techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 BEIS Launch Office for Product Safety and Standards Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:40:25 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) BEIS has launched a new Office for Product Safety and Standards dealing with product recall and market surveillance.. <p>BEIS <a href="">has published its long awaited response into the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety</a> by announcing a new regulator called “the Office for Product Safety and Standards”. The aim of the office is to “further enhance the UK’s world-leading product safety system and give consumers the highest ever levels of protection.” It will co-ordinate work with local authorities and Trading Standards where action is needed on a national scale and support market surveillance activities at the border.</p> <p>There has been significant pressure on improving product safety and we’re glad BEIS have finally come forward with their plans. The Faulds-Wood review, the BSI led PAS 7100 on product recall and a lot of parliamentary activity (including the recently announced APPG inquiry) show how important this is to stakeholders and it is vital we get this right.</p> <p>In its response BEIS agree Trading Standards need more support (especially with Brexit on the horizon) and wants to encourage product registration, highlighting that point of sale/retail is the most obvious place to capture data., but are also looking at options for acquiring data from banks and insurance companies to drive recall.</p> <p>In practical terms, the new office is a re-alignment of existing resources with a new national remit, but the role of this office will change. BEIS says it will “examine the options for making the Office for Product Safety and Standards an arm's length independent body and to look at associated funding options” which will be subject to consultation. techUK be working with members to respond to the consultation once it is published.</p> <p>On the issue of product marking, for the purposes of identification after a fire, the Government has commissioned research on new marking schemes for product safety. This new marking is preferred to be digital, but we would oppose any new marking schemes as the CE mark is already in place and gets updated through standards and we should seek to maintain this after we leave the EU.</p> <p>The initial recommendations (bold) and the BEIS responses to them are detailed below:</p> <ul> <li><strong>There is a need to consolidate guidance on product corrective actions and recalls.</strong> BEIS agrees and highlights the completed PAS 7100 (which techUK contributed to).</li> <li><strong>A hub to co-ordinate product safety corrective actions at a central level.</strong> BEIS fully supports this and the new office will establish an incident management capability and maintain a database of corrective actions and recall programmes.</li> <li><strong>Capture and share data and intelligence.</strong> BEIS supports this and research is underway to understand where the data lies and how it can be used to develop insights, as well as work with industry to understand future risks.</li> <li><strong>Develop technological solutions to product marking and identification.</strong> BEIS thinks industry could do more on digital identification and marking and the new office will identify the costs and benefits of marking for product safety.</li> <li><strong>Primary Authority relationships should be encouraged.</strong> BEIS supports primary authorities and believe it is one way it has helped ease the burden of regulatory compliance. The new office will work more closely with Pas and have a more official role as a ‘Supporting Regulator’.</li> <li><strong>Encourage more registration of appliances and other consumer goods.</strong> BEIS believes consumers should be encouraged and states take up is far too low. Research is being commissioned and BEIS says specifically more could be done at the point of sale to encourage registration.</li> <li><strong>A multi-stakeholder expert panel should be established.</strong> BEIS agrees and will widen the expert group and set up a new technical and scientific panel overseen by the Chief Scientific Advisor.</li> </ul> Superstar Start-ups/SMEs wanted! CityVerve’s Open Innovation Challenge Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:33:00 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) CityVerve Manchester has today announced its Open Innovation Challenge to revolutionise Manchester. <blockquote>CityVerve Manchester, in conjunction with Cisco, has announced the ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ to make Manchester a city of the future using IoT technology.</blockquote> <p>In a move that is highly demonstrative of a programme&nbsp;<strong>determined to instigate change and deliver results</strong>, <a href="">CityVerve</a>&nbsp;has opened applications to its <a href="">Open Innovation Challenge</a>,&nbsp;seeking start-ups and SMEs that are developing ideas and solutions that could “revolutionise Manchester”.</p> <p>The challenge is seeks solutions under three key themes:</p> <ul> <li>Energy and Environment</li> <li>Health and Social Care&nbsp;</li> <li>Travel and Transport</li> </ul> <p>However, if your “data-driven or smart solutions” don’t quite fit into these three themes, then you can still enter as a ‘Wildcard’. CityVerve’s openness to out-of-the-box thinking, and the solutions it can provide, has not only created a supportive environment for innovators, but has set a high standard in terms of its approach to achieving smart city objectives in a way that matches the pace of innovation in the sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eight “superstar” applicants will be chosen to take part in a highly collaborative “<strong>eight-week, world-class acceleration programme</strong>”, working with a consortium of the country’s leading innovators. Key benefits of the programme will include:</p> <p><img src="images/assets/benefits.png" alt="benefits" width="1214" height="758" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Applications will <strong>close on 14 February 2018</strong> and the programme will begin 19 March 2018.</p> <p>techUK is highly impressed by CityVerve's inclusive approach to deliver more to the citizens of Manchester, and look forward to seeing the results.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/cityverve.png" alt="cityverve" width="735" height="420" /></p> SNOMED CT in Primary Care - Implementation Update Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:12:59 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An update from NHS Digital on the SNOMED CT Implementation across general practice <p>In order to minimise disruption at year-end, SNOMED CT will be deployed in phases across general practice from April 2018. The introduction of SNOMED CT, which replaces Read/CTV 3 Codes, is being co-ordinated in primary care by NHS Digital, working closely with clinical system suppliers to support a smooth transition. The first phase of deployment will start with approximately 20 pilot sites, including all of the principal clinical supplier systems, after year-end business activities are completed. GP Clinical system suppliers will inform GP practices of their deployment plans. For further information on progress, <a href="" target="_blank">visit the NHS Digital website.</a></p> NHS Digital and techUK to Create Urgent and Emergency Care Forum Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:03:10 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) NHS Digital and techUK are co-creating a new forum focusing on the digitisation of Urgent and Emergency Care. <p>NHS Digital and techUK are co-creating a new forum focusing on the digitisation of Urgent and Emergency Care.</p> <p>The forum will allow suppliers and NHS Digital to exchange expertise and information on the digitisation of the sector.</p> <p>The group is seeking to establish terms of reference and hold a first online meeting in February.</p> <p>Suppliers interested in becoming founding members should contact <a href=""></a></p> Safer Internet Day 2018 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:50:04 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Safer Internet Day is celebrated each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. <blockquote>Create, Connect and Share Respect | A better internet starts with you</blockquote> <p><img src="images/SID2018_logo_resized_for_web.jpg" alt="SID2018 logo resized for web" style="margin: 3px; float: left;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"></span><span style="font-size: 16px;">Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 06 February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.</span></p> <p>Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.</p> <p>Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.</p> <p>Here at techUK we will be featuring the wide-ranging work of our members who are championing child online safety. This will be done through a series of guest blogs and features.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Find out more</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SIC</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Ian Bell Appointed CEO of Police ICT Company Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:37:54 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) Ian Bell was announced as the new CEO at the Police ICT Summit last week. Industry applauds his appointment and wishes him luck. <h3>The Director of National Enabling Programmes has been appointed as the CEO of the Police ICT Company for 2 years, starting in February 2018.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the recent Police ICT Summit it was announced that Ian Bell, CIO of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police forces and the Programme Director for the National Enabling Programmes, will become the <a href="" target="_blank">new CEO of the Police ICT Company</a>. He will be taking up a two year secondment with the Company, starting in February 2018.&nbsp;Ian replaces Acting CEO Robert Leach, who took over from former CEO Martin Wyke in April 2017.</p> <p>Ian is also Vice Chair of the National Police Technology Council, and Patron of techUK's Justice and Emergency Services Committee. Ian said: “I’m delighted to take up this opportunity to lead the Police ICT Company, for and on behalf of UK police forces, together with its national partners. It’s a great start to 2018 knowing that I will play a key role in enabling the Company to become a crucial and critical friend to our police forces, driving innovative new technology that will lead to positive change, including greater efficiencies, within police ICT.”</p> <p>Henry Rex, techUK's Programme Manager for Justice &amp; Emergency Services, said of the announcement:</p> <p>"<em>On behalf of all techUK members, I'd like to congratulate Ian Bell, and the Police ICT Company Board, on this appointment. Ian has a very impressive track record and is widely respected among Police forces and suppliers alike. As the recent Police ICT Summit demonstrated, the Police ICT Company, the Enabling Programmes, and the NPTC have become increasingly aligned over the past year, and this appointment marks the next logical on that journey. This is a very smart appointment as the Police ICT Company enters a defining year.</em></p> <p><em>techUK looks forward to continuing our close working with Ian and the Police ICT Company over the course of the coming year, and wishes Ian all the very best in his new role.</em></p> <p><em>I would also like to express sincere thanks to Robert Leach for his willingness to engage with suppliers during his tenure as Acting CEO. Over the last 10 months Robert's impressive efforts have significantly raised the profile of the Company among the tech community, and his reassuring leadership and his openness was appreciated by all. He has our thanks and best wishes for the future.</em>"</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Cast Your Vote in the Annual Television and Radio Club Awards Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:38:06 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) For the first time ever TRIC offers the industry the opportunity to cast your vote, selecting your favourite TV & Radio shows and personalities. <p>This year’s Awards marks 49 years of the TRIC Awards.</p> <p>We are delighted to invite you to vote by completing the voting form via the link below, please select one option from each category. You will have until the end of the month to make your vote count. Please remember that voting will be live for 10 days only, the final day is Wednesday, January 31. To avoid missing out, spend five minutes now to submit your vote.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Vote in the TRIC Awards</a></p> <p>We value your contribution. The 49th TRIC Awards ceremony will be held at The Grosvernor House on Tuesday 13th March.</p> <p>To find out more about booking a table to see your favourite TV &amp; Radio shows and stars collect their prestigious TRIC Award please contact the TRIC organising committee via the address below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">TRIC Events</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> e-Health Industry Sector Mission to Australia, 10-13 April 2018 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:40:35 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Hosted visit to Brisbane and City of Gold Cost, Queensland as part of Trade 2018 - Commonwealth Games Trade and Investment Program <h3>Expression of Interest</h3> <p><strong>Hosted visit to Brisbane and City of Gold Coast, Queensland</strong></p> <p><strong>Trade 2018 – Commonwealth Games Trade and Investment Program</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>As part of Trade 2018, the Queensland Government has developed a program showcasing expertise in the health and knowledge sectors.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Program highlights include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Information session with Queensland Health, including a site visit to Australia’s first large-scale public digital hospital, the Princess Alexandra, Brisbane</li> <li>Targeted business matching with Queensland companies</li> <li>Tours of research and development precincts</li> <li>Witnessing the Games in action</li> </ul> <p>The UK Department for International Trade in Australia, Emile Brys (<a href=""></a>) will also be happy to support any companies interested in the trade mission.</p> <p>Visiting delates can also attend The Commonwealth Innovation Forum, 5-6 April 2018 which might appeal to startups - <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Download the full brochure below for additional information</p> Apparent Breakthrough in Commission Talks to Include Data Flows in Trade Deals Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:07:54 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) Reports suggest that the European Commission will seek to include new language on data flows in future trade deals. <p>It <a href="" target="_blank">has been reported</a> that the European Commission has agreed language that would allow data flows to be added to future trade agreements.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>As techUK outlined in its recent report, <a href="" target="_blank">‘No Interruptions: Options for the future UK-EU data sharing relationship’</a>, 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> New UK France Digital Conference to Deepen Collaboration in Digital Economy Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:59 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) New conference announced by DCMS hopes to deepen collaboration across the digital sector. <h3>Today, techUK, Atos and Sage showed their public support for a new digital conference, announced today <a href="">by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport</a> during the UK-France Summit being held as part of President Macron’s visit to the UK.</h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.”</p> <p>Adding to this Adrian Gregory, CEO of Atos UK&amp;I, highlighted what the conference meant for a French company working extensively in the UK market:</p> <p>“As a company that is proud of its European heritage, Atos welcomes the closer collaboration of British and French technologists.</p> <p>“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.”</p> <p>Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage, also weighed in with his take on the importance of greater collaboration saying:</p> <p>“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.</p> <p>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.”</p> <p>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?</p> <p>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:</p> <p>“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.</p> <p>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.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Home Office Publishes “Understanding the Costs of Cyber-Crime” Report Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:52:10 +0000 Talal Rajab (techUK) The report outlines the development of a governmental framework for estimating the costs of cyber-crimes to the UK <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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:</p> <p>- 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</p> <p>- That future studies should further investigate the costs and profits to offenders of engaging in cyber-crime</p> <p>- That future studies investigate the financial impact of cyberattacks on a businesses’ reputation</p> <p>- That future research consider how to estimate the monetary cost of the fear of cyber crime</p> <p>To read the full report, please click the link below</p> <p><a href="images/understanding-costs-of-cyber-crime-horr96.pdf" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text">Contact: <a href=""></a></span></a></p> Digital Infrastructure Plan Announced for Liverpool City Region Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:58:50 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) A specialist consortium has been appointed to deliver Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge to make the city region the most digitally connected in the UK <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The project will be managed by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.</p> <p>techUK’s <a href="insights/reports/item/10665-digital-devolution">Digital Devolution: A Guide for Metro Mayors</a> 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.</p> <p>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 <a href="">sessions to bring together local authorities and industry</a> 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 <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis </a>or <a href="">Skye MacLeod.</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Central Government Council Elections Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:37:20 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) Are you an industry leader in the central government space? We want to hear from you! <p>Nominations are now open for six techUK members to join the Central Government Council (CGC). The CGC provides strategic leadership to techUK's <a href="">central government programme</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;brings together senior public sector leaders from tech companies large and small - all engaged in digital transformation within central Government.</p> <p>The overall aims of the CGC are to:</p> <p>• Ensure techUK continues to deliver a vibrant engagement programme with central Government departments</p> <p>• Promote better engagement between the tech sector and Government to support civil servants earlier in the procurement process</p> <p>• Provide leadership and support on techUK’s campaigns and projects to reform public sector procurement</p> <p>• Promote and evangelise the transformative role tech can play in public services</p> <p>To apply,&nbsp; 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.</p> <p>• <strong>15 January</strong> – Nominations open for new Council members</p> <p>• <strong>31 January</strong> – Nominations close at 17:00</p> <p>• <strong>1 February</strong> - Elections open (if we receive more nominations than places)</p> <p>• <strong>5 February</strong> – Elections close at 17:00</p> <p>• <strong>6 February</strong> – New Council members announced</p> <p>If you have any questions about the process or the central government programme, please do get in touch.</p> WFE Calls for Global Standards for FinTech Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:33:32 +0000 Melanie Worthy(techUK) World Federation of Exchanges call for FinTech global standards. <p>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&nbsp;paper <em><a href="">Fintech in the Market Infrastructure Space&nbsp;</a></em>calling for the introduction of regulatory standards for the FinTech industry.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The WFE paper sets out seven principles which should be incorporated in FinTech standards:</p> <p><br /><strong>WFE seven principles</strong></p> <p><br /><strong>1</strong>. In general, innovation should be market driven and not be constrained unnecessarily by regulation.</p> <p><strong>2</strong>. 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.</p> <p><strong>3</strong>. Any regulatory approach should encourage innovation whilst ensuring investor protection and system stability.</p> <p><strong>4</strong>. 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.</p> <p><strong>5</strong>. 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.</p> <p><strong>6</strong>. 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</p> <p><strong>7</strong>. 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).</p> <p>WFE urge authorities to work proactively and collaboratively with industry and cite the success of regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs here.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Click for more information on techUK's ongoing areas of work in its&nbsp;<a href="">financial services &amp; payments</a> programme.</p> GDPR for Data Centres Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:34:10 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Data centre operators confused about GDPR can use this decision tree to help them understand their obligations. <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.&nbsp; Members can download the document below.&nbsp;</p> Open Banking – Opening Doors for Your Finances Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:59:17 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Head of Financial Services and Payments, Ruth Milligan runs through the landmark legislation launching on 13 January. <h3>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.</h3> <p>The <a href="">Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2)</a> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>What will this allow customers to do?</h3> <p>PSD2 will give customers the option to share their current account data and access services from other providers which suit them better.</p> <p>Just some of types of service on offer will be:</p> <ul> <li>Easier access to credit for individuals and SMEs.</li> <li>Access to cheaper overdraft services.</li> <li>Budgeting apps, which track spending and suggest ways to save.</li> <li>Automatic savings systems which move unused balances to interest-bearing accounts or regular savings products.</li> <li>Comparison services for loans, mortgages, and insurance targeted to individual circumstances.</li> <li>Dashboard type aggregation services allowing customers to see all their different bank accounts in one place.</li> <li>Ways to make payments directly from your bank account and not through a credit card.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #414042; font-size: 20px; -webkit-text-stroke: 0.6px;">What is Open Banking?</span></p> <p><a href="">Open Banking</a> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>What will happen on 13 January?</h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>Is my data at risk?</h3> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.”</p> Guest Blog: BinaryBots to Bring British Ed-tech Stateside Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:17:50 +0000 Alice Jackson(techUK) techUK CES 2018: BinaryBots is looking to break into the American market with its toys to teach youngsters to code <p>Yorkshire-based&nbsp;<a href="">BinaryBots</a> (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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>Chris Burgess, Founder and Managing Director of BinaryBots, said:</h3> <p>“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.”</p> <p>Find Binary Bots at <strong>Stand 51916, Eureka Park</strong></p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Product Recall Inquiry Launched by APPG on Electrical Safety Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:08:11 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into product recall - techUK will be hosting a call for members on Thursday 18 Jan. <p>The Home Electrical Safety All Party Parliamentary Group has launched a new inquiry into product recall and electrical product safety.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Whilst a steering group was established in the wake of the <a href="insights/news/item/7657-bis-to-explore-new-centre-of-excellence-on-product-recall">Lynn Faulds Woods review</a>, the only visible output has been the development of a <a href="">new standard on product recall</a>. The APPG’s inquiry, supported by NGO Electrical Safety First, wants to ‘help provide potential workable solutions’ for product safety.</p> <p>techUK is seeking views from members on the following questions by Wednesday 14 February:</p> <ul> <li>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?</li> <li>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?</li> <li>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?</li> </ul> <p>techUK will be coordinating an industry response. Please get in touch if you wish to contribute.</p> “Partnership will be Pivotal” - Automotive Sector Deal Confirmed Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:11:05 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark announced the First Automotive Sector Deal this week. <blockquote>New Automotive Sector Deal puts wheels in motion for UK as the destination to research and test CAVs.</blockquote> <p>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&amp;D commitments.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Commitments regarding CAVs and technologies include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Low-carbon automotive technologies:</strong> £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&amp;D projects.</li> <li><strong>Automotive research and development:</strong> Government to invest up to £225 million from 2023-2026 to support R&amp;D. Industry to match.</li> <li><strong>Connected autonomous vehicle technology:</strong> Government investment to position UK as a global leader in CAVs development and deployment: <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>£150 million for collaborative R&amp;D projects</li> <li>£100 million for CAV testing infrastructure</li> <li>£15 million simulation and modelling R&amp;D competition launching on 16 January</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Evans, Executive Director for techUK’s Internet of Things and Smart Infrastructure Programmes, said:</strong></p> <p><em>“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 <a href="">digital design and testing space</a>&nbsp;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."</em></p> <p><a href="">The Industrial Strategy Automotive Sector Deal is accessible here.</a></p> techUK Responds to HMG’s 25 Year Environment Plan Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:40:39 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Susanne Baker, Head of Programme for Environment and Compliance, comments on the new plan for the UK’s environment. <p>Commenting on Theresa May’s environment speech, Susanne Baker, head of environment and compliance at techUK commented:</p> <p><em>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.</em></p> <p><em>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.</em></p> <p><em>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.</em></p> Inspiring Tomorrow's World Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:38:02 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) Finalists announced for the 2018 FDM everywoman in technology awards, supported by techUK. <blockquote>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.</blockquote> <p>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.</p> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The number of women working in the technology sector currently remains low at just 16%*. A <a href="">recent study</a> 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.</p> <p>The 2018 winners will be announced on 8 February 2018 at The London Hilton on Park Lane. The ceremony will be preceded by the <a href="">everywoman in Tech Forum: Energising Tomorrow’s World</a>, 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 <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>The finalists for 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are:</strong></p> <p><strong>Academic Award</strong> – 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.</p> <p><strong>The One to Watch Award</strong> – sponsored by Computacenter - awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.</p> <p><strong>The Apprentice Award *New for 2018*</strong> - 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.</p> <p><strong>Rising Star Award</strong>- 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.</p> <p><strong>Digital Star Award</strong> - 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.</p> <p><strong>Software Engineer Award</strong> – 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.</p> <p><strong>Team Leader Award</strong> - 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.</p> <p><strong>Start-up Founder Award</strong>- awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 24 months old).</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneur Award</strong> - 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)</p> <p><strong>Innovator Award</strong> - sponsored by Equiniti - awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.</p> <p><strong>Leader Award</strong> - 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.</p> <p><strong>Male Agent of Change Award *New for 2018*</strong> - 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.</p> <p><strong>International Inspiration Award *New for 2018*</strong> - 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.</p> <p><strong>Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments</strong>: “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.”</p> <p><strong>Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group states</strong>: “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. &nbsp;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.”</p> <p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK adds</strong>: “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.”</p> <p>For further information about the awards and forum visit <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: CES Is Waking up to Some Fresh UK Tech Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:11:18 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Brtitish start-up producing a coffee and tea brewing alarm clock joins the British contingent at CES 2018. <h3>techUK CES 2018: UK start-up with a designer ​tea and coffee-brewing-alarm ​clock, the <a href="">Barisieur</a>, will be showcased at the Great Britain and Northern Ireland pavilion at CES this year</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_9.jpg" alt="Image 9" width="1200" height="1600" /></p> <p>Joshua Renouf came up with his tea and coffee-brewing-alarm ​clock design during his final year at University. After receiving a first-class honours for his project and interest on his website, his idea now has over $700,000 in crowdfunding and has moved into full production. With the American market accounting for 50 per cent of the company’s business, CES presents a unique opportunity for Joshua to engage with suppliers and customers.</p> <p>Joshua Renouf, Founder of <a href="">Barisieur</a> explains why CES is coming at the perfect time:</p> <p>“The Barisieur has gone into production and we are looking to fulfil our initial orders around January and the beginning of February. Engaging the American market is crucial as it appears to be more accustomed to the crowdfunding platforms then the UK and EU market - US citizens are also huge fans of pour-over coffee.</p> <p>“We are also pleased with the help from the DiT and techUK - every bit of support always means a lot for a start-up. Being able to showcase products at one of the biggest consumer electronics show is a serious opportunity. The people and companies that we’ll come in contact with will be very useful for the future success of <a href="">Barisieur.</a>”</p> <p>Find Barisieur at (51916)</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href="" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text"></span></a></p> <p>Twitter : @Barisieur, @Renouf28</p> <p>Instagram: @Barisieur, @JoshRenouf</p> <p>Facebook:</p> Join NHS Open API Lab Advisory Group Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:35:02 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An opportunity to take a leadership role in shaping NHS Digital’s new NHS Open API Lab. <p>The NHS Open API Lab is a new open application programming interface (API) development initiative of Personalised Health and Care 2020 (PHC2020) and NHS Digital, in partnership with the INTEROPen community. Its goals are to <strong>accelerate the adoption of interoperable APIs</strong> and <strong>to ensure that shared API specifications are available to, useful for, and used in care delivery</strong>.</p> <p><span style="color: #414042; font-size: 20px; -webkit-text-stroke: 0.6px;">NHS Open API Lab Advisory Group</span></p> <p>This Advisory Group will provide collaborative leadership to help the NHS Open API Lab achieve its goals.</p> <p>Members of the group will:</p> <ul> <li>Lead and facilitate discussions within their represented communities abut NHS Open API Lab work</li> <li>Provide industry delivery advice about Lab priorities for NHS Digital resource and use</li> <li>Help resolve any issues arising from Lab work</li> </ul> <p>The Lab will offer both virtual and physical collaborative workspaces, with both types of workspace expected to be in use as soon as February 2018. The aim is to bring together developers to accelerate the use of national standards in care delivery APIs, ultimately improving integration across the NHS and social care. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with stakeholders, as the initiative will bring together developers from the NHS, social care, the IT industry and NHS Digital.</p> <p>The Lab’s key objective is to produce technical specifications for real APIs to seamlessly share digital information between IT systems for effective and efficient care delivery. <strong>As a techUK member of this Advisory Group, you will lead consultations within the IT industry and provide guidance to the Lab on key technology considerations.</strong></p> <p>The Advisory Group is made up of members from: the IT industry; NHS Care Delivery Organisations; National Interface Initiatives; and PHC2020-funded NHS Open API Lab resources. The Advisory Group is chaired by an NHS representative who is also a member of the INTEROPen Board. The Advisory Group will meet on a bi-monthly basis until March 2021, with an annual review of its Terms.</p> <p>If you are interested in putting yourself forward, please get in touch with Kate Francis.</p> Government Launches New 25 Year Environment Plan Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:54:09 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) As the Prime Minister outlines a new plan on how to improve the natural environment, techUK launches a call for evidence to explore how green tech can support its delivery. <p>Today’s <a href="" target="_blank">25 year Environment Plan</a> sets out an ambition for the UK to be at the forefront of global efforts to protect and improve the natural world, and to drive the international community to adopt higher standards.</p> <p>The plan focuses on six areas – land management, recovering nature, connecting people to the environment, resource efficiency and reduction of pollution and waste, oceans and the global environment - and each have supporting policies and plans.</p> <p>The tech sector is well placed to support the delivery of the vision within the plan. <strong>We will be running a call for evidence until the 28 February</strong>, seeking views from our members on how the existing and new tech can be effectively deployed across these areas and <a href="insights/reports/item/11723-techuk-report-outlines-how-tech-can-enable-carbon-reductions-reduce-uk" target="_blank">following our 2017 report</a>, which was endorsed by the Climate Change Minister, looking at how technology can support the Clean Growth Strategy.</p> <p>techUK’s call for evidence explores the opportunities that tech can play in supporting this vision. Specifically we are interested to hear from members on the following questions:</p> <p><em>• How can smart tech deployment in infrastructure networks be sped up to ensure ‘net gains’ in new developments projects?</em></p> <p><em>• Which technologies can be deployed to help manage and gain insight into the quality of soil, water, air and biodiversity both here and overseas?</em></p> <p><em>• What is the role of technology in helping people understand the importance of the environment?</em></p> <p><em>• How can technology support more sustainable supply chains?</em></p> <p><em>• How can technology support the better tracking and monitoring of waste and material as it moves through our economy?</em></p> <p>Do let us know if you can think you can answer any of these questions or if your business is well placed to play a role.</p> <p>techUK will also be working with members to explore the implications of other plans announced today. A new Waste and Resources Strategy this year will seek to reform producer responsibility systems – which currently covers electronics, batteries and packaging – to incentivise producers to design better products. A new Chemical Strategy is also pledged which will explore how chemicals can be better tracked in products. Get in touch if you want to get involved.</p> Health and Social Care Newsletter | Winter Pressures Dominate the Headlines Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:25:55 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) techUK's Health and Social Care Programme update for the month of January <p>Wishing you a very Happy New Year from techUK and the Health and Social Care team. We look forward to working with you over 2018.</p> <p>For the first time in a long time we had a SoS who wanted to <a href="" target="_blank">retain the Health brief</a>... and we will be interested to see if the ‘reshuffle’ in <a href="" target="_blank">Jeremy Hunt’s job title</a> is reflected with any shift in policy.</p> <p>With our own <a href="" target="_blank">elections completed</a> before Christmas we are pleased to announce that Rob Blay (JAC) and Ali Rogan (Tunstall) are resuming their positions as Chair and Vice Chair. They will be joined by two new Vice Chairs, James Norman (Dell-EMC) and Natalie Chishick (IMS Maxims).</p> <p>There are daily stories in the media about the Winter Pressures in the NHS. Following the <a href="" target="_blank">publication of our paper last year,</a> we are running a Campaign Week for you to share your ideas on how tech can help solve these challenges. The deadline for submission of guest blogs is 12 February and if you’re interested in contributing please <a href="">get in touch with Kate Francis</a> by 19 January to <a href="" target="_blank">find out more about the themes and how to contribute.</a></p> <p>Be sure to take a look at our event on 5 February with the Department for International Trade. It’s called <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Health Opportunities in the NHS </a>and you’ll hear from NICE, NHS Digital, DigitalHealth.London among others.</p> <p>We are also thrilled to be working with Essex Country Council on their 'Challenge Dementia Prize'. More details below.</p> <p>We will be discussing our plans for the year during our January Council Meeting next week. Our partnership with NHS Digital and the NHSE ACS framework will no doubt feature prominently. Please do <a href="">get in touch</a> if there are any topics you think we should be focusing on this year.</p> <hr /> <h3>techUK News, Views, and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Essex County Council Challenge Dementia</a><br />Do you want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? Do you want the chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this growing challenge? On the 19 January Essex County Council is launching Challenge Dementia, the second in a series of Challenge Prizes developed to identify solutions to some of the most complex problems facing its residents.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Type 1 Diabetes: The Rise of the Machines – 24 February</a><br />Technology has huge potential to transform type 1 diabetes and some people with the condition are already showing remarkable results using new digital technologies. This event, co-hosted by techUK and Partha Kar will showcase what is currently possible with today’s tools and what we need to do to make digital a reality for the many rather than the few.</p> <p><strong>techUK Working with NHS England</strong><br />techUK hosted a meeting with Matthew Swindells, Paul Rice, Will Smart and Bob Ricketts to discuss the Global Digital Exemplar programme; Local Integrated Care Record Exemplars; and support for Accountable Care Systems. The slides are available at and <a href="" target="_blank">more details on the ACS framework can be found here.</a></p> <h3>Health and Social Care Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Health Exchange Between Denmark and the UK</a><br />The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science &amp; Innovation Network (SIN) at the British Embassy Copenhagen are hosting a one-day event focusing on Digital Health.<br /><strong>Event Details: 08:30 – 17:00 on Tuesday 13 March 2018.</strong><br /><strong>Location: TBC, Copenhagen, Denmark</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Doing Business with the NHS Just Got a Lot Easier for Cheshire &amp; Warrington SMEs</a><br />Healthcare Business Connect Cheshire and Warrington is a new support programme helping Cheshire and Warrington businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS make the right connections.<br /><strong>Upcoming Event: Learn how to trade with the NHS – Ask the Buyer</strong><br /><strong>Location: Alderley Park Conference Centre on Wednesday 24 January 2018, 9:00–12:00.</strong></p> <p><strong>Opportunity to Help the AMRC Streamline Their IT Systems</strong><br />The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the national membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities. AMRC members support over one third of all publicly-funded medical research in the UK, investing over £1.6 billion in health research in 2016. The AMRC needs someone to review the systems they use and recommend what the next steps should be, for example, should they: rationalise into a smaller number, integrate where possible, maximise the potential of systems they already use, or move to a new system(s). If this is something you could help with then please contact <a href=""></a> for further information.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">NHS Digital Upcoming Requests for Information:</a></p> <ul> <li><strong>NHS Digital Primary Care as a Platform, Request for Information</strong><br />An opportunity to collaborate on a proof of concept for a fresh approach to primary care systems architecture.<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Launching 11 Jan</a> (go live 11 not confirmed yet).</li> <li><strong>NHS Digital GP Payments Calculation Futures, Request for Information<br /></strong>An opportunity to help inform and shape the scope of work involved with replacing the Calculating Quality Reporting Service in April 2020. Please note, there will be a webinar at the end of January to deal with any Q&amp;A’s related to the consultation.<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Launching mid Jan.</a></li> <li><strong>NHS Digital Organisation Data Service, Request for Information</strong><br />An opportunity to help identify the risks and impacts the future changes to Organisation Reference Data might have on your systems. <br /><a href="" target="_blank">Launching mid Jan.</a></li> </ul> Home Office Joint Security & Resilience Centre - Jan Update Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:21:26 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) A work programme update for industry from the Joint Security and resilience Centre. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed&nbsp;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. They hope that these will provide a thorough understanding of what they are doing, and more importantly, their expected and realised project outcomes.</p> <p>This week's update, the first of 2018, provides an overview of one of their recent projects, the Innovation Call.</p> <p>Members can download the update below.</p> BEIS Call for Evidence: Helm Cost of Energy Review Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:31:07 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK provides an informal response on behalf of data centres: the most energy intensive part of the technology sector. <p>Back in October 2017 Professor Dieter Helm published his Cost of Energy Review. This was very critical of complex and dysfunctional policies that added unnecessary costs, called for fundamental review and simplification of current structures and exemption for industrial users of many non commodity charges. From an energy intensive industry perspective there was much to like in the report, and we commented to this effect. The link to the full report is here: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report was followed in December by a Call for Evidence from BEIS (see: <a href=""></a>). This asked for input on generation, distribution and retail. The call was structured in a way that made it difficult for stakeholders without detailed knowledge of the electricity market to respond meaningfully. However, the high cost of energy is one of the most important issues facing UK data centre operators and these costs are set to escalate further, so it was imperative that we made some comment.</p> <p>In the end we eschewed the proposed categories and instead submitted evidence from the perspective of an energy intensive sector dealing with a highly mobile commodity and urged Government to implement the recommendations of the review. We welcomed the findings of the Review, explained the impact of high energy costs on competitiveness, and supported the proposals. The key findings from the Helm Review are duplicated below and our response to the Call is at the bottom.</p> <p><strong>Helm Review of Cost of Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations</strong> (Note that in this context CCA means Climate Change Act.)</p> <p>1. The cost of energy is too high, and higher than necessary to meet the Climate Change Act (CCA) target and the carbon budgets. Households and businesses have not fully benefited from the falling costs of gas and coal, the rapidly falling costs of renewables, or from the efficiency gains to network and supply costs which come from smart technologies. Prices should be falling, and they should go on falling into the medium and longer terms.</p> <p>2. Households and businesses have not benefited as much as they should because of legacy costs, policies and regulation, and the continued exercise of market power.</p> <p>3. The scale of the multiple interventions in the electricity market is now so great that few if any could even list them all, and their interactions are poorly understood. Complexity is itself a major cause of rising costs, and tinkering with policies and regulations is unlikely to reduce costs. Indeed, each successive intervention layers on new costs and unintended consequences. It should be a central aim of government to radically simplify the interventions, and to get government back out of many of its current detailed roles. This review explains how to do this.</p> <p>4. The legacy costs from the Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs), the feed-in tariffs (FiTs) and low carbon contracts for difference (CfDs) are a major contributor to rising final prices, and should be separated out, ring-fenced, and placed in a ‘legacy bank’. They should be charged separately and explicitly on customer bills. Industrial customers should be exempt. Once taken out of the market, the underlying prices should then be falling.</p> <p>5. The most efficient way to meet the CCA target and the carbon budget is to set a universal carbon price on a common basis across the whole economy, harmonising the multiple carbon taxes and prices currently in place. This price should vary so as to meet the carbon targets. It would be significantly lower than the cost of the current multiple interventions.</p> <p>6. There should be a border carbon price to address the consequences of the UK adopting a unilateral carbon production target.</p> <p>7. The FiTs and other low-carbon CfDs should be gradually phased out, and merged into a unified equivalent firm power (EFP) capacity auction. The costs of intermittency will then rest with those who cause them, and there will be a major incentive for the intermittent generators to contract with and invest in the demand side, storage and back-up plants. The balancing and flexibility of markets should be significantly encouraged.</p> <p>8. After all existing commitments in respect of FiTs and low-carbon CfDs have been fully honoured, and in the transition to a proper, uniform carbon price and an EFP auction, they should be split into three parts: the construction and project-development phase; the operation of the plant; and<br />decommissioning. The first should have a higher cost of capital, reflecting the equity risks; the second should be more akin to a regulatory asset base (RAB) in the utilities and closer to the cost of debt; and the third should be a charge to operating costs. The customers should benefit from the refinancing when the project comes into operation.</p> <p>9. The current RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) periodic review price caps for the transmission and distribution companies are already being significantly outperformed – in part because of mistakes in the assumptions – and have resulted in higher prices than need to be charged for the efficient delivery of their functions. Ofgem should consider what actions should be taken now.</p> <p>10. For the networks, going forward, there should be no more periodic reviews in the current RIIO framework. Technical change is so fast that predicting costs eight–ten years hence is impractical.</p> <p>11. The government should establish an independent national system operator (NSO) and regional system operators (RSOs) in the public sector, with relevant duties to supply, and take on some of the obligations in the relevant licences from the regulated transmission and distribution companies. The NSO and the RSOs should, where practical, open up the various functions and enhancements to the networks to competitive auctions and, at the local level, invite bids for network enhancements, generation and storage, and demand-side response (DSR) from energy service companies.</p> <p>12. The separate generation, supply and distribution licences, at least at the local level, should be replaced by a simpler, single licence.</p> <p>13. As a result of the above changes, the role of Ofgem in network regulation should be significantly diminished.</p> <p>14. There should be a default tariff to replace the Standard Variable Tariff (SVT), based on the index of wholesale costs, the fixed cost pass-throughs, levies and taxes, and a published supply margin.</p> <p>15. Capping the margin would be the best way to meet the objectives of the new draft legislation. By focusing on the margin within the default tariff structure, competition would be enhanced, thereby encouraging new entrants.</p> <p>16. The government should issue an annual statement to Parliament, setting out the required capacity margins and providing guidance to the NSO and RSOs.</p> BEIS consultation on Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:12:49 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK responds to the Government’s consultation on removing barriers to the re-use of waste heat, and opens the door for discussion. <p>The Government wants to encourage industry to identify and invest in opportunities to recover heat and plans to introduce a programme to support this: IHRS – Industrial Heat Recovery Support. This will allow industry to re-use heat on-site or sell it to a third party, leading to higher energy and carbon productivity, lower fuel bills or a new revenue stream. See&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposals focus on removing barriers, of which there are many for data centre operators, not least the grade of heat, the absence of customers and the unhelpful Heat Networks Directive which adds a further layer of regulatory complexity for those embarking on such an activity.</p> <p>We provided a very brief response by the deadline of 4th January that set out the main barriers and welcomed ongoing dialogue. Data centres are not currently within the scope of the proposals and discussions within the sector regarding heat re-use are not advanced enough to inform a substantive input to the consultation. However, we made some informal observations and took the opportunity to confirm that this is a topic of interest to the sector and that we would welcome further dialogue if it can help establish whether data centres can make a viable contribution to energy efficiency through heat reuse.</p> <p>If you are engaged in heat reuse projects within data centres then we would love to hear from you.</p> NIC to Launch 'Roads of the Future' Competition Next Week Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:50:23 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Roads of the Future – NIC’s innovation competition for better roads for CAVs – opens Monday 15 January 2018. <blockquote>Innovation competition 'Roads of the Future' will be open to applicants next week.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>In November 2017, the NIC announced plans for an innovation competition focussing on “how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles”.</p> <p>The 'Roads of the Future' competition, beginning on <strong>Monday 15 January 2018</strong>, will be launched with <a href="">Innovate UK</a> and <a href="">Highways England</a>. The deadline for submissions is <strong>Wednesday 14 March 2018</strong>.</p> <p>Applicants have two months to develop ideas for how to adapt roads for CAVs, to be judged by a jury appointed by NIC. Submissions are encouraged to consider issues including:</p> <ul> <li>Road design</li> <li>Traffic management</li> <li>Regulatory adaptations</li> </ul> <p>Five successful applicants will then receive <strong>£30 000</strong> to further develop their ideas throughout May and August. These will once again be judged and <strong>the winning applicant will receive an additional £50 000</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Further information on the competition will be posted here on Monday 15 January</a>, including links to competition documents and competition registration.</p> <p><br />techUK wishes all applicants the best of luck, and&nbsp;is excited to see what innovative ideas the competition brings about.</p> techUK Welcomes Margot James MP as new Minister for Digital and Creative Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:26:52 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) CEO Julian David comments on the appointment of Margot James MP in the ministerial reshuffle. <blockquote style="color: #ec008c;">Commenting on the Ministerial reshuffle, and the appointment of Margot James MP as Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</blockquote> <p><em>“techUK congratulates Margot James on her appointment. Minister for Digital is a vital portfolio for the UK economy. Margot James will bring great energy and dynamism to the role. It is a critical year for the tech sector as we continue to build on the Government’s Digital Strategy, and Brexit negotiations move into Phase 2. A continued collaborative relationship with Government and industry will be the key to success.”</em></p> <p><em>“I’d also like to thank Matt Hancock for all his work as Digital Minister. He really made the brief his own and worked hard with our members on a range of issues. We look forward to continue working with him in his new role as Secretary of State.”</em></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For media enquiries please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: Mous Wants to Break the Global Market by Protecting Your Phone Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:03:14 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Popular British phone accessories business, known for protecting devices in incredible drop test videos, is looking to drive its growth this year at CES. <h3>techUK CES 2018: Popular UK mobile phone accessories business sees expansion opportunity at CES 2018</h3> <p><a href="">Mous</a> is a British mobile phone accessories brand that recently created the Limitless 2.0, a protective case for the new iPhone X. The company has also completed an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign, in which it raised over $2.5 million. The company now ships over 150,000 cases to all four corners of the globe from its website. CES will play a crucial role in its 2018 development plan as Mous looks to increase sales through retailer and distributor partnerships.</p> <p>James Griffith, co-founder of <a href="">Mous</a>, was elated with the support that it has received to attend CES:</p> <p>“The support we have received this year means everything to us. It’s an opportunity to show off our products, share our story and reveal our plans for 2018 with thousands of people. It also gives us the opportunity to meet retailers and distributors in key markets such as the US, South America and Asia. We hope that this year’s CES will catapult us into the next chapter of our story and that the show will help spread the word about Mous.”</p> <p>Find Mous at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Energising Tomorrow's World Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:28:53 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) Programme announced for the 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum, supported by techUK. <blockquote>Additional headline speakers at the 4th annual everywoman in Tech Forum have been announced, and the inspiring line-up is set to feature some of the world’s most influential female tech entrepreneurs alongside innovative heads of business embracing disruptive technology.</blockquote> <p>This one-day event will return to the London Hilton Park Lane on 8 February attracting over 600 international delegates from a variety of industry sectors.</p> <p>The impressive list of speakers include Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, who has been hailed by Fortune and TIME as one of Europe’s top talents in digital engagement; Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure – a strategic and competitive intelligence company – who is globally recognised for her early adoption of new technologies in the advancement of competitive intelligence; and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values, whose toy line ZippyKit is aimed at bridging gender gaps in STEM subjects.</p> <p>Senior executives from some of the world’s biggest organisations including BP and Accenture will also be presenting at the event, along with the founders of Blippar, Elvie and Cognition X.</p> <p>A growing body of research demonstrates that gender balanced teams produce better outcomes and create a more sustainable future for business along with a positive impact on the bottom line. Despite this, the number of women working in the technology sector remains stubbornly low at just 16%* and a recent study conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers felt to prevent women entering the industry are ‘workplace cultures that don’t welcome or support female progression’ and ‘too few female role models for young girls.’**</p> <p>To counter this, the everywoman in Tech Forum brings together some of the most inspirational men and women working in the industry offering opportunities for networking alongside personal development. Recognising that gender parity in technology can only be achieved when both men and women work together to effect change, the Forum will also host key male business leaders who will discuss how they are working to champion the advancement of women in their organisations and in the industry as a whole.</p> <p>The agenda features sessions looking at the women changing the IoT world, building teams of balance and productivity, and gender dynamics in the workplace.&nbsp; Other highlights will include discussions on some of the most pressing issues currently facing and shaping the tech industry and businesses today, including artificial intelligence and reverse mentoring. Plus there will be a live demonstration with Cobot around how humans and robots are working collaboratively within the sector</p> <p>Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder, everywoman says “We are thrilled to announce the agenda for this year’s everywoman in Tech Forum and delighted to be joined by so many industry experts. For us, the Forum embodies the everywoman strategy for attracting, retaining and advancing women in business, by offering quality learning and development, access to role models and unparalleled networking opportunities.&nbsp; Whether you are a manager looking to drive your team’s performance, an aspiring leader or an ambitious graduate our inspiring line up will provide delegates with the skills, information and motivation to achieve their goals.”</p> <p>Tickets to the forum cost £400 + VAT and can be purchased here: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Organisations can also live stream the keynote speeches to their employees and engage them through, an interactive web-based platform that allows participants to engage with live events. Users can ask questions to the event speakers, vote in polls and participate in surveys. Visit: <a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Urges Government to Support Home Energy Tech Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:23:17 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) BEIS call for evidence sought views on how to build a market for energy efficiency in homes. <p>Despite reductions in the use of gas in homes and a decline in energy demand, homes still present a significant headache for those worrying about how we will meet our future carbon targets. The current policy framework leaves a significant gap between what’s like to be achieved and what is needed to meet the fifth carbon budget. New regulatory policies are needed to bridge the gap.</p> <p>In a wide-ranging call for evidence, BEIS sought views on how markets for energy efficiency should be stimulated and the relative attractiveness of various options that impact upstream and downstream demand for products and services that deliver improvements to homes.</p> <p>In techUK’s response, we highlighted the significant role that digital technologies can play in connected homes – not only in helping home occupiers to manage their use more efficiently but in supporting a smart, flexible grid system and gain new actionable insights on how to further reduce energy bills. It is therefore no longer appropriate to just consider the fabric of a building along: we need a policy framework that recognises the role of these technologies in enabling a dynamic, productive UK energy system.</p> <p>techUK’s <a href="" target="_blank">research</a> shows that consumers are increasingly interested in this nascent technology with 42% of people interested in purchasing smart home energy technologies in the future, prompted in part by the roll out of smart meters. But consumer participation cannot be taken for granted. The market for smart appliances remains low and many still consider them too expensive. More needs to be done to empower and incentivise consumers to manage their demand, adopt new technologies and minimise costs to their benefit and that of the electricity system as a whole.</p> <p>Among the recommendations from techUK to government:</p> <p>• Introduce new “smartness” indicator on EPC labels highlighting to occupants comfort controls or ability to participate in demand response.</p> <p>• Commit to continue to energy label products following our exit of the European Union to ensure consumers can identify the most efficient smart appliances on the market.</p> <p>• Ensure measures to overcome access to finance barriers – such as low interest loans to homeowners, equity loans or “green” mortgages - allow for upgrades in energy efficient smart appliances as a permitted energy efficiency measure or alternatively that a separate percentage of the loan is permitted to upgrade energy efficient smart models.</p> <p>• With clear evidence of the social good smart technologies and appliances can bring (in tackling fuel poverty and supporting assisted living, for example) VAT reductions, as permitted under the Council Directive 2006/11/EC on the common system of value added tax, should also be considered.</p> <p>• Supply side options include incentives linked to certain tariffs, for example on the back of sign-up to time of use tariffs and domestic maximum demand tariffs, could drive demand for energy efficient technologies. Government’s role is to urgently remove barriers to smart tariffs, such as half-hourly settlement, enabling new business models to develop. Government should also establish rules that will ensure those who are unable to participate in this new market are not disadvantaged.</p> <p>• Address grid flexibility barriers to ensure that the full range of technologies and solutions are at our disposal. This could be achieved, without spending money on upgrade to the grid, through demand response services or by giving network operators a degree of control over the use of large loads. Maximum demand tariffs could help to integrate large new connections.</p> <p>• Review the current status of third party access to other sets of energy and efficiency data and commit to a review of public interest justifications for greater access. Consider how to integrate the Royal Society and British Academy’s high level principles for data governance into its current review of the smart meter Data Access and Privacy Framework.</p> <p>You can download the response in full below.</p> Campaign Week: How tech can help avoid the winter crisis Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:25:14 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) In February, techUK is running a campaign week for you to share your ideas on how tech can help avoid a winter crisis in health and social care. Find out how to get involved. <p>techUK will be holding a Campaign Week series on the theme of ‘How technology can help avoid a winter crisis in health and social care’ from <strong>26 February to 2 March 2018</strong> and we would be delighted to have you contribute to it.</p> <h3>Background</h3> <p>There are daily stories in the media about winter pressures in the NHS. This makes it easy to forget that the NHS ranks as one of the best healthcare systems in the world. But there are real challenges, particularly during the winter period. The challenges can be summarised as high demand, constrained spending, staffing issues, and problems with the flow of patients through the system. There is a lot of good work currently being done across the Health and Social Care ecosystem to address these problems and the tech industry is conscious that technology is no panacea. We do, however, believe that the sector can make a valuable contribution to help solving these issues.</p> <p>In October 2017, <a href="" target="_blank">techUK launched an investigation into how technology can help avoid a winter crisis in health and social care</a>. The investigation provides an opportunity for the technology community to meaningfully contribute and support those in the NHS working to solve some of the supply and demand challenges.</p> <h3>How to get involved</h3> <p>Why not join this debate and discussion on how technology can help solve some of these challenges? Each day during the week there will be a different topic with blog posts, tweets and case studies centred on the themes below. This could be a thought leadership blog post (max 600 words), a case study or a video that demonstrates your view on this issue. We’d like to invite techUK members and stakeholders to contribute on one of the topics outlined below. The topics follow the themes of t<a href="" target="_blank">he paper we launched last year and the questions that were raised in the paper.</a> If you wish to contribute to a different topic then we are happy to explore further with you.</p> <h3>Topics</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><strong>‘Relentless’ demand:</strong> <ul> <li>How can technology enable and equip health and social care professionals to deliver services remotely?</li> <li><strong>Accessing the system</strong>: Can technology reduce the number of people unnecessarily attending A&amp;E?</li> <li><strong>Keeping people out of hospital:</strong> How can technology help to support people to remain in their homes and keep people from being admitted to hospitals or care homes?</li> <li><strong>Prevention is better:</strong> How can the proliferation of connected devices keep us healthy?</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Constrained supply:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>The bed-blocking challenge:</strong> How can technology assist with the management of patient flow through the hospital?</li> <li><strong>The workforce challenge:</strong> How can technology ease problems of recruitment and workforce planning?</li> <li><strong>Breaking down silos:</strong> How can improved data collection and analytics be used as an enabler in the move towards a focus on population health?</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>If you would like to contribute, please can you email your interest to Kate Francis (<a href=""></a>) by <strong>Friday 19 January</strong>. The deadline for submission of blogs is <strong>12 February 2018</strong>.</p> <p>When you submit the blog please can you also include the name, job title of the author as well as a blog title (max 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use.</p> <p>Please do get in touch if you have any questions or queries.</p> Nominations OPEN For New techUK Cloud & Data Analytics AI Leadership Committees Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) This is your chance to get involved in leading techUK’s Cloud, Data, Analytics & AI programme. <blockquote>From today members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on two new Leadership Committees being created to steer techUK's work in Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and AI.</blockquote> <p>techUK has today opened nominations for members to join the following newly created Leadership Committees:</p> <h3><strong>techUK Cloud Leadership Committee</strong></h3> <ul> <li>This committee will steer the development of action orientated projects, thought leadership campaigns and public policy engagement in order to drive the UK cloud computing market forward.</li> </ul> <h3><strong>techUK Data Analytics and AI Leadership Committee</strong></h3> <ul> <li>This commitee will identify key opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed to encourage data driven change, increase the deployment and adoption of data analytics technologies and make the UK AI ready.</li> </ul> <p>Each Committee will have a maximum of 15 members that will be elected to each Committee for a tenure of two years (February 2018 - February 2020). Please note that only <strong>one</strong> representative per techUK member company is allowed to sit on each of the Leadership Committees at any one time. Members of the Committees must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in activities as set out in the Terms of Reference below.&nbsp;Once the Committee’s have been appointed, elections for the Chair and Vice-Chair for each Committee will begin and be chosen by elected members.&nbsp;</p> <p>To nominate yourself, or a colleague, simply read through the Terms of Reference for each Leadership Committee, complete the nomination form both below and return to Sue Daley (<a href=""></a>)&nbsp;by <strong>6pm on Wednesday 31st January</strong>&nbsp;at the latest. Members are allowed to nominate themselves for both Leadership Committees.</p> <p>Once all nominations has been submitted, an online election for Committee places will be open from <strong>Thursday 1st February</strong> and will close at <strong>17:00</strong> on <strong>Thursday 8th February</strong>. All members of the Cloud, Data Analytics &amp; AI Group <em>(those that receive the group newsletter are automatically a member of the group)</em> are elegible to vote for Committee members.</p> <p>If you are interested in nominating yourself and have any questions about the <a href="focus/programmes/cloud-data-analytics-and-ai" target="_blank">Cloud, Data Analytics and AI</a> Committees and Programme, please don't hesitate to contact Sue Daley.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Charles Forte confirmed as MOD Chief Information Officer Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:47:11 +0000 Andy Johnston (techUK) Today Charles Forte, formerly of Prudential, BP, and Thameswater, was announced as the new CIO of the MOD. <p>techUK would like to congratulate Charles Forte for his appointment to the role of MOD Chief Information Officer. Charles has 36 years industry experience gained from leading Information Technology companies globally. He has previously had the role of CIO at British Petroleum and in an interim position at Thameswater. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Global IT Service at Prudential.</p> <p>Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, who has been acting both as the Chief Executive Officer of Information Systems &amp; Services (ISS) and the Defence CIO will hand over the latter role to Charles when he joins the Department. Charles is expected to start in post towards the end of January 2018.</p> <p>As part of his new role, Charles will be responsible for the development of MOD strategy and policy on the operation and protection of all MOD Information and Communications Technology, including cybersecurity.</p> <p>techUK looks forward to working with Charles, the senior leadership team within ISS, and the wider information systems and services network across the Department. The appointment of a CIO that sits outside of ISS Corsham could lend itself very well towards even greater integration between the digital elements around the MOD. There is a real impetus within UK Defence to adopt information technologies and utilise data as a force multiplier, the appointment of Charles Forte is a big step towards delivering the digital vision for Defence.</p> techUK Congratulates Matt Hancock on Appointment as Secretary of State for DCMS Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:36:14 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK CEO welcomes the appointment of Matt Hancock MP to the important role of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport <blockquote>Commenting on the Cabinet reshuffle, and the appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</blockquote> <p><em>“techUK congratulates Matt Hancock on his appointment. He has been a fantastic Minister for Digital and I welcome his continued presence in DCMS. His appointment comes at a critical time for the tech industry with GDPR coming into force later this year, a rapidly digitising economy and continued uncertainty over Brexit. I, and the whole of techUK, look forward to working with him on these and a host of other issues over the coming years.</em></p> <p><em>“I would also like to thank Karen Bradley for all her work as Secretary of State. She was always ready to listen and engage with the tech industry in a highly constructive way, and oversaw many vital pieces of work within the department.</em></p> <p><em>“While many other Cabinet Ministers have stayed in place, we also welcome David Lidington to the Cabinet Office and David Gauke to the Ministry of Justice as excellent appointments in vital Departments for UK tech. We also strongly support the greater recognition given to Social Care and Housing in the new Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Both are key domestic policy challenges, and both area areas in which tech will have a significant role to play as part of the solution.”</em></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For media enquiries please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: nCube Brings Simplicity to the Connected Home at CES 2018 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:21:21 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) British smart home brand nCube will launch its latest product at CES designed to be 'the brain at the heard of your home'. <h3>techUK CES 2018: UK-based smart home technology company <a href="">nCube</a> will launch its modular smart home platform, as well as a new range of smart home devices at CES 2018.</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/nCube_hub_being_stacked_500x.jpg" alt="nCube hub being stacked 500x" width="500" height="350" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>From allowing you to control everything from heating to lighting, music to sensors, <a href="">nCube</a> positions itself as ‘the brain at the heart of your home’ and provides ambience, security, safety and energy efficiency to the modern connected home through an attractive modular design. The company will also be at CES 2018 to show off an array of smart home products that can be controlled using the platform, including smart window sensors, motion sensors, flood sensors, as well as smart plugs, light bulbs and switches.</p> <p>Philip Steele, CEO of <a href="">nCube</a> expressed his intentions as to why the show is important in 2018:</p> <p>“The connected home is really gathering momentum and CES will be a great place to showcase the progress we have made in creating a product that will make these products easier for consumers to use. From a market development perspective as well, CES will give us a great opportunity to meet with other smart home producers, as well as retailers and distributors and provide us with in-roads for growth in 2018. For this reasons we are very excited to be attending the show this year.”</p> <p>Find Mous at Stand 40118</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Essex County Council Challenge Dementia Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? A chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this challenge <p>Do you want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? Do you want the chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this growing challenge?</p> <p>These are not opening lines that you would naturally associate with the work of a Local Authority but Essex County Council see things quite differently.</p> <p>On the 19th January 2018 Essex County Council is launching <strong>Challenge Dementia</strong>, the second in a series of Challenge Prizes developed to identify solutions to some of the most complex problems facing its residents.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Essex_Challenge_Prize.jpg" alt="Essex Challenge Prize" /></p> <p>Challenge Dementia is a nationwide search for innovative and creative ideas that can support people to live well with Dementia. The prize team, supported by the <strong>Centre for Challenge Prizes</strong> at <strong>Nesta</strong>, are particularly interested in engaging the ‘Unusual Suspects’ and encouraging people to apply who can view the problem through a different lens.</p> <p><em>‘You might be a tech expert; a community activist; a designer; architect; or something else entirely’</em></p> <p>Individuals living with Dementia find it difficult to remain connected to the people and places around them. This leaves them feeling alone and frustrated, unable to do the things they once enjoyed and losing their sense of identity. Challenge Dementia is a real opportunity to do something different, to create new and innovative ideas to enable people living with Dementia to live a purposeful life for as long as possible.</p> <p>The Challenge Dementia prize is looking for ideas with potential at this stage. They might include an easy to use service that keeps people connected to their family or friends; a programme that helps and encourages people to keep in contact with the places they love from walking outdoors to enjoying a pint at their local pub; or even a digital solution that helps people connect with their community according to their likes.</p> <p>Up to ten shortlisted finalists will be given the opportunity to work with a range of sector leaders including Business Mentors from <strong>techUK</strong> as well as PA Consulting, Alzheimer’s Society and the University of Essex.</p> <p>In addition to the non-financial support, finalists will receive a micro-grant of £5,000 each to develop and test their idea with people living with Dementia over a five month period before presenting their Business Case in a Dragon’s Den style pitch to a panel of national judges that includes the voice of people living with Dementia. The panel will decide who receives the £100,000 prize with the announcement to be made at Awards Evening in London in December.</p> <p>The prize closes to entries on the 13th April. To find out more <a href="" target="_blank">visit the website.</a><a href=""><br /></a></p> <p><em>Not thinking of entering? Then perhaps you’d think about being one of the techUK Business Mentors. Could you share your experience and knowledge to support emerging ideas? Keep a look out for more details to follow.</em></p> <p><img src="images/assets/Challenge_Dementia_Prize_Timeline.jpg" alt="Challenge Dementia Prize Timeline" /></p> <p>Notes</p> <ul> <li>Challenge Dementia opens to entries 19th January 2018 as part of Essex Dementia Day</li> <li>Following the closing date on the 13th April applications will be judged by the panel against pre-determined judging criteria set out on the website</li> <li>Full Terms and Conditions are set out on the website</li> <li>For all enquires please contact Nicole North or Benjamin Mann at <a href=""></a></li> </ul> <p><img src="images/assets/Logo_BLK_003.png" alt="Logo BLK 003" /></p> Sponsorship Opportunities - techUK Events Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:37:00 +0000 Rohit Sharma (techUK) Complete the online form to receive further information about sponsoring a techUK flagship event <p>Throughout the year, techUK hosts a range of events, from intimate dinners to large scale conferences, each carefully developed to reach the right target audience. The events present sponsors with the opportunity to develop their position as a thought leader by sharing a platform with sector leaders; meet key government and regulatory stakeholders; and network with peers and potential customers.</p> <p>In addition, all sponsors benefit from a range of brand awareness raising activities as part of their sponsorship. Take a look at our 2018 events calendar by downloading it via the link below.</p> <p>If anything is of interest and to discuss opportunities please fill in the following form:</p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;">{loadposition sponsorship-opportunities}</span></p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: Speechmatics to Showcase Real-Time Transcription at CES 2018 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:24:42 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) British company Speechmatics will showcase new instantaneous real-time transcription software in Las Vegas. <h3>techUK CES 2018: British company <a href="">Speechmatics</a> is powering a speech-enabled future as it heads to the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Pavilion at CES 2018</h3> <p>techUK CES 2018: British company <a href="">Speechmatics</a> is powering a speech-enabled future as it heads to the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Pavilion at CES 2018</p> <p><a href="">Speechmatics</a> is a leading provider of Automatic Speech Recognition technology based on decades of experience in neural networks. With its technology covering 72 unique languages, the company will be showcasing its Real-Time Virtual Appliance where users are able to plug <a href="">Speechmatics’</a> new software directly into an audio stream and get instantaneous real-time transcription.</p> <p>Benedikt Von Thüngen, CEO of <a href="">Speechmatics</a>, outlined why CES is a crucial event for it to attend:</p> <p>“Much of the current hype is around virtual personal assistants, or VPAs, such as Alexa and Siri. However, what will truly disrupt the consumer market is conversational speech technology that adapts to the user and functions across different devices. This is the message that we want to push at the show and achieve the scale and growth we feel is possible in 2018. With CES being the biggest consumer-focused show in the world, our attendance is an opportunity to reach the North-American market and allow us to explore key consumer verticals.”</p> <p>Find Speechmatics at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: University of Southampton's Future Worlds Incubator Returns to CES Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:06:56 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) The Future Worlds incubator will return to CES to showcase the University's innovative startups and spinouts. <h3>techUK CES 2018: AI, 3D audio and language innovations from the University of Southampton’s Future Worlds incubator will be exhibited at CES 2018 for a third year running</h3> <p>Researchers and students from the University of Southampton will lead the UK’s university presence at CES 2018. Entrepreneurs from the University’s <a href="">Future Worlds</a> incubator will give live demonstrations of three featured products: an immersive 3D audio soundbar, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered video analytics platform and an intuitive language app to teach the Japanese writing system.</p> <p>Associate Professor Filippo Fazi and Research Fellow Dr Marcos Simón will demonstrate <a href="">Soton Audio Labs</a>, a groundbreaking system that creates immersive 3D audio from a single soundbar. The technology uses image processing with a built-in camera to track the location of the viewer in the room, and delivers a perfect 3D experience using destructive and constructive sound cancellation techniques.</p> <p>Computer Vision expert, Daniel Martinho-Corbishley, will showcase <a href="">Aura Vision Labs</a>, a cloud-based video analytics platform that harnesses the latest innovations in AI to generate valuable data for uses in high-tech retail and future smart cities. The platform, which is built on cutting-edge PhD research, uses state-of-the-art ‘deep learning’ technology to extract useful information about how people look and move from live footage captured on low-cost cameras and existing security systems.</p> <p>Web scientist, Travis Ralph-Donaldson, will bring a hands-on demonstration of <a href="">Handy Kanji</a>, an iOS app that gamifies the teaching of the Japanese writing system. The application uses intelligent stroke recognition and scoring algorithms to teach hundreds of Japanese Kanji characters.</p> <p>Dr Reuben Wilcock, Future Worlds director, comments:</p> <p>“Future Worlds is excited to bring cutting-edge innovations from the University of Southampton to CES for the third year running. We are proud to showcase how we have grown a unique on-campus start-up culture and have been incubating some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the world today. We hope that this will drive greater interest from investors and prospective start-ups.”</p> <p>Find Future Worlds and the University of Southampton at Stand 52315 and 52317, Eureka Park.</p> <p>For more information, please contact <a href=""></a> or call +44 7976 601233 for more information or to arrange a visit to the stand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Opportunities for Fintechs to Enter International Markets Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:11:10 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) The City of London Corporation will run a series of events to help UK fintechs expand into India. <p><strong>The City of London Corporation is running a series of events to help UK fintechs take up opportunities in the international market. Their first focus will be India.</strong></p> <p>Across 2018, City of London will run a series of India-UK Fintech-specific events culminating in a delegation to India headed by the Lord Mayor in October 2018.&nbsp;The focus will be on:</p> <ul> <li>Helping companies understand the opportunity in India following massive economic reforms - what does that mean for UK Fintechs?</li> <li>Offering companies a platform to create links with stakeholders in India.</li> <li>Helping companies get their voice heard by policy makers on challenges in the Indian market.</li> <li>Providing a network of support for companies looking to expand to India.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preliminary Schedule of events</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>Jan 2018 (tbc): Roundtable at Indian High Commission London with UK Fintechs – re newly launched Access India Programme as well as a chance to raise awareness of challenges facing UK Fintechs.&nbsp;</li> <li>1 March - 26 Feb: DIT Organised Event in Mumbai &amp; Delhi (including roundtables with the Indian Ministry of Finance).&nbsp;</li> <li>July (tbc): Learning Event on finance sector reforms in India and how UK companies can take advantage.&nbsp;</li> <li>8th Oct 2018: Lord Mayor Delegation – Mumbai &amp; Bangalore, variety of stakeholder meetings.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The City of London Corporation is keen to talk to any companies interested in international expansion in India and elsewhere.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>For more information please get in touch with <a href="">Jack Brooks</a> and <a href="">Amar Mistry</a>.</strong></p> <p>The City of London Corporation is an apolitical public sector organisation that represents the UK’s financial services companies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: Kino-mo to Bring New Dimension to Visual Advertising at CES Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:21:50 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) London-based company developing visual solutions, Kino-mo, will return to CES to showcasing its latest holographic technology. <h3>techUK CES 2018: London-based company developing visual solutions, <a href="">Kino-mo</a>, will return to CES after a successful first appearance in 2017 showcasing its latest holographic technology Hypervsn™ Wall.</h3> <p><a href="">Kino-mo</a> is an award-winning British company developing hi-tech visual technologies. From a start-up backed by world-recognised investors Mark Cuban and Sir Richard Branson, <a href="">Kino-mo</a> has grown into a globally emerging company developing and delivering smart, emotionally compelling and visually impactful solutions.</p> <p>Art Stavenka, Co-Founder of <a href="">Kino-mo</a>, explains why they are returning to CES this year:</p> <p>“Right after our global launch of HypervsnTM last year, we received an array of awards including Top 3 British Innovations of the Year and was named among World’s 10 Most Impressive Technologies by Mashable and USA Today. The media coverage and interest we received at CES 2017 was incredible. We aim to deliver our technology everywhere around the world, continuously expanding our partner network worldwide. CES provides a great opportunity for us to do this and we look forward to joining other leading tech businesses at the Pavilion this year”</p> <p>Find <a href="">Kino-mo</a> at Tech East zone, LVCC, South Hall 1, Booth 21039</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Response to BEIS Consultation on Carbon and Energy Reporting Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:26:51 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) The government is currently considering whether more companies should be reporting on carbon and energy in their company accounts. <p>BEIS’ consultation on streamlined energy and carbon reporting follows the decision to scrap the deeply unpopular CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme after the 2018/19 compliance year.</p> <p>Government is considering how to replace the reporting element of the scheme and is considering: mandatory annual reporting through company accounts; new qualification thresholds to capture a larger population of businesses; and whether companies should also publically disclose what action they have taken on energy efficiency.</p> <p>UK quoted companies are already required to report annually on their greenhouse gas emissions, including those emitted outside of the UK, in their annual reports. The government is intending to retain this requirement but asks whether global energy use should also be disclosed.</p> <p>In its response, techUK calls for government to:</p> <p><strong>Set minimum requirements</strong>: techUK is concerned that the proposals outlined by the government in this consultation represent a far more onerous approach than we had anticipated. It fails to recognise that greenhouse gas measurement and reporting is now a mainstream activity of the world’s leading companies, and has become part of the overall business strategy. However, for other, less motivated companies, perhaps because energy and carbon is considered to be neither a strategic, reputational or cost issue, there is a role for government reporting schemes to provide guidance on what to measure, how to do it and how to disclose that information.</p> <p><strong>Go with the grain of existing best business practice</strong>: We support the government’s intention to exclude CCA and EU ETS energy use/emissions from reporting obligations. But we believe this should go further by exempting all businesses participating in recognised reporting and disclosure frameworks, equivalent measures, such as the CDP and TCFD.</p> <p><strong>Move away from box ticking and encourage a narrative approach</strong>: It is the experience of our members that a narrative approach, underpinned by appropriate metrics, describing the work that has been undertaken to address energy use and carbon reduction and the work that is planned in future is a far more effective way to encourage and demonstrate continual progress whilst ensuring previous activity is fully recognised.</p> <p><strong>Set appropriate thresholds</strong>: We believe that the ex-CRC qualification threshold would be an appropriate threshold. This should be reassessed annually, with the option for companies which fall below the threshold to continue reporting should they wish to do so. However, disclosing energy use and, in some cases, disclosure against certain energy intensity metrics, can be commercially sensitive.</p> <p><strong>Give companies the opportunity to either report via reports or via their website</strong>: Carbon reporting should be accessible but we question whether company reports are the right vehicle for this information in all cases. Rather, it should be left to companies to either disclose in their annual reports, or if more appropriate, provide a link to the information in a prominent place on their website.</p> <p>For more information, please download our response in full.</p> Big Energy Saving Week. 22nd to 28th January Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) A national initiative backed by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Energy Saving Trust. <p>This&nbsp;national&nbsp;campaign will be delivered through partnerships via the media and hundreds of events organised by Citizens Advice taking place across the UK.</p> <p>The overall aim is to help householders take practical steps to cut their energy bills by encouraging them to check they are on the best deal and to save energy by taking control of their heating and electricity and using the smart technologies available.</p> <p>For more information on the campaign and how to involve your business click on the link below:</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=9029084_Resend%20of%20BESW17%20email%20to%20business%20contacts&amp;dm_i=N26,5DIVW,LITTEH,KSCX1,1" target="_blank">Big Energy Saving Week Registration</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> HM Treasury Announces International Fintech Conference Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:49:06 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Treasury Fintech Conference will bring UK talent together with international investors. <p><strong>HM Treasury will host the&nbsp;2nd International FinTech Conference 22nd March 2018</strong></p> <p>Showcasing the UK’s world-leading FinTech sector, this exciting one-day programme will connect the world’s biggest domestic and international investors with the best UK FinTechs in a central London location.</p> <p>The conference will bring together the biggest names in global FinTech amid panel discussions and workshops demonstrating how the UK continues to lead the way in supporting innovation and FinTech growth. Speakers last year included&nbsp;Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, as well as global leaders from industry.</p> <p>The International FinTech Conference provides a platform to pitch to the biggest international investors at a unique event in the world’s leading global FinTech hub, supported by the biggest names in the global FinTech industry.</p> <p>You can get involved in this opportunity by attending the conference or in being an exhibitor.</p> <p><strong>Register your interest directly on the <a href="">International Fintech Conference website</a>.</strong></p> <p>Attendees will be selected by an expert panel and invitations will be issued nearer the time.</p> Tech Sector Luminaries Feature in New Year Honours List Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:31:29 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK offers our heartfelt congratulations to all those on the New Year Honours list <p>The tech sector was well-represented in the New Year Honours list for 2018 – a clear sign of how our industry is now helping to shape a modern society for all. techUK was proud to see our president, <strong>Jacqueline de Rojas</strong>, awarded a CBE and would like to congratulate the other leading lights from the tech sector who were honoured and whose work has been pivotal in shaping our growing, thriving digital economy in the UK.</p> <p>From <strong>Demis Hassabis</strong>, CEO, DeepMind Technologies, receiving recognition for his services to science and technology through his work on artificial intelligence to <strong>Ron Kalifa</strong>’s financial services innovation at WorldPay to <strong>Dana Tobak</strong>, managing director of Hyperoptic receiving a CBE for her services to the digital economy, the UK showed itself to be a hotbed of innovation for high growth areas within technology.</p> <p>It was great to see the contribution made by our thriving cyber security sector recognised as well, particularly due to the direct impact that this area has on our lives with the uptick in cyber-warfare and crime. Thanks and congratulations to <strong>Sian John</strong>, executive security advisor at Microsoft, and <strong>Bernard Parson</strong>, CEO at BeCrypt. Sian John is the vice chair and Bernard is an active member in techUK’s Cyber Security Management Committee, so it’s great to see their passion acknowledged.</p> <p>Entrepreneur <strong>Vin Muria</strong>, <strong>Adetunji Akintokun</strong> of Cisco and Leanne Bonner-Cooke of Evolve all received honours this year as a result of their work in diversity and inclusion. Although there is still work to be done in these areas, we’d like to thank these individuals for their continued dedication and we’ll continue to support their efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the coming years.</p> <p>We were also delighted to see <strong>Ken Olisa</strong>, IT industry veteran with a career spanning more than three decades, knighted for his services to business and philanthropy.</p> <p>This year’s awards highlighted how innovative our tech sector is and acknowledged the unrelenting dedication of our leaders. We’d like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all those on the New Year Honours list and look forward to being part of the incredible work our industry will contribute in the next year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> BrightSparks. Competition to find the Design Engineers of Tomorrow Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:53:14 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Electronics Weekly has teamed up with RS Components to highlight the brightest and most talented young electronic engineers in the UK today. <p>Following on from a succesful 2017 BrightSparks programme, 2018 sees the launch of this year's search for our engineers of tomorrow, celebrating the very best of UK based talent.</p> <p>RS chief executive Lindsley Ruth hails the EW BrightSparks programme, commenting: "We are very pleased and proud to announce that we will be running a new EW BrightSparks programme for 2018".</p> <p>"We will be looking for the young engineers who are already making a difference in the first years of their working life, or who are still studying but are showing the promise to become the people behind big future innovations in electronics".</p> <p>"Why are we doing this? We believe that by celebrating the achievements of the most talented young people in the electronics world, we can play a significant role in inspiring and encouraging new entrants to the industry. This is particularly important in the context of the industry’s well-publicised skills gap and the efforts of the UK government and other organisations to encourage greater take-up in schools and universities of STEM and engineering-related subjects".</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, will again join the judging panel, with the winners announced on the 3rd May.</p> <p>For more information on the programme and to enter your bright sparks click on the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BrightSparks</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> EBA Opinion on PSD2 Transition Period Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:45:33 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) EBA issues guidance to national authorities on the transition period under PSD2 <p><strong>The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published an <a href="">Opinion</a> which offers guidance to national authorities on the transition from the existing Payment Services Directive (PSD1) to the revised Directive (PSD2), which will apply from 13 January 2018.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>PSD2 has conferred on the EBA the development of twelve Technical Standards and Guidelines covering a number of different areas, including authorisation, passporting, payment security, account access, and consumer protection. However, by the application date of PSD2, 13 January 2018, some of the EBA deliverables will not yet be applicable, either because they have not been completed or because PSD2 itself envisages that certain security-related provisions will be applicable after its application date. Finally, PSD2 also foresees that some groups of providers will not have to comply with all PSD2 requirements from its application date.</p> <p>The <a href="">EBA Opinion</a> provides advice to competent authorities on a number of items, including:</p> <ul> <li>Clarification that even if an EBA instrument does not yet apply, the underlying provision in PSD2 does.</li> <li>Guidance re the transitional period under Article 115(4) from 13 January 2018 until the Technical Standards on Strong Customer Authentication and Common and Secure Communication apply (aka EBA/RTS), including the advice that payment services providers comply early with the requirements.</li> <li>Direction as to how and when the existing EBA Guidelines on the security of internet payments under PSD1 will be superseded by the provisions in PSD2 and the related EBA instruments.</li> </ul> Open Banking Technical Design Workshops Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:26:20 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Invitation for experts to Open Banking technical workshops - Jan 17 and 18 <p><strong>Open Banking will hold two Open Banking Workshops - attendees welcome.</strong></p> <p><strong>Date: 17th and 18th January, 10am-4.30pm (09:30 am for registration &amp; breakfast).</strong></p> <p><strong>Venue: <a href="">Etc Venues</a>,&nbsp;8 Eastcheap, EC3M 1AE</strong></p> <p>This is a Technical Design Workshop and Open Banking are looking for <strong>technical architects and product specialists from ASPSPs and TPPs</strong> covering BOTH personal and business current banking (including current accounts and flexi savings accounts) AND credit cards and e-money accounts.</p> <p><strong>Please book your attendance by emailing direct to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;by COB Tuesday 9th January.</strong></p> <p>​The purpose of the workshop is to review the technical specifications for all <a href="">Roadmap items</a> which are due for delivery in February 2018. The page references below refer to the <a href="">Roadmap</a>.</p> <p>The two days will broadly cover the following structure:-</p> <p><strong>Day 1 - 17 Jan</strong></p> <ul> <li>Review technical specifications for PSD2 in-scope accounts (Sterling) [P20], with discussions around utilisation of existing endpoints and how these can be expanded for other payment account that are in scope, e.g. credit cards. We will also focus on new fields that need to be added to these endpoints and we will look at the requirement to create a statement endpoint which will provide summary statement information.</li> <li>Design update on products endpoint for open data for standardised backbook products (PCA &amp; BCA) [P1] &amp; progress update on service quality metrics (as per CMA Order) [P12].</li> <li>It would be very helpful for the credit card and e-Money SME’s to attend the first day.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Day 2 - 18 Jan</strong></p> <ul> <li>Discuss and review technical specifications for confirmation of funds&nbsp;[P6] &amp; two way notification of revocation&nbsp;[P2].</li> <li>Update major decision for future-dated payments and standing orders [P5].</li> </ul> <p>Breakfast and lunch will be provided, please indicate if you have any dietary requirements.</p> <p><strong>Please book your attendance by emailing direct to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;by COB Tuesday 9th January.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: Studio 19 Brings Audio Innovation to CES Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:51:54 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) UK precision engineering audio company looks to expand global footprint through presence at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. <h3>techUK CES 2018: UK start-up, <a href="">Studio 19</a>, explains why it was determined to be part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland pavilion at CES this year</h3> <p>Studio 19 is a British audio product design studio which takes existing technologies and orchestrates them into stylish, high-quality products. The company’s first speaker range, the Solo Series, redefines portable audio with precision engineering and exceptional quality. The company is committed to expanding its global footprint and approached DiT and techUK to support their efforts at CES 2018.</p> <p>Hoj Parmar, CEO of Studio 19, explains why CES is an important part of the business plan this year:</p> <p>“CES is a fantastic platform for us to launch our new products and engage with potential end users and distributors. We know we have the right product but getting it in front of the people is hard. We want global exposure and are currently targeting the UK &amp; Europe, the Middle East, USA and Asia Pacific regions. Budgets are always tight for start-ups and the whole process of exhibiting at a major show can be daunting. With the expertise and knowledge offered by Tradefair/DiT, this whole process has been made very easy and we just can’t wait to kick off the show.”</p> <p>Find Studio 19 at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> Jacqueline de Rojas Awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Tech Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:07:55 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK president amongst several tech innovators recognised in the New Year’s Honours List <p>The tech industry featured heavily in the New Year’s Honours for 2018 and techUK’s own president was deeply honoured to be recognised. Jacqueline de Rojas received a CBE in recognition of her service to international trade in the UK tech sector. She joins other key tech evangelists including several techUK members.</p> <p>Julian David, techUK CEO, said: “Jacqueline’s passion for UK tech has helped propel our sector’s innovation across the globe. This commendation is a clear acknowledgement of her incredible work to date and I’m sure it won’t stop there. We are also thrilled to see so many tech entrepreneurs recognised as part of the New Year’s Honours List. All these exceptionally passionate people have been a driving force in ensuring that tech innovation is at the heart of the UK’s economy. Congratulations to all those on the Honours List this year.”</p> <p>Jacqueline de Rojas went on to say: “To be included in the New Year Honours List is an incredible endorsement of the progress made by the UK tech industry. We are a digital nation of significance and must now prepare to embrace a future where tech underpins a thriving open economy that provides for all UK citizens - skills, inclusion and diversity must all be at the forefront of this change.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/JDR_NYHL_2018.jpg" alt="JDR NYHL 2018" width="446" height="317" style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Digital Health Exchange Between Denmark and the UK Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:30:49 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An event focusing on Digital Health organised by The Department for International Trade and the Science & Innovation Network at the British Embassy in Copenhagen <p>The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science &amp; Innovation Network (SIN) at the British Embassy Copenhagen are hosting a one-day event focusing on Digital Health.&nbsp;They&nbsp;are inviting key stakeholders from the UK and the Nordics to discuss and showcase digital infrastructure solutions as well as sharing best practise within the digital health ecosystem.</p> <p>UK companies and organisations will have the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders from the Danish public health care sector and to learn about the most recent developments within Danish connected health solutions. Key projects along with commercial opportunities in the Danish health care system will be presented.</p> <p>UK companies will have the opportunity to present and showcase their products and solutions to key Danish healthcare stakeholders as well as engage in discussions on the topics of digital innovation and collaboration, data management and infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>Event Details:</strong></p> <p>08.30 – 17.00 on Tuesday 13th March 2018</p> <p>Location: TBC, Copenhagen, Denmark</p> <p><strong>To find out more, please download the brochure below</strong></p> Digital Ethics Summit Focuses on Practical Action Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:09:27 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) Take a look at the highlights and videos from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit held at County Hall on Wednesday 13 December. <blockquote>On Wednesday 13 December, techUK’s Digital Ethics Summit brought together experts from industry, government, academia and third sector to discuss the importance of ethics in digital innovation and the practical steps that can be taken to ensure that the development and use of new technologies supports human flourishing.</blockquote> <p>The techUK Summit was organised in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, British Academy, University of Oxford Data Ethics Lab, Open Data Institute, the Alan Turing Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. It was sponsored by Microsoft, The Nuffield Foundation and Yoti.</p> <p>Opening the Summit, <strong>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO of techUK</strong> said that the purpose of the day wasn’t to make the case for digital ethics but to identify practical next steps to embed ethical decision making into digital innovation at a time when technologies are becoming more intelligent and more pervasive. He urged attendees to think practically about the capacity and capabilities needed to address big issues being raised and the role that different organisations should play.</p> <p> <iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe> </p> <p><strong>Martha Lane Fox</strong> then delivered a powerful keynote questioning the impact of the digital innovation over the last 20 years. Whilst stressing the positive potential of tech she argued that the discussion on ethics shouldn’t be just forward looking but should be focused on fixing some of the problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid and sometimes careless innovation.</p> <p>Echoing the call for practical action Martha highlighted the importance of creating a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges that need to be faced and stressed the vital importance of industry, civil society, and politics coming together “on a level that we have never seen before” and challenged everyone in the room to start to act now to make this happen. She highlighted gender balance, the impact of technology on children and childhood, and ethical and sustainable sourcing in supply chains as key areas of focus.</p> <p> <iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe> </p> <p>The first panel discussion considered the current landscape and how we set about answering the big ethical questions. Kicking off the panel including <strong>Professor Luciano Floridi</strong>, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Director of the Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, said there were four key issues to consider to ensure ethical foresight: delegation, responsibility, manipulation and prudence. <strong>Dr Claire Craig</strong>, Director of Science Policy, Royal Society highlighted the importance of considering general ethical questions as well as the context specific issues and the need to move between the two. Considering where we are today <strong>Dr Stephen Cave</strong>, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge argued that <em>“We are not nearly as prepared as we should be for the profundity of the impact of new digital tech on society as we know it today”</em> and highlighted the need to build global consensus to address the issues that need to be faced. <strong>George Zarkadakis</strong>, Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson followed by suggesting the need to rethink the agile methodology when working with intelligent systems that may lead to unintended consequences. <strong>Rob McCargow</strong>, Programme Leader, Artificial Intelligence, PwC outlined the impressive and diverse AI community that has developed in the UK during 2017 and called upon everyone to act in 2018 to set the highest standards for the ethics of AI and become the world leader in this endeavor.</p> <p>The panel was followed by a fireside chat between Antony Walker and <strong>The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP</strong>, Minister of State for Digital in which the Minister talked about the importance of using the power of AI for the good of society with robust ethical considerations. The Minister outlined the focus of the new Centre for Data Ethics, <em>“First is leadership, second is regulation, third we must develop data infrastructure"</em>. Considering the opportunity for the UK to become a world leader in addressing digital ethics the Minister highlighted the <a href="" target="_blank">Oxford Insight Government AI Readiness Index</a> for AI readiness where the UK has been ranked number 1. While agreeing that there may be challenges with Brexit the Minister closed by stressing that the UK now has an opportunity to be nimble and change things domestically where necessary to lead.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0401.JPG" alt="DSC 0401" width="640" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Next <strong>Carolyn Nguyen, </strong>Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft provided an inspiring presentation which outlined the vast applications of AI and the sheer economic and societal value that these digital technologies can make to people’s lives. In her address Carolyn also offered views on some of the social, legal and ethical challenges AI raises and in light of the theme of the Summit, set out practical approaches taken by Microsoft to address these issues and key next steps to addressing ethical issues being faced today and in the future.</p> <p> <iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe> </p> <p>After a busy networking lunch the <a href="" target="_blank">Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham began her afternoon keynote speech</a> by saying that it is right to discuss ethics, data and innovation in one conversation. By outlining the ICO’s role in the digital ethics space, the ICO explained that many issues involving ethics involve personal data and that that “ethics is at the route of privacy”. Looking to the very near future, and a GDPR driven world, Elizabeth predicted that “there will be a convergence of data protection and data ethics” and that the ICO will continue to work with other regulators to coordinate work in the data ethics space. In closing Elizabeth Denham expressed a want for ethical considerations to be firmly embedded in the data protection framework.</p> <p>An industry led panel on how to embed an ethics by design approach to digital innovation followed. Chaired by <strong>Hetan Shah</strong>, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society attendees heard input from companies including Sage, Facebook, Yoti, Improbable and CognitionX on how an ethics by design approach is already being taken by organisations today. Kicking the panel off <strong>Robin Tombs</strong>, CEO, Yoti explained his approach to embedding ethical thinking into innovations in digital identity and explained why he thinks better design by more companies when it comes to digital ethics is key. <strong>James Kidner</strong>, Director of Partnership, Improbable followed by making it clear that ethics issues are really complicated and that it is not a simple case of 'good or bad ethics'. <strong>Tabitha Goldstaub</strong>, Co-Founder, Cognitionx highlighted that many people still do not want to talk about ethical issues but it is vital that we do. She also stressed the importance of ensuring that “ethnic minorities and diversity is represented in AI” in data and the workforce. <strong>Kriti Sharma</strong>, VP Artificial Intelligence, Sage also highlighted the importance ensuring executive teams throughout an organisation understand and sign up to the importance of ensuring the design, accountability and transparency of algorithms and the need to get more people, particularly in the US, talking about digital ethics. <strong>Stephen Deadman</strong>, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook focused his remarks on the importance of the incoming GDPR which will have large implications for the future and explained that Facebook will be running a 'design jam' on algorithms in the new year bringing different experts together.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0433.JPG" alt="DSC 0433" width="640" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">final keynote of the Summit was provided</a> by <strong>Tim Gardam, </strong>Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation who set out a proposal for the creation by the Nuffield Foundation of an independent Convention on Data Ethics and Artificial Intelligence. In his address Tim explained that the new Convention has three objectives: to be a global leader in ethical data use; promote a common set of practices; and develop shared terminology for data ethics to promote human flourishing. The Convention will also be based on a number of interlocking principles including being independent of government or any vested interest; ensuring a plurality of approaches from a range of disciplines and perspectives; and a bias towards impact. To test and inform the proposal outlined at the Summit Tim Gardam also announced that workshops would be held in the New Year with Tech UK, as well as with a wider community to help guide thinking and address any immediate questions.</p> <p>The final panel of the day discussed how to position the UK for global leadership in addressing digital ethics, what is already happening and also what might be missing. In his opening remarks <strong>Ollie Buckley</strong>, Deputy Director, Digital Charter &amp; Data Ethics, DCMS highlighted the investment being made by the UK Government in the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He also highlighted the UK’s strength in the social sciences community and the need for this community to engage in the digital sector moving forward. <strong>Dr Natalie Banner</strong>, Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust outlined the need to better engage with the public particularly on the ethical issues facing diverse groups and the importance of recognising that "One person's innovative new product is another person's invasion of privacy.” <strong>Richard Ward</strong>, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM followed by highlighting that the UK has strengths in its regulatory bodies that already exist but stressed that regulation is not “the whole picture” in the development of digital ethics particularly in AI. <strong>Dr Jeni Tennison OBE</strong>, CEO, ODI focused on the opportunity for the UK in becoming a world leader in ensuring there is equity in how data is distributed and who can use data and why taking such an approach is important to develop ethical outcomes and trust.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/imageedit_2_5282751716.jpg" alt="imageedit 2 5282751716" width="640" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Bringing the Summit to the close Antony Walker highlighted the clear interest in digital ethical issues shown by those attending the Summit and the fact that the Summits hashtag #AIethics was trending throughout the day on Twitter. While welcoming the progress made during 2017, with the creation of new entities by the Government and Nuffield Foundation, Antony stressed the need to now ensure that the UK has the capacity and capabilities needed to build greater confidence that ethical issues are being address in a responsible way. Explaining that it will be businesses that will ultimately make this happen, Antony emphasized that the research community, academia, civil society and citizens groups can and must also play a role. He argued that working out the exact nature and form that the proposed new bodies will play is a key next step and where progress must be made over the next few months.</p> <p>Looking head into 2018 Antony highlighted techUK’s ongoing commitment to working on digital ethics issues and an intention to hold the techUK Digital Ethics Summit in 2018 to assess the progress made over during the year ahead.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> New Smart Infrastructure Technology Project Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:45:17 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) Further info on how your company can engage with the development of a new project revolutionising the infrastructure industry. <blockquote>As a part of techUK's work on smart infrastructure we have been working with the infrastructure industry (through Project 13), looking at opportunities for convergence and the realisation of value across the sector through digital transformation.</blockquote> <p>Project 13 is an industry-led initiative aimed at improving productivity in construction projects and infrastructure operation by focusing on the asset owner, those who deliver and operate UK infrastructure. Led by the Infrastructure Client Group, a high-profile panel established in 2014 by HM Treasury under the Institution of Civil Engineers' guidance with members including HS2, Anglian Water, Environment Agency, Highways England, Network Rail, Crossrail 2 and Heathrow.</p> <p>The project has a number of anticipated outputs including the creation of an Industry Readiness Level and a Technology Framework. The Technology Framework is aimed at both the technology and infrastructure industry, and seeks to create a better understanding of different technology and opportunities for their use across infrastructure.</p> <p>Last week we held a workshop exploring proposals for the Technology Framework, asking for comments to feed into prototype development.</p> <p>Papers and Presentations from the day:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class="wf_file_text" style="color: #00ccff;">*&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Project_13_Digital_Transformation_Pre-Event_Briefing_12_December_2017_2.pdf" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Project 13 and Digital Transformation WS Background</a>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #00ccff;"><span class="wf_file_text">*&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Industry Readiness Level Maturity Matrix</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class="wf_file_text" style="color: #00ccff;">*&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Digital_Transformation_Technology_Framework_Categories_19.12.17.xlsx" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Technology Framework Proposed Categories (For Discussion)</a></span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class="wf_file_text" style="color: #00ccff;">*&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Digital_Transformation_Community_Workshop_Summary_12.12.17_Final.pdf" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Workshop Summary</a></span>&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #00ccff;"><span class="wf_file_text">*&nbsp;</span><span></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Project_13_Digital_Transformation.mp4" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Workshop Presentations</a></span></span></p> <p>We ask members who are interested in supporting techUK with the development of this work to complete the following questionnaire by <strong>12:00 12 January 2018</strong>. Comments will be fed into the final outputs of the Digital Transformation work programme.&nbsp;</p> <h2><span class="wf_file_text"><a href="images/Digital_Transformation_Community_Feedback_Workshop_Consultation_Questions_Final.docx" class="wf_file" title="Feedback Questionnaire | Value of a Technology Framework">Feedback Questionnaire | Value of a Technology Framework</a></span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> EU Brexit transition proposals leave little time to adapt Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:36:43 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) While recognising the urgent need to agree transition is welcome, guidelines risk real problems for building customs systems for both businesses and Government. <blockquote>Commenting on the publication of the <a href="">EU Commission's proposed negotiation guidelines </a>on a transition period, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker said:</blockquote> <p>“It is very welcome that both the UK and the EU have recognised the urgent need to agree a transition period. Giving businesses certainty about the next few years is vital if we are to retain the investment, skills and flexibility that the tech sector needs to grow.</p> <p>“However, the proposed transition period is extremely short and allows very little time for businesses to adapt. The biggest concern is that there will be insufficient time for new customs systems and infrastructure to be put in place. If goods are delayed at the border businesses and consumers could be left with a real headache on January 1st 2021.</p> <p>“The scale of the task ahead, in preparing the UK for the practical consequences of leaving the EU must not be underestimated. Organisations such as the Port of Dover have made it clear that this is going to be a huge challenge. Political choices being made in both the UK and EU do not yet seem to be taking into account the impact on businesses that will have to cope with the disruption of Brexit. “</p> Programme Announced for the 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:57:12 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) This one-day event, supported by techUK will return next year, with influential entrepreneurs from a variety of industry sectors who will share stories of their journey. <p>Additional headline speakers at the 4th annual <a href="" target="_blank">everywoman in Tech Forum</a> have been announced, and the inspiring line-up is set to feature some of the world’s most influential female tech entrepreneurs alongside innovative heads of business embracing disruptive technology.</p> <p>This one-day event will return to the London Hilton Park Lane on 8 February attracting over 600 international delegates from a variety of industry sectors.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/2017_everywoman_tech_forum_masterclass_3.jpg" alt="2017 everywoman tech forum masterclass 3" width="370" height="281" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The impressive list of speakers include Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, who has been hailed by Fortune and TIME as one of Europe’s top talents in digital engagement; Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure – a strategic and competitive intelligence company – who is globally recognised for her early adoption of new technologies in the advancement of competitive intelligence; and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values, whose toy line ZippyKit is aimed at bridging gender gaps in STEM subjects.</p> <p>Senior executives from some of the world’s biggest organisations including <strong>BP</strong> and <strong>Accenture</strong> will also be presenting at the event, along with the founders of <strong>Blippar</strong>, <strong>Elvie</strong> and <strong>Cognition X</strong>.</p> <p>A growing body of research demonstrates that gender balanced teams produce better outcomes and create a more sustainable future for business along with a positive impact on the bottom line. Despite this, the number of women working in the technology sector remains stubbornly low at just 16% and a recent study conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers felt to prevent women entering the industry are ‘workplace cultures that don’t welcome or support female progression’ and ‘too few female role models for young girls.’</p> <p>To counter this, the everywoman in Tech Forum brings together some of the most inspirational men and women working in the industry offering opportunities for networking alongside personal development. Recognising that gender parity in technology can only be achieved when both men and women work together to effect change, the Forum will also host key male business leaders who will discuss how they are working to champion the advancement of women in their organisations and in the industry as a whole.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/2017_everywoman_Tech_Forum_masterclass.jpg" alt="2017 everywoman Tech Forum masterclass" width="373" height="250" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The agenda features sessions looking at the women changing the IoT world, building teams of balance and productivity, and gender dynamics in the workplace. Other highlights will include discussions on some of the most pressing issues currently facing and shaping the tech industry and businesses today, including artificial intelligence and reverse mentoring. Plus there will be a live demonstration with Cobot around how humans and robots are working collaboratively within the sector</p> <p>Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder, everywoman says “We are thrilled to announce the agenda for this year’s everywoman in Tech Forum and delighted to be joined by so many industry experts. For us, the Forum embodies the everywoman strategy for attracting, retaining and advancing women in business, by offering quality learning and development, access to role models and unparalleled networking opportunities. Whether you are a manager looking to drive your team’s performance, an aspiring leader or an ambitious graduate our inspiring line up will provide delegates with the skills, information and motivation to achieve their goals.”</p> <p><strong>Tickets to the forum cost £400 + VAT and can be <a href="" target="_blank">purchased here</a>.</strong></p> <p>Organisations can also live stream the keynote speeches to their employees and engage them through, an interactive web-based platform that allows participants to engage with live events. Users can ask questions to the event speakers, vote in polls and participate in surveys. <strong>Visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> Government Releases Update on Next Steps Towards the 5G Future Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:55:48 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) The update highlights the plans for a second phase of project trials and announcing the appointment of the operators for the 5G Innovation Network. <p>The Government has <a href="" target="_blank">issued an update</a>&nbsp;to its 5G strategy, which outlines the progress to date in delivering against the recommendations of the strategy. The update also details the next phase of work to prepare the UK for a 5G future including the steps that the Government will take to support investment and the ongoing programme of 5G Testbeds and Trials.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the recent update, techUK's Head of Technology, Julian McGougan said:</strong></p> <p><em>“techUK welcomes the Government’s ongoing commitment to investing in elevating the UK’s digital communications infrastructure from good to great, which the 5G Strategy is an important element of.&nbsp;</em><em>We are pleased to see progress in many key areas, such as the 5G Hub and the Testbeds &amp; Trials Programme and&nbsp;</em><em>will continue to work closely with DCMS to help ensure that the UK is recognised as being a 5G Leader.”</em></p> <p>Alongside the update, the Government has launched a <a href="" target="_blank">call for views</a> on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots that will help to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed in a timely way and help foster the development of 5G in the UK. This includes the timescales over which they should be delivered, the amount of appropriate funding, and the method of allocating funding.</p> <p>DCMS has also launched a <a href="" target="_blank">Call for Evidence</a> for the <a href="" target="_blank">Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review</a>, announced last month in the government’s <a href="" target="_blank">Industrial Strategy</a>. The cross-government Review&nbsp;will assess whether any additional policy interventions are needed to create the conditions for long-term investment in world-class digital connectivity that is reliable, long-lasting and widely available.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Five Banks Lag Behind on Open Banking – CMA Takes Steps Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:44:34 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Competition and Markets Authority issues 'directions' for completion of Open Banking <p>The Competition and Market Authority's Order on Open Banking comes into force on 13 January 2018. But several banks have notified the CMA that they will not be ready in time. Specifically, these banks have not completed all the work needed to allow third party providers access to data held in customer accounts for account information services and payment initiation.</p> <p>The CMA has today issued ‘directions’ to several banks setting out in detail what they must to to remedy their non-compliance with the order deadline. The banks in question are Bank of Ireland, Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Santander but the extent to which each is behind schedule varies. The CMA has therefore published an implementation plan tailored to each bank as to when specific work has to be completed, tested and market ready.</p> <p>The CMA press release and directions for each bank can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> InnovateUK Launches new £50m Innovation Loans Pilot Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:31:38 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) New funding mechanism opens for SMEs working in smart infrastructure urban living, energy and transport. <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">Small businesses with ground breaking ideas will be able to access new innovation loans from the UK’s innovation agency to support their growth. This is the first time InnovateUK has offered a new funding mechanism other than matched grants. Innovation loans will offer affordable, flexible funding for later-stage research &amp; development projects with a clear route to commercial success.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">Introducing the new innovation loans, InnovateUK’s chief executive, Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, commented:&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; margin-left: 30px; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><em><span style="color: #333333;">“We know that many businesses with ground breaking ideas struggle to get them to market. Our new innovation loans will help businesses scale up, and give them a clear route from prototype to making new products and services available to customers.”</span></em></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">The first competition will support smart infrastructure, urban living, energy supply &amp; systems and connected transport projects. Full details are available at: </span><a href=""></a><span style="color: #333333;">.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">InnovateUK has done extensive research to understand the needs of scale-ups and believes the loans will be especially helpful to those companies. Recently it published a report, <a href="" target="_blank">Scaling up:&nbsp; the investor perspective</a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.&nbsp; Business angels and other early stage equity investors are essential providers of risk capital to businesses as they scale.&nbsp; Where those businesses are focused on highly innovative new products and services, this new innovation loan product aims to support their growth and complement private sector investment.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">Innovation loans will allow businesses to access between £100,000 and £1 million and will be priced at the HM Treasury discount rate – currently 3.7% fixed. The loan will allow for drawdown over up to 3 years to finalise the development of the product or service, a further interest-only period of up to 2 years to commercialise and, finally, up to 5 years to repay – although typically overall terms of 5-7 years are expected.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">The first 5 pilot competitions will make up to £50 million available over 2 years. If early evaluations of the pilot indicate that innovation loans are successful in these operational terms, as well as providing indications of good innovation outcomes, then consideration may be given to scaling the programme in the future.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">If you have further questions please contact Nigel Walker, Head of Innovation Lending at </span><a href=""></a><span style="color: #333333;">.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Phase two is a go: What do the EU Council’s conclusions means for Brexit? Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:03:16 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) Securing ‘sufficient progress’ in phase 1 was a big win for the UK, but the next stage will mean new difficulties, while many of the phase 1 issues still remain unsolved. <blockquote>The dust has finally settled after the flurry of activity around the Brexit negotiations. The DUP have been placated, the Republic of Ireland has kept its veto in its pocket (for now), and David Davis has rowed back from arguments about the legal validity of negotiation text. As a result the Prime Minister has come away from last week’s European Council with a formal agreement of the move to phase two of the negotiations. After all the last minute diplomacy, that is certainly cause for celebration.</blockquote> <p>But, as the <a href="">Council’s conclusions</a> making the ‘sufficient progress’ judgement official make clear, those celebrations may yet end in a very big hangover.</p> <p>For starters, the conclusions lays bare what many have said for some time- that the EU has no interest in negotiating a trade deal during the Article 50 process. The Council’s conclusions state:</p> <p>“ agreement on a future relationship can only be finalised and concluded once the United Kingdom has become a third country, the Union will be ready to engage in preliminary and preparatory discussions with the aim of identifying an overall understanding of the framework for the future relationship.”</p> <p>There is a lot to be read into this statement, but it is a big blow to the chances of the UK achieving its preferred approach of seeking substantive talks on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a view to having a comprehensive deal ready to be signed the moment we leave in March 2019.</p> <p>The Council is not in any hurry to even begin these discussions, with the conclusions calling for further preparatory work with a view to adopting new negotiation guidelines on the future relationship in March 2018. Any Withdrawal Deal will need to be agreed by October 2018 in order to have time for it to be ratified by EU Member States before the end of the Article 50 process. The delay to agreeing negotiation guidelines appears to be a clear statement that the Council will continue to limit what Michele Barnier and the EU Commission can negotiate, effectively running down the clock on the UK’s suggested approach.</p> <p>All this means that there is a very real risks of there being a gap between the end of Article 50 in March 2019 and the commencement of any FTA deal.</p> <p>That means securing a transition agreement is all the more important, and here there is some good news for the UK. The Council says it will adopt guidelines on negotiations for a transition period in January, showing that they are prioritising transition over the future partnership and that there is real hope of a swift agreement to a transition of ‘about two years’.</p> <p>The likely terms of such a transition are rigid, with references to a “level playing field” between the EU and the UK. There are specific references to the ‘status quo’ transition that techUK and others have called for, where the UK continues to be within the Single Market, Customs Union during transition. That is a welcome step for business, but is likely to be a source of political dispute as the full scope of what it means in practise is put further under the spotlight early next year. For those looking for the perfect primer for what FTA options exist, the <a href="">report by the Institute for Government</a> released today makes excellent Christmas reading.</p> <p>However, there is one significant sting in the tail of the Council’s position on transition. While the UK will be bound by the acquis of EU law, the Council is clear that during a transition, the EU will be a third country and will no longer “participate in the decisions-making of the Union bodies, offices and agencies”. This is a potential point of real conflict. Not only does it risk the UK being ‘rule takers’ for at least two years of transition, with little say over new EU rules adopted in that time, but it also means securing ongoing regulatory participation, including ‘observer status’ on key bodies such as BEREC in any final deal may be difficult to achieve. Pushing back against this proposal will be important in negotiations over transition.</p> <p>Finally, the Council’s conclusions put the ball back in the UK’s court, stating that the UK must provide “further clarity on its position on the framework for the future relationship”. This alludes to the discussions that have begun at Cabinet this week about what the UK actually wants, be it the ability to diverge from EU regulation or to remain closely aligned. For tech, it is clear that alignment is key, particularly on issues such as the free flow of personal data where the EU is increasingly setting the global standard. However, there is no doubt that, as negotiations progress, the trade-offs between alignment and divergence are likely to become increasingly stark, both in economic terms and for the political splits within Cabinet and beyond. Expect to hear a lot more about this over the coming months.</p> <p>The dust may have settled on phase one, but all told, 2018 is shaping up to be another year dominated by Brexit. I will leave it to others to decide whether that is cause for further celebration or not!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> ICO's Elizabeth Denham Delivers Speech at techUK's Digital Ethics Summit Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:19:23 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham highlights the importance of Data Protection and Ethics in her speech from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit on 13 December. <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0421.JPG" alt="DSC 0421" width="441" height="297" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>"Thanks for inviting me here today. I’m pleased that the issues of data protection are taking such a front and centre role in discussions about ethics and innovation.</p> <p>I thought I’d start with a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.</p> <p>Once upon a time there was a little girl called Ada. She had a quick brain and a huge imagination. The daughter of a poet and a gifted mathematician, Ada studied hard and became quite something in the world of computers.</p> <p>Unremarkable perhaps.</p> <p>But the twist in this tale is that Ada’s pioneering work took place nearly 200 years ago.</p> <p>At a time when electricity was “new”, steam trains were an unconventional form of travel and the sticky postage stamp was a revolution in communication.</p> <p>When I address conferences I often remark on how technology has changed beyond all recognition in the space of a generation - the 20 years since the Data Protection Act, the law my office regulates, was forged.</p> <p>It’s easy to forget the origins of this revolution go way, way back.</p> <p>Ada Lovelace may well be known to you – as the daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron, or a visionary with a passion for flying or for creating the world’s first machine algorithm.</p> <p>But here’s what sets Ada apart and why I mention her here today. Ada looked beyond what was immediately possible. She saw Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – the first ever general purpose computer - as more than just a number cruncher.</p> <p>She saw how numbers could represent other things – letters, musical notes, symbols – and how the machine could manipulate them according to rules.</p> <p>She developed a vision of computer capability, a mind-set that she called “poetical science”. It led her to ask questions and examine how individuals and society relate to technology as a collaborative tool.</p> <p>Ada saw the future. And now it’s our job to make some predictions of our own.</p> <p><strong>The future</strong></p> <p>What will technology look like in the future? What will it look like in another 200 years – Yuval Harari has some interesting thoughts on that subject in his latest book Homo Deus.</p> <p>How artificial intelligence will ultimately outsmart us all and reduce our role as humans to bystanders.</p> <p>We’re not quite there yet, but the world already seems a pretty futuristic place. The Transport Minister has indicated the first autonomous cars could be on sale in just three years.</p> <p>Law enforcement agencies use biometric software to scan faces in CCTV footage and security firms use it to collect demographic data on crowds.</p> <p>Businesses are changing too; using AI technology to improve customer service and streamline their operations.</p> <p>Almost every day I read news stories about AI’s capabilities and effects. You’ll all have read about Facebook’s controversial new algorithm that can judge whether an individual’s posts may indicate thoughts of suicide.</p> <p>And I recently read about computers that could, one day, assess your body mass index from a photo before offering you health insurance.</p> <p>It makes me wonder - will our story have a happy ending? That’s why we’re here today.</p> <p>And why am I here today? What role does the Information Commissioner’s Office play in this space?</p> <p><strong>The law</strong></p> <p>Many issues relating to data ethics involve personal data. And when it comes to personal data, that’s my office’s domain.</p> <p>It may be useful for me to set out our regulatory role here. First off, we are a statutory regulator independent of government.</p> <p>We are responsible for ensuring that personal data is handled in line with the law – specifically the Data Protection Act 1998. We educate and advise, comment on and raise awareness on issues related to data protection. When we need to, we can take enforcement action.</p> <p>Our duties are wide and comprehensive and note merely a complaints based regulator. But when you strip it all back, my office is here to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability in the use of personal data on behalf of people in the UK.</p> <p>These are principles of data protection, but they apply to some of the fundamental ethical questions we are discussing here as well.</p> <p>These principles in the law are fit for purpose. They have stood the test of time, are technology-neutral, and those that argue we need a new legal framework miss the mark.</p> <p>I accept that the Data Protection Act is not perfect and that it has struggled to keep pace with technological advances, including AI. The 1995 directive and the Data Protection Act have not affected the evolution of the internet or prevented surveillance from becoming the prevailing business model, the law has its limitations.</p> <p>But there is a new law in town. The General Data Protection Regulation.</p> <p>And this is a significant step up in the law. It was drafted by legislators here in the UK and throughout Europe for the very purpose of trying to tackle opaque decision-making by machines.</p> <p>The GDPR significantly enhances people’s ability to challenge decisions made by machines. It provides for a measure of algorithmic transparency.</p> <p>It provides for human intervention in decisions that have legal or similar effects.</p> <p>This is not a new game played by different rules. The rules remain the same - fairness, transparency, accountability - and my office is well placed to regulate them.</p> <p>The idea that data protection, embodied in legislation, does not work in a big data context is wrong.</p> <p><strong>Investigation into use of data analytics for political purposes</strong></p> <p>You’ll know of our investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. We’re looking at whether personal information was analysed to micro-target people as part of a political campaign and have been particularly focussed on the EU Referendum.</p> <p>The overall goal of this work is to give the public insight into the vast sources of data and personal information used in the political arena.</p> <p>I doubt very much that the majority of people understand the practices behind the scenes, data brokers, parties, campaigns, social media platforms, let alone the potential impact on their privacy.</p> <p>It is still too soon for me to speculate on the outcome of our investigation.</p> <p>But I will say this. Whether or not we find practices that contravened the law – and this is where I have jurisdiction – there are significant ethical questions here.</p> <p>Ethical questions about truthfulness, fairness, respect, bias and maintenance of public trust in our political campaigns and referendums and perhaps even our democracy.</p> <p>Even if it’s transparent, even if it’s legal, is it the right thing to do?</p> <p>Ethics is at the root of privacy and is the future of data protection. In my view, this is the way forward. There must be a convergence.</p> <p>For those of you who are interested, a fuller update on our investigation will be published on the ICO website this afternoon.</p> <p><strong>AI</strong></p> <p>So I have the law to back me up. But, as I say, laws, regulation and guidance must keep pace with advancing technologies like AI and machine learning.</p> <p>It’s important to create an environment that supports innovation without compromising individuals’ privacy rights.</p> <p>As I’ve mentioned, on 25 May 2018 a new chapter begins when the GDPR takes effect. This is a much-needed modernisation of the law which gives us the right tools to tackle the challenges ahead.</p> <p>The GDPR does not specifically reference data ethics, but it is clear that its considerable focus on new technologies – particularly profiling and automated decision making – reflects the concerns of legislators about the personal and societal effect of powerful data-processing technology.</p> <p>It also embeds the concept of data protection by design – an essential tool in minimising privacy risks and building trust - and Data Protection Impact Assessments, which will be compulsory in some high risk circumstances and, in some cases will have to be assessed and approved by my office.</p> <p>The new law minimises the chances of acting in haste, repenting at leisure. The work has to be done up front.</p> <p>But these tools need not be restricted to data protection. It’s hard to separate data protection by design from data ethics by design.</p> <p>Companies must ask themselves questions that identify the risks they are creating for others and mitigate those risks. There is every reason to include ethical considerations as part of that process.</p> <p>The most innovative companies will go further and use these tools as a springboard to think of ways they can integrate their data protection and ethical assessments.</p> <p>That just makes common sense. And it speaks again to convergence.</p> <p>We’ve offered practical advice on applying GDPR compliant impact assessments in the specific context of big data analytics. It forms part of our paper on Big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.</p> <p>It addresses the broader societal implications of AI and says that “embedding privacy and data protection into big data analytics enables not only societal benefits such as dignity, personality and community but also organisational benefits like creativity, innovation and trust.</p> <p>”In short, it enables big data to do all the good things it can do.”</p> <p>There is a lot of good it can do.</p> <p>The world of data protection and data ethics are not sitting in separate universes. But there are broader questions beyond the law. We are all struggling to define the gaps and work out how the outstanding questions can be addressed.</p> <p>Although I would like to think my office is sagacious in this space, we do need to have a broader conversation across many sectors and society.</p> <p>There are other key players, reports and initiatives contributing to a go-forward approach for the UK - and many of them are in the room today. The Royal Society and British Academy, Wendy Hall’s report to government on the AI industry, the Alan Turing Institute, the Nuffield Foundation, and key studies by parliamentarians.</p> <p>Last month the Government announced its intention to create a new body concerned with data ethics. Matt Hancock has already spoken about it this morning.</p> <p>The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation can complement the role of the ICO and other regulators by promoting the consideration of ethical issues. We recognise it can be a positive enabler and encourager of innovation particularly around AI and machine learning.</p> <p><strong>The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation</strong></p> <p>So how do I see the new Centre shaping up?</p> <p>I’d like to see it facilitating meaningful public consultation on matters that, ultimately, impact on people and their privacy. These consultations will help define the public and societal benefit in use of data and ensure it benefits communities and not just a few individuals.</p> <p>I’d like to see it focus on futurology. Stepping out of the here and now and scanning the horizon for the next big data ethics challenge.</p> <p>We would like the centre, or a hub of bodies linked to it, to work with regulators to provide overarching ethical principles for AI and machine learning.</p> <p>We recognise general principles will have specific applications across sectors.</p> <p>AI applications for automated vehicles could have very different implications than in criminal justice or intelligence services, for example.</p> <p>That’s quite a wish list!</p> <p>But while I’m talking about it, the Centre could also support and encourage codes of conduct and standards.</p> <p>For example, support the development of a code of conduct for ethics committees in companies. What does good look like?</p> <p>It is critically important that the new body takes time early on to properly assess its role and how it can fill the gaps that exist. It should not take on a regulatory role which would only complicate the landscape.</p> <p>We look forward to working with the new Centre and sharing our expertise – especially around the Impact of ubiquitous data collection and technologies like artificial intelligence.</p> <p>And we’ll continue to co-ordinate our work with other independent regulators in the data ethics space.</p> <p>In my view there's no dichotomy between ethics and innovation. But ethical considerations should dictate the direction of travel.</p> <p>The UK has always been a leader in data protection – it’s one of the things that attracted me to this job – and the UK is a leader in the digital economy.</p> <p>This will continue if we can embrace the law, and think about its principles as we continue to innovate.</p> <p>We’re in a race to the top with economies like Japan, Singapore and France that are focussed on AI and digital economies. They know – we know – how important it is to get ethical issues right when it comes to AI.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>In closing, allow me to look again to the past.</p> <p>Ada said: “Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.”</p> <p>There is so much more for us all to understand. But I do know this: The UK is uniquely placed to be a leader in this space and to ensure that the principles of data protection and data ethics are firmly embedded in a future framework.</p> <p>Thank you."</p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt; <a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank">Take a look at the highlights and videos from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>For more information on techUK's Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI Programme, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Digital Ethics Summit: Tim Gardam, Nuffield Foundation Keynote Speech Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:51:01 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) At techUK's Digital Ethics Summit on 13 December, Tim Gardam highlights the Nuffield Foundation initiative on the social impact of data, algorithms and AI. <blockquote>Social well-being and data ethics: a Nuffield Foundation initiative on the social impact of data, algorithms and AI.</blockquote> <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0451.JPG" alt="DSC 0451" width="401" height="274" style="margin: 6px auto; display: block;" /></p> <p>"I would like in a moment to set out the proposal for an independent Convention on Data Ethics and&nbsp;Artificial Intelligence. This has been developed by the Nuffield Foundation over recent months in partnership with techUK, the Alan Turing Institute, The Royal Society, The Royal Statistical Society, British Academy, Omidyar Network, the Wellcome Trust and others.</p> <p><strong>The Context</strong></p> <p>Let me first set our proposal in the wider context. Today’s event has been a thoughtful contribution to a public debate that has reached a new intensity in the past 12 months, leading to the announcement by the Government, and amplified by the Minister today, of its Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.</p> <p>It is increasingly apparent that certain principles that go to the heart of our understanding of individual and social well-being need re-examination as a result of the rapid advances in data, algorithms and AI. The benefits to our everyday lives are undoubted, and the potential for public good colossal, but there is also an undercurrent of unease at the unknown implications of these innovations as they accelerate - in consumer transactions; the distribution of public goods; in social relationships, the rights of the citizen in relation to the state; and the asymmetries of information between individuals and the global tech sector, who now arguably exercise more direct influence over individual decisions than do states themselves.</p> <p>Beyond all this is the underlying philosophical question of individual autonomy – what it is the future of human agency in a world of manufactured intelligence. These are no longer academic abstractions but the most pressing of questions. They have an urgent bearing not only on the immediacy of our lives but in turn will shape what will come afterwards.</p> <p>To adapt the greatest of the metaphysical poets, John Donne:</p> <p>And new technologie calls all in doubt,</p> <p>In the seventeenth century, Donne wrote his “Anatomie of the World” in ferment over the new philosophy of scientific enquiry, and concluded:</p> <p>‘Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone,<br />All just supply, and all relation;</p> <p>Today has been a serious effort towards creating some coherence and just supply in a world of new technology. What can be too easily overlooked in the more alarmist visions of an AI and data-driven future, is that many in the tech industries, whose imagination has created this world, are now thinking seriously about practical guidance on the enormous ethical issues their creativity has raised. If such ethical awareness had existed in the culture of the financial industry in the decades before the financial crisis of 2008, then some of its disastrous consequences might have been mitigated. So, this is a good place to be starting from.</p> <p>It follows that any serious discussion of data ethics, if it is not to be either ignored or irrelevant, has no option but to place the creators at the centre of the debate, That is why the leadership of Tech UK in this area has been so vital.</p> <p><strong>Trust</strong></p> <p>How does one begin to untangle the complexities of the arguments? Data driven technologies axiomatically break apart established frameworks and re-shape boundaries - between public and private, civic and social, the factual and the imaginative, and the boundaries between national jurisdictions - they all become inextricably blurred.</p> <p>The meaning of terms such as privacy, consent and ownership long used in policy, law and public discussion are now continually challenged by technological developments. Questions about the ethical uses of data today become intermeshed with longer-term questions concerning the future relationship of human and artificial intelligence. The discussion rapidly becomes about everything and nothing.</p> <p>That said, beneath all these different issues is an underlying principle: in a rules based, democratic system, future innovations in big data or AI that have the power to shape and reorganise the society we live in will have to be able to ensure that the broader public is party to the process – that this takes place in the service of democracy. This will mean different things in different domains – in some cases, getting the public’s consent, and in others, facilitating individual control – but underlying all of this is the need to secure the public’s understanding, and this entails ensuring codes of behaviour that are deserving of trust. This is the role for practical data ethics.</p> <p><strong>The hard part is obviously how we should do this.</strong></p> <p>Our starting point must be the recognition that we are in a new landscape, not yet mapped. This is not the normal terrain where businesses operate in conventional markets, where regulation governed by law shapes any decision, and where ethical frameworks are well-known and broadly stable:</p> <ul> <li>It is a disconnected landscape, within which disparate conversations address shared questions with no unified perspective;</li> <li>There are sets of issues that have no simple or quick route into policy or regulation, and for which there is no space to invest in the thinking or consider larger social questions;</li> <li>There is a lack of objective evidence about the implications of data use, including little empirical clarity about the distributional effects of the data economy on different sectors of society.</li> <li>Too little attention is given to the cumulative impacts of data on civil society.</li> </ul> <p>This agenda is so wide that no one body can take it on in its entirety without failing to deliver in some part of its remit.</p> <p>So how can we collectively construct a coherent framework for addressing these questions?</p> <p><strong>Spheres</strong></p> <p>We have set out three different spheres within which they can be addressed.</p> <p>First, regulation; We are a fortunate in the UK to have, in the ICO, a regulator that is respected as authoritative and clear in its objectives and responsibilities, with a clear focus on the immediate issues of privacy and consent.</p> <p>Second, there needs to be a space for wider oversight – part of what has been described as “stewardship” - outside of regulation; this ought now to be provided by the government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - as its remit is to advise government, regulators and industry on how they need to respond.</p> <p>These public regulatory and advisory bodies will be vital co-ordinates in the landscape, but between them they cannot, and, as arms of government, should not cover all the ground.</p> <p>The Government rightly wishes to encourage the many advantages to working in the global tech hub that is London. However, if government is to achieve its goal of making all of the UK a successful space for innovative enterprise – and one in which the tech industry can demonstrate its contribution to the public good – then it must also appreciate that government cannot alone formally determine the outcomes. Questions of good practice and regulation are just part of a far broader challenge.</p> <p>We believe there is additionally a need for a third sphere, independent of government, in which different interests have the opportunity to stand back and engage with one another, a space where there is additional capacity for foresight.</p> <p><strong>The Convention</strong></p> <p>The Nuffield Foundation, in dialogue with government and its partners – who themselves represent a wide range of different perspectives – have therefore proposed the creation of an ‘outer’ body – a Convention - independent from regulation or government. This body should take an uncompromisingly international perspective, placing the debate in this country in a global context. It should anticipate and shape emerging issues through shared deliberation between different disciplines and perspectives, public and private. It would work by investigation and experimentation with a view to offering practical solutions, based on empirical research. It would build a stronger evidence base and establish methodologies to understand the impact on society; (you can’t decide whether an action is ethical, without understanding the implications of that action). It would explore the public’s understanding of the questions it identifies; and, working with local, national and international stakeholders, would develop frameworks, norms, and practices to foster ethical decision making.</p> <p>The remit is:<strong> to ensure that the power of data – combined with the automated technologies that serve to augment it - (including AI) - is harnessed to promote human flourishing, both for society as a whole and for the different groups within it.</strong></p> <p>This body – we have yet to settle on a final name but characterise it as a Convention on Data Ethics and Artifical Intelligence - would consider questions, problems and opportunities arising from uses of data and AI, which are not unlawful but have potential to:</p> <ul> <li>cause widespread or profound economic or social harm – or good- to society, or different groups within society;</li> <li>challenge or destabilise social and democratic norms or principles (such as ownership; consent; privacy; professional expertise; regulation)</li> <li>facilitate future developments with unknown consequences;</li> <li>introduce inconsistencies between treatment or rights in the offline and digital spheres, or between different domains;</li> <li>effect change in the UK but inform thinking internationally.</li> </ul> <p>We have set ourselves three key aims:</p> <ol> <li> <p><strong>To be a leading voice representing the interests of society in debates on ethical data use at a national and international level.</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>To promote and support a common set of data practices that are deserving of trust, and are understandable, challengeable and accountable.</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>To convene different interests to develop shared terminology for data ethics and promote human flourishing.</strong></p> </li> </ol> <p><strong>Human Flourishing</strong></p> <p>The underlying objective of human flourishing is taken from The British Academy and Royal Society’s report, earlier in the year, <a href="" target="_blank">Data Management and Use: Governance in the 21st century</a>, which has done much of the initial thinking in this space</p> <p>I understand the term “human flourishing”, has caused government lawyers some headaches because it is difficult to frame in legislation. This seems to me a good reason for our proposed Convention to hold onto it. If we are to create in the United Kingdom an exemplar of how a data-driven economy can prosper, and a data-enhanced society flourish, the debate cannot only be about the exercise of powers and authority, or a reductive measure of positive economic impact.</p> <p>The condition of human flourishing recognises that the implications of machine learning and a data driven society go beyond general questions of social well-being or the aggregate benefit to society. They reach to the core of each person’s sense of identity as an autonomous individual, alongside questions about the progression of humankind.</p> <p>Focusing on human flourishing also challenges us to think broadly. The exceptional challenge of defining the ethics of the use of data and AI lies in the myriad ways that they affect everyday life. We tend to take “horizon-scanning” to mean theorising about the distant future; but the speed and scale and scope of the changes that are in train are such that success will depend upon anticipating ethical challenges before they are upon us, even as we make judgements on innovations that are much closer at hand and already taking place, in the light of what is likely to follow from them. If we can’t explain why humans are flourishing or failing to flourish in the context of existing technology, we will struggle to explain how things will look many years down the line.</p> <p>techUK highlighted another crucial component of human flourishing in its response to the data governance report. This stated: “the fundamental principle of promoting human flourishing ... will be essential to ensure that intelligent, machine learning and AI driven machines are developed and act in the interests of humans,” and to: “ensure that the decisions these machines make are auditable, challengeable and ultimately understandable by humans”.</p> <p>“Auditable”, “Challengeable” and “Understandable” - to which one should add “deserving of public trust”- are co-ordinates I suggest we should hold onto as we frame our objectives.</p> <p><strong>Principles</strong></p> <p>The value of such a Convention to the tech industry will lie in the fact that, while it might complement government related interventions, and its thinking may well inform them, it will also look outward towards the interaction between the innovators and the public. It will consider the practical frameworks of ethics, exploring how to build capacity for ethical thinking inside business models – something which may have little to do with regulatory compliance.</p> <p>The Convention is based on a number of interlocking principles:</p> <ul> <li>It will be independent of government or any vested interest.</li> <li>It will be principled - its conclusions should stem from normative judgements.</li> <li>It will consider a plurality of approaches from a range of disciplines and perspectives which in turn will give space for a range of solutions that are not those narrowly enshrined in regulation and law.</li> <li>It will also strive to be positive. This doesn’t just mean putting the most dystopian visions to one side. It also means framing the questions in a way that recognises balance of risks in holding back from enabling the use of data as much as in the overreach of that use.</li> <li>It should have a bias towards impact – even if this risks failure on occasion. We want the outputs of the Convention to be tangible, and beneficial to real life and real lives and so secure their trust. This is, after all, the shared interest of all those driving forward entrepreneurial innovation.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, the Convention should be reflective and evaluative in the way it operates. We are not going to solve longstanding ethical debates overnight. The thinking will be iterative, based what is already in place and previous experience, but it should be unafraid of rethinking such norms and taking them further.</p> <p><strong>The Nuffield Council on Bioethics as a model</strong></p> <p>Some of our thinking derives from the initiative twenty five years ago to establish the <a href="" target="_blank">Nuffield Council on Bioethics</a>. Co-funded by <a href="" target="_blank">The Wellcome Trust</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Medical Research Council</a> and the Nuffield Foundation, the Council is today recognised as the UK’s national bioethics body, with the international reputation of its work based in part on the fact of its independence from government (unlike the national bioethics bodies in other countries).</p> <p>The aim set out in the original minute was “an enquiry into the best means of informing public policy and professional practice on the moral problems raised by research in biology, medicine and health”. It went on: “It would be in the public interest if the investigation and discussion of these moral problems could anticipate the application of new techniques rather than follow after public disquiet and anxiety had already been caused by their use. This would help both to achieve acceptable standards in the practice of research and to allay fears about its consequences”.</p> <p>The NCoB’s influence rests not only on its independence but on its lack of any formal powers. It has created a trusted forum where those in the vanguard of bioscience research open up their thinking to engage in deliberative enquiry from different intellectual perspectives and interests in civil society. By working from normative principles towards publishing practical recommendations, the NCoB has exercised that original ambition of providing foresight, informing regulatory and policy thinking, without formally being related to that process. Though it is in a separate sphere, it has a shared realm of interest with the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority, and the Human Tissue Authority, regulators whose careful judgements have allowed the UK to be in the vanguard of research within a framework of accountability and trust.</p> <p>The bioethics analogy of course has limitations. Ethics have always been a formal part of the architecture of medical culture. In bioethics, technological advances that pose ethical challenges mostly emerge from the frameworks of institutionalised scrutiny in universities and bioscience research industries. The pathway from innovation to public use is a long and careful one, with powers to implement held by few. In wider digital society, there are innumerably more actors, across every sphere – economic, social and private - and innovation can move from thought to public practice almost instantly.</p> <p>Despite these differences, many of the choices that defined bioethics a generation ago read across quite easily into the contemporary data ethics debate. Indeed the separation of bioethics from wider data ethics is in itself increasingly problematic.</p> <p><strong>How the Convention might work</strong></p> <p>So what will the Covention look like? The success will clearly depend upon its ability to draw together the different types of experts and practitioners, to create a shared vocabulary and deliberate, to build evidence of problems, a deep understanding of social impact and of public understanding, trust an values, and in developing shared solutions and approaches.</p> <p>We envisage the Convention, chaired by someone with authority in the field, comprising around 12 to 15 members, all there in their own right as individuals rather than representing official positions. These individuals will have recognised expertise and experience drawn from data science, social science, law and philosophy, from the Academy, private sector entrepreneurs, those with experience of public policy, regulators, those representing civil society.</p> <p>The members of the Convention, supported by an executive of around 10, would scope the agenda and prioritise key concerns. They would commission work through Working Parties, led by members but comprising a wider range of contributors. By bringing together different perspectives focused on tangible problems, these working parties will generate not only recommendations in the form of advice, but also ideas, solutions, best practices, effective policies, good software, benevolent algorithms – whatever will have the most salient impact to the problem we’re addressing.</p> <p>One of the most thought-provoking suggestions as to how to deliver practical benefit, encouraged by Omidyar Network, is to promote capacity building, addressing the lack of data ethicists currently available to help companies and governments. One option would be to establish a cadre of data ethicists in tech companies or to provide the opportunity for those working with data to spend some time within the Convention. The aim would not be to create the data ethicist as the compliance person in the corner but to create, perhaps through a Fellowship programme, a rigorous and analytical ethical mindset across this field.</p> <p>To make a practical difference in a new and rapidly evolving field is not straight-forward - and the Convention will have to prove its worth to those who might make use of its findings. The easy choice would be to create a vehicle for different types of academics to come together. The harder, but far more valuable, challenge is to bring those disciplines together, but then bridge the gap between academic thinking and the world of policy and practice into the development of usable, practical aproaches which can take steps to build a flourishing society.</p> <p><strong>Next Steps</strong></p> <p>To plan our next steps, we would greatly value your engagement. We want to test our ideas and ensure we have the right working relationship with industry and third sector, and continue our dialogue with regulators and with government to come to a shared vision about a future landscape. One critical area where we have further to define our thinking is how best to approach public engagement.</p> <p>In the first quarter of next year we will organise some workshops with Tech UK, as well as with a wider community, and invite anyone here, who would wish to be involved, to help us address these immediate questions. In the interim, if anyone would like to register interest, please email Imogen Parker - at <a href=""></a></p> <p>We want to ensure that this independent Convention has a distinctive place in this new landscape, reaching beyond the United Kingdom to create an international reputation. It should help Britain, at the moment one of the most innovative places in the world, to intervene in the debates, the thinking and practices globally, and help shape them for the common good. In this way, we believe we can have a real impact on the most complex and profound set of questions that face us all at this present time."</p> <p><em>Original script may differ from delivered version.</em></p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt; <a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank">Take a look at the highlights and videos from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>For more information on techUK's Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI Programme, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Nominations OPEN for techUK's Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:35:25 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) Have your say and help shape techUK’s Justice & Emergency Services Programme. <blockquote>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.</blockquote> <p>techUK has opened nominations for 12 members&nbsp;to join techUK's <a href="focus/programmes/justice-and-emergency-services/groups/justice-emergency-services-management-committee" target="_blank">Justice &amp; Emergency Services Management Committee</a> for a tenure of two years (March 2018 - February 2020).&nbsp;The Management Committee aims to lead debate on new technologies, optimise use of existing capabilities and provide a forum for law enforcement to engage with industry. This includes close working with the public sector to help them act as an intelligent client when procuring technology.</p> <p><strong>The primary role of the Committee is to represent the tech sector at a high level to Government, and sets the strategic direction of techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services programme, contributing to forward planning and ensuring the programme accurately reflects members’ priorities.</strong></p> <p>We are also electing the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee. And three of the seats on the Committee are reserved for Small and Medium sized Enterprise (SME) representatives. Please consult the attached Terms of Reference for the definition of an SME that we will adopt. You may nominate yourself for both Chair and Vice-Chair positions. If so, you will also nominate yourself for membership of the committee automatically.</p> <p><strong>To nominate yourself or a colleague, simply read through the Terms of Reference (ToR) and complete the form (please see below for both), and return it to <a href="" target="_blank">Henry Rex</a> by 17:30 on Friday 26 January 2018.</strong></p> <p>Once the nominations cycle is completed, elections for Committee places will open.</p> <p>If you are interested in nominating yourself and have any questions about the Justice &amp; Emergency Services Committee, please don't hesitate to contact Henry Rex (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>, 020 7331 2017).</p> <p>Please note, members must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in the Committee's activities as set out in the ToR.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Mayor of London Set’s Out Economic Development Strategy Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:33:55 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) The new Strategy sets out measures to use tech to address public service challenges <p>On 13 December Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched ‘<a href="" target="_blank">The Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy for London</a>’ which sets out how he will achieve and foster economic growth whilst also creating a fair and competitive environment that enables business to thrive and succeed. Building on his Manifesto pledges, the Mayor also commits to promoting innovation and the adoption of cutting edge digital technologies across the economy, to help raise productivity and transform London into one of the world’s leading smart cities.</p> <p>At the heart of the strategy is also greater collaboration between the public sector and the private sector, with a focus on co-designing and co-developing policy, to ensure London has the housing, transport, infrastructure, technology, jobs and skills we need for everyone to prosper in the 21st Century.</p> <p>Key initiatives from the Strategy looking to improve the environment for local government transformation include:</p> <p><strong>Data Economy</strong></p> <ul> <li>Put open data at the heart of London’s government. Through the London Datastore, the Greater London Authority will continue to make more of its data accessible to the public.</li> <li>The Mayor will work with boroughs, NHS trusts and other public service providers to help improve data-sharing and analytics through projects such as the London Office for Data Analytics (LODA), and work to seed the future application of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).</li> <li>Scope a collaborative model through the London Office for Technology &amp; Innovation (LOTI) to promote agreed standards, develop better digital capabilities and improve procurement between participating boroughs to enable public services to meet London-wide challenges, like improving air quality, improving the public realm or tackling homelessness.</li> <li>The Mayor will help to develop common standards for data collection and digital platforms between public agencies.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Support for Start-Ups and SMEs</strong></p> <ul> <li>New £100m Small Medium Enterprises (SME) fund to invest in growing businesses</li> <li>Launch of Civic Innovation Challenge for small tech companies addressing issues on inequality, climate change and ageing population.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Using Tech to Address Public Service Challenges</strong></p> <ul> <li>The Mayor will support the creation of ‘GovTech’ incubators and accelerators to bring the best ideas in digital public services to market, and he will support investment in urban demonstrators to showcase these solutions across the city, which if successful will be exported to other global cities.</li> <li>Use the public procurement power of the GLA Group, the boroughs and public services will create further demand and opportunities for coinvestment in digitalised public services and smart city technologies.</li> <li>A call to action to government departments, including the Government Digital Service and GovTech Catalyst, to collaborate with the Mayor and the Boroughs to improve digital public services and smart city technologies.</li> </ul> <p>techUK’s Programme Manager for Local Government Georgina Maratheftis comments:</p> <p><em>“The Strategy recognises the important role of tech in addressing the public service challenges London faces. We welcome the Mayor’s commitment to bring the best ideas in digital public services to market and creating the environment for an open and level playing field for industry. techUK looks forward to working with the Mayor to help articulate and solve the public service challenges facing London and create smart places where citizens want to live, work and thrive.”</em></p> Connected Vehicle Data Funding Competition Launched Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:24:11 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) £500,000 available to tech solutions demonstrating value of connected vehicle technologies. <p>The Department for Transport has launched a competition to demonstrate connected vehicle applications that provide real benefit to local authorities – to access data on road condition information and asset management. The competition will provide £500,000 for local authority projects costing between £30,000 and £100,000 which will:</p> <ul> <li>demonstrate the capability of connected vehicle data;</li> <li>improve the quality of road condition and asset management data;</li> <li>provide the business case for more widespread deployment across a number of highway authorities;</li> <li>enable the development of smart asset strategies based on harvested intelligence; and&nbsp;</li> <li>help support innovation within the private sector supply chain.</li> </ul> <p>The competition has a total funding value of £500,000.</p> <p>Closing date for applications <em>16 February 2018.</em></p> <p>Further information on applying for funding can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Norway's Radio FMExit Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:14:12 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Norway are the world's first country to migrate analogue services fully to digital. <p>On Wednesday December 13th, at the end of a 12 month 6 stage programme,&nbsp;Norway became the first country to fully migrate radio services from analogue to digital.</p> <p>The Norwegian commercial radio stations switched off FM broadcasts in Oslo and the East of Norway 3 months after NRK. Last week both public service and commercial FM were switched off in the final 5% of Norway in Troms and Finmark. While that will be the end of FM transmission for NRK, P4 and Bauer the smaller local stations have to capability to stay on FM for a further 5 years.</p> <p>Feedback from&nbsp;broadcasters is that they are pleased with the technical switch-off programme and confident that they have taken to right steps to reduce costs and make radio fit for the future. However, the Norwegian Media Regulator highlights&nbsp;that there have been some issues with reception and coverage. Daily radio listening has declined from 68% to 64% with NRK seeing the greatest decline. The local stations on FM have reported increases in listening. The national broadcasters expect radio listening to recover in 2018 as listeners take action to fit digital radio adapters in cars. There is no evidence of online listening or music streaming increasing.</p> <p>With the UK expected to meet our digital switch over (DSO) criteria in the spring of 2018 we can review and learn important lessons on how to manage DSO. The Norwegians are planning on visiting the UK in March 2018 to present findings and learnings to DCMS, DRUK, Broadcasters&nbsp;and techUK to support our DSO planning and call for action once the Government laid down criteria are met.</p> <p>Paul Hide of techUK commented "We congratulate all those in Norway that have worked hard to deliver a smooth transation from analogue to digital. The UK can review and take into account lessons learnt as we make preparations for our digital switch over. techUK and our radio manufacturing members believe that the Government must follow through with a commitment to switch, with a date, once the criteria are met and we will work with DCMS to try to make this happen as soon as possible".</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Doing Business With The NHS Just Got a Lot Easier For Cheshire & Warrington SMEs Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:47:09 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Guest Blog: Michelle Atkin, Health Innovation Manchester, outlines a new support programme helping SMEs in the North West <p>Healthcare Business Connect Cheshire and Warrington is a new support programme helping Cheshire and Warrington businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS make the right connections. We want to help build capacity and capability and at the same time ensure high-quality patient care that is “better, safer, faster and cost-effective”.</p> <p>Our support is tailored to help pre start-ups, and new and established businesses develop and grow their products and services by offering an impressive package of clinical and commercial assistance.</p> <p>SMEs will receive a minimum of 12 hours free assistance covering a range of topics from market access advice to support for innovation and research applications. There’s also help with procurement advice, help on regulatory approval, access to business planning tools and one-to-one coaching. The programme also offers guidance on pitching and presenting, can signpost businesses to other initiatives and will offer regular healthcare market focused events.</p> <p>This support and assistance is underpinned by access to NHS and social care staff, patients and carers, along with university evaluators and academics.</p> <p>Over the next three years the aim is to support 90 existing SMEs, 20 new SMEs enabling them to create 60 new jobs and launch 24 new products. If you have an innovation or product that can make care and services better, safer, faster and cost-effective then contact us now for help in achieving your ambitions.</p> <p>The Cheshire and Warrington programme is a partnership between the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, and Health Innovation Manchester.</p> <h3>Upcoming Event: Learn how to trade with the NHS – Ask the Buyer</h3> <p><strong>Alderley Park Conference Centre on Wednesday 24th January 2018 , 9.00 am – 12pm</strong></p> <p>The event will give businesses&nbsp;opportunities to connect directly with the people within the NHS who are responsible for purchasing in the North West. Businesses will be able to ask a panel of senior NHS buyers questions about how to get services and supplies into the NHS. Information will be available as to the support Health Innovation Manchester can offer to businesses who wish to trade with the NHS.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Find out more</a></p> techUK comments on Committee for Standards in Public Life report Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:17:33 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) Abuse has no place on platforms, but simple sounding solutions will not deal with technically sophisticated perpetrators. <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote>Commenting on the report by the Committee for Standards in Public Life, on Intimidation in Public Life, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</blockquote> <p>“Tech companies take concerns about harmful or illegal content extremely seriously. They are investing heavily in new technology, people and processes to prevent inappropriate content from appearing on their platforms. Large volumes of content are taken down on a daily basis but companies are far from complacent about the nature of the challenge. The most serious perpetrators are often technically sophisticated, adapting their techniques to seed harmful content on an almost daily basis, in a determined effort to keep their content online. Tackling them will therefore require complex and evolving solution which both companies and Governments are adapting to.</p> <p>“Blanket legislative solutions may appear attractive but are unlikely to be effective. Moreover, there is a real risk that serious unintended consequences could result from tampering with the fundamental framework that underpins the whole of the digital economy. The best approach remains continued open and constructive dialogue between industry, Government and law enforcement agencies to address the causes and nature of this activity – which can change on a daily basis. This will require both on and offline action to identify the right solutions to prevent the spread of hate, fear and abuse. Businesses have stepped up and are working hard to tackle that behaviour that has no place on their platforms.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Health and Social Care Newsletter | Your new Health and Social Care Council Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:12:37 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) techUK's Health and Social Care Programme update for the month of December <p>Thank you to everyone who stood, campaigned and voted in the elections for techUK’s Health and Social Care Council. As we head to 2018 the Council welcomes four new members and three returning members who were successfully elected. <a href="" target="_blank">Take a look at our 2018 Council here.</a></p> <p>It was great to speak to many of you last month as we hosted our <a href="" target="_blank">fourth Health and Social Care Industry Dinner </a>with stellar speeches from <strong>Matthew Swindells</strong>, <strong>Lord O'Shaughnessy</strong>, and <strong>Prof. Rachel Dunscombe</strong>. A big thanks to sponsors TPP and UK Cloud.</p> <p>Together with NHS Digital we completed our celebrations of <a href="" target="_blank">one year of working together in partnership </a>- read more about our achievements and priorities for 2018. The partnership recently hosted two events on <a href="" target="_blank">Building a Better Digital Experience for Patients</a>, and launched the <a href="" target="_blank">Pharmacy and Medicines IT Forum</a>.</p> <p>Before the year closes out we still have two events to look forward to: <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber Security in the Health and Medical Research Charity Sector </a>and our now full to the brim event on Future Developments in Global Digital Exemplars.</p> <h3>techUK News, Views, and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Technology can Transform the NHS</a><br />If you missed our Health and Social Care Dinner, you can read about it here. The fourth annual techUK Health and Social Care Industry Dinner took place recently in London. The packed event was attended by techUK members and friends, a range of senior NHS Digital and NHS England colleagues, and other NHS stakeholders.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">New Pharmacy and Medicines IT Forum Launched</a><br />techUK and NHS Digital launched the Pharmacy and Medicines IT forum. At a busy inaugural session - attended by representatives of Pharmacies, IT suppliers and DH and NHS stakeholders - the team at NHS Digital outlined their plans for further digitisation of the medicines and prescribing arena.</p> <p><a href="insights/opinions/item/11782-council-of-the-future-campaign-week" target="_blank">Council of the Future Campaign Week</a><br />The Campaign Week (27 Nov – 1 Dec) highlighted what the future of local public services will look like in a digital age #CounciloftheFuture</p> <h3>Health and Social Care Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank">NHS Digital Security Operations Centre Procurement Now Live</a><br />NHS Digital has now started work on procuring their Security Operations Centre to expand their current service offering. They have released the first stage of this procurement in the form of a Selection Questionnaire (SQ) through eSourcing.<br /><strong>The deadline for submission is Wednesday 20 December 2017</strong>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Kings Fund Event: Sharing Health and Care Records</a><br /><strong>13 December 2017, Leeds, 15% Discount for techUK Members</strong><br />This conference, hosted by The King’s Fund, explores the different models that have been developed over the past few years and provides you with the opportunity to learn how local areas are overcoming these challenges.</p> <p><strong>NHS England Invitation to take part in The ACS and STP Development Partner Framework</strong><br />NHS England invites you to register to take part in the forthcoming ACS &amp; STP Development Partner Framework to give commissioners and providers access to Population Health Management support. To register and find out more, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br />The framework is planned for launch on <strong>15 December 2017</strong> to allow suppliers to apply for accreditation and will be open for use by ACSs and STPs from early next financial year 2018/19.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">International Opportunities in India</a><br />Calling on the best British digital healthcare innovators to take part in the Healthcare innovation mission to India <strong>4 – 8 February 2018.</strong><br />To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service, Healthcare UK, Department for International Trade and NHS Digital will be taking a trade mission of the most innovative healthcare providers and suppliers in the NHS to India.<br />The DIT invites expressions of interest from NHS and private sector organisations with an innovative offer in healthcare. The closing date for expression of interest is <strong>13 December.</strong></p> Green Public Procurement for Data Centres Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK provides feedback on the European Commission’s proposals, which are a bit of a Curate’s Egg. <p>The European Commission is minded to develop Green Public Procurement criteria for data centres. The objective is to ensure that public bodies can confidently buy sustainable services and secondly to use public sector buying power to drive the market towards better environmental performance. Proposing criteria for such a complex and fast moving sector is inevitably fraught with difficulty; nevertheless the stakeholder meeting on 16th November was civilised, well managed and productive. The proposals were discussed in detail. Some are basic requirements that must be met by all bidders, others are award criteria that will gain extra points in the bidding process.</p> <p>We were uncomfortable about the focus on renewable power purchasing, heat reuse, life cycle assessment, or on PUE as an efficiency metric, which in truth it is not. We compiled a response that identified general issues with the proposals and then dealt with each of the criteria in detail. These were submitted via the BATIS website, a Krypton Factor type process of extreme user-unfriendliness, and also directly to the relevant policy team at JRC.</p> <p>Our main concern was the strong suspicion that a procurement process could tick all the required and award criteria boxes and still deliver a hopelessly inefficient data centre solution. This is because there is no scope for right sizing and no qualitative assessment of whether the approach is appropriate. The relevant documents should still be available here: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;and are also on the Commission’s BATIS website.</p> <p>If you would like to read our response it is below.</p> Funding announced to drive interoperability between NHS and social care Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:42:16 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) NHS Digital has announced £1.4m funding for local authorities and their NHS partners to digitise patient discharge to help reduce delayed discharges. <p>NHS Digital has announced £1.4m funding for local authorities and their NHS partners to digitise patient discharge from hospital into local authority social care, to help reduce delayed discharges.</p> <p>Applications are now open for local authorities to integrate their systems with at least one of their NHS partners, to create digital assessment, discharge and withdrawal processes (ADW).</p> <p>Currently, the differences between NHS and local authority IT systems present an effective obstacle for organisations looking to go digital, and they are often left struggling with interoperability issues.</p> <p>Local authorities, with their NHS partners, have identified non-digital systems that handle the ADW process as one of the main causes of delayed transfers of care, and local authorities also carry the risk of being non-compliant with the Care Act 2014.</p> <p>This has led NHS Digital, in conjunction with NHS England, to offer funding to partnerships that have the potential to speed up the process.</p> <p>Tom Denwood, Director of Data and Integration at NHS Digital said: "Delayed transfers of care constitute a huge problem for both the NHS and local authorities as well as having a significant effect on patients.</p> <p>"This funding is intended to support local government and the wider NHS to increase cross-sector interoperability and greatly reduce the time taken to transfer patients between hospitals and local authority social care."</p> <p>Ben Moody, Head of Health and Social Care at techUK said: "This offers a good opportunity for our members, both to those who are delivering solutions to individual organisations or delivering integrated records, to improve citizen care."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">More information on applying</a></p> Deal done? What does the UK/EU agreement on phase 1 of Brexit mean for tech? Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:16:44 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) The agreement of sufficient progress a big step forward, but what does it cover, and what are the next steps? <blockquote>Brexit predictions are not something for the faint hearted. For those who had put their money on achieving ‘sufficient progress’ by December, the last week has been a nervous one. But after the interrupted lunches, panicked phone calls and late-night travel to Brussels, the Prime Minister has managed to secure a deal that both the EU and (for now at least) her party, can support.</blockquote> <p>Those late nights have, however, clearly been productive. Today’s deal looks to have met a number of concerns raised by techUK members. While many areas of detail were already well known, there are a number of welcome surprises in the text of the agreement, particularly around EU citizens living and working in the UK tech sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>EU Citizens</h3> <p>From the outset this has been a top priority for the industry. With almost 200,000 EU citizens contributing to UK tech, at every level of seniority, ensuring that their right to remain is clear, simple and certain is vital. Securing a deal ahead of Christmas is particularly welcome, given the very real worry of workers returning home to families over the winter break and potentially deciding not to come back.</p> <p>The headlines of the deal were already well known- every EU citizen who resides in the UK prior to 29 March 2019 will have the right to apply for ‘settled status’ giving them the right to continue to live in the UK. EU Citizens will be given ‘adequate time of at least two years’ to make an application for settled status. Those who have already received an alternative form of visa- such as permanent residency, will be able to have that residency document converted into the new ‘settled status’ provision.</p> <p>The process for securing settled status has also moved significantly since the UK’s original proposal. There will now be no collection of biometric data, the system will have to be a simple application process and will have to be issued either free of charge or for a fee “not exceeding that imposed on nationals for the issuing of similar documents”. That suggests a final charge similar to a UK passport. This reflects calls for techUK to make the system as simple and clear as possible. The only people who could be rejected for settled status are those with serious criminal convictions. This should be seen as reassuring for the many EU-born tech workers worried about the hoops that would have to jump through to continue to live in the UK.</p> <p>Another key part of the agreement is the right for EU citizens to continue to enjoy family rights. For the tech sector, which is competing globally for talent, the ability to say clearly that worker’s family lives are not affected is very important. The agreement ensures that children born or adopted can secure settled status as can direct family members such as parents or grandparents. Unlike in the original proposals, that right to bring in family members has no cut-off date and lasts the entire lifetime of the settled status holder.</p> <p>One of the concerns raised with the Government’s original plan by techUK was the amount of time someone could spend outside the UK before their settled status was deemed to have come to an end. Originally this was planned to only last two years. For tech companies, who regularly second staff across a global network, this led to worries that employees or family members seconded from the UK could lose their settled status. The final agreement extends this period to five years, a welcome step to cover those individuals and their families who may be transferred in and out of the UK.</p> <p>It’s worth noting the agreement on enforcement of Citizen’s Rights. There has been a lot of talk about the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Under the agreement, UK courts will have to have due regard to the decisions of the ECJ and will have the ability to seek the opinion of the ECJ in order to interpret a case. After very heated discussions on this issue, the agreement reaches of compromise of the ECJ being responsible for overseeing these decisions for a period of eight years form the point that an EU Citizen applied for settled status.</p> <p>Finally, it’s important to bear in mind the rights of UK citizens in the EU. National Governments in the EU 27 will have to come up with similar systems to the UK one of settled status. However, the agreement is clear that any system, including the UK’s can be more generous than what is set out. One major difference is that, after March 2019, UK citizens will lose the ability to move to another EU 27 state, unless this is agreed as part of the second phase of negotiations. Effectively, the rights that UK citizens enjoy to move freely across the EU to work will come to an end, meaning that the right to remain in a particular country will be based on the rules of that country, not the whole of the EU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Ireland and Northern Ireland</h3> <p>In the end the biggest sticking point for securing sufficient progress was not money but the Northern Irish border. For those heavily involved in Brexit this is somewhat unsurprising. The logical tautology of the UK leaving the Customs Union, preventing a ‘Hard Border’ on the island of Ireland and ensuring no border between Norther Ireland and the rest of the UK is almost impossible to solve.</p> <p>It’s therefore unsurprising that the agreement today doesn’t actually try to solve it. Instead, the can has been kicked down the road. There are of course some clear commitments, most importantly to maintaining the principles of the Good Friday agreement, but on the really difficult issues there is simply a statement that the parties hope to resolve them as part of the overall UK/EU agreement.</p> <p>If that proves impossible, then the next step will be for the UK to “propose specific solutions to address the unique circumstances of the island of Ireland.” What the solutions are is still not clear, but given the previous talk of ‘technological solutions’ by officials on both sides, this is something which tech companies will be watching closely. The importance of finding a path through this issue means that there are likely to be real opportunities to develop the kind of unique approaches that tech can deliver.</p> <p>The agreement also provides a final backstop on the border issue. It makes clear that if no solutions are put forward then the UK will “maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future support North-South cooperation”. Effectively this is a commitment to, in the absence of an alternative, Northern Ireland maintaining full regulatory cooperation with the EU in any rules or regulations that might impact the border.</p> <p>Despite what some have suggested this is not a commitment to staying in either the Single Market or the Customs Union, though doing so would achieve the desired outcome. There are a range of ways this could be achieved, though doing so without creating separate rules for Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK would be highly complex. It also represents a big ‘what if’ over the rest of the negotiations because if this failsafe is needed, it would likely lead to significant instability, not least in the Conservative/ DUP confidence deal at Westminster.</p> <p>One final point worth nothing is that, due to the rules around the Common Travel area, Northern Irish Citizens will now be in the unique situation of being able to secure an Irish (and therefore EU) passport while other UK citizens will be denied any form of EU passport. This could make Northern Irish staff a valuable commodity for those seeking personal able to easily cross jurisdictions!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Financial settlement</h3> <p>As expected the agreement does not contain a final ‘divorce’ bill though somewhere around £25 billion (net) is being quoted by UK officials. The interesting point to remember is that this is just the ‘divorce’ part of the payment, as the agreement makes clear, future participation, for example in Horizon 2020 or the European Investment Fund, would likely require addition UK funding.</p> <p>The text on the financial settlement contains one bit of very good news for tech. It guarantees UK participation in all the programmes of the current Multi-Year Financial Framework (MFF), which runs to 2020. That includes crucial facilities such as Horizon 2020. While this was already expected to be part of the agreement on any financial settlement, confirmation of its inclusion is welcome.</p> <p>However, one big gap for tech is that the Union space programmes, including Galileo and Copernicus are explicitly excluded from the financial settlement. While the agreement makes clear that cooperation in this area can still be discussed as part of negotiations in the second phase of talks, it does mean further uncertainty for an important part of the UK tech.</p> <p>The agreement also sets out a specific agreement around the European Investment Bank (EIB). This is important to UK tech as the EIB both funds significant infrastructure projects but also holds the UK’s stake in the European Investment Fund, which is vital for UK Venture Capital funding for tech. Under the agreement the UK will come out of the EIB, with our capital stake (around £9 billion) slowly paid back in annual instalments over the nine years from 2019. As techUK’s Breaking the Brexit Bank report notes, the slow withdrawal from the EIB means the value of withdrawing at all is severely diminished.</p> <p>However, withdrawal is not yet certain, the text states that the UK wishes to explore continued participation with the EIB, which is a welcome confirmation to tech of the UK’s ambition to remain part of bank.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Separation issues</h3> <p>There are also a number of points in the text about so-called ‘separation’ issues. These are really important to businesses, given that they pertain to things like goods on the market when the UK leaves the EU. Under the agreement, goods on the market will be able to freely circulate and services offered for sale without need for modifications or changes. This is a welcome step to ensure that, in the run up to the UK’s exit, companies aren’t forced to hold back products.</p> <p>The separation issues also include a commitment of Euratom, which is important for a number of tech companies dealing with nuclear materials. While limited in specifics, it makes clear that ongoing cooperation on these sensitive materials is desired by both sides.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>So is that is all settled?</h3> <p>While the agreement is a formal document, it is important to remember it is not the Withdrawal Agreement itself. That will be finalized at the end of the process. Instead it just sets out the commitments for what will be in that agreement.</p> <p>This means that all of these issues are subject to change, on the principle that ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’. This can be viewed as both a positive and a negative. On the one hand, issues could still be unpicked should a deal be hard to reach. However, on the other, if a close relationship were to be agreed between the UK and the EU on future partnership, then elements could no longer be necessary. For example if (though unlikely) the UK agreed to continued free movement of people, then the package on EU Citizens in the UK would no longer be necessary.</p> <p>The one thing the agreement does achieve is that it makes a ‘no deal’ much less likely. With commitments already made on EU Citizen’s Rights, and the crucial wording on maintain “full alignment” in Northern Ireland if no alternative can be reached, it seems likely that this document will become the backstop for decisions, even if no future trade deal could be reached.</p> <p>Of course, what is important now is that the UK and EU urgently begin talks on what the future agreement will look like, starting with agreement on a transition to give businesses confidence about the immediate future. While today’s agreement has had a difficult birth, the real challenges are likely still to come as we try and negotiation agreements on everything from data flows, market access to services, future immigration regimes and customs checks. One thing is certain, the Prime Minister is in for an awful lot more late nights before we can truly say deal done.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Cabinet Office publishes Interim Cyber Security Science and Technology Strategy Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:41:21 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) The Cabinet Office last week published its Interim Cyber Security Science and Technology Strategy: Future-Proofing Cyber Security. <p><strong>The Cabinet Office last week published its Interim Cyber Security Science and Technology Strategy: Future-Proofing Cyber Security. Through the National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), the Government committed itself to publishing a detailed Cyber Science and Technology Strategy that would “(identify) areas of science and technology that the Government, industry and academia consider to be important and identify gaps in the UK’s current capacity to address them. This strategy therefore focuses on how the UK Government will integrate the identification of emerging technologies and future technologies into its cyber security policy making.</strong></p> <p>The strategy maps out a response based on the need for the UK to maintain the scientific and technological capability needed to stay ahead of the curve in terms risk factors, drive growth in the UK cyber security market and inform policymakers sufficiently to drive a sensible policy agenda in the cyber space.</p> <p>The strategy has three key objectives, to:</p> <ul> <li>Identify the technology areas that will have the most impact on cyber security</li> <li>Develop the Government’s policy response to these technology areas and develop an expertise base in Government, academia and industry.</li> <li>Assess whether the UK is sufficiently responding to cyber security science and technology developments.</li> </ul> <p>These objectives are designed to ensure that the UK maintains a sufficient level of expertise and capability needed to meet its security needs, producing a single authoritative voice on the current state of play and ensuring the right relationships between key stakeholders, such as the cyber security sector, support and drive improvements in UK capability within both the policy and technological frameworks.</p> <p>The document does not form a research strategy, but focuses on how emerging and future technologies will affect and integrate within the UK Government’s approach to policymaking in the cyber security sector.</p> <p>Obviously, these emerging technologies present great opportunities for the UK sector in terms of growth and innovation and the strategy seeks to balance and encourage these whilst mitigating against the threats posed, building trust amongst the general public and ensuring the UK skills gap is bridged significantly.</p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <p>Part One of the strategy aims to identify a number of significant, developing technologies and trends most likely to affect the cyber security of the country. This include issues such as the decreasing costs of processing power, the growing use of cloud, the proliferation of devices with sensors and the convergence of enterprise systems with Operational Technology such as industrial control systems. The strategy then goes on to identify four key areas that are considered as game changers for cyber security;</p> <ul> <li>Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities: the continued use of connected devices, and their growth in areas such as smart-clothing, medical devices and smart infrastructure present a number of cyber security challenges such as the building of these networks and devices with security by default in mind and the identity management, authentication and authorisation of end point devices</li> <li>Data and Information: The ubiquity of connected devices will generate reams of data, with associated risks and opportunities. How will this data be controlled, who has access to it and how will it be stored, protected and disposed of? All of these questions need to be addressed in order for the public to trust that their data is being handled correctly.</li> <li>Automation, Machine-learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI has the potential to greatly improve productivity; and there will be opportunities to use AI as a key tool in identifying and responding to cyber security threat.</li> <li>Human Computer Interaction: Even with automation and augmentation, there will be a need for human decision making through interaction with machines, or Human Computer Interaction. Visual user interfaces are ubiquitous, in desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones as well as other electronic devices. For cyber security, this will have implications as human vulnerabilities will be increasingly introduced to networks and strong authentication will be critical.</li> </ul> <p>The strategy also recognises other technological developments that have cyber security implications, for example the development of quantum technologies and fintech are dependent on cyber security. The strategy focuses on other areas to the exclusion of these since effective UK Government interventions are already ongoing (for example, the Quantum Technology Programme) or because they anticipate the market to deliver solutions (in the example of fintech).</p> <p>The technologies outlines above offer real tangible opportunities for UK society in general and the UK economy. However, to achieve large scale adoption and world leading status in these areas, trust and confidence in these technologies must be fostered.</p> <p><strong>Part 2</strong></p> <p>Part Two of the strategy pitches the Government’s initial thoughts on how to weave the emerging technologies highlighted in Part One into the UK policy framework, focusing on five key areas:</p> <ul> <li>Growth and Innovation: the Strategy recognises that a growing, innovative and thriving cyber security sector will help keep the UK a secure place to do business. It therefore commits the Government to be cognisant of these emerging technologies when delivering on the cyber security growth, research and innovation interventions outlined in the National Cyber Security Strategy. For example, they will look to include issues related to emerging technologies in the ‘challenge list’ that the Cyber Security Innovation Centres will address as well as ensuring that the cyber ‘Proving Ground’ initiative and Research Institutes address these emerging technology challenges by testing new solutions and helping prepare them for use across the economy</li> <li>Creating Secure, Trusted Technologies: this strand of the Strategy is focused on embedding security in technology and networks at the design stage rather than requiring people and organisations to take action once they are in use. This therefore includes the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) ‘Secure by Default’ review, which examines how Government can work with industry to incentivise the adoption of ‘secure by default’ design in devices that could be hijacked or breached leading to data leaks or destabilised networks. Through this, DCMS will work with other departments (e.g. BEIS for the energy sector) and international partners as well as seeking guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Focus areas include medical devices and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles.</li> <li>Skills: the Strategy clearly recognises that growing the UK’s cyber skills base is crucial to ensuring that the UK is able to address emerging technology challenges and build the underlying research capability that it needs to identify and respond to the next wave of technological developments. A number of areas are therefore highlighted as examples of progress, such as the inclusion of modules that look at emerging technologies in the Government’s Cyber Schools Programme. Furthermore, the training content for the Government’s Apprenticeship Programme (and other cyber apprenticeships) will highlight sector specific needs related to key emerging technologies in relation to operating technology and human-machine interface. Lastly, DCMS is developing a Cyber Skills Strategy that will address the need to develop skills for emerging technologies at all levels of education</li> <li>Helping Individuals and Organisations Secure Themselves: this strand of the Strategy aims to ensure that the public and all organisations, large and small, can protect themselves against the cyber threats from emerging technologies. This will be achieved through initiatives like Cyber Aware, and further research on the human behavioural vulnerabilities that cyber criminals can exploit in emerging technologies.</li> <li>Government Security: Finally, the Strategy recognises the challenge of how to use innovation and experimental technologies whilst ensuring that security is built into the development of citizen facing products and services. As security is transformed and strengthened across all UK departments, the Strategy will aim to ensure that policies and processes are designed and delivered to take the security needs of emerging technologies into account. This ranges from IoT technologies, which could pave the way for more connected devices to securely share data from within government buildings, to updating policies in response to the increasing use of the cloud to store governmental data. A first step in achieving this is making sure that all UK Government issued IT and digital devices are secure by default and that any new technologies and digital services deployed by the UK Government will be secure by default. Government will also build cyber security into all services to a baseline minimum standard, whilst continuing to review cyber critical infrastructure to ensure that data of high levels of importance is secure.</li> </ul> <p>These areas all chime significantly with the goal of the National Cyber Security Strategy to make the UK the safest place to business online and to grow the cyber security industry in the UK.</p> <p><strong>Part 3a</strong></p> <p>This section focuses on the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) becoming the single authoritative voice for cyber security science and technology in the UK. The NCSC will begin to publish regular advice on emerging technologies and will work with experts across the UK Government, industry and academia. In taking on this role, the UK Government aims to overcome the complex challenges which often pose real difficulties for government departments in integrating horizon scanning activities into policymaking due to a lack of technical expertise within their departments. In this, the NCSC will take advice from a range of experts, including industry and academia, to ensure that is has access to the very best minds.</p> <p><strong>Part 3b</strong></p> <p>The final section focuses again on the need for the UK to ensure it has a strong skills base in the cyber sector. Going forward, the NCSC will work with experts in industry and academia to regularly assess the sufficiency of the UK’s cyber security knowledge and expertise, identifying gaps that pose a risk to national security and working with DCMS to bring about the necessary new capabilities in the required timeframe. As part of this work, DCMS will develop a Cyber Security Research Plan, working with NCSC, academia, industry, and other Government departments, the Devolved Administrations, local government, UKRI and funding bodies. This will set out priority areas for Government supported research in the national interest. It will also ensure coordination of activity across the various bodies and determine the sufficiency of existing UK Government levers to achieve this, including how much Government funding should be allocated to cyber security research. This plan will be subject to regular review.</p> <p><strong>Part 4</strong></p> <p>Part Four of the Strategy is focused on how the Government’s performance in this area will be assessed. It states that independent assurance will be designed in, making sure that the Government’s horizon scanning capabilities is truly comprehensive. NCSC will develop its views through public consultation and the conclusions will be reviewed by an independent panel of experts, to assure that both the process and substance is right. To make sure that the NCSC’s views are taken into account in policy making, Government departments will be required to account to a panel chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser on the extent they have incorporated NCSC’s guidance and scientific best practice into their policy making.</p> <p>The success of the Strategy will be measured against the following objectives:</p> <ul> <li>The NCSC regularly publishes high quality, authoritative advice on the emerging technology trends that will be impactful on cyber security</li> <li>Cyber security policy making within departments is timely and informed by science and technology horizon scanning, particularly the advice from NCSC regarding key emerging technologies</li> <li>The UK has access to the level of cyber security expertise necessary to be able to understand the emerging technology challenges and inform the UK Government’s policy response</li> </ul> <p>The Strategy also promises to use independent technologists from industry and academia to assure the quality and comprehensiveness of NCSC advice regarding key emerging technologies. And we will use the established Science and Technology community in Whitehall, the NSC Sub Committee on Science and Technology and Chief Scientific Advisors to assure that policy making by UK Departments and Agencies is sufficiently influenced and informed by the NCSC’s technical advice. It will also regularly report on progress made as part of wider reporting on the UK Government’s performance in delivering the National Cyber Security Strategy.</p> Programme CORTISONE - Request For Information Notice Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:50:31 +0000 Seema Patel(techUK) The MOD would like you to know that they have published a Request For Information (RFI) through the Defence Contracts Online Portal regarding Programme CORTISONE. <blockquote>GB-Corsham: Programme CORTISONE -&nbsp;MOD Request For Information</blockquote> <p>The information contained below is taken directly from the publish Request For Information. The original version of this document (containing the same content) can be found by searching ‘CORTISONE’ on Defence Contracts Online: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>1. Contract Title</strong></p> <p>Title attributed to the request by the Contracting Authority: GB-Corsham: Programme CORTISONE</p> <p><strong>2. Contracting Authority:</strong></p> <p>Ministry of Defence, Information Systems and Services, ISS Development Pillar<br />MoD Corsham, Westwells Road, Corsham, SN13 9NR, United Kingdom<br />Tel. 030 679 86857, Email: <a href=""></a><br />Contact: Darren Corkindale</p> <p><strong>3. Object of the Request for Information:</strong></p> <p>Weblink to where further documentation can be obtained: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Short description of requirement:</strong> Medical software package. Medical information systems. Programme CORTISONE is based on 5 Themes, however delivery will initially be based on Theme 1 (Health Information Exploitation) and Theme 2 (Healthcare Delivery) to enable the Authority to deliver a "minimum viable service" to transition from the existing service (EMIS PCS Defence) by April 2019. Further detail can be found in the CORTISONE Blueprint: <a href=""></a><br /><strong>CPV codes:</strong><br />48180000 - Medical software package.<br />48814000 - Medical information systems.</p> <p><strong>Time-limit:</strong></p> <p><strong>12/01/2018 18:00 Information Requested:</strong> The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to obtain information from potential suppliers to provide the MOD with a greater understanding of the market. The information that is collected will help the MOD to develop a robust set of requirements and an improved procurement strategy for the CORTISONE Programme.</p> <p>If your organisation is interested in this opportunity, please email the above mentioned point of contact who will provide RFI documentation. You will then be invited to review the MOD's High Level Design (HLD) document, the Technical Challenges document, and the Use Cases document and then submit a completed questionnaire based on the 7 topics detailed below:</p> <ol> <li>Requirements – the objective of this question is to give industry the opportunity to add any requirements that may have been overlooked by the CORTISONE Programme;</li> <li>Programme Risks – the objective of this question is to give industry the opportunity to provide their input on the major risks that Programme CORTISONE will need to address;</li> <li>Routes to Market – the objective of this question is to identify the appropriate routes from which your products/services can be accessed;</li> <li>Core Clinical Systems – the objective of this question is to enable MOD to understand the functionality and features of modern healthcare COTS products, either standalone or as integrated modules;</li> <li>Integration Platforms – the objective of this question is to enable the MOD to understand how your products and technical services can be used to overcome the 10 technical challenges as identified by the CORTISONE team;</li> <li>NHS Patterns – the objective of this question is to allow the MOD to understand how and where your product or service (core clinical system and/or Integration tools/platform/engine) has delivered an integrated capability in an NHS environment in order to reduce the integration risk encountered in the CORTISONE Programme;</li> <li>Preferred Implementation Approach/Partner – the objective of this question is to identify internal approaches, or external partners, who can successfully configure and implement your products and services (core clinical systems and/or Integration tools/platform/engine).</li> </ol> <p>Following the initial RFI, the MOD reserves the right to engage organisations further for the purposes of clarifying their responses or exploring ideas in more detail.</p> <p><strong>Your response to this RFI is requested by no later than 18:00 on Friday 12th January 2018.</strong></p> <p>Responding to this RFI is voluntary and does not start the official procurement process for the CORTISONE Requirement. Your participation in this RFI does not guarantee, or jeopardise, your inclusion in a future procurement exercise. It should be noted that all information released as part of this RFI is being released on a without commitment basis, is subject to change and may not form part of any future procurement process.</p> <p>No down-selection will take place as a consequence of any responses or interactions relating to this RFI. Additionally, no information provided in response to this RFI will be used in any way for the purpose of evaluating suppliers or their products in any subsequent formal procurement process.</p> <p>You must not take this announcement to mean confirmation that MOD shall award a contract for this requirement. The MOD is publishing this announcement without any commitment to issue an invitation to tender or place a contract. Accordingly, any expenditure, work or effort undertaken prior to contract award is a matter solely for the commercial judgement of potential suppliers. Announcements may also be published on Defence Contracts Online, Contracts Finder or the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), as appropriate.</p> Energy use in ICT: did the fears expressed a decade ago come to pass? Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:06:49 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK highlights current evidence on the energy needs of the sector and outlines industry trends that will shape its future energy demand. <p>In 2007, Gartner warned in a <a href="" target="_blank">widely picked up paper</a> that global carbon emissions from the ICT sector was equal to the aviation sector. It prompted many to express concerns about run-away emissions from the sector.</p> <p>Ten years hence have these predictions played out? In a paper for the <a href="" target="_blank">All-Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change</a> to feed into its inquiry on climate change and the internet, techUK sets out evidence that shows that despite continued sector growth, the concerns expressed in 2007 have not materialised.</p> <p>History now reveals a dynamic balance between increasing demand in ICT services (number of devices in use; performance per devices; diversification of applications) and increasing energy efficiency (semiconductor performance; ; the shift from PCs to smartphones and tablets; reductions in standby losses; more efficient power conversion).</p> <p>Technological developments, eco-design, procurement schemes, industry initiatives and market trends have driven much of the observed improvements in energy efficiency observed to date.</p> <p>In its <a href="" target="_blank">2017 report to Parliament on energy prices and bills</a>, the Committee on Climate Change reported that household energy use has fallen despite increased use and functionality of appliances and devices that require electricity. In Germany annual energy demand by the ICT sector decreased by 15%, 8TWh, between 2010 and 2015 with further reductions expected in the short-term. They expect this trend to continue until 2020 when energy consumption rise slightly from 45TWh to 46TWh in 2025. Sweden, which has the highest data traffic per capita in the world, has seen similar reductions in energy consumption between 2010 and 2015 despite data traffic being five-times higher. Recent analysis shows that the electricity intensity of the data distribution networks halves every couple of years.</p> <p>Furthermore, evidence that the sector has a key role in helping others to reduce their energy use has become stronger. A recent <a href="" target="_blank">Accenture Strategy report for BT</a>, for example, showed that the right policy framework could enable technology and ICT to deliver a net 24% reduction in annual UK emissions, which it estimated to be 12 times the carbon footprint of the sector itself, with an associated economic benefit to the UK of £122 billion in 2020. Our <a href="" target="_blank">recent paper</a> outlined how these savings are being materialised and the future opportunities for the sector to support the decarbonisation of our economy.</p> <p>That said, techUK recognise that while the sector is helping to drive down emissions, the digital transformation of our economy must be a sustainable one: energy efficiency improvements must continue to be delivered by the sector itself. Read our paper to see some of the latest industry trends and actions underway to improve the sector’s energy efficiency, alongside some of the trends that threaten to derail progress unless “energy efficiency by design” is front and centre of technology deployment alongside with security and privacy.</p> <p>We welcome feedback on this paper. So if you have any comments or views, please do get in touch.</p> CIO WaterCooler ITSM Report 2017 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Rohit Sharma (techUK) CIO WaterCooler has released its 2017 IT Service Management report. <blockquote>techUK has a partnership with CIO WaterCooler, a free and open social network for CIO’s and leading technologists from around the world.</blockquote> <p>CIO WaterCooler has just released its <a href="" target="_blank">2017 IT Service Management report</a>, which we thought you might find useful.</p> <p>The CIO WaterCoolers benchmarking reports are an invaluable tool for CIOs and IT leaders. They allow the community to take a personal or industry specific barometer on a range of issues and technologies.</p> <p>The next in our series is the IT Service Management Report 2017 where we invited CIOs and IT leaders, from a mixture of industries, size of companies and regions to share how they and their organisations were approaching IT Service Management, their drivers and the benefit that they hope to achieve.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Please use this link to download your free copy of the report</a>.</p> <p>CIO WaterCooler is a free, open and supportive social network for CIOs and leading technologists from around the world to come together, share their news and views and discuss the challenges facing the industry. It features a rich collection of articles, blogs and ideas from IT leaders, analysts and service providers, with insights into the challenges and successes within the sector. It also provides opportunity for CIO’s &amp; IT leaders to raise their profile, share best practice and also keep abreast of what’s going on in the market place.</p> <p>For more insights and information: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> BBC to Provide UHD HDR Version of Blue Planet via iPlayer Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:04:46 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The current much acclaimed BBC nature programme will be available on the new HDR UHD standard via iPlayer from 10 December. <p>UHD TVs are now the standard specification and sets that&nbsp;can display High Dynamic Range content form the bulk of large screen sales from premium brands. Therefore it is great news that the full seven-part series will be available on iPlayer in Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) once the series has finished on broadcast TV from 10 December.</p> <p>UHD HDR will deliver&nbsp;superb picture quality&nbsp;bringing the spectacular animals, vibrant coral reefs and deep blue oceans of Blue Planet II to life like never before.</p> <p>Ultra HD programmes take advantage of higher resolution TVs so that audiences can watch scenes&nbsp;in exceptional clarity. HDR takes this further with greater detail in the shadows and dark areas of the picture, as well as more natural and brighter contrast. A wider range of colours are possible by making the most of a Wider Colour Gamut technology, meaning audiences can enjoy the most lifelike BBC TV show ever made.</p> <p>“As the most watched programme of 2017, Blue Planet II has captured the hearts of the nation,” noted Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, BBC. “The series is a prime example of the world-class work of the BBC NHU documentary makers and I’m delighted that audiences will be able to watch the series in ground-breaking quality on BBC iPlayer.”</p> <p>“The extra quality that Ultra HD, HDR and the wider range of colours brings to audiences is unparalleled,” added Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC Design &amp; Engineering. “Blue Planet II is the first programme we’ve shown in such high quality and perfectly demonstrates how the BBC is pushing the boundaries of digital innovation. Making the full series available in Ultra HD and HDR on BBC iPlayer is the next step in reinventing the BBC for a new generation, and there’s not a better place to start than with the stunning Blue Planet II.”</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK commented: "techUK have been campaigning for more UHD content available via 'Free to Air' so it is great to see the BBC release this content and we hope for more in 2018. The HDR UHD&nbsp;standards moves the picture quality on another significant step and the majority of premium brand current range large screen TVs are compatible with this standard".</p> <p>For more information on techUKs work in developing the UHD broadcast and content landscape contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Invitation to Respond to MOD on Defence Support Network - Information Systems Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:20:58 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) Through trade bodies techUK, ADS and TD-Info MOD requests feedback on the Defence Support Network - Information Systems (DSN-IS) Market Engagement. <blockquote>LATEST (11 Dec): MOD appreciates 'great interest from Industry' and says it intends to run a competition for the work streams through Digital Marketplace – Digital Outcomes and Specialists Opportunities</blockquote> <p>Through trade bodies techUK, ADS and TD-Info MOD is reuesting feedback on the Defence Support Network - Information Systems (DSN-IS) Market Engagement by 8th December 2018</p> <p>Members&nbsp;are invited to read information in&nbsp;the attached&nbsp;data pack for industry and provide feedback to the DSN-IS delivery team. They welcome questions or comments, observations or recommendations regarding MOD’s approach to DSN-IS Market Engagement.</p> <p><strong>The deadline to respond is Friday 8th December 2017. Please email who will coordinate responses.</strong></p> <p>The data pack comprises the following documents:</p> <p>a. DSN-IS Project Brief – please read this first</p> <p>b. Management Information Strategy</p> <p>c. DSN-IS Industry Brief</p> <p>d. Defence Data Management Strategy</p> <p>e. DSN-IS Sub Strategy</p> <p>f. Defence Information Strategy</p> <p>g. Business Intelligence Strategy</p> <p>h. Detica Master Data Management Pilot</p> <p>i. DLF Personas</p> <p>j. Logistic Application Legacy List</p> <p>k. Useful Links</p> <p>In addition, there is a letter from Maj Gen Angus Fay to members of TD-info who&nbsp;provided input to the DSN-IS team on its draft Defence Support Network Information Systems (DSN-IS) Strategy and notes from a workshop held on 21 September that initiated feedback.</p> <p>In Annex A of the DNS-IS Project Brief there is a summary of five work streams identified for this phase of DSN-IS:</p> <p>1. DSN-IS Baseline Capability Assessment for Log IS</p> <p>2. DSN-IS Pre-discovery Phase</p> <p>3. Log-IS user requirements, stories and outcomes</p> <p>4. DSN-IS Enterprise Integration for Log-is</p> <p>5. Log-IS Data Quality, Data Governance and Master Data Management</p> <p>Each work steam relates to aspects of information system management and requires some support from industry to complete.</p> <p>MOD will be running a tendering process for each work stream either via CCS Digital Outcomes and Specialists framework, or CCS Technical Services 2 framework. The results of these work streams will be subject to further financial approval and separate procurement action later next year, to deliver the implementation phase.</p> <p>The scope of this phase of DSN-IS is to:</p> <p>a. Consolidate the outputs of studies and reviews of the Defence Support function (defence logistics, information systems) which have been carried out in recent years</p> <p>b. Complete the data gathering across defence to ensure a full and complete baseline of all the IS currently supporting defence.</p> <p>c. Make recommendations for DSN-IS to achieve comprehensive improvements to how these systems support defence, complete with a detailed implementation plan.</p> Records Break as Deloitte Announces the 2017 UK Technology Fast 50 Winners Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:32:45 +0000 Rohit Sharma (techUK) Deliveroo has been named the overall winner of the 2017 UK Technology Fast 50 awards, with an average growth rate of 107,117 per cent over the last four years. <blockquote>Deloitte has announced the winners of the 2017 UK Technology Fast 50 awards.</blockquote> <p><img src="images/programmes/Fast50Web_image.jpg" alt="Fast50Web image" width="650" height="276" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The awards, now in their twentieth year, recognise and rank the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK, based on the last four years of revenue growth. Award sponsors are DLA Piper, Oracle NetSuite and Silicon Valley Bank, with techUK proud to be a supporter.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Click here to read the report and see the results</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Deliveroo tops Deloitte’s annual ranking of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies with a four-year revenue growth of 107,117% - a new record;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The average four-year growth rate recorded for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 companies is 3,756% in the year 2016/17;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>The Fast 50 companies generated c. £1 billion of combined revenue in 2016/2017, employing more than 9,000 people, including 1,800 in R&amp;D alone;</li> </ul> <ul> <li>20th edition of the Fast 50 awards analyses trends across all 662 unique Fast 50 winners.</li> </ul> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><strong>This year’s winner: Deliveroo</strong></h3> <p><br />Deliveroo has been named the overall winner of the <a href="" target="_blank">2017 UK Technology Fast 50 awards</a>. The London-based online food courier service achieved a staggering average growth rate of 107,117 per cent over the last four years. In the twenty-year history of the Fast 50, no other company has ever grown at a faster rate. Bloom &amp; Wild (average growth rate of 13,818 per cent) and MoveGB (6,063 per cent) completed the top three.</p> <p>David Cobb, lead partner for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 programme, comments: “The achievements of this year’s winner are truly remarkable: Deliveroo is now the fastest-growing technology company in the history of the competition. Their relentless growth has justifiably added them to the exclusive list of UK ‘unicorns’. Everyone wants a slice of the online takeaway business, but very few have found success in the same way that Deliveroo has.”</p> <p>Since being founded in 2013, Deliveroo has been disrupting the food takeaway industry by bringing restaurants closer to customers. Deliveroo now operates in 150 cities, employing 27,000 riders. They recently raised $385m in new funding.</p> <p>Dan Warne, General Manager UK and Ireland, explains Deliveroo’s approach to technology: “We have always had a clear strategy - it has been a food tech company from the start. Technology is very important for us and it allows us to operate more efficiently, which means faster orders for consumers, higher sales for restaurants and more earning potential for riders. It’s win-win for everyone. Our logistics algorithm is key, improving all the time to ensure our fantastic offer gets better and better.”</p> <p>On being competitive, Warne adds: “The UK is an exceptional breeding ground for ambitious technology companies - and so there will always be competitors. Our focus is always on our customers, riders and restaurants, making sure we’re delivering on the things that matter to them. That’s the best way of remaining competitive.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Two decades of fast-paced growth, and learning from mistakes</strong></h3> <p><br />As part of the awards process, <a href="" target="_blank">Deloitte has analysed information</a> submitted by 147 Technology Fast 50 entrants and surveyed 93 CEOs from these fast-growing companies.</p> <p>Learning from experience was a recurring theme amongst CEOs. According to the survey, nearly 60 per cent of CEOs had previously founded, or been part of the founding team of another start-up and almost one-fifth of respondents stated that they have built their success on lessons learned from previous failures.</p> <p>According to the survey, 44 per cent of respondents cited ‘learning from failure’ in the top three most important experiences from starting their own business, following only to ‘the need to attract and retain talent’ (73 per cent) and ‘product testing’ (52 per cent).</p> <p>When asked for the primary reasons for starting their own business, more than half of CEOs said that there was an opportunity to do better than the market incumbents (57 per cent). 56 per cent of CEOs said that their product or service did not previously exist.</p> <p>Cobb adds: “The evolution of the UK Technology Fast 50 over the past 20 years demonstrates that there is no single secret formula for success.</p> <p>“Yet, while much has changed over two decades, many of the characteristics that makes a Fast 50 winner remain. Winners tend to be those that have spotted, and capitalised on, market opportunities for tech-enabled growth in new and existing sectors.</p> <p>“And when looking across all of the 662 unique winners over the last twenty years, it is easy to see that having a great product or service, knowing your customer and employing excellent staff are the common ingredients to help ensure fast-pace growth.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Regional picture: London’s calling</strong></h3> <p><br />The regional make up of this year’s Fast 50 is dominated by representatives from London. In 1998, Scotland was the biggest contributor to the Fast 50, providing 11 companies. However, since the middle of last decade, London-based Fast 50 companies have risen from eight in 2005 to 32 of this year’s Fast 50. Move GB (6,053 per cent) and Coull (1,915 per cent), both from the South West, were the only non-London-based companies to feature in the top ten fastest growing technology companies.</p> <p>Cobb adds: “The UK capital has some fundamental strengths when it comes to infrastructure, connectivity and access to top talent, which makes it an attractive place for tech start-ups.</p> <p>“More than a third of tech start-up CEOs highlighted talent as the biggest influence on deciding on the location of their business, reaffirming the importance of having a strong tech hub capable of attracting highly skilled practitioners.”</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><strong>Software reigns supreme, for now...</strong></h3> <p><br />For the last two decades, the software sector has provided more winners than any other category, averaging 44 per cent of the Fast 50 over the period. However, whilst software contributed 36 per cent of 2017 Fast 50, the research found that emerging sectors were on the rise, including FinTech (20 per cent), Media &amp; Entertainment and Internet-based companies (both 16%).</p> <p>Cobb comments: “Software continues to be an important sector for rapid growth, but we are seeing growing proportions of entrants from other technology fields, in part due to the scalability of the business models they typically adopt. FintTech in particular has accelerated over the last five years, and now represents a fifth of the Fast 50.”</p> <p>In addition, more than two-thirds (70 per cent) of respondents said that revenue growth was a more important objective than profit (30 per cent) over the last few years. However, the research found that as businesses mature, CEOs predict that the focus will shift, with profitability expected to become the more important factor for 60 per cent of businesses over the next five years.</p> <p>Cobb concluded: “Successful pursuit of growth is an implicit characteristic amongst Fast 50 companies, but this is a far from simple feat. As their growth propels them to scale-up status, CEOs need to find the right balance between growth and profitability, always keeping stakeholder interests in mind.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK and NHS Digital Celebrate One Year of Working Together in Partnership Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:07:13 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) In October, techUK and NHS Digital celebrated the one year anniversary of their strategic partnership <p>In October, techUK and NHS Digital celebrated the one year anniversary of their strategic partnership. The aim of the partnership is to ensure industry can begin to plan for what is required from them and gear up for potential opportunities whilst providing valuable input into the Personalised Health and Care 2020 programmes of work.</p> <p>techUK CEO, <strong>Julian David</strong> said, “This has been a great year of partnership working with NHS Digital. Our members tell us that the partnership has already achieved a significant shift towards a more transparent and collaborative way of working with industry. We look forward to deepening the engagement as we work together to deliver better health and care outcomes for the UK population.”</p> <p><strong>Ben Gregory</strong>, Senior Commercial Lead at NHS Digital said, “Engagement with suppliers has help our programme in a number of ways. It’s fair to say that we wouldn’t have been able to proceed with the programme in the way we have without that supplier engagement.”</p> <h3><strong>Highlights and Achievements – transforming the way in which industry accesses and consumes NHS Digital services</strong></h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Highlights_and_achievements_1_.png" alt="Highlights and achievements 1 " width="500" height="282" /></p> <p>Over the past year, the partnership has held 27 joint events with over 1600 delegates through the door. It also established three joint initiatives including the Supplier Information Exchange which has allowed NHS Digital to understand Industry needs and produce a clickable Alpha prototype digital service that would answer these needs. The partnership has also successfully run 7 consultations, set up a formal issue management process, and launched the Industry Briefings Platform, which is an easily accessible record of the events and consultations with downloadable media. This is a large shift from the pre-partnership days of, no formal engagement between NHS Digital and Industry, lack of information and limited access to NHS Digital services, and no escalation route for industry to raise and address issues.</p> <h3><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Highlights_and_achievements_2_.png" alt="Highlights and achievements 2 " width="500" height="277" style="color: #808285; font-size: 14px;" /></h3> <h3><strong>What n</strong><strong style="-webkit-text-stroke: 0.6px;">ext for the partnership?</strong></h3> <p>Building on the work of the past year, the partnership will focus on deepening industry engagement at a strategic level with NHS Digital programmes. The partnership priorities for the next six months include a greater emphasis on working with SMEs, a focus on interoperability and cyber security, and collaboration with the wider community at the local level to include Trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs). The partnership will also look to future tech and horizon scanning to determine the art of the possible for the NHS going forward.</p> <p>techUK is delighted to have established an excellent working relationship with NHS Digital in a relatively short timeframe. There has been a significant shift in perception of the relationship between NHS Digital and Industry towards a more collaborative way of working. We look forward to deepening this engagement as the partnership develops over the coming year.</p> 2018 Annual Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:29:31 +0000 Francesca Whyte (techUK) Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 techUK Annual Dinner <blockquote>Learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 techUK Annual Dinner, plus the breakdown of attendees, media impact and marketing for the 2017 Annual Dinner:</blockquote> Rapid Action Needed to Safeguard UK & EU Businesses & Consumers Following Brexit Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:01:00 +0000 Alice Jackson(techUK) techUK and UK Finance publish detailed report, commissions from law firm Dentons, into the future of the UK-EU data sharing relationship <blockquote>Every day, vast amounts of personal data are moved across national borders by citizens, business and organisations from banks and online retailers to cloud services and academic organisations.</blockquote> <p>A common regulatory regime promotes world-leading standards of data protection and privacy on a cross-border basis. techUK and UK Finance call on the UK Government and the EU to act quickly to prepare a mutual adequacy agreements to enable the continuing protection for cross-border exchange of this personal data between the two regions by customers and business following Brexit.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/No_interruptions.jpg" alt="No interruptions" width="386" height="541" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In, <strong>No Interruptions: options for the future UK-EU data sharing relationship</strong>, a joint report commissioned from international law firm Dentons, techUK and UK Finance detail how mutual adequacy agreements between the UK and EU, preceded by a transition period maintaining current arrangements for a set period, would preserve the strong working relationships already in place and offer businesses much-needed regulatory certainty.</p> <p>When the UK leaves the EU in March 2019, it will lose the automatic legal framework for the free flow of personal data. Unless a new arrangement is agreed, transfers of personal data across Europe will be severely limited – requiring alternative mechanisms which can be costly or complex – or stop, potentially at huge financial cost for both economies. It is in the interests of both the UK and EU27 to act on this issue as soon as possible.</p> <p>The outcome requires the following actions:</p> <p>• Both the EU and the UK should begin their adequacy assessment processes as soon possible.</p> <p>• A standstill transitional arrangement for a set term in order to avoid a “cliff-edge” in the movement of personal data should be agreed immediately.</p> <p>• The UK should consider implementing additional measures to ensure that any EU concerns about the UK’s data protection framework are addressed, particularly regarding processing of data for UK national security purposes.</p> <p>• The UK should ensure that its international and ‘onward transfer’ regimes, including with the US, provide equivalent levels of protection to those set out in the EU’s regime as this will form a key part of the EU’s adequacy assessment.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the launch of the report Julian David, CEO, techUK said:</strong></p> <p><em>“We are a data-driven economy and our success is underpinned by our ability to move that data cross-border. With the Brexit deadline growing ever closer, time is of the essence. The UK and EU must recognise each other’s data protection frameworks as adequate as soon as possible. This should be a priority for Phase Two of Brexit negotiations. This isn’t solely for the benefit of one industry or one country but for the whole European economy as cross-border data flows become ever more important for trade and the ability to do businesses.”</em></p> <p><strong>Stephen Jones, CEO, UK Finance said:</strong></p> <p><em>“It may not always be obvious, but every aspect of our economy as well as our everyday lives rely in some way or another on data. In its current form, the EU’s interconnected regulatory environment facilitates millions of vital data exchanges every today. Leaving this relationship will result in significant changes and time must be allowed for new agreements to be put in place. The UK and EU should implement transitional arrangements maintaining the status quo to give both sides time to agree how they will deliver high standards of data protection, allowing both communication and trade to flourish.”</em></p> <p><strong>Martin Fanning, Partner, Dentons</strong><strong>&nbsp;said:</strong></p> <p><em>“In a connected world data is ubiquitous and data protection considerations are paramount – this analysis assists all sides of the Brexit debate, and across all sectors, to examine the challenges posed in relation to the free flow of data."</em></p> <p><strong>Both the full paper and briefing sheet are available for download below</strong></p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> House of Lords Report Urges Leadership on Distributed Ledger Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:35:50 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) techUK welcomes Lord Holmes' call for action on distributed ledger technology <p><strong>A <a href="">Report</a> published in the House of Lords, argues for a leading government role in the testing and application of distributed ledger technology (DLT) in the UK. techUK strongly supports the aim of a connected governmental/industry/academic collaboration to drive the development and understanding of the benefits of DLT.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>In the foreword to '<em>Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public and Private Good: leadership, collaboration and innovation</em>'&nbsp;Lord Holmes of Richmond, delivers a 'call to action' for collaboration between government and industry to develop the potential of DLT.&nbsp;</p> <p>The report details the broad scope for DLT i) to increase the integration of public and private sector services in the UK and ii) to harness the capacities of data to respond to the needs of citizens.&nbsp;It identifies a number of areas where DLT could enhance capacity and improve services:</p> <ul> <li>border control, customs, trade and immigration;</li> <li>national security, police and public safety, criminal investigations;</li> <li>taxation and benefits payments;</li> <li>health assurance, patient record management, drug safety;</li> <li>food standards and safety;</li> <li>privacy, cybersecurity and counter-fraud;</li> <li>public procurement, contracting, payments, traceability.</li> </ul> <p>The key recommendations include the creation of cross-departmental collaboration; the establishment of working groups; extended collaboration with industry partners and academia; the development of awareness campaigns to increase understanding among consumers and businesses.</p> <p><strong>techUK's DLT Working Group has been pursuing these very aims and will follow the impact of this report closely. techUK will participate in the UK DLT Showcase scheduled for May 2018. Contact us for further information on our DLT Working Group.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Strategic Success Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:38:19 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) The Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper has tech at its core, but what opportunities does it actually present for tech companies? <p>Yesterday saw the announcement that people have been waiting for, a perfect match that weds together the old and the new world. No, not the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it was of course the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper.</p> <p>It may have been knocked off the headlines by the news of the royal engagement, but the second phase of the Industrial Strategy is certainly something worth celebrating for tech. It shows, quite clearly the commitment of the Government to putting tech right at the heart of its strategy for economic growth. On almost every one of the document’s 255 pages there is a reference to the importance of new technology and innovation.</p> <p>That is not to say it is all new. Most of the funding commitments contained in the paper were announced in the Budget last week (which you can read about here). The overall approach, which seeks to bring together industry, academia and Government behind a common strategy, is also unchanged from the original Green Paper, meaning few real surprises.</p> <p>But if the money isn’t (in most cases at least) new, then at least the paper sets out the whole-economy vision of the Government and the proactive next steps that they will be taking to deliver an economy ‘fit for the future’.</p> <p><strong>The Sector Deals</strong></p> <p>The Industrial Strategy Green Paper, introduced the concept of Sector Deals, asking industries to come together and agree a package of support with Government. There has been some criticism of this approach since it was announced, primarily around uncertainty about what funding and support is on offer, but the of engagement from Government has shown a clear desire to listen to business needs and work together to deliver them.</p> <p>techUK has consistently said digital technology should be embedded into every sector deal. There is no doubt that the success or failure of businesses and sectors will depend to large part on their ability to adopt, adapt and absorb the benefits of digital innovation. Remaining globally competitive will require the acceleration of the digitisation of our economy as a whole. It is therefore very welcome that the sector deals announced in the White Paper all have significant tech elements.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Life Sciences</span></p> <p>This sector deal is focused on development of new treatments and medical technologies. The deal contains a number of tech elements, but perhaps the most significant is the focus on data. The deal contains a commitment to “develop a number of regional Digital Innovation Hubs” to help create a controlled environment for using NHS data in clinical studies. As a national, free at the point of care health service, the NHS is in a unique position globally to make use of data to improve the lives of its citizens while fostering a thriving health technology sector. Unlocking this data is a good example of how Government can support the next generation of expert-led research and development.</p> <p>For Medtech, opening up the ability to examine anonymised and pseudo-anonymised NHS data is key to innovation. The NHS is a data resource that few other countries have and can be of huge benefit to the development on new, often life-saving treatments.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Construction</span></p> <p>Building smart infrastructure is key to reinvigorating the nation’s productive capacity. The sector deal for construction will undoubtedly have an impact on the roll-out of new, tech enabled homes, public buildings and transport infrastructure. A new commitment to invest in transformation that “brings together digital technology, manufacturing, materials and energy sectors to develop and commercialise digital and offsite manufacturing technologies” will present an opportunity for tech companies. References to allowing construction companies to “make best use of funding from the Apprenticeship Levy” also echoes hints in the budget of changes in the way the funds work for all businesses sectors. While no policy has yet been announced in this area, it is another sign of the Government paving the way for possible changes to the system, something techUK strongly supports.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Artificial Intelligence</span></p> <p>The announcement of a sector deal on AI is of course a welcome aspect of the strategy. A bespoke deal on this growth area will help unlock the opportunities that AI presents across the economy. The package includes the creation of a new Office for Artificial Intelligences, the Tech City expansion to become Tech Nation, and a new GovTech fund, as well as referencing the £45 million announced in the budget to support PhDs in AI and related disciplines. The sector deal should leave little doubt in the Government’s decision to commit significant resources to making the UK into the home of AI world-wide.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Automotive</span></p> <p>This is another sector where tech is playing an increasingly large role. The line between automotive and tech has been blurring for some time, with new competitors such as Google and Tesla challenging the likes of BMW and Ford in the race for autonomous vehicles.</p> <p>The sector deal focuses on making the UK home of connected and autonomous vehicles, which will be supported through the MERIDIAN hub. Also of interest to tech is the commitment to boosting automotive supply chains. The tech knowhow employed by automotive companies is a key part of their production and often comes through smaller bespoke tech businesses. With challenges to come due to Brexit and the potential of Rules of Origin requirements (which mean a certain percentage of a car must be made in the country from which it is exported), the White Paper sensibly recognises the rapid need to bolster UK supply chains for the sector.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Deals not yet done</span></p> <p>In addition to the formal announcements of the new Sector Deals, the White Paper also notes a number of industries where a Sector Deal is almost ready. These include the Creative Industries and the Nuclear sector, both of which are likely to include significant tech elements. The list also highlights the industrial digitisation and Made Smarter Review, which is likely to be turned into some form of deal, focused on take-up of technologies. In so far as tech holds its own sector deal (alongside playing a role in digitising every other sector), this is the right target, though again, the focus on the newest technologies risking missing a crucial gap in the basic digitisation needs of many smaller businesses.</p> <p><strong>Challenge Funds</strong></p> <p>Another major step in the White Paper is the announcement of the next areas for the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Originally announced as part of the Green Paper, the previous challenge funds focused on issues such as the manufacture of batteries, electrification of vehicles and future satellites. The next round unlocked £725 million for cover three additional areas:</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Clean Growth</span></p> <p>This new fund include £170 million for transforming construction, which will be of interest to those involved in connective homes, and a further focus on green energy in general. Smart systems are seen as the key to reducing energy consumption, and so the fund sets out the need to develop these world leading technologies. The fund also captures the importance of transforming food production. techUK has championed greater use of AI and machine learning in areas such as precision seeding utilising geo-mapping technologies and look forward to further developments in this area.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">AI and data</span></p> <p>Again AI is put at the heart of the Government’s approach, with two separate challenge funds totalling £33 million and £20 million respectively. The first challenge focuses on the use of AI in areas such as visual arts and augmented reality. Given the UK’s strong tradition of creative industries this is an area we are well placed to succeed. The Second fund looks at businesses logistics, and the role that AI and data can play in developing these services. With increased demand for ‘just-in-time’ goods and services, the roll-out of tech to enable smoother processes can help businesses save money while also providing improved customer experience and so its inclusion is a very welcome part of the addressing the productivity puzzle.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ageing society</span></p> <p>The final challenge fund area is for aging and health. With AI and machine learning holding huge potential for diagnostics, and robotics contribution to already lifesaving treatment, it is welcome the Government recognises the value of expanding this work even further. The challenge fund includes £210 million for projects concerning using data to enable early diagnosis, and well as a separate challenge around supporting ‘healthy aging’ to reduce social care needs among the ageing population.</p> <p><strong>Other developments</strong></p> <p>There are a number of other developments worth noting with the White Paper, including a new Minister-led review into Govtech and Regtech to help utilise new technologies, such as blockchain and AI to digitise Government. Also announced is the establishment of a new Future Sectors Team that will focus on supporting new and emerging sectors. Given the rapid innovation within tech, this team will play an important role in early identification within Government of technologies that need nurture in order to unlock their full potential.</p> <p><strong>The gaps</strong></p> <p>However, while the Industrial Strategy is fairly comprehensive, there remain some gaps in the Government’s vision that still need to be addressed if outcomes are to truly match the scope of the Industrial Strategy’s ambition.</p> <p>As alluded to previously, first among these is the need for rapid digitisation of the whole economy. While the White Paper talks in depth about the need to support a range of business sectors to adopt new technologies such as AI and machine learning, it does not recognise that the vast majority of smaller businesses have not yet implemented the basic digitisation to be able to use this next generation tools. These businesses won’t be able to take advantage of innovations in things like AI until they have built their digital foundations. So more demand side measures to accelerate digitisation would be really beneficial.</p> <p>As techUK highlighted in our Budget Submission, as of 2015 only half of UK businesses were on the cloud, with take up rates for micro-firms being as low as 39%. In too many sectors the norm remains paper-driven systems. This makes it impossible to apply tools such as machine learning to map accounts to sales. For businesses to truly make use of new off the shelf tech, far more support is needed to lay these basic digital foundations, doing so could unlock an estimated £18.8 billion of value for SMEs.</p> <p>The other key question for the strategy is just how Government will measure their success. For all the talk of developing and supporting new industries, there is little discussion of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) against which sector deals or challenge funds will be judged. Further work in this area is likely needed, building on the good work in the Made Smarter review conducted by Juergen Maier which highlighted metrics such as Digital Readiness Levels as a way of determining whether programmes are having the intended effects. Such work will be valuable for Government and businesses alike, but needs to be set down clearly as part of each sector deal.</p> <p>All in all the White Paper is the clearest sign yet that the Government is ready to fully embrace the importance of technology to the future of our economy. Of course, just like a marriage, the proposal is only the first step. What comes next, in terms of deliver, will determine whether this is truly a relationship for the long term.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Addresses techUK Guests Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Andy Johnston (techUK) On 28 November techUK held a dinner with the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and our Defence Programme members. <p>On Tuesday 28 November techUK hosted the Defence Winter Dinner at The Banking Hall, London. techUK members Century Link were the kind sponsors for this event, hoting over 140 stakeholders and industry representatives. The guest of honour was General Sir Gordon Messenger KCB DSO* OBE ADC, Vice Chief of Defence Staff (VCDS).&nbsp;</p> <p>General Sir Gordon Messenger spoke about the vital links between industry and MOD. He described the shifting strategic landscape and how the UK can and must remain a global player and influencer. General Sir Gordon commended industry on their work with MOD and the innovative nature of the tech community in tackling the challenges that our armed forces face.</p> <p>General Sir Gordon Messenger was quoted after the Dinner - “I was delighted to attend the techUK Defence Winter Dinner. The digital industries are vital to the defence and security of the UK, and as our military capability becomes ever more dependent on information technologies it is important that the MOD enters and maintains a dialogue with this part of industry. I was particularly pleased to be able to speak to the SMEs represented in the room. Digital SMEs are critical for bringing innovation and new perspectives into UK defence; through engagements like this we have the opportunity to widen our supplier base even further.”</p> <p>The event proved a wonderful opportunity for our community to meet and discuss the year that we have had. Everyone had an enjoyable time networking.</p> <p>The next techUK Defence Dinner will be the RAF100 Dinner in 2018. Details on this event will be released online very soon.</p> European Justice Summit 2017 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:48:37 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) techUK was delighted to be the event partner for this year’s European Justice Summit earlier this month. <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">European Justice Summit 2017</a>, held in London earlier this month, brought together an exclusive audience of international justice leaders, academics and thought-leading technology providers to share case studies, best practices and showcase how digital transformation is being embraced in the justice system. Senior and engaging speakers from across Europe discussed how justice systems across the continent were being transformed by digital technologies.</p> <p>The breadth of the justice system was reflected in the diversity of the speakers and their topics: delegates heard about countering terrorism in Belgium; Prisons and Probation in Sweden; rehabilitation in Norway; and efforts within the UK’s Ministry of Justice to harness data to inform decision making,; and how our Police Forces are developing new tools and capabilities, and collaborating better, via the Police Reform and Transformation Board and Police ICT Company.</p> <p>Jacqueline do Rojas, President of techUK, gave the keynote address at the start of the second day. Her speech evangelised the potential of tech to revolutionise the justice system, and identified common threads will underpin any digital transformed system, which ran through the whole conference: the necessity to collaborate and work in common ways; the need to improve digital capabilities and skills within the Government; and the critical importance of maintaining public trust as the public sector really begins to leverage the potential of data.</p> <p>The feeling among delegates at the conclusion of the conference was one of optimism. Optimising at our ability to digitally transform the justice system. Optimism too that UK is well placed to lead that revolution and can be ambitious enough, innovative enough, and collaborative enough to deliver a justice system fit for the digital age.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> European Commission Adopts EBA/RTS Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:44:15 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Rules on strong customer authentication and screen-scraping finally published. <p><strong>The long-awaited Regulation on strong customer authentication (SCA) has finally been agreed at Commission level and published (see <a href="">Commission press release</a>).</strong></p> <p>The Delegated Regulation (<a href="">full text</a>) sets rules on how account servicing payment service providers (ASPSPs – who are mainly banks) must ensure the security of customer data which is released to third-party providers (TPPs) under the PSD2. It also aims to improve competition in the market.</p> <p>The text has adopted a compromise position on the difficult issue of screen-scraping. This will be preserved as a ‘fall-back’ but national authorities will be able to exempt banks from maintaining the fall-back interface as long as performance criteria for a dedicated TPP interface are met.</p> <p>The European Parliament and Council still have 3 months to examine the text before final approval and publication in the Official Journal. It will then become final.</p> <p><strong>Main provisions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The RTS will apply from Sept 2019.</li> <li>Banks will have to either adapt their existing customer interfaces to comply with the RTS rules or build a new interface (in the UK, this will be using APIs through Open Banking).</li> <li>All interfaces will be subject to a 3-month 'prototype' test and a 3-month 'live' test in market conditions. The test will allow market players to assess the quality of the interfaces.</li> <li>The dedicated interface should offer the same level of availability and performance as the interface used by customers directly.</li> <li>The dedicated interface will also have to comply with key performance indicators and service level targets These standards should be at least as stringent as those set for the online platforms used by customers.</li> <li>The Commission will set up an expert group to review the quality of dedicated communication interfaces.</li> <li>National authorities (FCA in the UK) will be able to exempt individual banks from setting up a fall-back mechanism BUT: <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li>They must consult with EBA</li> <li>If the dedicated interface falls below standard for more than two consecutive weeks, the NCA can revoke the exemption. Then the NCA must require the bank to establishes an automated fall-back mechanism in the shortest time possible, and within 2 months at the latest.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Transition period:</strong> The PSD2 comes into effect on 13 Jan 2018 and the RTS in Sept 2019. In this period, banks must adapt their systems. The Commission is clear that TPPs will be able to continue to use screen-scraping during this time.</p> A Perfect Marriage: Industrial Strategy Wedded to AI & Tech Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:56:47 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) The Government's Industrial Strategy White Paper, puts tech at its very core says techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker. <blockquote>Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</blockquote> <p><em>“This is an industrial strategy with digital technology at its very core. The Government is right to stress that the success of every industrial sector and every business in the UK will depend upon their approach to digital innovation. Digital tech is the golden thread that runs throughout the White Paper including every sector deal.</em></p> <p><em>"techUK strongly welcomes the new sector deal for AI. The UK is an acknowledged world leader in AI but needs to work hard to stay at the forefront of a technology that will shape the future for everyone. The commitment to opening up UK data to make us the best understood economy in the world is truly transformational, as is the Ministerial Review of Govtech that can help transform our public services including health and social care.</em></p> <p><em>“There is still plenty to do, including supporting those millions of small businesses not yet taking advantage of basic tech. Companies can’t take advantage of AI until they have built their basic digital foundations – we would like to see a digital readiness index to measure progress in building these foundations. However, this White Paper shows a clear commitment from Government to prepare for and embrace the future. Given the challenges that lie ahead for the UK economy post-Brexit, there is a clear need to commit to the long-term. This White Paper is a great start.”</em></p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Autumn Budget: Prioritising Great Digital Connectivity in the UK Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:11:02 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) Digital communications announcements and updates within the Autumn Budget <p>Firstly to recap, as Budget-watchers will remember that last year (Autumn 2016) the Government established a <a href="" target="_blank">National Productivity Innovation Fund</a> (NPIF) totalling £23Bn over the period to 2020/21 to boost UK productivity in general. The fund covers areas crucial for productivity eg. housing, transport, R&amp;D and digital communications. Part of this increase relates to a £1.7 Bn ‘Transforming cities’ fund. Out of this, £740 million was identified to support the market to roll out ‘full-fibre’ and to enable UK to develop leadership in 5G technologies and services. In terms of digital communications interests, key features from NPIF included:</p> <ul> <li>a new 100% business rates relief for new (only) full-fibre infrastructure for a 5 year period from 1 April 2017;</li> <li>funding to local areas to support investment in a much bigger fibre ‘spine’ across the UK, prioritising full-fibre connections for businesses and bringing together public sector demand. A call for evidence on delivery approaches will be published shortly after the Autumn Statement;</li> <li>funding for a programme of integrated fibre and 5G trials, aimed at enabling UK leadership in 5G technology and services.</li> </ul> <p>In addition to NPIF, a further £400 million via the <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund</a> (DIIF) was allocated, to be at least matched by private finance, for investment in new full fibre networks over the next 4 years, helping to boost market ambitions to deploy such networks to premises by 2020.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Autumn 2017 Budget</a> extends some of these initiatives with funding to 2022/23 and adds some new initiatives. The overall <strong>funding for NPIF is increased to £31 billion</strong> to cover the above extended period. Overall R&amp;D spending of £ 4.745 Bn to 2020/21 now goes up by £ 2.3475 Bn to 2022/23.</p> <p>In terms of digital communications, the Government is planning to <strong>invest a further £160 million from the original NPIF ‘pot’ on projects</strong> including,</p> <ul> <li>£10 million to create facilities to test in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Centre, security of 5G networks can be tested;</li> <li>£5 million for a trial, starting in 2018, to test 5G applications and deployment on roads, including exploring productivity benefits from self-driving cars;</li> <li>launch of a £190 million Challenge Fund that local areas can bid for to deliver faster rollout of full-fibre networks by industry.</li> </ul> <p>Government also intends to <strong>consult on commercial options to improve mobile communications for rail passengers</strong> with a planned investment of up to £35 million to enable trials. This will include upgrading the Network Rail test track in Melton Mowbray; install trackside infrastructure along the Trans-Pennine route between Manchester, Leeds and York; and support the rollout of full-fibre and 5G networks.</p> <p>Phase 1 of the <a href="" target="_blank">5G Testbed and Trials Programme</a>&nbsp;is currently undergoing competitive process, with further details about Phase 2 expected in 2018.</p> <p><strong>Raj Sivalingam, techUK’s Executive Director of Telecoms</strong> commented “We welcome the positioning of great digital connectivity in the UK as a strategic priority for the future economic and social welfare of the country. One immediate priority is that the number of 5G and fibre initiatives described above are properly co-ordinated to avoid duplication and ensure dissemination for national scale up. It is also vital that awareness of the project opportunities are spread far and wide across the digital communications and adjacent sectors in the UK. This is no trivial task and Government alone cannot achieve this. With our position at the heart of the UK’s digital industries, we look forward to contributing our insights and connections in helping to shape these initiatives for ultimate success.”</p> <p>____________</p> <p>More information is available on techUK’s <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">10 Tech Take-Aways from the 'Fit For the Future' Budget</a><br />The long read on what tech firms need to know about this week’s budget.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">What does the Autumn Budget mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy?</a><br />techUK Programme Manager IoT &amp; SmarterUK responds to 2017 Autumn Budget</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> 10 Tech Take-Aways from the 'Fit for the Future' Budget Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:54:45 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) The long read on what tech firms need to know about this week’s budget. <blockquote>As the dust settles on the Chancellor’s Budget it is clear that tech has in many ways been the big winner.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>Despite difficult economic news, the Chancellor chose to focus much of the money he had on setting the UK on the path to be ready for the “Global Technological Revolution” on the horizon.</p> <p>techUK's long read looks at the detail behind the budget measures and whether Philip Hammond truly met his goal of making the UK ”fit for the future”.</p> <p>Download our analysis below.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Amongst Founding Signatories of New Tech Talent Charter Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) Employers join forces to bring gender parity to the tech sector. <blockquote>It will come as no surprise that the UK has a digital skills gap – and we are simply creating more jobs that we can fill.</blockquote> <p>As one of the fastest growing parts of the of the economy, the UK’s digital sectors account for 16% of GVA, 24% of total UK exports, and three million jobs. It is evident that digital businesses are key drivers of productivity and will underpin the success of the UK’s economy in years to come.</p> <p>Many of the skills required to deliver growth and innovation in the tech sector are founded on high-level digital skills – the skills required to pursue digitally intensive careers. However, the UK tech sector faces a digital skills crisis: the dynamism of the sector means tech creates new jobs at nearly three times the rate of the rest of the economy, and the demand far outstrips the supply.</p> <p><img src="images/" alt=" 2" width="900" height="601" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The range and scope of statistics on the digital skills gap is varied, however they all paint the same picture – the UK faces a digital skills crisis. Data gathered by Vacancysoft for techUK revealed a total of 51,882 unique tech vacancies in 2016. Organisations ranging from charities to FTSE 100 tech companies were found to be recruiting for roles which require higher level digital skills such as senior developer, data analyst, cyber security analyst, software engineer and more. The Government’s own report on the digital skills crisis stated that the shortage in skills represents a key bottleneck for industry and is linked to one in five of all vacancies. Lastly, the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee found that the UK will require a further 745,000 highly-skilled digital workers by 2017 alone.</p> <p><strong>So how do we tackle this crisis?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>As Digital Minister Matt Hancock stated, “You can’t catch all the fish if you only fish in half the pool.” He’s quite right – attracting more women into tech is one key facet of addressing the digital skills gap.</p> <p><img src="images/" alt="" width="441" height="281" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Women occupy just 17% of tech jobs, and fewer than one in ten of these women are in leadership positions in the sector. A lack of female applicants makes it difficult for tech businesses to achieve a more even gender balance, and means businesses miss out on a large proportion of the talent pool. As the tech sector has recognised that it suffers the consequences of a lack of gender balance, it has become evident more must be done in partnership to ensure the female tech talent pipeline is cultivated.</p> <p>That’s why techUK is proud to be a founding signatory and a steering committee organisation for the Tech Talent Charter - a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, one that better reflects the make-up of the population.</p> <p>Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Although this is an employer-led initiative, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has backed the Charter and have even signed themselves.</p> <p>The charter will also require signatories to submit annual data, which is aggregated and anonymised. This will then inform the Charter’s benchmarking reports. As our President, <a href="">Jacqueline de Rojas said:</a> “The data sharing provision in the Tech Talent Charter means that we can start to build a better picture of the issue in the industry and track whether there is any improvement.”</p> <p>One of the key drivers of the initiative is our Women in Tech Council Chair, Susan Bowen, who is now a Director of the Tech Talent Charter. Through her hard work, Susan has been an influential advocate for the charter and has tirelessly worked with techUK to get more signatories. Now we have an ambition to sign up 500 organisations by end of 2018. This is where we need your help!&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/" alt=" 1" width="335" height="223" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Get involved</strong></p> <p>The TTC is for Start-ups to Multi-Nationals spanning all industry sectors from entertainment to banking. <a href="">Essentially, if you employ tech talent and are keen to do more than talk about the problems then do sign up</a>. Together we can create solutions, take action and share best practice.</p> <p>We have already successfully signed up 100 companies who have pledged to make change. Get in touch if you’d like to be part of the movement.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Responds to 2017 Autumn Budget Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:14:29 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) 2017 Autumn Budget presents an ambitious package for tech, but Brexit and growth forecast will weigh heavily on business <blockquote><strong>Commenting on the Budget speech by the Chancellor, techUK deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</strong></blockquote> <p>“This is definitely a fitness-boosting tech Budget but many will question if it’s enough to prepare the UK for the long uphill road ahead.</p> <p>“It sets out a strong package of announcements for tech and innovation. Additional funding for 5G, AI, digital skills, retraining, connectivity on trains, high-value infrastructure and transforming cities sends the right signal about the ambition for the UK economy post-Brexit.</p> <p>“While the Chancellor has identified the right priorities, the overall economic forecast and tight spending constraints means that the amount of funding available is small relative to the growth potential of the sector.”</p> <p><strong>On the overall tech investment package:</strong></p> <p>“techUK welcomes the significant package of investment into the technologies of the future, including £500 million to support AI, broadband and 5G; £30 million for better connectivity on trains; £1.7 billion for the Transforming Cities Fund; and £1 billion to support high value infrastructure. The additional boost in R&amp;D spending of £2.3 billion to set the UK on the path the to 2.4 per cent of GDP spend on research by 2027 echoes techUK’s call for a powerful signal of intent to build an innovation economy.</p> <p><strong>On scale-ups:</strong></p> <p>“techUK has long been an advocate of the need to support scale-ups. Also welcome is the commitment to increasing patient capital, with £2.5 billion for a new National Investment Fund and increases in the Enterprise Investment Scheme investment limits are positive steps to support tech businesses grow and scale.”</p> <p><strong>On regulation:</strong></p> <p>“In an economy that is characterised by rapid technological innovation, it is vital that our regulators are able to keep pace. We therefore welcome the announcement of the new Centre for data ethics and innovation (£9 million) and the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund (£10 million) which builds on the sandbox approach by the FCA to support fleet of foot effective regulation. This will benefit consumers and businesses alike.”</p> <p><strong>On open data:</strong></p> <p>“Open Data is food for innovation and steps to further the Government’s Open Data agenda will benefit industry and citizens alike. As data becomes openly available it is important that we also protect its quality and integrity. We therefore support a new Geospatial Data Commission, with funding of £80 million, to look at these issues in the round.”</p> <p><strong>On productivity:</strong></p> <p>“The OBR forecasts show the real impact of continuing failure to crack the UK’s productivity problem. techUK would have liked to have seen more demand side measures to boost productivity. Supporting small businesses across the country to digitise and take advantage new technologies is the best way to increase their productivity. That means real work to rebalance the tax system to support those purchasing subscription software and helping educate non-tech businesses on the values of digital tools to reduce costs.”</p> <p><strong>On taxation in a digital age:</strong></p> <p>“The Chancellor is right that in a global economy, getting the tax system right will require a global approach. techUK continues to support the Government’s work for an international agreement on these issues and believes that the OECD is the best forum for addressing this issue.”</p> <p><strong>On skills:</strong></p> <p>“Preparing for the future means investing in digital skills. Without tech talent the UK will not be at the forefront of tech innovations. techUK is pleased to see the Chancellor’s package of £100 million to expand teaching of computing in schools. techUK has been flagging the urgent need for additional funding since 2014.</p> <p>“The Chancellor is right to acknowledge the need for flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy. Enabling companies to increase the scope of training available via Levy funds will allow training to meet the needs of new tech innovation."</p> <p><strong>On Brexit uncertainty:</strong></p> <p>“The reality for many UK tech businesses is that the Budget measures announced today will not make up for the uncertainty created by Brexit. To really be ‘fit for the future’, tech businesses need to know what that future holds.</p> <p>“Putting money aside for a hard Brexit is pragmatic, but does not deflect from the urgent need for progress in the Brexit negotiations, including securing a transition deal on which businesses can make future investment decisions. This may not be in the Chancellor’s hands, but will determine whether the UK thrives or falters in the global, tech-led future, on the horizon.”</p> <p><strong>Read further content regarding the Autumn Budget:</strong></p> <p itemprop="name"><strong>&gt;&gt;<a href="" target="_blank">What does the Autumn Budget mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy?</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For Press Inquiries please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Go To Market - The Secrets To USA Expansion Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:01:06 +0000 Simon Spier (techUK) Go To Market USA - See how four UK tech brands successfully expanded in the USA <h2>Go To Market USA - See how four UK tech brands successfully expanded in the USA</h2> <p><strong>Watch the teaser video&nbsp; <a href=";utm_content=HIC">here</a></strong>...</p> <p><strong>...on how <a href="">Amplience</a>, <a href="">B60</a>, <a href="">Glasswall Solutions</a> and <a href="">Voyage Control</a> went to market USA!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>‘<em>Just go do the States. It is vast. You can win big</em>’, says James Brooke Founder and CEO of retail content management platform, Amplience.</p> <p>Nick Bloom, Director Special Projects of email cyber security business Glasswall Solutions talks of a ‘<em>ten-year journey of persistence</em>’ that ended up in securing a lucrative set of US governmental contracts.</p> <p>Leamington Spa based app provider B60 and their Client Services Director Pete Gatenby, tells of how they created ‘<em>a self-sufficient and rapidly expanding eco-system</em>’ to service large corporate West Coast clients from their base in Phoenix Arizona.</p> <p>The US is a huge place ‘<em>where things change</em>’ says James Swanston, MD of Voyage Control a software solution for the global conference industry, ‘<em>be flexible, be there and commit or nothing will happen.</em>’</p> <p>Interested in expanding your eCommerce band to the US in the next 3-6 months?</p> <p><a href="events/partner-event/item/11728-gtm-usa-ecommerce-mentoring-workshop">Register here</a> for US eCommerce Growth Workshop - Friday 1st December - London</p> techUK Sets Out Key Asks Ahead of Budget Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:29:18 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) Chancellor must use budget to put in place the foundations for the future economy says CEO, Julian David. <p>techUK has published its asks ahead of the Budget on Wednesday, calling on Philip Hammond MP to make the structural changes needed to prepare the economy for the future before the oppertunity is lost to Brexit.</p> <p>techUK has warned that uncertainty around Brexit means that tech companies need to see a budget that sets the UK on the right economic path to create the jobs and growth of the future. With less than 500 days to go until Brexit, the Budget risks being the last opportunity to get businesses of all sectors and sizes ready to compete in the wider world.</p> <p>techUK’s proposals contain measures to support small businesses to digitise to support productivity growth, clarity on the Government’s support for R&amp;D and a significant package of support for digital skills are seen by the tech industry as vital if the Government is to properly prepare for a post-Brexit future.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the Budget submission, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“All businesses are facing increased uncertainty and an urgent need to get their houses in order ahead of whatever is thrown at them post-Brexit. This budget must give certainty, where little currently exists, by setting out a clear path to provide business with the tools they need for the future. The Chancellor has said he wants to put the UK at ‘the forefront of the global technology revolution’. Now is the time to make good on that desire.</p> <p>“That means getting more businesses to adopt basic digital processes that will enable them to take advantage of future productivity boosters like AI and prepare for new digital mechanism of taxation. It also means setting a clear path to meet the Government’s commitment to increase R&amp;D spending, at a time when many businesses are already feeling the pinch from uncertainty around EU programmes like Horizon 2020.</p> <p>“Tech businesses are global by nature, and many won’t simply wait around forever. Progress is needed on Brexit, and this budget is a golden opportunity for the Government to show that it is truly able to prepare the UK for our future outside the EU.”</p> <p><strong>In its submission, techUK called for the Government to:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Support UK SMEs to digitise to increase productivity, through measures to help smaller companies to put in place basic digital tools to unlock future productivity boosters such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning – the UK risks falling behind in digitisation across industries, putting at risk a potential £18.8 billion in revenue growth for SMEs that could be unlocked.</li> <li>Protect small and micro businesses from cyber threats, by creating a Cyber Security Voucher support scheme to help businesses secure Cyber Essentials certification - one in five companies experienced a breech last year with small businesses facing costs of £65,000 - £115,000.</li> <li>Create a roadmap for R&amp;D spending to reach the Government’s 2.4% target. With uncertainty over Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes, the Government needs to set out a clear path to meet its manifesto goal of spending 2.4% of GDP on R&amp;D within the decade, starting with a plan to significantly ramp up public funding for research.</li> <li>Ensure the UK is supporting digital skills. With the risk of Brexit making it harder to recruit from abroad, significant investment into upskilling the UK workforce for the next generation of jobs is needed, including by:</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Providing additional resources to the Digital Skills Partnership to develop new programmes of support.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Giving companies greater flexibility in the Apprenticeship Levy to ensure that they can train people in the skills that businesses really need.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">o Providing incentives to help companies support and reskill workers returning to the sector.</p> <ul> <li>Provide support with energy costs to UK data centres, giving our world leading data centres the same support given to other energy intensive industries, such as steel, in order to ensure they remain globally competitive.</li> </ul> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Technology can Transform the NHS Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Notes from the techUK Health and Social Care Industry Dinner <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The fourth annual techUK Health and Social Care Industry Dinner took place recently in London. The packed event was attended by techUK members and friends, a range of senior NHS Digital and NHS England colleagues, and other NHS stakeholders. There were key speeches from <strong>Lord O’Shaughnessy</strong>, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health, <strong>Prof. Rachel Dunscombe</strong>, Director of Digital for Salford Royal Group, CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, SRO for Greater Manchester Datawell, and Chair of the HIMSS UK Advisory Board, and <strong>Matthew Swindells</strong>, National Director: Operations and Information at NHS England.</p> <p><strong>Julian David</strong>, techUK CEO opened the formal proceedings. He outlined the achievements of the techUK Health and Social Care Programme and introduced the theme of the evening: how technology can help to support the NHS in addressing the challenges it faces, particularly during the winter months.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Parliamentary_Under-Secretary_for_Health.jpg" alt="Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health" width="615" height="419" /></p> <p><strong>Lord O’Shaughnessy</strong> said that the NHS is the most prepared it has ever been for winter but that there are still many opportunities for digital approaches to increase efficiency and effectiveness. He emphasised that data is our greatest asset and interoperability is achievable but the focus need to be on the largest barriers which are social and emotional. There is a clear need to reassure patients around the security of their data. The benefits of data for patients, the NHS and the research community can only be realised by earning patient and citizen trust.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Rachel_Dunscombe_Matthew_Swindells_Julian_David.jpg" alt="Rachel Dunscombe Matthew Swindells Julian David" width="636" height="423" /></p> <p><strong>Rachel Dunscombe</strong> spoke about the digital successes at Salford Royal and the focus on digitising their workforce and citizens. She said that the NHS Digital Academy is a wonderful partnership opportunity that welcomes industry input from case studies to mentors and more.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Swindells</strong> spoke about the potential for technology to transform the NHS. We need to move away from seeing IT in boxes, it must be seen as the tool by which we solve the problems on the NHS. He also spoke about finding a balance between interventions that are better tackled at a local level, and those that are better addressed nationally. We need to look at standardising processes where it is clear that they work and look to replicate evidence-based best practice while tailoring it to meet the needs of particular populations.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Take a look at the photos from the event here.</a></p> <p><img src="images/assets/Programmes/Health__Social_Care/Indi_Singh.jpg" alt="Indi Singh" width="637" height="424" /></p> NHS Digital Security Operations Centre Procurement Now Live Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:01:48 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An update from NHS Digital about their Security Operations Centre procurement <p>NHS Digital has now started work on procuring their Security Operations Centre to expand their current service offering. They have released the first stage of this procurement in the form of a Selection Questionnaire (SQ) through <a href="" target="_blank">eSourcing</a>.</p> <p>The deadline for submission is <strong>Wednesday 20 December 2017</strong>.</p> <p>Should you have any queries about this, please contact NHS Digital <a href="" target="_blank">through the eSourcing platform.</a></p> <p>NHS Digital looks forward to working with successful suppliers to deliver improved data security for the NHS.&nbsp;</p> DCMS Launches £20 million Cyber Discovery Programme Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a £20 million extracurricular training programme, Cyber Discovery, targeting teenagers. <p><strong>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a £20 million extracurricular training programme, Cyber Discovery, targeting teenagers with the cyber skills for the future, as part of the Government’s £1.9 billion investment in cyber security.</strong></p> <p>Targeted at young people between 14 – 18, the programme will invite participants to take part in online real-world cyber challenges to see if they have the aptitude and potential to join the UK’s cyber security workforce. Those who demonstrate particular aptitude will then be invited to attend regional camps and take part in face-to-face interactions with leading cyber experts and organisations.</p> <p>Secretary of State for DCMS, Karen Bradley, said on announcing the initiative that ‘Cyber Discovery will help inspire the digital talent of tomorrow and give thousands of young people the opportunity to develop cutting edge cyber security skills’.</p> <p>techUK welcomes the initiative, which will be another important part of efforts to bridge the cyber skills shortfall in the UK, recently estimated to be 1.8m by 2022. Initiatives like this, aimed at a younger audience, are vital in addressing the skills gap in the long term, creating clear routes to cyber careers for young people. However, it is vital that this initiative forms part of a wider response, which also looks to address short term challenges, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit and ensuring there are clearer career pathways for returners as well as efforts to re-skill existing employees.</p> <p>For more information on the programme please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> techUK highlights barriers Home Office may face in delivery of Brexit Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) Responding to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry on the Home Affairs delivery of Brexit, techUK stresses key tech barriers must be addressed. <blockquote>In October, the Home Affairs Committee launched an inquiry to explore the capacity of the Home Office to meet the Brexit Challenge.</blockquote> <p>techUK provided <a href="">evidence</a>, highlighting the following three points that urgently must be addressed:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Creating a common language to describe services</strong>. If the Government aims to streamline application processes by sharing data between departments, then taxonomy, storage methodology, and ease of data transfer need to be considered. Without uniformity, streamlined data sharing will not be a possibility.</li> <li><strong>The short timescales for implementation</strong>. One of the key lessons learnt from eBorders was the need to be flexible in managing a programme and de-risking it by taking it in a modular fashion. The Government’s aims to create a registration system for EU nationals by end of 2018 defies lessons learned by previous large-scale IT programmes that have failed.</li> <li><strong>Improving existing systems</strong>. The systems designed several years ago were not intended for a situation where over 3 million applications could be made in a very short space of time. To deliver such a function would likely require significant rescoping. Such changes would take time to deliver.</li> </ul> <p>techUK will continue to work with members to ensure concerns are heard throughout the negotation and transition period.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>For more information on techUK’s Skills, Talent and Migration Programme, get in touch with Doniya Soni:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p>