techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Tech at CHOGM Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:59:01 +0100 CRM Sync London hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and contained plenty of announcements and initiatives relating to tech. <p>This week saw the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London to discuss future international challenges.&nbsp;The primary focus of this CHOGM was around trade, sustainability and development&nbsp;with numerous announcements on these and other topics. However, there was a strong tech element throughout the summit and below we round up some of the notable tech related announcements.</p> <p><strong>UK-India Tech Partnership</strong></p> <p>The UK and Indian Governments launched the UK-India Tech Partnership, which will include a UK-India Tech Hub to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to access routes to markets for British and Indian tech companies. The partnership was launched at the meeting by the Prime Ministers of both countries.</p> <p>As part of this, techUK and the National Association of Software &amp; Services Companies (NASSCOM) launched the UK-India Tech Alliance and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of the UK and Indian IT sectors by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, enhancing digital skills in both countries and joint platforms. You can read more on this <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Tech for climate change, sustainability and environment</strong></p> <p>A major pillar of this meeting is sustainability: working together to tackle&nbsp;climate change, protect&nbsp;the environment and increase the&nbsp;resilience of Commonwealth countries.</p> <p>Already, <a href="">announcements have shown that tech and innovation are seen to be key in delivering these ambitions</a>. &pound;8 million in new technology funding to help Commonwealth countries reduce their emissions and prepare for natural disasters.&nbsp;A new &pound;3.5 million UK Space Agency International Partnerships Programme in Kenya which uses British satellite technology to help the country plan and respond to disasters, including droughts, floods and famine, has also been announced. A new network of scientific advisers <a href="">was confirmed</a> and the&nbsp;Met Office will work&nbsp;with Commonwealth countries too to assist with readiness for extreme weather.</p> <p>&pound;61 million was also announced to help Commonwealth member states address the issue of ocean plastics including &pound;20 million for helping cities improve waste infrastructure and topping this off was the UK commitment to going &lsquo;net zero emissions&rsquo; which will see the UK go beyond commitments agreed in Paris.</p> <p><strong>Cyber security funding</strong></p> <p>The Prime Minister announced &pound;15 million in funding to help Commonwealth countries develop their cyber capabilities and help countries mitigate the impact of attacks from cyber criminals and state actors. The money includes funding to help countries assess their national cyber capabilities, raising standards of cyber awareness and joint initiatives to protect Commonwealth values, security and democratic institutions.</p> <p>More information is here and our detailed insight on the subject is <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Commonwealth Innovation Hub launched</strong></p> <p>The London CHOGM started with the launch of Commonwealth Innovation Hub, called the &lsquo;Cominnowealth&rsquo; that has five facets to it; display, data, delivery, discovery and partnerships.</p> <p>The hub is designed to improve collaboration between Commonwealth member states and is a new facility that will be operated by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Full information about this exciting new initiative can be seen <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>The&nbsp;CHOGM was a great opportunity to show how the UK can remain leaders on global issues as we leave the EU and we&rsquo;re delighted the Commonwealth recognises that smart and effective technology deployment can facilitate trade and enable major societal and economic benefits.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Climate Change Agreement: Closure Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Emma Fryer is concerned by Government’s decision to close the CCA to new participants from October this year. <p>The Climate Change Agreement is set to continue until 2023 and existing participants will be able to claim exemption from CRC (until is it abolished next year) and discount on the Climate Change Levy until the end of the scheme.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, the CCA closes to new entrants from October 31st 2018 which effectively imposes a June or July deadline for new applications because they can take several months to process.&nbsp; Under current proposals, there will be almost a five year period when new facilities will not have access to the CCL rebate.&nbsp; &nbsp;We are lobbying Government to reconsider the current approach and asking BEIS to extend the period when new sites can join until 2020.&nbsp; However, there is no guarantee that we will be successful and our initial approaches have met resistance.&nbsp; If you have a site that is eligible and have not yet joined the CCA we suggest that you take immediate steps to enrol.&nbsp; Read the documents below and /or get in touch via our helpdesk:&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office JSaRC April Update Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:15:39 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's April update to Industry. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC.&nbsp;April's bulletin provides an update on how the team has continued to grow and evolve, with new programmes being added to the work plan, new team members and a new office in Cambridge.</p> <p>Members can download the April Update below, as well as the most recent Industry Workplan.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Prime Ministers May and Modi support launch of UK-India Tech Alliance Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:06:24 +0100 CRM Sync techUK and NASSCOM sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and launch Alliance to collaborate on tech skills and development. <p>techUK and The National Association of Software &amp; Services Companies (NASSCOM) (the leading technology trade bodies in the UK and India respectively) today launched the <strong>UK-India Tech Alliance</strong> and agreed on a <strong>Memorandum of Understanding </strong>(MoU), which will see the technology sectors from the UK and India further strengthen their relationship. The partnership between techUK and NASSCOM will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, helping enhance the skills of the technology workforce in both countries.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; clear:both; float:left; height:398px; margin-right:5px; width:630px">The trade associations signed the MoU at the inaugural meeting of the UK-India Tech&nbsp;Alliance, in the presence of Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion. With the support of both Governments, the Alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. This meeting will lay the groundwork for a roadmap which will be jointly presented in June.</p> <p>The new partnership between the UK and Indian tech industries will promote the growth of skills needed for a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas.</p> <p>This announcement reflects the UK-India Tech Partnership, also announced today by the Prime Ministers of both countries. The partnership will include a UK-India Tech Hub: something techUK and NASSCOM first called for in November 2016 to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to access routes to markets for British and Indian tech companies.</p> <p><strong>Welcoming the signing of the MoU Baroness Fairhead said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;UK-India relations are going from strength to strength and the signing of this MoU demonstrates the deepening of ties. Tech is&nbsp;at the heart of this new relationship between our two countries and we welcome techUK and NASSCOM&rsquo;s commitment to working together to strengthen the skills base in both countries that will be key to driving economic growth, development and prosperity.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK-India Tech Alliance will be a key partner for Government &ndash; providing a sounding board and expert advice for policy development to ensure that our Government&rsquo;s nurture the growth we are seeing in this sector and beyond.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Julian David, techUK CEO, said,</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is an important milestone for both the UK and Indian tech sectors. We have long worked&nbsp;together, but we are now deepening those relationships and will be able to collaborate better to provide people with the skills and tools they need to flourish in the new world of work. We&rsquo;re delighted to see the Governments of our two countries share our vision and taking key steps towards ensuring all our citizens benefit from the innovation that new technologies, like AI and machine learning, can provide.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Speaking on the occasion Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This landmark MoU between NASSCOM and techUK will equip people with cutting-edge skills in emerging technology fields such as AI and robotics. We are delighted that NASSCOM&rsquo;s FutureSkills initiative will be the basis for improved collaboration between our IT industries. It is imperative that we train the workforce for jobs of the future to remain relevant in the new global economy; providing the UK and India with a valuable competitive edge.&rdquo;</em></p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><em><img alt="" src="" style="height:626px; width:630px"></em></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> £15 million funding to strengthen cyber security in the Commonwealth Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:32:56 +0100 CRM Sync The Prime Minister has announced £15 million in funding to help Commonwealth countries develop their cyber capabilities, mitigating against cyber crime and nation state actors. <p>The package was announced on the eve of the Commonwealth&rsquo;s Head of Government Meeting and represents the world&rsquo;s largest and most geographically diverse inter-government commitment to improving cyber security.</p> <p>The commitments include:</p> <ul><li>&pound;5.5 million for nations to conduct cyber capacity reviews before 2020;</li> <li>Raising standards and national levels of cyber security across Commonwealth nations; and</li> <li>Increased collaboration to protect Commonwealth values, security and elections.</li> </ul><p>The Prime Minister said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Commonwealth plays a pivotal role in shaping the future for many of its members. We have put (Cyber) security on the agenda for the first time so we can work together and build a safer future both for Britain, and for the 2.4 billion people around the world who live in the Commonwealth.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Responding to the announcement, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cyber said: &ldquo;Over a number of years, the UK has established itself as world leading cyber nation with a comprehensive National Cyber Security Strategy and an internationally renowned technical authority in the National Cyber Security Centre. As demonstrated by the 650 UK cyber-focussed organisations that showcase their capabilities on techUK&rsquo;s Cyber Exchange, this makes the UK ideally placed to lead increased international collaboration. With Brexit nearly a year away, it is encouraging to see the UK influencing key debates through other fora, working to support its allies and partners to the benefit of over 2.4 billion Commonwealth citizens. The UK tech sector stands ready to work with Government to ensure we remain a world-leader in cyber security.&nbsp;</p> <p>This agreement will particularly benefit some of the smaller states which are often more vulnerable to cyber attacks and less well resourced to improve resilience. The funding will provide technical assistance, training and advice to address a wide range of cyber security and cyber crime threats. This will help build more resilient digital economies benefitting the entire Commonwealth.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> PAC report calls for faster NHS action on cyber security Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:19:48 +0100 CRM Sync Report sets June deadline for update on costed plans for vital security investment <p>The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today published a report on the lessons learned from the affects that last year&rsquo;s global WannaCry ransomware cyber attack had on the National Health Service (NHS).&nbsp;</p> <p>The report concludes that the NHS was, in 2017, ill-prepared for a cyber attack of that scale and that there was a long way to go before agreed, prioritised and costed plans for improving cyber security were in place across the NHS.&nbsp; It contains a number of recommendations for the NHS including;</p> <ul><li>The setting out of clear roles and responsibilities for national and local NHS organisations so that communications are co-ordinated during a cyber-attack, with the identification of alternative secure communications</li> <li>That the Department of Health and its arm&rsquo;s length bodies support local organisations to improve cyber security by developing a full understanding of the cyber security arrangements and IT estate of all local NHS organisations.</li> <li>That the Department provide an update to the Committee by the end of June 2018 with its national estimate of the cost to the NHS of WannaCry</li> </ul><p><strong>Responding to the Committee&rsquo;s report, Talal Rajab, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cyber and National Security, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Nearly one year on from the WannaCry cyber attack, it is clear that there is a need for constant vigilance within the NHS to ensure that patient data and vital systems are protected.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Over the past 12 months, additional funding for cyber security in the NHS has been made available and NHS Digital initiatives, such as CareCERT and a new &pound;21m capital fund to address the cyber security of major trauma centres, will minimise the impact of future cyber incidents. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It is important to note that WannaCry was not just a wake-up call for the NHS, but for organisations across the public and private sector, to get their house in order and remain prepared in this era of heightened cyber tensions. Further sector-specific guidance can be found through the National Cyber Security Centre.&rdquo;&nbsp; </em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Police National Enabling Programme: Delivery Partner Tender Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:55:12 +0100 CRM Sync A notice for the provision of a client side Delivery Partner Service for the Police National Enabling Programme. <p>The Police National Enabling Programme is coming to market for a <a href="" target="_blank">client side delivery partner</a>.</p> <p>The National Enabling Programme&nbsp;is designed to provide police with the tools and capabilities they need to for the future. The NEP will ensure all UK police forces have a secure platform and national standards that enable new ways of working and collaborating; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets.</p> <p>The NEP is divided into three core strands: Productivity Services, Identity and Access Management, and a National Management Centre. Collaboration at a national policing level will be enabled, digital communications and mobile technology will be better utilised, with wider business change possible.</p> <p>The&nbsp;East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit (EMSCU), working on behalf of the NEP and contracting authority, will be carrying out a tender for&nbsp;a client side delivery partner. The requirement for the delivery partner&nbsp;is defined by the following capabilities:</p> <ul><li>PMO Function</li> <li>Productivity Services</li> <li>Identity Access Management</li> <li>National Management Centre</li> <li>Security Risk Management</li> </ul><p>These are required to enable UK police forces to have a secure platform and national standards that enable new digital ways of working and collaborating that underpin the Policing Vision 2025; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets in particular related to Identity Asset Management, Productivity Services, Cyber Security (National management centre) and Security Risk Management.</p> <p>Interested suppliers are<strong> invited to register for an engagement day on 2/5/18</strong> (venue &amp; time TBC). You can find&nbsp;full details about this notice, and i<a href="" target="_blank">nstructions on how to register your interest, here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government SME champions Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:28:39 +0100 CRM Sync Cabinet Office adopts key recommendation of Procuring the Smarter State report <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" src="" style="height:300px; width:500px"></p> <p>Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden <a href="" target="_blank">has announced proposals</a> to help government achieve its target of 33 percent of central government spend going to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These include plans for suppliers to have greater access to buying authorities to report poor payment performance and improving the Contracts Finder service. The Prime Minister has also asked each Cabinet member to nominate a Minister to act as small business champion in their department to ensure that SMEs are given a fair opportunity to provide services to the public sector.</p> <p>The objective of this package of measures is to ensure that more businesses - including smaller firms - will be able to supply goods and services to the public sector, while also making public procurement more transparent and increase overall government spend with SMEs. Recent figures from 2015/16 show government spent &pound;5.6 billion directly with small businesses, and from the most <a href="" target="_blank">recent data for the Digital Marketplace sales</a> have reached &pound;3.2 billion over the past three years, with 48 percent of this being spent on SMEs.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Procuring the Smarter State </strong></p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s recent report <a href="">Procuring the Smarter State</a> set out how procurement can act as a tool for government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the GovTech supplier community. Drawing on the findings from techUK&rsquo;s<a href="" target="_blank"> Civil Servants Survey</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">GovTech SME Survey</a>, the report identifies the key challenges and opportunities for government as it seeks to build the Smarter State. The report recommended that one Minister in every department should be given responsibility for driving consistent implementation of the <a href="" target="_blank">Government Transformation Strategy</a> and have responsibility for commitments relating to procurement and SMEs.</p> <p><strong>Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government has set an ambitious target for 33 percent of procurement spend going to small businesses by 2022 - and the recent announcement by the Cabinet Office contains many welcome actions to help break down barriers for SMEs supplying to the public sector. It is particularly encouraging that the Prime Minister has also written to members of her Cabinet to nominate a ministerial small business champion in each department to ensure that SMEs are given a fair opportunity in supplying to the public sector.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;For the UK tech sector it is vital that we build on the success of the past three years since the inception of the Digital Marketplace to promote innovation in public services. As recommended in our </em><a href=""><em>Procuring the Smarter State</em></a><em> report, there must be clear leadership within departments to champion GovTech SMEs and I look forward to working with the small business champions to promote better engagement between government and the thriving UK GovTech industry.&rdquo; </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Procuring the Smarter State</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Marketplace Update </a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK responds to the House of Commons Defence Select Committee...... Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:56:59 +0100 CRM Sync A brief overview of the main issues raised by techUK in our response to the Defence Select Committee Modernising Defence Programme inquiry <p>On 25 January 2018, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced in the House of Commons that the Defence strand of the National Security Capability Review (NSCR) would be removed and reviewed separately, through a Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). Unlike the NSCR, the MDP will not be a fiscally neutral exercise, and techUK expects it to report in July, before the summer parliamentary recess. The MDP is made up of four separate workstreams, which will examine the MOD&rsquo;s operating model, efficiency and business modernisation, the department&rsquo;s commercial and industrial approach, and defence policy, outputs and military capability respectively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On 16 April, techUK submitted it&rsquo;s response to the Defence Select Committee inquiry into the MDP, following a consultation with members to gather feedback against the four workstreams. techUK&rsquo;s response identified four key areas which are of the greatest concern to member companies operating in the defence technology space, which are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol><li>A reformed commercial operating environment for defence suppliers</li> <li>Acquiring the right skills &amp; talent to enhance MOD&rsquo;s capability to deal with industry</li> <li>Developing an insight on where information &amp; digital capabilities deliver for the MOD</li> <li>Visibility of the defence supply chain &amp; impact of defence spending on the UK economy</li> </ol><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through its response, techUK has outlined the underlying factors behind these issues, as well as a series of recommendations which set out how the MOD could address industry&rsquo;s concerns going forward. We will publish our response in due course and look forward to engaging with the Defence Select Committee on these issues in the future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, techUK will also be submitting its response to the MOD&rsquo;s public consultation on the MDP, which closes on 30 April. We would welcome any additional feedback from members to help inform our response to the public consultation, and advise individual member companies to submit their own responses if they do business with the MOD.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you wish to do so, please contact <a href="">Fred Sugde</a>n.</p> techUK response to the House of Lords AI Report Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:13:01 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley, techUK Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, comments on the new House of Lords report, 'AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?' <p><span style="font-size:14px">Th<span style="color:black">e House of Lords has released a new report on Artificial Intelligence<em>, <a href=""><u>AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?</u></a> </em>The report suggests that the UK can be a world leader in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) but only if we put ethics at the centre of its development. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="color:black">Commenting on the launch of report, Sue Daley, Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI at techUK, said: </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><em><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&ldquo;techUK commends the House of Lords AI Select Committee on the publication of a&nbsp;comprehensive and in depth AI report. This is an important contribution to current thinking. At a time when some are questioning the ability of politicians to keep pace with tech this report proves that policy makers can get to grips with big issues like&nbsp;AI.&nbsp;&nbsp;It is particularly impressive that members of the Committee spent time&nbsp;learning&nbsp;to programme deep neural networks.&nbsp;</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">Politicians across the pond should take note.&nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><em><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><em><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&ldquo;This report deserves to be read in-depth.&nbsp;The long to-do list of&nbsp;recommendations maps out&nbsp;many of the&nbsp;important&nbsp;issues that require careful consideration. In particular the need for greater coordination and consolidation on existing ethical initiatives and codes in a way that can assist businesses looking to do the right thing. The five key principles identified are aligned with current thinking and highlight the importance of ensuring human needs and values remain at the core of technological innovation. If we get the policy and regulatory framework right there is no reason why the UK can't be a world leader in the development and effective safe use of AI.&nbsp;With the recently announced Council&nbsp;for AI, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and the Ada Lovelace Institute the UK is starting to put in place some of the institutions that can help guide the safe and effective development of AI. Ethics alongside regulation, including new&nbsp;data protection rules, has a key role to play. 2018 should be a year of practical progress that can build confidence and support innovation.&nbsp;</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&nbsp;techUK is looking forward to working with others to help organisations across all industries and sectors of the UK to realise the full economic and social potential of AI as well as to address and overcome many of the challenges set out in the report.&rdquo;</span></em></span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> PayTech Awards 2018 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:08:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is supporting the 2018 PayTech Awards. These are open to banks, financial and payment institutions, technology and solution providers and consultants and other vendors and registration is now open. <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="height:119px; width:300px"></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Paytech Awards 2018</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK is proud to support the 2018 <strong>PayTech Awards</strong> which are now open for entry and registration for the Awards Ceremony to be held on <u>Friday, 3 July</u> in London. To <strong>reserve a free complimentary seat by 29 June</strong> and find out more information please click, <em><a href="">here</a></em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>About the awards</em></strong></p> <p><strong>PayTech Awards, </strong>part of FinTech Futures, are new and&nbsp;exciting awards that&nbsp;recognise excellence and innovation in the use of IT in the finance and payment industry worldwide, and the people who make it happen. There are <em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Judged</em></a>&nbsp; <a href="">Leadership</a> <a href="">Editor&rsquo;s Choice </a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Paytech for Good</a></em> Award categories</p> <p><strong><em>Who can enter</em></strong></p> <ul><li>PayTech&nbsp;Awards are open to&nbsp;banks, financial and payment&nbsp;institutions worldwide&nbsp;- i.e. for projects, implementations, partnerships and other initiatives at/by these institutions.</li> <li>PayTech Awards for projects that might involve either in-house built or third party technology/solutions. Wherever applicable, vendors and their products/input will be named and commended, and vendors are very welcome to attend the Awards ceremony.</li> <li>PR agencies, consultants, vendors and other industry participants&nbsp;are welcome to&nbsp;put an entry in&nbsp;on behalf of a bank, financial or payment institution&nbsp;but must have prior approval from them.</li> </ul><p>More than one category may be entered for the same project/person/team.</p> <p><strong><em><u>Entries deadline</u></em></strong></p> <p><em>The awards are now open for entry!&nbsp;<strong>The deadline for applying is 20 April 2018</strong></em>. Click <a href="">here</a> to enter the Awards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Entry fee and payment</em></strong></p> <p>A &pound;199.00 (+20% UK VAT, where applicable) fee is applicable for most of the categories.&nbsp;This fee&nbsp;is applicable&nbsp;for each entry&nbsp;<u>per category</u>.&nbsp;So, if you apply for two categories, it will be &pound;199.00 x 2, for three categories &ndash; &pound;199.00 x 3 and so on).&nbsp;(The exception is the Woman in PayTech&nbsp;Award and the PayTech Leadership Award, which are free to enter.)</p> <p><strong><em>Submitting an entry</em></strong></p> <ul><li>All entries must be written in English and submitted via our online form.</li> <li>All entries should be no longer than 1,000 words.</li> <li>Entering the awards requires a payment (where applicable), this payment is for nomination and is due&nbsp;regardless whether the project makes to the shortlist or not.</li> </ul><p>For more information on pricing and entry guidelines click <em><a href="">here</a></em></p> <p><strong><em>The judging process&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;qualifying entries are examined, discussed and voted on by the&nbsp;PayTech Awards judges. To ensure the process is completely unbiased and objective, judges are not allowed to comment on, or vote for, entries from their own institutions.</p> <p><strong><em>Awards Ceremony 13 July </em></strong></p> <p>The shortlists for all categories will be announced in May 2018. The venue for the PayTech Awards Ceremony will be confirmed shortly.&nbsp;For details on <strong>booking a table </strong><a href="" target="_blank">click <em>here</em></a>.</p> <p>If you are interested in becoming a <strong>sponsor or partner</strong>, please c<a href="" target="_blank">lick <em>here</em></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:250px; width:500px"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> The future of digital health in the NHS - Breakfast Meeting, 25 April Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:44:45 +0100 CRM Sync Portland and techUK are hosting a breakfast event to discuss the technological future of healthcare in the UK. <p>Portland and techUK are delighted to invite you to a breakfast event to discuss the technological future of healthcare in the UK.</p> <p>The event, chaired by Mike Bewick, former Deputy Medical Director at NHS England, will ask invited panellists to offer their perspective on the impact of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships on driving the uptake of technological innovation in the NHS.<br><br> The panel will include Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital and Portland advisor Will Tanner, formerly deputy head of Theresa May&rsquo;s Policy Unit and co-founder of a mental health start up app, Bolster. They will also be joined by speakers from innovative health service companies, Optum and Tunstall.<br><br> There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow attendees before and after the panel discussion.<br> &nbsp;<br><a href="">Click here to RSVP</a></p> <p>Spaces are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.</p> <p>Here are the details:</p> <p>Date: 25 April 2018</p> <p>Time: 08:00 - 10:00</p> <p>Venue:&nbsp;85 Strand, London WC2R 0DW</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> G- Cloud 10 market briefing Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:18:00 +0100 CRM Sync G-Cloud gives central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies a way to purchase cloud-based services <p><img src="" alt="" style="height: 250px; width: 600px;" /></p> <p>Last month the <a href="">Cabinet Office announced that a new version of the G-Cloud</a>&nbsp;procurement framework will open for bids in April, allowing new companies to join the framework - after delivering £1.4bn of spend to small businesses since its inception.</p> <p>The decision to release a new version of the framework will support new companies, including small businesses, to supply to government, while also giving current suppliers the opportunity to update their service offer and pricing.</p> <p>G-Cloud gives central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies a way to purchase cloud-based services such as web hosting from a single, central website. Companies will be able to bid to join the framework from April. G-Cloud 10 could eventually be worth £600 million</p> <p><strong>Procuring the Smarter State</strong></p> <p>techUK held a G- Cloud 10 market briefing with techUK members bringing together market experts <a href="">Advice Cloud</a>, and the G- Cloud leads from the Crown Commercial Service to answer questions from suppliers. This included tips on being successful on G- Cloud 10, and also key timelines and processes for adding services to the new framework. An overview was also provided on the key recommendations from techUK’s recently published report <a href="insights/reports/item/12186-procuring-the-smarter-state">Procuring the Smarter State</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>If you would like any further information on techUK’s public sector programmes please contact Rob Driver. </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="">G- Cloud 10 market briefing recording</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Expressions of Interest: Improving Crowd Resilience Demonstration Day Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:56:43 +0100 CRM Sync This is a demonstration day for those involved in delivering solutions for protecting crowded spaces. It is a chance for suppliers to explore the Home Office and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) funded projects to improve crowd resilience. <p>Following the 2017 terror attacks which targeted crowded places, the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) launched a &pound;1 million <a href="" target="_blank">competition </a>to develop innovative approaches to improve crowd resilience.</p> <p>We are keen to expose these innovative ideas to suppliers already delivering solutions in the following areas within the <a href="" target="_blank">crowded places supply chain</a>:</p> <ul><li>CCTV hardware</li> <li>CCTV software/video analytics</li> <li>Thermal imaging camera systems</li> <li>Managed Service Providers providing systems integration and/or buildings system management</li> <li>Event management companies</li> <li>Marketing companies</li> </ul><p>To facilitate this, we will be holding a demonstration day in London on Thursday 3 May 2018 where the developers will be showcasing their projects. This is a unique opportunity to discuss collaboration with the five organisations who are eligible for further Government funding and identify potential innovations to enhance your offering.</p> <p>This email is seeking expressions of interest for attendance at this event. Please find details of the five funded projects in the attached abstracts.</p> <p>If you work in the areas above and are interested in attending to see a demonstration of the projects to date, <a href="" target="_blank">please registere&nbsp;at Eventbrite</a> using the <strong>password ICRDEMO18</strong> and provide a statement regarding which capability your organisation already provides and where it is being delivered or whether your organisation could offer benefit to the funded projects.</p> <p>The deadline for this <strong>Expression of Interest is Friday 27 April at 5pm</strong>. DASA will contact you after this date to notify you if you&rsquo;ve been selected to attend.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Eureka Innovation Days Conference Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:27:04 +0100 CRM Sync The Enterprise Europe Network team at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is supporting Eureka Innovation Days Conference <p><img src="" alt="" style="height: 400px; width: 693px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Enterprise Europe Network team at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is supporting Eureka Innovation Days Conference and Business Matchmaking event taking place in Helsinki during 22 – 24 May 2018.</p> <p>EUREKA Innovation Days is the perfect opportunity to meet companies and research organisations from across Europe and beyond in Finland’s dynamic capital. The three-day conference, from Tuesday 22 through 24 May 2018, includes:</p> <ul> <li>high-level speakers from industry, government and academia,</li> <li>debate on European Innovation landscape,</li> <li>expert insights into cutting-edge innovations in energy, industry, transport and health,</li> <li>an exhibition area showcasing R&amp;D projects and a chance to discuss directly with companies present,</li> <li>opportunities for matchmaking and for pitching new project ideas,</li> <li>guided TechTours to meet Finnish companies and research organisations (to be confirmed).</li> </ul> <p>You may find more information on the agenda and speakers here: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>UK SMEs are eligible for a grant set at £1200 per company</strong> in total to cover travel, hotel and the conference fee for one representative per company.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>EUROSTARS</strong></p> <p>• The UK has already committed £5 million in 2018 to support UK SMEs in transnational and commercially focused</p> <p>Eurostars projects</p> <p>• Eurostars is aimed at supporting both development and commercialisation of new innovative products, services and processes</p> <p>• Eurostars helps technology-orientated SMEs to realise the many benefits of working beyond national borders</p> <p>• Participation in Eurostars can therefore open up new global markets!</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and for an International Travel Allowance Application form please contact <a href="">Vanessa Vlotides</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Home Secretary Announces £50 Million Funding At CyberUK Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:51:14 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Secretary has announced details of £50 million worth of funding for improving UK cyber defences on the second day of CyberUK. <p>The Home Secretary has <a href="">announced</a> details of &pound;50 million worth of funding for improving UK cyber defences on the second day of CyberUK.</p> <p><br> Included as part of the &pound;50 million is:</p> <p><br> &bull;&nbsp;&pound;9 million for law enforcement working for action of dark web;<br> &bull;&nbsp;Over &pound;5 millions investment for regional and local operations;<br> &bull;&nbsp;&pound;3 million for Cyber Aware; and<br> &bull;&nbsp;Money set aside for victims of cyber crime.</p> <p><br> Touching on both the launch of the &pound;13.5 million Cyber Innovation Centre and a new NCSC facility soon to be opened in Manchester, the Home Secretary spoke of how the UK must continue to expand its operations in all cyber security areas. As nation state conflicts are increasingly played out online and modern crime is primarily committed, she reiterated the need to ensure that UK authorities don&rsquo;t just keep pace with cyber criminals but are steps ahead in terms of capability and resilience. The new centres will be one way in which Government achieves this objective as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.</p> <p><br> Increased funding for local and regional law enforcement is in response to recently released figures which suggest that only 30% of regional police forces possess sufficient skills and resources to respond effectively to cyber attacks. This is of course part of the wider challenge the UK faces in bridging the cyber skills gap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK welcomes the funding announced by the Home Secretary and shares her view that industry should play a significant role both in ensuring they have sufficient security measures in place but also in being more generous with the skills they possess. Additionally, whilst industry already plays a strong role in supporting UK infrastructure more should be done where possible to support Government initiatives around skills, security by default and strengthening the UK cyber security industry and profession.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Demystifying Local Government: Growing the Local Govtech Market Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:06:38 +0100 CRM Sync Key insights from 05 April event looking at how councils operate and the latest local government tech trends <p>A well-rehearsed narrative for local government is that it is increasingly fragmented and hard to navigate. While this is true, local government is unique in the number of lines of business it operates - from zoo licenses to local planning to waste collection. Managing demand and rising expectations at a continued time of financial constraints is no easy feat and, as such, councils are embracing digital technology as an enabler to do things differently and to deliver more efficient, improved services. Local government is where there is vast opportunity for technology to really transform outcomes for citizens. It&rsquo;s an exciting and innovative market and at techUK we want to put the spotlights on the great things happening locally and help &lsquo;demystify&rsquo; the local government market to encourage new entrants and SMEs to enter it. Tech also continues to be a significant spend in local government. &nbsp;We held an event on &lsquo;Demystifying Local Government&rsquo; on 05 April for tech companies to develop a better understanding of the current landscape, latest tech trends trends and be more informed in the way councils operate.</p> <p>We were delighted to welcome Councillor Peter Fleming, Leader, Sevenoaks District Council; Georgina O'Toole is Chief Analyst, TechMarketView; Jonathan Flowers, a portfolio Non-Executive Director, strategic advisor for three companies; and David Bicknell, Editor, Government Computing to the panel to share their key insights which included:</p> <p><strong>Not All Councils are the Same</strong></p> <p>Local Authorities are sovereign entities and they have very different circumstances, issues and crucially very different local assets which make them diverse. As such the challenges faced by local government and the opportunities to help are not the same everywhere.&nbsp; Though there are some core themes when it comes to:</p> <ul><li>The need to reduce costs</li> <li>The need to increase revenue</li> <li>Reshaping the role of the local state in its community</li> </ul><p>Digital can add value to the first two of those needs but it is the more profound use of the business models, cultures and processes of the internet era that will really add value which makes this is an exciting and open space.</p> <p>It was mentioned that some councils are looking at what the shape of the council will look like in the future and the role digital can play. For example, using AI to boost customer services and make more responsive to needs of citizens in a more digitized society. While others are using tech in a more ad hoc way &ndash; opening up data to afford local business and start-ups the opportunity to interpret the problem and become suppliers of innovative local solutions. Each councils reaction dependent on leadership, willingness to take risk, and extent of budgetary constraints.</p> <p>A good indicator if a council is up for innovation is reading their financial strategy!</p> <p><strong>Breaking the Boundaries</strong></p> <p>We are also starting to see some more radical thinking in the areas where we think organisations need to start &lsquo;breaking the boundaries&rsquo;. For example:</p> <ul><li>To tackle skills and resource issues: innovative supplier contracting arrangements that incorporate the upskilling of authority employees and the citizen.</li> <li>To tackle the need to drive more innovation: incorporating citizen involvement into tech projects e.g. civic crowdfunding, hack days. Investigating the art of the possible.</li> <li>To tackle the need to drive value from technology inside and outside the authority, e.g. thinking about how to deal with long, complex IoT service chains, how to manage more complex hybrid IT environments.</li> <li>To tackle the need to drive value from data e.g. thinking about the benefits of opening up government data to tackling the perceived data sharing restrictions.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Art of the Possible</strong></p> <p>The five wave of transformation focused on channel-shift through outsourcing while we are now seeing more councils embed tech across organization and using emerging tech to transform outcomes. Some of the late council adopters are jumping straight to the latter.</p> <p>There is also a greater appetite to work with multiple suppliers and more and more with SMEs and taking a more collaborative approach when working with suppliers, moving away from big scale procurement.</p> <p>It was also highlighted that suppliers need to sell the &lsquo;art of the possible&rsquo; when talking to councils.</p> <p><strong>Next Phase</strong></p> <p>The next phase in local government will put far more focus on things like:</p> <ul><li>Early intervention: using tech to deliver more predictive and preventive services to manage demand.</li> <li>The incorporation of more community involvement e.g. through social franchises</li> <li>Commercialisation: identifying local government assets that can be used to generate revenue</li> <li>Virtual commissioning: to allow more flexibility; will also require more automation</li> <li>More personalised citizen services requiring a better understanding of the citizen</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to learn more about techUK&rsquo;s local government activity and how to get involved please contact <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Brexit and Customs, Sanctions and Export Controls: Event Report Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:31:23 +0100 CRM Sync techUK held an event with Dechert and ADS on the impact of Brexit on export controls. sanctions and customs and this is a report of the main points made. <p>techUK,&nbsp; ADS and Dechert held a joint event on the impact of Brexit on export control, sanctions and customs where we had an excellent range of speakers from across Government and industry. Approximately 90 delegates attended the sessions and main points from the event are below:</p> <p><u><strong>Session 1: Brexit and Customs</strong></u></p> <ul><li>Given the &ldquo;green&rdquo; status of provisions on customs in the draft Withdrawal/Transition agreement, status quo will continue during until December 2020.</li> <li>As &ldquo;nothing is agreed until everything has been agreed&rdquo;&nbsp;uncertainty remains regarding the customs arrangements after transition.</li> <li>The Customs Bill, the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill is in committee stage and will set the framework to allow for the UK to set out tariffs. The bill will not set policy.</li> <li>Some customs friction for EU trade will be inevitable due to the UK position on leaving the Customs Union, but HMRC are&nbsp;looking at how to minimise this, by looking at the options set out in the White Paper: a &lsquo;highly streamlined&rsquo; customs arrangement where declarations are required, but more cost and admin will be required or a &lsquo;customs partnership&rsquo; where the UK border charges EU tariffs on goods destined for the EU and UK tariffs on goods for the UK</li> <li>The UK wants to agree mutual recognition of the customs framework, including AEO status. Businesses were encouraged to conduct cost/benefit analyses of applying for AEO.</li> <li>On VAT, HMRC believes there will be a status quo during transition period, but post-Brexit VAT policy is still being planned and will be consulted on.</li> <li>HMRC are still confident CDS will be ready by Jan 2019 (with no plans to extend this into transition) and is sufficiency scalable.</li> <li>Without knowing the terms of the UK/EU FTA, it is hard to predict friction caused by Rules of Origin rules.</li> </ul><p><u><strong>Session 2: Brexit and Sanctions</strong></u></p> <ul><li>The UK will still be involved in sanctions policy as it a crucial tool of&nbsp;foreign policy, and given the EU&nbsp;and UK face the same threats&nbsp;the UK is aiming to co-operate with the EU and be involved at UN level. As many current EU sanctions as possible will be carried over into UK law.</li> <li>The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill is being held up, but will return in the next few weeks with the aim of passing by Summer.&nbsp;</li> <li>OFSI plan to publish a guide to the various sanctions in force at the end of transition and for business the three sanctions regimes of primary concern are UK, EU and USA. Some complexity is inevitable ,but the UK will aim to align sanctions designations with Europe and the USA.</li> <li>Brexit could also improve sanctions policy by clarifying ambiguities, with potentially a general licence for financial sanctions and OFSI will consult on new processes.</li> </ul><p><u><strong>Session 3: Brexit and Export Controls</strong></u></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The UK&rsquo;s aim will be maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the export licensing system after Brexit, to keep additional burdens on business at a minimum and to maintain the ECJU&rsquo;s licensing performance.</li> <li>EU export control regulations come into the UK law, including the revised Dual-Use Regulation if it passes during transition (there are major question marks over this).</li> <li>The UK will not input into working groups and lose its voting rights during the transition period, which is when the negotiations could take place.</li> <li>Longer term, the aim is to create a new Export Control Order to consolidate the various controls into one order and simplify processes for applicants.</li> <li>We will (eventually) be able to consolidate controls from retained EU legislation into a new-look Export Control Order, but when and what this might look like is not yet known.</li> <li>For the future partnership, issues for ECJU in negotiation include co-operation, preventing undercutting (where licence rejections are valid through Europe), ensuring mutual recognition of licences until they expire and amendments to control lists.</li> <li>Businesses will need a licence for exporting Dual-Use goods into the EU, but the aim is to create a new OGEL that will not add any new reporting or admin procedures.</li> <li>The UK wants the EU to add the UK to the EU-001 licence and industry groups should push EU counterparts to make sure this is heard.</li> <li>Other issues need to be worked through including Consolidated Criteria, getting some form of enhanced status for export licencing, continued application of the Intra EU Transfers for defence and military goods and the ability of ECJU to manage increased workloads as many SMEs will have to undertake compliance processes for the first time.</li> </ul><ul></ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Final chance to apply for Digital Health London Accelerator programme Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:30:26 +0100 CRM Sync Digital Health London is looking for up to 25 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are developing solutions to some of the NHS’ most pressing challenges. <p>Hannah Harniess, interim Programme Director at Digital Health London</p> <p><strong>Final chance to apply for Digital Health London Accelerator programme</strong></p> <p><strong>Deadline for the third year of acclaimed Accelerator is on 13 April</strong></p> <p>Digital Health London is looking for up to 25 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are developing solutions to some of the NHS&rsquo; most pressing challenges.</p> <p>When SMEs with fantastic products can&rsquo;t access the NHS, it&rsquo;s patients that miss out. We&rsquo;ve seen time and time again that digital technologies can make a major difference and help the NHS save resource &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s slashing waiting times in A&amp;E or helping people to manage long term conditions and live healthier lives, London is a vibrant hub of innovation.</p> <p>We want to help thousands of Londoners benefit from latest technologies to improve their health; and supporting high potential companies to grow faster is vital to this mission.&nbsp;We can help you with business and product development, introductions and opportunities to showcase your innovation to senior NHS decision makers and influencers, and access to business, clinical, and topical specialists to help give you the best chance of success in the NHS.</p> <p>We have so far worked with 61 companies and provided 600 hours of support, helped secure 27 research collaborations, and supported companies to launch 25 new products. Additionally, alumni have secured more than &pound;15M in funding, and 50 NHS contracts.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t just take it from us &ndash;&nbsp;Elliott Engers, CEO of&nbsp;<a href="">Infinity Health</a>, one of the companies on this year&rsquo;s programme told us that, &ldquo;As a direct result of the programme we have had the opportunity to meet with senior NHS stakeholders in London. Additionally, we have had the privilege of working with the most experienced health economists and researchers in the country, allowing us to better understand the impact Infinity has on clinical practice and the research methodology necessary to develop a robust evidence-base for our core product.&rdquo;</p> <h5>We can&rsquo;t wait to see the innovations London&rsquo;s thriving companies put forward this year &ndash; so if you think your company&nbsp;<a href="">fits the bill</a>, why not apply today?</h5> <p>Successful SMEs will receive:</p> <ul><li>One-to-one support from a designated &ldquo;NHS Navigator&rdquo;</li> <li>Specialist training</li> <li>Support with product development</li> <li>Opportunities to meet experts from business, clinical, and government backgrounds</li> <li>Regular opportunities to showcase their products with NHS decision-makers and influencers.</li> </ul><p>For more details or to apply visit the Digital Health London website <a href="">here.</a></p> DCMS Announce Location of London Cyber Innovation Centre Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:47:12 +0100 CRM Sync New centre, located in London’s Olympic Park, will be a catalyst for the Capital’s growing tech cluster and could help create 2,000 UK jobs in cyber security <p>On Wednesday 10 April, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced the development of a world leading cyber centre to be located in London&rsquo;s Olympic Park. The London Cyber Innovation Centre, first announced in the National Cyber Security Strategy in 2016, is intended to help secure the UK&rsquo;s position as a global leader in growing cyber security companies, with estimates suggesting that it could contribute to the creation of 2,000 UK cyber security jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start-ups chosen for the scheme will be tasked with working with large firms to identify the cyber security challenges that affect their businesses.&nbsp; This, it is believed, will ensure that the solutions that cyber start-ups create are suited to the needs of large businesses and will ultimately help them secure crucial investment and procurement opportunities.</p> <p>Commenting on the news, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Programme for Cyber and National Security, Talal Rajab, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;The global cyber security sector is thought to be worth &pound;69bn in 2018, and it is crucial that UK cyber start-ups get a piece of this pie.&nbsp; The launch of the London Cyber Innovation Centre will go a long way to helping UK cyber start-ups scale, grow and produce solutions that are needed by customers.&nbsp; techUK looks forward to working with the London Cyber Innovation Centre, and its start-ups, to ensure that the UK remains a great place to start and grow a cyber security company&rdquo;.</p> <p>Further information about the Centre can be found <a href="">here</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Showcase Opportunity for Blockchain companies Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The BSI is hosting a platform for UK blockchain companies in the fringes of ISO Plenary, 14 May <h4>On the 14 May, the BSI will be lending its&nbsp;support to a unique industry led gathering to celebrate UK&rsquo;s progress on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.</h4> <p>On 14 May, the ISO standards committee on blockchain, ISO/TC 307,&nbsp;will hold its plenary meeting&nbsp;in University College London. In the afternoon of the same day, BSI is offering&nbsp;a platform to pioneers in the field of blockchain and DLT technology from the UK to present their projects before this&nbsp;international audience.&nbsp;</p> <p>This event is independent from the ISO plenary itself and will take place following a networking lunch. All the delegates from the international technical committee plenary will be&nbsp;invited to stay on for the afternoon.</p> <p><strong>If you wish to be considered to give a presentation,&nbsp;please get in touch with the Chair of the ISO organising committee, Paul Ferris at:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a></strong></p> <p><strong>Please write to Paul with a brief description&nbsp;of your project and how it&rsquo;s use of blockchain/DLT has fundamentally improved, or enabled, your approach to be taken.</strong></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong>&nbsp;14 May 2018</p> <p><strong>Venue:&nbsp;</strong>UCL Institute of Education (IoE),&nbsp;20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury,&nbsp;London, UK&nbsp;WC1H 0AL</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centre Programme Overview Q1 2018 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:51:37 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) Emma Fryer reviews the last quarter’s activity in the data centre programme and identifies priorities for the rest of the year. <p>Please click below to download the document.&nbsp;</p> Climate Change Agreement: Closure to New Entrants Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:58:46 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) Heads-Up for UK Data Centre Operators. <p>Existing CCA participants will continue to benefit from CCL discount until 2023 but the scheme is due to close this year to new entrants. Companies who want to apply should do so now.</p> <p>Please click below to download the attachment.</p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> techUK member portal launch Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:25:43 +0100 Rohit Sharma (techUK) New portal enables you to easily manage your membership and engagement with techUK. <blockquote>New portal enables you to easily manage your membership and engagement with techUK.</blockquote> <p>We are delighted to launch <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK’s new member portal</a></strong>&nbsp;- an easy-to-use system that allows techUK members to set engagement and communications preferences, providing you with a personalised view of your engagement with techUK and your use of techUK membership.</p> <p>The new member portal is part of our ongoing effort to continually enhance levels of service and engagement between techUK and members.</p> <p>The portal can be accessed and used by any employee of a techUK member company (as long as they have a company domain email address).&nbsp;Once logged in and basic details have been entered, you and your colleagues can set your own engagement and communications preferences – helping us ensure that you have access to all that you require, whilst making it easy to opt-out of activities or communications from techUK. Authorised representatives from member companies will be able to manage and edit company information (company overviews and manage member engagement, including team access).</p> <p>Our aim is to ensure that you have access to everything you need from techUK and that your company data is handled as you would wish it to be. techUK will use your data to provide you with membership services. We will also use your contact data to communicate with you regarding techUK activity and insights that are of interest to you. You can opt out of, or in to, any email newsletters and other communications and we would encourage you to edit your communication preferences so that you receive the information that is useful to you and pertinent to your company and role.</p> <p><strong>The new system will allow you to:</strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Log-in easily – existing log-ins for techUK website will not work from Tuesday 10 April. You will be guided to the portal to register, to check your details and manage your preferences. Existing preferences have been added to the portal (where you are already engaged). Once in the portal you can reset or amend:</li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Group membership – request access to techUK groups</li> <li>Communications preferences (newsletters / member only content)</li> <li>Event bookings – simple sign-up for free events and training and easy-to-navigate process for purchasing tickets for larger events.</li> </ul> <p>We have developed an easy-to-digest guide on how to set up portal access and navigate the system.</p> <p>If you have any problems with log-in or access, please contact us at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Best regards,</p> <p>techUK membership team</p> Babcock calls for small businesses to join them at Innovation Zone Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:29:04 +0100 Dan Patefield(techUK) Babcock International, is offering start-ups and small businesses the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference. <p>Babcock International, is offering start-ups and small businesses the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference and exhibition in Glasgow in June 2018.</p> <p>The Babcock Innovation Zone, a bespoke exhibition space, will be available for enterprising businesses to promote their contemporary technologies, innovations and industry solutions at the international event and interested parties are being asked to register their interest in participating.</p> <p>Babcock through a common interest with UDT is providing a platform into the undersea defence market for pioneering industry contributors. The Babcock Innovation Zone is the ideal platform for collaborations from business and academia working on the latest technology, or small companies with a new product or service, to present their bespoke solutions to delegates.</p> <p>The organisers are looking to provide a stage for systems integrators, service providers and small enterprises in a way that has not been done before. At the heart of the Babcock Innovation Zone is an ethos to allow the smallest of companies into a uniquely competitive market – where many innovative and cutting-edge solutions can be difficult to uncover otherwise.</p> <p>Jon Hall, Managing Director of Technology at Babcock said: “We are looking for both UK and International businesses to get in touch and join us at the Babcock Innovation Zone. Technology and innovation is at the heart of Babcock’s business and underpins everything that we do. We are providing a platform for UK and International companies to demonstrate the ingenuity that we see emerging from small businesses. We are pleased to partner with UDT Global and look forward to enthusing and enthralling delegates in equal measure through this unique opportunity.”</p> <p>Babcock possesses a long history in the design, build, assembly and support of naval and commercial platforms and equipment, including submarines and surface ships, and continues to demonstrate a unique understanding of defence requirements and the wider community. The Babcock Innovation Zone will be present throughout UDT 2018 from 26-28 June 2018.</p> <p>If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunity to join the Babcock Innovation Zone, or to register your interest please visit:</p> <p>Academic Institutions are invited to apply for representation in the Poster Display area by completing the form at: by 13 April 2018.</p> techUK Input to Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into heatwaves Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:52:21 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK provided input on the resilience of our core data centre infrastructure to heatwaves. <p>Please click below to download the document.</p> techUK Input to Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into heatwaves Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK provided input on the resilience of our core data centre infrastructure to heatwaves. <p>Please see below to download the document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Guest Blog: Bupa announces 2018 startup accelerator programme Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:22:37 +0100 CRM Sync Bupa has launched its 2018 Bupa B Table accelerator programme, inviting startups and small businesses to partner with the company to tackle key customer challenges in aged care. <p>Now in its second year, the Bupa B Table is run by Bupa&rsquo;s Customer Lab, which was established last year to explore new ways of delivering high quality, comprehensive health and care services which meet customer needs, by harnessing digital technology.</p> <p>Bupa B Table offers startups and small businesses the chance to pilot and test their ideas inside a global health and care company. It gives them the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of the millions of customers Bupa serves worldwide.</p> <p>Successful candidates will be mentored by senior Bupa business leaders and tech experts. They will have access to space in Bupa&rsquo;s offices to develop their ideas, and potential investment opportunities.</p> <p>The Bupa Customer Lab is looking for pitches which deliver innovative solutions to key customer challenges in the following areas:</p> <p>&middot; How might we exploit new technologies and innovative solutions to support and enable the ageing population to live independently for longer, and to allow family members to help?&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot; How might we use innovative solutions to help support Bupa's professional carers as they go about their working day?</p> <p>Commenting on this year&rsquo;s launch, John Moore, Director of Bupa&rsquo;s Customer Lab said:&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With an increasing ageing population globally, we have an opportunity to help people age healthily. This will mean their years without ill health are increased, and in turn, their time with illness is much shorter &ndash; which is better for the person, their family and healthcare systems.</p> <p>&ldquo;And, as an employer of over 20,000 carers around the world, we want to ensure they are able to do their jobs providing outstanding care to older people, while staying healthy themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Bupa B Table programme is a chance for us to work and share our expertise with innovative startups and small businesses to get a new perspective on our own business, and enhance the services we provide to our customers and our people all over the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Applications are now open and close on 18 April 2018. To apply, or for more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> The WinTechSeries Awards Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:36:14 +0100 Claire Leslie (techUK) Built to empower individuals and drive diversity and inclusion, the Series has grown in two years to the UK, Europe, US, and Australia. <blockquote>The Women in Technology World Series is the world's largest event series dedicated to women in tech.</blockquote> <p>Built to empower individuals and drive diversity and inclusion, the Series has grown in two years to the UK, Europe, US, and Australia, with Dublin and Dubai on the horizon.</p> <p>With inspirational speakers, cutting-edge tech knowledge, personal development workshops and more, we equip women with the skills needed to fulfil their potential.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The WinTechSeries Awards</strong></p> <p>We are celebrating the excellence and success of inspirational women working in the tech industry, and notable groups and individuals championing diversity within the UK sector.</p> <p>Our wide range of categories recognises the diverse individuals within the industry – from young professionals to C-level leaders, disruptive start-ups to leading companies, and internal teams to influential networks.</p> <p>This is your opportunity to showcase your projects, initiatives and efforts to the top businesses and leaders in the industry, as well as make a positive impact in pushing the boundaries for gender diversity within the sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=WiTSA18-launch-13032018&amp;utm_content=text-top" target="_blank" title="WinTechSeries Awards">For further information and details on how to enter visit the event website</a>.</p> Immersive Technology at the Heart of Creative Industries Sector Deal Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:54:39 +0100 Craig Melson(techUK) Government and business pledged more than £150m to develop the UK's creative industries including a major investment in virtual and augmented reality. <p>Given the increasing convergence between the culture, creative and digital sectors it is telling and right the cover image adorning the <a href="">Creative Industries Sector Deal published today</a>&nbsp;is someone in a virtual reality headset.&nbsp;Immersive technology is something that the UK can become a global leader at by building on the foundations of thriving games, digital, creative and entertainment sectors, with more and more businesses entering the virtual, augmented and mixed reality market.</p> <p>The Secretary of State recognises immersive technologies can be a success story for UK plc and VR and AR sits perfectly in the DCMS #CultureisDigital programme. PWC forecasts the UK VR entertainment and media market will be worth £801m by 2021, the fastest growing in the EMEA region. Considering this, plus the increasing role of augmented reality in retail, manufacturing, logistics and design as well as VR in training, engineering and literally hundreds of user cases in enterprise and Government, this is a sector that will be worth billions in the coming years.</p> <p>The good news is that the market development will happen anyway without Government support, but the Sector Deal is welcome as this framework will increase investor confidence and show global firms that immersive technology is something Britain takes seriously and is a good place to base immersive tech R&amp;D spending. Furthermore, it also helps develop skills, run completions and will help realise opportunities faster.</p> <p>techUK explored the consumer potential of VR and AR at a <a href="">recent conference with dozens of leading immersive tech SMEs</a> and we will be looking at the emerging enterprise and public-sector applications of immersive technologies throughout the year to understand the challenges and how techUK can help strengthen the market for immersive tech.</p> <p>Key points on immersive tech from the Sector Deal:</p> <ul> <li>Governemnt investment of £33m over 3 years via a new ‘Audience of the Future Challenge', with an additional £25m funding from industry.</li> <li>£16m of this will go on new projects to build VR and AR demonstrators at scale to drive adoption among audiences.</li> <li>£12m R&amp;D funding for three competition; a collaborative competition aimed at making the production of high quality content cheaper, faster and more accessible by driving immersive innovation; a competition to attract private capital into this emerging sector; an early stage design competition to understand the future consumer, delivering vital insight into audience perceptions and behaviours.</li> <li>£10m Industry Centre of Excellence (supported by £5m from the AHRC’s clusters programme) to overcome silos in the key industries, ensuring the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of immersive technologies.</li> <li>Skills programme across the creative industries, including training in digital skills.</li> </ul> techUK welcomes the new Ada Lovalace Institute on Digital Ethics Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:51:17 +0100 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK's Antony Walker welcomes the Nuffield Foundation's announcements of the new Ada Lovelace Institute <p>Today the Nuffield Foundation <a href="" target="_blank">announced the launch of a new £5 million Ada Lovelace Institute</a> to examine profound ethical and social issues arising from the use of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence, and to ensure they are harnessed for social well-being. First discussed at the <a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank">techUK Digital Ethics Summit</a> the Insitute will:</p> <ul> <li>Convene diverse voices to build a shared understanding of the ethical questions raised by the application of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence (AI).</li> <li>Initiate research and build the evidence base on how these technologies affect society as a whole, and different groups within it.</li> <li>Promote and support ethical practices that are deserving of public trust.<img src="images/assets/Ada_Lovelace_Inst_002.jpg" alt="Ada Lovelace Inst 002" width="326" height="326" style="float: right;" /></li> </ul> <p>Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive of techUK, who is member of the Nuffield Data Ethics Advisory Board said: <em>“Digital ethics is not a substitute for regulation, but an essential complement that can support innovation. techUK believes that by building a world-leading framework for digital governance the UK can be at the forefront of responsible and sustainable digital innovation. As digital technologies become more powerful, the ethical implications of innovation become more significant.</em></p> <p><em>“The creation of the Ada Lovelace Institute sends a very clear message that the UK is taking a leadership position in moving on from talking about ethics to taking practical action. The Ada Lovelace Institute will build the capability and capacity we need to understand the ethical implications of new technology and provide practical tools to support good decision-making. techUK believes the Institute provides the right environment for industry, academia and policy makers to come together and develop and operationalise ethical decision-making. techUK looks forward to working closely with the Institute as it gets to work.”</em></p> Does GDPR prevent Blockchain, or does Blockchain assist GDPR? Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:53:36 +0100 Rebecca Francis(techUK) There have been a number of discussions on the interaction between GDPR and Blockchain. techUK was invited to the European Parliament to share its view. <p>GDPR and Blockchain are certainly two ‘buzz words’ in tech and policy at the moment and an event with either in the title is usually guaranteed to attract an audience. Imagine then when the European Parliament All-Party Group for Innovation holds an event on GDPR AND Blockchain...</p> <p>The implications of GDPR on Blockchain technologies, and the extent to which they can be compliant, is an interesting one. techUK was therefore pleased to be in Brussels yesterday at the European Parliament after being asked to speak at a roundtable on ‘Regulation vs Innovation: What impact will the GDPR have on the Blockchain’ with Ashley Fox MEP, Brian Hayes MEP and Eva Kaili MEP, along with officials from DG Connect in the European Commission.</p> <p>Blockchain, or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), is still relatively nascent. That said, there are a whole range of possible applications of DLT which offer transformational opportunities from financial services to healthcare. However, with GDPR coming into effect in less than two months’ time, the focus is now on how the opportunities of blockchain can be realised while still complying with new data protection rules which provide greater access and erasure rights. The key question is whether these new rights are in conflict with the architecture and purpose of Blockchain.</p> <p>There was a fascinating discussion on the interactions between GDPR and Blockchain, with a variety of perspectives on offer. Issues raised include the suitability of the hashing and encryption offered by DLT, the difference between public and private blockchains, the different permissions offered and the decentralised nature of blockchain – all of which have different implications for complying with data protection rules.</p> <p>Ultimately though, there seemed to be a consensus around one of the key principles that techUK set out during the discussion. Blockchain and GDPR have a very similar approach to data. They are both about giving the consumer or citizen greater control over how their information is used and who has access to it. Depending on the exact architecture of a DLT, which can be varied, this technology can precisely achieve the aims of, and compliance with, the GDPR. This approach should be welcomed so consumers can benefit from the opportunities offered by blockchain while also being confident their information is being contained within the remits of new data protection laws.</p> <p>There is a huge opportunity to utilise new technologies, such as DLT, and data for improved consumer experiences. However, this won’t be realised if people don’t have trust in the way their information is being stored. The UK’s data-driven revolution is expected to be worth £240 billion by 2020, but only if consumers have trust in data use. As new technologies develop they will have to do so while ensuring suitable levels of data protection, as required by new laws. Taking blockchain as an example, it would appear that the conflicts between this new tech and GDPR are not as extreme as some might think. Indeed, they both seek to achieve the same goals.</p> Digital Skills spotlighted in MAC update on impact of EEA workers in UK Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:20:54 +0100 Rebecca Francis(techUK) The Migration Advisory Committee's interim update spotlighted the impact of EEA workers in the UK’s labour market. <p>Today, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published their <a href="">interim update</a> on the work commissioned by the Home Office in July 2017 exploring the current impact of EEA-workers in the UK labour market and likely future patterns.</p> <p>The update summarises responses to the Call for Evidence published last Summer and tries to bring order to the disparate range of views received. Front and centre is the recognition of the role digital skills and talent play in the growth of the UK economy as a whole. <a href=";Itemid=177&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL25ld3MvaXRlbS8xMTg1Ni10ZWNodWstY2FsbHMtZm9yLXZpc2EtZnJlZS1tb3ZlbWVudC1vZi10YWxlbnQtYmV0d2Vlbi11ay1ldQ==">techUK’s own submission</a> to the call for evidence is cited in the first chapter highlighting the sectors concerns about skills shortages in STEM areas and the need for continued access to the EU’s talent pool post-Brexit.</p> <p>It is encouraging to see the MAC recognising that “the vast majority of employers do not deliberately seek to fill vacancies with migrant workers.” This will be valuable in combatting public perceptions that the domestic workforce is overlooked unnecessarily, and we hope focuses the Government’s collective mind to, as the MAC puts it “addressing the UK digital skills gap...and improving STEM skills through the education system.”</p> <p>The interim report also draws out the concerns held across industry, including the tech sector, around the current operation of the tier 2 visa regime and dedicates some space to considering the objections presented in response to the Call for Evidence. It is clear to us that Post-Brexit, the already creaking Tier 2 scheme cannot simply be extended to cover EEA workers. techUK will continue to call for reform of the visa system so that the UK can continue to benefit from the controlled immigration of talent from overseas. We hope that the MAC will offer recommendations that address these concerns in their final report which we eagerly await.</p> Department for International Trade Publishes Cyber Export Strategy Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:41:14 +0100 Talal Rajab (techUK) Strategy outlines a range of Government initiatives designed to support the UK’s world leading cyber security companies <p>On Monday 26 March, the Department for International Trade (DIT) published its ‘Cyber Export Strategy’, outlining DIT’s approach to supporting the UK’s cyber security sector. The strategy commits Government to delivering a tailored experience for overseas buyers of cyber security services, ensuring that UK cyber companies are able to showcase their capabilities more effectively and secure opportunities to export.</p> <p>Commenting on the launch of the Cyber Export Strategy Julian David, techUK CEO, said:</p> <p>“The international market for cyber security is forecast to grow rapidly over the next five years, with estimates suggesting that global spend on cyber security products and services will exceed £759bn from 2017 to 2021.</p> <p>“That is why techUK wholeheartedly supports the activities announced in DIT’s Cyber Export Strategy and looks forward to working with DIT in helping our world-leading UK cyber companies seek, find and secure opportunities to export abroad.</p> <p>“The strategy outlines an ambitious plan to help UK cyber companies pursue priority markets, target key sectors and amplify their marketing activities when they export. This is particularly useful for cyber security SMEs, who may lack experience in exporting to certain markets and pitching to potential buyers. techUK will continue to work with Government to promote this community of cyber SMEs through the Cyber Exchange; a focal point for cyber SMEs to connect, engage and collaborate.</p> <p>“We also look forward to working with DIT and the Cyber Growth Partnership on publishing guidance on assessing cyber security export risks.”</p> <p>The full strategy can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Smart Policy = Smart Place = Smart Economy Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:46:51 +0000 Matthew Evans(techUK) Vodafone report highlights importance of local digital policy in driving growth <p>Vodafone this week published a report entitled “<a href="">Brain Gain: How to attract, retain and reconnect digital talent</a>”, that examines how regions across the UK can attract and retain digital talent and jobs.</p> <p>At the heart of the report is an attempt to understand why over 100,000 people have left the regions they lived and studied in within six months of graduating in order to start work elsewhere, with London as the main beneficiary (according to data from the Higher Education Statistical Agency) – and identify ways in which regions could reverse this trend.</p> <ol> <li>The report, which involved interviews with industry and representatives from local government (including Tees Valley, West Midlands and Greater Manchester combined authorities), outlines three areas of digital policy which needs more focus in order to deliver on the benefits of the next industrial revolution;</li> <li>The need to develop the stock of digital talent. People are the cornerstone of a successful digital economy, and growing the stock of digital talent is fundamental to the adoption and use of new technologies. ‘Brain gain’ policies are needed to attract, retain and reconnect digital talent to local labour markets (see box, below).</li> <li>The need to collect quality data and make it accessible. Good data can aid the design of policy and can unlock innovation, allowing policymakers to respond to facts and not opinions. Without data, the full range of possibilities of emerging digital technologies will not be realised.<br />The need to upgrade digital infrastructure. National and local government needs to be empowered and encouraged to support the roll out of gigabit capable infrastructure. The UK needs to be more ambitious if it is to take advantage of the technology that can revolutionise how households, offces, classrooms and hospitals work.</li> </ol> <p>To illustrate the extent of the skills challenge; 32% of graduates who came from London, but went to university elsewhere in the country, returned to London to work after finishing their course. By way of contrast, only 15% of graduates who came from the North East and went to university outside of the region went back to work in the North East region after finishing their course.</p> <p>The report highlights how regions and places need to be far better at attracting and retaining talent by attracting what is calls ‘brain gain’ policies. These include;</p> <ul> <li>A national and local audit of unused or underused public sector buildings which could be converted into low-cost offices for digital start-ups</li> <li>A commitment by universities to allow their students to use their buildings to start-up a business for 12 months after graduation</li> <li>Allowing Apprenticeship Levy funds to be used for retraining and upskilling returners – people who have been on a career break, often due to caring responsibilities, and would like to return to work.</li> </ul> <p><em>If you are interested in techUK's work in these areas please contact:</em></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Growing the Local GovTech Market Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:04:22 +0000 CRM Sync In April techUK will be hosting a series of events to grow the local government digital eco-system <p>According to figures from the <a href="">Local Government Association (LGA), Information technology is one of the most significant spend categories in local government</a>. Local government spends around &pound;2 billion per annum on IT, with &pound;1 billion of this spent on sourcing and supporting software applications. Furthermore, we are seeing some great examples of collaboration and transformation at the local level. To name just a few, from convening networks such as LocalGov Digital to the launch of the <a href="">Worcestershire Office of Data Analytics</a> that will drive cultural and systematic change in the way that data is shared and harnessed between public sector partners, with the goal of improving outcomes for citizens.</p> <p>Despite the great work happening across local government it&rsquo;s fragmented natured can lead to it being perceived as a complex market that is hard to navigate. As the <a href="">National technological and digital procurement category strategy</a> highlights the differences between councils, and the pace of change in local government can make it harder for IT suppliers to understand the sector and to know how best to engage and to respond to requests for IT services and products. Therefore, working closely with suppliers, during and before tendering exercise, is mutually beneficial and this is something techUK also called for in it&rsquo;s recent &lsquo;<a href="">Procuring the Smarter State&rsquo;</a> report on adopting a more proactive approach to engaging with prospective suppliers, publishing pipelines and emerging opportunities well in advance of procurement decisions.</p> <p>At techUK we want to showcase the innovation happening locally and champion a diverse local govtech eco-system. Local government is an innovative market and often leading the way in adoption of new technologies across the public sector. For example, even though AI is still a rather nascent market for public sector, local government is leading the way in its adoption and understanding of its value in transforming services for citizens. Aylesbury Vale and Enfield Council are good examples of this.</p> <p>As part of techUK&rsquo;s ambition to grow the local government digital eco-system we are holding a number of networking and briefing sessions in April to help inform industry on how councils operate, as well as bring together large and small companies active or looking to break into the local government market to develop potential new partnerships.</p> <p>Events include:</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Demystifying Local Government</strong></a></p> <p>This event is an opportunity for new entrants and those active in the market to develop a better understanding of the current local government landscape, latest tech trends and be more informed in the way councils operate.</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Find your local gov tech partner at techUK&rsquo;s Partnering &amp; Networking: Growing the Local GovTech Market on 11 April</strong></a><br> This speed networking event offers tech companies large and small the opportunity to network and identify partners with innovative solutions for transforming local public services. We are also encouraging digital folk working in Local Government to join us to pitch about what they&rsquo;re after from the market and give them exposure to the latest innovative tech solutions. We also have Cllr Niraj Dattani from Harrow Council sharing his views and experience of local Government transformation.</p> <p>To find out more about techUK&rsquo;s local government activity and how to get involved in the above events contact Georgina Maratheftis.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK Defence & Security Competition: Communicating and Analysing Future Insights Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:39:14 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) The Defence Future Insights project are looking for innovative ways to communicate and analyse future concepts. <p><strong>Communicating and Analysing Future Insights in Innovative Ways</strong></p> <p>Deadline: 27 April 2018 for submitting proposals</p> <p>The Defence Future Insights project are looking for innovative ways to communicate and analyse future concepts by developing up to five ‘Future Fictions’ and demonstrating up to five analytical tools.</p> <p>FUTURE FICTIONS: To create ‘artefacts’ or ‘visualisations’ that can bring to life future concepts. Examples include movies, science fiction, holograms, prototypes, models, or combinations of mediums.</p> <p>FUTURE ANALYSIS TOOLS: Exploring analytical tools to generate the ‘so-what’s’ for defence and security innovations: identifying the tools, techniques and methodologies needed to inform policy formulation and future capability definition.</p> <p>They are running a competition to find novel, bold ideas to create ‘uncomfortable knowledge’ and would like to see as many applications as possible. The first stage is a simple one-page proposal (at the link).</p> <p>They are happy to answer any clarification questions and will share the answers on this page. Any questions asked by the 4th of April will be answered by the 6th of April. Any further final questions asked by the 13th of April will be answered by the 18th of April.</p> <p>For questions and submissions please contact:</p> <p>For Future Fictions – <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p>For Future Analysis Tools – <a href="">click here.</a></p> <p>It is possible to apply to both.</p> Guest blog: Digital Health Opportunities in the UK Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:27:10 +0000 CRM Sync In February techUK and the Department for International Trade (DIT) joined forces to bring you their first event presenting digital health opportunities in the UK. <p>In February techUK and the Department for International Trade (DIT) joined forces to bring you their first event presenting digital health opportunities in the UK. &nbsp;Over 180 delegates joined at the techUK offices in London and around the world via live-stream. With a focus on digital health apps our industry panel discussed the wide range of advice available for navigating the UK digital health landscape, as well as practical support for companies seeking to work with the National Health Service (NHS).</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><em><strong>&ldquo;Finding your partners and champions is key to help you navigate through the UK healthcare ecosystem.&rdquo;</strong></em></span></p> <p>The NHS is the world&rsquo;s largest integrated health system, covering more than 60 million people and treating a million patients every 36 hours. For panellist <strong>Jonathan Knight, Founder and CEO of Perfect Ward</strong>, working with the NHS has helped his business succeed. His smartphone app for healthcare and ward inspections assists nursing teams monitoring the quality of care, saving 'admin' time and giving more time to patients. The app has attracted enthusiasm and loyalty amongst NHS users, which in turn has led to new opportunities for his company to develop new products.</p> <p>With its commitment to research and partnering with industry, the NHS offers countless opportunities for digital health businesses. However, working with the NHS has its challenges too. With no single organisation responsible for procurement or reimbursement, companies should know there is support available to help navigate the many organisations and parts that make up the NHS in the UK. Jonathan Knight&rsquo;s advice to companies looking to access the UK healthcare market is that finding your partners and champions is key to help you navigate through the UK healthcare ecosystem.</p> <p><strong>The UK&rsquo;s Department for International Trade (DIT)</strong> is here to help companies access the right channels to do this. <strong>Chris Howie, European Life Sciences Specialist at the DIT </strong>chaired the event and explained how DIT can help overseas businesses through its extensive network of sector and market specialists, based both in the UK and in British embassies around the world. Providing professional, personalised and practical assistance and free advice, DIT can put you in touch with the right partners.</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><em><strong>&ldquo;Bespoke help to grow in the UK health system, identifying concrete routes to turn innovations into commercially viable business ventures.&rdquo;</strong></em></span></p> <p>Partners such as the <strong>UK&rsquo;s Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs):</strong> There are 15 AHSNs across England and similar programmes in place in Scotland and Wales. <strong>Panelists Yinka Makinde and James Somauroo from DigitalHealth. London </strong>(the organisation bringing together three AHSN&rsquo;s in London) explained how their bespoke <strong>Healthcare Navigator programmes </strong>can help businesses grow in the UK health system and identify potential routes to turn innovations into commercially viable business ventures. Their <strong>Accelerator programmes </strong>can support companies to develop and deploy their digital technologies, scale digital innovations and pioneer their adoption by the NHS.</p> <p>For digital health companies who want to succeed in the UK a key factor is navigating the balance between innovation, evidence-based practise and cost-effectiveness. Here the UK&rsquo;s <strong>National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)</strong> is leading the way across the sector. The <strong>NICE Office for Market Access </strong>is available to companies looking to enter the UK market and can provide support throughout the whole product life cycle, from initial research through safety and efficacy evaluations to market access and general clinical use.</p> <p><strong>NICE&rsquo;s pioneering Health App Briefings (HABs)</strong> have been developed by the NICE medical technologies evaluation programme as a proof-of-concept activity. They aim to provide accurate evidence summaries for decision markers, clinicians, commissioners and procurement professionals, avoiding the need for organisations to evaluate and produce similar information locally. <strong>As Bernice Dillon, NICE Technical Advisor </strong>explained, this has clear benefits for patients, practitioners and app developers alike.</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px"><strong><em>&ldquo;The UK remains one of the best locations in the world for companies looking for the right environment to develop, evaluate and commercialise their digital health technology&rdquo;</em></strong></span></p> <p><strong>TechUK&rsquo;s Health &amp; Social Care programme</strong> aims to bring all of these stakeholders together, growing a strong and engaged UK industry together with their member companies, policy makers, decision makers and practitioners. They recently signed a strategic partnership with NHS Digital, the driving force behind the delivery of the UK government&rsquo;s NHS policy agenda. As the NHS turns 70 years old, <strong>Tracey Watson, Director of Innovation and Partnerships at NHS Digital </strong>reiterated the UK&rsquo;s commitment to transforming healthcare delivery using technology, becoming paper free at the point of care by 2020. This has been supported by a &pound;4.2 billion government investment.</p> <p>With this commitment the UK remains one of the best locations in the world for companies looking for the right environment to develop, evaluate and commercialise their digital health technology. All of our industry panellists agreed that having a UK based presence is a key asset in understanding the needs of local patients and healthcare providers and for developing a strategy to reach the most patients. This is underpinned by leading-edge established platforms for research, innovation and clinical trials, support for technology development and informatics platforms as well as world-renowned regulatory expertise and standards.</p> <p>The Department for International Trade and techUK are here to help you access these opportunities and find the right support and partners to grow your business in the UK. If you didn&rsquo;t get chance to join the event on the day, <a href="" target="_blank">click here to view a recording.</a> To find out more about any of the points covered please get in touch with us: <a href=""></a> at DIT. We look forward to hearing from you.</p> Brexit is now Green, Yellow and White Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:21:50 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Head of Policy, Giles Derrington, explores what the draft legal agreement for Brexit means for tech. <h3>The UK and EU have today released a new colour coded draft legal agreement on leaving the EU. techUK takes a look at what it all means.</h3> <p>Brexit was originally going to be red, white and blue, now it’s green, yellow and white. Yesterday Michel Barnier and David Davis released a new version of the draft agreement due to be delivered by 21 March. It sets out the full scope of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, including the transition period. The text is helpfully colour coded: green for text agreed by both parties that can be considered locked; yellow where there is a political agreement but the language is still subject to change, and white for areas where agreement is not yet secured.</p> <p>Ensuring the agreement is formalised is vital so negotiations on what comes after Brexit (and the transition period) can begin in earnest. So, what does the new text say?</p> <h3>Transition: Confirmed</h3> <p>The main headline is that the core text around a transition (or implementation) period has been agreed. After failing to secure a longer time commitment, the UK has agreed the EU’s proposal that the transition ends at midnight - Brussels time - on 31 December 2020. The transition period will therefore be just 21 months from the end of the Article 50 period.</p> <p>The transition will largely be based on the status quo. EU law will continue to apply and the UK and UK businesses will maintain the benefits of EU membership. This is the model of transition that techUK has supported. It means that tech businesses will only have to adjust once to the impact of Brexit rather than having to make staged adjustments which would have much more complicated, uncertain and expensive. In the vast majority of areas, companies should see no substantive change in the way they do business with the EU until the end of December 2020.</p> <p>However, the period is shorter than many had wished. It leaves very little time to negotiate the new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU. It also provides a very tight window to put in place new procedures and systems, not least new customs and border systems, to allow for a smooth transition for businesses used to trading in the Single Market. That is why techUK has warned both sides to be realistic about the prospect of extending the transition if needed, rather than simply having the Brexit cliff edge moved back to New Year’s Day 2021.</p> <h3>Citizen’s Right: Secured</h3> <p>The text confirms the process for EU citizens currently in the UK (and UK citizens living in the EU) to continue to live and work in the country during the transition period and to apply for ‘settled status’ after living there for five years. This is a hugely important issue for the over 180,000 EU citizens working in the digital sectors and the companies who rely on them. The agreement also states that those arriving during the transition period will be allowed to seek settled status. This was something the UK initially resisted and is a welcome move to allow continuity until the end of 2020.</p> <p>According to the text, the deadline for applications for settled status cannot end earlier than the end of July 2021. However, it agrees that, in the event of any technical problems, that deadline shall be extended by one year. This is a hint that, in this area at least, there is some contingency planning against unforeseen problems during the transition/implementation period.</p> <p>techUK continues to work with the Home Office on the full implementation of the system for delivering settled status. We have been clear that this process needs to be as simple as possible. The formal agreement requiring minimal documentation and keeping costs to no more than the price of a passport shows a commitment to delivering this goal. The clear statement on mutual recognition of professional qualifications is also an important enabler in cross-border trade in services.</p> <h3>Trade: Open for business, for the moment</h3> <p>Unsurprisingly, there is significant detail in the agreement on trade. In particular, the processes for goods on the market before the end of the transition, which was agreed at a political level in December, is formalised in the text. Essentially, any goods or services placed on the market prior to the end of transition may remain available and move between the UK and the EU until the goods are delivered or the service utilised. However, businesses will bear the burden of proof in showing it was on the market prior to the end of the transition. This will require tight record keeping for many businesses used to selling into the Single Market on a relatively easy basis.</p> <p>On customs requirements there is clarity that anything moving across border during the transition, or beginning to move before the end of transition, will abide by existing customs processes. While this is good news, the real challenge for movement of goods will be the next phase of negotiations on the post-Brexit relationship. This is likely to be complicated by the Irish border question (see below).</p> <p>There is welcome clarity on Intellectual Property (IP) rights, where any IP registered in the EU before the end of the transition will continue to be deemed registered in the UK as well (and vice versa) without the need for further checks. For tech suppliers into the public sector, it is also ‘deal done’ on provisions maintaining EU procurement law throughout the transition period.</p> <p>The agreement also states that for the purposes of existing EU international agreements, the UK is to be considered as remaining an EU member for the transition period. This means that the UK will retain the advantages of current trade agreements, such as CETA and the FTA with South Korea. This will be welcome for UK tech businesses who conduct trade with markets covered by these deals. However, it remains to be confirmed whether all parties to these treaties have agreed to allow the UK to be treated as an EU member in that way. It is important that this is clarified quickly.</p> <p>One outstanding issue for agreement in on VAT procedures. Under the proposals the UK remains within the scope of the commons system on VAT, with the rights the current rules confer (such as the right to deduct VAT on acquired goods and services) continuing to apply for five years from the end of the transition. However, this text is marked yellow, so there may yet be changes that affect the ability to reclaim VAT or who might be expected to pay it during (or immediately after) transition.</p> <h3>Data: Delayed</h3> <p>One area where tech businesses may be concerned is on the free flow of data during the transition period. It is vital that the ability to move data between the EU and the UK is maintained post-March 2019 while an adequacy-like agreement is secured. The text on this issue, found in Title VII, hasn’t changed since the previous draft. It simply states that EU law (specifically the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR) will apply to the UK in the processing of personal data during transition. It also states that any future processing is based on the agreement, meaning for any of this data EU rules will apply effectively in perpetuity (unless an adequacy agreement is concluded).</p> <p>However, the text is marked ‘as yet to be agreed’. This may well be for good reason. techUK has raised concerns that the existing wording isn’t clear if the UK is a ‘third country’ post-March 2019 when it comes to allowing the free flow of data. If the UK was considered a third country, then a full adequacy agreement would be needed before the start of transition. That would be an undeliverable timeframe. It is not yet clear, but is highly possible, that the delay is due to trying to ensure that the framework truly is watertight during the transition phase. Either way, agreement on this is an urgent priority for both the tech sector and every business as the economy rapidly digitises.</p> <h3>Banking: Ending</h3> <p>The European Investment Bank (EIB), and its subsidiary, the European Investment Fund (EIF), have been a source of political football during the negotiations. On one side you have those who view both institutions as vital in delivering funding for infrastructure and (through the EIF) supporting UK Venture Capital Funds. On the other are those who see the UK’s EIB stake of over £9 billion as a significant amount to be repatriated post Brexit, taking a slice of the final UK ‘exit bill’.</p> <p>The agreement makes clear that the UK will indeed be getting its cut of the EIB’s funding back. However, because it will remain responsible for on-going liabilities surrounding previous investments, and the fact that EIB money is tied up in investment, the process for doing so will take a long time. The agreement establishes a mechanisms that will yearly see the UK reclaim a bit of its funding. That means any EIB funded ‘Brexit bonus’ will be paid in small instalments.</p> <p>The agreement does clarify that any project funded during the current Multiannual Financial Framework period (MFF), which runs until 2020, will continue to be valid. This is welcome in ensuring that funding cannot suddenly be withheld or withdrawn when the Article 50 process concludes. The same applies for other EU funding programmes, such as Horizon 2020.</p> <p>However, the key statement on the EIB is that, come the end of the transition, the UK will “not be eligible for new financial operations from the EIB group reserved for Member States”. That means the UK participation in the EIB, and the benefits that is can derive from it, will cease. Whether the same will be true for the EIF, which can have non-EU stakeholders (for example Turkey has a small stake through their Industrial Development Bank), remains to be seen.</p> <h3>Ireland: The big unknown</h3> <p>It’s been clear for some time that the Irish border issue is likely to dictate a lot of the discussion on future partnership and it remains one of the most difficult issues surrounding Brexit. The draft agreement sets out, in detail, the so-called ‘backstop’ agreement whereby Northern Ireland would remain in the Customs Union.</p> <p>This backstop agreement comes into force unless one of two alternatives prove true. Either the UK and EU agree, as part of the future partnership discussions post-March, to a system that means it is unnecessary (for example the whole of the UK remaining in the customs union), or where the UK can identify another solution that means the backstop isn’t need (such as a much vaunted ‘technological solution’).</p> <p>While this key part of the Northern Ireland text remains subject to negotiations, the fact is that the backstop of remaining in the customs union for Northern Ireland is now formalised. What that means for Northern Ireland/ rest of the UK customs treatment is unclear.</p> <h3>Where from here?</h3> <p>The final core aspect of the agreement is the creation of a Joint Committee to oversee the process of implementing the agreement and the transition period itself. That means expect the David Davis/ Michel Barnier joint meetings to continue (albeit possibly with different participants given the length of time the agreement will be in place). The creation of this new committee (plus the no less than five specialist committees on everything from citizen’s right to financial provisions that sit underneath it) just goes to show that, while the agreement is a step forward, there is a huge amount of work still to do.</p> techUK response to Cambridge Analytica investigation Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Julian David, techUK CEO, comments on investigation into Cambridge Analytica. <h3>Commenting on the Cambridge Analytica investigation techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</h3> <p>"We are at the early stages of what is likely to be a complex and potentially significant investigation. There is a lot of detail that needs to be understood and we expect all companies to cooperate fully with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as it undertakes its investigation. The UK is fortunate to have an expert and globally respected data protection regulator. However it is currently facing a significant workload as it oversees the implementation of new data protection laws (GDPR) in the UK. The Government should urgently consider whether further resources should be made available to the ICO in order to expedite both this investigation and its wider work in support of GDPR implementation.</p> <p>There will be much debate about the implications of digital innovation for democratic societies over the coming weeks and months. It is likely that rules governing political campaigning may need to be revised to take account of technological innovations and new techniques such as the micro-targeting of political messages. Any new regulation should be based on informed debate on both the challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies."</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><em>For press enquiries, please contact:</em></p> techUK responds to new draft Brexit agreement Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:10:12 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, says agreement marks a welcome step forward, but huge amount more work to do to minimise disruptive impact of Brexit. <h3>Commenting on the new draft Brexit agreement, techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker said:</h3> <p>“This is a welcome step to give businesses the certainty they need. However, both sides should not be complacent having formalised a transition period and must now ensure we have not simply kicked the can down the road leaving a brexit cliff edge on New Year’s Day 2021.</p> <p>“Talent is a key driver of a successful UK tech sector and EU citizens are at the heart of that. We therefore strongly support the ability for EU citizens to continue to come to the UK to take up jobs in the tech industry and drive innovation and growth here in the UK.</p> <p>“The tech sector will however be concerned that there remains no formal agreement around the ongoing ability to deliver the free flow of data during the transition period. It needs to be clear that the UK is not a ‘third country’ when it comes to free flow of data during the transition. Delivering a close ongoing relationship that allows data to flow freely, and giving the Information Commission a role in shaping future changes to data protection rules, must be a top priority between now and the final agreement in October.</p> <p>“The joint agreement today is a positive step, but there is a huge amount of work to do to minimise the disruptive impact of Brexit and to give tech companies the confidence to keep investing in the UK."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><em>For press enquiries, please contact:</em></p> techUK AI Week Needs You! Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:16:58 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) AI week will run from 23 to 27 April – Why not get involved? <p>In April techUK is hosting a week of guest blogs, podcasts, tweets and insights on how to make the UK AI ready - come and take part!</p> <p>On Monday April 23, techUK will kick off AI week. Throughout&nbsp;the week techUK will be bringing you news, views and insights from the technology sector on how UK organisations and society can realise the full benefits and opportunities of AI,&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;the steps that need to be taken to make sure the UK is AI ready. We will be sharing guest blogs and podcast interviews with AI thought leaders, press articles and daily tweets exploring what an AI driven UK might look like and how we get there.</p> <p>During AI week techUK will be launching its AI Leaders Campaign aimed at promoting UK leaders in AI. Every month techUK will promote an individual that is helping organisations across both the public and private sector to realise the economic benefits and social power of AI technologies. If you are an AI leader, or know someone that is, get in touch with techUK to see how you can get involved!</p> <p>Why not join the debate and discussion! We are looking for members interested in providing input to AI week. If you are interested please get in touch with Sue Daley by Monday April&nbsp;9.</p> <p>Before AI week begins you can still get involved with the AI debate on Twitter: <a href="">@techUK</a> <a href="">#AIready </a><a href="">#UKAILeaders</a></p> More leadership required to drive IoT say PETRAS and RAEng Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:46:43 +0000 Matthew Evans(techUK) A new report from PETRAS and Royal Academy of Engineering calls for stronger Government leadership to drive IoT adoption <p>This week saw the publication of a report from <a href="">PETRAS</a>&nbsp;and the <a href="">Royal Academy of Engineering</a>&nbsp;on how to <a href="">Realise the potential of a trusted smart world</a>. It sets out a series of recommendations to policymakers, regulators and funding bodies on who the UK can realise the benefits of IoT to the full.</p> <p>The report marks just over three years since the landmark Blackett Review and highlights that whilst many of the barriers identified in that paper remain, the UK is benefitting from a growing but still disjointed IoT market. However, it stresses that we are in the foothills of the benefits that IoT can deliver – with the real gains in productivity and advances in quality of life in areas as separate as manufacturing to social care yet to be achieved. In doing so the report makes clear the importance of recognising the difference between IoT applications in industrial, consumer and public spaces and the need to have different objectives and governance arrangements.</p> <p>In order to realise these benefits the report outlines a series of detailed recommendations, these include;</p> <ul> <li>The need for strong leadership from Government with a strategic forward-looking approach, and with policymaking that is dynamic and responsive to the developments in technology. This strategy should have an identifiable home within Government.</li> <li>A need to consider International ‘umbrella agreements’ on IoT with the UK government work with other governments and international institutions towards an international baseline for IoT data integrity and security for all parties to adopt. With our expertise, the UK should take the opportunity to lead in such activities.</li> <li>Ethical frameworks that are appropriate to support ethical behaviours on IoT should be developed and applied to help minimise risks to society.</li> <li>A need to address the transparency of the cyber safety and security of products, suggesting that the responsibility to achieve this should lie with the manufacturers and service providers, but greater data literacy of the population was also needed</li> <li>The importance of technical real-world demonstrators of developing technologies to understand their implications.</li> </ul> <p>The recommendations around driving the adoption of IoT technologies echoes <a href="">techUK’s Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation</a>&nbsp;and we look forward to engaging with the next steps from the report.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved in techUK's IoT work please contact:</p> Doing Digital Differently Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:30:00 +0000 CRM Sync techUK takeover by Citizens, Companies and Charities working to improve Type 1 Diabetes Technology <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:200px; width:400px"></p> <p>The hustle and bustle of the City of London quietens down over the weekend. The financiers recoup in leafy London neighbourhoods or country piles; the coffee shops that serve them close and clean; and the transport system creaks a little less than it does Monday to Friday. Ordinarily, it leaves the area around techUK quiet save for the tourists at the St Paul&rsquo;s.</p> <p>Saturday 24 February was an exception, as the trade body&rsquo;s London HQ became the venue for <em>T1D: The Rise of the Machines</em>, a sold-out conference co-created by people with type 1 diabetes, techUK and NHS England&rsquo;s Dr Partha Kar.</p> <p>As a membership body representing the technology sector we have been pushing for the long-overdue digitisation of healthcare provision in the UK for many years. But this doesn&rsquo;t just apply to medical records and equipment in hospitals.</p> <p>Type 1 diabetes is perhaps the condition that can most benefit from improved access to technology.</p> <p>It is a condition that is 99%+ self-managed outside of NHS settings and digital tools are hugely improving the ability of individuals to monitor their glucose levels, more accurately adjust insulin levels - or in some cases alleviate the burden of both of those tasks.</p> <p>We were joined on the day by Abbott, Dexcom, Medtronic and Roche; market-leaders for technology in this area. They reported significantly improved outcomes through the use of technology but patchy uptake of these tools by the NHS.</p> <p>We are all conscious of cost pressures in the NHS but many of these tools can save money in the short as well as long-term. At techUK our Digital Citizens Group agreed to examine whether more innovative payment models could be used to increase availability and uptake without short-term cost increases for an already stretched system.</p> <p>We were also joined on the day by Diabetes UK, JDRF and the researchers Dr Roman Hovorka, Dr Anthony Tasker and Dr Helen Murphy. They discussed some of the research they fund - in shrinking technology to make it more consumer friendly; making insulin faster and smarter; and algorithms that could allow tech to more intelligently deliver insulin at the right time.&nbsp;</p> <p>The third session was hosted by people living with type 1 diabetes who are challenging the status quo by adapting their own technology &ndash; creating and sharing their findings in an online community under the moniker #WeAreNotWaiting - including Dana Lewis and Tim Street who helped to organise the event. The session explored the interaction between this kind of technology &ndash; which can have exceptional benefits for its users &ndash; and the confines under which a publicly-funded healthcare system operates.</p> <p>A blog by Partha Kar about the event can be found <a href="">here</a></p> <p>A blog by Tim&nbsp; Street can be found <a href="">here</a></p> <p>A blog by Adrian Long who attended the event can be found <a href="">here</a></p> <p>You can watch the event <a href=";t=4975s">here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Free Policing Insight Trial for techUK Members Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:53:01 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) Policing Insight have offered techUK members free two weeks access and the opportunity to contribute content. <p>Following last’s month’s event <a href="" target="_blank">Police Tech: End User Perspectives</a>, which explored the results of Policing Insight &amp; CoPaCC's recent Police ICT User Survey, I’m delighted to let you know that Policing Insight has offered techUK members a <strong>FREE 2 WEEK TRIAL.</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Policing Insight</a> is a platform for stakeholders in policing and criminal justice to share knowledge, insight and opinion. As well as suppliers, subscribers include police forces, academics, government departments, the Police ICT Company, HMICFRS and the College of Policing who view it as a vital resource to improving service delivery. As well as their recent survey and report on “Police ICT: User Perspectives”, content covers the full width of policing and criminal justice topics including policy, practice, crime and technology. You will have access to articles, reports and a Media Monitor service, a searchable database of news, analysis, opinion and reports from national, local and specialist press as well all the key policing and criminal justice organisations.</p> <p>This offer also includes an opportunity for techUK members to <strong>publish case studies, expert analysis and opinion on the key issues and solutions in policing and criminal justice</strong>. This a real opportunity to increase awareness of your organisation and demonstrate your expertise by sharing your knowledge and insight with a valuable audience of criminal justice stakeholders. If suitable, your article will be published on the Policing Insight website, the weekly newsletter and promoted via our social media channels. The article will include an author and company bio.</p> <p>If you would like to take up the offer of a <strong>free two weeks access and explore the possibility of contributing content, please contact Ian Barrett at <a href=""></a></strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Innovative digital health businesses called on to solve NHS challenges Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:11:56 +0000 CRM Sync SMEs across four UK regions can compete to join innovative regional digital health accelerators, launched for the first time outside of London to help develop and deploy digital solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the NHS. <p>The new scheme builds on the success of the London-based DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, and will launch across three additional locations for the first time today: East Midlands, Manchester, and South West England. Each accelerator will select companies with digital innovations that match NHS needs. The accelerators will ensure that thousands of people benefit from the latest technologies to improve their health and that high potential companies grow faster, supporting economic growth across the regions.</p> <p>Previously, the digital health accelerator initiative had only operated in London, where it has supported the growth of technologies including a smartphone app that slashes A&amp;E waiting&nbsp;times, a digital lifestyle management platform that can reverse type 2 diabetes, and a &ldquo;USB port for the body&rdquo; that can host a bionic limb.</p> <p>Building on this model, the successful SMEs in each new region will receive:</p> <ul><li>One-to-one support from a designated &ldquo;NHS Navigator&rdquo;</li> <li>Specialist training</li> <li>Support with product development</li> <li>Opportunities to meet experts from business, clinical, and government backgrounds</li> <li>Regular opportunities to showcase their products with NHS decision-makers and influencers</li> </ul><p><strong>Juliet Bauer, Chief Digital Officer at NHS England, said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;In its 70th&nbsp;year the NHS continues to support the spread of cutting edge innovation, from championing specific innovations to supporting frontline clinicians to develop their services. This NHS initiative has already provided London patients with access to a range of exciting digital innovations, I look forward to seeing patients from across the country benefit as more companies are supported to bring their innovations into the NHS.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Hannah Harniess, Programme Director at DigitalHealth.London Accelerator, said:</strong> &ldquo;When SMEs with fantastic products can&rsquo;t access the NHS, it is patients that miss out. We&rsquo;ve seen time and time again that digital technologies can make a major difference and help the NHS save resource &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s slashing waiting times in A&amp;E or helping people to manage long term conditions and live healthier lives. By taking our successful model to four new locations across the country, we know we&rsquo;ll meet even more incredible companies with innovative products that can help the NHS.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Elliott Engers, CEO of DigitalHealth.London company Infinity Health, said: </strong>&ldquo;Being a member of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator has been an extremely valuable experience for us. As a direct result of the programme we have had the opportunity to meet with senior NHS stakeholders in London. Additionally, we have had the privilege of working with the most experienced health economists and researchers in the country, allowing us to better understand the impact Infinity has on clinical practice and the research methodology necessary to develop a robust evidence-base for our core product.&rdquo;</p> <p><a name="_Hlk506466943">The existing London-based programme has worked with 61 companies and provided 600 hours of support, helped secure 27 research collaborations, and supported companies to launch 25 new products. Additionally, alumni have secured more than &pound;15M in funding, and 12 NHS contracts*.</a></p> <p>Companies interested in taking part should apply at: <a href=""></a></p> <p>*data correct on 15 February 2018.</p> New Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund AI Opportunity Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:27:00 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Members have until 18th April to raise interest in getting involved. <p>We want to raise with members the latest announcement from UK Research and Innovation regarding the&nbsp;<a href="">Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Wave 3</a> opportunity. UK Research and Innovation is currently inviting expressions of interest (EoI) from industry led consortiums to identify the next wave of challenges to be supported under the <a href="">Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF)</a>. Partner organisations in a consortium can be other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities, but the EoI must be industry-led.</p> <p>The aim of this open EoI is to identify the main challenges faced by industry and society in the UK and the level of demand for innovation funding in order to address them. Challenges must be business led, and solving them must offer tangible benefits in terms of productivity and economic growth. Proposals will be required to identify the challenge and explain what the impact would be if it were solved as well as provide evidence of strong industry demand for funding and identify what market opportunities a solution would create. EoI should also relate to least one of the 4 ‘grand challenges’ identified in the government’s <a href="">Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future</a>, published in November 2017.</p> <p>While this is not a competition for funding this is an opportunity for industry to express an interest in helping to identify challenges to be supported in future waves of the ISCF. For challenges to be chosen there must be evidence of interest from across industry and the research base.</p> <p>Industry has until 12pm on 18th April to submit expressions of interest which should include an estimate of the amount of funding required to address the challenge in question. Once the expression of interest process has closed, UK Research and Innovation will select a shortlist of challenges. Funding for these will be made available through competitions beginning in 2019.</p> <p>Further details on this opportunity can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>If you would more information about this opportunity you can contact the Innovate UK helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email at <a href=""></a>.</p> Guest note: NHS ERS booking message Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:08:37 +0000 CRM Sync Notice from NHS Digital of change to the date value in the NHS ERS booking message <p>Due to a large number of requests from the NHS, the NHS e-Referral Service (e-RS) Programme has been in investigating how the information about the &lsquo;e-RS Pathway Start Date&rsquo; can be seamlessly integrated into Patient Administration Systems to support more accurate capture of the Referral To Treatment (RTT) clock start.&nbsp; We are pleased to announce that there will shortly be a solution that will allow provider systems to receive and utilise the &lsquo;e-RS Pathway Start&rsquo; date without any changes to their current integration with the NHS e-Referral Service.</p> <p>Currently, when a booking is received, the majority of Patient Administration Systems derive the RTT clock start as the date and time that the booking message is received as there is no specific RTT data sent in the message.&nbsp; Due to how e-RS is now used, the date of a booking message is not always the correct RTT start date if the referral (UBRN) has been through any type of Assessment Service or resulted in an Appointment Slot Issue (ASI).&nbsp; Therefore the e-RS Programme has explored how to pass the information about the &lsquo;e-RS Pathway Start Date&rsquo; by re-purposing the &lsquo;Date of decision to Refer&rsquo; date field in the booking message (this date is not widely used) and sending the &lsquo;e-RS Pathway Start Date&rsquo; in its place.&nbsp; Once this information is passed in the booking message, Patient Administration Systems will have the option to start consuming this new date information passed in the message instead of deriving the clock start from the booking date. This change to replace the &lsquo;Date of Decision to Refer&rsquo; date with the &lsquo;e-RS Pathway Start Date&rsquo; is due to take place in either the April or May 2018 release of e-RS.</p> <p>Once this change is live, provider systems will be able to amend their current processing of new bookings to record the accurate RTT date.</p> <p>Please note that as this is just a change to an existing date field, which is known to be not widely used, no partner testing will be undertaken. If any suppliers have any questions they can contact the e-RS Programme team via: <a href=""></a></p> New Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund AI Opportunity Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync Members have until 18th April to raise interest in getting involved. <p class="x_MsoNormal">We want to raise with members the latest announcement from UK Research and Innovation regarding the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Wave 3&nbsp;</a>opportunity. UK Research and Innovation is currently inviting expressions of interest (EoI) from industry led consortiums to identify the next wave of challenges to be supported under the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund</a>&nbsp;(ISCF).&nbsp;&nbsp;Partner organisations in a consortium can be other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities, but the EoI must be industry-led.&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">The aim of this open EoI is to identify the main challenges faced by industry and society in the UK&nbsp;as well as the demand for innovation funding in order to address them. Challenges must&nbsp;be business led, and solving them must offer tangible benefits in terms of productivity and economic growth.&nbsp;Proposals will be required to identify the challenge and explain what the impact would be if it were solved. Additionally, it must&nbsp;provide evidence of strong industry demand for funding and identify what market opportunities a solution would create. EoI&nbsp;should also relate to least one of the 4 &lsquo;grand challenges&rsquo; identified in the government&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future</a>, published in November 2017.</p> <p>While this is not a competition for funding, this is an opportunity for industry to express an interest in helping to identify challenges to be supported in future waves of the ISCF. For challenges to be chosen there must be evidence of interest from across industry and the research base.&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Industry has until 12pm on 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;April to submit expressions of interest,</span> which should include an estimate of the amount of funding required to address the challenge in question. Once the expression of interest process has closed, UK Research and Innovation will select a shortlist of challenges. Funding for these will be made available through competitions beginning in 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">Further details on this opportunity can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p class="x_MsoNormal">If you would more information about this opportunity you can&nbsp;contact the Innovate UK helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Responds to Spring Statement Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:44:13 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker responds to the Chancellor's Spring Statement. <h3>Commenting on the Chancellor's Spring Statement, techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker said:</h3> <p>“The forecasts show that the UK is coming to the end of the Government’s deficit reduction strategy. But many businesses will be concerned that the UK is forecast to grow more slowly than many competing economies around the world. As a result, we need to stay focused on maintaining digital investment to drive productivity and growth.</p> <p>“In a speech that was intentionally thin on new fiscal announcements, we welcome the Chancellor’s measures on tech and innovation, in particular, encouraging cashless and digital payments. We look forward to reviewing proposals to make it easier for businesses to deal with VAT on online sales. The announcement of the first 50 per cent of money allocated in the November Budget for the rollout of broadband shows ongoing commitment to concrete steps towards the delivery of improved digital infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>On digital taxation</strong></p> <p>“The decision to provide more detail about Government plans on tax and the digital economy is welcome given the concerns voiced by industry. This is a highly complex issue and it is important that Government takes into account the risk of unintended consequences that could result from moving to a revenue-based tax approach. However, it remains the case that international cooperation and coordination are key. Unilateral action in this area continues to risk cutting across international efforts at the OECD.</p> <p><strong>On departmental Brexit allocations</strong></p> <p>“It’s clear that Government Departments need to be fully resourced to cope with the complexities of Brexit. Additional funding for HMRC, the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are particularly significant in building capacity to ensure we meet key Brexit demands on data flows, and the movement of both goods and people.</p> <p><strong>On skills</strong></p> <p>“techUK supports the decision to provide £50 million to help employers roll out T-levels. T-Levels can have a positive impact on improving digital skills. However, they won’t be successful unless businesses of all sizes have the capacity to engage effectively in their delivery. The announcement of support for SMEs struggling to deliver the Apprenticeship Levy is also welcome news. Small tech businesses with higher than average salaries are more likely to be caught in the Levy and need real support to deliver effective apprenticeship programmes. However, there remains an urgent need for significant reform of the Levy to provide the flexibility necessary to close the digital skills gap.</p> <p>“Today’s statement is a notable break from the raft of eye catching changes found in full budget statements of the past. At a time when businesses are focused on dealing with Brexit and a range of other demands, the focus is rightly on delivery. But it is crucial that stability does not equal complacency. The UK tech sector needs a strong UK economy, and that must remain the focus of every part of Government.”</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><em>For press enquiries, please contact:</em></p> Businesses key to closing cyber security perception gap Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:25:57 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) New report A Call To Action: The Cyber Aware Perception Gap. <p>A disparity between how the public view cyber crime and the reality of the threat is putting individuals and businesses at increasing risk, according to the Government’s <a href="">Cyber Aware</a> campaign.</p> <p>Its new report A Call To Action: The Cyber Aware Perception Gap identifies the three key myths preventing people adopting behaviours that could protect them in an increasingly digitised and connected world: that cyber crime isn’t ‘real crime’; that it ‘won’t happen to me’; and that there’s ‘nothing I can do about it’.</p> <p>Cyber Aware is calling on businesses of all sizes to take the lead by educating staff, clients and customers about the very real risks of cyber crime and what can be done to help prevent it.</p> <p>Speaking with ‘one voice’ to encourage simple and consistent behaviours as advised by the Cyber Aware campaign, like using a strong, separate password for your email account and always installing the latest software and app updates, is critical. These are small, simple and solutions-focused actions which make a big difference in building the UK’s resilience to the cyber threat.</p> <p>The full report can be viewed <a href="">here</a>.</p> techUK heads to Strasbourg to talk Copyright reform Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:53:52 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Copyright reforms continue to be discussed in Europe and techUK wants to make sure the reforms are fit for our digital future. <p>This week techUK is in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament is meeting for its plenary session, to continue raising its concerns about the direction of the proposed Copyright directive. The copyright directive is a key part of the EU’s Digital Single Market initiative however the reforms in their current form have the potential to damage the future of the European digital economy.</p> <p>With the reforms currently being discussed by both the European Parliament and the European Council, where the Bulgarian presidency has recently published its own version of the reforms, techUK is going to be in Strasbourg to meet with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to highlight our key concerns on this DSM file. techUK is teaming up with <a href="">EDiMA </a>and <a href="">CCIA </a>to demonstrate the cross-cutting nature of our concerns.</p> <p>The key areas techUK will be raising with MEPs will be provisions around the future of text and data mining, additional rights for press publishers and user-uploaded filtering requirements. techUK has already made its views on these issues clear, for example in its <a href="insights/news/item/9825-techuk-responds-to-proposed-eu-copyright-reform">response to the UK Intellectual Property Office’s call for views on the proposed directive</a>.</p> <p>techUK looks forward to engaging with MEPs on the file and to help ensure the reforms harness Europe’s future digital economy, not hinder it.</p> <p><em>For more information about techUK’s work on Copyright and Intellectual Property please contact Jeremy Lilley.</em></p> RTS for strong customer authentication published Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:38:17 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Official Journal publication of EBA/RTS sets final date for application. <p>The Regulated Technical Standards for strong customer authentication under the Payment Services Directive has now been published in the Official Journal. There is no change to the text already published by the Commission.</p> <p>The full text is <a href=";from=EN">here.</a></p> <p>The rules apply 18 months from the date of OJ publication - this is therfore 14 September 2019.</p> <p>Paragraphs 3 and 5 of Article 30 (relating to the six month testing period for a dedicated interface) will apply earlier -&nbsp; in exactly one year, from 14 March 2019.</p> Data Science in Policing: Call for Insights Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:27:49 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) Members are invited to contribute insights to inform the development of data science and analytics platform capability across UK policing. <h3>techUK, working with Vigilant Research and the National Police Chief’s Council Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) programme, invites members to contribute insights in answer to the following questions, to inform the development of data science and analytics platform capability across UK policing.<strong><br /></strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Companies who submit answers to this call will then be invited to participate in a roundtable discussion to discuss the issues in more depth.</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Context</strong></p> <p>Policing needs improved data science and analytics capacity in many – if not all – of its operations. There are plausible and urgent opportunities locally, regionally and nationally, with partners and other agencies, for front-line digital investigation and intelligence, to manage demand and resource, for mainstream policing and for specialist capabilities.</p> <p>Choosing the right model for harnessing data science expertise in a mature enterprise is tough enough. Centralised hubs foster cross-functional expertise and consolidated platforms; capacity aligned to individual business units may have a greater understanding of organisational goals. Various models, from centres of excellence to federation, allow businesses to steer a middle path. But this challenge in the police service is exacerbated by its structural complexity, and the breadth of the smarter data requirement.</p> <p>Policing’s decisions on how to structure and deploy data science resource will have a major impact on their choices of technology platforms, affecting data ingestion and warehousing assets as well as analytics and visualisation tools. <strong>The object of the current research is to ensure that these technology consequences are considered at the outset, with implications for cost, efficiency and the growth of data science capability taken into account.</strong></p> <p>The tech community is invited to <strong>submit written answers to the attached questions to inform the current research project.</strong> Feel free to answer all, or only a selection, of the questions; you may want to submit a recent white paper or case study which you feel is relevant to the topic. Insight papers would still be very welcome if they have been written with other verticals or a generalist enterprise audience in mind.</p> <p>If you submit answers to this call you may be invited to participate in a workshop in early April with <strong>DCS Paul Keasey (National Digital Investigation and Intelligence Programme Lead) and Stephen Roberts (Director, Vigilant Research) to discuss the issues in more detail.</strong></p> <p>Findings from this exercise will guide and inform NPCC NDII target operating model development, and will be published under the Digital Policing Review banner, for circulation to chief officers and the police technology community through NPCC and NPTC channels. techUK members working with police forces, and participants in the research, will also have access to the findings.</p> <p><strong>Please return your answers by CoP on 20 March.</strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> FDM everywoman Tech Awards – Videos From Inspiring People Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:55:16 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Watch attendees of the FDM everywoman Tech Awards answer questions about how we should #PressforProgress. <p><img src="images/assets/iwd_570px.jpg" alt="iwd 570px" width="570" height="343" style="margin: 5px auto; display: block;" /></p> <p>To finish this week’s blog series in which we have raised awareness around the diversity and inclusion issues facing the tech sector, we wanted to bring you some videos from some inspiring women and men from the FDM everywoman Tech Awards.</p> <p>In the videos, attendees from the awards ceremony gave their expert answers to questions around how we can continue to #PressforProgress.</p> <h3>What's your number one piece of advice as we #PressforProgress?</h3> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><strong><em>Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager at Google.</em></strong></p> <p>WINNER – Woman of the Year</p> <p>Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager at Google, based in San Francisco. Marily’s contribution to the UK technology industry is invaluable. She pursued a PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College London, where she founded the first Women in Computing Group. She also founded London Geekettes, a global platform connecting over 2,000 female innovators in technology and has personally mentored over 1,000 women. Her work at Google impacts millions of people, launching voice recognition technologies across all European, Middle Eastern and African languages.</p> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Gayathri Mohan, Sopra Steria.</strong></em></p> <p>WINNER - International Inspiration Award - Sponsored by Aviva</p> <p>Gayathri Mohan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sopra Steria, from Chennai, India. Gayathri is Managing Trustee of Sopra Steria India Foundation which now supports over 75,000 children a year, predominantly from poor backgrounds with limited IT education options. Her Sopra Steria India Foundation Graduate Scholarship Scheme has seen 463 students graduate including 193 engineers and three doctors.</p> <h3>What can employers do to #PressforProgress?</h3> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Siki Fuller, founder, Miribure</p> <h3>How do we get more men involved in #PressforProgress?</h3> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Russ Shaw, Founder, Tech London Advocates &amp; Global Tech Advocates.</strong> </em></p> <p>WINNER – Male Agent of Change Award</p> <p>Tech London Advocates is now an unrivalled community of over 5,000 leaders, united to form the most influential group in tech. Russ affects change through working groups, which tackle topics of the industry such as immigration, women in tech and LGBT concerns. He is part of the recently launched Digital Skills Partnership, championing a stronger female talent pipeline and development opportunities.</p> <h3>How do we #PressforProgress?</h3> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Kimberly Norris, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin &amp; Pilot Officer, RAF Air Cadets, from Portsmouth.</strong> </em></p> <p>WINNER – Rising Star Award – Sponsored by T-Systems.</p> <p>Kimberley Norris, Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin &amp; Pilot Officer, RAF Air Cadets, from Portsmouth. At the Royal Navy Maritime Capability Office, she has worked on some of the most challenging programmes including unmanned technology and has led various out-of-work activities devoted to the advancement of women in technology. Kim is also a Pilot Officer with the RAF Air Cadets, volunteering as a STEM ambassador across multiple Squadrons.</p> <h3>What are the key skills young females should study?</h3> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Mivy James, Head of Consulting, National Security, BAE Systems.</strong> </em></p> <h3>Are you optimistic about the future of work?</h3> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p><em><strong>Mehwish Hussain, Business Graduate at ReAssure.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>FDM Group is the proud sponsor of <a href="annual-dinner">techUK’s Annual Dinner 2018</a></strong></em></p> <p><em>To see more posts like this, <a href="">please visit the campaign week landing page</a>.</em></p> What makes a 'good' Digital Board? Opportunity for Members Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:28:07 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) We are looking for members to contribute to a project aimed at Local Governments' digital leadership. <blockquote>Applications to join the Working Group for techUK's cross-programme project to unpack what makes a 'good' Digital Board are open!</blockquote> <p>A significant aspect of techUK’s Smart City work for 2018 is focused on the practical steps to deliver smart city solutions at the local level. Key to this will be driving demand side maturity for adopting smart city applications and solutions, supporting local authorities to build capacity as the implementers of these initiatives across the UK.</p> <p>The Smart Cities &amp; Communities work stream of the SmarterUK programme, in conjunction with the Local Government programme is undertaking a project to outline what makes a ‘good’ Digital Board – specifically regarding the suggested make-up and terms. The output of this project will be a practical and action-oriented paper.</p> <p>techUK members will have an opportunity to join the Working Group - the primary provider of information for the report which will be written by techUK. If this opportunity is of interest to you, please send a short expression of interest including your name, role title and interest or relation to the project to Jessica Russell. We will send out confirmation of the Working Group shortly after.</p> <p>The Workshop will take place at techUK on Tuesday 08 May, from 10am-12pm.</p> <p>The report will be validated by an Advisory Group, made up of stakeholders from local authorities around the UK, and will be launched in May.</p> What makes a 'good' Digital Board? Opportunity for Members Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync Opportunity for Members to contribute to a project at improving demand-side maturity in Local Government. <p><strong>Applications to join the Working Group for techUK's cross-programme project to unpack what makes a 'good' Digital Board are open!</strong></p> <p>A significant aspect of techUK&rsquo;s Smart City work for 2018 is focused on the practical steps to deliver smart city solutions at the local level. Key to this will be driving demand side maturity for adopting smart city applications and solutions, supporting local authorities to build capacity as the implementers of these initiatives across the UK.</p> <p>The Smart Cities &amp; Communities work stream of the SmarterUK programme, in conjunction with the&nbsp;<a href="">Local Government programme</a>&nbsp;is undertaking a project to outline what makes a &lsquo;good&rsquo; Digital Board &ndash; specifically regarding the suggested make-up and terms. The output of this project will be a practical and action-oriented paper.</p> <p>techUK members will have an opportunity to join the Working Group - the primary provider of information for the report which will be written by techUK. If this opportunity is of interest to you,&nbsp;<strong>please send a short expression of interest including your name, role title and interest or relation to the project to&nbsp;Jessica Russell</strong>. We will send out confirmation of the Working Group shortly after.</p> <p>The Workshop will take place at techUK on Tuesday 08 May, from 10am-12pm.</p> <p>The report will be validated by an Advisory Group, made up of stakeholders from local authorities around the UK, and will be launched in May.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Augmented Intelligence Infinity Awards – Call for entries Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:53:37 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) The MOD/BT Infinty Awards will be held on the 24th April 2018. MOD/BT are keen to ensure there are as many entries as possible, spanning a wide range of industry companies. <p><span style="color: #00a668; font-size: 26px;">The MOD/BT Infinty Awards will be held on the 24th April 2018. MOD/BT are keen to ensure there are as many entries as possible, spanning a wide range of industry companies. More information appears below.</span></p> <p><strong>Could your ideas enhance and scale human expertise?</strong></p> <p>Augmented Intelligence can enhance human judgement and turn data into insight. It’s often the start of breakthrough discoveries that can change the way we live. We’ve teamed up with the Cabinet Office and TechHub to find small businesses with big Augmented Intelligence ideas for public services, defence and retail.</p> <p><strong>Digital Public Services</strong></p> <p>Have you got an idea that can transform public services? It could be internal, with civil service or public sector teams. External, with citizens and service users. Or even both.</p> <p><strong>Digital Defence Enablement</strong></p> <p>Could your idea help a commander and their staff better plan an operation? Could it help them visualise and test the impact of decisions before they act? Or even assess their manoeuvres in real time?</p> <p><strong>Digital Retail</strong></p> <p>Could your idea better connect us with customers and make for a more personalised retail experience? Could it drive operational transformation, whether it’s inventory management, warehousing or in-store analytics? Or even use online engagement to drive in-store sales?</p> <p>You don’t have to have any previous experience in these sectors. But we do need big ideas from small companies and solutions that can be applied to these challenges.</p> <p><strong>Three winners will receive:</strong></p> <ul> <li>A £10,000 cash prize</li> <li>Six months of support from BT</li> <li>A six-month TechHub Flex membership</li> </ul> <p>To get involved, <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <p>You’ll need to fill in the application form, shoot a short video, and submit by Monday 12th March 2018.</p> February ISS Industry Engagement Day Update Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:52:45 +0000 Seema Patel(techUK) Following last month’s ISS industry Engagement Day and the Innovation Challenge set by the ISS Team, techUK will be accepting submissions from industry. <p>On the 16th February 2018, techUK hosted the ISS team for the first Industry Engagement Day of the year.</p> <p>This page contains the full slide deck and more information on the Innovation Challenge set by ISS.</p> <p>We were delighted to welcome Charles Forte, CIO, MOD in his third week in the role. He underlined his desire to have MOD and industry operating as one team. He urged industry to embrace “diversity and inclusion” as a means of capturing innovative thinking and asked for input in identifying and removing challenges companies face when doing business with MOD.</p> <p>Following this were a series of presentations from the ISS leadership team. The full agenda was as follows:</p> <p>09:30 - 10:00, Registration<br />10:00 - 10:30, Welcome and Moving Forward, Martin Elliot<br />10:30 - 10:45, Welcome and Introduction from new CIO, Charles Forte<br />10:45 - 11:15, Design Strategic Direction, Martin Elliot<br />11:15 - 11:45, Overview of Programme from Develop, David Lynam<br />11:45 - 12:15, Upcoming and Commercial Activites, Richard Jefferys<br />12:15 - 12:45, Strategic Direction of Operational Challenges, Danny Wootton<br />12:45 - 13:00, Q &amp; A Session, Martin Elliot<br />13:00 - 13:30, Networking Lunch<br />13:30 - 14:30, Innovation Challenge Launch, Danny Wootton and Mike Feltham<br />14:30, Close</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Innovation Challenge</strong></p> <p>ISS also outlined their latest Innovation Challenge to industry, focused on the challenges of adopting and deploying IoT devices within MOD at scale and cost effectively.</p> <p>All the relevant information can be found in the slide deck attached.</p> <p>All responses will be confidential and only shared with the ISS team.</p> <p>We are currently undergoing a migration to a new CRM system which means the usual Defence Portal is out of action, so for the next few weeks we will be accepting these submission by email. We will then collate and forward on to the ISS team.</p> <p>techUK will be accepting submissions from Industry. Please download the below form and send to&nbsp;<a href="">Charlie Wyatt</a>.</p> 5 Spaces Available on Transport Steering Board Tue, 06 Mar 2018 16:26:04 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Opportunity to join the Steering Board for SmarterUK's Transport Workstream. <blockquote>techUK’s Transport Workstream is pleased to be able to offer 5 spaces on the Steering Board for 2018 to our members.</blockquote> <p>The Transport Steering Board provides strategic direction for the programme, guiding and overseeing the workstream activities, as well as providing insight into market development and engagement activities. <strong>Members of the Steering Board will also sit on the SmarterUK Advisory Council</strong>, which links up the Transport, Smart Cities and Smart Energy workstreams that fall under SmarterUK, techUK’s smart infrastructure initiative.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2018, the Transport work programme will focus on preparing for the future of transport by working with members and stakeholders to ensure the policy and regulatory environment in which our members operate is capable of supporting and driving innovation in the transport sector.</p> <p>If you&nbsp;or someone from your organisation is interested in holding a position on our Transport Steering Board, we would like to hear from you! <strong>Please send a short expression of interest including your name, role title and interest or relation to the position to&nbsp;<a href="">Jessica Russell</a> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">by noon Thursday 15 March</span>.</strong> If you have any questions in the meantime, please do feel free to contact Jessica.</p> <p>Don’t miss out on this opportunity to work more closely with techUK’s Transport Workstream.</p> <p>The Steering Board meets twice a year, with the next Board Meeting coming up on Wednesday 4 April 2018. Please note that we do need the members of our Steering Boards to commit to attending these (either in person or dialing in), so there is some time commitment involved.</p> <p>We look forward to hearing from you!</p> techUK Members Help Inform the Development of the Smart London Plan Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:59:05 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) techUK hosted London CDO, Theo Blackwell, as part of the Listening Exercise on how data and technology can improve public services and fuel innovation <p>On 27 February techUK was delighted to host London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, as part of the launch of the Mayor of London’s Listening Exercise for a new <a href="insights/news/item/12179-london-cdo-announces-listening-exercise-to-inform-a-new-smart-london-plan">Smart London Plan.</a></p> <p>The new Smart London Plan will show how data and digital technologies can be used to meet the Mayor’s commitments for a future, inclusive London in his mayoral strategies and the London Plan. It is also call to the tech community on what can be done to ensure better digital collaboration across London's boroughs and public services, better data-sharing, improved connectivity and digital skills, and to ensure that technology is designed around citizens’ needs. As part of the Listening Exercise Theo was keen to learn how innovation from data can be truly mobilised by public services in partnership with London’s world class tech communities. As well as asking what steps can we take to shape delivery so London can become be the global home to data innovation and artificial intelligence to boost growth and help make London a better place to live, work and visit.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/IMG_5805_002.JPG" alt="IMG 5805 002" width="640" height="480" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>‘Coalition of the Willing’</strong></p> <p>Before gathering the views of the audience Theo Blackwell provided an update on his latest priorities and more context on the Smart London plan. To stay ahead of the technology curve, rather than follow it, Theo explained that a Smarter London needs new city-wide collaboration between public institutions, utilities, our world-class creative, scientific research and tech communities by and for Londoners. As part of this he will be publishing a robust work plan on world class connectivity and working with London Councils and the boroughs to build a ‘coalition of the willing’ to strengthen collaboration, sharing of best practice and capacity building across London’s local public services.</p> <p><strong>Data Economy</strong></p> <p>Theo stressed that we need a discussion around data that is different to the one we already have. Furthermore, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an opportunity to build a greater sense of trust and capability around data.</p> <p>By 2030 the vision is London will have taken advantage of having a large data economy and seen as a leading AI city, with London boroughs and the NHS leaders in data.</p> <p><strong>Key Points from the Tech Community</strong></p> <p>After the briefing from Theo the tech industry were able to share their views, experiences and case studies on the following questions:</p> <ul> <li>What is your experience of developing or scaling innovative services with London’s government and public agencies?</li> <li>What challenges have you encountered?</li> <li>What solutions suggest support collaboration between the tech sector and public services better?</li> </ul> <p>The common themes included:</p> <p><em>Procuring better</em></p> <p>- Creating the environment where councils are able to articulate the problem first and pose the right questions to suppliers</p> <p>- Helping councils make the most of existing frameworks such as G-Cloud</p> <p><em>New models of working</em></p> <p>- Moving away from business case culture</p> <p><em>Growing GovTech Eco-system</em></p> <p>- Removing barriers to new entrants wanting to enter the local government market</p> <p><strong>Further Information &amp; How to Get Involved</strong></p> <p>You can still share your feedback and case studies via the following means:</p> <p>See Theo’s long read about the Smart London Plan at <a href=""></a></p> <p>LondonExplore more at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Write to City Hall at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Tweet at <a href=";utm_source=emailCampaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=">@LDN_CDO </a>or <a href=";utm_campaign=smart+london+email&amp;utm_source=emailCampaign&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=">#smartlondon</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Plans for G-Cloud 10 Framework Announced Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:16:57 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) New suppliers will be able to join the framework in June 2018 <p>The Cabinet Office has today <a href="">announced that a new iteration G-Cloud will be delivered in June 2018</a>. G-Cloud 10 will enable new suppliers to be added to the framework, allow existing suppliers to add new services and for prices to be changed.</p> <p><strong>Procuring the Smarter State</strong></p> <p>In the recently published <a href="">Procuring the Smarter State</a> report techUK outlined how procurement can act as a tool for Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and help foster innovation in the supplier community. To achieve this, techUK recommended that frameworks on the Digital Marketplace such as G- Cloud should be expanded by increasing the spend going through frameworks and expanding the number of non-Whitehall parts of the public sector using the system - with a focus on local authorities and government agencies.</p> <p>Encouraging new suppliers and new services through the Digital Marketplace will be key to achieving the transformation outlined in the Government Transformation Strategy, and to deliver <a href="civil-servants-survey/main_findings">smarter services</a>. As highlighted at a recent techUK directors briefing with the Crown Commercial Service, feedback from GovTech suppliers was broadly positive about the engagement on the Digital Marketplace frameworks. However a number of suppliers highlighted concern regarding the proposed extension of G- Cloud 9 for up to 12 months, and the negative impact this will have on new suppliers wanting to provide to the public sector. This issue has now been addressed through the re-let of the G-Cloud framework.</p> <p>Commenting on the G- Cloud 10 announcement, Rob Driver Head of Public Sector at techUK said:</p> <p><em>“The announcement of the G- Cloud 10 Framework should be welcomed as it allows new innovative providers to work with government, enables new services to be provided and is an opportunity to engage with the wider public sector to make use of the framework. It also demonstrates that the Cabinet Office has listened to and acted on the concerns of the UK GovTech market regarding the extension of G- Cloud 9.”</em></p> <p><em>“I would encourage GovTech providers interested in finding out more to join techUK and the Crown Commercial Service on the 20 March at our <a href="">Digital Marketplace Meetup</a> where we can go into more detail on what this means for the UK GovTech market. This will also be an opportunity to flesh out how GovTech suppliers can work with Government to continually improve the G- Cloud platform and make it scalable and more flexible, enabling more framework services and improved supplier functionality.”</em></p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="">techUK Digital Marketplace Meetup</a></p> <p><a href="">Procuring the Smarter State</a></p> Tech Pioneer Jacqueline de Rojas to Co-Chair New Institute of Coding Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:05:00 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK president appointed as the industry co-chair for the new Institute of Coding, bringing together industry and academia to address the UK’s digital skills gap. <p>Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, President of techUK, has been appointed as the industry co-chair of the Governance Board for the newly established Institute of Coding, which brings together industry and academia in a co-ordinated effort to address the UK’s digital skills gap.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Copy_of_Photo_7_Fade_Portrait_.jpg" alt="Copy of Photo 7 Fade Portrait " width="3781" height="5674" /></p> <p>A UK technology pioneer and business advisor, Jacqueline will bring to bear her considerable skills, expertise and profile to help the Institute of Coding reduce the UK’s digital skills shortage and attract more people from underrepresented groups into the digital and technology sectors.</p> <p>Jacqueline de Rojas said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as co-chair of the Institute of Coding and look forward to working with industry and academia.</p> <p>“I’m passionate about the digital and tech sectors and diversity and inclusion, and I see a great opportunity through the IoC to make a genuine difference in the UK.</p> <p>“Operating at the interface between industry and educators sets the Institute apart and offers the chance to address the digital skills shortage in a ground-breaking, collaborative, way. Meeting that skills challenge is crucial to the UK’s future success.”</p> <p>Jacqueline joins Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor &amp; Provost at the University of Bath, as the co-chair of the Institute. In her role as co-chair, she will set the standards for the institute, offer her insight and advice in its direction and champion the institute in the UK technology and digital sectors.</p> <p>The Institute of Coding was established in January with £20M from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and more than £20M of matched funding from partners to ensure that employers and learners across the UK can access the skills training they need to compete in the global digital economy.</p> <p>Bringing together a unique consortium of 25 universities, national and international corporations, SMEs, industry groups, experts in non-traditional learning and professional bodies, the IoC will deliver a range of accredited courses that include top quality computer science teaching alongside the business skills, interpersonal skills and real-world experience required for success in the digital economy.</p> <p>The Institute will work with outreach and community groups, schools and FE colleges to encourage a larger number of currently underrepresented groups into digital education, in particular seeking to increase the number of women working in the digital sector.</p> <h3>Director of the Institute of Coding, Dr Rachid Hourizi, said:</h3> <p>“I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Jacqueline to the Institute of Coding as co-chair. Her appointment demonstrates the Institute’s commitment to bring industry and academia together to find solutions to the digital skills gap in a way that hasn’t been done before. She is both inspiring and influential in her commitment to promoting and enabling more diverse workforces and is, therefore, the perfect co-chair for this new Institute.</p> <p>“Jacqueline’s skills, reputation and guidance will be invaluable to the Institute, she has a fantastic track record leading and mentoring companies as they adopt technology that supports their aims. We are delighted that Jacqueline will bring her considerable knowledge to the project and will ensure that engagement with industry is at the heart of what we do.”</p> <p>The existing strong demand for computer science specialists is set to increase dramatically; more than 500,000 people will be needed to fill highly-skilled roles in the digital sector by 2022, three times the number of UK students graduating from Computer Science programmes in the last 10 years.</p> <p>However the UK faces a digital skills gap, described in the Shadbolt and Wakeham reviews, and acknowledged in the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Within the computing sector, women, people from BME backgrounds, and people returning to work are particularly underrepresented. Women currently represent just four per cent of programmers and software developers.</p> <p>Jacqueline de Rojas is the President of techUK and the chair of the Digital Leaders board. She sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of UK technology business Rightmove plc; on the board of Costain plc, a company committed to solving the nation’s infrastructure problems; and she was recently appointed to the board of the online retailer AO World plc. Jacqueline serves on the government’s Digital Economy Council, is a member of the recently announced post-18 education review panel and is a supporter of the University Technical College in Newcastle.</p> <p>Jacqueline is an advisor to fast moving tech businesses and a business mentor at Bird &amp; Co offering board and executive level coaching, and also advises the board of Accelerate-Her. She is especially delighted to lend her support to the Girlguiding Association for technology transformation.</p> <p>In 2016 she entered the @Computerweekly Hall of Fame after being voted Computer Weekly's Most Influential Woman in IT 2015; she was listed on Debretts 2016 500 People of Influence – Digital &amp; Social and named in Europe’s Inspiring Fifty most inspiring female role models for 2017. She was presented with the 2017 Catherine Variety award for Science and Technology and the 2018 Women in Tech Award for Advocate of the Year acknowledging her contribution to diversity.</p> <p>Jacqueline was awarded a CBE for Services to International Trade in Technology in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2018.</p> <p>Find out more about the Institute of Coding by visiting <a href=""></a></p> <p>For press enquiries, please contact Harri Turnbull</p> International Women's Day Campaign Week Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Throughout the week of 5 - 9 March techUK will be highlighting women in tech to celebrate International Women's Day. <h2>Welcome to techUK’s International Women’s Day campaign week</h2> <p><img width="570" height="343" alt="iwd 570px" src="images/assets/iwd_570px.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This week techUK will be marking International Women’s Day (IWD)&nbsp;with a week-long campaign celebrating the successes of women in tech and raising issues around diversity in the sector.</p> <p>Since last year, we have seen some great steps towards improving gender diversity in the tech sector. One of the most significant was the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s launch of the <a href="">Tech Talent Charter</a>, which is “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>Furthermore, our <a href="returners">Returners Hub</a> has reached the anniversary of its launch. It’s been a great success, but we’re really keen to get more of your returners programmes featured on the Hub. Please do share your programmes and achievements, so that we can continue to help provide the tools that women need when returning to work in the tech sector after career breaks.</p> <p>In order to continue momentum and to raise further awareness throughout this week we will be publishing blogs from the techUK team, as well as guest blogs from our Skills and Diversity Council and other members, on the below themes.</p> <ol> <li>Careers Advice</li> <li>The impact of tech on jobs</li> <li>How do we press for progress?</li> <li>Achieving gender parity</li> <li>The important role of male ambassadors</li> </ol> <p>We would like to invite everyone to participate by sharing your stories, thoughts and concerns by tweeting, using the hashtags #techUKIWD, #IWD2018 and #PressforProgress this week.</p> <p>Stay tuned! We will be posting all the content as and when they go live below.</p> <h3>Monday 5 March - Careers Advice</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: #PressforProgress: Be Bold and Ban ‘Impossible’ From Your Vocabulary</a> by Sheila Flavell, Group Chief Operating Officer, <a href="">FDM Group</a>.</li> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: #PressforProgress: Carving a Path One Step at a Time</a> by Amanda Cooper, <a href="">Thales Group UK</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Tuesday 6 March - How do we press for progress/Role Models</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: Technology Trailblazers - Women Driving Change</a> by Helen de La Rochefoucauld, Accenture.</li> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: How do we #PressforProgress?</a> by Nicky Stewart, UKCloud</li> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: Press for Progress – Let’s Check Our Unconscious Bias First</a> by Sarah Atkinson, Board Member, techUK | Vice Chair Diversity &amp; Skills Council, techUK | Vice President, Communications, CA Technologies</li> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: "There's No Time like the Present to Make a Difference"</a>by Wendy Wareham, Fujitsu.</li> </ul> <h3>Wednesday 7 March - Gender Parity</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: Gender Parity - What is it Really All About?</a>&nbsp;by Narmada Guruswamy, Ernst and Young.</li> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: So You Want to Employ More Women?</a> by Emma Fryer, Associate Director, techUK.</li> <li><a href="">Plenty of Proof That Gender Parity Gives Businesses a Competitive Advantage</a> by&nbsp;Susan Bowen, techUK and Cogeco Peer 1.</li> </ul> <h3>Thursday 8 March&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Why Returners Programmes are Good for Business&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="">One for the Boys... </a>by Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK President.</li> <li><a href="">Guest Blog: Forget Culture, We Need an Infrastructure for Lifelong Learning</a>&nbsp;by Anand Chopra-McGowan, General Assembly London.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Responds to Prime Minister’s Speech on Brexit Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:57:00 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) techUK CEO Julian David responds to Prime Minister's speech on Brexit. <p>Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on the future partnership between the UK and the EU, techUK CEO Julian David said:</p> <p>“We strongly welcome the Prime Minister’s crystal clear commitment on data protection- ensuring the UK maintains our strong level of data protection and goes beyond an adequacy agreement to allow our Information Commissioner to continue to play a role at EU level at developing and shaping future data protection rules. That is the right approach to support the UK’s place as a leading tech economy.</p> <p>“The Prime Minister is also right to say that for the UK to maintain its place at the cutting edge of digital innovation our own regulators must be nimble and creative. By close alignment on key issues like data flows coupled with world-beating regulation here at home, the UK tech sector can thrive. However, it will be critical that mechanisms are in place to support maximum access to the EU and markets around the world for tech developed here in the UK.</p> <p>“techUK also welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitments on alignment and participation in regulatory rules and processes in areas such as chemicals and broadcasting, alongside her recognition of the importance of alignment on delivering agreement for services. These are critically important to the tech sector and the complex supply chains our industry supports.</p> <p>“There are of course still questions to answer and further detail that is needed, for example around the kind of technologies the Government wants to deliver for the border. techUK looks forward to working through this detail to help Government deliver on this plan.</p> <p>“The Prime Minister’s speech set out a pragmatic approach to developing the kind of UK/EU relationship everyone wants to see post-Brexit. She was honest about the challenges and that trade-offs will need to be made. This should draw a line under the political wrangling that has previously gotten in the way of progressing the negotiations. This speech marks a real step forward and techUK hopes that the EU will respond in the same constructive manner.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><em>For all media enquires, please contact</em></p> techUK Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee Announced Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:18:35 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) techUK members have elected the body to steer our work in Policing, Home Affairs, and Justice. <p>Following recent elections, the new members of the techUK Justice &amp; Emergency Services Committee have been announced.</p> <p>The Committee is elected by the members, to represent the supplier community to policing, the Home Office, and the wider justice system.</p> <p>The primary role of the Committee is to represent the tech sector at a high level to Government, and set the strategic direction of techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services programme, contributing to forward planning and ensuring the programme accurately reflects members’ priorities. The 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>The new members of the Committee are:</p> <p><strong>Chair</strong></p> <ul> <li>Allan Fairley, UK Public Safety Managing Director, Accenture</li> </ul> <p><strong>Vice-Chairs</strong></p> <ul> <li>Charlene-Elise Anderson, Justice &amp; Public Safety Manager UK&amp;I, Amazon Web Services UK</li> <li>Mark Goossens,&nbsp;Client Director Home Office &amp; Law Enforcement, IBM UK</li> </ul> <p><strong>JES Management Committee Members</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jon Mottershead, Client Executive, Emergency &amp; Security Services, Atos</li> <li>Helen James, Boeing Defence UK</li> <li>Paul Dixon, Vice President, Home Affairs &amp; Justice, Capgemini Consulting</li> <li>Liz Jones, Partner, Deloitte</li> <li>Raj Singh, CEO, Innotatio Ltd</li> <li>Jim Thompson, Head of Public Safety &amp; National Security, Microsoft UK</li> <li>Robert Leach, Former CEO of the Police ICT Company</li> <li>Peter Davies, Account Lead, Emergency Services &amp; Healthcare, Splunk</li> <li>Julian Anderson, Sales Sector Lead, Thales UK</li> <li>Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory &amp; Policy, Yoti</li> </ul> <p><strong>Allan Fairley, the newly elected Chair of the Committee, said</strong></p> <p>"<em>I am honoured that members have elected me to be chair of techUK’s Justice and Emergency Services Council at what is a crucial time for the sector. We are at a critical inflexion point with extreme financial pressures likely to continue for the long term, making finding alternative delivery models an absolute necessity.</em></p> <p><em>Digital technology will be a key enabler of this, providing solutions which will help us deliver more for less whilst also providing services that citizens are increasingly demanding as the sector tackles the changing nature of crime. My goal will be to bring together industry, police forces and relevant stakeholders to help solve the problem collectively and deliver the transformation we need. We all want the same thing – to keep the country safe, so collaboration is key to making this happen.</em>"</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Elections open for the Data Analytics and AI Leadership Committee Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Voting for the committee is now open for members until 8th March. <p>We have had a brilliant response to the call for nomination for the newly created Data Analytics and AI Leadership Committee. Given the interest in this Committee we have increased the number of spaces on the Committee to 22. Therefore there are 22 spaces available and 37 nominees. Voting is open now and will close on 8th March.</p> <p>Members of the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme group - members that receive the newsletter -&nbsp;should have received an email with details on how to cast your vote. If you have not received this email please contact <a href=""></a> to receive voting instructions.</p> <p>Once the Committee has been appointed, elections for the Chair and Vice-Chair for the Committee will begin and will be chosen by elected members.</p> <p>Good luck to everyone standing.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> A New Comprehensive Customs Union: Labour’s shift in Brexit policy Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:55:38 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) Thomas Goldsmith looks at Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit speech this week and what Labour's new policy would mean for tech. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Monday, <a href="">Jeremy Corbyn set out the Labour Party’s revised position on Brexit</a>. He announced a significant shift in Labour’s position, coming out in favour of negotiating a ‘new comprehensive UK-EU customs union’. The Government has been criticised for wanting to ‘have its cake and eat it’. Labour seems to be pursuing a similar cake-based strategy, although they want to bake the cake with a different recipe. So where would this new approach leave UK tech businesses and how does it differ from the Government’s own negotiating priorities?</p> <p>The customs issue is an important one for the UK tech sector. The techUK commissioned report by Frontier Economics, on T<a href="insights/news/item/10086-the-uk-digital-sectors-after-brexit">he UK Digital Sectors After Brexit</a> found that around half of imports of digital goods are from the EU and a similar percentage of exports flow the other way. The UK’s thriving ecommerce industry and our status as a leading ‘just in time’ economy are both dependent on the quick and low friction exchange of goods across borders. While David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, said last week that the aim was for a future partnership with the EU ‘ensures trade remains as open and frictionless as possible’, there remains real concern that even small delays at the border will have a big economic impact.</p> <p>The challenge facing the Government in the Brexit negotiations is that, if we were to remain in the Customs Union, then the UK would be prevented from doing any unilateral trade deals with non-EU countries. A major benefit of leaving the EU is the ability to sign new FTAs, which could create new benefits for the UK tech industry by opening-up access to markets such as the US or India.</p> <p>That is why the Government’s position, as set out in their Customs White Paper, is to seek to create something as close as possible to a customs union but not to go as far as a customs union (as legally defined) itself. Their aim in doing so it to enable the UK to be able to pursue trade deals. Essentially, the Government is prioritising complete freedom to do trade deals over the desire to have a fully-fledged customs process.</p> <p>Labour’s new policy essentially flips the government’s approach, prioritising the customs union over latitude on trade deals.</p> <p>If you take the view that the bird in the hand is worth two in the bush then this approach does have some benefits. It would ensure that goods crossing the UK/EU border would be able to move freely in much the same way as they currently do (though there may be some further restrictions given that neither Labour nor the Government support remaining in the Single Market). The proposal also offers a clear solution to the Northern Ireland/ Ireland border problem.</p> <p>However, Labour’s policy remains predicated on securing concessions that may not be available in practice. It seems highly unlikely that the EU would accept a customs union deal that allows for future trade deals. That is clearly a decision Labour are content to live with but does mean the opportunities from Brexit would be severely restricted.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Labour also remain keen to secure exemptions for state aid, procurement and the posted workers directive. The European Commission has repeatedly and consistently ruled out any ‘cherry-picking’ and is determined to maintain a level playing field between the EU and the UK.</p> <p>Finally, it’s worth remembering in these discussions that, for tech, even a customs union agreement only goes so far. The immediate risks of reverting to WTO terms for digital goods are not as high as they are for other sectors, the significant impact on ecommerce aside. Tariffs for digital products are very low and are bounded by WTO commitments, in particular the Information Technology Agreement.</p> <p>The real risk from Brexit for tech comes from the impact on services, an area a customs union, however comprehensive, does nothing to address. 81 per cent of digital sector exports are in services, which represents 46 per cent of total UK services exports. These could be faced with a range of non-tariff barriers with audio-visual and media services, financial services and data flows the most vulnerable digital sectors. Here Corbyn’s call to remain part of EU agencies, when it is in the UK interest, is a positive position and reflects what techUK has called for in terms of regulatory involvement such as OFCOM’s participation in BEREC. However, the proposal Labour has set out in reality matches the direction of travel from the Government who also recognise the value in UK regulators continuing to have a seat at the table on EU regulations affecting the UK.</p> <p>What impact Jeremy Corbyn’s intervention will have is unclear, but one thing certainly is – the time for final decisions is swiftly approaching and it will soon become evident where the real red lines are. The sooner the UK’s future customs relationship is agreed with the EU, in whatever form it will be, the sooner businesses will be able to understand the full potential impact of Brexit.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Response to Jeremy Corbyn Brexit Speech Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:25:32 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK's Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, responds to Leader of the Opposition's speech where he confirmed Labour were committed to staying in a Customs Union. <blockquote>Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on Britain after Brexit, where he committed Labour to staying in a customs union with the EU, Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, said:</blockquote> <p>“This is a significant shift from the Labour Leader and one that gives helpful clarity to the Labour Party’s position on the UK’s future trading relationship with Europe. techUK agrees that it would be in the interests of the wider economy if a new customs union could be created with the EU post-Brexit. This would ensure that modern businesses with complex supply chains do not face costly and highly disruptive delays at the border. For tech businesses supporting e-commerce or dependent on just-in-time logistics, seamless access to and from the EU for goods is an imperative.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson</p> Tackling Transition: What is the UK Proposing for the Brexit Transition Period? Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:04:48 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) techUK's Head of Policy for EU Exit, Giles Derrington, looks at whether the UK's amendments to the EU's proposals on the transition deal give more clarity to business. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Last week, the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) published the <a href="">UK’s response</a> to the <a href="">European Commission’s draft text</a> on what happens post March 2019. Call it ‘transition’ or call it ‘implementation’ the reality is still the same, the UK government is seeking a ‘status quo’ period after Brexit. The UK will no longer be part of the EU but will, for all intents and purposes, remain aligned to its rules and regulations.</p> <p>This is good news. Almost no one now believes that the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU can be agreed and implemented by March 2019. The time required to do everything from negotiating an EU Free Trade Agreement to building new customs systems is limited, and rushing them could create new risks. This period is vital to give businesses the time they need to prepare for the post-Brexit world. It is therefore welcome that both the EU and UK sides of the negotiations are signed up to delivering a transition period.</p> <p>There is still a lot of detail to be determined. The Commission’s proposals, while welcome, raised concerns for the tech sector about how rigid the transition period would be. DExEU’s document seeks to amend the Commission’s proposals, and it’s worth putting the two side-by-side to compare and contrast. For the tech industry there are a number of important changes.</p> <blockquote>Duration</blockquote> <p>First, there is the question of how long the period will actually last. The Commission’s proposals are clear that a transition period should end on 31st December 2020 in line with EU budgetary timescales. Having secured a commitment for the UK to continue to meet expectations under the Current Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) during the first round of negotiations, the Commission suggests that the end of the MFF should mean the end of the status quo.</p> <p>The UK Government is less hard and fast on a date, saying the length should be:</p> <p>“...determined simply by how long it will take to prepare and implement the new processes and new systems that will underpin the future partnership.”</p> <p>There has been a lot of excitement about whether this means the UK is content with an undefined (and therefore potentially indefinite) transition period. However, the paper repeats the government’s position that transition should last ‘around two years’. It stops short of saying the Commission’s proposed date is wrong and instead, simply says that the UK 'wants to explore the evidence base' for the December 2020 timeframe.</p> <p>The UK Government’s challenge to the Commission’s short transition period, is welcome but it is still far from certain that ‘about two years’ will be enough to deliver the complex systems and changes that Brexit will require.</p> <blockquote>UK Involvement in EU Decision Making</blockquote> <p>Both the UK and the EU agree that, during transition, the UK will have to follow existing EU law and, most importantly, abide by new law created and implemented by the EU during that time. This includes a number of changes likely to affect UK tech businesses, for example, European Electronics Communications Code, the new ePrivacy Regulation and potential changes rules surrounding e-commerce.</p> <p>However, because the UK will no longer be an EU Member State post March 2019, the UK’s role in the European Parliament and on the key regulators will end. This runs the risk of the UK being forced to apply rules over which they have had no say. techUK has consistently said that, post-Brexit, we want to see key UK regulators retain a role within relevant aspects of European decisions making. This can be facilitated by granting UK regulators ‘observer’ status similar to that currently held by Norway. A specified regime facilitating this will be needed during the transition, with a longer-term relationship agreed in the next round of negotiations on the future UK-EU partnership.</p> <p>The EU’s view on this issue has hardened over time. Under pressure from key Member States, the Commission’s proposals for transition say that UK representatives and experts should only be consulted on a ‘case-by-case basis’ as an exception to usual rules. UK regulators invited to meetings of EU regulators would only be there to address specific points on the agenda relating to the UK.</p> <p>The UK Government’s proposals include a far wider role for the UK, with a right to be involved in decisions that affect any EU interest or where it is beneficial for the implementation of EU rules. While this would be a welcome step, it is some way away from the full observer status on all decisions that would give the UK continued influence over some of the big changes underway that will undoubtedly affect global regulatory practises.</p> <blockquote>Existing EU Bilateral trade deals</blockquote> <p>When the UK leaves the EU it also leaves the scope of any bilateral deals the EU has signed. These include Free Trade Deals, for example the Canadian Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and other forms of bilateral agreement, such as the EU/US Privacy Shield that facilitates data flows between the EU and US.</p> <p>These deals will all have to be reconstituted and potentially renegotiated after Brexit. Originally the Government had said it intended to seek to renegotiate EU FTAs with third countries by March 2019. However, in a <a href="">technical note</a> earlier this month they set out an alternative approach whereby the UK remains part of the EU’s existing agreements during the transition. This is a sensible step as it is highly unlikely that bilateral deals could be renegotiated in time.</p> <p>The Commission’s proposals for transition simply state that the UK will be bound by the obligations of agreements that the EU has entered into and that they will not be able to participate in any of the bodies set up under these agreements. The UK’s response seeks to retain the current status quo, benefiting from these international agreements while also participating in the bodies that deliver them.</p> <p>Despite demands of <a href="">some Conservative MPs</a>, the UK’s position does not seek to allow the UK to enter into trade deals on its own accord during the transition. The fact that the Government is accepting of the EUs view on this issue is a positive step as it is likely to prevent significant deadlock in agreeing the transition. Given the time it takes to deliver FTAs it is also a sensible concession as it is highly unlikely the UK could conclude negotiations with other third countries before the end of the transition period.</p> <blockquote>The UK as a Third Country</blockquote> <p>One issue not entirely made clear in either set of position papers is whether the UK will be treated as a true third country or not during transition. While the papers are both clear the UK remains bound by obligations on it, the fact that under the EU’s proposals they will no longer be able to participate in decision making bodies makes the formal status unclear.</p> <p>For the tech industry this is crucial when it comes to data flows. If the UK is a third country, then it would require an adequacy agreement to make clear that UK data protection rules are ‘essentially equivalent’ by March 2019. If the UK is not treated as a full third country, then data flows can continue as now and adequacy could be negotiated during the transition period.</p> <p>It seems highly likely that the intention of the agreement is to keep the UK within the EU’s data protection framework during the transition. Given the lack of time to put any alternative arrangements in place this is the workable option for the tech industry but further clarification is needed from both the UK and the EU.</p> <blockquote>EU Citizens During Transition</blockquote> <p><a href="">Earlier in the year</a>, the Prime Minister said that she would oppose the assumption made in the EU’s position (though not explicitly referred to in their draft text) that the UK would abide by free movement rules during the transition and that those coming to the UK during to transition would be covered by the provisions for ‘settled status’ agreed during the first round of negotiations.</p> <p>However, this demand is conspicuously absent from the UK’s amendments to the EU’s text. There is no reference to EU citizens at all and nothing which suggests that the UK will prevent freedom of movement or any other part of the EU acquis. When challenged on this the Government have said that they still intend for this issue to be subject to the negotiations to come but didn’t want to put up a roadblock to agreement. Given that, as the <a href="">Home Affairs Select Committee </a>have said, the Government is already significantly behind in preparing for a post-Brexit system and “will not cope with last-minute and under-resourced Brexit changes” ahead of next March, continued freedom of movement during the transition appears to be the most pragmatic approach.</p> <p>The one set of changes that both the UK and the EU agree on in their draft texts is on democratic engagement. EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens living in the EU, will no longer have the right to vote or stand in municipal elections during the transition period. Certain rights to petition to the European Parliament will also no longer apply to the UK. Given the highly charged debate over EU citizen’s rights, this may be a source of contention in the future.</p> <blockquote>Next steps</blockquote> <p>The EU and UK’s transition documents are, of course, simply part of the negotiation processes. They will continue to be subject to negotiation with a resolution expected ahead of the EU Council meeting on 22 and 23 March.</p> <p>The priority in all this is to reach an agreement. While many businesses are already pricing a transition period into their Brexit planning, until it is formally agreed there will remain significant uncertainty. Failing to agree by March would not only heighten this uncertainty but would also eat in to the limited time available between March and October to discuss the UK and EU’s future relationship. As ever with Brexit, the clock is very much ticking.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Responds to Proposed Digital Tax Plan Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:40:59 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Comment from techUK in response to the recent Treasury proposals on the taxation of digital businesses, originally reported by the BBC. <p>Commenting on the recent proposals by the Government around the taxation of digital businesses, Giles Derrington, Head of Policy, techUK said:</p> <p>“It is worrying that Ministers are suggesting they will press ahead with these proposals so soon after the consultation closes. techUK and others have been clear in highlighting the significant problems with the Government’s plans and hope that the Treasury will take the time needed to reflect on potentially negative impacts of such a short-sighted proposal.</p> <p>“The Government’s revenue-based digital tax creates a risk for smaller digital businesses. It would make it harder for UK-owned companies to turn a profit, grow and employ more people, and put them at a disadvantage against already established players in the market. The plan also risks treating companies offering similar services differently based on whether they exist on or offline. This could create perverse incentives and hamper the growth of the UK’s digital economy. The Chancellor has been clear that the success of the whole UK economy will rely on the tech sector continuing to grow - these proposals risk undermining that growth.</p> <p>“The tech sector recognises the need for the tax system to evolve to deal with large multinational digital businesses, but this work can and must be done at an international level through the OECD. The UK creating its own quick-fix solutions will cut across international efforts and hamper the opportunity for a long-term solution that ensures that all countries receive an equitable distribution of tax from the tech sector.”</p> techUK responds to Government proposals on Brexit transition Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:59:20 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, looks at the UK Government's proposal on what the period post March 2019 should look like. <p>Commenting on the Department for Exiting the European Union’s proposals for the Brexit transition or implementation period, Antony Walker, deputy CEO said:</p> <p>“These proposals would help to provide further clarity to business. The UK Government is right to say that the length of transition should be based on how long it will take to implement new post-Brexit processes, not arbitrary dates. Building processes such as new customs systems will take time and cannot be rushed without creating new risks. The final length of the transition must be based on evidence, not on political expediency. However, we remain sceptical that a period of around two years is long enough to deliver the complex changes needed to properly deliver Brexit.</p> <p>“techUK welcomes the UK Government’s position that UK experts and regulators should be able to continue to engage in EU policy making during the transition process. It is critical that the UK has a proper say in rules that will affect UK businesses. As the biggest tech sector in Europe, UK expertise in issues such as data protection and telecoms regulation are rightly recognised as valuable to the whole of the European tech economy.</p> <p>“The proposals also give further clarification around EU bilateral agreements with third countries. Making absolutely clear that the UK will remain within the EU/ US Privacy Shield and wider EU data protection regime is important to ensure that there is no cliff edge to free flows of data between the UK, EU and the USA in March 2019.</p> <p>“Tech is at the cutting-edge of innovation and cannot wait around for two years of further uncertainty. We hope that the UK and the EU will now quickly agree the terms of the transition period so that businesses can focus on the job of building the economy of tomorrow.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Jacqueline de Rojas Joins Panel for Independent Review into Post-18 Education Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:41:52 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK president appointed to panel by Prime Minister investigating choices between technical, vocational and academic routes for students in post-18 education <p>Theresa May has launched a major new review into post-18 education which will&nbsp;investigate choices between technical, vocational and academic routes for students. The wide-ranging review will be informed by independent advice from an independent panel from across post-18 education, business and academia including techUK’s president, Jacqueline de Rojas. Chaired by Philip Augar, author and former non-executive director of the Department for Education, the panel will focus on choice, value for money, access and skills provision.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/JDR_NYHL_2018.jpg" alt="JDR NYHL 2018" width="446" height="317" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>On her appointment to the panel, Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK president said:</h3> <p>“Education is key to ensuring all people are able to thrive in the modern economy and I’m delighted to be part of this important review. It is too early to make any comments on the findings but I look forward to working with the panel on this evidence-based review.”</p> <h3>In the Government’s announcement, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:</h3> <p>“Our post-18 education system has many strengths. It has a fantastic global reputation, we have record rates of disadvantaged students going to university and we are transforming technical education so employers have access to the skills they need.</p> <p>“However, with a system where almost all institutions are charging the same price for courses – when some clearly cost more than others and some have higher returns to the student than others – it is right that we ask questions about choice and value for money. We also need to look at the balance between academic study and technical education to ensure there is genuine choice for young people and that we are giving employers access to a highly skilled workforce.”</p> techUK Holds First Immersive Tech Conference on Consumer VR & AR Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:06:48 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) techUK held a conference looking at how VR and AR technologies can revolutonise consumer tech and media. <p>Last week saw the first techUK conference <a href="">looking at the consumer landscape and market for immersive technologies</a>. This is a new area for techUK and we had a great line up of speakers, demonstrations and presentations and we look forward to ding more in this area of technology.</p> <p>The <em>VR &amp; AR: Revolutionising Consumer Tech?</em> conference saw 100 people from across the tech, media, broadcast and creative sectors come together to discuss the consumer propositions for VR and AR, what business models and ecosystem needs to be in place and how to drive adoption among consumers.</p> <p>There were also fantastic presentations looking at the market for VR tech, the vital importance of standards and how it can be featured in the broadcast space. There was also a brilliant presentation of <a href="">The Way Back</a>, a VR experience helping dementia patients and I strongly urge you all to have a look at what they are doing.</p> <p>The presentations can be seen below and a round up of the main points are as follows.</p> <p>The first panel discussed <strong>VR/AR content</strong> and key points were:</p> <ul> <li>Long form narrative storytelling is in a golden period and VR and immersive isn’t good for this type of content.</li> <li>Interaction is the key to content people want, such as games and experiences.</li> <li>AR works best for more passive experiences and is more useful and accessible.</li> <li>Lessons need to be learned from 3D TV – poor quality content killed it off as a consumer proposition.</li> <li>Content creators need to act responsibly and think about the extent people are immersed and what effect it will have on people.</li> <li>On the brand and marketing side, a lot of companies want to do a VR experience, but don’t have a strategic reason why.</li> </ul> <p>On <strong>business models and monetisation </strong>of these new technologies:</p> <ul> <li>Important not to lump AR and VR together as they have different user cases and experiences.</li> <li>A lot of service oriented firms and agencies entering this space don’t appreciate or understand the IP, licensing and rights world that film and TV producers have to deal with.</li> <li>Headset manufacturers and devices are making the most money currently and have become content creators to lure consumers in.</li> <li>A lot of the money for VR/AR content is held by marketing departments so it’s important to make sure you understand those needs.</li> <li>There are significant sums available from Government, InnovateUK, other bodies like Immerse UK as well as from PSBs and brands investing in immersive tech.</li> <li>AR as an accompaniment to physical goods is a great way to differentiate those physical products, so make this proposition to physical gods manufacturers.</li> <li>Whilst this applies to most digital goods, VR/AR apps and experiences can provide accurate digital metrics which help justify business cases to advertisers and commissioners.</li> </ul> <p>The third panel heard from experts on <strong>what ecosystem needs to be created</strong> to develop the UK immersive tech sector into a global leader. Main points from the conversation were:</p> <ul> <li>Standards and interoperability are vital components for tech ecosystems. In VR, this means lens to eye, defined pixels, refresh rates etc.</li> <li>We need ubiquitous cloud and connectivity to be in place as these technologies underpin and enable content delivery over the top.</li> <li>There needs to be a healthy mix of production companies, creatives and post production to be able to work in these formats.</li> <li>SDKs and tools for developers are vital. When the Android developer kit is released, there will be more innovation and apps created.</li> <li>There needs to be an appreciation that an ecosystem for some forms of VR and AR for decades. For example HUDs on aircraft, simulators and many more.</li> <li>Lessons can be learned from how the UK developed other burgeoning tech ecosystems, such as big data and analytics.</li> <li>Challenge is getting the different players in the sector to use common language.</li> </ul> <p>The final panel discussed <strong>how to get consumers on board and drive adoption</strong> of VR and AR and main points were:</p> <ul> <li>The best way to drive adoption is more people trying immersive technologies out and the challenge is to develop a network of cafes, arcades and experiences for people to do so.</li> <li>Gaming is leading the charge in consumer adoption of VR and AR, with more VR devices sold than there are total registered on Steam.</li> <li>There is a chicken and egg situation between hardware and content. Hardware manufacturers can't succeed unless there's rich, high quality experiences and content for people to enjoy.</li> <li>Another challenge is balancing reach of VR content with quality. The best quality immersive experiences require hardware (powerful PCs, high end headsets) most people don't have, so those commissioning often opt for lower quality to maximise reach.</li> <li>Gaming has been the main driver and already more VR devices than registered on Steam</li> <li>New versions of hardware like Oculus, Gear and Vive will drive sales and uptake.</li> <li>We already have AR capable devices in smartphones and 360/VR/AR frequently top app store charts, and is a good gateway to these technologies.</li> </ul> <p>The presentations (with all the speaker information) <a href="images/techUK%20VR%20AR%20SLIDES.pdf">can be seen here</a> or downloaded below and more info can be seen by searching for <a href=";src=typd" title=";src=typd">#techUKVRAR</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Responds to Product Safety Inquiry Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:57:08 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) techUK has responded to MPs on product safety and recalls, by calling for a single portal for registrations and reaffirming the importance of CE marking <blockquote>techUK responded to the APPG on Home Electrical Safety inquiry into product recall and the impact of Brexit on product safety and <a href="images/techUK%20Submission%20to%20APPG%20on%20Home%20Electrical%20Safety.pdf">you can read the report here</a>.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>The inquiry has been overtaken by events at BEIS who set up the new Office for Prduct Safety &amp; Standards and we look forward to finding out more detail about this new office.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the report we outline some specific challenges to product safety and key points are:</p> <ul> <li>An increasing level of unsafe, non-compliant or counterfeit electrical goods and accessories (like chargers) are coming into the UK.</li> <li>Unsafe and unauthorised repair operations jepoardise consumer safety and product&nbsp; quality.&nbsp;</li> <li>There are safety impacts caused by cuts to Trading Standards officers and their ability to respond.</li> <li>There needs to be a single, independent portal for product registrations that has consumer trust.&nbsp;</li> <li>Retail is probably the most logical place to capture purchase data for registrations and we support the desire for innovation on how this information is captured.</li> <li>The need to understand whether the Data Protection Bill will encourage opting out of data sharing for recall purposes.</li> </ul> <p>The inquiry further asked about the impact of Brexit on product safety and we make the following points:</p> <ul> <li>Leaving the CE marking regime will impact product safety and the ability of Market Surveillance Authorities to act.</li> <li>Leaving the Customs Union means it will be harder to send goods and spare parts around the EU for centralised repair. This could see more unauthorised and unsafe repairs.</li> <li>How will BEIS and others co-operate internationally on portals like RAPEX and international recalls?</li> <li>The UK needs to keep pace with the EU on product legislation so UK consumers aren't exposed to risks EU citizens are not.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The full report can be read below.</p> Sponsorship Opportunities | National Strategic Summit Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:18:06 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) This event will focus on delivering health and care in a digital age. <blockquote>Delivering Health and Care in a Digital Age | 27 March 2018</blockquote> <p>In partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners and with the support of NHS Providers, the LGA is planning a National Summit which will focus on delivering health and care in a digital age. This will bring senior leaders together from across health and care and focus on how system wide challenges are being addressed using digital and data.</p> <p>There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available, download the PDF file for full details or contact&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> techUK Comments on David Davis' Brexit Speech in Vienna Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:53:25 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Commitment to maintaining regulatory standards welcome but businesses eager for more detail and practical progress <h3>Responding to David Davis’ speech today in Vienna, Antony Walker, techUK deputy CEO, said:</h3> <p>“We welcome David Davis’ commitment to maintaining high regulatory standards after the UK's departure from the EU. Tech businesses have been clear that they want the UK to maintain parity with the EU in key areas like data protection and electronic standards. It is in the interests of both tech businesses and their consumers that the UK maintains high regulatory standards after Brexit. Being aligned with the EU in these key areas will be essential for enabling UK firms to trade and compete fairly for business across Europe."</p> <p>“To influence future rule setting by the EU, the UK is going to have to lead by example. That means demonstrating that we are getting the balance right in terms of regulatory approaches that build trust and support innovation. The creation of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is a good example of where the UK is forward looking and engaging in the global conversation on how the use of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be governed.</p> <p>“It is encouraging to see the Secretary of State recognise the benefits of continued cooperation with the EU on regulation and that he will be seeking ongoing involvement for UK regulators based on a strong commitment to maintaining high standards. However, delivery of his agenda will require realism on the practical compromises that will need to be struck with the EU. It remains hard to see how we can maintain full cooperation on regulations and standards without some mechanism to engage with the European Court of Justice. This is a welcome speech, but businesses are eager to see more detail and practical progress.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Is staying online costing the earth? Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:24:47 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) New report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change explores energy and carbon impact of the ICT sector. <p>Digital technologies offer the UK a remarkable opportunity to decouple economic growth from carbon emissions, but more work needs to be done to ensure that the transition to a digital economy is a sustainable one, <a href="" target="_blank">a new report</a> from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Climate Change, spearheaded by Antoinette Sandbach MP and Danial Zeichner MP, concludes today. techUK staff and members joined academics, NGOs and researchers on the steering group for the report.</p> <p>It is a thoughtful and objective contribution to the debate. Rather than taking a cheapshot aim at data centres or smartphones, as we have seen in the past, the report takes a systems view and identifies areas where significant energy savings could be reaped with the right data, information, incentives and leadership.</p> <p>The report acknowledges the vital role of new digital technologies in helping to combat climate change, as <a href="insights/reports/item/11723-techuk-report-outlines-how-tech-can-enable-carbon-reductions-reduce-uk" target="_blank">indeed techUK did last year</a>, citing opportunities in transport, urban planning, industry and the energy system itself. It has been estimated that ICT solutions have the potential to enable a reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions of up to 15.3% by 2030.</p> <p>But it flags some important issues. While current estimates suggest ICT accounts for 3.6% of global energy use and 1.4% of global carbon emissions. But these are just estimates. And they vary. And actual measurements and data on energy use are limited.</p> <p>Furthermore, there remains a lot of uncertainty about the future, particularly beyond the next five years, specifically regarding which technologies will take off and the extent that industry can continue to balance rising demand with energy efficiency measures.</p> <p>The report recommends that government should commit to collating available data on energy consumption in the sector, identifying gaps and measuring the energy use that is still unknown. Only with the right expertise and correct data can government consider a whole systems approach to identifying the life cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions of the sector, the report says.</p> <p>Furthermore, that emissions related to the sector are not confined to national boundaries. It argues that the UK must continue to work with the International Energy Agency and the G20 to drive a global discussion and action on this issue.</p> <p>In the meantime, government can play a leadership role as it moves to digital by default. The report suggests that the Digital Service Standards for digital public services should include a criterion for energy efficiency by design.</p> <p>At techUK, as well as continuing to work to highlight the carbon abatement and energy efficiency opportunities of digital technologies, we look forward to making a substantive contribution to ongoing work to understand the carbon impact of the internet.</p> <p>At the moment we only have part of the picture: for instance the UK is the first country to collect and publish robust data on the aggregate energy consumption of its commercial data centre sector but there is a lot of work to do before we can confidently provide figures for the activity that remains in-house. The pattern of knowledge is similar across the wider ICT sector, so we will continue to work with other stakeholders to fill in the gaps.</p> #DigitalDevolution - West Midlands Mayor to Appoint a Chief Digital Officer Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:49:38 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) Metro mayor Andy Street is seeking a CDO to help spearhead a ‘digital revolution’ in the West Midlands <p>West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has put digital at the forefront of his agenda, from having a dedicated digital manifesto during his campaign to securing a second devolution deal committing to a number of key digital initiatives to help transform public services and strengthen the digital eco-system. To deliver his vision of bringing the West Midlands digital revolution to fruition, the Mayor is seeking to appoint a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) for the city region.</p> <p>The appointment of a CDO who reports directly to the Mayor is a welcome move and something techUK called for in its ‘<a href="insights/reports/item/10665-digital-devolution">Digital Devolution: A Guide for Mayors.’</a></p> <p>The new role has been created as part of the Mayor’s Digital Strategy. The purpose of this strategy is to deliver prosperity across the West Midlands, by driving and supporting digital innovation and deployment that will impact all sectors and institutions across the region’s 18 local authorities and 4 local enterprise partnerships.</p> <p>The CDO will be tasked with leading digitisation and technology initiatives across four key areas.</p> <p><strong>1. Digital Strategy:</strong> Work with Andy Street and the WMCA Digital Board to create and deliver the digital strategy for the region and act as senior digital advisor to the Mayor.</p> <p><strong>2. Digital Government:</strong> Drive and enable innovation and digital delivery through leveraging data, innovation challenges, and collaboration.</p> <p><strong>3. Digital Infrastructure:</strong> Increase coverage, performance and innovation to build a super connected region.</p> <p><strong>4. Digital Funding:</strong> Secure significant investment from both the private and public sector, including devolved government funds for our region, to enable this digital strategy.</p> <p>The notice states that the successful candidate will keep ahead of technology trends, and clearly demonstrate an ability to develop influential relationships, collaborative partnerships and lead projects to successful completion. More details can be found <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=SocialSignIn">here.</a></p> Informed Solutions win Global Merit Award for Emerging Digital Solutions Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:45:18 +0000 Alice Jackson(techUK) techUK Member Informed Solution wins the Merit Award for Emerging Digital Solutions at the Global IT Excellence Awards at the World IT Congress in Hyderabad, India <blockquote>techUK congratulates <a href="">Informed Solutions </a>on achieving&nbsp;a Merit Award for Emerging Digital Solutions at the Global IT Excellence Awards at the World IT Congress in Hyderabad, India.The technology consultancy is being recognised for its pioneering approach to building new digital operations across government.&nbsp;</blockquote> <h3>Commenting on being recognised at this year’s global technology awards, Informed Solutions’ UK Chief Executive Officer Seth Finegan said it was an honour:</h3> <p>“To receive global recognition for the work we’ve done in improving government services is a fantastic achievement. This is a phenomenal event that brings together everyone from Prime Ministers to Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen. As the premier international ICT forum, it’s often referred to as the ‘Olympics of the IT industry’ and we’re extremely proud to be on the podium.”</p> <h3>Julian David, the Chief Executive Officer at techUK, added his congratulations:</h3> <p>“techUK is delighted to congratulate Informed Solutions on its Global ICT Excellence Merit Award. Their work on improving the delivery of public services to all citizens is a tremendously important area of digital transformation as budgets are squeezed and demands increase. This is an example of digital technology being a force for good, allowing people to access complex public services more easily and generating measurable improvements in welfare, social and economic outcomes.”</p> <h3>Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, said:</h3> <p>“Pioneering Northern businesses such as Informed Solutions are receiving the international recognition they deserve at the Global ICT Excellence Awards while showing the UK, and the whole world, why the Northern Powerhouse is at the forefront of digital technology and innovation.”</p> <p><img src="images/assets/WITSA.jpg" alt="WITSA" width="800" height="600" style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The awards took place at the same time as the Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to India. A mission that techUK supports aiming to increase technology exports to India in areas such as data analytics and SaaS, communication, cloud and IoT.&nbsp;India is forecast to progress to become the second largest market for IT by the end of 2018 making it a key market for UK businesses to consider.</p> <h3>Commenting on Informed Solutions being the only British representative at the event, Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK said:</h3> <p>“As we enter a post-Brexit world, companies such as Informed Solutions provide a great example of British innovative companies building on their UK successes with international expansion,” he said. “I congratulate them on the award and look forward to seeing them continue to lead UK tech innovation into new global markets.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Responds to Prime Minister's Security Speech Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:59:24 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK's CEO responds to the Prime Minister's speech on a continued law enforcement relationship with the EU post-Brexit <p>Commenting on the Prime Minister's speech about the UK's future security relationship with the EU post-Brexit, Julian David, techUK CEO, said:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>"The Prime Minister is right that nothing within the complex Brexit negotiations should be allowed to stand in the way of the security cooperation needed to keep people safe. We need a close partnership to tackle the threats we face, from global terror, to drug trafficking to increasing cyber security challenges.</em></p> <p><em>"Critical to delivering this partnership is securing cross border data sharing between law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies. It is very welcome that the Prime Minister was so clear on the importance of data sharing. Many of the threats we face do not recognise national borders, so it is in the manifest interests of both the UK and the rest of the EU that these agencies are able to share information on threats across borders quickly and efficiently but this requires the U.K. and EU to develop a robust legal basis for cross-border data exchange between agencies, to replace current frameworks.</em></p> <p><em>"It was also helpful for the Prime Minister to take this opportunity to reaffirm the Government's committment to seek ongoing cooperation and alignment with the EU on data protection matters, with a continued role for the ICO in the future. We are glad to hear that the Government is ready to begin work on this with the Commission now. This work will be crucial to ensure businesses have clarity and certinaity that the UK's position as a global hub for data flows continues.</em></p> <p><em>"It is also positive that the Prime Minister made reference to the value of future cooperation in EU space programmes. The U.K. has played a leading role in the development of Galileo and Copernicus programmes but current concerns around security are already making it harder for UK space and satellite businesses to participate. This issue urgently needs to be agreed so that UK scientific expertise can continue to engage with European allies."</em></p> <p><em>"With the clock ticking, urgent consideration must now be given to formulating the kind of partnership the Prime Minister has outlined, in particular to ensure that data and information can be shared between agencies with a sound legal underpinning. Information sharing with our European allies increases the safety and security of us all."</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson</p> JSaRC Update Feb 2018 – Security and Policing Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:32:29 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) A work programme update for industry from the Home Office's Joint Security and Resilience Centre. This week's update focusses on the upcoming Security & Policing expo. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC. 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 focusses on the upcoming Security &amp; Policing&nbsp; expo.</p> <p>Members can download the update below.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Get Nominating - 2018 Public Sector Paperless Awards Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:32:20 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) techUK is pleased to support this years Public Sector Paperless Awards celebrating public sector transformation <p>techUK are pleased to announce our partnership with GovNewsDirect for the <a href="">2018 Public Sector Paperless Awards</a> at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on the 19th July 2018.</p> <p>The awards have built on the success of last year and has seen more entries than ever proving that the public sector are making massive strides in digital transformation within the public sector. We will be supporting digital progression and are once again joining this year’s judging panel, to recognise and reward best practice and digital advancement.</p> <p>This year in acknowledgement of the changing technological climate, GovNewsDirect have added five new categories, making the total number of awards up for grabs 15:</p> <ul> <li>Best Use of a Digital Solution – Technology Partner Award (new)</li> <li>Big Data Project of the Year (new)</li> <li>Data and Information Security Project of the Year (new)</li> <li>RPA and AI Project of the Year (new)</li> <li>Best Small-Scale Digital Application / Project (new)</li> <li>Management and Culture Project of the Year</li> <li>Process and Workflow Project of the Year</li> <li>Most Flexible Digital System of the Year</li> <li>Best Customer Experience</li> <li>Best Digital Document Management</li> <li>Best Use of E-Forms</li> <li>Paperlite Project of the Year</li> <li>Efficiency Savings Project of the Year</li> <li>Special Recognition Award</li> <li>Going Paperless Project of the Year</li> </ul> <p>Nominations are due by the 16th February 2018. Shortlisted projects will be announced on the 29th March 2018.</p> Innovation Challenge - Belgium - Electricity forecasting technology Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:22:52 +0000 Simon Spier (techUK) The winner of this start-up challenge can win a proof-of-concept worth €20 000. <p>A grid operator is looking for companies that supply technology to improve electricity generation and consumption forecasts.</p> <p>You should be a start-up company that is developing solutions based on:</p> <p>- big data<br />- blockchains<br />- predictive analysis<br />- artificial intelligence</p> <p>Your concept, solution or technology will be evaluated by the company through a competitive challenge.</p> <p>The company has significant expertise in managing electricity grids, both in Belgium and Germany.</p> <p><strong>Proposals can be registered until 25 March 2018.</strong></p> <p>Participation is free of charge and proposals can be delivered in English.</p> <p>Submit your expression of interest to the Department for International Trade team in Belgium.</p> <p>All submissions will be reviewed and you will be notified of any potential next steps.</p> <p>You can only submit a proposal if you are a UK registered company.</p> <p>For further information and to submit your proposal - please click <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Time to put a cap on it Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:41:11 +0000 Matthew Evans(techUK) BEIS Select Committee report recommends swift implementation of an absolute energy price cap <p>The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee have now published their <a href="">report into the Government's proposed price cap</a>&nbsp;proposals currently before Parliament in the shape of the 'Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill'.&nbsp;</p> <p>This legislation proposes an absolute price cap with an aim to reduce the price that customers on standard or default tariffs are charged, with a sunset clause of 2023 at the latest.</p> <p>The BEIS Committee fully supports the Government's proposal and paints a damming view of the energy market, describing it as being two-tiered in nature and one that does not deliver fair or effective competition.&nbsp;</p> <p>In particular the Committee cited the overwhelming evidence that SVTs affect vulnerable customers the most, with over 83% of people in social housing, 75% of those on low incomes, 73% with no qualifications and 74% of disabled customers on such tariffs. The Committee noted that suppliers themselves struggle to identify vulnerable customers and that Government could do more to assist them so that those customers can be directed to support schemes and propose an amendment to the Digital Economy Act to allow for increased data sharing.</p> <p>In backing the Government’s approach, the Committee cite the example of Northern Ireland in which a price cap has protected vulnerable consumers, but still allowed for price differential and meaningful competition. Indeed the Committee believe that the Government should aim to push the Bill through before the summer so that it can come into effect in time for winter.</p> <p>In terms of duration and level of the cap, the Committee approves of the 2023 sunset clause with an annual review from 2020. Setting the level of the cap is to be left to Ofgem with a review every 6 months in order to reflect suppliers costs.</p> <p>In summary the report indicates that if the Government wishes to press ahead with the price cap, there will be little opposition to such an approach. Of course this addresses a key symptom but not the root cause of our energy challenge as we seek to transition to a smarter, more flexible power system. We will be continuing to focus on this transition and how we can introduce more innovation into the energy sector throughout this year.&nbsp;</p> techUK Responds to Boris Johnson's Brexit Speech Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:44:20 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) Alignment with the EU is an asset to tech innovation - techUK responds to Boris Johnson speech <blockquote>Commenting on Boris Johnson’s speech on Brexit, where he said that only by ‘taking back control’ of our laws can UK business have the freedom to innovate, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</blockquote> <p>“UK tech businesses are at the forefront of global digital innovation. They know that alignment with the EU on key issues such as data protection, electronics standards and research partnerships makes the UK more competitive not less.</p> <p>“Post-Brexit the UK can be a true global hub for tech, acting as a bridge between the EU and other markets like the USA and China. But this opportunity requires us to have easy access to the Single Market. We do not make the UK more attractive to the rest of the world by putting barriers in the way of trade with our biggest market. Whilst there may be areas where the UK wants to diverge from EU rules in the future, these are likely to be limited as the gains from divergence would have to outweigh the very significant benefits of having alignment with our closest trading partner. Regulatory alignment on key issues like data protection does not inhibit the ability of UK firms to innovate or trade with the rest of the word.</p> <p>“The Government is on the right path when it comes to issues such as data protection, where it is pursuing close EU alignment. The UK’s leading innovative tech businesses and our trading allies around the world want us to maintain that course. Alignment will always require trade-offs, but we should treat our regulatory partnership with the EU as an asset, not a liability to our post-Brexit future.”</p> <p>For press enquiries please contact Alice Jackson</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Future Transport Report Launch – London Assembly Transport Committee Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:03:16 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Transport Committee launches Future Transport Report – How is London responding to technological innovation? <blockquote>"The opportunity to improve mobility for millions of Londoners is there and we have to take it" - Transport Committee new Future Transport launched.</blockquote> <p>London Assembly’s Transport Committee yesterday launched its <a href="">Future Transport report</a>, which aims to understand how technological advances in the sector will affect the travel of Londoners and how the London transport network is responding to technological innovation.</p> <p>The report is expected to assist the Mayor and TfL in planning and monitoring as it <strong>considers challenges that will accompany the increased use of three key technologies</strong>:</p> <ol> <li>Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – impacts on road use, mobility and accessibility, impacts for buses</li> <li>App-based services – opportunities for demand-responsive transport systems (such as dockless bikes and buses) to provide cost effective alternatives to cars, need for a regulatory regime, data sharing potential</li> <li>Drones – understanding the scale of drone use, role in freight, planning thus far is not advanced</li> </ol> <p><strong>Eight recommendations</strong> are provided for the consideration of the Mayor and TfL:</p> <ol> <li>TfL should establish an advisory panel that has input to and oversees the work of the Transport Innovation Directorate.</li> <li>Mayor and TfL should produce an update to their car club strategy regarding how to embed car sharing in the context of CAVs.</li> <li>The Mayor and TfL should consider the potential development and impact of automomous bus technology.</li> <li>TfL and London Boroughs should consider the introduction of a London-wide licensing regime for dockless cycle hire.</li> <li>Discussions between the Mayor, TfL, boroughs, operators and the Government to develop a regulatory regime for demand-responsive bus services.</li> <li>TfL should continue to make its data open for third parties, but seek reciprocal agreements.</li> <li>The Mayor and TfL should seek to understand the likely scale and impact of drone use (airborne and ground-based).</li> <li>TfL and the Mayor should proactively engage with Government, boroughs, drone industry actors, National Air Traffic Services and other relevant stakeholders regarding the future control system for drones in London.</li> </ol> <p>The panellists at the launch included Keith Prince AM, Chairman of the <a href="">Transport Committee</a>, Michael Hurwitz from <a href="">TfL</a>, David Wong of <a href="">SMMT</a>, Lembit Opik from <a href="">Starship Technologies</a> and Dr Debbie Hopkins, Lecturer in <a href="">Transport Studies at University of Oxford</a>.</p> Future Transport Report Launch - London Assembly Transport Committee Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync Transport Committee launches Future Transport Report - How is London responding to technological innovation? <p><strong>"The opportunity to improve mobility for millions of Londoners is there and we have to take it" - Transport Committee new Future Transport launched.</strong></p> <p>London Assembly&rsquo;s Transport Committee yesterday launched its&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Future Transport report</a>, which aims to understand how technological advances in the sector will affect the travel of Londoners and how the London transport network is responding to technological innovation.</p> <p>The report is expected to assist the Mayor and TfL in planning and monitoring as it&nbsp;<strong>considers challenges that will accompany the increased use of three key technologies</strong>:</p> <ol><li>Connected and Autonomous Vehicles &ndash; impacts on road use, mobility and accessibility, impacts for buses</li> <li>App-based services &ndash; opportunities for demand-responsive transport systems (such as dockless bikes and buses) to provide cost effective alternatives to cars, need for a regulatory regime, data sharing potential</li> <li>Drones &ndash; understanding the scale of drone use, role in freight, planning thus far is not advanced</li> </ol><p><strong>Eight recommendations</strong>&nbsp;are provided for the consideration of the Mayor and TfL:</p> <ol><li>TfL should establish an advisory panel that has input to and oversees the work of the Transport Innovation Directorate.</li> <li>Mayor and TfL should produce an update to their car club strategy regarding how to embed car sharing in the context of CAVs.</li> <li>The Mayor and TfL should consider the potential development and impact of automomous bus technology.</li> <li>TfL and London Boroughs should consider the introduction of a London-wide licensing regime for dockless cycle hire.</li> <li>Discussions between the Mayor, TfL, boroughs, operators and the Government to develop a regulatory regime for demand-responsive bus services.</li> <li>TfL should continue to make its data open for third parties, but seek reciprocal agreements.</li> <li>The Mayor and TfL should seek to understand the likely scale and impact of drone use (airborne and ground-based).</li> <li>TfL and the Mayor should proactively engage with Government, boroughs, drone industry actors, National Air Traffic Services and other relevant stakeholders regarding the future control system for drones in London.</li> </ol><p>The panellists at the launch included Keith Prince AM, Chairman of the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Transport Committee</a>, Michael Hurwitz from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TfL</a>, David Wong of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">SMMT</a>, Lembit Opik from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Starship Technologies</a>&nbsp;and Dr Debbie Hopkins, Lecturer in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Transport Studies at University of Oxford</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> New Central Government Council Members Announced Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:07:32 +0000 Rob Driver(techUK) techUK are delighted to announce the new Council members that will lead our central Government programme. <p>techUK is delighted to announce the new Council members that will lead our Central Government Programme.</p> <p><br />The Central Government Council brings together leaders from across the tech industry and will deliver an ambitious programme of activity between techUK and central government.</p> <p><br />The overall aims of the Central Government Council are to:</p> <p><br />• Promote better engagement between the tech sector and Government to support civil servants deliver the Government Transformation Strategy and Industrial Strategy<br />• Provide leadership and support on techUK’s campaigns and projects to reform public sector procurement<br />• Promote and evangelise the transformative role tech can play in public services</p> <p><br />Tom McCann, Central Government Director, Sopra Steria and Chair of the Central Government Council commented:</p> <p><br /><em>“A huge thank you to all of the techUK members who nominated themselves for the Central Government Council. We have an ambitious programme of activity planned for 2018 to continue to promote better engagement between the tech sector and Government and evangelise the transformative role tech can play in public services. I look forward to working together to support central government departments and agencies as they transform the UK’s public services and also connect tech companies large and small with Government.”</em></p> <p><br />The full Central Government Council members are:</p> <p><br />• Tom McCann, Central Government Director, Sopra Steria (Chair)<br />• Lee Murray, Director, Triangulate Distribution (Vice Chair)<br />• Aingaran Pillai, CEO &amp; Founder, Zaizi<br />• Seth Finegan, UK CEO, Informed Solutions<br />• Mark Hall, Public Sector Director, Redcentric<br />• John Newton, Head of Strategy, Fujitsu<br />• Chris Gledhill, Managing Director, PDMS<br />• Danielle Perfect, Commercial Lead, PWC<br />• Bob Pickles, Head of Corporate &amp; Government Affairs, Canon<br />• Neal Craig, Director- Consulting, Deloitte<br />• Alex Slater, Head of Public Sector, Capgemini<br />• Chris Farthing, Managing Director, Advice Cloud<br />• Stephen Golding, Business Development Director, CenturyLink<br />• Sara Bowden, Public Sector Manager, CDW<br />• Roy Wood, Managing Director, Advanced<br />• Jenny Mulholland, Public Sector Account Manager, Softwire<br />• Andy Tait, Head of Public Sector Strategy, VMware<br />• Nicky Stewart, Commercial Director, UKCloud<br />• Harry Metcalfe, Managing Director, DXW<br />• Vikki Archer, Head of Public Sector, Cyberark</p> Dumping Diesel - Johnson calls for end of diesel-only trains Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:03:01 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Transport Minister Jo Johnson looks to make 2040 the end of diesel-only trains alongside the end of petrol and diesel car sales. <blockquote>Jo Johnson sets 2040 deadline for diesel-only trains on UK railways.</blockquote> <p>The Clean Growth Strategy tallied another win yesterday as <a href="">Jo Johnson made his first speech as Transport Minister at the British Museum</a>,&nbsp;in which he called for diesel-only trains to be phased out under a new vision that aims to decarbonize the nation’s railway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. Johnson said it was time “to end our reliance on fossil fuels” and “clean up transport emissions”.</p> <p>2040 is now set to be the year by which the sale of petrol and diesel cars, and the operation of diesel-only trains, ends. “If that seems like an ambitious goal, it should be and I make no apology for that.” An ambitious goal indeed, but the focus on hydrogen is somewhat unsurprising, given that “total electrification of our tracks is unlikely to be the only or most cost-effective way to secure these environmental benefits”, a concept well demonstrated by the scrapping of the Cardiff to Swansea, Midland Mainline and Lake District line electrification efforts mid-last year.</p> <p>Mr. Johnson asserted that bi-mode trains will work as “bridging technology” until we have other low emission technologies. Rail industry actors have been tasked with developing the vision for how they will support decarbonization efforts, with Mr. Johnson expecting “the industry to report back by the autumn.” The RIA have acknowledged the challenge, but believe it is one that the industry is capable of and willing to accept. Modernising and decarbonising efforts will also be accompanied by environmental performance targets for each rail franchise.</p> <p>Wrapping up his speech, Mr. Johnson expressed his optimism about the opportunity that the rail sector has to create a cleaner, greener transport system for the UK.</p> Energising Tomorrow's World: 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:18:33 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) The fourth annual everywoman in Tech Forum: Energising Tomorrow’s World took place at London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. <p>This inspirational all-day event welcomed over 400 delagates including entrepreneurs, innovators and senior figures from international organisations such as SAP, SSE, Lloyds Banking Group, T-Systems, Vocalink, BAE Systems and Accenture, as well as supporting partners techUK and Atos. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive masterclasses, delegates explored pressing topics shaping the current tech landscape, including how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is shaping the future of work, diversity and inclusion in technology, reverse mentoring and women reshaping the IoT World.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/everywoman_in_tech_forum_020.jpg" alt="everywoman in tech forum 020" width="620" height="383" /></p> <p><strong>Key themes that emerged from the event included:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Human skills such as empathy, adaptability and emotional intelligence will be an advantage to women in the workplace as AI and machine learning develops further</li> <li>How there are now more opportunities than ever for women wanting to work in the technology industry - both on the technical side and in creative roles</li> <li>The need for senior women working within the technology industry to act as role models in order to inspire the next generation of female talent</li> <li>How education is crucial to ensuring diversity in the technology industry – from encouraging young girls to study STEM subjects, to ongoing mentoring programmes within businesses</li> <li>How by alleviating mundane and repetitive tasks, AI and automation will actually enable people to become more human, by giving back time for creativity, conversation and human interaction</li> </ul> <p>A further 1500 delegates from across the globe – in countries such as Poland, India, Germany, Austria, Scotland and Northern Ireland – joined the forum through a live stream, supported by streaming partners Alexander Mann Solutions, Women in Business, BP, Fujitsu, FDM and Tesco. These delegates also had access to - a web-based platform allowing them to interactively participate in the programme.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/everywoman_in_tech_forum_032.jpg" alt="everywoman in tech forum 032" width="640" height="427" /></p> <p>Opening the Forum were <strong>everywoman Co-Founders Karen Gill MBE and Maxine Benson MBE</strong>, who introduced <strong>Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder of CognitionX</strong> - a market intelligence platform that simplifies complex information surrounding AI, making it accessible and easy to understand.</p> <p>In her keynote speech, Tabitha addressed the opportunities AI presents in the workplace, particularly for women. As machines can’t be programmed to understand essential emotions such as empathy, human skills will become even more important in theworkplace– for understanding customers, developing new products and delivering new services. She also argued that voice activated technology will mean a move away from emails and text, and a return to verbal communication, making this an important skill for those wanting to succeed.</p> <p>Tech industry leader <strong>Melissa Di Donato, Chief Revenue Officer, S/4 HANA Cloud at SAP</strong> gave her insight into what success in the tech industry looks like and how it can be achieved by and for women. Reflecting on her own journey, Melissa championed adaptability as an essential skill as new technology is developed and changes the way we work. She challenged the idea of a linear career ladder, and spoke passionately of how diversity within business is the key to innovation.</p> <p>Melissa advised, “Take risks on people, choose people with different backgrounds – it brings diversity of thought, ideas and viewpoints. We all get the pay back from diversity.”</p> <p>Melissa called for more female role models and mentors to encourage young women to pursue a career in technology, concluding “You can’t be what you can’t see.”</p> <p>In addition to keynote speeches, the event featured a panel discussion on “Women in Tech - Changing the IoT World” featuring <strong>Tania Boler, Founder of Elvie</strong>, and <strong>Elenna Corchero, Founder &amp; Director of Lost Values</strong>, who explored the many opportunities IoT presents. The panel discussed how the spending power of female consumers, which is often overlooked, presents a huge opportunity for women to develop innovative IoT products, spanning wearables, health and virtual assistance.</p> <p>With the rise of AI and automation in the workplace, <strong>Inma Martinez, Venture Partner, Deep Science Ventures &amp; Chief Data Scientist, Right Brain Future</strong> and<strong> Suki Fuller, Founder, Miribure</strong> discussed the human skills that businesses still need from individuals and explored the wide range of roles available to women in the tech industry, outside of core areas of coding and programming - from psychology to anthropology to design.</p> <p>Further sessions around gender dynamics in the workplace were hosted by everywoman experts during a series of breakout Power Hours, which enabled delegates to document eight hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development).</p> <p><a href="">@everywomanUK</a></p> <p><a href="">#ewTechForum</a></p> <p><a href="">#WomenDoTech</a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Dumping Diesel - Johnson calls for end of diesel-only trains Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:00:00 +0000 CRM Sync Transport Minister Jo Johnson looks to make 2040 the end of diesel-only trains alongside the end of petrol and diesel car sales. <p><strong>Jo Johnson sets 2040 deadline for diesel-only trains on UK railways.</strong></p> <p>The Clean Growth Strategy tallied another win yesterday as&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Jo Johnson made his first speech as Transport Minister at the British Museum</a>,&nbsp;in which he called for diesel-only trains to be phased out under a new vision that aims to decarbonize the nation&rsquo;s railway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mr. Johnson said it was time &ldquo;to end our reliance on fossil fuels&rdquo; and &ldquo;clean up transport emissions&rdquo;.</p> <p>2040 is now set to be the year by which the sale of petrol and diesel cars, and the operation of diesel-only trains, ends. &ldquo;If that seems like an ambitious goal, it should be and I make no apology for that.&rdquo; An ambitious goal indeed, but the focus on hydrogen is somewhat unsurprising, given that &ldquo;total electrification of our tracks is unlikely to be the only or most cost-effective way to secure these environmental benefits&rdquo;, a concept well demonstrated by the scrapping of the Cardiff to Swansea, Midland Mainline and Lake District line electrification efforts mid-last year.</p> <p>Mr. Johnson asserted that bi-mode trains will work as &ldquo;bridging technology&rdquo; until we have other low emission technologies. Rail industry actors have been tasked with developing the vision for how they will support decarbonization efforts, with Mr. Johnson expecting &ldquo;the industry to report back by the autumn.&rdquo; The RIA have acknowledged the challenge, but believe it is one that the industry is capable of and willing to accept. Modernising and decarbonising efforts will also be accompanied by environmental performance targets for each rail franchise.</p> <p>Wrapping up his speech, Mr. Johnson expressed his optimism about the opportunity that the rail sector has to create a cleaner, greener transport system for the UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Police ICT Summit 2018 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:27:02 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) This year's Summit focussed on 'Delivering the Future' of policing tech. <p>Addressing the theme 'Delivering the Future', the 2018 Police ICT Summit took place in Hinckley, Leicestershire over the 17 and 18 January. The Police ICT Company teamed up with the National Police Technology Council to bring together hundreds of suppliers and police officers to explore&nbsp;progress in and future directions of delivering tech reform across policing.</p> <p>The agenda was packed, and contained talks from almost every conceivable senior figure involved in police tech. From the Minister for Policing through to the programme teams delivering reform, the audience heard interesting views and updates about the current landscape, and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.</p> <p>The Home Office and police speakers were pleasingly open to talking about shared problems, and shared solutions. The critical importance of tackling challenges together has clearly been embraced by all involved, and change management is also now being given due weight.</p> <p>Beyond the agenda items, the Summit also provided a unique opportunity for police and tech suppliers to come together to discuss issues of mutual interest, forge useful networks, and explore best practice.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">You can see highlights from the Summit here</a>.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> NHS Digital Consultation: GP IT Futures Buying Catalogue Prototype Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:33:22 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) For suppliers interested in helping to shape the development of a digital products and services Buying Catalogue for NHS users <p>NHS Digital has launched a new consultation opportunity you may be interested in.</p> <p>NHS Digital’s GP IT Futures team is looking for feedback from suppliers who are interested in helping to shape the development of a digital products and services Buying Catalogue for NHS users.</p> <p>Following on from successful supplier input at programme engagement events, and in line with Government Digital Services development guidelines, the project has now reached the prototype (wireframe) stage for the supplier onboarding process.</p> <p>The team is seeking feedback on the prototype prior to progressing to the alpha stage.</p> <p>To find out more and complete the survey or to ask any questions refarding this consultation please visit the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Industry Briefings platform</a>.</p> <p>The deadline for responses is <strong>23:59pm Feb 28th.</strong></p> Winners announced at the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:11:29 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Last night, the winners of the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards were announced. <p><img src="images/assets/FDM_everywoman_in_Technology_Awards_-_all_finalists.jpg" alt="FDM everywoman in Technology Awards - all finalists" width="762" height="501" /></p> <p>From a record-breaking number of entries, winners included a woman supporting 70,000 children in India to gain scholarships and valuable IT work experience, a man who was appointed the London Tech Ambassador by the Mayor's Office for his personal investment in gender equality, and a school student who created an innovative app to help address the concerns of the young LGBT community.</p> <p>With the theme <strong>“Inspiring Tomorrow’s World”</strong>, this year’s programme focussed on the importance of nurturing an interest in STEM subjects from a young age. Recent studies show the staggering shortage of female students choosing these subjects, including computer science (17.2% female) and engineering &amp; technology (17% female). This is why, for the past eight years, everywoman has created and showcased successful role models - women working in the technology industry who can inspire the younger generation to follow in their footsteps.</p> <p><strong>The 2018 Woman of the Year is Dr. Marily Nika, Engineering Program Manager at Google</strong>, based in San Francisco. Marily’s contribution to the UK technology industry is invaluable. She pursued a PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College London, where she founded the first Women in Computing Group. She also founded London Geekettes, a global platform connecting over 2,000 female innovators in technology and has personally mentored over 1,000 women. Her work at Google impacts millions of people, launching voice recognition technologies across all European, Middle Eastern and African languages.</p> <p><strong>The 2018 category winners are:</strong></p> <p><strong>Academic Award –</strong> <strong>sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group:</strong> Jeni Brown, Training Manager,<a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjCto2N9u3YAhVPSsAKHXf2BG0QFggsMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw0kJ-_MRMk35CFgdzrDO_wg"> London School of Economics and Political Science</a>, from London. She has contributed greatly to LSE's goal of creating globally employable graduates through an innovative IT training programme. Last year saw a 300% increase in attendance in just two years, making it one of the most successful programmes throughout the entire university.</p> <p><strong>One to Watch Award – sponsored by Computacenter:</strong> Katie Griffiths, Student, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj0zveX9u3YAhVEJcAKHXzvD0MQFghlMAM&amp;;usg=AOvVaw19CCwOGbkR8x0zoBnQGfT5">King Edward VI School</a>, from Stratford-Upon-Avon. 17-year-old Katie created the “I’m Okay” app for teenagers questioning their sexuality and gender. From reading stories about people with similar experiences to understanding LGBT terminology, Katie hopes to remind young people that they are not alone.</p> <p><strong>Apprentice Award - sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch</strong>: Sophie Caffrey, Technical Apprentice, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjopK6j9u3YAhVTe8AKHbDcBXwQFggqMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw18vwEzK53tCkhrOp6KaXkg">Leonardo</a>, from Luton, was inspired to pursue engineering after visiting her first-ever Apprentice Open Day at Leonardo. Sophie’s first complete project as an apprentice – designing a Printed Circuit Board – has since been used on every global trial of this product in 2017.</p> <p><strong>Rising Star Award - sponsored by T-Systems:</strong> Kimberley Norris, Senior Systems Engineer, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwi5jOKs9u3YAhWDLMAKHXMqBhMQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw3IHO9ygqhun9ipwISVv0Gv">Lockheed Martin</a> &amp; Pilot Officer, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiw4oTA9u3YAhWKJcAKHcC6APkQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw1OKRMF0l02hPVQwYYvIpuB">RAF Air Cadets</a>, from Portsmouth. At the Royal Navy Maritime Capability Office, she has worked on some of the most challenging programmes including unmanned technology and has led various out-of-work activities devoted to the advancement of women in technology. Kim is also a Pilot Officer with the RAF Air Cadets, volunteering as a STEM ambassador across multiple Squadrons.</p> <p><strong>Digital Star Award - sponsored by CGI:</strong> Carrie Anne Philbin, Director of Education, <a href="">Raspberry Pi Foundation</a>, from Cambridge. Raspberry Pi is a high-powered computer designed to help young people all over the world learn computer science. Through her Picademy educator support programme, she has helped train over 2,000 educators and 12,000 adults and encourages teenage girls to embrace making things with technology through her YouTube channels “Crash Course” and “The Geek Gurl Diaries”.</p> <p><strong>Software Engineer Award – sponsored by NatWest:</strong> Kirsty Tidmarsh, Senior Software Engineer, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjen-jT9u3YAhVBC8AKHQ9cA_cQFggqMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw2BMphvydIuZb5NysyUmzLU">Department for Work and Pensions</a>, from Widnes, who played a key role in enhancing coding standards throughout her entire practice and was central to introducing an integrated telephony platform, saving on considerable supplier costs. Outside work, she created the “Women in Software Engineering Community” dedicated to mentorship and volunteers at “Code Club” – a nationwide network of free after-school coding clubs for children.</p> <p><strong>Team Leader Award - sponsored by American Express:</strong> Tanja Lichtensteiger, Business Systems Development Manager, <a href="">Leeds Beckett University</a>, from Leeds. With 17 years’ experience building systems, Tanja is a natural problem-solver with a clear passion for her team and technology, demonstrated through her determination to secure funding for their training and development. Described as a natural leader, Tanja proactively addresses the gender imbalance in senior management in higher education giving talks for Code First, encouraging girls to pursue IT careers.</p> <p><strong>Start-up Founder Award:</strong> Gemma Milne, Co-Founder, <a href="">Science: Disrupt</a>, from London. Science: Disrupt is the only media outlet focused on science entrepreneurship, which is not linked to another institution, meaning it can be completely unbiased. It produces podcasts, events and editorial, bringing together over 600 academics, entrepreneurs, scientists and Nobel Prize winners. Through Science: Disrupt, Gemma gives women access to role models within the industry.</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneur Award – sponsored by Fujitsu:</strong> Georgina Nelson, CEO &amp; Founder, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjryJjm-O3YAhXMCsAKHZOwAFUQFggqMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw2gNTjgz92P1CplmRaSn7wO">TruRating</a>, from London. Georgina began her career as a consumer rights lawyer, before spotting a gap in the market for reliable customer ratings. Georgina’s success in bringing TruRating to market in a traditionally male-dominated technology industry is truly impressive. Starting with no knowledge of the technology involved, whilst on maternity leave, she built the world’s first mass point-of-payment consumer rating system.</p> <p><strong>Innovator Award - sponsored by Equiniti:</strong> Amanda Adams, Cryptography Architect, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjEgMDw-O3YAhUBDMAKHYZeADcQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw3OCVO0Y5JnYWg4e3WX5Fph">Bank of America Merrill Lynch</a>, from Chester, who uses her world-class technical ability to protect the bank’s security. She shares eight patents inclusive of variations within the cryptographic space and has written numerous posts tackling complex technical subjects in an accessible language. Outside work, she is a mentor for CoderDojo, which delivers free lessons on coding to children and teenagers.</p> <p><strong>Leader Award - sponsored by BP:</strong> Debbie Vavangas, iX Executive Partner, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwi5k8T2-O3YAhXRQ8AKHUP1B0UQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw0ZSi_vwPKyx0SyQ2YQyIT2">IBM</a>, from London, who is now an executive partner in an environment where the ratio is 5:1 in favour of men. Debbie joined IBM as a graduate in 1997 and has since set the example for others, innovating and blazing a trail in ideation, experience and technology. In a single year, her team has built 15 new products, 16 clickable prototypes and scaled 3 products globally.</p> <p><strong>Male Agent of Change Award -</strong> <strong>sponsored by VMware:</strong> Russ Shaw, Founder, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwiQoIOA-e3YAhVKAsAKHfykCdsQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw29zwPAVJGY0KcEjfiw32Ge">Tech London Advocates</a> &amp; <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjn-ZnQv-7YAhXKBcAKHZr5D2cQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw2FOafkyhTNT3cwfT2iS11R">Global Tech Advocates</a>, from London. Tech London Advocates is now an unrivalled community of over 5,000 leaders, united to form the most influential group in tech. Russ affects change through working groups, which tackle topics of the industry such as immigration, women in tech and LGBT concerns. He is part of the recently launched Digital Skills Partnership, championing a stronger female talent pipeline and development opportunities.</p> <p><strong>International Inspiration Award - sponsored by Aviva:</strong> Gayathri Mohan, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sopra Steria, from Chennai, India. Gayathri is Managing Trustee of Sopra Steria India Foundation which now supports over 75,000 children a year, predominantly from poor backgrounds with limited IT education options. Her <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjVjIm6--3YAhWSasAKHfCIDJoQFggpMAA&amp;;usg=AOvVaw3SmYjvJfqxCvwKq8y8YeIe">Sopra Steria </a>India Foundation Graduate Scholarship Scheme has seen 463 students graduate including 193 engineers and three doctors.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Woman_of_the_Year.jpg" alt="Woman of the Year" /></p> <p><strong>Maxine Benson MBE</strong>, co-founder of everywoman comments: “This year, we have unveiled an immense range of hidden talent. Tackling the gender imbalance in the UK’s tech industry requires everyone to take action. Therefore, it is important to not only showcase the high-profile role models in the sector but also the male allies, young game-changers and those supporting from across the globe. Our 2018 winners are exceptional, successful role models and we couldn’t be prouder to make them lifelong everywoman ambassadors.”</p> <p><strong>Sheila Flavell</strong>, Chief Operating Officer of title sponsor FDM Group states: “Congratulations to all the finalists and winners in this year’s FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. It’s fantastic to be able to celebrate female success and create role models to inspire others to join this exciting sector that is driving our world today. Greater diversity equals greater productivity, creativity and innovation and this is what we need for the development of our future technology to ensure that it meets the diverse needs of our society.”</p> <p><strong>Julian David</strong>, CEO of techUK adds: “techUK is proud to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards again this year. It is no secret that the tech sector has a gender parity issue, and we are working hard with our members to address this problem. The awards are a great opportunity to champion role models all across the sector and celebrate women who are pioneering a path for others in the industry. We look forward to celebrating leading tech talent.”</p> <p><a href="">@everywomanUK</a>, <a href="">#womendotech</a> <a href="">#techawards</a></p> <p>For further information about the awards and forum visit <a href=""></a></p> eHealth at Last! Digital Era…Are We There Yet? Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:28:28 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Guest Blog: TREND and CEIT Digital Healthcare Conference, 17 April 2018 <p><strong>Embassy Networking Reception:</strong> 16th April 2018 |&nbsp;Residence of the British Ambassador to Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia<br /><strong>Conference:</strong> 17th April 2018 |&nbsp;Digital Healthcare 2018, Hotel NH Gate One, Bratislava</p> <p>After ten years of preparations, in January the Slovak health system went digital, one of the last health systems in Europe to do so. Medical records, examination reports, hospital discharge reports, the booking of medical appointments and prescriptions are now done electronically. Glitches appeared shortly after the system was launched and although they didn’t kill it, they evidence that the system is far from perfect. The foundation has been laid and the health system can continue expanding its digital services.</p> <h3>What are the benefits of eHealth?</h3> <p>What are the benefits of eHealth for physicians and patients? Is it a forced burden for physicians or rather a tool that will truly enhance the quality and efficiency of healthcare? What use can we make of the data generated by health practitioners every minute and every second? What is the experience of UK’s National Health Service (NHS) that is one of the most advanced worldwide?</p> <h3>Innovations in medicine</h3> <p>The quality of healthcare given is dependent on the standards set. Since 2014 the Slovak Health Ministry has been promising to draw up national diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines. The work has only started recently. The 25 most common and most expensive diagnoses fall within the first stage. Other guidelines that concern nearly 125 fields of medicine will follow this and next year.</p> <p>It is one thing to develop standards and it is another to actually apply them in practice. Who will oversee compliance and what technologies could help to apply them?</p> <h3>The magic with data</h3> <p>A hospital can only be managed if all the required information is available to the hospital’s management. That is one reason why hospital information systems are vital. Their potential goes beyond that, however, as they allow for innovations.</p> <h3>Smart data</h3> <p>Big Data analysis improves patient care and enables objective quality and treatment effectiveness assessment. Moreover, it allows for an effective use of the facilities’ capacities and better health registers. What other technologies can increase healthcare quality?</p> <h3>Network hospitals</h3> <p>Integration leads to higher efficiency. Advanced hospital networks worldwide take advantage of their integration. The trend is starting also in Slovakia. What is the experience with integration so far and what lessons can be applied to other types of healthcare facilities? What is the situation in terms of state-owned hospital networking? Will this lead to a single information system?</p> <h3>Technologies and the patient</h3> <p>The omnisapient Dr. Google is not the only consequence of the Internet entering the field of medicine. Digital technologies are changing the healthcare sector for the better and help both patients and health practitioners. How will the patient’s and the physician’s role change in light of this change? What are the benefits and setbacks? Will patient applications replace a significant portion of standard diagnostics? Can this be a solution to the shortage of staff in the healthcare sector?</p> <p><strong>Download the Department for International Trade brochure below to find out how to register your interest</strong></p> UK Digital Radio Listening Hits Record Share Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:40:34 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Digital listening reached a new record share of 49.9%, a 10% share growth compared to 45.2% in Q4 2016, according to RAJAR Q4 2017 data released today. <p>The growth in commercial digital listening was boosted by strong audience growth across a number of stations including Radio X, which increased reach by 26% year on year to 1.58 million listeners; Kisstory, which increased by 22.3% to 1.71 million listeners; Kiss Fresh which grew 17.5% to 578,000 listeners; Virgin Radio which grew 46% to 483,000 listeners; and the on-going success of Heart 80s, reaching 1.17 million listeners in its third quarter on air.</p> <p>Digital listening to BBC stations grew to 48.3% from 45.5% in Q4 2016, with BBC Radio 4 exceeding 50% digital listening for the first time at 50.7% and a new record audience for its sister station, BBC Radio 4 Extra, reaching 2.26 million listeners.</p> <p>Digital listening grew across all platforms, with the fastest growth this quarter being to online/apps which increased by 13.2% in hours to account for 8.5% share of all radio listening and 17% of digital listening. The majority of digital listening is via DAB digital radio which grew 9.2% in hours to account for 36.3% share of all radio listening or 72.8% of digital listening. Listening via digital television grew 3.3% in hours to account for 5.1% share of all listening and for 10.2% of digital listening.</p> <p>Digital listening across 10-64 years olds combined is now 52.8%, and for the first time all individual age groups under 65 (10-14; 15-24s; 35-44s; 45- 54s; 55-64 year olds) have digital share of over 50%.</p> <p>The most popular digital-only station is BBC 6 Music with a weekly reach of 2.34 million listeners, followed by BBC Radio 4 Extra (2.26 million). Kisstory (1.71 million) is the most popular commercial digital-only station, with Absolute 80s taking the second spot with a weekly reach of 1.47 million listeners.</p> <p>Listening has grown across national and local stations, with national digital listening hours increasing by 7.3% year on year to 58%, and local digital listening hours to 34.7%, up 13.7% from Q4 2016.</p> <p>In car digital listening hours have grown by 25% year on year, an increase of 15.9 million hours, and reached a new record share of 32%. DAB digital listening in cars contributed to 50% of all DAB digital listening growth.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, commented. "The Goverment have committed to review the options for a digital switch over once listening figures exceed 50%. Based on this strong performance over the last quarter we can confidently predict that we will break the 50% line when the next RAJAR figures are released in May. techUK will be asking Government for a clear commitment and timetable to switch once we meet the required 50% level of listening that the industry has jointly invested heavily in to achieve."</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: Proudly Supporting RAF100 as a Tier 1 Sponsor Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:01:46 +0000 Rebecca Francis(techUK) Celebrating yesterday, while we secure our skills of tomorrow <blockquote>Guest Blog by Tim Gibson, Vice-President of&nbsp;Fujitsu Defence &amp; National Security and&nbsp;Defence &amp; Security Board Chair at&nbsp;techUK</blockquote> <p>I’m delighted that Fujitsu will be a Tier 1 sponsor of the RAF100 initiative in 2018. Celebrating the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary as the world’s first independent air force, we’ll be commemorating the very best of the UK’s RAF – its past, present and future.</p> <p>While any celebration commemorating 100 years will naturally have a focus on the past – changes, challenges, and achievements – RAF100 will also be looking forward to the future of the Service. And in my role as Chair of the Defence &amp; Security board at techUK, it’s this forward-thinking that excites me most.</p> <p><strong>Strong advocate of STEM</strong></p> <p>Having supported the RAF for more than five decades, our two organisations have a great deal in common. We’re both strong advocates for getting young people involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.</p> <p>But there is currently an alarming skills gap in this area that is <a href="">costing our economy an estimated £63 billion a year</a>. With a digital future, where businesses, products and services will increasingly rely upon technology, this gap and cost could easily grow.</p> <p>If the UK fails to address this shortage, our economic prospects will be severely weakened. So, looking to the future and securing the skills of tomorrow is a key part of what RAF100 is all about.</p> <p><strong>Tomorrow’s pervasive technologies</strong></p> <p>The digital revolution has seen the pace of change continually accelerate. The likes of artificial intelligence and the internet of things are emerging technologies today that will become pervasive tomorrow.</p> <p>They have the potential to liberate and empower. They can develop new opportunities for business to generate value, and for people to forge new careers.</p> <p>But this raises difficult questions around how we can equip the workforce of tomorrow with the digital skills that future employers will need.</p> <p><strong>Digital co-creation</strong></p> <p>At Fujitsu, we aim to work hand-in-hand with our customers to tackle the Digital journey together. This Digital co-creation blurs traditional customer-supplier boundaries that we’ve been used to in the past.</p> <p>But by adding value through this approach, Fujitsu builds on trusted relationships with customers, to understand their goals as well as their challenges.</p> <p>Sharing our innovative thinking and going beyond simply reacting to requirements in a transactional way enables us to help customers understand what’s possible. Adopting this human-centric approach, and empowering people with advanced technology is the only way to deliver the full benefit of digitalisation.</p> <p><strong>Empowering the next generation</strong></p> <p>Only by bringing these technologies together can we make sense of this increasingly complex digital world. And this brings me back to RAF100, and the importance of forward-thinking.</p> <p>By helping commemorate those brave individuals who have shaped the RAF’s past, Fujitsu wants to help the RAF inspire the next generation to become a part of its future, by pursuing a career in these crucial STEM subjects.</p> <p>We offer <a href="">a broad range of employment schemes</a> at Fujitsu aimed at young people who are looking to embark on STEM careers. These include Graduate schemes, industrial placements and apprenticeships. All of which are designed to help develop future leaders.</p> <p>I believe that with schemes like these, along with the right education, encouragement and professional opportunities, the UK can look forward to a bright digital future. And by doing so, we will secure the skills of tomorrow.</p> <p>I hope you will be able to participate in some of the RAF100 activities during the year. And if so, I look forward to meeting you then.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>For any further information about the <a href="">RAF100 dinner</a> or the Defence programme, contact:</strong></p> Bank of England Workshop on RTGS Wed, 07 Feb 2018 14:45:33 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Bank of England seeks industry views on renewal of the Real-time Gross Settlement System. <p><strong>The Bank of England is seeking your views on its renewal of the Real-time Gross Settlement system (RTGS), the infrastructure at the heart of the UK payments network.</strong></p> <p><strong>Join the Workshop on 22 February, 13:00 - 17:00 at the Bank of England, Threadneedle Street.</strong></p> <p>The Bank published a <a href="">Blueprint</a> in May 2017, setting out plans for a renewed RTGS which&nbsp;responds to the changing structure of the financial system, meets user demands, builds capacity to interface with new payment technologies, ensures resilience to cyber-threats and supports the evolution of regulatory and monetary policy tools. To ensure this work delivers on these needs, the Bank invites you to attend this workshop and give your comments. Your input will feed directly into the next steps of this work.</p> <p><strong>To register for the workshop, please contact the Bank directly at&nbsp;<a href=""></a></strong></p> <p><strong>The workshop will focus on two issues:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>The implementation of the ISO 20022 payments messaging standard.</strong> ISO 20022 is the messaging standard of choice for payments systems globally, currently being implemented in the EU, Japan, Australia, Switzerland and domestically by Faster Payments and Bacs. The Bank is working with industry to identify enhancements to the data contained within a payments message.&nbsp;This is an opportunity to advise on live policy discussions on the future messaging standard. Your input at this stage can help ensure that the Bank design an effective solution to a range of user and participant needs. Your comments will feed into the drafting of further consultation on a range of proposals for our ISO 20022 compliant messaging standard.</li> <li><strong>Synchronisation:</strong> this is the concept that a payment in RTGS could settle if and only if another payment (or set of payments) is also settled. Synchronisation offers opportunities to reduce credit and operational risk, as well as supporting new, innovative forms of payment in the future.&nbsp;The Bank believes there are many payments which go across RTGS daily which are potentially ‘synchronisable’ and welcomes your views – could your business make use of synchronisation functionality in new ways which have not yet been considered? For more information on synchronisation, see&nbsp;<a href="">Consultation paper</a>&nbsp;(September 2016)&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Bank is also running a series of working groups. Further information can be found on the <a href="">Bank website</a>.</p> Safer Internet Day 2018 - Building Online Safety Practices with Young People Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:17:49 +0000 Khawaib Ahmed (techUK) Check out our roundup of Safer Internet Day 2018 and the exciting activity of our members and partners. <blockquote>Safer Internet Day 2018, a global celebration of the safe and positive use of technology which took place on Tuesday 6 February, started with a bang: a Thunderclap reaching over&nbsp;9.1 million people, that’s up from 7.7 million people last year!</blockquote> <p>Below are some of the activities which took place during the day:</p> <ul> <li>Safer Internet Day’s supporter list had more than 1,700&nbsp; companies, schools, police forces, government, organisations and charities who registered in support of the day&nbsp;- more than any previous year.</li> <li>Schools across the UK used the&nbsp;Education Packs and&nbsp;SID TV films&nbsp;to inspire a national conversation around the theme: “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.</li> <li>People across the UK joined the&nbsp;#ItStartsWithUs social media campaign&nbsp;to demonstrate that safer internet practices start at home and at school, and we all must be role models.</li> <li>Our members supported the campaign far and wide, from Samsung putting up a Safer Internet Day billboard in Piccadilly Circus, to <a href="">Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index</a>.</li> </ul> <p><img src="images/DVW7Sr9WkAEIhMk.jpg" alt="DVW7Sr9WkAEIhMk" width="341" height="192" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>techUK supported Safer Internet Day 2018 with an&nbsp;awareness-raising message to members&nbsp;from techUK's CEO Julian David’s article in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">ComputerWeekly, which highlighted the importance of building online safety practices with young people. </a>&nbsp;We look&nbsp;forward to continuing work on this important agenda with its members.</p>