techUK - Representing the tech industry in the UK Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:09:47 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb e-health industry sector mission to Australia, 10-13 April 2018

Expression of Interest

Hosted visit to Brisbane and City of Gold Coast, Queensland

Trade 2018 – Commonwealth Games Trade and Investment Program

Trade and Investment Queensland, TIQ, is organising an e-health industry sector mission to Australia to participate in a business engagement program involving many of Queensland’s leading health sector research and development organisations and agencies.

As part of Trade 2018, the Queensland Government has developed a program showcasing expertise in the health and knowledge sectors.

The mission is being coordinated and supported by TIQ, the State’s primary trade and investment promotion agency and the City of Gold Coast, host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Program highlights include:

  • Information session with Queensland Health, including a site visit to Australia’s first large-scale public digital hospital, the Princess Alexandra, Brisbane
  • Targeted business matching with Queensland companies
  • Tours of research and development precincts
  • Witnessing the Games in action

The UK Department for International Trade in Australia, Emile Brys ( will also be happy to support any companies interested in the trade mission.

Download the full brochure below for additional information

]]> (Kate Francis(techUK)) News Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:40:35 +0000
Apparent Breakthrough in Commission Talks to Include Data Flows in Trade Deals

It has been reported that the European Commission has agreed language that would allow data flows to be added to future trade agreements.

There has been a long running tension within the Commission about the place for data flows within trade discussions, spurred by increasing recognition that data flows underpin trade in global digital economies. Recent trade deals have unsuccessfully sought to include agreements on data, including in the EU - Japan deal.

Efforts have stalled due to differences of opinion between two key Commission departments, Trade and Justice. Advocates have argued that allowing data to flow freely between states will boost the amount of trade. Others are concerned that trade deals must not put Europe’s strong data protection rules at risk, with European residents’ data being transferred to countries with different data protection laws.

The ability of data to be transferred between countries is increasingly seen as necessary for seamless trade given the amount of data involved in delivering goods and, particularly, services around the globe. Evidence by McKinsey suggests data flows make up approximately 3% of global GDP, but that this will rise rapidly as more industries digitise. The impact of this issue doesn’t just affect the tech sector, but every industry from financial services to automotive.

Up until now data can only flow freely from the EU to third countries if the third country has received an adequacy decision from the EU, or individual companies put in place specific safeguards for European data. The adequacy process has always sat outside any discussions around free trade agreements.

The breaking of the deadlock in the Commission suggests that future trade deals will enable data to flow, without the need for those additional safeguards to ensure high standards of data protection are met. However, it is not yet clear exactly what has been agreed within the Commission, with the text being presented to MEPs national representatives soon.

This significant development will be of interest to UK businesses given the need for data to be able to flow freely between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. The risk to the legal framework for data flows is one of the key threats facing the tech sector as a result of Brexit, but the ramifications of not agreeing a deal on data would go much further than just the tech sector.

As techUK outlined in its recent report, ‘No Interruptions: Options for the future UK-EU data sharing relationship’, along with UK Finance, the UK and EU must ensure that the free flow of data between the UK and EU is not disrupted. Data is global and knows no borders. Data flows underpin modern digital economies and societies. techUK has called on the UK and EU to agree mutual adequacy decisions as soon as possible to ensure unhindered data flows can continue. This is just as important for the EU27 as it is for the UK given data flows are two-way.

The inclusion of data transfer agreements in EU trade deals could theoretically provide a basis for the future of the UK and EU’s data sharing relationship. However, it is not yet clear what is in the Commission’s text on data flows and whether the other EU institutions will find agreement within the limited time available for Brexit talks. This remains a highly political issue and techUK is clear that the continued free flow of data between the UK and EU is too important for politics and cannot be traded away as a result of difficult negotiations.

Only time will tell if the Commission’s proposed text on data flows will actually lead to comprehensive trade deals containing provisions on data, and the detail will be very important. The text, when published, will provide an interesting insight into current EU thinking on how to balance different interests in trade deals, specifically the desire to increase EU trade while maintaining the EU’s commitment to a high standard of data protection. Even if the UK and EU do not use this new method to maintain data flows, the text is likely to highlight some of the key issues currently at play when developing data flows agreements, which will be relevant to any future UK-EU relationship. techUK will therefore continue to monitor developments carefully.

]]> (Jeremy Lilley(techUK)) News Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:07:54 +0000
Fintech and Cyber Security Export Opportunities in Australia Fintech and Cyber Security Export Opportunities in Australia

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Melbourne was the top ranked ‘tech city’ in Australia and 14th in the world offering the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle to make it a strong base for tech companies, according to new Savills 2017 Tech City report.

Victoria’s capital Melbourne is home to the largest cyber security cluster in Australia, which includes the Oceania Cyber Security Centre; CSIRO's Data61 Cyber Security and Innovation Hub; and Australia’s first cyber security accelerator program – CyRise.

Two of Australia’s largest banks are headquartered in Melbourne (ANZ and NAB) and it is the dominate city for Australia’s industry pension funds sector. The state’s large financial sector supports a dynamic and sophisticated fintech ecosystem that includes emerging startup and more stablished successes such as Computershare, Airwallex, Mimecast and Moula.

Join the Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment, Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, The Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC to learn about the fintech and cyber sector in Australia and opportunities for UK companies.

About Victoria

Victoria has the second largest population in Australia and its capital Melbourne is tipped to be the largest city in Australia by 2030. The Economist Intelligence Unit has consistently ranked Melbourne as the World’s most liveable city for the last seven years.

Victoria is proud of being the engine room of the Australian economy, occupying just 3% of land mass, it is nevertheless responsible for a quarter of the nation’s economic activity. With an economy larger than Singapore, Hong Kong or New Zealand, Victoria punches above its weight regionally.

Melbourne is Australia's technology hub and is home to more than half of Australia's top 20 technology companies. The State employs almost a third of Australia’s ICT workforce and produces the highest number of ICT graduates in Australia. Melbourne was the top ranked ‘tech city’ in Australia and 14th in the world offering the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle to make it a strong base for tech companies, according to new Savills 2017 Tech City report.

]]> (Seema Patel(techUK)) Briefing Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:58:35 +0000
New UK France Digital Conference to Deepen Collaboration in Digital Economy

Today, techUK, Atos and Sage showed their public support for a new digital conference, announced today by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport during the UK-France Summit being held as part of President Macron’s visit to the UK.

This new digital conference aims to help both countries seize the economic and social benefits of fast-developing tech such as AI, and will bring together experts on data, cyber security, digital government and digital skills to share their knowledge.

The Rt. Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who will lead the conference from a UK government perspective said that “Both countries benefit when our digital economies are strong and the event will deepen our bonds and foster cross-Channel collaboration between those at the forefront of modern technology.”

Adding to this Adrian Gregory, CEO of Atos UK&I, highlighted what the conference meant for a French company working extensively in the UK market:

“As a company that is proud of its European heritage, Atos welcomes the closer collaboration of British and French technologists.

“And as a global digital leader with a long and rich association with the UK and with ten thousand UK-based people focused on transforming our customers’ business through the best use of digital technology across the private and public sectors, we strongly believe in the mutual benefits that a closer working relationship will bring, particularly in the areas of AI, cyber security and data analytics, to forward-thinking organisations in both countries together with consumers. This will only serve to also strengthen the economies of both countries.”

Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage, also weighed in with his take on the importance of greater collaboration saying:

“We welcome this deeper collaboration between two leading tech nations, France and the UK. For today’s digital entrepreneurs the world has no borders, only opportunities to grow their business.

We have much to learn from each other as we bring advanced technologies like AI and collective intelligence into the everyday lives of small and growing businesses to improve productivity and growth.”

techUK has already been deeply involved in cross-border work with France, particularly around AI with Sue Daley providing an overview of the UK’s AI strengths and current deployment and uses of AI at the first Franco-British AI Conference held at the Alan Turing Institute on Tuesday. Building on this she will also be moderating a panel at an AI event held at the British embassy in Paris on 13 February which will explore the challenges, benefits and opportunities for UK and France in AI and will seek to answer questions around: how AI is being used to improve productivity and reduce costs in the private and public sector? What technology to support AI?

It is major questions like these that require collaborative platforms such as the one announced today and Julian David, CEO of techUK had this to add:

“This event is a significant step towards greater collaboration between the British and French tech sectors. Both countries share similar opportunities and challenges as we build our leading digital economies through technologies like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and cyber security.

International platforms for collaboration, such as the one announced by Matt Hancock today, provide valuable cross-border perspectives on many of the social, legal and ethical questions that will be raised as we continue to innovate.”


]]> (Harri Turnbull(techUK)) News Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:59 +0000
Snacks & Sips: Govtech Networking Event
Snacks & Sips: Speed Networking Event Connecting SMEs and Large Companies Interested in the Public Sector Tech Market

#SnacksSips offers tech companies large and small, from new players to established companies within the public sector tech market, the opportunity to network, share ideas and identify future business partners.

It is an opportunity for SMEs to pitch ideas to companies currently providing services to Government, and for large companies to expand the network of SMEs they work with to deliver services in the Public Sector.

Who Should Attend:

From SMEs: CEOs, Chief Technology Officers, Owners, Managing Directors and those responsible for market development and Public Sector.

For this event presentations will be given by SMEs working in the GovTech market, and from large companies with a track record of SME engagement in the Public Sector. Speakers from Public Sector Strategic Suppliers tbc!

How it Works:

Large Companies: Provide an overview of how you engage with SMEs and why SMEs are important to delivering services to the Public Sector

SMEs: Your opportunity to pitch! We suggest you cover who you are, your innovation/service/product and what you're looking for in working with larger companies. Remember, you only have 30 seconds!


]]> (Simona Paliulyte(techUK)) Meeting Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:27:29 +0000
Go to Market USA – Free Mentoring workshop

Are you planning US expansion in 2018?


Register for a free, two hour, one-to-one mentoring workshop session with international expansion experts from techUK, Department of International Trade, Silicon Valley Bank, Thorelli & Associates law firm, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Understanding Recruitment, OCO Global (international business development), Radium Services (business development & investment for deep-tech companies) and Newable (grants, Innovate Programme, European Enterprise Network).

Key topics covered: compliance / entry requirements, IP, GDPR, grants and aid, investment, resources and funding, UK and overseas accounting & taxation issues, marketing, routes to market, channel partners, logistics and technology providers, advertising and PR, access to governmental and trade bodies, location (virtual or physical) and workforce skills.

Timing: Choice of two workshops, morning or afternoon. Peer to peer networking with lunchtime food and refreshments.

Who should attend: businesses selling tech-based solutions or using a technology platform to sell their products or services with an active ambition to access US / international markets within a 3-6-month period and with a minimum annual turnover of £2 million.

Places are limited, so early registration is advised. Please be in touch for more information. 

]]> (Simon Spier (techUK)) Workshop Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:11:51 +0000
AI / Machine Learning International Expansion - Workshop

Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning International Expansion – Free Mentoring workshop


Are you a business selling products and services that utilize AI /ML and looking to expand internationally in 2018?

Register for a free, two hour, one-to-one mentoring workshop session with international expansion experts from techUK, Department of International Trade, Silicon Valley Bank, Thorelli & Associates law firm, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Understanding Recruitment, OCO Global (international business development), Radium Services (business development & investment for deep-tech companies) and Newable (grants, Innovate Programme, European Enterprise Network).

Key topics covered: compliance / entry requirements, IP, GDPR, grants and aid, investment, resources and funding, UK and overseas accounting & taxation issues, marketing, routes to market, channel partners, logistics and technology providers, advertising and PR, access to governmental and trade bodies, location (virtual or physical) and workforce skills.

Timing: Choice of two workshops, morning or afternoon. Peer to peer networking with lunchtime food and refreshments.

Who should attend: businesses selling or utilising AI technology in their products or services with an active ambition to access US / international markets within a 3-6-month period and with a minimum annual turnover of £2 million.

Places are limited, so early registration is advised. Please be in contact if you would like to attend. 

]]> (Simon Spier (techUK)) Workshop Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:53:29 +0000
Will Open Banking Invite the Fraudsters in?

Ask  the question above of anyone who understands and appreciates Open Banking and their answer would be ‘no’. Yet in recent days, some press articles have raised fears that the most sensitive of data people have – their financial information – will be put at unnecessary risk through Open Banking. techUK wants to set the record straight – such messages produce unnecessary concern, are misleading and could undermine this exciting project.

The ethos behind Open Banking and the PSD2 (the underlying legislation) is to increase the ways customers can make the most of their finances – give them more information and more possibilities to enable them to use their money better. In short, provide benefits. But using or not using these services is up to the customer. Open Banking and PSD2 will widen customer choice and that choice is based on detailed consent. No new provider will be able to get access to customer data without their say-so.

As explained in a recent post, ‘Open Banking’ in the UK puts into place the infrastructure and the rules needed to enable new types of financial service to work. Many of these types of service have been around for years – account aggregation, comparison services – but Open Banking creates a more secure and wider way for them to operate. It does this by:

  • requiring them to be registered with the FCA;
  • enabling them to operate on secure APIs;
  • allowing them to tailor their service to the individual by basing it on a customer’s real-time current account data.

Open Banking and PSD2 together are innovations that will bring benefits to all users of financial services while putting security at its heart. techUK strongly believes this.

And Open Banking is only the first step

As we set out in our recent paper From Open Banking to Open Financial Services – the Long View, PSD2 can be the catalyst for a digitalised financial services eco-system that can fully exploit the potential of tech to improve people’s lives.

Change can of course be unsettling, even frightening. But the only way to make things better is to change existing systems. Open Banking will not happen overnight: it is still work in progress and has a long way to go to reach its best.

But PSD2 opens doors to changes which can vastly improve our ability to make the most of our finances. Read our White Paper for more information on the steps needed to get there.


]]> (Ruth Milligan(techUK)) Opinions Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:03:44 +0000
Hear about Chile's tech opportunity

The British Chilean Chamber of Commerce is working with InvestChile (the national FDI bureau) and ChileTec (the Technological Industry Association in Chile) to run a webinar about the opportunities that Chile can offer UK digital tech firms. They will also have a case study from a successful joint venture between a Chilean company and a foreign company which now works across the region.

The webinar will discuss the structural factors and digital infrastructure that makes Chile an attractive option for UK tech companies and how the British Chamber of Commerce can support anyone who is interested.

Chile itself is an innovation hub – the capital city Santiago has been named as one of the highest ranked ecosystems in the world. The digital infrastructure is regional leading and the open economic structure means that companies can meet and serve clients across Latin America and the world without leaving Santiago.

In this webinar you will learn:

· why Chile can be your gateway to Latin America;

· how its leading digital infrastructure can offer you a huge range of opportunities on a regional level;

· the best avenues for collaboration with Chilean companies to export services or enter into projects across Latin America;

· case studies of successful joint ventures between Chilean and foreign digital IT services companies which now work throughout the region.

Why you should join:

Chile is the 7th Digital Nation in the world (Tholons Digital Nations Ranking) and is 1st in connectivity and tech infrastructure in Latin America. Add to this the fact it’s a regional talent magnet, boasts pro-business legislation, and a national priority to leverage Industry 4.0, and Chile should be your next tech partner.

To register please sign up here:


]]> (Simon Spier (techUK)) Workshop Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:19:55 +0000
Smart City Summit & Expo

The Smart City Summit & Expo is a premier forum & expo in Asia-Pacific with more than 25,000 professional from businesses, academia and government officials. During the event, you will be able to meet potential partners and project owners, not only from Taiwan but also from around the Asia.

To find out more about the trade mission package and info, please click the below links:

· Registration Link

· Trade Mission Package

· Taiwan and the UK

The registration deadline is 9th February, 2018.

For further questions about the trade mission please contact Irene Yang.

]]> (Simon Spier (techUK)) Conference Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:40:11 +0000
SME Mission to Japan ICT Week
  • Exhibit at the Japan IT Week trade fair at Tokyo Big Sight
  • Gain knowledge about the ICT market structure, sector analysis, business policy
  • Identify relevant key contacts (decision makers, R&D centres, business partners)
  • Establish relationships with potential partners (trade and technology)
  • Benefit from face-to-face meetings leading to possible business opportunities

About the Mission

The 4-day mission will include:

- an "ICT partnering event" on Tuesday, 8 May in Tokyo (Kasumigaseki Building, Plaza Hall)

- 3-day fair at the "Japan IT Week" (Spring edition) from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 May. Mission participants will attend B2B meetings and meet with Japanese visitors. In order to maximize their partnering opportuni­ties, they will be able to exhibit in the EU-Japan Centre booth. Professional interpreters will be on hand during the trade fair to help them communicate with potential Japanese business partners. Based on materials they provide, the EU-Japan Centre will arrange Japanese-language posters to promote their product at the EU Delegation booth at the trade fair.

A Welcome Get-together for Mission participants will be organized on the evening before the Mission starts. This is an occasion to meet other participants in a casual and friendly atmosphere for those who are already in Tokyo at that time.

A month before the mission, an online pre-departure briefing will help you prepare for the mission to ensure you get the most out of it.


Through this mission you have the opportunity to:

display your technology at one of Japan’s leading trade showsmeet potential business partnerscreate new business opportunitiesdevelop partnerships and business cooperation on global marketsattend match-making eventsincrease your innovation capacity and become more competitive on a global scale (as an SME)prepare the ground for practical cluster cooperation across borders and make a more strategic use of transnational cluster cooperation on markets outside Europe in areas of strategic interest (as a cluster)

Particpant Profile

Clusters and SMEs from European Union and COSME partnering countries.
Large companies may apply, but priority will be given to applicants from SMEs and from clusters active in sectors covered by the trade fair.

Target fields:

Artificial Intelligence (AI)Big Data ManagementRobotic process automation (RPA)Fintech / Asset Management SolutionsInternet of Things (IoT)Machine to Machine (M2M) communicationCyber scurityEmbedded Technology

Applications from EU companies and clusters covering products/technologies/services relevant to Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, and Internet of things (IoT) will be prioritized.


The candidate must:

be a citizen of an EU Member State or of a COSME partnering countrywork for a company that is > 50% EU (or COSME partnering country) ownedwork for an organisation that is an EU (or COSME partnering country) juridical personbe supported by his/her employerbe able to participate in the entire programmehave a good command of Englishbe a manager with proven experience in industry


The main criteria for selection are:

the professional & educational background of the candidate;the strategy of the participant's company regarding Japan.

In order to ensure a high degree of personal attention, the number of participants in this mission is limited to 20.

There are no costs for attending. Applicants will just need to cover flights and accomodation.


For further information on the event please visit:

Should you wish to attend or are already registered to attend, please be in contact with Simon Spier (details below) and James Carter - British Embassy Tokyo.

]]> (Simon Spier (techUK)) Conference Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:17:22 +0000
LGA and NHS Clinical Commissioners Conference
Delivering Health and Care in a Digital Age

In partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners and with the support of NHS Providers, the LGA is planning a National Summit which will focus on delivering health and care in a digital age. This will bring senior leaders together from across health and care and focus on how system wide challenges are being addressed using digital and data.

Breakout sessions during the day will focus on the following areas:

  • addressing pressures in urgent and emergency care and delayed transfers of care
  • supporting prevention and early intervention through healthy lifestyles
  • managing demand for services and delivering efficiencies
  • supporting effective commissioning and market shaping

Registration can be found here.

This event is aimed at Directors, Assistant Directors and Heads of Service in Health and Social Care including public health.

]]> (Claire Leslie (techUK)) Partner Event Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:36:27 +0000
Home Office Publishes “Understanding the Costs of Cyber-Crime” Report

The Home Office today published the findings that came out of the ‘Costs of Cyber Crime Working Group’ that ran from 2014-2016. The group, attended by techUK, was composed following a commitment in the 2013 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy that aimed to improve the quality of data that is used when estimating the cost of cyber-crime incidents.

The report is intended to help take the research community closer towards achieving better estimates of the costs of cyber-crime as part of future studies.

The report sets out the framework that will now be used for estimating costs and also makes a number of recommendations on the design of future research into the costs of cyber-crime, including:

- Calling for researchers designing future costs of cyber-crime to approach their research design in a systematic fashion using the framework in the report; identify gaps in the costs of cyber-crime framework and tailor research questions so that they can fill these specific gaps

- That future studies should further investigate the costs and profits to offenders of engaging in cyber-crime

- That future studies investigate the financial impact of cyberattacks on a businesses’ reputation

- That future research consider how to estimate the monetary cost of the fear of cyber crime

To read the full report, please click the link below


]]> (Talal Rajab (techUK)) News Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:52:10 +0000
Webinar Q&A on NHS Digital GP Payments Calculation Futures

The webinar will be hosted by NHS Digital and will be of interest to those looking to take part in the GP Payments Calculation Futures request for information.

The GP Payments Calculation Futures (GPPCF) Programme within NHS Digital, has been commissioned by NHS England to provide a future service from April 2020. NHS Digital wants to actively engage with potential and suitably experienced solution providers and suppliers to understand what solutions could be delivered and how.

The webinar will cover:

• The background and vision of the programme

• The objectives of the request for information (RFI)

• High-level requirements overview

• Next steps with the programme following the RFI

• Q&A session on the RFI

]]> (Simona Paliulyte(techUK)) Briefing Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:26:48 +0000
Great British Scaleup Programme

The TechMarketView Great British Scaleup programme has already helped several UK tech SMEs test their readiness to scale up further and faster using the ScaleUp Growth Index®, a proprietary scorecard which identifies areas of your business that might be an inhibitor to achieving extraordinary growth. Unlike traditional company scorecards which typically measure past financial performance, the ScaleUp Growth Index® assesses your company’s future scale-up potential. 

To nominate yourself or a company you know, please fill in the Nomination Form on the TechMarketView website by Wednesday 31 January 2018


You can find out your potential too by applying to participate in the third Great British Scaleup Event (GBS3), to be held in London on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a CEO-level closed-door 90-minute workshop session with TechMarketView research directors and executive advisors from ScaleUp Group, the team of successful tech entrepreneurs that have been responsible for accelerating growth and achieving over £4bn in successful exits at many well-known tech companies.

Using the ScaleUp Growth Index®, the workshop will measure your company’s scale-up potential in key areas including solution opportunity and competitiveness, business and financial model, and executive leadership to provide you with a baseline to grow from. You can then use the Index to track your progress as you implement your scale-up plans.


In addition, every applicant, whether selected for GBS3 or not, will be entitled to an optional initial infrastructure assessment at no charge and with no obligation by managed cloud and infrastructure services firm Cogeco Peer 1, the Enterprise Cloud & Infrastructure Services Technology Partner for the Great British Scaleup programme.

There are 4 workshop slots available on each of the two days of the GBS3 event. To nominate yourself or a company you know, please fill in the Nomination Form on the TechMarketView website by Wednesday 31 January 2018. There is no charge to participate, nor any obligation to follow through on the outcomes.

Apply now and let us help you get better prepared for the next stage of your scale-up journey

If you have any queries about the Great British Scaleup programme, please drop an email to or call TechMarketView Managing Partner Anthony Miller (020 3002 8463).

]]> (Benjamin Manby(techUK)) Partner Event Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:34:45 +0000
UK Spectrum Policy Forum – Steering Board

Invitation-only meeting of the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

The function of the Steering Board is to ensure that the work of the Forum is properly framed, work items expedited in the correct manner and suitably resourced, and monitor progress on the delivery of the agreed work packages.

The purpose of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is to be a pro-active industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and a cross-industry 'agent' for promoting the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.


]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Meeting Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:50:37 +0000
UK Spectrum Policy Forum – Steering Board

Invitation-only meeting of the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

The function of the Steering Board is to ensure that the work of the Forum is properly framed, work items expedited in the correct manner and suitably resourced, and monitor progress on the delivery of the agreed work packages.

The purpose of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is to be a pro-active industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and a cross-industry 'agent' for promoting the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.


]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Meeting Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:49:38 +0000
UK Spectrum Policy Forum – Steering Board

Invitation-only meeting of the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

The function of the Steering Board is to ensure that the work of the Forum is properly framed, work items expedited in the correct manner and suitably resourced, and monitor progress on the delivery of the agreed work packages.

The purpose of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is to be a pro-active industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum and a cross-industry 'agent' for promoting the role of spectrum in society and the maximisation of its economic and social value to the UK.

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.


]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Meeting Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:48:20 +0000
UK SPF - Cluster 4: UK/European Positions on the Current WRC-19 Agenda Items

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Monday 24 September 2018
Time: 10:00 - 13:00 (registration from 09:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Barry Lewis, UK SPF Cluster 4 Chair

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Workshop Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:13:53 +0000
UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Cluster 4: Future WRC Agenda Items

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Time: 10:00 - 13:00 (registration from 09:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Barry Lewis, UK SPF Cluster 4 Chair

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Workshop Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:11:11 +0000
UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Cluster 3: Receiver Parameters

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting LLP

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Workshop Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:59:55 +0000
UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Cluster 2: PSSR Future Release

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Time: 10:00 - 13:00 (registration from 09:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates Ltd

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Workshop Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:49:07 +0000
UK SPF - Cluster 2: Licensing for Innovation, Rural, Enterprise Access

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Tuesday 3 July 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates Ltd

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Workshop Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:48:00 +0000
Digital Infrastructure Plan Announced for Liverpool City Region

This week, on 15 January 2018, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority announced the appointment of a specialist consortium to deliver an action plan detailing how to achieve Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge to make the city region the most digitally connected in the UK.

The Digital Infrastructure Plan will map the city region’s existing infrastructure assets, identify opportunities to best use those assets and suggest potential operating models for the city region’s digital infrastructure. The plan will also set out specific actions to maximise the city region’s digital connectivity and drive economic growth.

The project will be managed by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

techUK’s Digital Devolution: A Guide for Metro Mayors set’s out a number of recommendations for the new metro mayors to engender change and build capacity across the eco-system of the place to create a truly digital city region. A key part of this is having in place the right digital connectivity and infrastructure in place to maximising regional growth, rebalancing the economy and driving public service reform.

To realsie the successful deployment of denser fibre and mobile 5G communications will require a shared understanding and close collaboration between local authorities and industry to a degree much higher than ever before. As such, techUK has undertaken work and delivered a number of sessions to bring together local authorities and industry how best to utilise and deploy infrastructure. The sessions were a welcome opportunity to bring together key stakeholder in one room to have a genuine two-way conversations on the key challenges and opportunities in deployment, and is a key area of focus for us in 2018. If you would like to learn more about this or get involved please get in contact with either Georgina Maratheftis or Skye MacLeod.




]]> (Georgina Maratheftis(techUK)) News Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:58:50 +0000
UK SPF - Cluster 2: Release Mechanisms & Flexible Spectrum Access

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Tuesday 20 March 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates Ltd

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.



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UK SPF - Cluster 2: Access to Spectrum for 5G Testbeds & Trials

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (registration from 9:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates Ltd

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




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UK SPF - Cluster 2: Access to Spectrum for 5G Testbeds & Trials

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Monday 19 February 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 (registration from 9:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates Ltd

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




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UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Cluster 1: 5G Spectrum Roadmap

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Thursday 28 June 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




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UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Cluster 1 & 2: Demand For Spectrum in 26GHz

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason and Cluster 1 Chair & Peter Curnow Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates Ltd and Cluster 2 Chair

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




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UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Cluster 1: Future Spectrum Demand

uk spectrum policy forum5Date: Thursday 26 April 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:30 (registration from 09:30)
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here.




]]> (Sophie Weston(techUK)) Workshop Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:31:29 +0000
Central Government Council Elections

Nominations are now open for six techUK members to join the Central Government Council (CGC). The CGC provides strategic leadership to techUK's central government programme and brings together senior public sector leaders from tech companies large and small - all engaged in digital transformation within central Government.

The overall aims of the CGC are to:

• Ensure techUK continues to deliver a vibrant engagement programme with central Government departments

• Promote better engagement between the tech sector and Government to support civil servants earlier in the procurement process

• Provide leadership and support on techUK’s campaigns and projects to reform public sector procurement

• Promote and evangelise the transformative role tech can play in public services

To apply,  read through the Terms of Reference (ToR) and complete the nomination form and return to Rob Driver by 5pm Wednesday 31 January. Please note, members must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in the CGC activities as set out in the ToR before a nomination form is accepted.

15 January – Nominations open for new Council members

31 January – Nominations close at 17:00

1 February - Elections open (if we receive more nominations than places)

5 February – Elections close at 17:00

6 February – New Council members announced

If you have any questions about the process or the central government programme, please do get in touch.

]]> (Simona Paliulyte(techUK)) News Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:37:20 +0000
WFE Calls for Global Standards for FinTech

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses, set up a FinTech group in 2017 to address the transformative effects of technology on the trading lifecycle. Driving this change are artificial intelligence (including machine learning and big data analytics, etc.), mobile applications, cloud computing and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). This group has now published its first position paper Fintech in the Market Infrastructure Space calling for the introduction of regulatory standards for the FinTech industry.

Increasingly, the FinTech sector is seeing the introduction of a whole array of standards by supervisory authorities and industry bodies covering regulatory and governance frameworks, technical specifications and operational and market practices to oversee and manage the impact and pace of financial technological innovation.

The WFE paper sets out seven principles which should be incorporated in FinTech standards:

WFE seven principles

1. In general, innovation should be market driven and not be constrained unnecessarily by regulation.

2. Legislation, rules and practices should only be adopted if strictly required, the scope of existing regulations should be broadly sufficient to extend to many or most potential FinTech initiatives.

3. Any regulatory approach should encourage innovation whilst ensuring investor protection and system stability.

4. The underlying principles of outsourcing remain sound and appropriate and so regulated entities use of new FinTech applications and solutions should be treated consistently with the outsourcing of any other function in the absence of any additional regulatory impact, notwithstanding jurisdiction issues in relation to the cloud and the appropriateness burden for cloud service providers.

5. There should be open, regular and proactive dialogue between regulators and the market for authorities to understand the technology which underpins FinTech applications and ensure the existence of an appropriate regulatory framework.

6. FinTech is innately international with global applications and users: regulatory principles and/or guidelines should therefore be developed at the global level to reflect the increasingly global nature of markets; and

7. There should be consistency in the application of rules to both incumbents and new FinTech entrants in the interests of maintaining the integrity, stability and fairness of the system. (A lack of awareness of the regulatory environment by previously unregulated entities may result in negative consequences for investor protection and orderly markets).

WFE urge authorities to work proactively and collaboratively with industry and cite the success of regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs here.   


Click for more information on techUK's ongoing areas of work in its financial services & payments programme.

]]> (Melanie Worthy(techUK)) News Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:33:32 +0000
Defence Industrial Policy Refresh

techUK welcomes the Government’s Defence Industrial Policy Refresh (DIPR) released in mid-December 2017.

The DIPR is the UK Government’s primary policy document concerning how MOD contracts for services and equipment, and how it plans to work with industry to deliver national capabilities. The DIPR sets out to clarify a number of procurement and commercial elements of Defence policy that greatly affect UK industry. Affecting everything from research & development activities, and requirements setting, through to support to exports and intellectual property rights, the DIPR is a broad document that will demand much work to implement in 2018.

MOD’s commitment to ‘Competition and Strategic Choice as the best means of delivering value for money, increasing innovation, and opportunities for SMEs’ is welcomed by techUK, indeed our members welcome competition and the chance to justify the efficacy of their products and services. techUK encourages MOD to pair this approach with a commitment to sustaining a level and fair environment in which to compete. As explored below there are elements of UK defence procurement that persist from previous years that reinforce outdated ways of working and make it hard for new entrants to compete with incumbent suppliers.

Commercial Transformation

The importance of commercial transformation with UK Defence cannot be understated, especially when placed in the context of engagement with the digital industries. The digital transformation led by ISS has progressed over recent years and has been coupled with a new approach commercial activities in Corsham too. As the Cabinet Office directives encourage shorter and more agile agreements for ICT services ISS has attempted to break down monolithic contracts intro smaller groupings of services. This approach should favour SMEs, offering them routes into MOD that were previously held by the traditional suppliers. Although there is evidence of this, it is widely known that progress here has been slow. techUK members are keen to support this transformation and to embrace modern ways of contracting for digital products and services. In 2018 we look forward to working with Andrew Forzani, MOD’s new Chief Commercial Officer, and the yet to be appointed Commercial Director at ISS.

The Digital Industries

techUK is somewhat disappointed to see that much of the references to digital platforms and information systems within the document is restricted only to industrial engagement purposes. Throughout the document ‘industry’ is described as broad groupings of capabilities, offerings, service providers, and innovators. As the Defence industry becomes ever more diverse this is very much welcomed and commended. However, there is no reference to the intricacies of the digital industries and the potential of such companies to revolutionise the public sector. As this is a broad policy document covering a multitude of areas this omission is understandable, however techUK will continue to work with MOD officials in order to ensure this message is communicated.

techUK greatly welcomes the direct use of the Land Open System Architecture (LOSA) example within the document. LOSA is a good example of how the UK can lead on the development of open systems and create innovative commercial mechanisms. LOSA allows UK SMEs to be directly involved with an important and influential project, whilst maintaining full control and rights over their intellectual property, traditionally a tough challenge when dealing with open systems. techUK encourages MOD to maintain this approach to opportunities that allow UK SMEs to engage in collaborative discovery work. For work such as this it is critical that MOD identifies and defines the user-side demand, ensuring that the results of LOSA have a customer and an end-user, eliminating the Valley of Death.

Collection of Industry Data

As part of the Government’s prosperity agenda MOD will increase the frequency and rigour with which they collect information about UK Defence jobs, supply chain depth, and contribution to economic prosperity. The collection and utilisation of this kind of information should greatly support the extant efforts being made to show the economic value of Defence to the UK economy. However, it is important that the processes being established in order to collect this information are not overly arduous on industry. UK companies already provide much information to different government departments, and efforts should be made to discover and use the information already within MOD’s reach, then make sensible efforts to collect what else is needed.

techUK would also suggest that the information that is being collected should also be at a level of granularity that makes it multi-purpose and useful for other purposes. To give an example; the collection of information on high-skilled technical roles within Defence would be used to demonstrate how Defence provides and maintains a number of high-value roles within the UK shores. Alongside this efforts should also be made to collect information on skills gaps in these areas. What jobs cannot be filled, what skills gaps are growing, and what can Govt. do to assist industry with this situation? The collection of data for the purpose of making positive statements about Defence and the industry that supports it is a worthwhile endeavour, and efforts should be made to ensure that this activity helps address as many of Defence’s challenges as possible. This activity is a good opportunity to increase efficiency and effectiveness in industrial engagement.

The progress of the joint industry-MOD discussions on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are of vital importance to techUK members. At the time of writing the DEFCON currently being worked through by industry and MOD applies to more traditional equipment and services. However, following the completion of this work the next task in the process will be a DEFCON covering digital products and services, and contracts dealing with data-driven assets. The outcome of the primary DEFCON will heavily influence the approach made to the digitally-focussed DEFCON. techUK looks forward to engaging further on this work and will continue to urge MOD to take a sensible and future-leaning approach to IPR, recognising the huge investments that the private sector makes in order to develop innovative IP. techUK members develop products and services for a wide range of public sector customers; adequate protection of IPR is a major factor when looking for business; MOD has a real opportunity to appeal to innovative companies with a modern approach to IPR.

SME Policy

An important part of MOD transformation, both commercial and wider, in recent years has been the SME policy and Defence’s cultural approach to working with the UK’s smaller sized contractors. This has been a major point of interest for techUK since it was launched in 2015, and continues to be of importance for our members looking for business with the MOD. Overall techUK members have been disappointed with the pace at which the various activities within the SME Policy have been progressed since its launch. Elements such as the Supply Chain Advocate Network have struggled to gain traction within the Department and around the Commands, offering only limited opportunities for business.

The DIPR shift towards early engagement and a simpler requirements setting process both favour SMEs, indeed many of the practical changes noted in the document would increase MOD’s ability to contract directly with SMEs. It is important for MOD to work with industry when forming these new engagement mechanisms, in fact it may be more important that MOD work with non-Defence contractors in order to understand how to appeal to potential new entrants.

Transparency and visibility of opportunities is tackled directly in the DIPR paper; with the Twitter account @defenceproc and the new Supplier Portal ( being the two new primary engagement routes. techUK welcomes the technologically enabled nature of these additions and will work to share awareness within our community. However, DIPR does not address an important part of SME and new entrant engagement that overshadows these kinds of changes. The access that is afforded to incumbents across Defence is a huge bonus when searching for new business opportunities. Across the public sector the temptation for customers to ‘stick to those they know’ is undoubtedly strong, and unfortunately Defence is no different. Incumbent suppliers have the advantage of having physical presence on the floorplates of MOD sites, as well as relationships with civil servants. In some situations and contracts this is preferable for all, including national security considerations. However, this culture does stifle the SME agenda and makes it hard for SMEs to feel they can compete on a level playing field. techUK implores MOD to ensure the Supplier Portal is treated as the definitive place to post contracts, and that (as much as is possible) contracts are released to industry concurrently across all sites and platforms. UK SMEs welcome competition and the chance to prove their products and services are the best available, Government has an obligation to ensure the playing field is as level as possible.

techUK members also look forward to assisting MOD with the development of the ‘supply chain plans’ for contracts worth more than £100 million. With increasingly effective cyber-attacks and economic uncertainty given the Brexit negotiations the resilience and health of the UK Defence supply chain is more important than ever before. Efforts to better understand and monitor the supply chain should be matched with initiatives from MOD, wider Government, and the prime contractors to support SMEs if they do encounter trouble.

As noted in the DIPR techUK would greatly welcome a closer relationship with MOD in order to improve the guidance on engaging with potential suppliers and making more use of digital platforms. Digital ways of working are of particular importance and can be very powerful when working with SMEs outside of the traditional Defence localities around the UK (London and the South-West).

Final Thoughts

The DIPR is largely a collection of policies and activities that MOD and wider Government have publically stated previously. This consistency and stability is welcomed by industry; indeed policies that encourage competition and drive opportunities for new entrants are ideally suited for the fast-paced nature of the digital industries. However, it is the deployment of these policies that will be of pivotal importance. DIPR has allocated a number of tasks to MOD and to industry to fulfil in the coming months; there are a number of initiatives that require industrial input and support, and there are extant processes that require resolution. 2017 was a year that challenged the way that MOD distributed responsibilities, funds, and resources – arguably this affected the ability for officials to enact policies such as those noted in this DIPR. techUK looks forward to working with MOD on all the issues noted above, the digital industries are growing in their experience of affecting public sector markets and vastly improving the efficiency and effectiveness of traditional suppliers and customers.


So, what will techUK be doing to support the implementation of the DIPR? The bullet points below are techUK’s primary DIPR issues:

· Digital Transformation
- techUK will continue to encourage MOD to develop more digital ways of working, and in particular, digital industry engagement mechanisms. We will continue to push for an approach to industrial engagement that engages directly with the digital industries and makes allowances for the intricacies of how our industry operates.
- techUK will continue to encourage the Front Line Commands to consider digital capabilities when setting all future equipment and service requirements. 

· SME Policy
- We will engage directly with MOD and Minister Defence Procurement through the Defence Supplier’s Forum SME Forum to monitor the progress of the changes. techUK will offer support to the Supply Chain Advocates in order to help grow their profile as well as their knowledge of the digital industries.
- techUK will also survey members who use the Supplier Portal and feedback their thoughts to MOD on its ease of use and efficacy in helping them discover new opportunities.

· Commercial Transformation
- techUK will support MOD with the development of standard contracting templates and the move to shorter and more agile contracts.
- Working directly with ISS techUK will offer industry support to shape information systems and services contracts in such a way that delivery and value for money are prioritised and innovation is encouraged.

· Defending the UK defence enterprise
- techUK will continue to support and promote the CES+ and DCPP initiatives by extolling the importance of appropriate cyber security measures to all our members and partners.
- We will offer direct support to MOD in their activities to discover more information about the UK defence supply chain, including offering industry views on what data can be most readily collected and what will require more time or resources to collect and analyse.

· Support to Exports
techUK will continue to work with MOD and DIT in order to provide UK companies, particularly SMEs, with opportunities in international markets. This will require techUK to engage with stakeholders and industry about a shift to support smaller opportunities within target markets. Recognising that not all SMEs can be supported directly by Govt. but that they may well be a minimum expectation from industry as to the support and expertise that they can access from the civil service.

· Intellectual Property Rights
techUK will continue to work with MOD and ADS to complete the current work on IPR, prioritising the interests of industry who develop and utilise IP as a core part of their business. We then look forward to deeply engaging on the forthcoming DEFCON expected to address digital services and products later in the year.

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Justice & Emergency Services Update
Happy New Year! Here is 2018's first fortnightly round-up of the news and opportunities from techUK’s Justice & Emergency Services programme.

On 7 February techUK is teaming up with Policing Insight run an event exploring the results of their recent survey on provision of ICT to the police. The survey covered frontline staff from every UK Force, and the panel shall discuss what insights for suppliers the findings reveal. The panel consists of a very strong line up of speakers who can between them give a 360-degree view of the police ICT market. Book your place now!

The following week Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations, is 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 policing tech.

And nominations are still open for techUK's Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee. Members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on the body that steers techUK's work in the blue lights, law enforcement, Home Office, and justice markets. Find out more and nominate yourself for a place!

News, Views and Opportunities

Nominations OPEN for techUK's Justice & Emergency Services Committee
Members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on the body that steers techUK's work in the blue lights, law enforcement, Home Office, and justice markets. There are 12 seats on the Committee, including the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair.
To find out more and to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.

Police Tech: End User Perspectives
7 February - Policing Insight has recently conducted a survey of police officers from all UK forces, assessing their views on the provision of ICT to the police. This event shall explore the results of the survey, and discuss what insights for suppliers the findings reveal.
Sign up here.

Digital Policing Briefing with Chief Constable Mike Barton
14 February - Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations. He and his team are 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.
Book now.

Police ICT Summit 2018: Delivering the Future
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.
Find out more and book your place here.

Mission Critical Technologies
13-14 June - Mission Critical Technologies is a conference dedicated to next generation public safety technologies. Bringing together a host of forward thinking technology providers, showcasing the most innovative and cutting edge technologies to the International PPDR community.

More techUK News & Comment

Home Office Joint Security & Resilience Centre - Jan Update
The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC. This week's update, the first of 2018, provides an overview of one of their recent projects, the Innovation Call.

Briefing with Action Fraud and the National Crime Agency
5 Feb - This briefing, jointly delivered by Action Fraud and the National Cyber Crime Unit within the NCA, will highlight the partnerships that Action Fraud and the NCCU have developed to help companies report cyber crime incidents.

Higher Education Tech Market: Future Trends, Opportunities and Challenges
5 Feb - techUK members can hear from leading experts from the EdTech world on what they see as the future trends and opportunities facing higher education and the role tech will play.

Accelerating Transformation in the Public Sector
In November 2017 techUK ran an Innovation Den focussing on innovative products or services that can support the delivery of excellent customer services. Read more about it.

]]> (Seema Patel(techUK)) Newsletters Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:52:53 +0000
Demystifying Local Government – Growing the Tech Market

Local Government can often be seen as a complex market and one that is hard to navigate. As such, techUK is delighted to host a panel discussion with local Government and industry to demystify local Government as a market.

According to latest figures from the Local Government Association, local Government spends around £2.5 - £3bn per annum on tech. The local Government landscape is changing and so is its approach to digital transformation. This event is an opportunity for new entrants and those looking to enter the local Government tech market to develop a better understanding of the current landscape, latest trends and be more informed in the way councils operate.

*Further details with speakers and an agenda will be available in due course*

]]> (Georgina Maratheftis(techUK)) Briefing Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:43:20 +0000
GDPR for Data Centres

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most fundamental change to our data protection laws in over 20 years and, unsurprisingly, it continues to be on everyone’s mind as we move into 2018 and towards 25 May when it comes into effect.

Now the most pressing concern is to ensure that we as individual operators, and as a sector at large, understand the implications of GDPR and comply with its legislative requirements. However, there is still confusion among data centre operators who struggle to understand whether and how it applies to them. While pretty much all companies are data controllers of some kind, not all are data processors for third parties, so it was important to clarify the types of operations deemed to be data processing and where they occur in the data centre service stack.

We have therefore produced this Decision Tree on GDPR for Data Centres that helps them navigate through the definitions and obligations and understand how they are likely to apply.  Members can download the document below. 

]]> (Lucas Banach (techUK)) News Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:34:10 +0000
Meet the Public Sector tech Innovator

Carlos Picture 1

As part of the Public Sector Innovation Den programme, we undertake regular profiles of innovative techUK members working in the GovTech space. This month we catch up with Carlos Oliveira CEO & Founder of Shaping Cloud

Tell us about Shaping Cloud and the work you do in the public sector

Shaping Cloud are one of the UK's leading public sector cloud experts. We specialise in working with public sector organisations to unlock the potential for cloud solutions and platforms to accelerate their path to digital transformation and find new ways of working. Based on our years of experience in the sector we have spent the past 18 months developing our own hybrid integration platform – SPINR.

We now live in a digital platform economy, citizen expectations have shifted from passive, when they would expect to interact with the public sector via letter or in person, to empowered, where they expect to be able to choose how they transact.

The vast majority of the public sector is still reliant on line of business systems that weren’t built with web and mobile in mind. This creates process inefficiency when trying to build new digital services as the data remains locked within the individual systems of record. It also means that the same data about the same citizen will exist across many of these applications.

SPINR connects these applications and their underlying data together, enabling public sector organisations to create their own modern API platform upon which new digital services and streamlined processes can be built.

What does innovation in the public sector mean to you?

Innovation in the public sector should all be directly attributable to improving citizen outcomes whilst reducing the cost and time required to deliver those outcomes. New technology solutions such as IoT, chatbots, machine learning and AI have a great deal of potential to transform the sector but two things really need to happen before that potential can be unlocked.

Firstly, software vendors need to be able to tie those technologies directly to outcomes and efficiencies so that the business case for transformation is clear. Secondly, the sector needs to start offering a standardised and common way for software vendors to deploy their innovative solutions in a plug and play manner.

If, for example every council in the UK adopted a common API standard for each of their key services, this would mean that a software vendor could build their solution once and then sell that across the entire market without the need to manage a complex and time consuming process of system integration. By lowering the barriers to entry and opening up the market, the sector will then see the kind of explosion in innovation and start-ups that we have seen over the past 5-8 years in the commercial sector.

What was your key pitch to the public sector GovTech leaders at the Innovation Den?

The public sector has to stop solving the same problems in isolation and an API-first approach is the best way to begin creating the common interfaces and service descriptions that will allow innovation to take hold and flourish.

SPINR is currently running an early adopter programme and we are actively looking for partners for whom we will deploy the platform as part of a free of charge pilot. If any organisations are interested in being part of the programme please get in touch.

Are you interested in pitching to public sector tech leaders at our next Innovation Den? If so, get in touch!

]]> (Simona Paliulyte(techUK)) Opinions Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:26:14 +0000
IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017

techUK's IoT Programme has a core vision of stimulating the take up of IoT in the UK. It does this by bringing together the key players in IoT in the UK to; drive core issues that affect trust in IoT; ensure the right policy and regulatory regime is in place and develop markets and business opportunities.

The second half of 2017 began with a flurry of policy announcements with GDPR, data, and security dominating discourse. Our IoT Programme has been as busy as ever running over 25 events, publishing our Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation and our inaugural State of the Connected Home report. With the IoT becoming more relevant to everyday life, and Government embarking on a new Industrial Strategy that rightly places digital at its core, we have sought to focus not just on market opportunities but also how we overcome the challenges limiting implementation.


Highlights & Achievements


State of the Connected Home 2017

In November we published our long awaited State of the Connected Home 2017 report in partnership with market research firm, GfK. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by an interactive workshop 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.
The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to...

]]> (Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK)) Reports Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000
SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017

The second half of 2017 saw techUK delve deep into data accompanied by exploring the implications of GDPR. Data brings many opportunities for the infrastructure sector, it opens doors for innovation, but it isn’t a one-way street. techUK worked closely with government, local authorities, and the tech sector to open doors for opportunities and innovation hosting and participating in over 30 events in the second half of 2017. This work will be built upon in 2018 and we very much look forward to continuing this work with our members.

Highlights & Achievements

To champion the economic and societal benefits that smart infrastructure solutions can deliver to UK plc and its citizens.

In conjunction with the techUK IoT Programme and market research firm GfK, we published our highly anticipated State of the Connected Home 2017 report in November. The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by...

]]> (Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK)) Reports Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000
CES Blog. Day 4 (January 12th). Leaving Las Vegas.

It’s been an eventful, exhausting, chaotic and productive week in Las Vegas. Obstacles have been put in our path that we might not have expected. Tuesday saw the wettest ever January day in the city. Crossing the street could be likened to riding the rapids of the Grand Canyon.

All that water had to go somewhere, that somewhere being through the ceilings of the Main Halls, the rooms of the Suites in the MGM and the doors of Eureka Park. I’m not sure that Samsung and Sony had imagined a collection of buckets across their multi million dollar stands as part of the original design specification.

Greater challenges occurred when the water found its way into the main electricity supply plunging the Main Halls into darkness for over 2 hours on Wednesday, impacting on the likes of LG, Intel, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and hundreds of other exhibitors.

But through adversity business has flourished. The techUK Pavilion has been a destination point for thousands of international buyers, distributors, financiers and media partners. All 12 of our supported companies have collectively secured order opportunities of many millions of pounds, far above their expectations, and many excellent global connections which can lead to new business opportunities after the show has ended.

I have spoken to many of the other UK companies situated within Eureka Park and the Connected Home halls and they too are incredibly positive about the value they have and will gain from attending this international trade fair. The location may be the USA, but the audience is most certainly global.

I’ve been attending this show on and off for the last 20 years. It has evolved massively over time and is no longer the preserve of consumer electronics alone. The motor industry now has a massive presence here, as does the health tech sector.

Many of the 4000 exhibitors are focussed on B2B tech solutions spanning hardware, software and services. The media headlines may be led by the major brand players in consumer focussed tech but when you get onto the show floor your eyes are opened to the breadth and spread of companies from across the globe doing B2B, B2C and B2G business.

This has been the first year that techUK have partnered with the UK Department of International Trade to run a UK Pavilion at CES giving exposure to some superb examples of the quality of the tech start-up entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services that the UK can offer.

It has proved an unequivocal success. UK Government branding resulted in the Pavilion being a destination point for media and business people to seek out UK companies at the show. We’ve been packed out with visitors talking real business opportunities every hour that the show floor was open. Our start-up partners go home exhausted but excited about the orders and opportunities secured over the last four days.

We have proven how successful a co-ordinated approach at CES can be. We have also seen that this show provides opportunities for many sectors of the tech industry, home, health, mobile, transportation, energy, data and automation to name just a few.
techUK will be working with DiT as soon as we get back to the UK to start the planning process for 2019. We want to build on the success of this year and support more techUK members and start-ups use CES2019 to grow their businesses.

Consider the opportunities that attending CES can create for your business. If you want to find out more about how techUK can help you in exhibiting at CES2019 speak to us soon. Those that attended in 2018 most certainly plan to be back next year.

CES2019 January 8th to 11th 2019. Put it in your diary. Viva Las Vegas!


]]> (Paul Hide (techUK)) Reports Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:55:50 +0000
Open Banking – Opening Doors for Your Finances

On 13 January, new legislation will pave the way for a great increase of choice in the way individuals and SMEs can manage their finances.

The Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2) and Open Banking, will come into effect, heralding a major shift in the way banking operates, from a system of stand-alone banks, providing a specific range of products to an eco-system where many players collaborate to offer a much wider range of services.

PSD 2 states that banks must allow customers to decide which other companies, known as ‘third party providers’, can have access to the data held in their current accounts, according to the services they want to use. So it will be account users who will own and manage their own payment information, rather than the bank. There will be two types of service: payment initiation and account information.

In the UK, ‘Open Banking’ will provide the rules and the platform to make sure that the banks and the third parties (i.e. other banks, technology companies, or fintechs) can communicate easily and securely with each other. The communication under Open Banking will be done via APIs and will be highly secure. In addition, under the new legislation, TPPs will all have to be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, which will ensure they are legitimate, well-run companies.

What will this allow customers to do?

PSD2 will give customers the option to share their current account data and access services from other providers which suit them better.

Just some of types of service on offer will be:

  • Easier access to credit for individuals and SMEs.
  • Access to cheaper overdraft services.
  • Budgeting apps, which track spending and suggest ways to save.
  • Automatic savings systems which move unused balances to interest-bearing accounts or regular savings products.
  • Comparison services for loans, mortgages, and insurance targeted to individual circumstances.
  • Dashboard type aggregation services allowing customers to see all their different bank accounts in one place.
  • Ways to make payments directly from your bank account and not through a credit card.


What is Open Banking?

Open Banking is a platform and a set of standards put in place by the nine big UK banks following an order by the Competition and Markets Authority. It is the technical infrastructure by which TPPs and banks communicate with each other. A TPP wishing to use the system will register with Open Banking and can then, through a set of standardised APIs, communicate with all the nine big UK banks, initially. All other banks may join this system if they decide to do so. It is therefore the technical underpinning which will allow the PSD2 rules to work in the UK.

As well as the technical interface among the providers, Open Banking has created detailed rules on what the system will look like from the point of view of the customer - for example, rules on what information the customer has to be given when they consent to allow a TPP to access their data.

What will happen on 13 January?

The changes made possible by PSD2 and Open Banking will take time to appear. Initially, the technical structure will have to be tested and verified to make sure it all works seamlessly and it will take time for new TPPs to ‘plug in’ to the system and to get their product offerings up and running.

It is then up to the customers! Each TPP will be putting their own service onto the market and promoting it. Customers will decide, according to the benefits they get, which services to use.

Is my data at risk?

Numerous present-day business models rely on the free access to customer data. PSD2 and Open Banking are different in that they give bank account users full control over what data to share and for what purpose.

Further rules will also increase the emphasis on security (financial data is the most sensitive data people have) and cyber technologies are becoming more and more sophisticated to cope with fraud risks. The General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May 2018, will also force companies to improve data security.

techUK sees Open Banking as a great start towards a fully open, digital eco-system covering all financial services. Open, inclusive and transparent governance will be key and we ask Government to help build a long-term strategy to make this happen.”

]]> (Harri Turnbull(techUK)) News Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:59:17 +0000
Guest Blog: BinaryBots to Bring British Ed-tech Stateside

Yorkshire-based BinaryBots (developed by CBIS) will be making its debut at CES 2018 as it launches its mission to help American children develop their coding and robotics skills using the innovative pocket-sized computer, BBC micro:bit.

The toys have been well received in Great Britain following the surge in popularity of coding and digital creativity in the wake of the BBC micro:bit launch in 2016. One million devices were distributed free of charge to British school children and this led to a huge growth in the number of children learning to code.

The BBC micro:bit launched in America in 2017 and now BinaryBots is bringing its expertise to the US market to help children discover more about coding and robotics through play.

Chris Burgess, Founder and Managing Director of BinaryBots, said:

“Code is now the world’s language and it is vital that children develop essential STEM skills for the future. Engaging with electronics in this exciting way at a young age really helps to motivate youngsters and develop their interest. We have seen great success in the British market with this offering, and we are all looking forward to our first appearance at CES 2018, and to meet customers in the US market to further share our knowledge and expertise.”

Find Binary Bots at Stand 51916, Eureka Park

For more information, please visit


]]> (Alice Jackson(techUK)) News Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:17:50 +0000
Product Recall Inquiry Launched by APPG on Electrical Safety

The Home Electrical Safety All Party Parliamentary Group has launched a new inquiry into product recall and electrical product safety.

The inquiry comes at a time of increased focus on product safety following the tragic events at Grenfell. While the UK has a leading product safety regime, but campaigners point to flaws in the system such as an under-resourced enforcement.

Whilst a steering group was established in the wake of the Lynn Faulds Woods review, the only visible output has been the development of a new standard on product recall. The APPG’s inquiry, supported by NGO Electrical Safety First, wants to ‘help provide potential workable solutions’ for product safety.

techUK is seeking views from members on the following questions by Wednesday 14 February:

  • Product Recall. Given the recent assessments of the problems affecting consumer product recall, such as the Lynn Faulds-Wood review and Working Group report, do you agree that insufficient progress has been made, and what steps would provide effective and achievable remedies?
  • General Electrical Product Safety. Besides product recall, what do you consider to be the most significant risks to consumers posed by domestic electrical products, and how could these most effectively be mitigated?
  • Brexit and Product Safety impacts: After Britain leaves the EU, what challenges and opportunities do you envisage for providing a product safety system that will protect consumers. What needs to be protected in terms of electrical safety and what must the UK Government need to improve in terms of legislation after the UK leaves the EU?

techUK will be coordinating an industry response. Please get in touch if you wish to contribute.

]]> (Craig Melson(techUK)) News Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:08:11 +0000
Open Banking, PSD2 and the Cyber Challenges Facing the Financial Services Sector

Technology continues to be a driving force behind the progression and innovation of the financial services sector. The UK’s Open Banking initiative, coupled with recent legislative changes, will give customers greater clarity, control and ownership of their data, opening the sector to further innovation.

Furthermore, the Second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the UK’s Open Banking Platform will both go live on 13 January. PSD2 is a fundamental piece of legislation that will make a significant number of changes to payments and retail banking as a whole: it will increase competition, and foster innovation in a retail finance sector dominated by banks.

There are concerns, however, with how some of these initiatives will impact the security of consumers’ bank account data. Under PSD2, for example, two new strands of third party providers will have direct access to payment accounts: payment initiation services (PIS)and account information services (AIS). Some within the financial services sector have argued that forcing banks to give fintech companies access to customer account data would put the security of this data at risk. Whilst most major banks have stated that they are planning major investments in open banking over the next few years, there are concerns about the growing risk to consumers personal information amid the growing cyber threat.

Building on techUK’s recent whitepaper on Open Banking, From Open Banking to Open Financial Services, published last year, this seminar will explore some of the cyber security related challenges facing the move to Open Banking and assess how we can give customers greater control over their data, whilst giving them greater security.

]]> (Dan Patefield(techUK)) Conference Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:31:10 +0000
Cyber and the Rail Sector

The rail sector is becoming ever more digitally connected. Digital technologies are readily adopted on the railways in order to improve reliability, efficient and consumer experiences whilst high profile projects such as Crossrail and HS2 have relied heavily on digitisation.

However, with the growing use of networked control and automation systems that can be remotely accessed via public and private networks, and the move to open-platform, standardised equipment built using commercial off the shelf components, the cyber vulnerabilities for the rail system have increased.

These threats are wide ranging, from organisations and people whose intentions are wide and varied, ranging from the desire to cause death, through to the desire to cause minor disruption, inflict reputational damage or steal data. That is why, in January 2017, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) published its first ‘Rail Cyber Security Strategy, highlighting the threats and possible solutions to the growing cyber threat to the rail network.

Attendees at this techUK briefing will examine how these shared challenges can be overcome, highlighting best practice in areas including, policy and procedure, architecture, design, skills and awareness. At a time when the implications of the NIS Directive remain unclear, this will also be an opportunity to discuss the regulatory framework and responsibilities of organisations in the space.

]]> (Dan Patefield(techUK)) Conference Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:26:07 +0000
“Partnership will be Pivotal” - Automotive Sector Deal Confirmed
New Automotive Sector Deal puts wheels in motion for UK as the destination to research and test CAVs.

On Wednesday 10 January, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced the first Sector Deal between the Government and automotive industry. The “landmark” deal, which will support the growing collaborative relationship between industry and government, aims to build upon the UK’s “rich history of scientific discovery” and existing strengths in the automotive sector by providing and securing funding and R&D commitments.

techUK is excited by Wednesday’s announcement as it reflects a sense of determination towards delivering on the Government’s ambition to develop the UK into the world leader in the testing and research of CAVs.

Commitments regarding CAVs and technologies include:

  • Low-carbon automotive technologies: £500 million investment through the Advanced Propulsion Centre over 10 years to research, develop and industrialise new low-carbon automotive technologies. Industry will provide matched funding for collaborative R&D projects.
  • Automotive research and development: Government to invest up to £225 million from 2023-2026 to support R&D. Industry to match.
  • Connected autonomous vehicle technology: Government investment to position UK as a global leader in CAVs development and deployment:
    • £150 million for collaborative R&D projects
    • £100 million for CAV testing infrastructure
    • £15 million simulation and modelling R&D competition launching on 16 January

techUK understands that this is an important first step in the Government’s journey to shift the development of ‘Future of Mobility’ into gear, spurring “transformations which will forever change how people live, work and travel.” Infrastructure related developments, which have been allocated funding in the partnership, will require careful attention to ensure it is supportive of long term competitive capability and will support technological design of the future not thought of today.

Matthew Evans, Executive Director for techUK’s Internet of Things and Smart Infrastructure Programmes, said:

“The Sector Deal is certainly a positive step towards the end goal as it demonstrates a commitment to industry and the UK that we are on the road to becoming one of the global destinations for researching and testing CAVs. However, the full benefits of this partnership will only be realised through meaningful development of key infrastructure and capabilities such as the digital design and testing space that techUK members have called for. These will support the establishment of a world-leading testing environment capable of simulating real-world conditions, particularly relating to security, safety, and efficiency."

The Industrial Strategy Automotive Sector Deal is accessible here.

]]> (Jessica Russell(techUK)) News Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:11:05 +0000
Cyber Security and Data Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

As a number of African countries make the transition to the mainstream of the global economy, it is clear that technology plays an increasingly significant role. Sub-Saharan Africa has recently seen the emergence of an exciting, and growing, IT ecosystem bringing together entrepreneurs, tech ventures and innovation centres spanning multiple countries. From East Africa’s much heralded “M-Pesa” mobile money payment product to Nigeria’s “Jumia” e-commerce platform, sub-Saharan Africa boasts roughly 200 innovation hubs, 3,500 new tech-related ventures, and $1 billion in venture capital to a pan-African movement of start-up entrepreneurs.

Underpinning the growth of Africa’s growing digital economy is the need for cyber security expertise. Although most African countries do not record the cost of cyber related incidents to businesses in their countries, recent estimates suggest that they cost Nigeria and Kenya $500m and $250m respectively. Government networks in Africa are also susceptible to the cyber threat, as various departments adopt emerging technologies and automated processes, handling vast amounts of confidential information with limited cyber capabilities.

Multiple export opportunities exist for UK cyber security and data protection companies to do business with public, private and third sector organisations across sub-Saharan Africa. This evening seminar, with a panel of expert speakers, will aim to increase the knowledge base of UK tech companies on how to expand and do business in sub-Saharan Africa by exploring key opportunities but also the legal, regulatory and risk challenges facing companies.

If you have any queries regarding the event please do get in touch with the team.

]]> (Dan Patefield(techUK)) Conference Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:11:14 +0000
Data Centre Risk Radar - Technical Skills Shortage

Data Centre Risk Radar

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Like many engineering and technology disciplines, the data centre sector struggles to recruit enough technical staff and Brexit is likely to make this situation worse, not better, at least in the short term. So the industry needs to meet its immediate skills needs but we also need to ensure that we are developing enough domestic talent to keep us going in the long term. Presenting the sector as a career destination of choice, supporting the adoption of STEM skills in schools, smoothing the pathway to professional development and career enhancement, and making the sector appeal to women will all help. This free session will explore the technical skills landscape, provide analysis of the most intractable issues for operators and identify relevant initiatives and potential solutions.

A more detailed agenda will be available shortly. In the meantime, you can register by clicking on 'book now' button.

]]> (Lucas Banach (techUK)) Briefing Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:09:11 +0000
techUK Responds to HMG’s 25 Year Environment Plan

Commenting on Theresa May’s environment speech, Susanne Baker, head of environment and compliance at techUK commented:

Technology has a huge role to play in helping to achieve the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan, with the opportunity for “Green Tech” to make both significant economic as well as environmental contributions. Over the coming months we will initiate a report exploring exactly how technologies can help deliver the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Clean Growth Strategy.

Specifically on waste and resources, there is a welcome focus on the role of Producer Responsibility Systems and the better utilisation of resources from waste, an area of policy which the tech sector has been positively engaged with now for over a decade. We applaud the ambition to publish a new UK Waste and Resources Strategy in 2018 and we look forward to contributing to DEFRA’s work on the Strategy.

The use of chemicals is also important to our sector and we see the commitment to publish an overarching chemicals strategy to set out the UK’s approach on leaving the EU as highly important, both in terms of maintaining environmental protection and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort for industry.

]]> (Lucas Banach (techUK)) News Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:40:39 +0000
Inspiring Tomorrow's World
The finalists in the eighth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards - celebrating the brightest individuals changing the face of technology in the UK and beyond – are announced today.

This year’s theme “Inspiring Tomorrow’s World” highlights the importance of encouraging women to study STEM subjects from a young age and motivating them to pursue fulfilling, long-term careers in tech.

Three brand new categories were introduced for 2018, the International Inspiration Award, awarded to an individual based outside the UK;the Apprentice Award, awarded to a young game-changer excelling in her early career; and the Male Agent of Change Award, awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in technology, meaning this year’s finalists represent a broader range of talent than ever before from across the globe. 

The 39 finalists were handpicked from a record breaking number of entries by a panel of the UK’s most senior technology leaders and include highly skilled software engineers breaking glass ceilings at large global companies, innovative tech entrepreneurs reshaping the future and female students dedicated to increasing STEM engagement at their schools.

The number of women working in the technology sector currently remains low at just 16%*. A recent study conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers preventing women entering the industry were a shortfall in support for female progression in the workplace and a lack of female role models.** This is why everywoman is dedicated to attracting, engaging, retaining and advancing women by spotlighting strong female role models and offering companies globally access to invaluable development resources to ensure a gender-balanced pipeline of talent.

The 2018 winners will be announced on 8 February 2018 at The London Hilton on Park Lane. The ceremony will be preceded by the everywoman in Tech Forum: Energising Tomorrow’s World, a one-day event that will welcome over 600 international delegates and an impressive line-up of speakers including Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values. Tickets can be purchased here.

The finalists for 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are:

Academic Award – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group - awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.

The One to Watch Award – sponsored by Computacenter - awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.

The Apprentice Award *New for 2018* - sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch - awarded to a young woman apprentice who is a game-changer and is excelling in her early career.

Rising Star Award- sponsored by T-Systems - awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.

Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI - awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.

Software Engineer Award – sponsored by RBS - awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering and has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.

Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express - awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success and is leading a team of up to 100 employees.

Start-up Founder Award- awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 24 months old).

Entrepreneur Award - awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture (over 24 months old)

Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti - awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.

Leader Award - sponsored by BP - awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation, leading over 100 employees and making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.

Male Agent of Change Award *New for 2018* - sponsored by VMware - awarded to a male agent of change for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

International Inspiration Award *New for 2018* - sponsored by Aviva - awarded to an individual based outside of the UK, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.

Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments: “This year’s finalists are, without a doubt, some of the brightest role models working within the technology industry and an inspiration to its future leaders. From the UK and beyond, they are reshaping the tech landscape, while simultaneously encouraging others to do the same. At everywoman, we recognise the role that men also play in ensuring a strong pipeline of female talent, which is why this year we have introduced the Male Agent of Change Award. The companies represented within the finalist lineup are proving their dedication to ensuring a gender-balanced workforce and, ultimately, a much more sustainable and successful business. We look forward to celebrating all winners and finalists in February 2018.”

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group states: “The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are a great way to celebrate female success and create role models to inspire others. At FDM Group, we are committed to driving diversity in the workplace and encouraging more women to pursue rewarding careers in technology and STEM.  Creating diversity in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it also makes businesses more successful. We are proud to continue supporting these awards and look forward to celebrating more female tech talent throughout years to come.”

Julian David, CEO of techUK adds: “techUK is proud to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards again this year. It is no secret that the tech sector has a gender parity issue, and we are working hard with our members to address this problem. The Awards are a great opportunity to champion role models all across the sector, and celebrate women who are pioneering a path for others in the industry. We look forward to celebrating leading tech talent.”

For further information about the awards and forum visit

]]> (Doniya Soni(techUK)) News Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:38:02 +0000