techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Ofgem Innovation Link Roundtable Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:41:54 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) Find out how the Innovation Link has helped tech companies and discuss the future and the role the Programme will play in the smart energy revolution. <p>Join techUK and Ofgem <strong>10:00 – 12:00 23 January 2018</strong>&nbsp;for a roundtable event exploring Innovation Link.</p> <p>The session will be a chance to learn more about the Programme and how activities to date have helped tech companies explore opportunities within energy. It will also look to the future and the role the Programme will play in the smart energy revolution.</p> <p><strong>Ofgem’s Innovation Link</strong></p> <p>The Innovation Link is Ofgem’s new service to unlock the potential benefits of innovation for energy consumers. As we can’t know the future, regulatory arrangements need to rely more on learning, be adaptable and flexible.</p> <p>Ofgem are championing consumers’ interests in innovation by engaging with innovators to:</p> <ul> <li>Help them to understand and navigate the energy sector and regulation.</li> <li>Give them steers on the regulatory implications of their business models.</li> <li>Help them identify options for how their business model could work within today’s regulatory arrangements.</li> <li>Enable them to undertake trials when their business model does not readily fit with existing arrangements.</li> <li>Represent their experiences and the insights we’re gleaning into regulatory policy-making across Ofgem, and with other bodies responsible for making and overseeing the rules that govern the sector.</li> </ul> <p>Since launching Innovation Link in December 2016 Ofgem have supported about 120 innovators to develop their business propositions.</p> <p><strong>The Regulatory Sandbox</strong></p> <p>The Link also launched the world’s first energy regulation sandbox in February 2017. The purpose of the sandbox is to enable innovators to undertake trials without incurring all of the usual regulatory requirements. The latest round for sandbox applications closed on 27 October 2017. More information, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Join us to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Hear the latest on Innovation Link and learnings from the sandbox</li> <li>Share your views on what would encourage and enable wider engagement from companies not currently working with energy</li> <li>Talk to the team about how your business can benefit from the programme</li> </ul> <p><strong>Who Should Attend?</strong></p> <p><em>We’re looking to hear from companies who have disruptive solutions that could revolutionise the UK energy system. You may already be working in energy in other markets, or may be exploring how your products and services can expand into the sector. If you’ve got an interest in disruption and solving consumer challenges, we want to hear from you.</em></p> <p><strong>Places for this event are extremely limited and we will have to limit it to one person per organisation</strong>, so please email to <a href="">register your interest</a>. We will be confirming places in the new year.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Local Government Roundtable: Harnessing Digital to Prevent Homelessness Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:16:36 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) A joint roundtable with techUK and LGiU on the role of tech and data in helping councils to prevent homelessness <p>The latest official figures show an estimated 4,134 people in England were forced to sleep outside in 2016, up 16% on the previous year. Tackling and preventing homelessness is one of the biggest challenges facing cities and local government. Furthermore, the Government’s new <a href="">Homelessness Reduction Act,</a> will place more responsibility on local government to prevent homelessness when it comes into force in April 2018.</p> <p>With the Act requiring local authorities to carry out additional duties to relieve homelessness and to intervene earlier to prevent people becoming homeless, a new and innovative approach is urgently needed. Making better use of tech and data must be a crucial element of councils’ strategy for preventing homelessness. By unlocking the potential of their existing data, local authorities can begin working more strategically to predict and prevent homelessness by identifying households at risk of losing their home.</p> <p>This is already being done in many places. New York City government, for example, has pioneered new approaches for preventing homelessness through the use of data and analytics, while councils such as Redditch are using apps to enable the public to alert the local authority about people sleeping rough on the streets. Most recently there was also the #homelesshack hackathon event which took a collaborative approach by bringing together teams of technology developers to solve this important problem facing all of our communities.</p> <p>With a renewed focus on prevention, this timely roundtable, hosted by techUK and <a href="">LGiU</a>, will be an opportunity to bring together senior local government officers and members and tech industry specialists to discuss how the sectors can collaborate most effectively across the policy eco-system and within communities to prevent homelessness. It will be a chance to learn and share what colleagues in other councils are already doing, as well as to discuss the potential of digital to transform service outcomes.</p> <p>Key questions this roundtable will explore include:</p> <ul> <li>How will the new Homelessness Reduction Act impact local government and how are councils planning for the change?</li> <li>How are councils currently using data and technology to tackle homelessness? Is this working?</li> <li>How can we harness the power of data to predict and prevent homelessness going forward? <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>What type of data do we need and how can we ensure the data is timely, reliable and held securely?</li> <li>How can councils overcome data sharing obstacles to collaborate more effectively with key partners across the community?</li> <li>How can we place data at the heart of service design?</li> </ul> </li> <li>What barriers may prevent councils from maximising the value of their data? How might these be overcome? For example, lack of leadership, legal compliance issues, staff skills gaps and ethical considerations.</li> <li>In a more digitised society what should the future of homelessness services look like?</li> </ul> <p><em>Places are limited, if you would like to express an interest in attending please contact Georgina Maratheftis.</em></p>