a <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33712&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">workshop</a> where we took members on an immersive journey, exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.</p> <p>But November doesn't end there... Looking forward to events this month we have an interactive workshop on 27 November looking at <a href="http://marketing.intellectuk.info/lz//lz.aspx?p1=05281101S3673&amp;CC=&amp;w=33713&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">use cases for data in transport</a>. Join both us and ITS as we explore how to put the user back into transport innovation. Spaces are limited so get in touch now to avoid disappointment!</p></div> Healthcare UK Event: Access India - Focus on Healthcare and Lifesciences 2017-11-21T09:42:38+00:00 2017-11-21T09:42:38+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11765-healthcare-uk-event-access-india-focus-on-healthcare-and-lifesciences Kate Francis(techUK) kate.francis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Healthcare UK is pleased to announce an exclusive event covering the considerable opportunities available to UK businesses as a result of the recently launched ‘Access India Programme’ (AIP). This is a flagship initiative of the High Commission of India in London and has been formed to encourage and assist UK SMEs to access the Indian market.</p> <p>AIP is a market entry support programme which aims to assist, without charge, small and medium-sized companies in the UK in trade and collaboration with India. The High Commission of India in London is supported by UK India Business Council as the official Knowledge Partner for this programme.</p> <p>While we encourage companies across the sectors, we would particularly welcome UK-based organisations with an offer in the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>Innovative digital health including technologies such as AI, AR/VR, IoT and Big Data.</li> <li>Advanced diagnostics and point of care testing using technologies such as genomics and image analytics</li> <li>Development of Biosimilar / Gene therapy for Oncology, Diabetes, Hypertension and Immunology. This may involve collaboration with Indian pharma around co-development and technology transfer to India.</li> </ul> <p>This event is being organised in association with Indo UK Institute of Health Medicity Programme (IUIH). The Indo UK Institute of Health Medicity Programme is one of the world’s largest healthcare programmes supported by the Indian and the UK Governments aimed at developing 11 NHS quality hospitals across India having 11,000 hospital beds. The Programme provides UK based SMEs partnership opportunities in Medical Devices and Supplies, Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Technology, hospitality, logistics, warehousing etc.</p> <p>We look forward to welcoming you on the day.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday, 7 December 2017</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 10:30 – 13:30</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> India House, High Commission of India, London WC2B 4NA</p> <p><strong>Programme</strong></p> <p>10:30 AM: Registration</p> <p>11:00 AM: Welcome and Opening remarks by DHC</p> <p>11:15 AM: Opportunities for UK healthcare and Med Tech SMEs in India – Department for International Trade</p> <p>11:30 AM: AIP Presentation</p> <p>11:45 AM: IUIH Presentation</p> <p>12:00 PM: Q&amp;A and interaction</p> <p>12:30 PM: Lunch and Networking</p> <p>13:30 PM: Event comes to a close</p> <p><strong>Please contact Louise Smith at <a href="mailto:Louise.smith@trade.gov.uk">Louise.smith@trade.gov.uk </a>to express your interest in attending this event.</strong></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Healthcare UK is pleased to announce an exclusive event covering the considerable opportunities available to UK businesses as a result of the recently launched ‘Access India Programme’ (AIP). This is a flagship initiative of the High Commission of India in London and has been formed to encourage and assist UK SMEs to access the Indian market.</p> <p>AIP is a market entry support programme which aims to assist, without charge, small and medium-sized companies in the UK in trade and collaboration with India. The High Commission of India in London is supported by UK India Business Council as the official Knowledge Partner for this programme.</p> <p>While we encourage companies across the sectors, we would particularly welcome UK-based organisations with an offer in the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>Innovative digital health including technologies such as AI, AR/VR, IoT and Big Data.</li> <li>Advanced diagnostics and point of care testing using technologies such as genomics and image analytics</li> <li>Development of Biosimilar / Gene therapy for Oncology, Diabetes, Hypertension and Immunology. This may involve collaboration with Indian pharma around co-development and technology transfer to India.</li> </ul> <p>This event is being organised in association with Indo UK Institute of Health Medicity Programme (IUIH). The Indo UK Institute of Health Medicity Programme is one of the world’s largest healthcare programmes supported by the Indian and the UK Governments aimed at developing 11 NHS quality hospitals across India having 11,000 hospital beds. The Programme provides UK based SMEs partnership opportunities in Medical Devices and Supplies, Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Technology, hospitality, logistics, warehousing etc.</p> <p>We look forward to welcoming you on the day.</p> <p><strong>When:</strong> Thursday, 7 December 2017</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 10:30 – 13:30</p> <p><strong>Where:</strong> India House, High Commission of India, London WC2B 4NA</p> <p><strong>Programme</strong></p> <p>10:30 AM: Registration</p> <p>11:00 AM: Welcome and Opening remarks by DHC</p> <p>11:15 AM: Opportunities for UK healthcare and Med Tech SMEs in India – Department for International Trade</p> <p>11:30 AM: AIP Presentation</p> <p>11:45 AM: IUIH Presentation</p> <p>12:00 PM: Q&amp;A and interaction</p> <p>12:30 PM: Lunch and Networking</p> <p>13:30 PM: Event comes to a close</p> <p><strong>Please contact Louise Smith at <a href="mailto:Louise.smith@trade.gov.uk">Louise.smith@trade.gov.uk </a>to express your interest in attending this event.</strong></p></div> DCMS Launches £20 million Cyber Discovery Programme 2017-11-17T09:00:00+00:00 2017-11-17T09:00:00+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11764-dcms-launches-20-million-cyber-discovery-programme Dan Patefield(techUK) dan.patefield@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a £20 million extracurricular training programme, Cyber Discovery, targeting teenagers with the cyber skills for the future, as part of the Government’s £1.9 billion investment in cyber security.</strong></p> <p>Targeted at young people between 14 – 18, the programme will invite participants to take part in online real-world cyber challenges to see if they have the aptitude and potential to join the UK’s cyber security workforce. Those who demonstrate particular aptitude will then be invited to attend regional camps and take part in face-to-face interactions with leading cyber experts and organisations.</p> <p>Secretary of State for DCMS, Karen Bradley, said on announcing the initiative that ‘Cyber Discovery will help inspire the digital talent of tomorrow and give thousands of young people the opportunity to develop cutting edge cyber security skills’.</p> <p>techUK welcomes the initiative, which will be another important part of efforts to bridge the cyber skills shortfall in the UK, recently estimated to be 1.8m by 2022. Initiatives like this, aimed at a younger audience, are vital in addressing the skills gap in the long term, creating clear routes to cyber careers for young people. However, it is vital that this initiative forms part of a wider response, which also looks to address short term challenges, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit and ensuring there are clearer career pathways for returners as well as efforts to re-skill existing employees.</p> <p>For more information on the programme please <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-online-challenge-will-test-teenagers-cyber-security-skills">click here</a>.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a £20 million extracurricular training programme, Cyber Discovery, targeting teenagers with the cyber skills for the future, as part of the Government’s £1.9 billion investment in cyber security.</strong></p> <p>Targeted at young people between 14 – 18, the programme will invite participants to take part in online real-world cyber challenges to see if they have the aptitude and potential to join the UK’s cyber security workforce. Those who demonstrate particular aptitude will then be invited to attend regional camps and take part in face-to-face interactions with leading cyber experts and organisations.</p> <p>Secretary of State for DCMS, Karen Bradley, said on announcing the initiative that ‘Cyber Discovery will help inspire the digital talent of tomorrow and give thousands of young people the opportunity to develop cutting edge cyber security skills’.</p> <p>techUK welcomes the initiative, which will be another important part of efforts to bridge the cyber skills shortfall in the UK, recently estimated to be 1.8m by 2022. Initiatives like this, aimed at a younger audience, are vital in addressing the skills gap in the long term, creating clear routes to cyber careers for young people. However, it is vital that this initiative forms part of a wider response, which also looks to address short term challenges, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit and ensuring there are clearer career pathways for returners as well as efforts to re-skill existing employees.</p> <p>For more information on the programme please <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-online-challenge-will-test-teenagers-cyber-security-skills">click here</a>.</p></div> techUK Delegation - WCIT India 2018 2017-11-20T17:46:39+00:00 2017-11-20T17:46:39+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/11763-techuk-delegation-wcit-india-2018 Simon Spier (techUK) Simon.Spier@techUK.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h2>techUK will be organising a delegation to WCIT India 2018 in Hyderbad, India as part of NASSCOM's ILF 2018 Conference.&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WCIT India 2018 -&nbsp;The Olympics of the Global ICT Industry</strong></p> <p>First held in 1978 by WITSA (World Information Technology &amp; Services Alliance), the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has become the premier international ICT forum. Bringing together over 2,500 visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries.The 22nd edition of WCIT will be staged in India for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NASSCOM ILF 2018 - The Tech Mecca of the East</strong></p> <p>The India Leadership Forum is NASSCOM's flagship platform which is a melting pot for ideas, innovation, strategy, business and the future. Three days of talks, showcase, networking, connects create an immersive experience for delegate that combines Business + Technology + Leadership. The 26th edition of ILF in 2018 is a limited edition and will host the WCIT 2018, creating an unparalleled experience for the delegates.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are interested in attending the event and for futher information please contact <a href="mailto:simon.spier@techuk.org">simon.spier@techuk.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h2>techUK will be organising a delegation to WCIT India 2018 in Hyderbad, India as part of NASSCOM's ILF 2018 Conference.&nbsp;</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>WCIT India 2018 -&nbsp;The Olympics of the Global ICT Industry</strong></p> <p>First held in 1978 by WITSA (World Information Technology &amp; Services Alliance), the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has become the premier international ICT forum. Bringing together over 2,500 visionaries, captains of industry, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries.The 22nd edition of WCIT will be staged in India for the first time.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>NASSCOM ILF 2018 - The Tech Mecca of the East</strong></p> <p>The India Leadership Forum is NASSCOM's flagship platform which is a melting pot for ideas, innovation, strategy, business and the future. Three days of talks, showcase, networking, connects create an immersive experience for delegate that combines Business + Technology + Leadership. The 26th edition of ILF in 2018 is a limited edition and will host the WCIT 2018, creating an unparalleled experience for the delegates.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you are interested in attending the event and for futher information please contact <a href="mailto:simon.spier@techuk.org">simon.spier@techuk.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> Go To Market - The Secrets To USA Expansion 2017-11-20T17:01:06+00:00 2017-11-20T17:01:06+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11762-go-to-market-usa-see-how-four-uk-tech-brands-successfully-expanded-in-the-usa Simon Spier (techUK) Simon.Spier@techUK.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h2>Go To Market USA - See how four UK tech brands successfully expanded in the USA</h2> <p><strong>Watch the teaser video&nbsp; <a href="http://www.gotomarket.global/GTM-USA-Four-Companies-On-A-Mission-Trailer?utm_source=partner&amp;utm_content=HIC">here</a></strong>...</p> <p><strong>...on how <a href="http://amplience.com/">Amplience</a>, <a href="https://www.b60apps.co.uk/">B60</a>, <a href="https://www.glasswallsolutions.com/">Glasswall Solutions</a> and <a href="http://voyagecontrol.com/">Voyage Control</a> went to market USA!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>‘<em>Just go do the States. It is vast. You can win big</em>’, says James Brooke Founder and CEO of retail content management platform, Amplience.</p> <p>Nick Bloom, Director Special Projects of email cyber security business Glasswall Solutions talks of a ‘<em>ten-year journey of persistence</em>’ that ended up in securing a lucrative set of US governmental contracts.</p> <p>Leamington Spa based app provider B60 and their Client Services Director Pete Gatenby, tells of how they created ‘<em>a self-sufficient and rapidly expanding eco-system</em>’ to service large corporate West Coast clients from their base in Phoenix Arizona.</p> <p>The US is a huge place ‘<em>where things change</em>’ says James Swanston, MD of Voyage Control a software solution for the global conference industry, ‘<em>be flexible, be there and commit or nothing will happen.</em>’</p> <p>Interested in expanding your eCommerce band to the US in the next 3-6 months?</p> <p><a href="events/partner-event/item/11728-gtm-usa-ecommerce-mentoring-workshop">Register here</a> for US eCommerce Growth Workshop - Friday 1st December - London</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h2>Go To Market USA - See how four UK tech brands successfully expanded in the USA</h2> <p><strong>Watch the teaser video&nbsp; <a href="http://www.gotomarket.global/GTM-USA-Four-Companies-On-A-Mission-Trailer?utm_source=partner&amp;utm_content=HIC">here</a></strong>...</p> <p><strong>...on how <a href="http://amplience.com/">Amplience</a>, <a href="https://www.b60apps.co.uk/">B60</a>, <a href="https://www.glasswallsolutions.com/">Glasswall Solutions</a> and <a href="http://voyagecontrol.com/">Voyage Control</a> went to market USA!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>‘<em>Just go do the States. It is vast. You can win big</em>’, says James Brooke Founder and CEO of retail content management platform, Amplience.</p> <p>Nick Bloom, Director Special Projects of email cyber security business Glasswall Solutions talks of a ‘<em>ten-year journey of persistence</em>’ that ended up in securing a lucrative set of US governmental contracts.</p> <p>Leamington Spa based app provider B60 and their Client Services Director Pete Gatenby, tells of how they created ‘<em>a self-sufficient and rapidly expanding eco-system</em>’ to service large corporate West Coast clients from their base in Phoenix Arizona.</p> <p>The US is a huge place ‘<em>where things change</em>’ says James Swanston, MD of Voyage Control a software solution for the global conference industry, ‘<em>be flexible, be there and commit or nothing will happen.</em>’</p> <p>Interested in expanding your eCommerce band to the US in the next 3-6 months?</p> <p><a href="events/partner-event/item/11728-gtm-usa-ecommerce-mentoring-workshop">Register here</a> for US eCommerce Growth Workshop - Friday 1st December - London</p></div> Connected Home Makes My Dad "Feel A Little Bit Cooler" 2017-11-20T16:28:33+00:00 2017-11-20T16:28:33+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11761-connected-home-makes-my-dad-feel-a-little-bit-cooler Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) Aimee.Betts-Charalambous@techUK.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>In today’s technological world connected homes are becoming more apparent.&nbsp;The use of various integrated devices and services across a range of sectors has shown to offer better convenience and peace of mind in the domestic environment.</blockquote> <p>Smart home monitoring and control in the UK has not yet had the same recognition as in other countries, however, the variety of devices now available means the connected home is becoming more appealing. Here is an account of how connected technologies have helped one of our customers:</p> <p>“<em>My Dad, who is elderly and can’t get around so easily these days, is now using a connected doorbell and&nbsp;smartlock. He can see who is at the door on his iPad or TV - even if he’s in bed - and in some cases, let them in. When he’s out my brother and I get the notifications and can choose to let the cleaner or meal delivery person&nbsp;in,&nbsp;if we recognise them - or direct them to a neighbour.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>It’s a great example of how something simple (both products work reliably over wireless) and easy to install, has made a really big difference. The total cost was under £400 and the whole thing was installed in under half an hour. It has been working for about two years, so it’s worked out about £4 a week - much less than any other service we pay for.</em></p> <p><em>My brother and I have greater peace of mind, and we can view a timeline too, which means we can check that he goes out regularly, that the physiotherapist comes, and so forth. The best thing is that Dad likes it too - even though he was sceptical to start with. He feels much more independent, and a little bit cooler!”</em></p> <p>Although there is a rise in demand for such gadgets to make home life easier, consumers admit they still do not fully understand the benefits of connected technologies. It is down to companies and retailers to inform the market on how technology can make life smarter, easier and more fun. These connected devices and services need to empower people and give them more control over their lifestyles.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 16px;">Post written by Steve Moore, Chairman&nbsp;<a href="http://www.smc-uk.com/" target="_blank">SMC</a>.</strong></p> <p><img src="images/Report_Cover_Image.PNG" alt="Report Cover Image" width="140" height="198" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; float: left;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This post is part of a recently launched&nbsp;initiative looking at trends in the Connected Home market.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/connectedhome" target="_blank">Click here</a>&nbsp;to find out more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK's Connected Home work contact <a href="mailto:aimee.betts-charalambous@techuk.org">aimee.betts-charalambous@techuk.org</a>.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>In today’s technological world connected homes are becoming more apparent.&nbsp;The use of various integrated devices and services across a range of sectors has shown to offer better convenience and peace of mind in the domestic environment.</blockquote> <p>Smart home monitoring and control in the UK has not yet had the same recognition as in other countries, however, the variety of devices now available means the connected home is becoming more appealing. Here is an account of how connected technologies have helped one of our customers:</p> <p>“<em>My Dad, who is elderly and can’t get around so easily these days, is now using a connected doorbell and&nbsp;smartlock. He can see who is at the door on his iPad or TV - even if he’s in bed - and in some cases, let them in. When he’s out my brother and I get the notifications and can choose to let the cleaner or meal delivery person&nbsp;in,&nbsp;if we recognise them - or direct them to a neighbour.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>It’s a great example of how something simple (both products work reliably over wireless) and easy to install, has made a really big difference. The total cost was under £400 and the whole thing was installed in under half an hour. It has been working for about two years, so it’s worked out about £4 a week - much less than any other service we pay for.</em></p> <p><em>My brother and I have greater peace of mind, and we can view a timeline too, which means we can check that he goes out regularly, that the physiotherapist comes, and so forth. The best thing is that Dad likes it too - even though he was sceptical to start with. He feels much more independent, and a little bit cooler!”</em></p> <p>Although there is a rise in demand for such gadgets to make home life easier, consumers admit they still do not fully understand the benefits of connected technologies. It is down to companies and retailers to inform the market on how technology can make life smarter, easier and more fun. These connected devices and services need to empower people and give them more control over their lifestyles.</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 16px;">Post written by Steve Moore, Chairman&nbsp;<a href="http://www.smc-uk.com/" target="_blank">SMC</a>.</strong></p> <p><img src="images/Report_Cover_Image.PNG" alt="Report Cover Image" width="140" height="198" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; float: left;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This post is part of a recently launched&nbsp;initiative looking at trends in the Connected Home market.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/connectedhome" target="_blank">Click here</a>&nbsp;to find out more.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK's Connected Home work contact <a href="mailto:aimee.betts-charalambous@techuk.org">aimee.betts-charalambous@techuk.org</a>.&nbsp;</p></div> How Investing In Cloud Can Enable The Government To Spend Less On IT 2017-11-20T16:25:06+00:00 2017-11-20T16:25:06+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11760-how-investing-in-cloud-can-enable-the-government-to-spend-less-on-it Seema Patel(techUK) seema.patel@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>Written by Siobhan Hafferty, Account Director – Public Sector, CenturyLink</blockquote> <blockquote>CenturyLink - sponsor for the Defence Winter Dinner</blockquote> <p>The government has made considerable strides in its IT strategy, services and delivery in recent years. From starting in a costly world in which departments led and managed IT processes themselves, we then moved into an era of outsourcing, with large-scale contracts commissioned with systems integrators and other IT vendors - to varying success.</p> <p>Today, we’re at a cross-roads. In the current political and economic climate, the public sector has to think carefully about every investment it makes – ensuring it can demonstrate a clear return on investment on all outgoings. This is why the culture of long-term outsourced projects, in which departments are ‘locked-in’ to fixed contracts, simply isn’t sustainable as an ongoing practice.</p> <p>Alongside this requirement for flexibility, when a department seeks to deploy new systems or applications, its principle go-to solution shouldn’t need to be the purchase of more servers, equipment and data centre provisions.</p> <p>Departments such as the Ministry of Defence have the opportunity to put cloud computing at the heart of a wider, more agile IT vision. While not all data is suitable for the cloud - especially with the varying sensitivities around security - there are significant volumes of information that can be hosted, managed and deployed in the cloud. And by identifying this data and migrating it from on premise, departments can save huge sums of money, while delivering better services and improved access to data and information in real-time.</p> <p>Platforms like our multi-cloud solution, or Cloud Application Manager, orchestrate the delivery of infrastructure, applications and services in any cloud environment. This enables departments to manage their infrastructure from one single, simple interface – to view and provision resources, manage their lifecycle and benefit from consolidated billing.</p> <p>For the government, this would enable its staff to securely access data and end-user services from all environments – wherever they’re based and working. It also provides IT teams with a true insight into how their infrastructure is working at any one point in time, and can help provide them with recommendations as to how best to streamline operations.</p> <p>As the public sector continues its journey to become more agile, streamlined and cost efficient, managed IT services should play a key role. The government of course has a multitude of challenges to address. If it is going to meet all of its objectives, it needs to be in a position whereby it can put more resources into the mission and less into IT. Putting the cloud at the core of its service delivery strategy would be a key first step towards this goal.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><blockquote>Written by Siobhan Hafferty, Account Director – Public Sector, CenturyLink</blockquote> <blockquote>CenturyLink - sponsor for the Defence Winter Dinner</blockquote> <p>The government has made considerable strides in its IT strategy, services and delivery in recent years. From starting in a costly world in which departments led and managed IT processes themselves, we then moved into an era of outsourcing, with large-scale contracts commissioned with systems integrators and other IT vendors - to varying success.</p> <p>Today, we’re at a cross-roads. In the current political and economic climate, the public sector has to think carefully about every investment it makes – ensuring it can demonstrate a clear return on investment on all outgoings. This is why the culture of long-term outsourced projects, in which departments are ‘locked-in’ to fixed contracts, simply isn’t sustainable as an ongoing practice.</p> <p>Alongside this requirement for flexibility, when a department seeks to deploy new systems or applications, its principle go-to solution shouldn’t need to be the purchase of more servers, equipment and data centre provisions.</p> <p>Departments such as the Ministry of Defence have the opportunity to put cloud computing at the heart of a wider, more agile IT vision. While not all data is suitable for the cloud - especially with the varying sensitivities around security - there are significant volumes of information that can be hosted, managed and deployed in the cloud. And by identifying this data and migrating it from on premise, departments can save huge sums of money, while delivering better services and improved access to data and information in real-time.</p> <p>Platforms like our multi-cloud solution, or Cloud Application Manager, orchestrate the delivery of infrastructure, applications and services in any cloud environment. This enables departments to manage their infrastructure from one single, simple interface – to view and provision resources, manage their lifecycle and benefit from consolidated billing.</p> <p>For the government, this would enable its staff to securely access data and end-user services from all environments – wherever they’re based and working. It also provides IT teams with a true insight into how their infrastructure is working at any one point in time, and can help provide them with recommendations as to how best to streamline operations.</p> <p>As the public sector continues its journey to become more agile, streamlined and cost efficient, managed IT services should play a key role. The government of course has a multitude of challenges to address. If it is going to meet all of its objectives, it needs to be in a position whereby it can put more resources into the mission and less into IT. Putting the cloud at the core of its service delivery strategy would be a key first step towards this goal.</p></div> techUK sets out key asks ahead of Budget 2017-11-20T14:29:18+00:00 2017-11-20T14:29:18+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11758-techuk-sets-out-key-asks-ahead-of-budget Giles Derrington(techUK) giles.derrington@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK has published its asks ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, calling on Philip Hammond MP to make the structural changes needed to prepare the economy for the future before the oppertunity is lost to Brexit.</p> <p>techUK has warned that uncertainty around Brexit means that tech companies need to see a budget that sets the UK on the right economic path to create the jobs and growth of the future. With less than 500 days to go until Brexit, the Budget risks being the last opportunity to get businesses of all sectors and sizes ready to compete in the wider world.</p> <p>techUK’s proposals contain measures to support small businesses to digitise to support productivity growth, clarity on the Government’s support for R&amp;D and a significant package of support for digital skills are seen by the tech industry as vital if the Government is to properly prepare for a post-Brexit future.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the Budget submission, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“All businesses are facing increased uncertainty and an urgent need to get their houses in order ahead of whatever is thrown at them post-Brexit. This budget must give certainty, where little currently exists, by setting out a clear path to provide business with the tools they need for the future. The Chancellor has said he wants to put the UK at ‘the forefront of the global technology revolution’. Now is the time to make good on that desire.</p> <p>“That means getting more businesses to adopt basic digital processes that will enable them to take advantage of future productivity boosters like AI and prepare for new digital mechanism of taxation. It also means setting a clear path to meet the Government’s commitment to increase R&amp;D spending, at a time when many businesses are already feeling the pinch from uncertainty around EU programmes like Horizon 2020.</p> <p>“Tech businesses are global by nature, and many won’t simply wait around forever. Progress is needed on Brexit, and this budget is a golden opportunity for the Government to show that it is truly able to prepare the UK for our future outside the EU.”</p> <p><strong>In its submission, techUK called for the Government to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Support UK SMEs to digitise to increase productivity, through measures to help smaller companies to put in place basic digital tools to unlock future productivity boosters such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning – the UK risks falling behind in digitisation across industries, putting at risk a potential £18.8 billion in revenue growth for SMEs that could be unlocked.</li> <li>Protect small and micro businesses from cyber threats, by creating a Cyber Security Voucher support scheme to help businesses secure Cyber Essentials certification - one in five companies experienced a breech last year with small businesses facing costs of £65,000 - £115,000.</li> <li>Create a roadmap for R&amp;D spending to reach the Government’s 2.4% target. With uncertainty over Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes, the Government needs to set out a clear path to meet its manifesto goal of spending 2.4% of GDP on R&amp;D within the decade, starting with a plan to significantly ramp up public funding for research.</li> <li>Ensure the UK is supporting digital skills. With the risk of Brexit making it harder to recruit from abroad, significant investment into upskilling the UK workforce for the next generation of jobs is needed, including by:</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Providing additional resources to the Digital Skills Partnership to develop new programmes of support.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Giving companies greater flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy to ensure that they can train people in the skills that businesses really need.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Providing incentives to help companies support and reskill workers returning to the sector.</p> <ul> <li>Provide support with energy costs to UK data centres, giving our world leading data centres the same support given to other energy intensive industries, such as steel, in order to ensure they remain globally competitive.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>{bio}julian.david@techuk.org{/bio}</p> <p>{bio}alice.jackson@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK has published its asks ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, calling on Philip Hammond MP to make the structural changes needed to prepare the economy for the future before the oppertunity is lost to Brexit.</p> <p>techUK has warned that uncertainty around Brexit means that tech companies need to see a budget that sets the UK on the right economic path to create the jobs and growth of the future. With less than 500 days to go until Brexit, the Budget risks being the last opportunity to get businesses of all sectors and sizes ready to compete in the wider world.</p> <p>techUK’s proposals contain measures to support small businesses to digitise to support productivity growth, clarity on the Government’s support for R&amp;D and a significant package of support for digital skills are seen by the tech industry as vital if the Government is to properly prepare for a post-Brexit future.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the Budget submission, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“All businesses are facing increased uncertainty and an urgent need to get their houses in order ahead of whatever is thrown at them post-Brexit. This budget must give certainty, where little currently exists, by setting out a clear path to provide business with the tools they need for the future. The Chancellor has said he wants to put the UK at ‘the forefront of the global technology revolution’. Now is the time to make good on that desire.</p> <p>“That means getting more businesses to adopt basic digital processes that will enable them to take advantage of future productivity boosters like AI and prepare for new digital mechanism of taxation. It also means setting a clear path to meet the Government’s commitment to increase R&amp;D spending, at a time when many businesses are already feeling the pinch from uncertainty around EU programmes like Horizon 2020.</p> <p>“Tech businesses are global by nature, and many won’t simply wait around forever. Progress is needed on Brexit, and this budget is a golden opportunity for the Government to show that it is truly able to prepare the UK for our future outside the EU.”</p> <p><strong>In its submission, techUK called for the Government to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Support UK SMEs to digitise to increase productivity, through measures to help smaller companies to put in place basic digital tools to unlock future productivity boosters such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning – the UK risks falling behind in digitisation across industries, putting at risk a potential £18.8 billion in revenue growth for SMEs that could be unlocked.</li> <li>Protect small and micro businesses from cyber threats, by creating a Cyber Security Voucher support scheme to help businesses secure Cyber Essentials certification - one in five companies experienced a breech last year with small businesses facing costs of £65,000 - £115,000.</li> <li>Create a roadmap for R&amp;D spending to reach the Government’s 2.4% target. With uncertainty over Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes, the Government needs to set out a clear path to meet its manifesto goal of spending 2.4% of GDP on R&amp;D within the decade, starting with a plan to significantly ramp up public funding for research.</li> <li>Ensure the UK is supporting digital skills. With the risk of Brexit making it harder to recruit from abroad, significant investment into upskilling the UK workforce for the next generation of jobs is needed, including by:</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Providing additional resources to the Digital Skills Partnership to develop new programmes of support.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Giving companies greater flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy to ensure that they can train people in the skills that businesses really need.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Providing incentives to help companies support and reskill workers returning to the sector.</p> <ul> <li>Provide support with energy costs to UK data centres, giving our world leading data centres the same support given to other energy intensive industries, such as steel, in order to ensure they remain globally competitive.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>{bio}julian.david@techuk.org{/bio}</p> <p>{bio}alice.jackson@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> NHS Digital Security Operations Centre Procurement Now Live 2017-11-17T15:01:48+00:00 2017-11-17T15:01:48+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11757-nhs-digital-security-operations-centre-procurement-now-live Kate Francis(techUK) kate.francis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>NHS Digital has now started work on procuring their Security Operations Centre to expand their current service offering. They have released the first stage of this procurement in the form of a Selection Questionnaire (SQ) through <a href="https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Leeds:-IT-services:-consulting%2C-software-development%2C-Internet-and-support./9M94954G5K" target="_blank">eSourcing</a>.</p> <p>The deadline for submission is <strong>Wednesday 20 December 2017</strong>.</p> <p>Should you have any queries about this, please contact NHS Digital <a href="https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Leeds:-IT-services:-consulting%2C-software-development%2C-Internet-and-support./9M94954G5K" target="_blank">through the eSourcing platform.</a></p> <p>NHS Digital looks forward to working with successful suppliers to deliver improved data security for the NHS.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>NHS Digital has now started work on procuring their Security Operations Centre to expand their current service offering. They have released the first stage of this procurement in the form of a Selection Questionnaire (SQ) through <a href="https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Leeds:-IT-services:-consulting%2C-software-development%2C-Internet-and-support./9M94954G5K" target="_blank">eSourcing</a>.</p> <p>The deadline for submission is <strong>Wednesday 20 December 2017</strong>.</p> <p>Should you have any queries about this, please contact NHS Digital <a href="https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Leeds:-IT-services:-consulting%2C-software-development%2C-Internet-and-support./9M94954G5K" target="_blank">through the eSourcing platform.</a></p> <p>NHS Digital looks forward to working with successful suppliers to deliver improved data security for the NHS.&nbsp;</p></div> How Will 5G Impact Us? 2017-11-17T10:47:11+00:00 2017-11-17T10:47:11+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11756-how-will-5g-impact-us Sophie Weston(techUK) sophie.weston@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>With the new 5th Generation mobile technology expected to launch in the UK by 2020, an exciting time lies ahead of us. The world has yet to understand the full impact of its global introduction and to what extent 5G will dramatically transform and impact our lives, but while most comment so far on 5G has focused on the promise of higher speed, there is a wide range of services and applications proposed which will need 5G before they could be cost-effectively made available.</p> <p><strong>Increased Speed</strong></p> <p>Records show that with investigations and trials, 5G services are set to transform the telecoms sector significantly including offering consumers’ faster broadband ahead of the current availability of 4G. <a href="https://www.surrey.ac.uk/sites/default/files/the_future_of_mobile_communications.pdf" target="_blank">Research by Professor Tafazolli</a> at the 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey has predicted that it is possible to run a wireless data connected at 800Gbps, over 100 times faster than current 5G testing. Those speeds will allow you to download multiple high definition films within seconds, making streaming issues no more.</p> <p>Qualcomm has recently announced its newest modem for mobile devices, <a href="https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/modems/5g/x50" target="_blank">Snapdragon X50 5G</a> that is designed to support the next generation mobile networks. This modem chipset that will support operation in millimeter wave spectrum, initially in the 28GHz band (where Europe looks likely to adopt 26GHz), will provide an immediate connection between the customer and the cloud, opening up the potentials of a new generation of applications and services. Qualcomm plans to deliver the modem to mobile networks by 2018. Such increased speeds will now mean UK mobile networks will have to begin their transition into 5G and cope with the large increase in demand for telecommunications.</p> <p>Professor Tafazolli also forecasts that deployment of 5G will will drive the creation of true IoT ecosystems, creating the communication channels that will link people, cars, sensors, infrastructure and businesses.</p> <p><strong>Autonomous Vehicles</strong></p> <p>5G's development is also being evolved to support a wide range of machine-to-machine and IoT applications. These applications will then help enable and enhance connected and autonomous vehicles including self-driving cars and place them into everyday situations. Intel has recently developed an <a href="https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/spanning-car-connectivity-cloud-intel-go-platforms-lead-way-automated-driving/" target="_blank">GOTM Automotive 5G Platform</a>, the industry’s first 5G-ready platform and complete end-to-end system for autonomous driving. This will allow car manufacturers to develop and test a wide range of use cases and applications ahead of the launch of 5G, where it looks like fully autonomous vehicles will arrive around the same time that 5G starts to be rolled out i.e. 2020.</p> <p>5G will help deliver a safer, more convenient self-driving experience. Data is at the core of autonomous vehicles and connectivity is fundamental to their operation. 5G will enable the large quantities of data generated by these vehicles to be uploaded in real time, supporting navigation and enabling reaction to sudden changes in environment. Additionally 5G can positively improve safety and travel on the roads. Exchanging data with nearby vehicles to avoid collisions or setting up platoons to navigate intersections when there are no traffic lights.</p> <p><strong>Smart Energy</strong></p> <p>5G services will certainly be fundamental to our future energy systems including energy supply but also consumption Smart devices connected through 5G networks will be able to help control energy demand and reduce energy costs. With increased speed and connectivity, we will be able to expose new sources of data and increasingly interconnect a variety of different technologies and services. 5G could support predict and prevent maintenance of grid assets, minimizing instance and impact of failure. There are also opportunities to enhance demand flexibility allowing homes, cities and countries to reduce consumption at times of peak demand or make use of excess renewable consumption.</p> <p>ZTE released the <a href="http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201603/20160315blue%20pillar" target="_blank">Blue Pillar Smart Streetlamp</a> solution that enables a standard streetlamp to double as a 4G/5G Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and a charging point for electric vehicles. The solution also collects local data on weather, environment, transportation and security while its LED screen can be used to display information and advertising.</p> <p>Looking to the way in which 5G can support the smart grid, Huawei have recently announced at the PT Expo China 2017 a new <a href="http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/9/Huawei-5G-Network-Slicing-Application-Smart-Grid" target="_blank">5G network slicing application</a>. The application can be customised to requirements and determine how 5G can help regain power within a certain area where power lines have been damaged or power has been lost. This is a great example of how 5G can support smart distribution networks and how it can ensure for a secure, reliable, and stable operation on the power grid as a whole.</p> <p>We are still uncertain as to what exactly 5G will become until there is official testing. For now, techUK welcomes the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/597421/07.03.17_5G_strategy_-_for_publication.pdf" target="_blank">Government's strategy</a> and ambition for the UK to be a global leader in 5G and is excited to see the opportunities and transformations unfold in the UK and around the world and the major impact it will have in the future.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}sophie.weston@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>With the new 5th Generation mobile technology expected to launch in the UK by 2020, an exciting time lies ahead of us. The world has yet to understand the full impact of its global introduction and to what extent 5G will dramatically transform and impact our lives, but while most comment so far on 5G has focused on the promise of higher speed, there is a wide range of services and applications proposed which will need 5G before they could be cost-effectively made available.</p> <p><strong>Increased Speed</strong></p> <p>Records show that with investigations and trials, 5G services are set to transform the telecoms sector significantly including offering consumers’ faster broadband ahead of the current availability of 4G. <a href="https://www.surrey.ac.uk/sites/default/files/the_future_of_mobile_communications.pdf" target="_blank">Research by Professor Tafazolli</a> at the 5G Innovation Centre at University of Surrey has predicted that it is possible to run a wireless data connected at 800Gbps, over 100 times faster than current 5G testing. Those speeds will allow you to download multiple high definition films within seconds, making streaming issues no more.</p> <p>Qualcomm has recently announced its newest modem for mobile devices, <a href="https://www.qualcomm.com/products/snapdragon/modems/5g/x50" target="_blank">Snapdragon X50 5G</a> that is designed to support the next generation mobile networks. This modem chipset that will support operation in millimeter wave spectrum, initially in the 28GHz band (where Europe looks likely to adopt 26GHz), will provide an immediate connection between the customer and the cloud, opening up the potentials of a new generation of applications and services. Qualcomm plans to deliver the modem to mobile networks by 2018. Such increased speeds will now mean UK mobile networks will have to begin their transition into 5G and cope with the large increase in demand for telecommunications.</p> <p>Professor Tafazolli also forecasts that deployment of 5G will will drive the creation of true IoT ecosystems, creating the communication channels that will link people, cars, sensors, infrastructure and businesses.</p> <p><strong>Autonomous Vehicles</strong></p> <p>5G's development is also being evolved to support a wide range of machine-to-machine and IoT applications. These applications will then help enable and enhance connected and autonomous vehicles including self-driving cars and place them into everyday situations. Intel has recently developed an <a href="https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/spanning-car-connectivity-cloud-intel-go-platforms-lead-way-automated-driving/" target="_blank">GOTM Automotive 5G Platform</a>, the industry’s first 5G-ready platform and complete end-to-end system for autonomous driving. This will allow car manufacturers to develop and test a wide range of use cases and applications ahead of the launch of 5G, where it looks like fully autonomous vehicles will arrive around the same time that 5G starts to be rolled out i.e. 2020.</p> <p>5G will help deliver a safer, more convenient self-driving experience. Data is at the core of autonomous vehicles and connectivity is fundamental to their operation. 5G will enable the large quantities of data generated by these vehicles to be uploaded in real time, supporting navigation and enabling reaction to sudden changes in environment. Additionally 5G can positively improve safety and travel on the roads. Exchanging data with nearby vehicles to avoid collisions or setting up platoons to navigate intersections when there are no traffic lights.</p> <p><strong>Smart Energy</strong></p> <p>5G services will certainly be fundamental to our future energy systems including energy supply but also consumption Smart devices connected through 5G networks will be able to help control energy demand and reduce energy costs. With increased speed and connectivity, we will be able to expose new sources of data and increasingly interconnect a variety of different technologies and services. 5G could support predict and prevent maintenance of grid assets, minimizing instance and impact of failure. There are also opportunities to enhance demand flexibility allowing homes, cities and countries to reduce consumption at times of peak demand or make use of excess renewable consumption.</p> <p>ZTE released the <a href="http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201603/20160315blue%20pillar" target="_blank">Blue Pillar Smart Streetlamp</a> solution that enables a standard streetlamp to double as a 4G/5G Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and a charging point for electric vehicles. The solution also collects local data on weather, environment, transportation and security while its LED screen can be used to display information and advertising.</p> <p>Looking to the way in which 5G can support the smart grid, Huawei have recently announced at the PT Expo China 2017 a new <a href="http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2017/9/Huawei-5G-Network-Slicing-Application-Smart-Grid" target="_blank">5G network slicing application</a>. The application can be customised to requirements and determine how 5G can help regain power within a certain area where power lines have been damaged or power has been lost. This is a great example of how 5G can support smart distribution networks and how it can ensure for a secure, reliable, and stable operation on the power grid as a whole.</p> <p>We are still uncertain as to what exactly 5G will become until there is official testing. For now, techUK welcomes the <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/597421/07.03.17_5G_strategy_-_for_publication.pdf" target="_blank">Government's strategy</a> and ambition for the UK to be a global leader in 5G and is excited to see the opportunities and transformations unfold in the UK and around the world and the major impact it will have in the future.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}sophie.weston@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Software is like a parachute. If it doesn’t work, you’re screwed 2017-11-16T14:22:21+00:00 2017-11-16T14:22:21+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11753-software-is-like-a-parachute-if-it-doesn-t-work-you-re-screwed Mariana Obetzanova (techUK) mariana.obetzanova@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK and <a href="https://www.tsgconsulting.co.uk/" target="_blank">Testing Solutions Group Ltd</a> on 6th February 2018 for an hour breakfast talk on Software Escrow.</p> <p>Technology has revolutionised the world we live in. Computer software is capable of speeding up processes, improving quality, and enabling products and services to be delivered more quickly and cost-effectively.</p> <p>Because of the pace of change and the cost of advancing and improving computer systems, most businesses now rely on third parties to supply and maintain their software systems. However, this reliance on third parties involves risk that needs careful management, particularly if the third party is responsible for the operation of mission-critical technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="images/assets/escrow/Escrow_drawing_2.jpg" alt="Escrow drawing 2" width="503" height="319" /></p> <p><strong>What will be covered</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Who we are</li> <li>How we work with techUK</li> <li>Why you need to have your software in escrow / benefits of having your software in escrow</li> <li>The validation procedure</li> <li>Mitigating Risk through testing</li> <li>Q&amp;A</li> </ul></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK and <a href="https://www.tsgconsulting.co.uk/" target="_blank">Testing Solutions Group Ltd</a> on 6th February 2018 for an hour breakfast talk on Software Escrow.</p> <p>Technology has revolutionised the world we live in. Computer software is capable of speeding up processes, improving quality, and enabling products and services to be delivered more quickly and cost-effectively.</p> <p>Because of the pace of change and the cost of advancing and improving computer systems, most businesses now rely on third parties to supply and maintain their software systems. However, this reliance on third parties involves risk that needs careful management, particularly if the third party is responsible for the operation of mission-critical technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="images/assets/escrow/Escrow_drawing_2.jpg" alt="Escrow drawing 2" width="503" height="319" /></p> <p><strong>What will be covered</strong></p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Who we are</li> <li>How we work with techUK</li> <li>Why you need to have your software in escrow / benefits of having your software in escrow</li> <li>The validation procedure</li> <li>Mitigating Risk through testing</li> <li>Q&amp;A</li> </ul></div> Digital Policing Briefing with Chief Constable Mike Barton 2017-11-15T16:03:18+00:00 2017-11-15T16:03:18+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11752-digital-policing-briefing-with-chief-constable-mike-barton Henry Rex(techUK) henry.rex@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h3>This event is a chance for industry members to hear from CC Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 14th February 2018<br /><strong>Time:</strong>&nbsp;10:30 - 12:30<br /><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD</p> <p>Mike Barton and his colleagues are coming to techUK to brief members on Durham Constabulary’s digital transformation programme, the vision and strategic direction of the programme, and the opportunities for supplier engagement. Mr Barton will also speak about his role as NPCC Lead for Crime Operations, his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for tech in policing.</p> <p><strong>CC Mike Barton</strong> is the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, a position he has held since 2012. As Chief Constable he has introduced new ways of tackling organised criminals, using methods that challenge traditional policing and involve local beat officers and PCSOs, and encourage paradigm shifts. Durham is recognised as a leading force in tackling serious and organised crime as well as managing offenders. It was rated as the top Force in the country by HMIC in 2016’s PEEL Effectiveness report.</p> <p>During his career CC Barton has worked on a variety of National Portfolios including Chair Operational Requirements Board, and lead for the Portfolios of Intelligence and Troubled Families, Police National Database, and HOLMES (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System).</p> <p>After the briefing there will be a Q&amp;A session, and the event will be followed by a light sandwich lunch and networking.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h3>This event is a chance for industry members to hear from CC Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 14th February 2018<br /><strong>Time:</strong>&nbsp;10:30 - 12:30<br /><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD</p> <p>Mike Barton and his colleagues are coming to techUK to brief members on Durham Constabulary’s digital transformation programme, the vision and strategic direction of the programme, and the opportunities for supplier engagement. Mr Barton will also speak about his role as NPCC Lead for Crime Operations, his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for tech in policing.</p> <p><strong>CC Mike Barton</strong> is the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, a position he has held since 2012. As Chief Constable he has introduced new ways of tackling organised criminals, using methods that challenge traditional policing and involve local beat officers and PCSOs, and encourage paradigm shifts. Durham is recognised as a leading force in tackling serious and organised crime as well as managing offenders. It was rated as the top Force in the country by HMIC in 2016’s PEEL Effectiveness report.</p> <p>During his career CC Barton has worked on a variety of National Portfolios including Chair Operational Requirements Board, and lead for the Portfolios of Intelligence and Troubled Families, Police National Database, and HOLMES (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System).</p> <p>After the briefing there will be a Q&amp;A session, and the event will be followed by a light sandwich lunch and networking.</p></div> Future Connected Rail Working Group 2017-11-15T15:05:26+00:00 2017-11-15T15:05:26+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11751-future-connected-rail-working-group Sophie Weston(techUK) sophie.weston@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Time:</strong> Tuesday 28 November: 11:00 – 13:00<br /><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD</p> <p>The working group has been established to facilitate mutual understanding and collaboration between the rail sector, digital industries, government and regulators.</p> <p>As a result of these discussions, RSSB established a project to develop a route map on the options (technological and business models) to improve digital (mobile and broadband) connectivity along rail corridors. Many of you have participated in the two workshops conducted by LS Telecom to help develop the route map.</p> <p>Please join us at this meeting to hear from LS Telecom on their emerging findings and to discuss next steps on what needs to be done by industry and Government to achieve the improved connectivity on the railways.</p> <p>We are also fortunate in having Matthew Griffin, Head of Digital at Transport for London, who will give an overview of the exciting initiative to bring WiFi and mobile coverage in the London Underground tunnels and through this to promote commercial opportunities. No doubt this initiative will have important parallels as well as lessons for those objectives in the national rail networks.</p> <p>To register for this working group, please click the Book Now button.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Time:</strong> Tuesday 28 November: 11:00 – 13:00<br /><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD</p> <p>The working group has been established to facilitate mutual understanding and collaboration between the rail sector, digital industries, government and regulators.</p> <p>As a result of these discussions, RSSB established a project to develop a route map on the options (technological and business models) to improve digital (mobile and broadband) connectivity along rail corridors. Many of you have participated in the two workshops conducted by LS Telecom to help develop the route map.</p> <p>Please join us at this meeting to hear from LS Telecom on their emerging findings and to discuss next steps on what needs to be done by industry and Government to achieve the improved connectivity on the railways.</p> <p>We are also fortunate in having Matthew Griffin, Head of Digital at Transport for London, who will give an overview of the exciting initiative to bring WiFi and mobile coverage in the London Underground tunnels and through this to promote commercial opportunities. No doubt this initiative will have important parallels as well as lessons for those objectives in the national rail networks.</p> <p>To register for this working group, please click the Book Now button.</p></div> Short-term Risks in Exchange for Long Term Innovation: Government's SME Dilemma 2017-11-15T14:50:46+00:00 2017-11-15T14:50:46+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11750-short-term-risks-in-exchange-for-long-term-innovation-government-s-sme-dilemma Simona Paliulyte(techUK) simona.paliulyte@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>By 2020, the government aims to increase the amount it spends on products and services provided by small and medium size business to a third (up from a quarter) of all spend.</p> <p><em>“This is such an amazing opportunity for the country’s diverse and innovative small businesses, and today I urge them to get stuck in.”</em> Says Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital.</p> <p>Believe me Matt, we are trying.</p> <p>The government’s Digital Marketplace, through which it procures technology products and services, has been successful in furthering the government’s aims. G-Cloud, the largest of the various frameworks by far, has awarded half of its business to SMEs since its inception in 2012. The others average out at around a third. So far so good. The trouble, however, is that less than 10% of government spending on ICT is done via&nbsp;Digital Marketplace.</p> <p>How do things look when the other 90% of government spending is factored in? It’s hard to tell based on the data available, but almost certainly not as good. Progress is being made on some fronts, but probably not quickly enough for most people’s liking. For example, spend with the largest suppliers has been falling significantly and continuously since 2010. However, the somewhat alarming, if also understandable truth is that just five suppliers were the recipients of 51% of all central government spend on IT in 14/15 (which amounted to over £6.3bn in the same period) according to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts in 2016.</p> <p>So what is holding Whitehall back?</p> <p>tech UK’s 2016 survey of SME GovTech suppliers found that 94% of respondents did not think that civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs. Which, perhaps, is polite way of saying that civil servants do not always believe that SMEs can or will deliver. My personal suspicion, for what it is worth, is that there are at least three reasons for this mostly justified lack of confidence.</p> <p>Firstly, buyers don’t always understand what they have decided to buy (or what they have been advised to buy) and are prepared to pay a premium to a big, safe brand that does. Or says it does. In doing so, they overcompensate for their lack of expertise and protect themselves against the risk of failure. No-one ever got fired for procuring from a large multinational, as the saying goes.</p> <p>Secondly, and somewhat obviously, SMEs are not always able to deliver as much or absorb as much risk as the larger players within the required timescales. Put simply, big contracts sometimes need big suppliers. While disaggregation is helpful, central government departments remain enormous clients for SMEs to wrap their arms around.</p> <p>Thirdly, and related to the first two points, small companies are often unable to offer the financial and other guarantees that the big firms are able to, and which government feels it needs.</p> <p>More wise words, this time from John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service: <em>“Further opening up our marketplace to small businesses is good economic sense all round – making it easier for them to access and win government business opportunities, whilst encouraging increased competition and market innovation to deliver best value for the taxpayer.”</em></p> <p>Surely, talking of best value for the taxpayer, not-for-profit SMEs should be among the most deserving. With no profit motive (ultimately) and in an many cases exactly the same objectives as the government, third sector suppliers should be regarded as independent allies rather than mere suppliers or partners. Furthermore, not-for-profit SMEs should be able to deliver more for less, not least because they are able to happily break even or invest any surpluses that would normally be lost to shareholders back into the cause. Historically, however, some have not managed to have much of a positive impact on society. Others have, but not as much as the private sector. A small number of others, at last, are leading the way, pan-sector.</p> <p>New approaches to commissioning have helped. For example, the emergence of payment-by-results contracts, as tricky as they are to get right, have forced a growing number of third sector SMEs to match the capabilities and performance of their private sector competitors. Although a less than helpful and stubborn reputation on both fronts lingers, proven capabilities and performance are no longer insurmountable barriers to winning business for well-run not-for-profit organisations.</p> <p>The real challenges for the best third sector SMEs are exactly the same as those for private sector SMEs, but the not-for-profit sector still has further to go in some respects. Although it is growing fast, there are still only around forty charities that turnover £100m or more. Furthermore, while the £15bn that third sector organisations receive from government (about a third of all its income and mostly in exchange for contracted services) may seem significant, it only accounts for 2% or so of government spend.</p> <p>Just as SMEs (and particularly not-for-profit SMEs) must continue to invest in their capabilities and continuously improve their performance, the government must help them, not least by giving them more responsibility and accepting more risk. At the same time, the government must have the courage to hold SMEs (and again, particularly not-for-profit SMEs) to account and if necessary, and regardless of the short-term political risk, let them fail. Only then will the playing field be truly level and only then will Hancock’s <em>“amazing opportunity for the country’s diverse and innovative small businesses” bring about Manzoni’s “increased competition and market innovation”.</em></p> <hr /> <p>Jude Sheeran is a member of tech UK’s Public Services Board and CEO of Eduserv, a not-for-profit SME that delivers cloud infrastructure, applications, data and security services to central and local government and the third sector. Eduserv’s primary aims are enabling its clients to get the most out of technology for the sake of society and in doing so, help close the UK’s digital skills gap.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>By 2020, the government aims to increase the amount it spends on products and services provided by small and medium size business to a third (up from a quarter) of all spend.</p> <p><em>“This is such an amazing opportunity for the country’s diverse and innovative small businesses, and today I urge them to get stuck in.”</em> Says Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital.</p> <p>Believe me Matt, we are trying.</p> <p>The government’s Digital Marketplace, through which it procures technology products and services, has been successful in furthering the government’s aims. G-Cloud, the largest of the various frameworks by far, has awarded half of its business to SMEs since its inception in 2012. The others average out at around a third. So far so good. The trouble, however, is that less than 10% of government spending on ICT is done via&nbsp;Digital Marketplace.</p> <p>How do things look when the other 90% of government spending is factored in? It’s hard to tell based on the data available, but almost certainly not as good. Progress is being made on some fronts, but probably not quickly enough for most people’s liking. For example, spend with the largest suppliers has been falling significantly and continuously since 2010. However, the somewhat alarming, if also understandable truth is that just five suppliers were the recipients of 51% of all central government spend on IT in 14/15 (which amounted to over £6.3bn in the same period) according to the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts in 2016.</p> <p>So what is holding Whitehall back?</p> <p>tech UK’s 2016 survey of SME GovTech suppliers found that 94% of respondents did not think that civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs. Which, perhaps, is polite way of saying that civil servants do not always believe that SMEs can or will deliver. My personal suspicion, for what it is worth, is that there are at least three reasons for this mostly justified lack of confidence.</p> <p>Firstly, buyers don’t always understand what they have decided to buy (or what they have been advised to buy) and are prepared to pay a premium to a big, safe brand that does. Or says it does. In doing so, they overcompensate for their lack of expertise and protect themselves against the risk of failure. No-one ever got fired for procuring from a large multinational, as the saying goes.</p> <p>Secondly, and somewhat obviously, SMEs are not always able to deliver as much or absorb as much risk as the larger players within the required timescales. Put simply, big contracts sometimes need big suppliers. While disaggregation is helpful, central government departments remain enormous clients for SMEs to wrap their arms around.</p> <p>Thirdly, and related to the first two points, small companies are often unable to offer the financial and other guarantees that the big firms are able to, and which government feels it needs.</p> <p>More wise words, this time from John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service: <em>“Further opening up our marketplace to small businesses is good economic sense all round – making it easier for them to access and win government business opportunities, whilst encouraging increased competition and market innovation to deliver best value for the taxpayer.”</em></p> <p>Surely, talking of best value for the taxpayer, not-for-profit SMEs should be among the most deserving. With no profit motive (ultimately) and in an many cases exactly the same objectives as the government, third sector suppliers should be regarded as independent allies rather than mere suppliers or partners. Furthermore, not-for-profit SMEs should be able to deliver more for less, not least because they are able to happily break even or invest any surpluses that would normally be lost to shareholders back into the cause. Historically, however, some have not managed to have much of a positive impact on society. Others have, but not as much as the private sector. A small number of others, at last, are leading the way, pan-sector.</p> <p>New approaches to commissioning have helped. For example, the emergence of payment-by-results contracts, as tricky as they are to get right, have forced a growing number of third sector SMEs to match the capabilities and performance of their private sector competitors. Although a less than helpful and stubborn reputation on both fronts lingers, proven capabilities and performance are no longer insurmountable barriers to winning business for well-run not-for-profit organisations.</p> <p>The real challenges for the best third sector SMEs are exactly the same as those for private sector SMEs, but the not-for-profit sector still has further to go in some respects. Although it is growing fast, there are still only around forty charities that turnover £100m or more. Furthermore, while the £15bn that third sector organisations receive from government (about a third of all its income and mostly in exchange for contracted services) may seem significant, it only accounts for 2% or so of government spend.</p> <p>Just as SMEs (and particularly not-for-profit SMEs) must continue to invest in their capabilities and continuously improve their performance, the government must help them, not least by giving them more responsibility and accepting more risk. At the same time, the government must have the courage to hold SMEs (and again, particularly not-for-profit SMEs) to account and if necessary, and regardless of the short-term political risk, let them fail. Only then will the playing field be truly level and only then will Hancock’s <em>“amazing opportunity for the country’s diverse and innovative small businesses” bring about Manzoni’s “increased competition and market innovation”.</em></p> <hr /> <p>Jude Sheeran is a member of tech UK’s Public Services Board and CEO of Eduserv, a not-for-profit SME that delivers cloud infrastructure, applications, data and security services to central and local government and the third sector. Eduserv’s primary aims are enabling its clients to get the most out of technology for the sake of society and in doing so, help close the UK’s digital skills gap.</p></div> Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy 2017-11-15T14:53:00+00:00 2017-11-15T14:53:00+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/11749-policy-pulse-your-weekly-update-on-tech-and-digital-policy Tom Morrison-Bell(techUK) tom.morrison-bell@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This week, the Government has announced a raft of measures to boost UK tech including doubling the number of exceptional talent visas for international tech talent. Meanwhile:</p> <ul> <li>There’s an £84m boost to make the UK a world-leader in AI and robotics research</li> <li>A major Royal Society report reveals schools are ill-equipped to teach computer science</li> <li>techUK comments on what the Government’s new measures mean for UK tech</li> </ul> <p>And plenty more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Top Tech Policy News</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/11/14/theresa-may-doubles-visa-numbers-tech-workers/" target="_blank">New measures to help UK’s digital economy post-Brexit</a> <strong>(Telegraph)</strong><br />Government doubles number of exceptional tech talent visas, funds new £20m GovTech catalyst and transforms Tech City into UK-wide Tech Nation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-for-84-million-for-artificial-intelligence-and-robotics-research-and-smart-energy-innovation-announced?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Government announces £84m for AI and Robotics research</a> <strong>(Gov.UK)</strong><br />Latest Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund awards from Industrial Strategy Minister Claire Perry to drive AI and robotics revolution in smart energy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41928847?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Royal Society urges Government to act on computing science curriculum</a> (<strong>BBC)</strong><br />Major new report reveals more than half of secondary schools in England do not offer GCSE computer science despite soaring UK demand for digital skills.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cityam.com/275555/businesses-embracing-everyday-tech-could-add-gbp100bn?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Uptake of digital amongst businesses could add £100bn to economy</a> <strong>(City AM)</strong><br />A CBI report echoes techUK’s calls that digitisation is key short-term lever to boost UK’s chronic productivity problem.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>techUK Action &amp; Reaction</strong></p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11744-government-commits-to-doubling-exceptional-talent-visas?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Extra visas welcome but whole economy needs new tech skills</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Commitment to exceptional talent sets the right tone but will be insufficient to provide UK’s wider digital skills needs says Antony Walker.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-for-tech-to-boost-public-sector-productivity?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">New GovTech fund a landmark in public sector digitisation</a> <strong>(Gov.UK)</strong><br />Jacqueline de Rojas says fund will create a ‘front door ’into the public sector for tech businesses with exciting new ideas to put citizens first.</p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11736-stuck-in-the-middle-with-eu-the-halfway-point-for-brexit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Oh, we’re halfway there (on Brexit negotiations)</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />techUK’s Giles Derrington says that until there’s sufficient progress in first phase of negotiations, businesses will remain in dark on huge amounts of Brexit detail.</p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11723-techuk-report-outlines-how-tech-can-enable-carbon-reductions-reduce-uk?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Climate Change Minister welcomes techUK report on decarbonisation</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Claire Perry MP states innovation and technology are key to growing the low carbon economy, echoing recommendations from <a href="images/programmes/Technology%20-%20Enabling%20CO2%20reductions%20Final%20Digital%20Version.pdf?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">techUK’s new report</a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>More News &amp; Comment</strong></p> <p><a href="https://institute.global/news/brainstorm-technology-many?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">techUK President discusses how future tech will work for the many</a> <strong>(TBI)</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/how-to-have-a-productive-brexit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">The brilliant Diane Coyle on how to have a productive Brexit</a> <strong>(Prospect)</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Empowerment-is-the-key-to-a-connected-society?platform=hootsuite&amp;utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Rachel Neaman: Empowerment is the key to a connected society</a> <strong>(ComputerWeekly)</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Upcoming Events - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events" target="_blank">View full events calendar</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Nov 21</strong> - <a href="events/briefing/item/11547-techuk-innovation-den-accelerating-transformation-in-the-public-sector?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">techUK Innovation Den: Accelerating Transformation in the Public Sector</a></p> <p><strong>Nov 23</strong> - <a href="events/partner-event/item/11497-who-rules-the-internet?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Who Rules The Internet?</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 05</strong> - <a href="events/roundtable/item/11681-local-government-roundtable-harnessing-digital-to-prevent-homelessness?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Local Government Roundtable: Harnessing Digital to Prevent Homelessness</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 13</strong> - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/11563-digital-ethics-summit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Digital Ethics Summit</a></p> <hr /> <p>As ever, please get in touch with the team and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about. We really do like feedback!</p> <p>{bio}tom.morrison-bell@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This week, the Government has announced a raft of measures to boost UK tech including doubling the number of exceptional talent visas for international tech talent. Meanwhile:</p> <ul> <li>There’s an £84m boost to make the UK a world-leader in AI and robotics research</li> <li>A major Royal Society report reveals schools are ill-equipped to teach computer science</li> <li>techUK comments on what the Government’s new measures mean for UK tech</li> </ul> <p>And plenty more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Top Tech Policy News</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/11/14/theresa-may-doubles-visa-numbers-tech-workers/" target="_blank">New measures to help UK’s digital economy post-Brexit</a> <strong>(Telegraph)</strong><br />Government doubles number of exceptional tech talent visas, funds new £20m GovTech catalyst and transforms Tech City into UK-wide Tech Nation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-for-84-million-for-artificial-intelligence-and-robotics-research-and-smart-energy-innovation-announced?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Government announces £84m for AI and Robotics research</a> <strong>(Gov.UK)</strong><br />Latest Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund awards from Industrial Strategy Minister Claire Perry to drive AI and robotics revolution in smart energy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41928847?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Royal Society urges Government to act on computing science curriculum</a> (<strong>BBC)</strong><br />Major new report reveals more than half of secondary schools in England do not offer GCSE computer science despite soaring UK demand for digital skills.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cityam.com/275555/businesses-embracing-everyday-tech-could-add-gbp100bn?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Uptake of digital amongst businesses could add £100bn to economy</a> <strong>(City AM)</strong><br />A CBI report echoes techUK’s calls that digitisation is key short-term lever to boost UK’s chronic productivity problem.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>techUK Action &amp; Reaction</strong></p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11744-government-commits-to-doubling-exceptional-talent-visas?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Extra visas welcome but whole economy needs new tech skills</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Commitment to exceptional talent sets the right tone but will be insufficient to provide UK’s wider digital skills needs says Antony Walker.</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-support-for-tech-to-boost-public-sector-productivity?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">New GovTech fund a landmark in public sector digitisation</a> <strong>(Gov.UK)</strong><br />Jacqueline de Rojas says fund will create a ‘front door ’into the public sector for tech businesses with exciting new ideas to put citizens first.</p> <p><a href="insights/news/item/11736-stuck-in-the-middle-with-eu-the-halfway-point-for-brexit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Oh, we’re halfway there (on Brexit negotiations)</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />techUK’s Giles Derrington says that until there’s sufficient progress in first phase of negotiations, businesses will remain in dark on huge amounts of Brexit detail.</p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11723-techuk-report-outlines-how-tech-can-enable-carbon-reductions-reduce-uk?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Climate Change Minister welcomes techUK report on decarbonisation</a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br />Claire Perry MP states innovation and technology are key to growing the low carbon economy, echoing recommendations from <a href="images/programmes/Technology%20-%20Enabling%20CO2%20reductions%20Final%20Digital%20Version.pdf?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">techUK’s new report</a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>More News &amp; Comment</strong></p> <p><a href="https://institute.global/news/brainstorm-technology-many?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">techUK President discusses how future tech will work for the many</a> <strong>(TBI)</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/how-to-have-a-productive-brexit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">The brilliant Diane Coyle on how to have a productive Brexit</a> <strong>(Prospect)</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Empowerment-is-the-key-to-a-connected-society?platform=hootsuite&amp;utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Rachel Neaman: Empowerment is the key to a connected society</a> <strong>(ComputerWeekly)</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Upcoming Events - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events" target="_blank">View full events calendar</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Nov 21</strong> - <a href="events/briefing/item/11547-techuk-innovation-den-accelerating-transformation-in-the-public-sector?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">techUK Innovation Den: Accelerating Transformation in the Public Sector</a></p> <p><strong>Nov 23</strong> - <a href="events/partner-event/item/11497-who-rules-the-internet?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Who Rules The Internet?</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 05</strong> - <a href="events/roundtable/item/11681-local-government-roundtable-harnessing-digital-to-prevent-homelessness?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Local Government Roundtable: Harnessing Digital to Prevent Homelessness</a></p> <p><strong>Dec 13</strong> - <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/11563-digital-ethics-summit?utm_source=http%3a%2f%2fmarketing.intellectuk.info%2flz%2f&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Policy+Pulse+14+November+2017&amp;utm_term=Policy%20Pulse%2015%20November%202017&amp;utm_content=89859&amp;gator_td=1oeEls6RyjB7TQIdD4pMBspckdu4Rz9bDvYmMq17rtkG2af8Dim9nx2dUeWirU%2bQcOKx4Hn5sRph%2fvTDVvi8cX9k6QzCiLAP8teZ%2f9ICmN54YEGJxlKKIBxtxLfmW531LlcIn75HGtWjCe2H1FPt9Rwhf0K8RMeeCoZd9wOuHa5zl2OP5u3TctDX8gXmyFbq" target="_blank">Digital Ethics Summit</a></p> <hr /> <p>As ever, please get in touch with the team and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about. We really do like feedback!</p> <p>{bio}tom.morrison-bell@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Pitch @ Palace 2017-11-15T13:44:56+00:00 2017-11-15T13:44:56+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11748-pitch-pace Dan Patefield(techUK) dan.patefield@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>His Royal Highness the Duke of York set up Pitch@Palace as a charitable trust in 2014 to support his work with entrepreneurs. It aims to guide, help and connect early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angel investors, mentors and business partners. Pitch@Palace offers the chance to get Tech businesses in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult them to the next level and, according to its website, has helped over 247 grow, with some now enjoying huge global success. Each Pitch@Palace campaign has a different theme, with is a focus on different areas of the UK Tech industry.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs who apply to the Pitch@Palace are first selected to participate in an On Tour Event, one of three regional heats from which they may get the invitation to attend a Boot Camp. At Boot Camp they receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance. All of the entrepreneurs selected for Boot Camp are invited to the final event at St. James’s Palace, and a selection of these pitch directly to an influential audience from the worlds of entrepreneurship, technology, media and investment. All of the Pitch@Palace Entrepreneurs, whether selected to pitch at St. James’s Palace or not, join the growing alumni network of entrepreneurs and receive ongoing support.</p> <p>A Defence themed On Tour Event is scheduled to take place on 31 January 2018.</p> <p>For more information please <a href="http://pitchatpalace.com/apply-9/">click here</a>.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>His Royal Highness the Duke of York set up Pitch@Palace as a charitable trust in 2014 to support his work with entrepreneurs. It aims to guide, help and connect early-stage businesses with potential supporters, including CEOs, influencers, angel investors, mentors and business partners. Pitch@Palace offers the chance to get Tech businesses in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult them to the next level and, according to its website, has helped over 247 grow, with some now enjoying huge global success. Each Pitch@Palace campaign has a different theme, with is a focus on different areas of the UK Tech industry.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs who apply to the Pitch@Palace are first selected to participate in an On Tour Event, one of three regional heats from which they may get the invitation to attend a Boot Camp. At Boot Camp they receive support and guidance on how to develop and hone their pitch, as well as support with investment, introductions and strategic guidance. All of the entrepreneurs selected for Boot Camp are invited to the final event at St. James’s Palace, and a selection of these pitch directly to an influential audience from the worlds of entrepreneurship, technology, media and investment. All of the Pitch@Palace Entrepreneurs, whether selected to pitch at St. James’s Palace or not, join the growing alumni network of entrepreneurs and receive ongoing support.</p> <p>A Defence themed On Tour Event is scheduled to take place on 31 January 2018.</p> <p>For more information please <a href="http://pitchatpalace.com/apply-9/">click here</a>.</p></div> techUK Publishes White Paper on Open Banking 2017-11-15T11:40:33+00:00 2017-11-15T11:40:33+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/11745-techuk-publishes-white-paper-on-open-banking Ruth Milligan(techUK) ruth.milligan@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>The techUK Open Banking White Paper examines the need for the UK to follow-up the impetus of Open Banking with a wider-ranging strategy to encompass the full range of financial services into a collaborative digital ecosystem.</strong></p> <p>Technology is the driving force behind all progression and innovation in financial services businesses. 'FinTech' and financial services are not separate sectors - the two are inter-dependent. The possibilities of tech require and allow changes in business models and regulation - so the policy direction of financial services must be led jointly by technology companies and incumbent banking/FS players.</p> <p>The UK's Open Banking work will set open standards for APIs, thus allowing access to non-bank providers to customer data (with consent) and widening competition in the payments market. With cross-sector backing, and strong governmental support, this can be the first step in truly innovative, joined-up financial services for UK consumers and SMEs.</p> <p>In <em>From Open Banking to Open Financial Services - The Long View</em>, techUK sets out six key recommendations for achieving this aim:</p> <ul> <li><strong>A long-term vision</strong>: The UK Government must come together with regulators and industry to formulate a long-term strategy for creating an innovative, diverse financial services sector based on open data. The current disparate initiatives should be brought together into a coherent strategy.</li> <li><strong>Digital ID:</strong> The key to a long-term connected sector is access for the customer through a single digital ID. This is required to minimise the burden of know-your-customer (KYC) and anti- money laundering rules (AML) on individual companies and to remove barriers to entry for new players.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Open and inclusive governance:</strong> Collaboration relies on trust which is engendered through working together. The long-term governance of Open Banking and future work on open financial services must be governed through principles of transparency and inclusion.</li> <li><strong>Collaboration to enhance competition</strong>: Traditional ideas of competition must be tempered to facilitate competition through collaboration. All industry sectors must work together to create a connected ecosystem in which all players can thrive – and end consumers and small businesses benefit.</li> <li><strong>Common open standards</strong>: All collaboration needs a common language to communicate. The interoperability of IT systems depends on common standards – nationally and internationally. We emphasise&nbsp;the need for the UK to work towards common standards.</li> <li><strong>Customer communication</strong>: Open Banking will only succeed if it is used by the customer. There is an urgent need for these new services to be communicated and explained to the public. Thought should be given to the mechanisms required to provide reassurance for consumers and small businesses.</li> </ul></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>The techUK Open Banking White Paper examines the need for the UK to follow-up the impetus of Open Banking with a wider-ranging strategy to encompass the full range of financial services into a collaborative digital ecosystem.</strong></p> <p>Technology is the driving force behind all progression and innovation in financial services businesses. 'FinTech' and financial services are not separate sectors - the two are inter-dependent. The possibilities of tech require and allow changes in business models and regulation - so the policy direction of financial services must be led jointly by technology companies and incumbent banking/FS players.</p> <p>The UK's Open Banking work will set open standards for APIs, thus allowing access to non-bank providers to customer data (with consent) and widening competition in the payments market. With cross-sector backing, and strong governmental support, this can be the first step in truly innovative, joined-up financial services for UK consumers and SMEs.</p> <p>In <em>From Open Banking to Open Financial Services - The Long View</em>, techUK sets out six key recommendations for achieving this aim:</p> <ul> <li><strong>A long-term vision</strong>: The UK Government must come together with regulators and industry to formulate a long-term strategy for creating an innovative, diverse financial services sector based on open data. The current disparate initiatives should be brought together into a coherent strategy.</li> <li><strong>Digital ID:</strong> The key to a long-term connected sector is access for the customer through a single digital ID. This is required to minimise the burden of know-your-customer (KYC) and anti- money laundering rules (AML) on individual companies and to remove barriers to entry for new players.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Open and inclusive governance:</strong> Collaboration relies on trust which is engendered through working together. The long-term governance of Open Banking and future work on open financial services must be governed through principles of transparency and inclusion.</li> <li><strong>Collaboration to enhance competition</strong>: Traditional ideas of competition must be tempered to facilitate competition through collaboration. All industry sectors must work together to create a connected ecosystem in which all players can thrive – and end consumers and small businesses benefit.</li> <li><strong>Common open standards</strong>: All collaboration needs a common language to communicate. The interoperability of IT systems depends on common standards – nationally and internationally. We emphasise&nbsp;the need for the UK to work towards common standards.</li> <li><strong>Customer communication</strong>: Open Banking will only succeed if it is used by the customer. There is an urgent need for these new services to be communicated and explained to the public. Thought should be given to the mechanisms required to provide reassurance for consumers and small businesses.</li> </ul></div> Government Commits To Doubling Exceptional Talent Visas 2017-11-15T11:18:37+00:00 2017-11-15T11:18:37+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11744-government-commits-to-doubling-exceptional-talent-visas Alice Jackson(techUK) alice.jackson@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>As the Prime Minister Theresa May meets leading digital entrepreneurs and innovators today, the Government has announced several measures to support the UK’s world-class tech sector, including a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-doubles-exceptional-talent-visa-offer" target="_blank">commitment</a> to double the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including in digital technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the expansion of the number of visas available, Antony Walker, deputy CEO at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>“Doubling the number of visas available to tech is a welcome and practical step towards supporting the UK’s fastest growing sector. As our economy continues to digitise, more and more businesses depend upon tech talent to support their growth. This isn't just a London phenomenon. There is going to be huge demand for tech skills in businesses right across the country.</em></p> <p><em>“For the announcement to be truly valuable, however, the Government must couple it with further flexibility on Tier 2 high skilled talent. It must also address concerns about the speed and costs associated with Tier 1 and 2 visas to ensure they can be used by companies large and small.</em></p> <p><strong>In relation to the UK's immigration system post-Brexit, Antony Walker, went on to say:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>“While this announcement shows the UK’s desire to be open to talent once we leave the EU, it alone will not compensate for the impact of Brexit. There is still a huge amount of work to do to clarify the rights of EU citizens that already work in the sector and to build a fit-for-purpose immigration system once we leave the EU. We ultimately need a light-touch UK/EU visa system based on an ‘ESTA for work’ model where companies can quickly and easily self-certify EU workers taking on roles.</em></p> <p><em>“International tech talent makes a huge contribution to the UK economy. For every ten highly skilled jobs that are created an additional four lower skilled jobs are created. The tech sector is increasingly the backbone of the economy, and making sure it can thrive post-Brexit is in everyone’s interest.”</em></p> <p><em>“For a services-exporting tech sector, we need a kind of arrangement similar to what David Davis spoke of yesterday to enable the mobility of workers and professionals across the continent. Exporting tech services depends on our ability to temporarily locate staff across Europe for both delivery and support.”</em></p> <p>{bio}antony.walker@techUK.org{/bio}</p> <p>{bio}doniya.soni@techUK.org{/bio}</p> <p>For media queries, please contact:&nbsp;</p> <p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techUK.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>As the Prime Minister Theresa May meets leading digital entrepreneurs and innovators today, the Government has announced several measures to support the UK’s world-class tech sector, including a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-doubles-exceptional-talent-visa-offer" target="_blank">commitment</a> to double the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including in digital technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the expansion of the number of visas available, Antony Walker, deputy CEO at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>“Doubling the number of visas available to tech is a welcome and practical step towards supporting the UK’s fastest growing sector. As our economy continues to digitise, more and more businesses depend upon tech talent to support their growth. This isn't just a London phenomenon. There is going to be huge demand for tech skills in businesses right across the country.</em></p> <p><em>“For the announcement to be truly valuable, however, the Government must couple it with further flexibility on Tier 2 high skilled talent. It must also address concerns about the speed and costs associated with Tier 1 and 2 visas to ensure they can be used by companies large and small.</em></p> <p><strong>In relation to the UK's immigration system post-Brexit, Antony Walker, went on to say:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>“While this announcement shows the UK’s desire to be open to talent once we leave the EU, it alone will not compensate for the impact of Brexit. There is still a huge amount of work to do to clarify the rights of EU citizens that already work in the sector and to build a fit-for-purpose immigration system once we leave the EU. We ultimately need a light-touch UK/EU visa system based on an ‘ESTA for work’ model where companies can quickly and easily self-certify EU workers taking on roles.</em></p> <p><em>“International tech talent makes a huge contribution to the UK economy. For every ten highly skilled jobs that are created an additional four lower skilled jobs are created. The tech sector is increasingly the backbone of the economy, and making sure it can thrive post-Brexit is in everyone’s interest.”</em></p> <p><em>“For a services-exporting tech sector, we need a kind of arrangement similar to what David Davis spoke of yesterday to enable the mobility of workers and professionals across the continent. Exporting tech services depends on our ability to temporarily locate staff across Europe for both delivery and support.”</em></p> <p>{bio}antony.walker@techUK.org{/bio}</p> <p>{bio}doniya.soni@techUK.org{/bio}</p> <p>For media queries, please contact:&nbsp;</p> <p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techUK.org{/bio}</p></div> The Connected Home: A View of the UK Market and Future Trends 2017-11-15T09:42:07+00:00 2017-11-15T09:42:07+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) manar.al-muflahi@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/">techUK</a> has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, <a href="http://www.gfk.com/">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings within the report include:</p> <ul> <li>Awareness was high but in-depth knowledge was lacking – 77 per cent of respondents were ‘aware’ of the connected home, although only 10 per cent ‘knew a lot’ about it.</li> <li>The most appealing connected home categories were smart entertainment (45 per cent), smart energy (42 per cent) and home monitoring and control (39 per cent).</li> <li>Individual device ownership was high (80 per cent), however, many respondents did not own multiple devices as part of a connected home ecosystem (only 35 per cent owned more than three).</li> </ul> <p>Despite the proliferation of devices and awareness, there are several barriers preventing the seamless development of fully connected homes. These include:</p> <ul> <li>A lack of clarity on the most suitable business models for connected home services and technologies – 80 per cent of respondents expected to pay only once for a connected device with no further recurring costs.</li> <li>Concerns around price (39 per cent), privacy (22 per cent), interoperability (16 per cent) and security (15 per cent) were cited as barriers to choosing a connected home service or device.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the report:</strong></p> <p>“Connected devices and services empower consumers by giving them more control over their daily lives than they have ever had before. Improved security, better remote health monitoring, greater energy efficiency and more personalised experiences within the home are just some areas where consumers can feel the benefits of a connected life.</p> <p>“There are, however, challenges in ensuring the widespread adoption of connected home devices and services, which we shouldn’t underestimate. This report shows we have some way to go to ensure that consumers embrace this technology as we overcome concerns around cost, privacy, security and interoperability.</p> <p>“Government, industry and consumer bodies must collaborate to address the concerns identified by addressing trust issues, communicating clearly to consumers and promoting the benefits that connected home tech will deliver.”</p> <p>{bio}Aimee.Betts-Charalambous@techUK.org{/bio}</p> <p><strong>For media, please contact:</strong></p> <p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/">techUK</a> has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, <a href="http://www.gfk.com/">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings within the report include:</p> <ul> <li>Awareness was high but in-depth knowledge was lacking – 77 per cent of respondents were ‘aware’ of the connected home, although only 10 per cent ‘knew a lot’ about it.</li> <li>The most appealing connected home categories were smart entertainment (45 per cent), smart energy (42 per cent) and home monitoring and control (39 per cent).</li> <li>Individual device ownership was high (80 per cent), however, many respondents did not own multiple devices as part of a connected home ecosystem (only 35 per cent owned more than three).</li> </ul> <p>Despite the proliferation of devices and awareness, there are several barriers preventing the seamless development of fully connected homes. These include:</p> <ul> <li>A lack of clarity on the most suitable business models for connected home services and technologies – 80 per cent of respondents expected to pay only once for a connected device with no further recurring costs.</li> <li>Concerns around price (39 per cent), privacy (22 per cent), interoperability (16 per cent) and security (15 per cent) were cited as barriers to choosing a connected home service or device.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the report:</strong></p> <p>“Connected devices and services empower consumers by giving them more control over their daily lives than they have ever had before. Improved security, better remote health monitoring, greater energy efficiency and more personalised experiences within the home are just some areas where consumers can feel the benefits of a connected life.</p> <p>“There are, however, challenges in ensuring the widespread adoption of connected home devices and services, which we shouldn’t underestimate. This report shows we have some way to go to ensure that consumers embrace this technology as we overcome concerns around cost, privacy, security and interoperability.</p> <p>“Government, industry and consumer bodies must collaborate to address the concerns identified by addressing trust issues, communicating clearly to consumers and promoting the benefits that connected home tech will deliver.”</p> <p>{bio}Aimee.Betts-Charalambous@techUK.org{/bio}</p> <p><strong>For media, please contact:</strong></p> <p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p></div> Making the Case for GovTech SMEs 2017-11-14T10:56:47+00:00 2017-11-14T10:56:47+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11742-making-the-case-for-govtech-smes Simona Paliulyte(techUK) simona.paliulyte@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the techUK SME campaign week by providing <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights#option=com_filter&amp;view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=175&amp;date_direction=past&amp;date=3&amp;cat%5B3%5D=290&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=43_40_41_39_42_233_38&amp;format=raw">guest blogs</a> and contributing to the social media discussions. We have had an impressive variety of opinions from tech leaders across the UK on the campaign week theme of 'Government transformation'.</p> <p>Government needs to ensure it has access to the best innovative technologies in the tech sector to deliver transformation and real progress has been achieved in making it easier for innovative SMEs to do business with the public sector. Despite this progress,<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/9770-tech-smes-must-grasp-the-opportunities-as-government-opens-up-procurement"> techUK’s 2016 SME Survey</a> showed that companies are still struggling to access the public sector market - highlighting procurement processes and terms and conditions in contracts being amongst the top barriers to entry.</p> <p><strong>Get involved!</strong></p> <p>To promote a collaborative relationship between the tech sector and government the techUK public sector programme has a range of market engagement activity planned for the rest of 2017. Highlights include an opportunity to <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11411-crown-commercial-service-tech-pillar-directors-market-briefing">meet the Crown Commercial Service tech Directors</a> on 30 November, where you will have the opportunity to quiz them on how SMEs can supply to the public sector. We will also be holding our regular <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11037-snacks-sips">Snacks &amp; Sips GovTech networking event</a> on 11 December.</p> <p>To better understand the views of GovTech SMEs operating in the public sector tech market, techUK has launched a comprehensive survey to capture their experiences. This is the third SME survey techUK has undertaken, and the findings will be used to develop recommendations to promote innovation in the public sector, and help dynamic British based SMEs to scale and grow. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11447-making-the-case-for-small-businesses">Complete the survey now</a>!</p> <p>Join the debate or start your own on social media using #procuring4growth</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the techUK SME campaign week by providing <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights#option=com_filter&amp;view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=175&amp;date_direction=past&amp;date=3&amp;cat%5B3%5D=290&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=43_40_41_39_42_233_38&amp;format=raw">guest blogs</a> and contributing to the social media discussions. We have had an impressive variety of opinions from tech leaders across the UK on the campaign week theme of 'Government transformation'.</p> <p>Government needs to ensure it has access to the best innovative technologies in the tech sector to deliver transformation and real progress has been achieved in making it easier for innovative SMEs to do business with the public sector. Despite this progress,<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/9770-tech-smes-must-grasp-the-opportunities-as-government-opens-up-procurement"> techUK’s 2016 SME Survey</a> showed that companies are still struggling to access the public sector market - highlighting procurement processes and terms and conditions in contracts being amongst the top barriers to entry.</p> <p><strong>Get involved!</strong></p> <p>To promote a collaborative relationship between the tech sector and government the techUK public sector programme has a range of market engagement activity planned for the rest of 2017. Highlights include an opportunity to <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11411-crown-commercial-service-tech-pillar-directors-market-briefing">meet the Crown Commercial Service tech Directors</a> on 30 November, where you will have the opportunity to quiz them on how SMEs can supply to the public sector. We will also be holding our regular <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/11037-snacks-sips">Snacks &amp; Sips GovTech networking event</a> on 11 December.</p> <p>To better understand the views of GovTech SMEs operating in the public sector tech market, techUK has launched a comprehensive survey to capture their experiences. This is the third SME survey techUK has undertaken, and the findings will be used to develop recommendations to promote innovation in the public sector, and help dynamic British based SMEs to scale and grow. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11447-making-the-case-for-small-businesses">Complete the survey now</a>!</p> <p>Join the debate or start your own on social media using #procuring4growth</p></div> New Pharmacy and Medicines IT forum launched 2017-11-14T10:35:57+00:00 2017-11-14T10:35:57+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11741-new-pharmacy-and-medicines-it-forum-launched Kate Francis(techUK) kate.francis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK and NHS Digital launched the Pharmacy and Medicines IT forum today. At a busy inaugural session - attended by representatives of Pharmacies, IT suppliers and DH and NHS stakeholders - the team at NHS Digital outlined their plans for further digitisation of the medicines and prescribing arena.</p> <p>Programme Lead Richard Ashcroft thanked techUK for convening the group:</p> <p><em>“Establishing this forum is a fantastic first step. It is only by working closely with the supplier community that we can deliver the changes to help clinicians to help patients. Pharmacists collect such rich information but it often stays there. By promoting better, digitised information flow to and from pharmacists we can support better decision making and relieve some of the pressures on the rest of the system.”</em></p> <p>The session was chaired by Rob Blay, Chair of techUK’s Health and Social Care Council. Rob added:</p> <p><em>“By co-creating this forum we hope that suppliers will be able to plan with more certainty. Having a structured overview and timeline of what NHS Digital are trying to deliver; and establishing open dialogue with the team is especially helpful.”</em></p> <p>Slides from the event are available at <a href="https://www.industrybriefings.co.uk/EVENTS/Pharmacy_and_Medicines_IT_Forum/home" target="_blank">industrybriefings.co.uk</a></p> <p>For more information please contact Ben Moody.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Digital_Pharma_Event.jpg" alt="Digital Pharma Event" width="1014" height="663" /></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK and NHS Digital launched the Pharmacy and Medicines IT forum today. At a busy inaugural session - attended by representatives of Pharmacies, IT suppliers and DH and NHS stakeholders - the team at NHS Digital outlined their plans for further digitisation of the medicines and prescribing arena.</p> <p>Programme Lead Richard Ashcroft thanked techUK for convening the group:</p> <p><em>“Establishing this forum is a fantastic first step. It is only by working closely with the supplier community that we can deliver the changes to help clinicians to help patients. Pharmacists collect such rich information but it often stays there. By promoting better, digitised information flow to and from pharmacists we can support better decision making and relieve some of the pressures on the rest of the system.”</em></p> <p>The session was chaired by Rob Blay, Chair of techUK’s Health and Social Care Council. Rob added:</p> <p><em>“By co-creating this forum we hope that suppliers will be able to plan with more certainty. Having a structured overview and timeline of what NHS Digital are trying to deliver; and establishing open dialogue with the team is especially helpful.”</em></p> <p>Slides from the event are available at <a href="https://www.industrybriefings.co.uk/EVENTS/Pharmacy_and_Medicines_IT_Forum/home" target="_blank">industrybriefings.co.uk</a></p> <p>For more information please contact Ben Moody.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Digital_Pharma_Event.jpg" alt="Digital Pharma Event" width="1014" height="663" /></p></div> MOD’s New Cyber Protection Requirements In Contracts 2017-11-13T16:22:15+00:00 2017-11-13T16:22:15+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11740-mods-new-cyber-protection-requirements-in-contracts Dan Patefield(techUK) dan.patefield@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>From 1 October 2017 MOD requires that its cyber protection measures are flowed down through all levels of its supply chains. Suppliers in all tiers of the supply chain will find it increasingly difficult to secure contracts unless they have appropriate cyber protection controls in place to protect MOD’s information. ADS, techUK and Team Defence Information are holding a half day briefing on the practical implications and what this will mean for SMEs and lower tier suppliers. The briefing will cover:</p> <ul> <li>What has to be protected – MOD Identifiable Information</li> <li>Assessing the Cyber Risk Level – the Risk Assessment Questionnaire</li> <li>Cyber Risk Levels and their controls – DEF STAN 05-138</li> <li>Demonstrating Compliance – the Supplier Assessment Questionnaire</li> <li>The Cyber Essentials Scheme - demonstration and development</li> <li>1-2-1 sessions and demonstrations with experts on the Cyber Essentials Scheme, and the Risk Assessment and Supplier Assessment Questionnaires (by prior booking)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Who Should Attend This Briefing</strong></p> <p>The briefing is primarily for smaller companies and lower tier suppliers and will be of interest to their tender preparation and procurement staff, and IT professionals. It will focus on the practical steps which have to be taken to demonstrate compliance with cyber protection requirements when bidding for contracts and how to flow them down to suppliers when placing subcontracts and purchase orders. The briefing will also review the range of cyber protection controls and how they are selected for each contract.</p> <p><strong>Benefits of Attending</strong></p> <p>Attendees will gain (i) an understanding of the changes MOD has made to its contracting requirements, (ii) what their organisations need to do in order to comply and thereby avoid delays to tender and contract award processes, (iii) the types of information that must be protected, (iv) how the Supplier Assessment and Risk Questionnaires work and how to access and complete them. The role of the Cyber Essentials Accreditation Scheme will be explained and there will be an opportunity to discuss with experts how the accreditation process works, and what has to be done to obtain and maintain accreditation.</p> <p>The event is free for ADS, techUK and Team Defence Information members.</p> <p>To register for this event please <a href="https://www.adsgroup.org.uk/events/view/mod-s-new-cyber-protection-requirements-in-contracts/">click here</a>.</p> <p>There is limited capacity for the event and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>From 1 October 2017 MOD requires that its cyber protection measures are flowed down through all levels of its supply chains. Suppliers in all tiers of the supply chain will find it increasingly difficult to secure contracts unless they have appropriate cyber protection controls in place to protect MOD’s information. ADS, techUK and Team Defence Information are holding a half day briefing on the practical implications and what this will mean for SMEs and lower tier suppliers. The briefing will cover:</p> <ul> <li>What has to be protected – MOD Identifiable Information</li> <li>Assessing the Cyber Risk Level – the Risk Assessment Questionnaire</li> <li>Cyber Risk Levels and their controls – DEF STAN 05-138</li> <li>Demonstrating Compliance – the Supplier Assessment Questionnaire</li> <li>The Cyber Essentials Scheme - demonstration and development</li> <li>1-2-1 sessions and demonstrations with experts on the Cyber Essentials Scheme, and the Risk Assessment and Supplier Assessment Questionnaires (by prior booking)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Who Should Attend This Briefing</strong></p> <p>The briefing is primarily for smaller companies and lower tier suppliers and will be of interest to their tender preparation and procurement staff, and IT professionals. It will focus on the practical steps which have to be taken to demonstrate compliance with cyber protection requirements when bidding for contracts and how to flow them down to suppliers when placing subcontracts and purchase orders. The briefing will also review the range of cyber protection controls and how they are selected for each contract.</p> <p><strong>Benefits of Attending</strong></p> <p>Attendees will gain (i) an understanding of the changes MOD has made to its contracting requirements, (ii) what their organisations need to do in order to comply and thereby avoid delays to tender and contract award processes, (iii) the types of information that must be protected, (iv) how the Supplier Assessment and Risk Questionnaires work and how to access and complete them. The role of the Cyber Essentials Accreditation Scheme will be explained and there will be an opportunity to discuss with experts how the accreditation process works, and what has to be done to obtain and maintain accreditation.</p> <p>The event is free for ADS, techUK and Team Defence Information members.</p> <p>To register for this event please <a href="https://www.adsgroup.org.uk/events/view/mod-s-new-cyber-protection-requirements-in-contracts/">click here</a>.</p> <p>There is limited capacity for the event and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.</p></div> December ISS Industry Engagement Day 2017-11-13T15:41:44+00:00 2017-11-13T15:41:44+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11739-december-iss-industry-engagement-day Seema Patel(techUK) seema.patel@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The December ISS Industry Engagement Day will be held at techUK on Monday 18 December 2018.</p> <p>The ISS Team will be providing a draft agenda in due course.</p> <p>Please book your place now.</p> <p>Places are currently limited to 2 attendees per company.&nbsp; You will be contacted if you have more than 2 attendees per your company.</p> <p>techUK reserve the right to limit numbers to 1 attendee pe company should there be a large interest in the Briefing.</p> <p>This event will be webcast and if you wish to register for the webcast option please contact <a href="mailto:seema.patel@techuk.org">Seema Patel</a>.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The December ISS Industry Engagement Day will be held at techUK on Monday 18 December 2018.</p> <p>The ISS Team will be providing a draft agenda in due course.</p> <p>Please book your place now.</p> <p>Places are currently limited to 2 attendees per company.&nbsp; You will be contacted if you have more than 2 attendees per your company.</p> <p>techUK reserve the right to limit numbers to 1 attendee pe company should there be a large interest in the Briefing.</p> <p>This event will be webcast and if you wish to register for the webcast option please contact <a href="mailto:seema.patel@techuk.org">Seema Patel</a>.</p></div> Guest Blog: Unlocking the Full Business Value of the Cloud 2017-11-13T14:16:07+00:00 2017-11-13T14:16:07+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11738-guest-blog-unlocking-the-full-business-value-of-the-cloud Harri Turnbull(techUK) harri.turnbull@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>New research from <a href="https://www.trustmarque.com/" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text">Trustmarque</span></a>, part of <a href="http://www.capita.com" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text">Capita</span></a>, reveals that 91 per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) want to migrate their on-premise apps to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) clouds within the next five years. James Butler identifies the key barriers to effective cloud app migration and highlights how they can be addressed.</p> <p>Cloud computing has been on the CIO’s radar for over a decade. During that time, it has helped countless organisations across the globe to become more agile, productive and cost efficient.</p> <h3>Cloud migration is happening now – on a massive scale</h3> <p>There is a huge surge among organisations to migrate their apps as they realise the key business benefits it brings to their business. Our new report <a href="http://cloudshift.trustmarque.com/challenges-and-opportunities-of-cloud-migration/">‘Challenges and opportunities of cloud migration’</a> found that the biggest of these for almost two-thirds (61 per cent) of CIOs is the cost savings to be made from migration. This is closely followed by almost two-thirds (60 per cent) of them citing the advantage of scalability, with just over half (51 per cent) stating improving their businesses ability to deliver projects and new requirements quicker is the driver.</p> <p>However, the full range of benefits cannot be unlocked without transforming the architectural and IT organisation. Simple lift and shift projects are not enough and may struggle to achieve a good return on investment.</p> <p>These projects may create new technical debt and uncontrolled cloud sprawl so it’s vital customers put in place both the underpinning foundations for the new controls and operating model that are common across clouds, along with a holistic strategy that covers new innovation as well as the pre-existing IT estate.</p> <p>With those in place they can safely build and deliver the application roadmaps to move to the cloud. There is no one-size-fits-all or silver bullet to cloud adoption and application migration.</p> <h3>Major barriers to cloud adoption persist</h3> <p>CIOs and IT decision makers do clearly appreciate the benefits for their businesses from effective migration. However, many are wary of the potential pitfalls and challenges to migration.</p> <p>Traditional IT budgeting models have not kept pace with the rapid transformation of business technology. Many organisations have a fixed multi-year budget cycle and IT spend is often allocated on a Capex basis – meaning IT investments in infrastructure, platforms and applications are often accounted for as capital expenditure. More than half of CIOs feel this makes it more difficult, or slows down the speed at which they can adopt subscription-based cloud services.</p> <p>More than half (56 per cent) of CIOs feel that the complexity of their current infrastructure is slowing their migration to the cloud. Most organisations are running IT infrastructure and services that have grown and evolved over time, meaning complex environments comprised of multiple moving and interdependent parts,. Additionally, a third recognise that their own in-house expertise may not on its own be enough, while nearly three-quarters see the process of modernising these apps as slowing their journey to the cloud.</p> <p>Despite benefits to the IT function and the wider business, cloud app migration remains a resource-intensive task requiring highly skilled practitioners. As the report suggests several factors make it increasingly important to seek out a trusted third party to help with the process and provide all-important subject-matter expertise.</p> <p>We see customers grappling with legacy application modernisation at the same time as investing in innovation, building microservices, using PaaS and exploring concepts like server-less and immutable infrastructure.</p> <h3>Addressing the challenges</h3> <p>Alongside the core technology, organisations have to change their information governance model and financial controls to ensure they can safely unlock the value of cloud.. An audit of their entire IT infrastructure is also a vital first step to gain the necessary visibility to proceed with migration. Alongside this, CIOs need to assess apps before they can be migrated as a large number of the applications currently being used in many organisations have not been built with the cloud in mind.</p> <p>It is impossible to overstate the benefits of migrating apps to the cloud. But CIOs must also be aware of the potential challenges they may face in doing so – these can be expensive, resource-intensive projects. The complexity of existing infrastructure can slow adoption and visibility. This is a major problem for many organisations, and apps may need re-architecting to make them “cloud-ready”.</p> <p>Moreover, there are growing concerns over data sovereignty, forthcoming EU data protection legislation through GDPR, and question marks over data sharing agreements between the EU and US. All this is made even more challenging when information from the vendor community lacks the details demanded by organisations.</p> <p>There are organisations which can provide the right expertise alongside a range of services specifically designed to help CIOs in their quest for effective migration. Building the right cloud adoption strategy and governance, delivering the resulting roadmap by helping with app migration and the creation of new Cloud Native Applications, with a mixture of tailored and packaged services, are all services which CIOs should be looking to import if they don’t have the internal expertise to complete app migration themselves.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>New research from <a href="https://www.trustmarque.com/" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text">Trustmarque</span></a>, part of <a href="http://www.capita.com" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text">Capita</span></a>, reveals that 91 per cent of chief information officers (CIOs) want to migrate their on-premise apps to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS) or platform as a service (PaaS) clouds within the next five years. James Butler identifies the key barriers to effective cloud app migration and highlights how they can be addressed.</p> <p>Cloud computing has been on the CIO’s radar for over a decade. During that time, it has helped countless organisations across the globe to become more agile, productive and cost efficient.</p> <h3>Cloud migration is happening now – on a massive scale</h3> <p>There is a huge surge among organisations to migrate their apps as they realise the key business benefits it brings to their business. Our new report <a href="http://cloudshift.trustmarque.com/challenges-and-opportunities-of-cloud-migration/">‘Challenges and opportunities of cloud migration’</a> found that the biggest of these for almost two-thirds (61 per cent) of CIOs is the cost savings to be made from migration. This is closely followed by almost two-thirds (60 per cent) of them citing the advantage of scalability, with just over half (51 per cent) stating improving their businesses ability to deliver projects and new requirements quicker is the driver.</p> <p>However, the full range of benefits cannot be unlocked without transforming the architectural and IT organisation. Simple lift and shift projects are not enough and may struggle to achieve a good return on investment.</p> <p>These projects may create new technical debt and uncontrolled cloud sprawl so it’s vital customers put in place both the underpinning foundations for the new controls and operating model that are common across clouds, along with a holistic strategy that covers new innovation as well as the pre-existing IT estate.</p> <p>With those in place they can safely build and deliver the application roadmaps to move to the cloud. There is no one-size-fits-all or silver bullet to cloud adoption and application migration.</p> <h3>Major barriers to cloud adoption persist</h3> <p>CIOs and IT decision makers do clearly appreciate the benefits for their businesses from effective migration. However, many are wary of the potential pitfalls and challenges to migration.</p> <p>Traditional IT budgeting models have not kept pace with the rapid transformation of business technology. Many organisations have a fixed multi-year budget cycle and IT spend is often allocated on a Capex basis – meaning IT investments in infrastructure, platforms and applications are often accounted for as capital expenditure. More than half of CIOs feel this makes it more difficult, or slows down the speed at which they can adopt subscription-based cloud services.</p> <p>More than half (56 per cent) of CIOs feel that the complexity of their current infrastructure is slowing their migration to the cloud. Most organisations are running IT infrastructure and services that have grown and evolved over time, meaning complex environments comprised of multiple moving and interdependent parts,. Additionally, a third recognise that their own in-house expertise may not on its own be enough, while nearly three-quarters see the process of modernising these apps as slowing their journey to the cloud.</p> <p>Despite benefits to the IT function and the wider business, cloud app migration remains a resource-intensive task requiring highly skilled practitioners. As the report suggests several factors make it increasingly important to seek out a trusted third party to help with the process and provide all-important subject-matter expertise.</p> <p>We see customers grappling with legacy application modernisation at the same time as investing in innovation, building microservices, using PaaS and exploring concepts like server-less and immutable infrastructure.</p> <h3>Addressing the challenges</h3> <p>Alongside the core technology, organisations have to change their information governance model and financial controls to ensure they can safely unlock the value of cloud.. An audit of their entire IT infrastructure is also a vital first step to gain the necessary visibility to proceed with migration. Alongside this, CIOs need to assess apps before they can be migrated as a large number of the applications currently being used in many organisations have not been built with the cloud in mind.</p> <p>It is impossible to overstate the benefits of migrating apps to the cloud. But CIOs must also be aware of the potential challenges they may face in doing so – these can be expensive, resource-intensive projects. The complexity of existing infrastructure can slow adoption and visibility. This is a major problem for many organisations, and apps may need re-architecting to make them “cloud-ready”.</p> <p>Moreover, there are growing concerns over data sovereignty, forthcoming EU data protection legislation through GDPR, and question marks over data sharing agreements between the EU and US. All this is made even more challenging when information from the vendor community lacks the details demanded by organisations.</p> <p>There are organisations which can provide the right expertise alongside a range of services specifically designed to help CIOs in their quest for effective migration. Building the right cloud adoption strategy and governance, delivering the resulting roadmap by helping with app migration and the creation of new Cloud Native Applications, with a mixture of tailored and packaged services, are all services which CIOs should be looking to import if they don’t have the internal expertise to complete app migration themselves.</p></div> Welcome Announcements from Sajid Javid & Andy Street on Local Gov Transformation 2017-11-13T12:47:42+00:00 2017-11-13T12:47:42+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11737-welcome-announcements-from-sajid-javid-andy-street-on-local-gov-transformation Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) georgina.maratheftis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>On 6 November at the Custard Factory the West Midlands Combined Authority hosted the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urbantech-summit-tickets-38724630412?gator_td=CC2TL7hjpERKP6Y0BO6h38pN9/gVIW8cABXKlhqlZX%2BePjOW95Xos%2BE2C07ayxG4uhMBtIGWRzQgmdThMpZiM%2BtF8majrHEhHelIfcgOkRoKnmmrK5hBbAOXv5qyNS08brEaPsJo7MAUoQJSEqQ6HdQFjgpAviFh30xdi3sR7hhcKq%2BxRFEqRmATW8KBi0ndRF66mZxZp20nAOqZTMDQl7Saz69J1PSN/vSWw5h8Oc1bP9gdGNRPdSfDaMTcTJvNN5b6kwIdz0AEigEJ9BgdqJui70IqLqck2hbmU3U%2BciPwaOg9TBNpKad7DuI3XmP9">Urban Tech Summit</a>, bringing together tech leaders from across industry and public sector to learn how the West Midlands can lead the UK’s cities and regions in transforming services using new technologies. Keynoting at the event was Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government and Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor. There were also two panels looking at role of startups on solving urban challenges and data innovation in local government services.</p> <h3><strong>“But embracing digital is no longer optional"</strong></h3> <p>Kicking off the day was Sajid Javid setting out the digital challenge facing local authorities and the role central government can help in driving forward innovation and transformation at the local level.</p> <p>Javid spoke of how technology is changing the way we live and work and most importantly delivering services for citizens. Examples of best practice from Essex, Camden, Manchester and the West Midlands were highlighted but he very much emphasised that more can be done in unlocking the opportunities technology offers in delivering more efficient user-friendly local public services.</p> <p>The Secretary of State acknowledge the fragmented nature of local government, but outlined more could be done on standards. While there may be over 350 councils they are delivering the same services but when it comes to digital, councils will often work towards their own standards and do their own thing. He highlighted planning application as an example of where standards could be beneficial to help avoid duplication of service and to the user. This is a very important point and a key area of focus for techUK’s Local Public Services Committee who in 2018 will be publishing a paper looking at the environment in which local government organisations and departments within organisations can be improved to foster increased technology innovation.</p> <p>Another area he highlighted which techUK have championed and called for in the <a href="insights/reports/item/10665-digital-devolution">Digital Devolution: A Guide for Mayors </a>is the important role of leadership in driving forward transformation. Digital belongs in the boardroom and should be embraced across the organization the Secretary of State stressed. As such, he has also appointed Paul Maltby as the department’s Chief Digital Officer to ensure councils make the most of technology. A key ask from the Secretary of State to the tech industry was that it must challenge the way it usually works but he is also called for more industry to work with local government. It is important for industry to speak the language of local government, and focus on outcomes and the residents.</p> <p>The clear and welcome message from the Secretary of State was&nbsp;"embracing digital is no longer optional," we are able to transform public sector outcomes through the better use of tech and data. The speech was a step in the right direction and encouraging to hear central government’s backing for council transformation. A welcome announcement was DCLG working with councils and the Government Digital Service to create a new vision and a call to arms on local government digital, more details to be announced next spring. While transformation should be owned at the local level central government has an important role to play in co-ordinating and sharing what good can look like. The Secretary of State offered his support and backing to local leaders and to be bold when it comes to digital. A reassuring speech but the devil is now in the detail. We look forward to working with DCLG, local government and industry on creating the environment that enables successful transformation.</p> <h3><strong>West Midlands Seeks Start-Ups to Help Solve Four Public-Service Challenges</strong></h3> <p>The Summit was also an opportunity for the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street to share his digital vision whilst launching the regions Urban Challenge. Early on in his campaign Andy launched a dedicated<a href="https://andy4wm.co.uk/andy-street-news/2017/03/street-launches-digital-vision-to-prepare-for-digital-revolution"> digital manifesto</a> and it was great to hear first-hand what has been achieved and the next steps in delivering his pledges from skills to driving innovation to enable the West Midlands to be a globally competitive tech hub. The Mayor announced the Digital Skills Institute and shortly there will be an Office of Data Analytics in West Midlands.</p> <p>In partnership with Public, which runs an incubator programme for government technology firms, the Mayor launched the Urban Challenge. It is an open call competition for technology startups to develop new ideas to make the West Midlands a better place to live and work by pitching directly to the Mayor and the chance to work directly with officials from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).</p> <p><strong><em>The Challenges</em></strong></p> <p>The WMCA has set out the following four challenges where start-ups can get involved.</p> <p>1) Wellbeing – What innovative ways are there to improve current public outcomes in and out of hospitals?</p> <p>2) Homelessness – What new technology solutions could we adopt to identify and prevent households that are at risk of becoming homeless?</p> <p>3) Youth Unemployment – How can we use innovative technology to support young people and provide them with a route nap back into employment?</p> <p>4) Digital Citizenship – How might new technologies help local government become more responsive to and interactive with citizens?</p> <p>Each challenge winner will receive £10,000 plus a three month pilot with West Midlands.</p> <p>Applications close January 2018, for more details and how to apply <a href="https://urbanchallenge.io/">click here.</a></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>On 6 November at the Custard Factory the West Midlands Combined Authority hosted the <a href="https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urbantech-summit-tickets-38724630412?gator_td=CC2TL7hjpERKP6Y0BO6h38pN9/gVIW8cABXKlhqlZX%2BePjOW95Xos%2BE2C07ayxG4uhMBtIGWRzQgmdThMpZiM%2BtF8majrHEhHelIfcgOkRoKnmmrK5hBbAOXv5qyNS08brEaPsJo7MAUoQJSEqQ6HdQFjgpAviFh30xdi3sR7hhcKq%2BxRFEqRmATW8KBi0ndRF66mZxZp20nAOqZTMDQl7Saz69J1PSN/vSWw5h8Oc1bP9gdGNRPdSfDaMTcTJvNN5b6kwIdz0AEigEJ9BgdqJui70IqLqck2hbmU3U%2BciPwaOg9TBNpKad7DuI3XmP9">Urban Tech Summit</a>, bringing together tech leaders from across industry and public sector to learn how the West Midlands can lead the UK’s cities and regions in transforming services using new technologies. Keynoting at the event was Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government and Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor. There were also two panels looking at role of startups on solving urban challenges and data innovation in local government services.</p> <h3><strong>“But embracing digital is no longer optional"</strong></h3> <p>Kicking off the day was Sajid Javid setting out the digital challenge facing local authorities and the role central government can help in driving forward innovation and transformation at the local level.</p> <p>Javid spoke of how technology is changing the way we live and work and most importantly delivering services for citizens. Examples of best practice from Essex, Camden, Manchester and the West Midlands were highlighted but he very much emphasised that more can be done in unlocking the opportunities technology offers in delivering more efficient user-friendly local public services.</p> <p>The Secretary of State acknowledge the fragmented nature of local government, but outlined more could be done on standards. While there may be over 350 councils they are delivering the same services but when it comes to digital, councils will often work towards their own standards and do their own thing. He highlighted planning application as an example of where standards could be beneficial to help avoid duplication of service and to the user. This is a very important point and a key area of focus for techUK’s Local Public Services Committee who in 2018 will be publishing a paper looking at the environment in which local government organisations and departments within organisations can be improved to foster increased technology innovation.</p> <p>Another area he highlighted which techUK have championed and called for in the <a href="insights/reports/item/10665-digital-devolution">Digital Devolution: A Guide for Mayors </a>is the important role of leadership in driving forward transformation. Digital belongs in the boardroom and should be embraced across the organization the Secretary of State stressed. As such, he has also appointed Paul Maltby as the department’s Chief Digital Officer to ensure councils make the most of technology. A key ask from the Secretary of State to the tech industry was that it must challenge the way it usually works but he is also called for more industry to work with local government. It is important for industry to speak the language of local government, and focus on outcomes and the residents.</p> <p>The clear and welcome message from the Secretary of State was&nbsp;"embracing digital is no longer optional," we are able to transform public sector outcomes through the better use of tech and data. The speech was a step in the right direction and encouraging to hear central government’s backing for council transformation. A welcome announcement was DCLG working with councils and the Government Digital Service to create a new vision and a call to arms on local government digital, more details to be announced next spring. While transformation should be owned at the local level central government has an important role to play in co-ordinating and sharing what good can look like. The Secretary of State offered his support and backing to local leaders and to be bold when it comes to digital. A reassuring speech but the devil is now in the detail. We look forward to working with DCLG, local government and industry on creating the environment that enables successful transformation.</p> <h3><strong>West Midlands Seeks Start-Ups to Help Solve Four Public-Service Challenges</strong></h3> <p>The Summit was also an opportunity for the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street to share his digital vision whilst launching the regions Urban Challenge. Early on in his campaign Andy launched a dedicated<a href="https://andy4wm.co.uk/andy-street-news/2017/03/street-launches-digital-vision-to-prepare-for-digital-revolution"> digital manifesto</a> and it was great to hear first-hand what has been achieved and the next steps in delivering his pledges from skills to driving innovation to enable the West Midlands to be a globally competitive tech hub. The Mayor announced the Digital Skills Institute and shortly there will be an Office of Data Analytics in West Midlands.</p> <p>In partnership with Public, which runs an incubator programme for government technology firms, the Mayor launched the Urban Challenge. It is an open call competition for technology startups to develop new ideas to make the West Midlands a better place to live and work by pitching directly to the Mayor and the chance to work directly with officials from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).</p> <p><strong><em>The Challenges</em></strong></p> <p>The WMCA has set out the following four challenges where start-ups can get involved.</p> <p>1) Wellbeing – What innovative ways are there to improve current public outcomes in and out of hospitals?</p> <p>2) Homelessness – What new technology solutions could we adopt to identify and prevent households that are at risk of becoming homeless?</p> <p>3) Youth Unemployment – How can we use innovative technology to support young people and provide them with a route nap back into employment?</p> <p>4) Digital Citizenship – How might new technologies help local government become more responsive to and interactive with citizens?</p> <p>Each challenge winner will receive £10,000 plus a three month pilot with West Midlands.</p> <p>Applications close January 2018, for more details and how to apply <a href="https://urbanchallenge.io/">click here.</a></p></div> Stuck in the middle with EU - the halfway point for Brexit. 2017-11-10T16:51:27+00:00 2017-11-10T16:51:27+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11736-stuck-in-the-middle-with-eu-the-halfway-point-for-brexit Giles Derrington(techUK) giles.derrington@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>We have reached the half way point in the mammoth constitutional and diplomatic exercise that is the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 505 days ago the UK voted to leave the Union and in 505 days’ time we will do just that. Yet for tech businesses with an international outlook, reliant on EU talent and trade, the future in many areas seems as clouded now as it did on 24th June 2016. As the sixth round of negotiations between David Davis and Michel Barmier concluded today, now is time to take stock – what do we know now, and what do we need to know by the time March 30 2019 comes around?</p> <p><strong>What We Know</strong></p> <p>It’s very easy to get lost in the daily headlines and political back and forth that surrounds Brexit and think that we frankly haven’t moved on a great deal from the panic that greeted the Referendum result. There is no doubt that uncertainty is beginning to take its toll economically and that tech businesses are getting impatient to see real progress to the negotiation talks. But if we take a step back, it is clear just how much has been done since the vote.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The UK’s Plan</span></p> <p>For starters, the Prime Minister has set out some clear red lines for the negotiations. The Lancaster House speech remains the foundation stone on which the UK’s expectations are built. Under the plan, the UK will leave the Single Market, leave the Customs Union and leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).</p> <p>Of course, these red lines come with a whole host of complexities for business. It remains unclear how leaving the ECJ will work given the close regulatory cooperation needed within tech, leaving the Customs Union potentially presents a whole host of problems for businesses operating “just in time” services, and leaving the Single Market puts the free flow of data under threat. Yet the fact remains that the Government has been clear about their intentions and that gives more clarity as to the kind of Brexit we are likely to see.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The First Phase</span></p> <p>We also know a lot about the likely landing zones for agreement on the range of issues contained in the first phase of negotiations. For example, we know that the UK is prepared to pay a hefty bill in order to meet is contributions to the current EU Budget cycle, in addition to further payments, though these are still a contentious point for the negotiations.</p> <p>We also know far more about EU citizen’s rights here in the UK. The Government’s last revisions to the ‘Settled Status’ scheme take on a number of techUK recommendations including allowing EU citizen’s with Permanent Residency status to have this status automatically converted to the new Settled Status scheme. Gone too are proposals to require finger printing of citizens or the retention of biometric residency data. While there are still outstanding issues, such as the concerns about the cost of application, this marks real progress since the Government’s first attempt at providing reassurances to those EU citizens living and working here in the UK.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Future Planning</span></p> <p>The flurry of Future Partnership Papers produced by the UK Government over the summer also provided an insight into the UK’s ambitions in key areas for the next round of negotiations.</p> <p>Of particuarl importance to tech was the paper on protection of personal data, where the government confirmed their desire to secure an ‘adequacy- like’ agreement to allow the continued free flow of data. Sitting alongside a continued role for the ICO in the future of data protection policy, this marks an ambitious, but sensible approach to this critical issue. Of course, the hard work is yet to come in securing such an agreement.</p> <p>In other areas too the UK has set out a positive vision. In scientific cooperation there remains a strong desire to remain part of the European community, including participation in Horizon 2020. All this shows a real desire from the UK to balance the decision to leave with a strong future relationship.</p> <p><strong>What we need to know</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Transition</span></p> <p>Since the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence we have known that the UK accept the desire to secure a transition period in order to implement any final Brexit deal. However, despite broad agreement that this is desirable from Michel Barnier, until there is a formal agreement on such a period businesses cannot base their plans on the hope they will transpire.</p> <p>Tech businesses urgently need to see a concrete agreement on transition, setting out exactly how long such a transition will be, and ensuring that it is a ‘status quo’ transition, with the UK remaining a member of the Single Market and Customs Union until any new system is put in place. Without clarification of these issues early next year, then businesses will start to assume a ‘cliff edge’ Brexit in 2019.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Getting to the Second Phase</span></p> <p>Closing the last round of talks today, Michel Barnier stated that there are now two weeks to come to agreement on a range of outstanding issues in the first phase of the negotiations, most notably the Brexit Bill. Without a break in the deadlock then there is a serious risk that the December Council meeting concludes that sufficient progress has not been made to move to the next part of the negotiations. That would represent a serious risk for tech businesses, and likely precede a radical change of tech attitudes to the UK’s future. Getting agreement at the December Council meeting is absolutely critical for everything that is to come.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The EU approach</span></p> <p>The EU 27 have been incredibly disciplined in not discussing the second phase of the negotiations, so it remains unclear how they will approach issues ranging from immigration, to trade to customs. At the October Council meeting EU leaders agreed to begin internal discussions on these issues, but as yet, we simply don’t know what from they envision from the future of the talks. Given the cautious approach and strict interpretation of the treaties seen so far in negotiations, it is likely that the EU will be very wary of giving the UK a deal that risks opening themselves up to challenge by other nations keen to secure greater access to the Singe Market.</p> <p>A key issue will be whether the EU is willing to go further than simply scoping a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) before March 2019. The current attitude is that formal negotiations cannot start until after the Article 50 process, but this is a long way away from the UK’s hope of agreeing all but the technical detail of an FTA in 2018 ahead of the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">...and almost everything else</span></p> <p>The reality is that, until sufficient progress is secured for the first phase of negotiations, businesses will remain in the dark on huge amounts of Brexit detail, from what kind of customs system we will have, what our future immigration system will be, and the extent to which the UK can fulfil the ambitions it has set out while maintaining the red lines outlined. What is truly clear is that, there remains a lot to do in the 505 days left before Brexit, and the clock is very much ticking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>{bio}giles.derrington@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>We have reached the half way point in the mammoth constitutional and diplomatic exercise that is the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. 505 days ago the UK voted to leave the Union and in 505 days’ time we will do just that. Yet for tech businesses with an international outlook, reliant on EU talent and trade, the future in many areas seems as clouded now as it did on 24th June 2016. As the sixth round of negotiations between David Davis and Michel Barmier concluded today, now is time to take stock – what do we know now, and what do we need to know by the time March 30 2019 comes around?</p> <p><strong>What We Know</strong></p> <p>It’s very easy to get lost in the daily headlines and political back and forth that surrounds Brexit and think that we frankly haven’t moved on a great deal from the panic that greeted the Referendum result. There is no doubt that uncertainty is beginning to take its toll economically and that tech businesses are getting impatient to see real progress to the negotiation talks. But if we take a step back, it is clear just how much has been done since the vote.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The UK’s Plan</span></p> <p>For starters, the Prime Minister has set out some clear red lines for the negotiations. The Lancaster House speech remains the foundation stone on which the UK’s expectations are built. Under the plan, the UK will leave the Single Market, leave the Customs Union and leave the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).</p> <p>Of course, these red lines come with a whole host of complexities for business. It remains unclear how leaving the ECJ will work given the close regulatory cooperation needed within tech, leaving the Customs Union potentially presents a whole host of problems for businesses operating “just in time” services, and leaving the Single Market puts the free flow of data under threat. Yet the fact remains that the Government has been clear about their intentions and that gives more clarity as to the kind of Brexit we are likely to see.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The First Phase</span></p> <p>We also know a lot about the likely landing zones for agreement on the range of issues contained in the first phase of negotiations. For example, we know that the UK is prepared to pay a hefty bill in order to meet is contributions to the current EU Budget cycle, in addition to further payments, though these are still a contentious point for the negotiations.</p> <p>We also know far more about EU citizen’s rights here in the UK. The Government’s last revisions to the ‘Settled Status’ scheme take on a number of techUK recommendations including allowing EU citizen’s with Permanent Residency status to have this status automatically converted to the new Settled Status scheme. Gone too are proposals to require finger printing of citizens or the retention of biometric residency data. While there are still outstanding issues, such as the concerns about the cost of application, this marks real progress since the Government’s first attempt at providing reassurances to those EU citizens living and working here in the UK.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Future Planning</span></p> <p>The flurry of Future Partnership Papers produced by the UK Government over the summer also provided an insight into the UK’s ambitions in key areas for the next round of negotiations.</p> <p>Of particuarl importance to tech was the paper on protection of personal data, where the government confirmed their desire to secure an ‘adequacy- like’ agreement to allow the continued free flow of data. Sitting alongside a continued role for the ICO in the future of data protection policy, this marks an ambitious, but sensible approach to this critical issue. Of course, the hard work is yet to come in securing such an agreement.</p> <p>In other areas too the UK has set out a positive vision. In scientific cooperation there remains a strong desire to remain part of the European community, including participation in Horizon 2020. All this shows a real desire from the UK to balance the decision to leave with a strong future relationship.</p> <p><strong>What we need to know</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Transition</span></p> <p>Since the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence we have known that the UK accept the desire to secure a transition period in order to implement any final Brexit deal. However, despite broad agreement that this is desirable from Michel Barnier, until there is a formal agreement on such a period businesses cannot base their plans on the hope they will transpire.</p> <p>Tech businesses urgently need to see a concrete agreement on transition, setting out exactly how long such a transition will be, and ensuring that it is a ‘status quo’ transition, with the UK remaining a member of the Single Market and Customs Union until any new system is put in place. Without clarification of these issues early next year, then businesses will start to assume a ‘cliff edge’ Brexit in 2019.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Getting to the Second Phase</span></p> <p>Closing the last round of talks today, Michel Barnier stated that there are now two weeks to come to agreement on a range of outstanding issues in the first phase of the negotiations, most notably the Brexit Bill. Without a break in the deadlock then there is a serious risk that the December Council meeting concludes that sufficient progress has not been made to move to the next part of the negotiations. That would represent a serious risk for tech businesses, and likely precede a radical change of tech attitudes to the UK’s future. Getting agreement at the December Council meeting is absolutely critical for everything that is to come.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The EU approach</span></p> <p>The EU 27 have been incredibly disciplined in not discussing the second phase of the negotiations, so it remains unclear how they will approach issues ranging from immigration, to trade to customs. At the October Council meeting EU leaders agreed to begin internal discussions on these issues, but as yet, we simply don’t know what from they envision from the future of the talks. Given the cautious approach and strict interpretation of the treaties seen so far in negotiations, it is likely that the EU will be very wary of giving the UK a deal that risks opening themselves up to challenge by other nations keen to secure greater access to the Singe Market.</p> <p>A key issue will be whether the EU is willing to go further than simply scoping a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) before March 2019. The current attitude is that formal negotiations cannot start until after the Article 50 process, but this is a long way away from the UK’s hope of agreeing all but the technical detail of an FTA in 2018 ahead of the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">...and almost everything else</span></p> <p>The reality is that, until sufficient progress is secured for the first phase of negotiations, businesses will remain in the dark on huge amounts of Brexit detail, from what kind of customs system we will have, what our future immigration system will be, and the extent to which the UK can fulfil the ambitions it has set out while maintaining the red lines outlined. What is truly clear is that, there remains a lot to do in the 505 days left before Brexit, and the clock is very much ticking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>{bio}giles.derrington@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Smart Energy & Utilities Update October 2017 2017-11-10T16:27:16+00:00 2017-11-10T16:27:16+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/11734-smart-energy-utilities-update-october-2017 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) manar.al-muflahi@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to the latest edition of techUK's Smart Energy &amp; Utilities Newsletter.</p> <p>For further techUK and market related news <a href="services/newsletters">sign up to our SmarterUK newsletter</a> which provides a monthly roundup of activities within the whole forum.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to the latest edition of techUK's Smart Energy &amp; Utilities Newsletter.</p> <p>For further techUK and market related news <a href="services/newsletters">sign up to our SmarterUK newsletter</a> which provides a monthly roundup of activities within the whole forum.</p></div> Health & Social Care Newsletter | Your Vote Counts: Health & Social Care Council 2017-11-10T16:08:47+00:00 2017-11-10T16:08:47+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11733-health-and-social-care-newsletter-your-vote-counts-health-and-social-care-cou Kate Francis(techUK) kate.francis@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Voting is now open for the Health and Social Care Council. We have 17 experienced candidates up for election and seven places available on the Council. Thank you in advance for your careful consideration of the new leaders who will shape the <a href="http://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/health-social-care" target="_blank">Health and Social Care programme</a> at techUK. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11688-health-and-social-care-council-vote-for-your-favourite-candidates" target="_blank">Voting closes on 17 November</a>.</p> <p>This month we hosted an <a href="https://www.industrybriefings.co.uk/EVENTS/Industry_Briefings_October_2017/home" target="_blank">Industry Briefings with NHS Digital</a> in London and Leeds, an Industry Engagement on <a href="https://www.industrybriefings.co.uk/EVENTS/Engagement_on_the_future_direction_for_GP_IT/home" target="_blank">NHS Digital’s GP IT Futures</a> Programme, and at ehi LIVE we <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11702-techuk-launches-investigation-into-how-technology-can-help-avoid-a-winter-crisis" target="_blank">launched our investigation</a> into how tech can help avoid the winter crisis. This was followed by our aptly timed <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11698-fhir-works-showcasing-progress-towards-interoperable-care" target="_blank">FHIR Works event on interoperability</a> last Friday.</p> <p>Next week we are hosting our <a href="http://www.techuk.org/health-and-social-care-industry-dinner/speakers" target="_blank">Annual Health and Social Care Industry Dinner</a> on Wednesday 15 November in Central London. You’ll hear from <strong>Matthew Swindells</strong>, <strong>Lord O'Shaughnessy</strong>, <strong>Prof. Rachel Dunscombe</strong>, and senior execs from NHS England, NHS Digital and other public bodies. It’s an excellent networking opportunity with limited tickets remaining.</p> <p>Please <a href="mailto:kate.francis@techuk.org">get in touch with the team</a> and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about in our newsletters. We really do like feedback!</p> <hr /> <h3>techUK News, Views, and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11678-new-fast-track-route-into-the-nhs-for-breakthrough-medicines-and-technologies" target="_blank">New, Fast-Track Route Into the NHS for “Breakthrough” Medicines and Technologies</a><br />techUK comments on the funding announced for Accelerated Access Scheme for transformative medicines and technologies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11698-fhir-works-showcasing-progress-towards-interoperable-care" target="_blank">FHIR Works. Showcasing Progress towards Interoperable Care</a><br />In the run up to the fireworks of Bonfire Night, a different sort of conversation on FHIR Works took place at our offices in London. techUK’s Kate Francis summarises this joint event hosted by techUK, NHS Digital and INTEROPen with guests, KLAS. At the event, we launched an <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11699-techuk-launches-addendum-to-interoperability-charter-for-comment" target="_blank">addendum to the Interoperability Charter</a> – please take a look and <a href="mailto:kate.francis@techuk.org">send us your comments.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11702-techuk-launches-investigation-into-how-technology-can-help-avoid-a-winter-crisis" target="_blank">Investigation Launch: How Tech Can Help to Avoid a Winter Crisis</a><br />At ehi LIVE at the beginning of the month, techUK launched an investigation which will take place over the 2017/18 winter period to report on how technology can help us to support the NHS in addressing the challenges it faces, particularly in the winter months. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11702-techuk-launches-investigation-into-how-technology-can-help-avoid-a-winter-crisis" target="_blank">Download our paper and read more about the event here.</a></p> <hr /> <h3>Health and Social Care News and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11539-sharing-health-and-care-records" target="_blank">Kings Fund Event: Sharing Health and Care Records</a><br />This conference, hosted by The King’s Fund, explores the different models developed over the past few years and provides you with the opportunity to learn how local areas are overcoming these challenges.</p> <p><strong>13 December 2017, Leeds, 15% Discount for techUK Members.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11685-international-opportunities-in-india-and-prague" target="_blank">International Opportunities in India</a></p> <p>Calling on the best British digital healthcare innovators to take part in the Healthcare innovation mission to India, from 4 – 8 February 2018.</p> <p>To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service, Healthcare UK, Department for International Trade and NHS Digital will be taking a trade mission of the most innovative healthcare providers and suppliers in the NHS to India.</p> <p>The DIT invites expressions of interest from NHS and private sector organisations with an innovative offer in healthcare. The closing date for <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11685-international-opportunities-in-india-and-prague" target="_blank">expression of interest</a> is <strong>15 November</strong>. Places are limited so please apply early.</p> <p><strong>Update from NHS Digital on Security Operations Centre Procurement</strong></p> <p>NHS Digital wishes to inform industry that the procurement of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) is currently going through a final stage of Government approvals. The procurement is still in ‘live’ status; NHS Digital are confident of approval and being in a position to release the SQ imminently. Once they have final approval, a revised timeline will be communicated to highlight each procurement milestone.</p> <p>NHS Digital appreciate that Industry have had to manage their resources to fall in line with NHS Digital’s timelines and apologise for the delay. Any further significant delays to the procurement activity will be communicated to you across their channels.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Voting is now open for the Health and Social Care Council. We have 17 experienced candidates up for election and seven places available on the Council. Thank you in advance for your careful consideration of the new leaders who will shape the <a href="http://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/health-social-care" target="_blank">Health and Social Care programme</a> at techUK. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11688-health-and-social-care-council-vote-for-your-favourite-candidates" target="_blank">Voting closes on 17 November</a>.</p> <p>This month we hosted an <a href="https://www.industrybriefings.co.uk/EVENTS/Industry_Briefings_October_2017/home" target="_blank">Industry Briefings with NHS Digital</a> in London and Leeds, an Industry Engagement on <a href="https://www.industrybriefings.co.uk/EVENTS/Engagement_on_the_future_direction_for_GP_IT/home" target="_blank">NHS Digital’s GP IT Futures</a> Programme, and at ehi LIVE we <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11702-techuk-launches-investigation-into-how-technology-can-help-avoid-a-winter-crisis" target="_blank">launched our investigation</a> into how tech can help avoid the winter crisis. This was followed by our aptly timed <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11698-fhir-works-showcasing-progress-towards-interoperable-care" target="_blank">FHIR Works event on interoperability</a> last Friday.</p> <p>Next week we are hosting our <a href="http://www.techuk.org/health-and-social-care-industry-dinner/speakers" target="_blank">Annual Health and Social Care Industry Dinner</a> on Wednesday 15 November in Central London. You’ll hear from <strong>Matthew Swindells</strong>, <strong>Lord O'Shaughnessy</strong>, <strong>Prof. Rachel Dunscombe</strong>, and senior execs from NHS England, NHS Digital and other public bodies. It’s an excellent networking opportunity with limited tickets remaining.</p> <p>Please <a href="mailto:kate.francis@techuk.org">get in touch with the team</a> and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about in our newsletters. We really do like feedback!</p> <hr /> <h3>techUK News, Views, and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11678-new-fast-track-route-into-the-nhs-for-breakthrough-medicines-and-technologies" target="_blank">New, Fast-Track Route Into the NHS for “Breakthrough” Medicines and Technologies</a><br />techUK comments on the funding announced for Accelerated Access Scheme for transformative medicines and technologies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/11698-fhir-works-showcasing-progress-towards-interoperable-care" target="_blank">FHIR Works. Showcasing Progress towards Interoperable Care</a><br />In the run up to the fireworks of Bonfire Night, a different sort of conversation on FHIR Works took place at our offices in London. techUK’s Kate Francis summarises this joint event hosted by techUK, NHS Digital and INTEROPen with guests, KLAS. At the event, we launched an <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11699-techuk-launches-addendum-to-interoperability-charter-for-comment" target="_blank">addendum to the Interoperability Charter</a> – please take a look and <a href="mailto:kate.francis@techuk.org">send us your comments.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11702-techuk-launches-investigation-into-how-technology-can-help-avoid-a-winter-crisis" target="_blank">Investigation Launch: How Tech Can Help to Avoid a Winter Crisis</a><br />At ehi LIVE at the beginning of the month, techUK launched an investigation which will take place over the 2017/18 winter period to report on how technology can help us to support the NHS in addressing the challenges it faces, particularly in the winter months. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11702-techuk-launches-investigation-into-how-technology-can-help-avoid-a-winter-crisis" target="_blank">Download our paper and read more about the event here.</a></p> <hr /> <h3>Health and Social Care News and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11539-sharing-health-and-care-records" target="_blank">Kings Fund Event: Sharing Health and Care Records</a><br />This conference, hosted by The King’s Fund, explores the different models developed over the past few years and provides you with the opportunity to learn how local areas are overcoming these challenges.</p> <p><strong>13 December 2017, Leeds, 15% Discount for techUK Members.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11685-international-opportunities-in-india-and-prague" target="_blank">International Opportunities in India</a></p> <p>Calling on the best British digital healthcare innovators to take part in the Healthcare innovation mission to India, from 4 – 8 February 2018.</p> <p>To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service, Healthcare UK, Department for International Trade and NHS Digital will be taking a trade mission of the most innovative healthcare providers and suppliers in the NHS to India.</p> <p>The DIT invites expressions of interest from NHS and private sector organisations with an innovative offer in healthcare. The closing date for <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11685-international-opportunities-in-india-and-prague" target="_blank">expression of interest</a> is <strong>15 November</strong>. Places are limited so please apply early.</p> <p><strong>Update from NHS Digital on Security Operations Centre Procurement</strong></p> <p>NHS Digital wishes to inform industry that the procurement of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) is currently going through a final stage of Government approvals. The procurement is still in ‘live’ status; NHS Digital are confident of approval and being in a position to release the SQ imminently. Once they have final approval, a revised timeline will be communicated to highlight each procurement milestone.</p> <p>NHS Digital appreciate that Industry have had to manage their resources to fall in line with NHS Digital’s timelines and apologise for the delay. Any further significant delays to the procurement activity will be communicated to you across their channels.</p></div> National Careers Service: Concept Viability Briefing 2017-11-10T15:33:25+00:00 2017-11-10T15:33:25+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11732-national-careers-service-concept-viability-briefing Simona Paliulyte(techUK) simona.paliulyte@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This Market Engagement is part of techUK’s Concept Viability Programme which allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>To ensure a robust engagement as possible we will be holding three identical sessions over a period of two weeks:</p> <p>• 17 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: Birmingham NEC Concourse Suites 22-23</p> <p>• 22 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p>• 24 November 2017, 09:30-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p><strong>The Purpose of the Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>This National Careers Service Market Briefing will engage with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations are invited to attend the event and contribute to this Market Briefing which is designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>By engaging with the market the National Careers Service will gather feedback to further assess:</p> <p>• The feasibility of the proposed operating model<br />• The appetite, capability and capacity to deliver the service<br />• Potential risks, issues and barriers to delivering the required outcomes<br />• The proposed commercial, financial and contractual arrangements</p> <p>A notification for the procurement of Supplier(s) for the National Careers Service area based service has been published. All organisations interested in finding out more should contact the ESFA by using the online message board at <a href="https://education.bravosolution.co.uk">https://education.bravosolution.co.uk</a><a href="https://education.bravosolution.gov.uk"><br /></a></p> <p><strong>Who Should Attend?</strong></p> <p>Themes we will be covering include the target operating model; funding model; digital products and tools; data; technical challenges and transition to the new model. This should be a consideration for who attends from your organisation.</p> <p>If you would like to register your interest to attend one of the sessions please respond directly to <a href="mailto:simona.paliulyte@techuk.org">simona.paliulyte@techuk.org</a>, providing details of which session you would like to attend, details of your organisation, and the names and job roles of who you would like to attend the session. Based on demand we may have to restrict the number of attendees per company.</p> <p>Further details of the market briefing, including agenda and preparation, will be provided prior to the event.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This Market Engagement is part of techUK’s Concept Viability Programme which allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>To ensure a robust engagement as possible we will be holding three identical sessions over a period of two weeks:</p> <p>• 17 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: Birmingham NEC Concourse Suites 22-23</p> <p>• 22 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p>• 24 November 2017, 09:30-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p><strong>The Purpose of the Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>This National Careers Service Market Briefing will engage with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations are invited to attend the event and contribute to this Market Briefing which is designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>By engaging with the market the National Careers Service will gather feedback to further assess:</p> <p>• The feasibility of the proposed operating model<br />• The appetite, capability and capacity to deliver the service<br />• Potential risks, issues and barriers to delivering the required outcomes<br />• The proposed commercial, financial and contractual arrangements</p> <p>A notification for the procurement of Supplier(s) for the National Careers Service area based service has been published. All organisations interested in finding out more should contact the ESFA by using the online message board at <a href="https://education.bravosolution.co.uk">https://education.bravosolution.co.uk</a><a href="https://education.bravosolution.gov.uk"><br /></a></p> <p><strong>Who Should Attend?</strong></p> <p>Themes we will be covering include the target operating model; funding model; digital products and tools; data; technical challenges and transition to the new model. This should be a consideration for who attends from your organisation.</p> <p>If you would like to register your interest to attend one of the sessions please respond directly to <a href="mailto:simona.paliulyte@techuk.org">simona.paliulyte@techuk.org</a>, providing details of which session you would like to attend, details of your organisation, and the names and job roles of who you would like to attend the session. Based on demand we may have to restrict the number of attendees per company.</p> <p>Further details of the market briefing, including agenda and preparation, will be provided prior to the event.</p></div> National Careers Service: Concept Viability Briefing 2017-11-10T15:31:01+00:00 2017-11-10T15:31:01+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/11731-national-careers-service-concept-viability-briefing Simona Paliulyte(techUK) simona.paliulyte@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This Market Engagement is part of techUK’s Concept Viability Programme which allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>To ensure a robust engagement as possible we will be holding three identical sessions over a period of two weeks:</p> <p>• 17 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: Birmingham NEC Concourse Suites 22-23</p> <p>• 22 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p>• 24 November 2017, 09:30-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p><strong>The Purpose of the Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>This National Careers Service Market Briefing will engage with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations are invited to attend the event and contribute to this Market Briefing which is designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>By engaging with the market the National Careers Service will gather feedback to further assess:</p> <p>• The feasibility of the proposed operating model<br />• The appetite, capability and capacity to deliver the service<br />• Potential risks, issues and barriers to delivering the required outcomes<br />• The proposed commercial, financial and contractual arrangements</p> <p>A notification for the procurement of Supplier(s) for the National Careers Service area based service has been published. All organisations interested in finding out more should contact the ESFA by using the online message board at <a href="https://education.bravosolution.co.uk">https://education.bravosolution.co.uk</a><a href="https://education.bravosolution.gov.uk"><br /></a></p> <p><strong>Who Should Attend?</strong></p> <p>Themes we will be covering include the target operating model; funding model; digital products and tools; data; technical challenges and transition to the new model. This should be a consideration for who attends from your organisation.</p> <p>If you would like to register your interest to attend one of the sessions please respond directly to <a href="mailto:simona.paliulyte@techuk.org">simona.paliulyte@techuk.org</a>, providing details of which session you would like to attend, details of your organisation, and the names and job roles of who you would like to attend the session. Based on demand we may have to restrict the number of attendees per company.</p> <p>Further details of the market briefing, including agenda and preparation, will be provided prior to the event.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This Market Engagement is part of techUK’s Concept Viability Programme which allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>To ensure a robust engagement as possible we will be holding three identical sessions over a period of two weeks:</p> <p>• 17 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: Birmingham NEC Concourse Suites 22-23</p> <p>• 22 November 2017, 09:30am-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p>• 24 November 2017, 09:30-3.30pm: techUK, London</p> <p><strong>The Purpose of the Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>This National Careers Service Market Briefing will engage with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations are invited to attend the event and contribute to this Market Briefing which is designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>By engaging with the market the National Careers Service will gather feedback to further assess:</p> <p>• The feasibility of the proposed operating model<br />• The appetite, capability and capacity to deliver the service<br />• Potential risks, issues and barriers to delivering the required outcomes<br />• The proposed commercial, financial and contractual arrangements</p> <p>A notification for the procurement of Supplier(s) for the National Careers Service area based service has been published. All organisations interested in finding out more should contact the ESFA by using the online message board at <a href="https://education.bravosolution.co.uk">https://education.bravosolution.co.uk</a><a href="https://education.bravosolution.gov.uk"><br /></a></p> <p><strong>Who Should Attend?</strong></p> <p>Themes we will be covering include the target operating model; funding model; digital products and tools; data; technical challenges and transition to the new model. This should be a consideration for who attends from your organisation.</p> <p>If you would like to register your interest to attend one of the sessions please respond directly to <a href="mailto:simona.paliulyte@techuk.org">simona.paliulyte@techuk.org</a>, providing details of which session you would like to attend, details of your organisation, and the names and job roles of who you would like to attend the session. Based on demand we may have to restrict the number of attendees per company.</p> <p>Further details of the market briefing, including agenda and preparation, will be provided prior to the event.</p></div> techUK Members Explore Opportunities in China at Bespoke Event 2017-11-10T14:59:18+00:00 2017-11-10T14:59:18+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11730-techuk-members-explore-opportunities-in-china-at-bespoke-event Simon Spier (techUK) Simon.Spier@techUK.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This Wednesday 8 November techUK ran a seminar that showcased the potential of the Chinese market for its members.</p> <p>The half day seminar included speakers from government and business who discussed the market opportunities in China as well as how to overcome some of the challenges.</p> <p>The event was aimed for those considering the Chinese market for the first time or who are relatively new to the China market and are considering how to grow their presence.</p> <p>The morning started off with a welcome from techUK CEO, Julian David, who was followed by Minister Counsellor for Science &amp; Technology at the Chinese Embassy, Mr Sunan Jiang. Mr Jiang discussed China's latest progress in science and technology innovation and Sino-British cooperation prospects as well as outlining some of the opportunity. Andrew Cockburn followed with an overview of the resources the Department for International Trade can offer in support of UK companies’ China excursions.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Sunan.jpg" alt="Sunan" width="393" height="295" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>This event was followed by Bill Russell, Deputy Director of International Policy of the Intellectual Property Office who outlined what is considered IP, it’s importance, and how to protect it in the UK and globally. Mark Hedley, ‎ICT Sector Director &amp; China Business Adviser at the China Britain Business Council gave more analysis to what the China market looks like and how to access some of the opportunities as well as sharing his extensive experience of conducting business in China.</p> <p>Graham Curraan, CEO of UK company Sondrel shared with the group his experience of exporting to China and gave tips on the Dos and Don’ts. The event was concluded with a fascinating panel discussion exploring all things China with fantastic insights from panellists, Edward Brewster, Communications Director at Huawei Technologies UK &amp; Ireland office, Heba Bevan, CEO of tech start-up Utterberry, and Professor Yike Guo, Founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/panel.jpg" alt="panel" width="398" height="299" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The event was part of an ongoing series of events and activities by techUK’s International trade programme aimed at assisting UK members engage internationally and facilitating international companies’ UK growth.</p> <p>For further information on techUK’s international trade programme, please get in touch with Simon Spier.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This Wednesday 8 November techUK ran a seminar that showcased the potential of the Chinese market for its members.</p> <p>The half day seminar included speakers from government and business who discussed the market opportunities in China as well as how to overcome some of the challenges.</p> <p>The event was aimed for those considering the Chinese market for the first time or who are relatively new to the China market and are considering how to grow their presence.</p> <p>The morning started off with a welcome from techUK CEO, Julian David, who was followed by Minister Counsellor for Science &amp; Technology at the Chinese Embassy, Mr Sunan Jiang. Mr Jiang discussed China's latest progress in science and technology innovation and Sino-British cooperation prospects as well as outlining some of the opportunity. Andrew Cockburn followed with an overview of the resources the Department for International Trade can offer in support of UK companies’ China excursions.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Sunan.jpg" alt="Sunan" width="393" height="295" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>This event was followed by Bill Russell, Deputy Director of International Policy of the Intellectual Property Office who outlined what is considered IP, it’s importance, and how to protect it in the UK and globally. Mark Hedley, ‎ICT Sector Director &amp; China Business Adviser at the China Britain Business Council gave more analysis to what the China market looks like and how to access some of the opportunities as well as sharing his extensive experience of conducting business in China.</p> <p>Graham Curraan, CEO of UK company Sondrel shared with the group his experience of exporting to China and gave tips on the Dos and Don’ts. The event was concluded with a fascinating panel discussion exploring all things China with fantastic insights from panellists, Edward Brewster, Communications Director at Huawei Technologies UK &amp; Ireland office, Heba Bevan, CEO of tech start-up Utterberry, and Professor Yike Guo, Founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/panel.jpg" alt="panel" width="398" height="299" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The event was part of an ongoing series of events and activities by techUK’s International trade programme aimed at assisting UK members engage internationally and facilitating international companies’ UK growth.</p> <p>For further information on techUK’s international trade programme, please get in touch with Simon Spier.</p></div> GTM USA eCommerce Mentoring Workshop 2017-11-10T09:00:00+00:00 2017-11-10T09:00:00+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/11728-gtm-usa-ecommerce-mentoring-workshop Simon Spier (techUK) Simon.Spier@techUK.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>With U.S. eCommerce sales projected to grow to $461.6bn in 2018—are you ready to accelerate your U.S. sales?</strong></p> <p>Register for a free one-to-one 2-hour mentoring workshop session with international expansion experts from Shopify Plus, Lucid Fusion techUK, Department of International Trade, Silicon Valley Bank, Moore Stephens, Thorelli &amp; Associates, Newable and Horizon International Cargo</p> <p><strong>Key topics covered:</strong> Establishing an effective U.S. eCommerce plan, Acquiring new customers, Optimizing your ROI, Identifying new advertising platforms, Fulfilment opportunities, Compliance and Scaling your growth</p> <p><strong>Timing:</strong> Choice of two workshops, morning or afternoon. Peer to peer networking with lunchtime food and refreshments.</p> <p>Who should attend: eCommerce businesses with an active ambition to access US / international markets within a 3-6-month period and with a minimum annual turnover of £2 million.</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong> GS1, Hasilwood House, 60 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AW, United Kingdom</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Friday, December 1, 2017</p> <p>Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot in one of our two sessions <a href="https://nvite.com/GTMUSA/lej229">click here for more information</a>.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>With U.S. eCommerce sales projected to grow to $461.6bn in 2018—are you ready to accelerate your U.S. sales?</strong></p> <p>Register for a free one-to-one 2-hour mentoring workshop session with international expansion experts from Shopify Plus, Lucid Fusion techUK, Department of International Trade, Silicon Valley Bank, Moore Stephens, Thorelli &amp; Associates, Newable and Horizon International Cargo</p> <p><strong>Key topics covered:</strong> Establishing an effective U.S. eCommerce plan, Acquiring new customers, Optimizing your ROI, Identifying new advertising platforms, Fulfilment opportunities, Compliance and Scaling your growth</p> <p><strong>Timing:</strong> Choice of two workshops, morning or afternoon. Peer to peer networking with lunchtime food and refreshments.</p> <p>Who should attend: eCommerce businesses with an active ambition to access US / international markets within a 3-6-month period and with a minimum annual turnover of £2 million.</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong> GS1, Hasilwood House, 60 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AW, United Kingdom</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Friday, December 1, 2017</p> <p>Space is limited, so register now to secure your spot in one of our two sessions <a href="https://nvite.com/GTMUSA/lej229">click here for more information</a>.</p></div> Guest Blog: 9 Mindset Steps in the Digital Transformation Journey 2017-11-10T12:25:09+00:00 2017-11-10T12:25:09+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11727-guest-blog-9-mindset-steps-in-the-digital-transformation-journey Harri Turnbull(techUK) harri.turnbull@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Exploring nine points along the transformation timeline, from first understanding what it means to your business, to finally judging whether it’s been a success.</p> <h3>1) What is a digital transformation about?</h3> <p>I’ve been involved in transformations with all different names over the years – but the fact is, whether you call it digital or not, this is about a step change in organisational performance.</p> <p>Digitisation should be about optimising (and <a href="http://www.capita.com/what-we-do/how-we-unlock-value/automation/">automating</a> where possible) the end-to-end process across all parts of the business. That might involve providing better information, advice and guidance so people don’t have to call in the first place. It might be about routing those calls more efficiently to the right people, with the right skills, at the right time; or it might be about automating enquiries into back end systems faster.</p> <p>But, whichever way, it’s not just about the call centre or IT.</p> <p>It’s about really transforming the business and the customer journey end-to-end.</p> <h3>2) When doesn’t it work?</h3> <p>Often it doesn’t work when an organisation appoints a chief digital officer or a chief transformation officer, then says, ‘OK, our job here is done’. The ones that succeed are where the CEO and executive committee take responsibility and have an active involvement. Then your transformation person becomes the facilitator, ensuring the right controls and disciplines are in place, and the right partners brought to bear.</p> <h3>3) What mindset does an executive committee need to make such a transformation successful?</h3> <p>There are two, really. The first is recognising that they are going to be making a lot of decisions and investing a lot of effort in driving large-scale change throughout their organisation, in many areas, all at once. That will need to be complemented by cultural change, new skills, new disciplines and new partners.</p> <p>The second is really thinking about the amazing disruptive digital technology that’s out there, and how it’s changing the world. When it comes to the art of the possible, the bar has been significantly raised and it’s very hard to see that unless you have some idea of what those possibilities are.</p> <h3>4) Where do you start?</h3> <p>We tend to start by leveraging the assets that are already in place, in order to drive out cost. Then, once you begin to understand how to mobilise and drive the organisation to perform at scale – and that’s not just the technology but also the people and the processes – you can take on a more ambitious slice of service redesign.</p> <p>But, you can’t just transform the contact centre. When you think about the end customer journey – whether that’s someone booking a flight or reporting a missed bin collection – that experience for the customer is impacted from everywhere – from the website, the contact centre, the back office, the finance systems, logistics... no part of the business should be excluded.</p> <h3>5) What helps a digital transformation gain momentum?</h3> <p>Successful transformations gain momentum not because of some new tool or piece of technology, but because you’ve worked in a smart, agile way and quickly delivered something that is ‘wow’ for the customer. People see that and start to think differently, become more responsive to customer needs and better at implementing change.</p> <h3>6) What does Capita bring to projects like these?</h3> <p>At its heart, Capita understands how to run operations within an organisation. Importantly we’ve done lots of our own transformations where we’ve taken on a lot of people and had to go through very rapid transitions to improve efficiencies. That’s our core proposition. We’ve done this before, in our own business. It’s deep, pragmatic experience – it’s not just a PowerPoint!</p> <h3>7) What surprises organisations when they find themselves in the middle of transformation journey?</h3> <p>I think they are often surprised at the pace their organisation can move when it’s set up the right way, and when you introduce new skills.</p> <p>They’re also often surprised at how little they understand of the workload that’s either coming into, or being produced within, their organisation. I’ve been surprised myself sometimes!, But that’s the power of data within a digital transformation, really being able to measure everything and getting this amazing transparency.</p> <h3>8) How do you measure success?</h3> <p>You need one or two very clear metrics of success. Are we about improving customer service and reducing costs? Or increasing revenue? Or reducing turnaround time? Be really crystal clear what that metric is.</p> <p>In IT transformations of old, you’d have to wait two years until it was all in, and people were retrained and using it, before you could see if it worked. By which time, by the way, the business was likely to have changed immensely so how could you even tell?</p> <p>However, when you start doing individual customer journeys as part of a digital transformation, you can measure everything. So, in the programs we’ve done, we’ve known the benefits at each stage before and after implementation.</p> <p>Good transformations are the ones where you can measure the benefits at every stage and you know, straight away, if it’s working, every time a solution goes live.</p> <h3>9) What’s the big opportunity for customer service in a digital transformation?</h3> <p>I think it’s about getting organisations to think more broadly about delivering their end customer services. It’s not just about having the most efficient contact centre; it’s about having the most efficient end-to-end processes, making it frictionless for the customer, and therefore reducing the workload coming in and handling it in the most efficient way. That’s the potential of a really powerful digital transformation.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Exploring nine points along the transformation timeline, from first understanding what it means to your business, to finally judging whether it’s been a success.</p> <h3>1) What is a digital transformation about?</h3> <p>I’ve been involved in transformations with all different names over the years – but the fact is, whether you call it digital or not, this is about a step change in organisational performance.</p> <p>Digitisation should be about optimising (and <a href="http://www.capita.com/what-we-do/how-we-unlock-value/automation/">automating</a> where possible) the end-to-end process across all parts of the business. That might involve providing better information, advice and guidance so people don’t have to call in the first place. It might be about routing those calls more efficiently to the right people, with the right skills, at the right time; or it might be about automating enquiries into back end systems faster.</p> <p>But, whichever way, it’s not just about the call centre or IT.</p> <p>It’s about really transforming the business and the customer journey end-to-end.</p> <h3>2) When doesn’t it work?</h3> <p>Often it doesn’t work when an organisation appoints a chief digital officer or a chief transformation officer, then says, ‘OK, our job here is done’. The ones that succeed are where the CEO and executive committee take responsibility and have an active involvement. Then your transformation person becomes the facilitator, ensuring the right controls and disciplines are in place, and the right partners brought to bear.</p> <h3>3) What mindset does an executive committee need to make such a transformation successful?</h3> <p>There are two, really. The first is recognising that they are going to be making a lot of decisions and investing a lot of effort in driving large-scale change throughout their organisation, in many areas, all at once. That will need to be complemented by cultural change, new skills, new disciplines and new partners.</p> <p>The second is really thinking about the amazing disruptive digital technology that’s out there, and how it’s changing the world. When it comes to the art of the possible, the bar has been significantly raised and it’s very hard to see that unless you have some idea of what those possibilities are.</p> <h3>4) Where do you start?</h3> <p>We tend to start by leveraging the assets that are already in place, in order to drive out cost. Then, once you begin to understand how to mobilise and drive the organisation to perform at scale – and that’s not just the technology but also the people and the processes – you can take on a more ambitious slice of service redesign.</p> <p>But, you can’t just transform the contact centre. When you think about the end customer journey – whether that’s someone booking a flight or reporting a missed bin collection – that experience for the customer is impacted from everywhere – from the website, the contact centre, the back office, the finance systems, logistics... no part of the business should be excluded.</p> <h3>5) What helps a digital transformation gain momentum?</h3> <p>Successful transformations gain momentum not because of some new tool or piece of technology, but because you’ve worked in a smart, agile way and quickly delivered something that is ‘wow’ for the customer. People see that and start to think differently, become more responsive to customer needs and better at implementing change.</p> <h3>6) What does Capita bring to projects like these?</h3> <p>At its heart, Capita understands how to run operations within an organisation. Importantly we’ve done lots of our own transformations where we’ve taken on a lot of people and had to go through very rapid transitions to improve efficiencies. That’s our core proposition. We’ve done this before, in our own business. It’s deep, pragmatic experience – it’s not just a PowerPoint!</p> <h3>7) What surprises organisations when they find themselves in the middle of transformation journey?</h3> <p>I think they are often surprised at the pace their organisation can move when it’s set up the right way, and when you introduce new skills.</p> <p>They’re also often surprised at how little they understand of the workload that’s either coming into, or being produced within, their organisation. I’ve been surprised myself sometimes!, But that’s the power of data within a digital transformation, really being able to measure everything and getting this amazing transparency.</p> <h3>8) How do you measure success?</h3> <p>You need one or two very clear metrics of success. Are we about improving customer service and reducing costs? Or increasing revenue? Or reducing turnaround time? Be really crystal clear what that metric is.</p> <p>In IT transformations of old, you’d have to wait two years until it was all in, and people were retrained and using it, before you could see if it worked. By which time, by the way, the business was likely to have changed immensely so how could you even tell?</p> <p>However, when you start doing individual customer journeys as part of a digital transformation, you can measure everything. So, in the programs we’ve done, we’ve known the benefits at each stage before and after implementation.</p> <p>Good transformations are the ones where you can measure the benefits at every stage and you know, straight away, if it’s working, every time a solution goes live.</p> <h3>9) What’s the big opportunity for customer service in a digital transformation?</h3> <p>I think it’s about getting organisations to think more broadly about delivering their end customer services. It’s not just about having the most efficient contact centre; it’s about having the most efficient end-to-end processes, making it frictionless for the customer, and therefore reducing the workload coming in and handling it in the most efficient way. That’s the potential of a really powerful digital transformation.</p></div> The Role of SMEs in Delivering Government Transformation 2017-11-10T12:29:07+00:00 2017-11-10T12:29:07+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11726-the-role-of-smes-in-delivering-government-transformation Simona Paliulyte(techUK) simona.paliulyte@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The UK has a large pool of high tech small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that can play a huge role in transforming government, if only they were given the chance!</p> <p>A small to medium enterprise (SME) is, by very definition, not a large organisation. Accordingly, to survive and thrive an SME must focus on what it is, and what it can be, very good at. This narrow focus makes most SMEs subject matter experts, so an SME in every sense.</p> <p>Further, most SME are small (less than 50 people in the whole company group) and many are micro (less than 10 people). This is particularly true in the tech sector. This small size means that there is little bureaucracy and flat management structures allowing the business to operate in a most nimble and agile manner.</p> <p>For most SME, a £0.5m contract will be significant and will have visibility across the company, including senior management. This will motivate the company to deliver on the contract both in letter and spirit. While a large multinational company could reputationally recover from failing to deliver a contract like this, an SME would be unlikely to recover the reputation damage and so won’t allow failure.</p> <p><strong>SMEs and Government transformation</strong></p> <p>One of the key characteristics of SMEs is an agile and coherent group of highly motivated experts often accompanied by existing “ready to use” innovative intellectual property. These characteristics are key enablers to transforming Government.</p> <p>What is clear from the messages of political leaders, and evidence ‘on the ground’ is that UK SMEs can play a huge role in transforming government, if government chooses to give them the opportunity.</p> <p>More needs to be done to address the misconception of SMEs around risk and cost – and better communication of the benefits and barriers for SMEs working in the Public Sector. These messages should focus on how greater use of SMEs provides citizens with innovative services, and Government leaders have a reduced risk of failure.</p> <p>The Government should be doing more to address the barriers to SMEs - for a start the Public Sector should commission more smaller-scale focused projects and use shorter contracts with payments on time to minimise risk!</p> <p>What about the situation where the scale of the government need is wider than the focus of a single SME? There are many case studies of SME working together to deliver broad scope projects with each SME delivering expertise in their area. There are even government template collaboration agreements to support this - a model that enables a Government service a team of motivated experts. These just need to be used more!</p> <p>In summary, with SMEs Government customers get experts in the bid, and experts in the delivery and they help innovative companies scale. It’s a Win-Win!</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The UK has a large pool of high tech small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that can play a huge role in transforming government, if only they were given the chance!</p> <p>A small to medium enterprise (SME) is, by very definition, not a large organisation. Accordingly, to survive and thrive an SME must focus on what it is, and what it can be, very good at. This narrow focus makes most SMEs subject matter experts, so an SME in every sense.</p> <p>Further, most SME are small (less than 50 people in the whole company group) and many are micro (less than 10 people). This is particularly true in the tech sector. This small size means that there is little bureaucracy and flat management structures allowing the business to operate in a most nimble and agile manner.</p> <p>For most SME, a £0.5m contract will be significant and will have visibility across the company, including senior management. This will motivate the company to deliver on the contract both in letter and spirit. While a large multinational company could reputationally recover from failing to deliver a contract like this, an SME would be unlikely to recover the reputation damage and so won’t allow failure.</p> <p><strong>SMEs and Government transformation</strong></p> <p>One of the key characteristics of SMEs is an agile and coherent group of highly motivated experts often accompanied by existing “ready to use” innovative intellectual property. These characteristics are key enablers to transforming Government.</p> <p>What is clear from the messages of political leaders, and evidence ‘on the ground’ is that UK SMEs can play a huge role in transforming government, if government chooses to give them the opportunity.</p> <p>More needs to be done to address the misconception of SMEs around risk and cost – and better communication of the benefits and barriers for SMEs working in the Public Sector. These messages should focus on how greater use of SMEs provides citizens with innovative services, and Government leaders have a reduced risk of failure.</p> <p>The Government should be doing more to address the barriers to SMEs - for a start the Public Sector should commission more smaller-scale focused projects and use shorter contracts with payments on time to minimise risk!</p> <p>What about the situation where the scale of the government need is wider than the focus of a single SME? There are many case studies of SME working together to deliver broad scope projects with each SME delivering expertise in their area. There are even government template collaboration agreements to support this - a model that enables a Government service a team of motivated experts. These just need to be used more!</p> <p>In summary, with SMEs Government customers get experts in the bid, and experts in the delivery and they help innovative companies scale. It’s a Win-Win!</p></div> UK Public Sector: The SME Secret to Digital Success 2017-11-10T10:43:48+00:00 2017-11-10T10:43:48+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/11725-uk-public-sector-the-sme-secret-to-digital-success Simona Paliulyte(techUK) simona.paliulyte@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Public Sector innovation</strong> and digital transformation in local government is taking hold, picking up pace and starting to have real impact. The <strong>GovTech market</strong> is expanding and we are seeing new innovations and approaches every day from innovative localgov teams and pioneering startups, underpinned by GDS standards, service design methods and localgov best practice.</p> <p>Historically, local government has admirably sought to <strong>deliver its local aim to see citizens’ lives changed significantly for the better</strong>.</p> <p>But with some wider thinking, there are even greater opportunities, and more significant and life-changing benefits to be harnessed. We need to look outwards, not inwards. Now is the time for the whole of the UK Public Sector to consider and embrace two much wider and more ambitious aims:</p> <p>1. For local authorities and other stakeholders (including SMEs) to work together, rather than independently, to find solutions that benefit everyone.</p> <p>2. For diverse, multi-sector teams to innovate together, for the benefit and unity of the union, establishing the UK as the world leader in Public Sector innovation.</p> <p>OK, so some of this is already happening, and there are many good examples at a local level, but there needs to be more willingness from the Public Sector to look for solutions beyond the walls of their own teams and ICT suppliers - there are a wealth of Public Sector innovations being developed nationally, but few ways for these organisations to identify the localgov change-makers and innovators with whom they should engage. So they get nowhere - and citizens miss out.</p> <p>For locally-delivered services, such as waste management, council tax collection, parking, blue badges, etc. this is often less of an issue. However, much of future progress is in cross-border services, interoperability &amp; data sharing, Open Data, APIs and digital standards - and all these need an outward perspective and a multi-sector solution. We need to deliver on the two aims above to make a subsequent difference to citizens. Only then will the UK truly be able to join up services, data and consistent delivery across borders.</p> <p><strong>The solution</strong></p> <p>To change the status quo and realise the UK as the global leader in Public Sector innovation, we must communicate more, fund innovatively, and make ourselves more available as follows:</p> <p>1. <strong>Market information days</strong> – SMEs can’t engage 152 ‘gatewayed’ organisations when they are trying to find solutions. It’s up to localgov to provide innovators with opportunities to present solutions to the Public Sector en masse. Examples of this include London Ventures and the techUK Innovation Den, but there needs to be more events, particularly outside of London.</p> <p>2. <strong>Localgov crowdfunding of solutions</strong> - Despite localgov austerity, there is transformation money, but much of this is being spent locally to address challenges 152 times over. Like the issue of GDPR faced by every local authority, localgov must embrace new cost-effective models to fund integrated national solutions to shared local problems.</p> <p>3. <strong>Better seed funding for GovTech collaboration and innovation</strong> - There is a significant need for larger sums to deliver national solutions to local problems, e.g. my personal favourite, childcare information. These challenges are best solved by a multi-sector team, not by localgov (or indeed a tech company) in isolation.</p> <p>So who is going to take up the challenge in their own capacity and role? Even beyond Brexit, the UK can be the world leader in GovTech innovation. But only if we change old habits, take a risk and go out of our way to discover the possibilities not quite in front of us.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Public Sector innovation</strong> and digital transformation in local government is taking hold, picking up pace and starting to have real impact. The <strong>GovTech market</strong> is expanding and we are seeing new innovations and approaches every day from innovative localgov teams and pioneering startups, underpinned by GDS standards, service design methods and localgov best practice.</p> <p>Historically, local government has admirably sought to <strong>deliver its local aim to see citizens’ lives changed significantly for the better</strong>.</p> <p>But with some wider thinking, there are even greater opportunities, and more significant and life-changing benefits to be harnessed. We need to look outwards, not inwards. Now is the time for the whole of the UK Public Sector to consider and embrace two much wider and more ambitious aims:</p> <p>1. For local authorities and other stakeholders (including SMEs) to work together, rather than independently, to find solutions that benefit everyone.</p> <p>2. For diverse, multi-sector teams to innovate together, for the benefit and unity of the union, establishing the UK as the world leader in Public Sector innovation.</p> <p>OK, so some of this is already happening, and there are many good examples at a local level, but there needs to be more willingness from the Public Sector to look for solutions beyond the walls of their own teams and ICT suppliers - there are a wealth of Public Sector innovations being developed nationally, but few ways for these organisations to identify the localgov change-makers and innovators with whom they should engage. So they get nowhere - and citizens miss out.</p> <p>For locally-delivered services, such as waste management, council tax collection, parking, blue badges, etc. this is often less of an issue. However, much of future progress is in cross-border services, interoperability &amp; data sharing, Open Data, APIs and digital standards - and all these need an outward perspective and a multi-sector solution. We need to deliver on the two aims above to make a subsequent difference to citizens. Only then will the UK truly be able to join up services, data and consistent delivery across borders.</p> <p><strong>The solution</strong></p> <p>To change the status quo and realise the UK as the global leader in Public Sector innovation, we must communicate more, fund innovatively, and make ourselves more available as follows:</p> <p>1. <strong>Market information days</strong> – SMEs can’t engage 152 ‘gatewayed’ organisations when they are trying to find solutions. It’s up to localgov to provide innovators with opportunities to present solutions to the Public Sector en masse. Examples of this include London Ventures and the techUK Innovation Den, but there needs to be more events, particularly outside of London.</p> <p>2. <strong>Localgov crowdfunding of solutions</strong> - Despite localgov austerity, there is transformation money, but much of this is being spent locally to address challenges 152 times over. Like the issue of GDPR faced by every local authority, localgov must embrace new cost-effective models to fund integrated national solutions to shared local problems.</p> <p>3. <strong>Better seed funding for GovTech collaboration and innovation</strong> - There is a significant need for larger sums to deliver national solutions to local problems, e.g. my personal favourite, childcare information. These challenges are best solved by a multi-sector team, not by localgov (or indeed a tech company) in isolation.</p> <p>So who is going to take up the challenge in their own capacity and role? Even beyond Brexit, the UK can be the world leader in GovTech innovation. But only if we change old habits, take a risk and go out of our way to discover the possibilities not quite in front of us.</p></div> techUK Responds to House of Commons Algorithm Inquiry 2017-11-10T09:47:02+00:00 2017-11-10T09:47:02+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/11724-techuk-responds-to-house-of-commons-algorithm-inquiry Sophie Weston(techUK) sophie.weston@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Following the recent General Election the newly reformed House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee relaunched its inquiry into the use of algorithms in public and business decision making. The inquiry is exploring how algorithms are formulated, the impact algorithms have on individuals and the ability to understand or challenge decisions made using algorithms. Based on member input techUK provided a written submission to the committee as part of its inquiry. Members can download the response below which has now been published by the Committee.</p> <p>Key points of techUK's submission include:</p> <ul> <li>Algorithms are at the heart of how the UK’s digital economy and society works. Every digital products, service or system functions uses algorithms which provide the instructions, or steps, a computer must take to reach a specific outcome or decision.</li> <li>The convergence of algorithms with large datasets, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is leading to the creation of intelligent, autonomous machines capable of making real time decision that affect and impact our lives.</li> <li>The UK is a world leader in the development and use of algorithmic decision making technologies and this leadership must be both protected and accelerated to ensure the future development of the UK’s digital economy.</li> <li>Algorithmic decision making technologies can also play an important role in achieving Government objectives. However, a number of challenges remain.</li> <li>As we move quickly towards a world where humans increasingly live and work alongside intelligent, autonomous, decision making machines, there are public fears and concerns about the social and ethical implications of these technologies that must be recognised and discussed.</li> <li>Key to building a culture of trust and confidence in automated decision making systems is ensuring decisions are auditable, challengeable and ultimately understandable by humans.</li> <li>Public trust and confidence won’t be achieved by legally requiring companies to publicly open up algorithms; which are likely to be commercially sensitive and unlikely to be understood by people without the appropriate technological knowledge. Instead ensuring the right mechanisms are in place so organisations and individuals can challenge the outcome of automated decision making systems should be the focus of this discussion.</li> <li>Government and industry must work together to ensure there is a balanced and constructive public debate on the positive benefits of these technologies rather than looking to regulate innovation out of the market.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about techUK's work on data analytics, machine learning and AI please contact Sue Daley.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}sue.daley@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Following the recent General Election the newly reformed House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee relaunched its inquiry into the use of algorithms in public and business decision making. The inquiry is exploring how algorithms are formulated, the impact algorithms have on individuals and the ability to understand or challenge decisions made using algorithms. Based on member input techUK provided a written submission to the committee as part of its inquiry. Members can download the response below which has now been published by the Committee.</p> <p>Key points of techUK's submission include:</p> <ul> <li>Algorithms are at the heart of how the UK’s digital economy and society works. Every digital products, service or system functions uses algorithms which provide the instructions, or steps, a computer must take to reach a specific outcome or decision.</li> <li>The convergence of algorithms with large datasets, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is leading to the creation of intelligent, autonomous machines capable of making real time decision that affect and impact our lives.</li> <li>The UK is a world leader in the development and use of algorithmic decision making technologies and this leadership must be both protected and accelerated to ensure the future development of the UK’s digital economy.</li> <li>Algorithmic decision making technologies can also play an important role in achieving Government objectives. However, a number of challenges remain.</li> <li>As we move quickly towards a world where humans increasingly live and work alongside intelligent, autonomous, decision making machines, there are public fears and concerns about the social and ethical implications of these technologies that must be recognised and discussed.</li> <li>Key to building a culture of trust and confidence in automated decision making systems is ensuring decisions are auditable, challengeable and ultimately understandable by humans.</li> <li>Public trust and confidence won’t be achieved by legally requiring companies to publicly open up algorithms; which are likely to be commercially sensitive and unlikely to be understood by people without the appropriate technological knowledge. Instead ensuring the right mechanisms are in place so organisations and individuals can challenge the outcome of automated decision making systems should be the focus of this discussion.</li> <li>Government and industry must work together to ensure there is a balanced and constructive public debate on the positive benefits of these technologies rather than looking to regulate innovation out of the market.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about techUK's work on data analytics, machine learning and AI please contact Sue Daley.</p> <hr /> <p>{bio}sue.daley@techuk.org{/bio}</p></div> Climate Change Minister Endorses techUK Report On Tech Led Decarbonisation 2017-11-10T08:00:00+00:00 2017-11-10T08:00:00+00:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/11723-techuk-report-outlines-how-tech-can-enable-carbon-reductions-reduce-uk Craig Melson(techUK) craig.melson@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK has today released a new report, <a href="images/programmes/Technology%20-%20Enabling%20CO2%20reductions%20Final%20Digital%20Version.pdf">Technology - Enabling CO2 Reductions</a>, which explores how technology can drive positive change and meet future challenges in reducing CO2 emissions.</p> <p>Launched during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week, the paper outlines how the Clean Growth Strategy must work in tandem with the Industrial Strategy, the Digital Strategy and forthcoming 25-year Environment Plan to ensure technology is used to achieve the Government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.</p> <p>In the paper, techUK covers:</p> <ul> <li>How digital technology can support the delivery of carbon savings in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction and agriculture</li> <li>The future opportunities for tech-led decarbonisation</li> <li>Recommendations on how to accelerate cost-effective deployment of tech solutions.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Commenting on the report, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world-leading digital economy but, to continue its success, it must also be a sustainable one. In its recent Clean Growth Strategy, the Government rightly acknowledged the role of digital in supporting a smarter, more sustainable economy, and this report highlights key opportunities for decarbonisation.</p> <p>“Smart energy, connected homes, digital industries, and agritech are all segments where we can use digital tech to reduce carbon emissions and drive economic growth in parallel. The tech industry looks forward to working with Government to achieve both its ambitious carbon reduction targets and improve productivity.”</p> <p><strong>Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world leader in tackling climate change. Since 1990 we have cut our emissions by more than a third while growing the economy by more than two thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.</p> <p>“As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the transition to a clean economy presents significant economic opportunities across the country. Innovation and technology are essential to growing the low carbon economy and are a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK has today released a new report, <a href="images/programmes/Technology%20-%20Enabling%20CO2%20reductions%20Final%20Digital%20Version.pdf">Technology - Enabling CO2 Reductions</a>, which explores how technology can drive positive change and meet future challenges in reducing CO2 emissions.</p> <p>Launched during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week, the paper outlines how the Clean Growth Strategy must work in tandem with the Industrial Strategy, the Digital Strategy and forthcoming 25-year Environment Plan to ensure technology is used to achieve the Government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.</p> <p>In the paper, techUK covers:</p> <ul> <li>How digital technology can support the delivery of carbon savings in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction and agriculture</li> <li>The future opportunities for tech-led decarbonisation</li> <li>Recommendations on how to accelerate cost-effective deployment of tech solutions.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Commenting on the report, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world-leading digital economy but, to continue its success, it must also be a sustainable one. In its recent Clean Growth Strategy, the Government rightly acknowledged the role of digital in supporting a smarter, more sustainable economy, and this report highlights key opportunities for decarbonisation.</p> <p>“Smart energy, connected homes, digital industries, and agritech are all segments where we can use digital tech to reduce carbon emissions and drive economic growth in parallel. The tech industry looks forward to working with Government to achieve both its ambitious carbon reduction targets and improve productivity.”</p> <p><strong>Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world leader in tackling climate change. Since 1990 we have cut our emissions by more than a third while growing the economy by more than two thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.</p> <p>“As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the transition to a clean economy presents significant economic opportunities across the country. Innovation and technology are essential to growing the low carbon economy and are a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div>