techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Cyber security investment opportunities in emerging markets Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:26:26 +0100 CRM Sync Frost & Sullivan has released five white papers providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia. <p><span style="font-size:12pt">Frost &amp; Sullivan, commissioned by the UK Government&rsquo;s Prosperity Fund, has released five white papers providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in <strong>South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt">The white papers assess digital market size and forecast growth, through the lenses of <strong>cybersecurity</strong>, <strong>telecommunications</strong> and <strong>digital services</strong>, providing market data and trend analysis, along with opportunities for UK digital businesses. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt">The UK Prosperity Fund is committed to reducing poverty through online inclusion (getting citizens online) and stimulating digital market economies, opening up opportunities of UK and international business. To find out more on how the UK Prosperity Fund plans to further support UK digital/cyber companies in accessing opportunities in emerging markets, please register your interest <strong><u><span style="color:rgb(91, 155, 213)"><a href="">here</a>.</span></u></strong><span style="color:rgb(91, 155, 213)"> </span></span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK joint AI and Cyber Working Group Created Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:06:57 +0100 CRM Sync A joint AI and Cyber Programme working group is being created to produce a thought leadership report that will look to demystify the current AI and cyber landscape, build trust in the security of emerging AI technologies and demonstrate the opportuni <p>As part of techUK&rsquo;s AI Week a roundtable was held to discuss the cyber security opportunities, questions and possible challenges being raised by the development and adoption of AI technologies. At the event members highlighted the importance of demystifying and addressing current security concerns raised around AI, the potential of AI to bolster cyber security capabilities and the role AI could play in attracting more people to join the cyber security industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The event also discussed the role techUK should play in helping to drive discussion on these important areas. It was agreed that techUK has a key role to provide clarity on the current debate around the security of AI by&nbsp;deconstructing the current landscape and addressing current misconceptions around the security of AI technologies. It was also felt that techUK should look to promote how AI and cyber are complementary and that AI technologies can assist, not replace human decision making in cyber security.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on this feedback and call to action by techUK members a joint AI and Cyber Programme working group is being created to produce a thought leadership report that will look to demystify the current AI and cyber landscape, build trust in the security of emerging AI technologies and demonstrate the opportunities AI offers the cyber security industry including ways in which AI can be used as a tool to address the cyber security skills gap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are now looking for members to join this working group that will begin its work on 10&nbsp;September. If you would like to be involved in developing techUK&rsquo;s Cyber and AI report <a href="">please click here to register.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to hear more about the work of the AI and Cyber programmes or would get more involved please do get in touch with the relevant teams.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Driving AI uptake and adoption – we need your help! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:55:19 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is forming a working group focussing on increasing AI uptake and adoption in the UK - get involved! <p>In October last year <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the independent review</span></a> on how the Artificial Intelligence industry can be grown in the UK, carried out by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Pesenti, was published. A key recommendation made in the review regarding the uptake of AI was for techUK to work with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Digital Catapult, and key players in industry sectors to develop practical guidance on the opportunities and challenges of successful adoption of AI across the UK economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Following techUK&rsquo;s engagement with the Digital Catapult and the Royal Academy of Engineering, a joint project is now underway to develop a guide for business leaders on the key steps that organisations need to consider to become an AI enabled and driven organisation. Key areas that are likely to be raised in the guide will be the importance of cloud adoption, cyber security, data protection and taking an ethical approach to business thinking around AI. This work was cited in the AI Sector Deal in April.</p> <p>This project is now beginning to take shape. But we need your help.</p> <p>We are looking for members willing to join a small techUK editorial working group that will provide direct input to the development of this business guide and review output that will be developed by a project delivery team made up of representatives from techUK, Digital Catapult and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In order to kick off this work, techUK is looking to bring together the techUK editorial working group for an initial meeting in early September to review the project aims, objectives and draft skeleton and to provide direct input as the guide starts to be written. Following an initial meeting the editorial working group will work virtually and via conference calls as the guide itself develops.</p> <p>If you would be interested in being part of the techUK editorial working group for this project, please inform <a href=""></a> by Friday 3rd August&nbsp; . If you would like to discuss this project in more detail please reach out to <a href=""></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> How can we ensure truthfulness, online and off? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:59:23 +0100 CRM Sync The truth matters, but it is a mistake to think of 'fake news' as only a technology problem. <p>As Ofcom CEO Sharon White correctly <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">points out in her Times article last week</span></a>, social media is driving rapid change in the way people access and consume news. It has enabled people to access more diverse sources of information and has facilitated the growth of whole new types of journalism from the likes of Vice, Vox and Buzzfeed. &nbsp;But social media has also suffered from a proliferation of deliberately inaccurate information varying from relatively benign clickbait to seriously harmful false stories designed to undermine democratic processes.</p> <p>White suggests a new regulator might need to step in to address the proliferation of what is now dubbed &lsquo;fake news&rsquo;. On the face of it the case for regulation looks compelling. Private businesses, for very legitimate reasons, can struggle to act where they fear crossing the line on free speech. But regulators may also find that this proves difficult territory to enter. This is undeniably an extremely important issue. So how do we ensure that we address it in the right way?</p> <p>Fake news is simply a new name for an old problem. Lies and disinformation have long pre-dated digital media. Indeed propagandists have often been at the forefront of exploiting new technology &ndash; whether it was the printing press or radio.</p> <p>So, if we are to create an independent regulator to oversee online news we must ensure that the same standards apply offline as well as online. No one disagrees with need to combat fake news online, but it must be done legally, fairly, effectively and with due process. A new regulator that is set up to be a guardian of the truth will have an incredibly difficult path to steer.</p> <p>Technology clearly plays a vital role, but it would be a mistake to consider &lsquo;fake news&rsquo; simply as a technology problem to which there is a simple technology solution. At its very core &lsquo;fake news&rsquo; is about fundamental untruths, how we identify them and how we respond to them as a society. But at a time when political views are particularly polarised understanding what is and isn&rsquo;t factually accurate information is likely to challenge potential regulators just as much as it does technology companies today and journalists today.</p> <p>In the UK we have a long tradition of highly partisan media. Coverage of the same event can be wildly different depending on the media outlets political perspective, blurring the line between fact and opinion, and even fact and fiction.</p> <p>We must avoid a situation where an article that would be seen as acceptable in print format, is considered to be in breach of a new online code. Would a new regulator hold elected politicians and traditional media to the same standard of truthfulness that they would demand from social media platforms? The Daily Mail has already been banned as a source from Wikipedia for its &ldquo;reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism&rdquo;. &nbsp;Do we all agree that this is a good thing or is it a reflection of liberal bias in Wikipedia? There are many examples of democratically elected politicians sharing or spinning news that is misleading or outright false. This presents real challenges for established traditional media, never mind for social media platforms. How effective do we believe social media platforms need to be in identifying, verifying and taking down fake news? How would a regulator be able to keep up with the volume of decisions taken by such companies? How would it know if legitimate content was being inappropriately blocked by these companies? Is it appropriate for an international for-profit companies to be the arbiters of what is and is not legitimate news for UK citizens?</p> <p>In many circumstances, &lsquo;fake&rsquo; might be easy to spot but an equal number, if not more, it will require fact-checking, close inspection and a judgement call. What this process will look like and what resources such a regulator would have are important details that need to be thought through.</p> <p>Tackling fake news is a challenge that extends far beyond the role of technology and social media companies. Politicians, advocacy groups, and traditional media all have a role to play in ensuring that a democratic society can be informed by accurate and verifiable open information. A fake news regulator will have an incredibly difficult and sensitive job on its hands. We need to think very carefully therefore about whether this is indeed the right approach. Getting this wrong could make today&rsquo;s problems very much worse. So lets ask the hard questions now and ensure we build an approach that works.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on Japan and EU mutual adequacy decisions Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:37:18 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the mutual adequacy agreements agreed today between the EU and Japan. <p>Commenting on the mutual adequacy agreements agreed today between the EU and Japan, techUK&rsquo;s deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s landmark announcement of EU-Japan mutual adequacy agreements demonstrates the fundamental importance of the free flow of data sitting alongside free trade in both goods and services. The fact that the EU and Japan have agreed mutual adequacy decisions is hugely significant in unlocking data flows between advanced digital economies. Japan is the first country to agree adequacy under the GDPR and as a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). This means the agreement potentially opens up a new pathway for onward data transfer through APEC countries. It will be important to see how the specific additional safeguards agreed by Japan will operate in practice and what that means for&nbsp;the operational effectiveness of this agreement. It will also be an important test-case as the UK and EU seek to agree a data flows agreement post-Brexit, by setting out the key requirements to meet the &lsquo;essentially equivalent&rsquo; test under GDPR. Given the UK and EU&rsquo;s data protection regimes are significantly more aligned than Japan and the EU, techUK would hope the UK and EU will be able to agree mutual adequacy decisions as soon as possible.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The EU-Japan agreement also demonstrates the benefits of agreeing adequacy decisions alongside free trade agreements, as we expect the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement also to be signed today. In a global digital economy, data and trade go hand in hand, so it is positive that the EU and Japan have been able to agree both a trade deal and data flows agreement side by side.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It is still not clear whether the UK will be able to roll over existing EU adequacy decisions, and what the process for doing so will be. More clarity on this issue is needed to ensure data can continue to flow between the UK and countries it already has agreements with. The new Japan adequacy agreement will be a crucial one to consider as part of that process.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Most Influential Women in UK Technology Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:27 +0100 CRM Sync techUK Members & Staff feature in Computer Weekly’s 2018 ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’ longlist <p>techUK is delighted to see a number of its members&rsquo; employees were included in Computer Weekly&rsquo;s recently published <a href="">Most Influential Women in Tech</a> longlist for 2018.</p> <p>Among the more than 200 names put forward were:</p> <ul><li>Alexa Marenghi, global diversity and business programme manager, Microsoft; founder of Codess</li> <li>Beatrice Butsana-Sita, managing director, IT and networks at Capita</li> <li>Carmina Lees, managing director, Technology Consulting at Accenture</li> <li>Caroline Graham, director change management at Barclays; head of WeAreTheCity India</li> <li>Catherine Knivett, head of programmes at Corsham Institute</li> <li>Charlotte Finn, vice-president global strategic relations at <a href=""></a></li> <li>Christine Ashton, global CDO, digital office cloud ERP, SAP</li> <li>Christine Hodgson, chairman of Capgemini UK</li> <li>Claire Vyvyan, senior vice president, UK &amp; Ireland commercial business, Dell EMC</li> <li>Daryn Edgar, vice president, digital advisory, EMEA, SAP</li> <li>Elizabeth Eastaugh, senior director, product &ndash; eCP, enterprise data platform services at Expedia</li> <li>Elizabeth Vega, global CEO, Informed Solutions</li> <li>Emma Lacy, public sector project manager, Oracle</li> <li>Emma McGuigan, group technology officer, communications, media &amp; technology, Accenture</li> <li>Gayna Hart, founder and managing director, Quicksilva</li> <li>Harriet Green, head of Asia Pacific, IBM</li> <li>Helen Kelisky, vice-president, cloud, UK and Ireland, IBM</li> <li>Helen Lamb, vice-president, strategic pursuits unit, global delivery group, Fujitsu</li> <li>Karen Young, managing director of MDS Technologies</li> <li>Kim Nilsson, co-founder and CEO, Pivigo</li> <li>Kriti Sharma, vice president for AI, Sage</li> <li>Magdalena Kron, &lrm;head of Rise London and vice-president open innovation, Barclays; co-founder, Geek Girl Meetup UK</li> <li>Mandy Chessell, distinguished engineer, IBM</li> <li>Melinda Roylett, senior director, head of small and medium business, EMEA, PayPal</li> <li>Melissa Di Donato, chief revenue officer, SAP ERP Cloud</li> <li>Nicola Mendelsohn, managing director, Facebook Europe</li> <li>Pearl Noble-Mallock,&nbsp;head of product and cyber security, BAE Systems</li> <li>Rebecca George, lead public sector partner, Deloitte</li> <li>Regina Moran, enterprise director at Vodafone</li> <li>Sarah Armstrong-Smith, head of continuity and resilience, distinguished engineer and diversity champion, Fujitsu</li> <li>Sarah Atkinson, vice-president of EMEA communications, CA Technologies</li> <li>Sarah Shields, vice president and GM - Dell EMC UK/I Channel</li> <li>Sharon Moore, industry technical leader for travel and transportation, IBM UK</li> <li>Sheila Flavell, COO, FDM Group</li> <li>Sheree Atcheson, global ambassador at Women Who Code; consultant, Deloitte UK</li> <li>Sheridan Ash, technology and investments director, women in technology leader UK, PwC</li> <li>Shirley Creed, global corporate secretary, Dell EMC</li> <li>Susan Bowen, general manager and vice-president EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1</li> <li>Ursula Morgenstern, CEO, Atos Germany</li> <li>Zoe Cunningham, managing director, Softwire</li> </ul><p>We were particularly pleased to see among these, Susan Bowen from Cogeco Peer 1, who was specifically nominated for her work in chairing techUK&rsquo;s Skills &amp; Diversity Council.</p> <p>The list also included two techUK staff members - <a href="">Sue Daly</a>, Head of Programme - Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI and <a href="">Emma Fryer</a>, Associate Director, Data Centres.</p> <p>The shortlist of 50 names will be announced later this week, when voting opens.</p> <p>Our congratulations to everyone who was nominated!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK launches new report 'Dealing with the Deals' in Parliament Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:32:19 +0100 CRM Sync There are over 750 agreements the UK is party to as a member of the EU. All these deals must be rolled over post-Brexit. <p>On Monday, techUK launched its new report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector</em></span></a>. The report highlights that urgent decisions are needed on hundreds of different EU agreements post-Brexit. Many of these, such as Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), science and technology agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements, are important to the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector.</p> <p>While Brexit requires a fundamental redesign of the relationship between the UK and the EU, it is important to remember that it also requires a redesign of our current relations with the rest of the world.</p> <p>For many agreements, such as the trade deals with Canada and South Korea and science and technology agreements, continuity will be important for the sector. However, for some trade agreements there is scope for greater ambition &ndash; such as incorporating services and procurement into a new deal with Israel, a country with a complimentary high-tech economy.</p> <p>At an event in Parliament, techUK held a panel discussion to launch the report with Vicky Ford MP, member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, Stephen Timms MP, member of the Exiting the European Union Committee and Tim Durrant, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, chaired by Giles Derrington, techUK Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics.</p> <p>The panellists all stressed the ongoing importance of these deals. Vicky Ford highlighted how science and technology agreements are &lsquo;extremely important&rsquo; for the UK&rsquo;s international partners. These agreements are something that other countries really value. With tech being a sector that particularly depends on innovation and cutting-edge research, these agreements are an important means of promoting cross-border collaboration.</p> <p>For Stephen Timms, the UK faces a clear choice between &lsquo;alignment with or estrangement from&rsquo; the EU. For him there are clear economic consequences of each and the Government needs to base their decisions on realism, as they have done by committing to aligning with European data protection rules. For more on the importance of this, see techUK&rsquo;s report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>No Interruptions: Options for the future UK-EU data-sharing relationship</em></span></a>.</p> <p>The act of rolling over these trade agreements will involve making some tough choices. Issues like rules of origin and cumulation are going to involve negotiating with the EU as well as the other third-country signatory. At the launch, Vicky Ford echoed techUK&rsquo;s call for clarity around how the Government intends to approach this, as well as stating her expectation that Parliament will be able to make sure there is scrutiny over any changes to the UK&rsquo;s relationship with existing EU trade deals.</p> <p>The legislative aspect of rolling over these important deals was stressed by Tim Durrant. When turning existing EU agreements into permanent UK deals post-Brexit, each partner will need to subject them to their own processes of scrutiny and ratification. This could even be the case to enable the existing EU agreements to still apply to the UK during the implementation period. If the UK does face a cliff edge in its trading relationships with these third countries, it is crucial that businesses know of this possibility, so they can plan accordingly.</p> <p>Through the EU, the UK is party to over 750 international agreements. All of these will need proactive decisions to be made about whether to roll them over, renegotiate them or let them lapse. Dealing with the Deals and our launch event emphasised how important some of these are for the UK tech sector, but also where greater ambition is possible. While the UK Government has made clear its ambitions to negotiate new trade deals post-Brexit, one thing is completely clear &ndash; it needs to ensure that it deals with the existing deals first.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Scotland: the brave or the natural choice for access to space? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:07:41 +0100 CRM Sync Government selects Sutherland in Scotland as location for UK's first vertical launch spaceport <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="height:135px; width:240px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:270px; width:480px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center"><em>Image credit:&nbsp;Rocket Lab</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The space sector is probably as cool as it&rsquo;s been since NASA took astronauts to the Moon, but in the UK it may seem as if this is a sector happening somewhere else, given that (at least so far) we haven&rsquo;t launched any satellites (or spacecraft for that matter) from UK soil. Indeed, ask a random member of the public to name a space company, and it&rsquo;s likely that SpaceX&nbsp; will be the first name on their lips.</p> <p>As it happens, the UK space sector is large, and growing rapidly, despite having no local launch capability. Some 35,000 (mostly high skilled) people work in the sector, which contributes about &pound;14bn to GDP and supports &pound;250bn. Most of this value is generated by commercialising data coming from satellites, including telecoms and television, although the public sector is also a major customer. Space is, in fact, a largely invisible input guiding your car to your destination (and Pok&eacute;mon Go to locate <em>Pikachu</em>); enabling mobile phone calls, radio and television to be delivered; providing <em>accurate</em>, reliable, and secure timestamps for financial transactions; combatting illegal fishing; assisting with weather forecasts, searching for buildings without planning consent and measuring polar ice. And on top of that is the space exploration and science and research which consumers and politicians more readily think of when they think &ldquo;Space&rdquo;.</p> <p>As this sector grows, it is also fundamentally changing, from being principally publicly funded and serving public clients, to increasingly being privately funded and serving private customers. This has been driven by technology, where activities which used to be supported by large, expensive, bespoke satellites parked over the equator (and so servicing a defined landmass), can now be supported by satellites which are much smaller, lighter and cheaper &ndash; not least through the use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. Such &ldquo;smallsats&rdquo;, are often planned as part of a &ldquo;constellation&rdquo; of hundreds or thousands of other smallsats, working together closer to the Earth and where each individual satellite doesn&rsquo;t serve a defined landmass, but is constantly moving relative to the Earth. Some operators of traditional large, geostationary satellites worry that their technology may be rendered redundant by the smallsats long before the 15-plus year lifespan they were designed to have expires.</p> <p>This step change in composition, capabilities and financing of the sector is often called &ldquo;New Space&rdquo;. But customers of satellites which are cheaper and quicker to build don&rsquo;t want to rely on traditional rocket launches, which don&rsquo;t come around very often, and where any smallsat squeezed into the payload will have little say over when the launch takes place, or even where the smallsat gets dropped off in space. And with a sizeable range of constellations being planned, it is clear that global launch capacity has become a pinch point, one which will delay new innovative services being offered and will slow down orders of smallsat construction &ndash; an area where the UK has specialised.</p> <p>Hence the Government&rsquo;s desire to clear the way for one or more UK spaceports &ndash; likely one spaceport for vertical launch and one for horizontal (like a plane) &ndash; to support the UK space sector. The <a href="">Space Industry Act </a>provided the enabling regulatory framework, and now the government has selected the A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland as the UK's first spaceport for vertical launches, a location which offers a path to space far enough away from population centres for when things take an unexpected turn. The backing of a company with the pedigree of Lockheed Martin increases the chance that this spaceport will be a success, although the Government&rsquo;s target of being ready by 2020 is still challenging.</p> <p>Commenting on the Government&rsquo;s announcement, Julian McGougan, techUK&rsquo;s Executive Director of Satellite said:</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt"><em>&ldquo;UK companies, supported by foreign investment, are well placed to lead the world in the &ldquo;New Space&rdquo; revolution, where thousands of small satellites will enable a range of innovative new services. The UK space sector has a highly skilled, high productivity workforce and i</em><em>nvests 8 per cent of revenues in R&amp;D - it is precisely the kind of sector which deserves supporting. </em><em>The missing link so far has been a convenient, l</em><em>ow </em><em>c</em><em>ost </em><em>a</em><em>ccess to Space</em><em>. I very much welcome the government&rsquo;s decision on a spaceport in Scotland which supports the UK&rsquo;s already strong position in </em><em>small satellites and will </em><em>open up more opportunities.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comments on GPP Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync We submitted brief input on the second draft EU proposals for Green Public Procurement for data centres on 4th July. <p><span style="font-size:16px">The Commission is &nbsp;keen to ensure that public authorities are able to make sustainable choices when buying data centre services, and therefore green public procurement criteria are being developed.&nbsp;&nbsp; In the past, such approaches have had limited success so we have been monitoring this closely.&nbsp; We responded to an initial survey, produced a pre-emptive note assessing the <a href="">pros and cons of different data centre performance metrics</a>, attended a Stakeholder Workshop in Seville on 16th November 2017 and submitted a <a href="">response</a> to the initial draft proposals in December.&nbsp; At the time we were concerned that there was too much focus on individual components and not enough qualitative elements.&nbsp; This meant that a data centre procurement could meet all the criteria and still deliver a hopelessly inefficient service.&nbsp; In May we attended the second stakeholder workshops to comment on the <a href="">second draft</a>, which was much improved.&nbsp; These brief comments are the input we made to that second draft.</span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centre Programme Overview Q2 2018 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync 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>Contact: <a href=""></a> Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI? Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:42:58 +0100 CRM Sync Read the overview of our event 'Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?" <p>On Wednesday 11 July&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;hosted a roundtable discussion&nbsp;titled&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&ldquo;Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?&rdquo;</span></a>&nbsp;The event brought together&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;members and&nbsp;representatives from local&nbsp;councils&nbsp;to discuss how to support the adoption of AI in local government.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To kick-off the discussion we heard from&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Jenny&nbsp;Nelson&nbsp;from Newcastle&nbsp;City Council</span></a>, who&nbsp;shared her experience of&nbsp;the challenges&nbsp;faced by&nbsp;a&nbsp;local council&nbsp;adopting&nbsp;AI&nbsp;(service design, retraining and scalability) as well as the&nbsp;benefits it can ultimately deliver- improved customer experience, reduced cost and establishing Newcastle as a place for growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bryn Adams from&nbsp;DigitalGenius&nbsp;provided&nbsp;some opening remarks&nbsp;from an industry-perspective.&nbsp;He highlighted the ambiguity surrounding AI as a&nbsp;barrier to adoption in local councils and noted the increasing pressure on local government to meet rising customer experience expectations. He touched on the benefits adopting AI could bring to local councils, including increased customer service satisfaction and the opportunity to relieve&nbsp;employees time&nbsp;to focus on other tasks. &nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees discussed the best way of putting forward the&nbsp;business case for artificial intelligence in local government.&nbsp;Framing&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion&nbsp;around&nbsp;improving outcomes for citizens, piloting technologies to show teams the art of the possible,&nbsp;and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">developing a digital strategy, like Aylesbury Vale Council,</span></a> were all said to have helped councils enormously.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The discussion highlighted that local councils often don&rsquo;t see an obvious need to adopt emerging tech when they have&nbsp;a number of&nbsp;more immediate concerns and decision-making&nbsp;in politics is&nbsp;typically&nbsp;too&nbsp;short term&nbsp;to realise tangible benefits. However, during the discussion we heard some great examples of excellent work&nbsp;by early adopters&nbsp;in&nbsp;local&nbsp;government, most&nbsp;notably <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Chatbot from Aylesbury</span></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">WasteBot&nbsp;from Newcastle City Council</span></a>.</p> <p>Key points that came out of the discussion included:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>It&rsquo;s important to bring&nbsp;the senior leadership team and elected members on the digital journey.&nbsp;Leadership buy-in is vital for the delivery of transformation.&nbsp;</li> <li>First the problem should be&nbsp;articulated,&nbsp;and technology framed around that.&nbsp;It was also identified that business analysts have a crucial&nbsp;role to play in helping to articulate the problem.&nbsp;</li> <li>Language can often be a&nbsp;barrier&nbsp;so we must be clear about what we mean by AI when communicating to stakeholders internally and externally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Great collaboration is needed across local government to help scale-up projects, understand where best practise is and where lessons can be learnt. Collaboration will also help to drive the market.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>In terms of how&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;could help&nbsp;support&nbsp;the adoption of AI in local government,&nbsp;attendees provided the following suggestions:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Art of the possible sessions&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;has a strong convening role&nbsp;and can&nbsp;bringing together councils&nbsp;and industry to workshop through specific problem areas whilst demoing how technologies, such as AI, can&nbsp;enable&nbsp;innovative solutions and improve outcomes for&nbsp;citizens on&nbsp;a specific issue.</li> <li>Signpost&nbsp;best&nbsp;practice&nbsp;from early adopters&nbsp;&ndash; both success stories and examples of where adoption hasn&rsquo;t worked&nbsp;so that councils&nbsp;can learn from&nbsp;experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>Following this roundtable discussion, the local government programme will set-up an Emerging Technologies&nbsp;Working&nbsp;Group with input from the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, to drive some of these ideas and suggestions. If you would like to be involved in this work, please contact Georgina&nbsp;Maratheftis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK signs Armed Forces Covenant Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:15:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is proud to announce that it has signed the UK's Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, will be treated fairly and not disadvantaged. <p>To date, The Covenant has been signed by more than 1,500 organisations, including businesses and charities, all of which have set out their support for members of the armed forces community employed by them or accessing their products and services.</p> <p>In signing The Covenant, techUK will commit to upholding its key principles, to recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to both our organisation and to our member companies. By signing The Covenant, techUK is promoting its status as an armed forces friendly organisation.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Chief Executive Julian David said: </strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Our Armed Forces, from serving members to veterans and military families, play a critical role in defending the United Kingdom&rsquo;s values and freedoms.</p> <p>&ldquo;The contribution they make to our wider society should be honoured by businesses working in the UK, and I&rsquo;m proud to say that a significant number of our member companies have already signed up to The Covenant and its principles. Today we join them, and are committed to upholding The Covenant&rsquo;s principles, particularly to ensure that the Armed Forces community does not face discrimination in the workplace.</p> <p>&ldquo;As an organisation we are therefore proud and honoured to sign The Covenant and will continue to support current and former members of the Armed Forces through the work of our Defence Programme&rsquo;.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>techUK's Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said: </strong></p> <p>&ldquo;techUK works closely with a significant number of serving and former members of the Armed Forces, whose valuable contributions enable us to deliver a significant programme of business opportunities for our members.</p> <p>&ldquo;In signing The Covenant, techUK wishes to be a strong advocate for the enormous contribution made by those working in defence&nbsp;to our country&nbsp;as a whole, and to our member companies, as well as other businesses and charities across the United Kingdom&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ambition and Investment for fit-for-the-future Infrastructure Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync NIC releases the 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, setting out a plan of action for the country’s infrastructure for the next 10-30 years. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Commission</a> (NIC) has released the first of its 5-yearly <a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Assessments</a>. Looking across all infrastructure sectors, taking into account current and future demands, the NIC has delivered a series of conclusions to tackle key challenges. It is exciting to see the NIC call for a more ambitious, outcomes-driven government approach to the nation&rsquo;s infrastructure.</p> <p>Contextualised by a brutally honest review of major infrastructure project timelines, like the 23-years-in-the-making-Mersey-Gateway-Bridge, the NIC delivers the &ldquo;long-term vision&rdquo; that is needed for more efficient and successful delivery of long-term projects.</p> <p><strong>Revolutionising Road Transport</strong></p> <p>Innovation in road transport is highly disruptive, and is likely to significant changes to how, who and what are using the nation&rsquo;s roads. The NIC is very clear on what it sees to be the Government&rsquo;s role in driving the revolution of road transport. The Government should:</p> <ul><li>encourage the switch to electric vehicles by making it a visibly accessible and reliable choice for car owners. According to the NIC, this should be done by subsidising installation of charging infrastructure where the private sector will not and developing policy that ensures that local authorities are prioritising these innovations by freeing up space to install chargers. Visibility and accessibility of charging points will be key to improving people&rsquo;s trust in electric vehicles as a feasible mobility choice.</li> <li>ensure that the future of transport and mobility is considered in current infrastructure planning and project delivery, as timelines can extend over decades. This should be underpinned by a framework to assess potential impacts (despite the uncertainty) that will be produced before the next five-year planning cycle for road and rail.</li> </ul><p><strong>Transport and Housing for Thriving City Regions</strong></p> <p>Urban transport needs to be an enabler of growth, but brings with it inherent challenges, such as increased numbers of drivers on roads, and changes to how space is utilised within urban environments. Local-level leadership needs to develop strategies that allow for cities to be planned more holistically &ndash; that is, integrating transport, employment and housing planning considerations. Further to this, additional funding support should be provided to cities that have great potential for growth but face severe capacity constraints. Further to this, the development of London should not be diminished by the growth and development of regional cities, but should be complement to bring nation-wide economic and social benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is positive to see that the NIC has carved a role for itself here in working with the Government and cities to guide and oversee future upgrades to infrastructure across the country. This will provide ambition and continuity for city infrastructure projects, pulling together the various infrastructure sectors.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome the long-term, strategic approach that the National Infrastructure Assessment sets out for the nation&rsquo;s infrastructure, and the ambition it calls for from the Government to deliver improved quality of life for the people in the UK. We look forward to working with our industry members and with the Government to achieve these goals for the nation's infrastructure.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Low carbon infrastructure at no extra cost Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync NIC has published an annual review showcasing a highly renewable generation mix is a low-cost option for the energy system, but a requirement of transformation in energy, waste and transport is needed by 2050. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Commission</a> is required to carry out an overall assessment of the UK&rsquo;s infrastructure requirements once every 5 years. This is the first of those assessments.</p> <p>The first&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Assessment</a> sets out the Commission&rsquo;s plan of action for the country&rsquo;s infrastructure over the next 10-30 years. Infrastructure can inspire confidence and growth.</p> <p>By 2050, the UK&rsquo;s population and economy will have grown significantly. This will place substantial pressures on infrastructure. And meeting the challenge of climate change will require a transformation in energy, waste and transport by 2050. The UK is legally bound to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. Today, around 70 per cent of emissions come from electricity, buildings, travel and waste.</p> <p>The Commission recommends:</p> <ul><li>At least 50% renewable electricity generation by 2030</li> <li>No more than 1 more contract for new nuclear before 2020</li> <li>Pilots to test hydrogen and heat pumps as low carbon heating options</li> <li>Buildings which require less energy to heat</li> </ul><p>The Commission&rsquo;s modelling has shown that a highly renewable generation mix is a low-cost option for the energy system. Government should not agree support for more than one nuclear power station beyond Hinkley Point C before 2025. The National Audit Office found that this procurement model for Hinkley Point C did not provide best value for money for consumers. The Commission is recommending a &lsquo;one by one&rsquo; approach to new nuclear plants, as opposed to the current government policy to develop a large fleet.</p> <p>The analysis carried out shows slightly lower average costs for a scenario with 90 per cent renewable and less than 10 per cent nuclear compared to a scenario with 40 per cent renewable and around 40 per cent nuclear, the higher cost of managing the variable nature of many renewables (&lsquo;balancing&rsquo;) is offset by the lower capital cost, which translates into lower costs in the wholesale market. Regardless if heat is predominantly electrified using heat pumps or provided through low carbon hydrogen in the future. &nbsp;</p> <p>In all scenarios, extra flexibility, which includes technologies such as storage, interconnection and demand side response, is a low regrets investment which reduces estimated total energy system costs by between &pound;1-7 billion per year on average between 2030 and 2050.The Commission favours the use of existing market mechanisms &ndash; contracts for difference and the capacity market &ndash; where possible, to avoid creating more uncertainty, but incremental improvements could be made. All renewables should be able to compete; there is no longer a case for any bilateral deals, including for tidal.</p> <p>But even with emissions almost eliminated from power generation and waste, the UK cannot achieve its emissions targets without transitioning away from using natural gas, a fossil fuel, for heating.</p> <p>Biogas can also be used as a low carbon substitute for natural gas. It can also be converted to a range of biofuels, which may prove especially valuable in sectors where fossil fuels are hardest to replace, such as aviation. The Commission recommends that government should establish separate food waste collection for households and businesses (to enable production of biogas) by&nbsp;2025.</p> <p>It is cheaper to collect food waste separately and process it in anaerobic digesters, rather than send it to energy from waste plants (incinerators). Seventy-nine per cent of people who do not currently use a food waste bin would be prepared to use one if it were provided by their local council. More plastics should be recycled, including by restricting the use of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging by 2025. Better packaging design, clearer labelling, fewer hard to recycle plastics, and tougher recycling targets.</p> <p>The Commission recommends that government should set a target for recycling 65 per cent of municipal waste and 75 per cent of plastic packaging by 2030. Government should set individual targets for all local authorities and provide financial support for transitional costs.</p> <p>techUK supports the findings of the NIC and agrees that the road to low carbon economy looks brighter now than ever. We welcome NIC&rsquo;s call for Government to be less afraid to be more ambitious in their approach to policy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> White Paper a step forward but many questions remain Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:02:00 +0100 CRM Sync With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the EU, there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For digital services, far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on business <p>Commenting on the publication of the Government&rsquo;s White Paper on the <a href="">Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union</a>, techUK&rsquo;s CEO, Julian David, has set out 24 questions that need to be answered in order provide digital business with the clarity they need.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK's CEO, Julian David said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This White Paper is a step forward but many questions remain. With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the European </em><em>Union</em><em> there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For those providing digital services far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on their businesses.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government accepts that their approach will mean that UK-based tech firms will not have the current levels of access to EU markets in the future. Increased friction in trade has a direct impact on jobs and investment. There is currently little evidence that export losses to the EU can be quickly offset by new trade deals with other countries.</em></p> <p><em>"However, while many questions remain to be answered the White Paper does set out </em><em>much needed</em><em> detail on the government&rsquo;s preferred future relationship with the EU. We are pleased that the White Paper goes further than a simple &lsquo;Canada-style&rsquo; Free Trade Agreement and presents a comprehensive institutional framework.&nbsp; This is the right approach to facilitate the best possible market access particularly for goods and address issues critical to business such as competition law, state aid rules </em><em>and</em><em> VAT.</em></p> <p><em>"Companies currently exporting tech services to the EU or dependent on supply chains that are integrated with the EU will need far more detail in order to understand the extent to which the UK&rsquo;s departure from the EU will inhibit their ability to export.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We look forward to working with Government to better understand their approach to these important issues and will continue to make the case that a good deal for the UK must be one that supports the industries of the future and delivers on the promise of a deep and comprehensive partnership with the EU."</em></p> <p>In responding to the White Paper, the questions techUK has raised include:</p> <p><strong>Overall access</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper recognises that the &ldquo;UK will not have current levels of access to each other&rsquo;s markets&rdquo;.&nbsp; In which areas does the Government expect access to be limited, and what assessment has been made on the impact on businesses operating in these areas?</li> <li>The paper states that the Government is proposing new arrangements that would &ldquo;provide regulatory flexibility.&rdquo; What assessment has the Government made of the value of providing regulatory flexibility compared to reduced market access with the EU?</li> </ol><p><strong>Digital</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the Government commit to maintaining ongoing alignment with the EU on areas of the Digital Single Market that have extra-territorial reach, such as data protection and limitations to liability?</li> <li>On digital technologies, the paper states that the UK proposes &ldquo;exploring new models for regulatory cooperation between the UK and the EU&rdquo;.&nbsp; What type of new model is the Government considering, and will this cover all regulations impacting digital technologies or only provide for certain elements of the Digital Single Market?</li> <li>Will any new model form part of the economic partnership, and therefore be subject to the proposed Institutional Framework, or be delivered separately?</li> <li>Will the UK&rsquo;s proposals for the future personal data sharing arrangement be included within the institutional framework? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>On telecommunication, the paper proposes &ldquo;joint commitments to an open and liberalised electronic communications&rdquo;.&nbsp; Will such a commitment take the form of specific obligations, or simply be a commitment to ongoing dialogue in this area?</li> <li>On broadcasting, the paper states that the &ldquo;UK is seeking the best possible arrangements for this sector&rdquo; after the loss of UK&rsquo;s participation within the Country of Origin Principles. Do they anticipate such arrangements enabling broadcast into the EU from the UK in the future without the need for additional licenses?</li> <li>Does the Government intend that the UK would secure observer status on key regulatory bodies for tech and telecoms, such as BEREC, as is suggested for bodies covering goods elements under the new Free Trade Area?</li> </ol><p><strong>The Institutional Framework</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &ldquo;The majority of these individual agreements should sit within the overarching institutional framework&rdquo;. However, it is not clear what agreements will, and will not, be within the institutional framework. What mechanism will exist for disputes arising in areas outside the institutional frameworks?</li> <li>The paper says that the UK and EU would be required to notify each other through the joint Committee of proposed changes to legislative proposals &ldquo;where these related to specific commitments in the future relationship.&rdquo; Will there be a requirement to notify potential changes in areas which sit outside the institutional framework, such as those for digital proposed in the paper?</li> </ol><p><strong>Competition Law</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the Government will seek to maintain alignment on competition law, including antitrust prohibitions and the merger control system. Will this apply to all elements of competition law, or only for these areas which sit under the institutional framework?&nbsp; How would such an approach operate in areas, such as digital and telecoms, which may sit outside the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Migration</strong></p> <ol><li>Access to talent is critical for the tech sector.&nbsp; The paper states that &ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s future immigration arrangements will set out how those from the EU and elsewhere can apply to come and work in the UK.&rdquo;&nbsp; When will these arrangements be made clear?</li> <li>How does the Government define &ldquo;temporary business activity&rdquo;?&nbsp;</li> <li>Will any new immigration arrangement be subject to the mechanisms within the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Financing</strong></p> <ol><li>Will the Government seek to retain any part of the European Investment Bank or the European Investment Fund? If not, will the UK Government seek to purchase shares in the European Investment Fund?</li> </ol><p><strong>Free Trade Agreements</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &lsquo;to ensure trade in goods between the UK and the EU remains frictionless at the border&rsquo; there will be &lsquo;no routine requirements for rules of origin between the UK and the EU&rsquo;. It then goes on to say that it will seek &lsquo;arrangements that facilitate cumulation with current future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners&rsquo;. Would disputes around diagonal cumulation in these agreements be new Free Trade Agreements, or be delivered through the institutional framework?</li> <li>The White Paper states that the UK will &lsquo;potentially seek accession&rsquo; to CPTPP &lsquo;and this would be on terms consistent with the future relationship with the EU, and domestic priorities&rsquo;. What are the domestic priorities that will influence this decision and is CPTPP&rsquo;s approach compatible with the common rulebook for goods with the EU?</li> <li>The UK will &lsquo;play a full and prominent role in the multilateral and plurilateral trade agenda&rsquo; including &lsquo;seeking new agreements in areas of significance to the global economy such as digital&rsquo;. Does this include an explicit commitment to the Information Technology Agreement and the Australian-led WTO discussions on e-commerce?</li> </ol><p><strong>Goods</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the UK intends to &ldquo;seek participation &ndash; as an active participant, albeit without voting rights &ndash; in EU technical committees that have a role in designing and implementing rules that form part of the common rulebook&rdquo;.&nbsp; How will this be achieved and is the Government prepared to contribute to the costs of these committees work in return for access?</li> <li>The UK goods proposal covers all compliance activity necessary for products in UK and EU markets. It includes conformity assessments and &lsquo;It would also apply to labels and marks applied to show they meet the regulatory requirements&rsquo;. Yet in the section on an Independent trade policy, the White Paper states that: the UK &lsquo;would also have the freedom to reach new agreements with third country trading partners on the underpinning compliance activity, for instance through the mutual recognition of conformity assessments.&rdquo; How are these two statements compatible and does this mean that goods on the UK market will require an EU mark and a UK mark?</li> </ol><p><strong>Security</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the UK&rsquo;s commitment to participate in existing Justice and Home Affairs systems, such as PNR, block it from sharing data with other third-party countries? How can these systems have several levels of third-party facilitation, and how will this impact on UK citizens data?</li> <li>With the UK committing to full compliance and implementation of EU data exchange measures, does this prevent any divergence in future trade agreements?</li> </ol><p><strong>Timescales</strong></p> <ol><li>Given the additional work needed to determine the new models proposed for the digital sector, and the proposals on customs facilitation, does the Government believe that the current Implementation Period is sufficient?</li> </ol>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> ICO reports on data in political campaigning Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:19:55 +0100 CRM Sync Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO’s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. <p>Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO&rsquo;s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. These reports include <a href="">an interim progress update</a> on the continuing investigation, and regulatory action being taken, relating to Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections Limited, Aggregate IA and Facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are details of the Notice of Intent to issue a fine, under the Data Protection Act 1998 as the investigation predates the introduction of the GDPR, of &pound;500,000 to Facebook for a &ldquo;lack of transparency and security issues&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report also provides a detailed account on the discussions the ICO is pursuing with others including Cambridge University, eleven political parties and a number of data broker organisations as part of the investigation. It highlights that this is the largest investigation ever conducted by a data protection authority and has raised a number of different lines of enquiry. The report makes it clear that the investigation is still live with many questions left unanswered at this time, including as to whether the data protection and privacy procedures in place within UK Universities are sufficient. With the investigation continuing the ICO will produce a more detailed final report with its final conclusions later this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the ICO has published a separate report that outlines ten key policy findings and recommendations that have emerged from the investigation so far. The aim of the <em><a href="">Democracy Disrupted? Personal Information and Political Influence</a></em> report is to &ldquo;draw back the curtain&rdquo; and shine a light on how personal information is being used in political campaigning today. This highlights the need for greater transparency and information on information processing to retain trust and confidence of citizens in the integrity of political campaign and elections.&nbsp;The key policy recommendations outlined include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Political parties to work with the ICO and others to develop a &ldquo;Your Data Matters&rdquo; campaign before the next General Election</li> <li>Introduction of a statutory Code of Practice for the use of personal data in political campaigns</li> <li>Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to hold a citizen jury on data analytics in political campaigns</li> <li>Call for online platforms providing adverts to political parties to ensure sales teams have data protection expertise</li> <li>ICO to work with the European Data Protection Board (EDPS) to ensure online platforms compliance with GDPR requirements to ensure users understand how data is processed in targeted advertising</li> <li>All platforms cited in the report to urgently roll out planned transparency features in relation to political advertising</li> <li>Government to conduct a review on gaps in regulations in relation to political advertising online</li> </ul><p>In addition, a key policy recommendation being made in the ICO&rsquo;s report is the need for an &ldquo;ethical pause&rdquo; in the way new technologies are being used in political campaigning to allow Governments, Parliament, political parties and citizens time to reflect on the impact of technologies, including AI, and to consider responsibilities and requirements in relation to personal data.&nbsp; This recommendation seems to have emerged from the ICO&rsquo;s work exploring current and emerging trends in the use of technologies including social media, data analytics and AI in campaigning. As part of this analysis the ICO commissioned the thinktank DEMOS to conduct a study on current and emerging trends in the use of technology in political micro targeting. The results of this study is a report on &ldquo;<a href="">The Future of Political Campaigning</a>&rdquo; which is also released today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In response to the publication of the ICO&rsquo;s reports Antony Walker, Deputy CEO techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;These detailed reports on what is a very complex issue highlight the importance of having a strong and well-resourced data protection regulator. They demand careful reading and consideration.&nbsp; There is a very clear message from the ICO that everyone&nbsp;involved in data has a responsibility for building and retaining the trust and confidence of the people who use their services. Trust, however, cannot be given. It must be earned.&nbsp; Compliance with the law and GDPR is just the starting point.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is an issue that goes beyond&nbsp;compliance. The ICO&rsquo;s report raises real ethical questions around truthfulness, fairness and respect.&nbsp;techUK stands ready to help the ICO, and the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, in developing effective policy approaches to ethical questions related to the use of data driven technologies in political campaigning.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office & MoJ Publish Reviews of Major Projects Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:41:02 +0100 CRM Sync The 23 major programmes across Home Affairs and Justice have been given RAG ratings in the Infrastructure and Projects Authority annual report. <p>Last week Government Departments across Whitehall published their Major Projects Portfolio data, in support of the &nbsp;the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) annual report</a>. The Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) comprises over 130 large and complex projects, and this annual report tracks the progress of these projects, highlights good practice and challenges, and gives each project a RAG rating.</p> <p><strong>Home Office</strong><br> Of the <a href="" target="_blank">Home Office&rsquo;s 12 projects in the GMPP</a>, seven received a rating of Amber, meaning that while issues exist, these &ldquo;appear resolvable at this stage and, if addressed promptly, should not present a cost/schedule overrun.&rdquo; And the Communications Capabilities Development &amp; Home Office Biometrics Programmes were given ratings of Amber/Green, which is fairly impressive given the complexity of the programmes.</p> <p>However, both the Disclosure and Barring Service, and Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programmes were rated as Amber/Red, meaning that &ldquo;successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas,&rdquo; which is concerning.</p> <p>And the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) was one of eight projects in the entire GMPP to be rated Red, as &ldquo;successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable.&rdquo; The major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality do not appear to be resolvable. The review concluded that &ldquo;I<em>n the light of continuing challenges with some of the authority projects and subsequent evidence of further slippage from the main suppliers, work has started on a full scale programme re-plan. The aim is to complete the re-plan, engage in commercial renegotiations and recalculate the Full Business Case (FBC) numbers by late September 2018.</em>&rdquo;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ministry of Justice</strong><br> The <a href="" target="_blank">Ministry of Justice has 11 projects in the GMPP</a>. Two (Shared Services Evolve; Berwyn Programme) were given Amber/Greens ratings. Five were rated Amber/Red (Electronic Monitoring; CJS Common Platform; HMCTS Reform; Prison Estate Transformation Programme; Transforming Compliance Enforcement Programme), and the rest were Amber.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So of the 23 major projects across the Home Office &amp; Justice system, over two thirds are rated Amber or Amber/Green. But the 7 projects given ratings of Amber//Red or Red will be of concern to industry and Government alike. techUK looks forward to working with the departments involved to improve their access to innovation and knowledge of market capabilities, to contribute to the successful delivery of major transformation programmes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:37:43 +0100 CRM Sync RAF centenary celebrations continue with spectacular flypast over London <p>In its hundredth year, the Royal Air Force yesterday celebrated both its rich heritage and future, with a magnificent flypast over central London. Formed on 1 April 1918, the RAF was born when The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the world's first independent air force.</p> <p>Large crowds gathered across London yesterday to witness almost a flypast of nearly 100 aircraft representing the past, present and future of the Royal Air Force. From the legendary Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster to the new F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the aircraft flew over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, where they were watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.</p> <p>A particular highlight included 22 Typhoons spelling out 100 as they flew in formation over the palace. The flypast concluded with the famous Red Arrows streaming red, white and blue smoke across the skies of the capital, and a large parade of serving RAF personnel.</p> <p><strong>The head of the Royal Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said:</strong></p> <p>"It is a hugely important day and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations. Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast - this is going to be a tremendous day, and it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today.&rdquo;</p> <p>techUK is enormously proud to actively support and participate in the RAF 100 celebrations, which continue later this year with the RAF 100 Dinner at the Imperial War Museum. If you would like to join us to celebrate the RAF at the dinner, <a href="">you can do so by booking a ticket here.</a></p> <p>The graphics below show the list of aircraft that participated in the flypast, as well as its route across the east of England and London. Also shown is a Typhoon, which took part in the special &lsquo;100&rsquo; formation over Buckingham Palace:<br> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:500px; width:400px"></td> <td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Indian IT Minister holds roundtable on UK India collaboration Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:51:50 +0100 CRM Sync Indian IT and Law and Justice Minister holds roundtable with UK and India Tech Community discussing abundance of opportunities for collaboration. <p>Taking forward their India-UK Tech Alliance, NASSCOM and techUK, in collaboration with GSA, UK held a high level Roundtable discussion with Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics &amp; IT and Law and Justice, Government of India. This was attended by CXO&rsquo;s of leading UK and Indian technology companies in the UK, senior officials from UK and Indian Government, as well as leadership team of NASSCOM, techUK and GSA executives.</p> <p>NASSCOM President, Debjani Ghosh highlighted the role of the technology sector in catapulting the Indo-UK trade partnership. She endorsed the partnership between techUK and NASSCOM that will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger linkages on co-creation, innovation, skilling partnerships and making policy recommendations to generate business confidence, especially keeping Brexit in mind. This is especially critical in a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas. The meeting discussed the need to work collectively to better manage technology challenges like data privacy and security issues, especially in the context of next-gen. technologies i.e. AI, IoT, big data in priority sectors that have huge social impact including healthcare, fin-tech and social inclusion. Union Minister, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the need of both governments to share knowledge, collaborate on research, innovate and create partnerships via deploying complementary technological strengths. Julian David, CEO of TechUK, commented, technology is at the heart of the UK India relationship. We are delighted alongside NASSCOM to welcome Minister Prasad. Collaboration on next generation technologies as well as ensuring a pipeline of future skills is vital for the success of both economies and the benefit of its citizens</p> <p>As a background, the India-UK Tech Alliance was created, on 18th April 2018, as a formal structure by NASSCOM and techUK to increase collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. The Alliance members met on 21st June 2018, and jointly urged the UK Government to support the operationalizing of the joint &ldquo;future skills initiative&rdquo; to upskill UK technology workers to bridge the skills gap and design a flexible immigration system that allows for&nbsp; frictionless mobility of skilled workers between India and UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:48:19 +0100 CRM Sync Former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: ‘Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity’. <p>Yesterday, former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: &lsquo;Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity&rsquo;, which highlights the vital importance of the Defence sector to the UK&rsquo;s economy and makes 41 recommendations for the MOD to consider how best to improve the agility of Defence to procure the capability it needs, and for the department and defence industry more widely in meeting the challenges of the future.</p> <p>Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, he highlighted the significant contributions Defence already makes in term of UK prosperity, including:</p> <ul><li>500,000 people as part of the Defence workforce (1.5% of UK total);</li> <li>25,500 apprentices developing skills;</li> <li>Delivering productivity growth of 15% since 2009, three times as much as the rest of the economy; and</li> <li>An average of &pound;7.3bn exports per annum over the last 5 years.</li> </ul><p>The report, commissioned by the Secretary of State Gavin Williamson in support of the ongoing Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, highlights the wider economic impacts of UK Defence spending. This is done by drilling down beyond top line spending commitments, examining how Defence spending drives economic growth regionally, creates and safeguards jobs in the supply chain, develops highly skilled employees, and provides long term benefits for the UK workforce.</p> <p>Particularly useful within the report are the regional analyses, which highlight the benefits of Defence spending in each of the UK&rsquo;s regions. techUK sees this as a useful metric to measure future success, and hopes that this will continued to be refreshed in the future. We welcome this approach and hope that this report will be used to better express the value Defence brings to both the UK technology sector and the wider economy. Arguably, Defence makes a more balanced contribution to regional economies than some sectors, which tend to be centred around London and the south-east.</p> <p>Similarly useful are the case studies which highlight both the obvious and indirect benefits that Defence R&amp;D investment creates. From techUK member 2iC growing from a micro-SME to exporting CDE funded technology across the 5-Eye nations to the technologies developed at BAE Systems which now help the UK BMX team, all innovation arising from Defence investment is valuable. techUK believes that fostering cross-pollination between industrial sectors is crucial to ensure a competitive Defence sector, and would strongly encourage the MOD to open up as many routes to market as it can, engaging with companies of all sizes and specialisms to pull through disruptive new technologies. SMEs in particular were praised in the report, with Philip Dunne arguing they can play a bigger role, and are often able to deliver innovations with more agility and flexibility than other suppliers. techUK welcomes and reiterates these sentiments, urging the MOD to take advantage of strong SME capabilities both directly and through prime contractors.</p> <p>None of this is possible without a highly skilled workforce. It is clear that Defence punches above its weight in terms of skills development, with 25,500 active apprentices currently enrolled across the sector and proper career-long support provided by many of the UK&rsquo;s largest, best known companies. The loss of Defence related activities would damage the UK&rsquo;s STEM skills base, which benefits the country as employees often move on to related jobs in adjacent sectors. techUK welcomes the report which extolls the virtues of the skills created by those working in the sector, particularly at a time when sectors are jostling for more funding and investment from the government.&nbsp;</p> <p>In summary, this report makes clear that Defence is a major contributor to the UK economy&rsquo;s overall prosperity, especially in terms of its workforce and skills. A large proportion of Defence jobs (both serving and non-serving) are highly skilled and highly-paid, which present long term benefits for the economy. Similarly the Defence sector offers vast opportunities for exports, as demonstrated by the recent ship-building contract with Australia, showing that the sector can continue to grow its footprint internationally for the benefit of the wider UK, in all its regions. techUK hopes that this report will enable the MOD to better demonstrate the significant value of the Defence sector to the UK economy.</p> <p>The report makes 41 recommendations on how the UK can embed prosperity into the thinking of MOD and improve agility throughout procurement processes. Some of these include:</p> <ul><li>The MOD should support DIT plans to strengthen DIT-DSO;</li> <li>As a critical enabler of growth and productivity in both defence and the wider economy, MOD should focus on technical education, skills and training in MOD&rsquo;s strategic approach to prosperity, including when talking with potential investment partners;</li> <li>The MOD and its key suppliers should develop a common approach and format for collecting data, preferably based on a digital solution, to underpin new guidance and metrics on key prosperity factors;</li> <li>MOD should increase agility and pace in defence procurement, adopting a culture more focused on finding the right procurement solutions and less on defining and avoiding obstacles at the outset;</li> <li>In specialist sectors such as space and cyber, the armed forces should consider facilitating whole career flexibility with secondments across Defence, including in industry, at point sduring careers to remove barriers and retain skills;</li> <li>MOD should adopt open architecture across the Defence spectrum; and</li> <li>MOD to consider whether its commitment to spend 1.2% of the defence budget of S&amp;T is sufficient following the Government Industrial Strategy target to raise total UK R&amp;D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.</li> </ul><p>The full report and list of recommendations can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK CEO comment on new DCMS Secretary of State Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:44:29 +0100 CRM Sync techUK CEO, Julian David, congratulates Matt Hancock and welcomes Jeremy Wright to Digital role <p>Commenting on the cabinet reshuffle, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p>"techUK is very sorry to see Matt Hancock move on from the Digital portfolio. As Minister for Digital, then as&nbsp;Secretary of&nbsp;State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt has been a staunch supporter of the UK's tech sector both in Government and in other domestic and international fora.&nbsp;</p> <p>His move to lead the work of the Department for Health and Social Care is a clear recognition of the passion, determination and&nbsp;drive we have seen him show at DCMS.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of us here at techUK now look forward to working with Jeremy Wright and Digital Minister Margot James to continue to build on the success of our industry.</p> <p>As we navigate our exit from the European Union and build a Global Britain, it will be crucial to have a voice at the centre&nbsp;of Government that understands the role the tech sector has to play not just in creating a prosperous economy but in finding solutions to society's most pressing challenges. In Jeremy Wright I am sure we will have an ally and a friend as we continue to build the UK digital economy."</p> Not just EU trade deals that must be rolled over post-Brexit Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:05:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publish report Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector. <p><strong>A report launched today&nbsp;by techUK highlights that urgent decisions are needed&nbsp;on&nbsp;over 750 different EU agreements post-Brexit. The report,&nbsp;Dealing&nbsp;with the deals,&nbsp;suggests&nbsp;that it is not just the loss of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that could undermine the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector&nbsp;but also the loss of hundreds of smaller 'Science and&nbsp;Technology&nbsp;Agreements'&nbsp;with major trading nations&nbsp;that&nbsp;have&nbsp;helped innovative&nbsp;UK&nbsp;businesses secure&nbsp;access to talent and research.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The paper calls for&nbsp;urgent&nbsp;clarity&nbsp;on&nbsp;whether the Government&nbsp;is able to&nbsp;ensure that all the trade agreements,&nbsp;which the UK&nbsp;as a member of the EU&nbsp;is currently party to,&nbsp;can be &lsquo;rolled-over&rsquo; post-Brexit.&#8239;While Government has said it&nbsp;intends for the deals to continue, there has&nbsp;not been&nbsp;any formal confirmation that countries,&nbsp;such as Canada and South Korea,&nbsp;agree.&#8239;Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, recently said that &ldquo;technical reasons&rdquo; may prevent the&nbsp;roll-over of some&nbsp;deals.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the report, techUK says that the Government should prioritise the roll-over of those trade deals that provide the best deal for the UK&rsquo;s service sector and include strong ecommerce chapters that enable UK tech-sector growth.&#8239;It highlights the importance of deals,&nbsp;such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;EU-South Korea agreement, which has led to exports from the UK to South Korea increasing by 67&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in the five years since the deal was signed.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK also states&nbsp;that the&nbsp;UK should update older EU deals to facilitate modern trade&nbsp;post-Brexit.&#8239;For example, the UK should prioritise updating the EU&rsquo;s agreement with Israel, a highly advanced digital economy, which currently only covers tariffs on good and does little to&nbsp;open&nbsp;up&nbsp;trade in services of digital products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the launch of the report&nbsp;Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics&nbsp;at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of focus has been put on how the UK will go about rolling over existing Free Trade Agreements that we benefit from by being in the EU.&nbsp;In reality,&nbsp;the&nbsp;problem goes far deeper. Smaller agreements, such as those on&nbsp;science and&nbsp;technology have brought&nbsp;major&nbsp;benefits to the UK&rsquo;s innovative tech sector.&#8239;These deals help develop our trade with countries,&nbsp;such as China, where even Government accepts we are unlikely to be seeing a fully-fledge free trade deal any time soon.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With over 750 different EU deals that benefit out economy, the Government needs to be prepared to tell business how it will prioritise them and whether there is a path to rolling over these benefits for Britain.&#8239; We believe the UK should ruthlessly prioritise deals that support our modern, digitally enabled economy, such as South Korea and Canada,&nbsp;which go further and faster on trade in service.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Rolling over these deals shouldn&rsquo;t be the end of the story.&#8239; While securing the current benefits of EU deals must be our first task, we can do better in updating deals like the EU/Israel Free Trade Agreement, to work for both of our economies in the 21st&nbsp;Century.&#8239; Reducing tariffs is important, but the real prize for a services-orientated economy like the UK&rsquo;s is deals which&nbsp;open up&nbsp;the market for services and support ecommerce.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report is available for download below.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> A goods-only Brexit means limiting the businesses of the future Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:27:17 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has warns that a Brexit that maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK’s digital economy at a serious disadvantage. <p>Responding to Cabinet discussions at Chequers on the UK&rsquo;s approach to the Future Economic Partnership with the EU, techUK has warned that a Brexit that effectively maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK&rsquo;s highly services-orientated digital economy at a serious disadvantage against their European competitors.</p> <h3>Commenting, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</h3> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Prime Minister has sought to take the tough decisions needed to move the conversation about the UK&rsquo;s plan for our post-Brexit relationship with Europe forward. However, as the Government itself has made clear, a goods only deal would reduce the access for services to the European market.&nbsp; Given that 80% of tech exports are services, and our biggest market remains the EU, this will have very real consequences.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The UK tech sector does not see clear benefits of divergence with the EU.&nbsp;Indeed there has been a strong consensus to maintain alignment on crucial issues such as data protection.&nbsp; A goods only approach would risk UK based tech firms selling into Europe having to comply with two competing regulatory regimes and being unable to guarantee that services can be provided on the same terms to customers in different locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Such a deal also ignores the increasing number of goods that rely on a services contract to operate where divergence would make it harder for UK digital-services businesses to be part of European supply chains.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK agrees that we need a frictionless border for goods, but a Brexit based on goods alone is not one that plays to the strengths of the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.&nbsp; It would create a lop-sided Brexit that causes complexity for business and confusion for consumers.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government announces new Northern Powerhouse body Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:39:49 +0100 CRM Sync Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form a new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse <p>Speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced the creation of the newly formed, <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate">government-funded board called the &lsquo;NP11&rsquo;</a>. NP11 will consist of Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).</p> <p>The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day &lsquo;Council for the North&rsquo; to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.</p> <p>Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:</p> <p>&ldquo;As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England &ndash; this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North&rsquo;s economy into overdrive.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This new body further demonstrates the government&rsquo;s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and can go someway to helping make digital devolution a reality. Working alongside the metro mayors, wider partners across the region, the LEPs are in a unique position to strengthen collaboration across the public and private sector to spur innovation and inward investment. We look forward to work with the NP11 to support the Northern Powerhouse realise its digital ambition.&rdquo;</em></p> <hr><p><strong>Supercharging the Digital Economy</strong></p> <p>If you would like to learn more about the Northern Powerhouse vision and how a smarter approach to technological adoption and innovation can spur inward investment into the Greater Manchester region and the North then techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a> conference is not to be missed!. It&rsquo;s taking place on the 18 October, The Bright Building Manchester and you can <a href="">register here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> A lightbulb moment! Fri, 06 Jul 2018 13:06:18 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog by Mike Hennessey, Corporate Director for Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council <p>A lightbulb moment!<br><br> Last summer, as I sat onboard a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner at 2am waiting to start a massively delayed flight I become somewhat frustrated with the rapidly changing illuminations in the aircraft. The crew, rather than demonstrating the usual emergency procedures, talked proudly of the fact that the aircraft has a lighting array with 1.8 million lighting combinations. Later, in the very wee small hours of the flight I asked a member of cabin crew what was the point of having 1.8 million lighting combinations? She told me they help create a more soothing and stress-free environment for passengers. She said it was designed to help people who may be a little bit disorientated on long flights orientate themselves and become calmer.</p> <p>Now, leap forward a few months and I am sitting in the lounge of a care home talking to the owner and staff about the challenges they face. The care home is beautifully decorated with new furniture, new fittings and refurbished to a very high standard. It looks great, but it is very quiet, there are few residents. The owner tells me it is a constant challenge. It&rsquo;s the biggest issue, recruiting and retaining staff to support residents with dementia. The worst of it are the significant variations in levels of activity. There are peak times, for example, when more staff are needed, but these are not easy to predict so it&rsquo;s difficult to know when to roster extra people on. Creating the right environment can also be a challenge, different background music can help, but creating a relaxing environment which soothes anxious residents is a real challenge</p> <p>As I looked around the room mulling over these challenges, I noticed the rather harsh lights and was reminded of the 1.8 million lighting combinations on the Boeing787. If lighting can be used to create a more pleasant calming and relaxing experience during flight could it play a part in care homes? For example, could it help people with dementia cope with the passage of the time of day or even the changing seasons by using pre-programmed lighting effects?</p> <p>Technology in social care is part significant part of the future, where will the next new idea will come from? The use of lighting effects may have a small part to play in enhancing the lives of residents, but if it allows staff more time to invest in other elements of care it&rsquo;s role could be significant. I think it&rsquo;s certainly worth investigating.&nbsp;</p> techUK Policy Pulse | Your weekly update on tech and digital policy Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:32:08 +0100 CRM Sync For the first time I will admit that I too believe football is coming home... <p>I&rsquo;ve just about calmed down after the excitement of Tuesday night &ndash; just in time to start getting nervous about Saturday. In the meantime, here&rsquo;s a rundown of what&rsquo;s been happening in the world of tech.<br><br> Last week the Government responded to the brilliant <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Lords AI Select Committee report &lsquo;AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?,&rsquo;</span></a> broadly welcoming their recommendations and reiterating the steps Government has taken to ensure the appropriate entities and initiatives exist to address the possibilities that AI can offer. Our&nbsp;colleague, Katherine Mayes, has <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">read and summarised it here.</span></a><br><br> On Tuesday, the Exiting the European Union Select Committee published an extensive report on the importance of maintaining <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">UK-EU data flows post-Brexit.</span></a> The report demonstrates that data flows are part of daily life and there must be a solution in place from the moment the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. <a href="">Read our summary here.</a><br><br> Away from Parliament, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport found time between <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">practicing his parkour skills</span></a> to sit down with Playbook&rsquo;s Jack Blanchard to discuss everything from AI to Brexit. It was an incredibly engaging event that is <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">well worth a watch.</span></a> Read <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">our take on the discussion here</span></a>, particularly on his comments around regulating tech and the idea of a &lsquo;duty of care&rsquo;. To find out more about the history of this idea, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">read this from Will Perrin</span></a>.<br><br> On the same topic, ResPublica have launched a new report entitled <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation,&rsquo;</span></a> looking at how changes to Competition law could improve regulation whilst boosting innovation. This is another significant intervention that will no doubt help inform and shape debate.&nbsp;<br><br> Finally, techUK is very proud to be part of the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Tech Against Trafficking global initiative</span></a> which officially launched this week. The initiative brings together the tech sector, academics and NGOs to look at how technology solutions can be used to fight modern slavery. Already, tech and digital tools have played a large and varied role in fighting this growing crime but more is always possible.</p> <hr><h3><strong>techUK news and events</strong></h3> <p>Next week, techUK is launching a new report, Dealing with Deals. While much of the debate has focused on the opportunities of future deals, the UK is already a party to over 750 existing bilateral and multilateral agreements which will need to be rolled over or renegotiated. This report makes recommendations as to how the UK should go about rolling these deals over post-Brexit, and where some deals might even be improved. To register for the event featuring a panel discussion with Vicky Ford MP, Stephen Timms MP and Tim Durrant (Institute for Government), <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please follow this link.</span></a><br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Our Annual Dinner</span></a> is happening on Wednesday 11 July, the same day that England will be playing in the World Cup Semi-Final (should they reach that stage - which they will, because football is coming home). Not to worry though, we&rsquo;ll have screens showing the game, making it the best viewing party in town.<br><br> techUK was at the UK-France Digital Colloque in Paris yesterday with Matt Hancock for a busy day of collaboration and exploration on important digital issues affecting our respective tech sectors.<br><br> Nominations for Computer Weekly&rsquo;s annual Most Influential Women in UK Technology 2018 close on 9 July. techUK will be on the judging panel and would encourage all of you who work with or know brilliant women in the sector <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">to nominate them for this prestigious list.</span></a><br><br> Finally,&nbsp;this week&rsquo;s good tech story is more funny than good &ndash; watch <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson get interrupted by Siri</span></a> in the middle of a very serious Commons statement on Syria.<br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Welcomes New Board Members Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:44:38 +0100 Liz Cobbson (techUK) techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. <p>techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. Elected board members sit for a three-year term from July 2018 to July 2021.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Lawson</a>, EVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Laura Bailey</a>, Chairperson, Qadre<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Simon Hansford</a>, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud</p> <p>Thank you to all techUK members who stood for a position and to all those who voted in the recent elections.</p> <p>We are also pleased to announce newly selected members to the board</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ashish Gupta</a>, Corporate Vice President and Head EMEA, HCL<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Kulveer Ranger</a>, Vice-President, Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&amp;I<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Neil Sawyer</a>, Commercial Channel &amp; Education Director, HP Inc.<br /><a href="about/our-board/item/12778-alex-towers" target="_blank">Alex Towers</a>, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Wenbing Yao</a>, Vice-President, Business Development &amp; Partnerships, Huawei Technologies</p> <p>Please see full board member listing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Have your say: Digital-first primary care & its payment implications Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:16:03 +0100 CRM Sync NHS England engagement: Have your say on digital-first primary care and its implications for general practice payments <p><strong>Communication from NHS England:</strong></p> <p>Digital systems will be integral to a modern, efficient and responsive health service. Well-designed digital tools are already helping to provide care and services that are convenient for patients, efficient for the NHS and which get people the right care for them as quickly as possible.</p> <p>However, we face a challenge to ensure that the way we commission, contract and pay for care keeps up with the opportunities digital innovation offers - ensuring that new technology is safely integrated into health and care pathways, whilst not unfairly destabilising existing services.</p> <p>With fair payments in mind, NHS England has reviewed the implications of digital models and is seeking your views.</p> <p><a href="">Our analysis</a>&nbsp;concludes that there are a number of ways in which the payments for general practice may need to be updated to account for the emergence of digital-first innovative primary care providers, related to:</p> <ul><li>The rurality index payment;</li> <li>The London adjustment; and</li> <li>A reduction in the payment to practices for patients who live outside of the practice catchment area.</li> </ul><p>We are also seeking wider views about how general practice payment models can best support innovation.</p> <p>It is important to recognise that this is a first step, informed by the evidence available. As our understanding of new delivery models evolves and matures further action may be necessary.</p> <p>Further information about the proposals are available in the&nbsp;<a href="">document we have published to support this public engagement</a>.</p> <p>The outcome of this engagement will inform GP contract negotiations for 2019 - 2020 between NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association.</p> <p><a href="">Link to the online survey</a></p> Competition: Airport vehicle checkpoint screening Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:46:47 +0100 CRM Sync A Defence & Security Accelerator £1m competition to find new solutions to this challenge. <p>The Home Office, Department for Transport and the Defence &amp; Security Accelerator have&nbsp;launched a competition to find innovative solutions for <a href="" target="_blank">airport vehicle checkpoint screening</a>.</p> <p>This &pound;1m competition is focusing on new solutions to the challenge of vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports, in order to prevent explosives, weapons and other threats from accessing the secure airside area.&nbsp;</p> <p>The competition seeks to identify innovative solutions to deliver a step change in screening vehicles at (Vehicle Check Points) VCPs, addressing three of the areas which represent the most time-consuming and laborious screening processes as follows:</p> <ul><li>vehicle engine compartments: both conventional bonnet and &lsquo;tilt cab&rsquo;.</li> <li>bulky loads such as: construction materials; large liquids (including fuel containers) or sealed packages.</li> <li>screening other hard to search parts of the vehicle, such as the driver&rsquo;s cab or load space.</li> </ul><p>In addition to new screening techniques, they are also interested in existing technologies being adapted to work within the&nbsp;VCP&nbsp;setting. All solutions must be capable of being used within the physical and operational constraints of VCPs, which often have limited space.</p> <p>Further details are <a href="" target="_blank">available here</a>, contracts are expected to be awarded in <strong>January 2019 and will run for 6 months</strong>. It is expected that a second phase of funding will be made available to help further develop promising projects from the innovation track.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Positive outlook on future of tech from Matt Hancock Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:09:45 +0100 CRM Sync At an event organised by Politico and BSI, Matt Hancock gave a positive view on the future of tech in the UK post-Brexit. <p>At an event organised by Politico and BSI, techUK was encouraged to hear a positive vision being put forward by the Secretary of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, as he demonstrated his passion for tech and the power of digital technologies. Having come from a tech background himself, with other family members also working in tech, he certainly has a grip over the challenging elements of his Cabinet brief.</p> <p>Making clear he thought that the impact of tech on the UK would be far greater than Brexit in the long term, the Secretary of State was confident that the UK would not lose its tech crown to other European countries post-Brexit. His confidence is based on the fact that the UK is the third largest tech hub in the world, after the US and China, and is still seeing record levels of tech investment.</p> <p>That is not to say he doesn&rsquo;t recognise the risks that Brexit brings, particularly recognising the importance of continued data flows between the UK and the EU and access to the best skilled talent. However on both fronts he was confident the UK would get a deal which would ensure the continued success of the UK tech sector. Only time will tell if his confidence will be justified.</p> <p>The Secretary of State was clear about the challenges he sees with the development of tech and is determined to tackle them. He clearly strongly believes the UK can be a world leader in its approach to tech regulation, using both legislative and non-legislative tools to tackle what he sees as the biggest harms of technology. However, he was also passionate about technology itself solving problems caused by tech, for example new AI systems designed to surface aggressive content online.</p> <p>Encouragingly he recognised that the upsides of tech do outweigh the downsides, specifically calling out the transformative effects Artificial Intelligence could have in healthcare and transport.</p> <p>Declaring himself the &lsquo;Minister for Fun&rsquo;, following videos of him learning to &lsquo;moonwalk&rsquo; and taking &lsquo;parkour&rsquo; lessons, Matt Hancock suggested at these times the country needs a bit of fun. He might be right. But the UK also needs to show leadership on tech and digital issues, given technology increasingly underpins both economy and society. Matt Hancock is clearly someone who is determined to make his mark on the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK supports European Parliament Copyright Directive delay Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:14:08 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the decision of MEPs to reject the European Parliament’s report on the proposed Copyright Directive. <p>Commenting on the decision today of MEPs to reject the European Parliament&rsquo;s JURI Committee&rsquo;s report on the proposed Copyright Directive, Antony Walker, techUK deputy CEO, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The European Parliament is right to have delayed the Copyright Directive today. The proposed legislation would have had significant consequences for online services and the millions of people who use them. The proposals would have prevented people from sharing online content and there would have been unavoidable conflicts with fundamental rights.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are very pleased that MEPs have allowed more time to develop better solutions that achieve the right balance between the rights of copyright holders and ordinary people. techUK congratulates MEPs on this decision which will hopefully ensure a fair and balanced approach going forward which maintains a free and open internet.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Funding opportunity to develop next generation services Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:56:24 +0100 CRM Sync Apply now for your chance to get your share of £12 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to develop AI and data enabled products and services. <p>UK business and research organisations can apply for a share of &pound;12 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.&nbsp;This is to develop AI and data enabled products and services within accountancy, insurance and legal services.</p> <p>This competition is part of the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Next Generation Services Challenge</span></a>, which looks to create new opportunities forbusinesses and researchers to work together to develop the next generation of services.</p> <p>All projects should show how they will address challenges which will delay or adversely impact adoption. For example, this can include issues around&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">ethics, privacy, bias and transparency</span></a>&nbsp;and how people&rsquo;s acceptance and behaviours will affect the service transformation.</p> <p>This is a linked competition. Funding 2 strands:</p> <ul><li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Large consortia projects</span></a>&nbsp;addressing common, sector-wide challenges requiring a co-ordinated approach across, for example, supply chains or regulators. These projects can include academic researchers in social sciences, humanities, computer science and mathematics. These projects need to show significant transformational impact on the sector.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Smaller projects</span></a>&nbsp;aiming to apply AI and data techniques in new ways within accountancy, insurance and legal services. These smaller projects can be from single companies or small consortia.</li> </ul><p>The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15&nbsp;August 2018,12:00pm. For further information on how to apply, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please follow the link&nbsp;here</span></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> MCPD and Specified Generator Controls Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Comments to submit to the Environment Agency on their guidance for MCPD and Specified Generator Controls. <p>Please click below to download the document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Avoiding trial and error recruiting Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Malcolm Milligan explains that selecting new staff by trial and error can become extremely costly and disruptive, however, there is a better way. <p><strong><span style="background-color:#ffffff; color:#0000ff">Malcolm Milligan explains that selecting new staff by trial and error can become extremely costly and disruptive, however, there is a better way. </span></strong></p> <p><span style="background-color:#3366ff; color:#0000ff"><span style="background-color:#ffffff">Does this sound familiar?</span></span></p> <p>Your latest new recruit has turned out to be a Jekyll and Hyde character. The articulate, charming, highly qualified individual you were so excited about winning from the competition has, in a few short weeks, created mayhem in your organisation.<br> Many of your long term and highly valued staff are threatening to walk out, your most valuable customers are in revolt - even your personal car parking space has been claimed by the newcomer. This cannot possibly be the same person who impressed you during the interviews, and you subsequently hired - or can it?</p> <p>Selection errors like this are not only irritating and depressing, they are also very costly. You know only too well that if you were able to recruit the right people, first time, you would avoid all this unpleasantness and disharmony.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">What&rsquo;s the problem?</span></p> <p>Learning by 'living with' and repeating past selection errors is just not a cost- effective way of running your business in the competitive and &ldquo;fast forward in everything&rdquo; commercial climate of today.</p> <p>Hiring the wrong person can, and sometimes does, put small companies out of business. Even large organisations with highly qualified and very professional HR departments can make selection errors.</p> <p>There are instances every year of multinational companies hiring a high-ranking executive who just did not fit in with the existing Corporate Ethos and, subsequently, suffering a huge dent in the bottom line as a result of the experience. Fees paid to head hunters, costs of 'settling in' the new person, and the final ignominy of having to pay the failed hire a huge severance payment. They may add up to millions in some cases.</p> <p>So how could such things happen to you when you are so fastidious in checking references and chatting with previous employers of an individual? The candidate had all the relevant qualifications. They had exactly the experience you were looking for and their previous employer gave them first class written reference and a glowing verbal one. Oh! and don't forget the professionally crafted CV - they all often only serve to deceive.</p> <p>Did you ask yourself, "Why then are they leaving"? "Why is their previous employer seemingly happy to let them go"? I think you will all know the answer to those questions.</p> <p>When we buy expensive machinery, we ensure that the small print covers us against consequential loss in the event of mechanical failure. However, why then when recruiting staff do we allow ourselves to fail to take the necessary steps to protect us against making wrong hiring decisions.<br> Unfortunately, when we interview someone, we seldom see the person as they really are. These days candidates are able to be coached, so they are often more adept at the interview process than the interviewer. They become interview savvy and hide behind a well-constructed interview mask.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">So, what can be done about it? </span></p> <p>The business owners and business managers of today have a plethora of selection tools and instruments they are able to take advantage of - some are designed to help build you a defence against the interview savvy candidate.</p> <p>Certain Psychometric instruments give you Advanced Candidate Knowledge (ACK), that is, they offer you an insight into the behavioural signature of the candidate before you meet them. The psychometric questionnaire should be completed in advance. You then have the advantage of much pertinent information prior to your interview, which allows you to set your agenda more precisely.</p> <p>There are three Prime Categories of Psychometric Assessments - clinical, educational and occupational (usually a form of &lsquo;DISC&rsquo;-based assessment). They can and do vary dramatically in price, complexity and ease of use. They also vary in what they assess - ability, aptitudes and interests, attitudes and values, behaviour and personality (typically DISC), and knowledge and skills.</p> <p>Some instruments are very deep, clinical psychological instruments, which require interpretation by highly qualified, experienced psychologists. If you have the time, the money and the need, they should of course be considered.</p> <p>My personal view is, that if a management tool is to be of real and practical value, it must be scientifically proven, simple to operate and easy to administer.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">Using a DISC-based system</span></p> <p>Over the years I have found DISC-based theory platforms to be the most suitable for my purposes. DISC measures four behavioural tendencies: Dominance (D), Inducement (I), Submission (S), and Compliance (C). They are helpful because they are, in the main, unpretentious and may be used effectively (with appropriate training) by most levels of management. DISC theory-based profiling systems are amongst those most frequently used universally by industry and commerce.</p> <p>Training in the use of any DISC-based instrument is vital so that maximum benefit may be enjoyed from these systems. This is usually available from the system vendor, however, finance for training purposes is often a more difficult sale to than the purchase of the original system software! The positive difference made by properly trained analysts, skilled in the use and interpretation of these instruments is immense.</p> <p>There are a number of ways in which psychometric profiling instruments such as DISCUS may assist you:</p> <ul style="list-style-type:circle"><li>As a part of your recruitment and selection procedure</li> <li>As part of your assessment process</li> <li>To help select team members for specific tasks</li> <li>For individual career guidance and development purposes.</li> <li>As part of a mentoring programme</li> <li>For task and job profiling</li> <li>To identify individual learning style and pace</li> <li>To confirm employee job compatibility</li> <li>For self-awareness and personal improvement by individuals</li> <li>To identify the most appropriate management style for employees</li> <li>To identify an individual's management style</li> <li>For outplacement and redeployment purposes</li> <li>Identification of response style to authority</li> <li>Relationship management between individuals</li> <li>Team building</li> <li>Conflict management</li> </ul><p>And many more.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">The sales recruitment process </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">I will now concentrate on the recruitment and selection process because finding and keeping good sales personnel is not an easy task. Getting it wrong and reflecting back on past selection errors can be a painful and embarrassing business. Unless you are a trained personnel professional, the entire recruitment process can be a pretty daunting task.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">It would be foolhardy to suggest that any management tool, scientific or otherwise, could forever, solve the issue of recruitment and selection error, however, there are instruments which may help you reduce the failure rate. DISCUS is but one of a number of DISC-based instruments available. Just select the one which works best for you. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Where the Human Element is involved there can be no cast iron guarantees of success, however, I suggest that, if used with sensitivity and applied with professionalism psychometric instruments can fulfil a positive role in your business. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">Using a psychometric profiling system </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Suppose you want to recruit a good sales person. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">The first step is to profile the specific sales role you have in mind. To do this it is useful to have input from the various types of people who will be in contact with the new job holder, including customers if appropriate. This will offer a 360-degree view of the position. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">The actual profiling is done by completing a pro forma questionnaire about the purpose, role and function of the job. This takes about ten minutes and the results are then entered into the system. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">A detailed report is produced immediately. If the report does not accurately reflect what you are looking for, there are a number of ways in which you may edit the results until the printout is exactly what you are looking for. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Once you have a report which you are happy with, you are ready to match candidates with the job role. If you are advertising for the vacancy you may find it helpful to refer to the text. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">Now you are ready for your first candidate </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Have the candidate complete the profile questionnaire (I would always select a sentence set questionnaire) before they meet with the interviewer. This is important to maintain as much objectivity as possible. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">It is also very important to make the candidate aware that the completion of the questionnaire is NOT a test. They should be informed that there are no right or wrong answers, just their answers which will simply offer an overview of their personal style. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">It will of course also give the interviewer a reliable agenda to follow. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">The interviewer then considers the profile report and makes note of any points of significant interest which may have a bearing on the appointment. These may then be discussed in detail with the candidate. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">The report will offer much information on things such as the candidate's decision-making style, learning style, organisation and planning style and interpersonal skills. It will also provide useful information about how the candidate really feels about their current or immediate past job. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">Such systems DO NOT to my knowledge predict success. They do though identify fairly accurately the personal style and likely patterns of behaviour under differing circumstances. This information will certainly help to determine whether the candidate is a good fit for the corporate culture in general and the local team in particular.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#0000ff">Job detail feedback </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000">You have now come close to </span>the end of your series of interviews. You feel that you have explained in great detail just what the job entails. Now it is time to check to see how accurate a portrayal you gave of the job on offer.<br> You do this by asking the candidate, based upon the knowledge they now have, to complete a job profile questionnaire for the role they have been interviewed for.</p> <p>Be prepared for a shock!</p> <p>So often we believe we have accurately explained all the relevant facts to the new recruit, we also assume that they have been actively listening all of the time.</p> <p>Sadly, often, they retain only a fraction of what is said and would go away with a completely distorted picture. By using this technique, you are able to cover off any misinterpretations and misunderstandings which would otherwise come back to haunt you both in the near future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&copy; 1999-2018 MSM Commercial Services&nbsp;</p> <hr><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Malcolm S Milligan FinstSMM has been involved in sales, marketing and human resources management issues for many years. After working for HM Customs and Excise straight from school, in 1962 he became a retail sales representative for a major computer stationery manufacturing company. Then in 1968 he joined the Life Assurance Industry as a self-employed salesman and over the next 24 years held Senior Branch Management and Regional Director posts.</p> <p>Malcolm has helped to build and develop the careers of many hundreds of sales and management personnel over the years. Since his first introduction to psychometric profiling in 1968, he has closely studied many psychometric offerings. It was a natural progression for him to become highly active in this field of human resource management.</p> <p><strong>Malcolm S Milligan</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a> Skype 'discmaster'</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"> </a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p> Home Office Publishes Biometrics Strategy Wed, 04 Jul 2018 16:39:44 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office Biometrics Strategy has been long awaited. It gives an overview of the current biometrics projects going on in the Home Office and law enforcement, and outlines the direction of travel. <p>The Home Office has published its long-awaited <a href="">Biometrics Strategy</a>. The Strategy, which was initially due some years ago, sets out the &ldquo;overarching framework within which organisations in the Home Office sector will consider and make decisions on the use and development of biometric technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document outlines the current biometrics use cases across the Government, and the programmes to develop capabilities that are already in the pipeline. Industry suppliers may be interested in the Annex to the Strategy, which gives an overview of current biometric uses, legislation, oversight and governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While welcoming the Strategy as a basis for a more informed public debate on biometrics, <a href="" target="_blank">the Biometrics Commissioner commented</a> &ldquo;u<em>nfortunately the strategy says little about what future plans the Home Office has for the use of biometrics and the sharing of biometric data. A debate is needed given the rapid improvements in biometric matching technologies and the increasing ability to hold and analyse large biometric databases.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK was pleased to contribute to a <a href="" target="_blank">recent briefing note by the Parliamentary Office of Science &amp; Technology</a> on Biometrics Technology. This briefing note is intended to provide a balanced and accessible overview of the technology to inform Parliamentarians. Given the potential of biometrics to transform delivery of certain public services, and in light of the ethical and legal issues involved, it will be crucial that MPs and Peers are able to be adequately informed as they debate this subject.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK co-publisher of the newly launched Local Digital Declaration Wed, 04 Jul 2018 13:52:59 +0100 CRM Sync The declaration outlines a shared ambition for the future of local public services <p>Today see&rsquo;s the launch of the <a href="">Local Digital Declaration</a>, a shared ambition for the future of local public services written by a collective of local authorities, sector bodies and government departments. It outlines a shared ambition for improved collaboration and creating the conditions needed for the next generation of local public services.</p> <p>techUK is pleased to be a co-publisher of the Declaration, and if your organisation is working to improve local services they can <a href="">sign-up to the Declaration here.</a></p> <p><strong>Responding to the Local Digital Declaration, techUK CEO Julian David commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We applaud central government for listening to the needs of local government and launching The Local Digital Declaration, which will go some way to help create the environment that enables improved collaboration and genuine end-to-end transformation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We have too often seen various local government digital initiatives come and go, so it is welcome to see that the Declaration is committing resources to realise the ambition set out. techUK has long called for central government to realise the convening role it can play to help local authorities identify common building blocks and sharing of common approaches to support transformation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK stands ready to work with MHCLG, GDS and local authorities on the challenge set out to industry in the Declaration. We have championed open standards and interoperability, as evident in our Health &amp; Social Care Interoperability Charter. We look forward to working with partners across the local government eco-system to create the conditions needed to deliver improved and efficient local public services that improve outcomes for all citizens.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Chair of techUK&rsquo;s Local Public Services Committee &amp; CEO of Shaping Cloud Carlos Oliveira commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK&rsquo;s Local Public Services Committee (LPSC) welcomes the launch of the Local Digital Declaration and it is an ambition we share. The LPSC mission is to create the environment needed to enable meaningful change and collaboration at the local digital level. &nbsp;We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) and the new local digital collaboration unit to realise the ambition it sets out to achieve, as well as working alongside them and other key partners on open standards and interoperability, areas we are actively looking at and championing.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It really is an exciting time for local government transformation. Today&rsquo;s Declaration will help to scale-up existing good work that is happening across the country and alongside the work of techUK help grow the local government market. As a committee we are here to help, listen and work with local government to ensure our local public services are the most effective and efficient for all citizens.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cloud at the core of business innovation Wed, 04 Jul 2018 09:41:51 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Susan Bowen from Cogeco Peer 1 discusses how you can navigate your journey to the cloud and grow your business. <p>The cloud is fast becoming necessary for businesses in a world governed by data. According to new statistics, by 2021 at least 50% of the global GDP will be digitalised, with growth in every industry driven by digitally enhanced offerings, operations and relationships [1]. Cloud has emerged as a strategic enabler for organisations of all sizes, and by now there are few IT decision-makers who aren&rsquo;t at least aware of the cloud, or the opportunities it creates. Awareness however, doesn&rsquo;t always mean understanding, and there are still concerns and questions that remain unanswered.</p> <p>Businesses have long relied on technology to stay ahead of the competition and it has enabled organisations to streamline, innovate and compete. To thrive, organisations need to be constantly learning and reinventing themselves, innovating with better methods, services and products than their competitors. In order to successfully implement this level of innovation, organisations require an agile environment that supports the pace of fast-changing business needs, allowing for more flexibility and efficiency than is offered by traditional methods.</p> <p>Many businesses are already on some kind of cloud journey, or at the very least seriously considering it. Eighty-five per cent of customers today are now beyond the discovery phase, having implemented some form of cloud offering to their enterprise [2]. However, the shift is still emerging, and its potential is huge. Less than fifteen per cent of businesses have reached broad implementation, meaning that we will continue to see significant change in how businesses compete.</p> <p>The surge in cloud adoption allows organisations to move away from the manual efforts, processes and procedures of traditional networks. Simply put, cloud embraces the efficiencies of automation so that IT can better support business needs in an increasingly connected world. But the question is &ndash; how do you get there?</p> <p>Today customers are faced with a lot of choice, and the journey to the cloud may appear ever more complex. While no two journeys are identical, and no two businesses even begin from the same place, picking the one that&rsquo;s right for your organisation is crucial to long-term success.</p> <p>Cloud is not the future, it&rsquo;s already here, and at Cogeco Peer 1 we work with various enterprises globally on their journey, helping them unlock the potential of their business by designing, building and managing hybrid IT solutions. Migrations to the cloud are rarely simple, one cloud won&rsquo;t fit all, but one service provider can. By evaluating the structure and needs of your company, it&rsquo;s possible to find the best fit for your business. The sooner that organisations adopt cloud technology properly, the better positioned they are in today&rsquo;s increasingly competitive business climate.</p> <p>For more details on designing your own unique journey to the cloud, <a href=";utm_medium=Cogeco%20Peer%201%20Leads&amp;utm_campaign=Navigating%20your%20cloud%20journey&amp;utm_term=cdw-Cogeco%20peer%201&amp;utm_content=Cogeco-peer-1%7C%20White%20Paper%20%7C%20Navigating%20your%20cloud%20journey"><span style="color:#0000FF">download the &lsquo;Your Cloud, Your Business&rsquo; e-book here</span></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>[1] IDC 2018</p> <p>[2] Cogeco Peer 1 &lsquo;Your Cloud, Your Business&rsquo; e-book 2018; Inc. 5000</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Brexit Select Committee publishes report on data flows Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:50:14 +0100 CRM Sync Read Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics Giles Derrington's statement on the newly released Government report on UK-EU data flows post-Brexit. <p>The Exiting the European Union Select Committee <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">has today published an extensive report</span></a> on the importance of maintaining UK-EU data flows post-Brexit. The report demonstrates that data flows are part of daily life and there must be a solution in place from the moment the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.</p> <p>As the report outlines, the EU&rsquo;s data protection framework requires third countries, as the UK will be post-Brexit, to apply and be assessed for an adequacy agreement to allow data to flow freely between the EU and that third country. There are alternative mechanisms available to conduct data transfers however as the Committee&rsquo;s report concludes these are not suitable alternatives to an adequacy agreement.</p> <p>The Committee&rsquo;s report quotes heavily from techUK and UK Finance&rsquo;s report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;No Interruptions: options for the future UK EU data sharing relationship&rsquo;</span></a>, as well as oral evidence given to the Committee by techUK&rsquo;s Giles Derrington.</p> <p>The Select Committee&rsquo;s report also assesses the UK Government&rsquo;s recent proposals on data flows and compares them to the EU&rsquo;s position. The UK has proposed a bespoke relationship on data protection, which would see continued regulatory cooperation, going beyond &lsquo;normal&rsquo; adequacy&rsquo;. The proposals would see the UK and EU agree an international treaty which would include the free flow of data, an ongoing role for the UK Information Commissioner&rsquo;s Office on the European Data Protection Board and UK participation in the one-stop-shop mechanism. In carrying out its assessment the Committee&rsquo;s report recognises that in order to improve the changes of successful negotiation based on the UK&rsquo;s proposals, the UK will have to accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ in some situations.</p> <p>The report did not receive the unanimous backing of the DExEU Select Committee, with two members, Craig Mackinlay MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, voting against the report&rsquo;s conclusions.</p> <p>Commenting on the publication of the report Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics, techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK welcomes this report as a comprehensive, detailed and is a useful contribution to ongoing discussions about data flows. Securing the free flow of data post Brexit is increasingly being recognised as a priority issue for all UK businesses and it is significant that the Committee has chosen to publish a standalone report on the issue.&nbsp; They are right to make clear that an adequacy agreement is the best existing way to ensure data can continue to flow post-Brexit. The report also rightly recognises the benefits of the UK government&rsquo;s proposals while offering an honest critique and assessment about what the UK government must do to succeed in those negotiations. techUK remains of the view that a continued close relationship on data protection is in the mutual interest of UK and EU governments, businesses and citizens, but this will likely mean compromise on both sides of the negotiations.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK SPF - Cluster 1: Future Spectrum Demand - Meeting Notes Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:26:48 +0100 CRM Sync The second in a series of SPF workshops focusing on Future Spectrum Demand. This meeting covered the topics of digital TV, PMSE and business radio. <p><!-- <script src="/templates/t3_blank/js/all.min.js"></script>-->UK SPF - Cluster 1: Future Spectrum Demand (2/3)<!-- META FOR IOS & HANDHELD --><!-- Social Meta --><!-- KKK --><!-- Le HTML5 shim, for IE6-8 support of HTML5 elements --><!--[if lt IE 9]> <script src="//"></script> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/templates/t3_blank/css/ltie9.css" /> <![endif]--><!--[if !IE]><!--><!-- Added for issue with wk-slidshow for IE9 and IE8 --><!--[if lte IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/templates/t3_blank/css/lteie9.css" /> <![endif]--><iframe frameborder="0" height="0px" id="stSegmentFrame" name="stSegmentFrame" scrolling="no" width="0px"></iframe>&nbsp;- meeting notes<!--StartFragment--></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> Thursday 28 June 2018<br><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD<br><strong>Chair:</strong> Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason</p> <p>These presentations are from the second in a series of SPF workshops focusing on Future Spectrum Demand. This meeting covered the topics of digital TV, PMSE and business radio and the presentations are available embedded and&nbsp;PDF.</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> <p><strong>Introductions and aim of workshop</strong><br> Janette Stewart, Analysys Mason and Cluster 1 Chair</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <p><strong>PMSE in UHF</strong><br> Presentation from Mark Waddell, Chair of the DTG PMSE Group</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Future spectrum needs for DTT</strong><br> Presentation from Jon Steel, Digital UK</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Business radio spectrum needs</strong><br> Presentation from Tim Cull,&nbsp;FCS</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Emerging technology developments in the UHF band users and the impact on the future spectrum demand</strong><br> Presentation from Dr Abhaya Sumanasena, Real Wireless&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Wrap up</strong><br> Janette Stewart, Analysys Mason and Cluster 1 Chair</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More information about the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a>&nbsp;is available here.&nbsp;SPF workshops are&nbsp;held under Chatham House Rule to enable cross-industry collaborative discussion.</p> <p>"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the&nbsp;<a href="">Chatham House Rule</a>, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Event: The Data Ask - Startups in Intelligent Mobility Tue, 03 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Hear from startups and data holders, have your say on data structures, testbeds and biggest data gaps. <p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to register for this event</a></p> <p>Intelligent mobility is meant to bring about seamless travel; data infrastructure is crucial to this vision, as are a number of new startups and other enterprises complementing large, traditional transport providers.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first of three pilot events to test the wider interest for a London-based industry innovation network focused on intelligent mobility. The idea behind the network is to enhance mobility for London and beyond by improving the impact of innovators.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will explore the kinds of data that startups need to deliver on the intelligent mobility promise and learn more about the issues facing data holders. It will start with a panel discussion featuring to startups and two data holders, followed by refreshments and three interactive sessions lead by experts where attendees are able to share their own views.</p> <p>Panellists include:</p> <ul><li>Duncan Robertson, Head of Government Affairs at Mobike UK</li> <li>Andrew Malczyk, Product Owner at GoPark (Ford Smart Mobility)</li> <li>Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey's Open Innovation Hub</li> <li>Nick Wilson, Information Strategy, Customer Portfolio Directorate, Rail Delivery Group</li> <li>Chair: Ann Thorpe, UCL Transport Institute</li> </ul><p>Expert-led Interactive Session topics:</p> <ul><li>Testbeds - what data infrastructure would be great?</li> <li>Data Formats - preferred structures and methods?</li> <li>Current data landscape - what's available, biggest gaps?</li> </ul><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to register for this event</a></p> NHS App could revolutionise how we access services Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:58:08 +0100 CRM Sync But what does it mean for industry? <p>A decade after Apple launched the Appstore, the NHS is launching a new mobile app to make it quicker and easier to access health services.&nbsp;For a generation of Britons who have grown up accessing everything from mobile banking to grocery shopping through an app, the launch cannot come soon enough.</p> <p>Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the app as a "birthday present from the NHS to the British people", 70 years after it was founded.&nbsp;There have been laudable efforts to achieve channel shift in the NHS &ndash; but they have been disparate initiatives, often explicitly precluded from achieving anything like national scale. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s been a long time coming, but the app could be a game changer for a service that still relies heavily on physical queues and second class stamps.</p> <p>The app will not be launched until December, but promises to allow users to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access their own GP record. Users will also be able to sign up as organ donors, decide how their health data is used and get 111-style advice. This is the low-hanging fruit of digitisation &ndash; functionality that we know is possible because it is happening in other industries and in other geographies. Three out of five interactions with the NHS are to book, change or cancel appointments so there are huge potential savings from digitising the process for the majority of users.</p> <h4>What are the implications for industry?</h4> <p>The app has been developed by NHS England and NHS Digital.</p> <p>A unified, user-friendly front end is no doubt good for the public but could crowd out a number of apps that have already been developed as a &lsquo;front door&rsquo; to our health system. Similarly, the NHS has been encouraging privately developed online triage services through pilots over the years. An in-house digital 111 service opens obvious questions to how these players work with the NHS in the future. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The buy vs build question will no doubt be at the forefront of discussions between industry and the NHS in the coming weeks. It looks like the app will rely on some industry solutions but exclude others. Industry needs clear, consistent, long-term messages about where opportunities exist if they are to invest in creating world-class health tech with the NHS in mind.</p> <p>Like any system, the NHS app will only be as good as the data it relies on. A user-friendly front end will be welcome, but it can only work if secure, digitised, interoperable health records exist behind the veneer. The initial commitment is that people will be able to access their GP record. But the real value in health data is when it can be connected across different settings. Questions remain as to the ambition and scale of the app beyond its initial launch.</p> <h4>Find out more</h4> <p>techUK is co-hosting two industry engagement events with NHS England and NHS Digital in London and Leeds. The events will give industry the opportunity to see the plans in more detail and ask questions from the strategy and delivery teams.</p> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF">NHS App Consultation Event - London</span></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF">NHS App Consultation Event - Leeds</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul><p>The DHSC press release announcing the app <a href="" target="_blank">can be found here</a>.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DE&S Engineering Delivery Partner Announcement Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:59:22 +0100 CRM Sync Aurora Engineering Partnership opens procurement process to support MOD's DE&S as its Engineering Delivery Partner <p>As part of its ongoing transformation strategy, the MOD's Defence, Equipment &amp; Support (DE&amp;S) organisation is collaborating with industry to establish an Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP).&nbsp;</p> <p>QinetiQ, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and BMT have collaborated to form the Aurora Engineering Partnership which, subject to contract, will support the Defence Equipment &amp; Support (DE&amp;S) as the Engineering Delivery Partner over the next 10 years.</p> <p>The partnership is currently in negotiations with DE&amp;S with a view to starting service delivery later this year, and is now seeking expressions of interest in joining a provider network to help drive benefits in DE&amp;S through the delivery of engineering services.</p> <p>The Aurora Engineering Partnership is inviting companies who have the expertise and experience to help deliver increased performance and productivity in DE&amp;S to register their interest by going to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> where they will be kept up-to-date on the procurement process and associated events.</p> <p>The partnership&nbsp;will bring together cross-sector and non-defence experience, harmonise ways of working and build an impressive provider network of niche and specialist, small to medium sized enterprises (SME), driving efficiencies and savings through delivery of the Engineering Services across DE&amp;S.</p> <p>Managing Director of Aurora Engineering Partnership and Business Development Director, QinetiQ, Dr Gordon Barr, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Aurora Engineering Partnership has been formed by the three companies to embed innovative delivery approaches that span DE&amp;S engineering service requirements, delivering the right thing, first time, safely and within budget.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Roy Quilliam, Strategic Pursuit Director, Maritime, at BMT said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;I firmly believe that, together with an agile provider network of specialist companies, Aurora can make a rapid, real and timely difference to the DE&amp;S and the Front Line Commands.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Divisional Business Development Director in SNC-Lavalin&rsquo;s Atkins business, Dave Clark said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Collaboration is at the heart of our DNA and we are very pleased to join likeminded, leading organisations and recruit a provider network that will deliver military advantage for DE&amp;S and the wider MOD&rdquo;.</em></p> <p>To join the developing network of Aurora Engineering Partnership providers, <a href="" target="_blank">visit the website by clicking here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> FCA's 'Live & Local' programme Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:51:31 +0100 CRM Sync The Financial Conduct Authority will be travelling around the country to give updates for insurance, mortgage and non-bank payment companies. <h4>From September 2018, the FCA plans a series of events for regulated firms, each of which will run on several dates. Cities so far on the tour include&nbsp;Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leicester and Cardiff.</h4> <h4>Dates will be announced every few months - so sign up to the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Live &amp; Local email updates</span></a>&nbsp;to get the latest emails.</h4> <p>The events will cover the following topics:</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">General insurance:</span></a></p> <ul><li>Interactive workshops on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&amp;CR) and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)</li> <li>Q&amp;A roundtable discussions with a panel of FCA and industry representatives</li> </ul><p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Mortgage services</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">:</span></p> <ul><li>For&nbsp;<a href="">mortgage</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>firms, there will be monthly Q&amp;A roundtable discussions for intermediaries and lenders to engage with a panel of FCA and industry representatives in an open, informal setting.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Non-bank payment services:</span></a></p> <ul><li>N<a href="">on-bank payment services</a>&nbsp;firms can attend 'An introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; events in London, Birmingham and Manchester for&nbsp; that will provide clarity on our role and expectations, and our supervisory approach</li> </ul><p>Plus ad-hoc events for various sectors featuring the FCA Executive Committee, as well as additional events focusing on priorities from the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">FCA business plan 2018/19</span></a></p> <p>A new set of event dates and locations will be announced every few months on the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Live &amp; Local webpage</span></a>. The first set of events will run from September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Registration is now open</strong></a>&nbsp;for these events in September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Policy Pulse | Your weekly update on tech and digital policy Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:36:41 +0100 CRM Sync With the UK experiencing temperatures higher than those in Athens, you’d be forgiven if the latest tech news hasn’t been quite at the top of your agenda... <p>Luckily, Policy Pulse is here to help keep you up to date!<br><br> Last Tuesday, DCMS and BEIS <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">announced a number of key AI appointments</span></a> - Dr Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind, will act as an adviser to the new Office for Artificial Intelligence to ensure we can maximise the potential AI offers industry and society. Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of&nbsp;CognitionX, will chair the new AI Council and become AI Business Champion, and Dame Wendy Hall is confirmed as the first Skills Champion for AI in the UK. This strong leadership team will no doubt support Government to achieve its AI ambition &ndash; congratulations to them all!<br><br> A couple of weeks ago&nbsp;academics, industry and government alike packed into a sweltering room in the Houses of Parliament for the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">launch of the long-awaited Institute of Coding</span></a>. Working to fill the digital skills gap and attract underrepresented groups, this &pound;40m initiative has a lot of hope pinned on it. techUK has been heavily involved in the establishment of the IoC&rsquo;s Industry Advisory Board to ensure the IoC meets the needs of UK business and the wider national economy.<br><br> The CBI have launched their <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Be More Magpie report</span></a>, offering practical tips and guidance on how to make business more productive through the use of tried and tested technologies. Despite being at the cutting edge of the development of new tech, UK businesses are slow to adopt existing technology &ndash; a shocking fact suggests that the proportion of businesses with websites, internet trading capabilities, CRM and ERP systems in the UK today is still below levels in Denmark in 2009.<br><br> Not exactly news, but we couldn&rsquo;t possibly overlook it: Finally, we have&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">footage of Matt Hancock learning to moonwalk</span></a>. The head flick at the end is pure Jackson.</p> <h3>techUK news and events</h3> <p>A couple of weeks ago,&nbsp;techUK convened a roundtable with tech firms, NGOs and Government to look at how tech and digital can fight illegal wildlife crime. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Read a write up here.</span></a><br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK&rsquo;s Annual Dinner on 11 July 2018</span></a> will officially be the biggest ever, the last few tickets are available but you&rsquo;ll need to snap them up quickly &ndash; visit the webpage to find out more.<br><br> The RAF100 dinner has now been rescheduled (having been postponed due to the heavy snow) for 11 September 2018. We are delighted to be joined by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC MA RAF as guest speaker. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">A limited number of tickets are still available here.</span></a><br><br> This week&rsquo;s good tech story comes to us courtesy of British scientists who have come up with a ground-breaking technique to help tackle the illegal trade of pangolian &ndash; an animal hunted for its meat and scales. By lifting fingerprints off the scales they can identify and link poachers to their crime. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Watch the video here.</span></a><br><br> Best,<br> Vinous Ali<br> Head of Policy for Skills, Innovation and Digital Strategy<br> E <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a> | T 07595 410658<br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> High expectations for the new Austrian EU Council presidency Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:32:40 +0100 CRM Sync The Austrian Government takes on the EU Council presidency at a critical time and inherits a tricky state of play for the Digital Single Market. <p>Yesterday, 1 July 2018, marked the commencement of the Austrian Presidency of the European Council. The Austrian Government will now hold the Presidency for the next six months, until the end of 2018.</p> <p>The Austrian presidency comes at a critical time for the EU&rsquo;s digital agenda, with the European Commission making clear it wants all the Digital Single Market files completed by the end of the year, in time for the European elections next year. That will be no easy feat given the list of outstanding issues the presidency inherits.</p> <p>The Bulgarian presidency had a mixed level of success on digital issues over the last six months. It had some notable wins including a political agreement on the free flow of non-personal data, which bans data localisation rules and is a welcome boost to the European data economy. The Bulgarians also managed to reach agreement on the Telecommunications Code, BEREC regulations and the AVMS directive. However, success in reaching agreement does not necessarily mean success in reaching a positive outcome and there is some question about whether these files will achieve the aims desired. &nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, limited progress was made on a number of other critical DSM files. They include the highly contentious and politically-charged ePrivacy reforms. While the European Parliament agreed a position last year the Council has not managed to reach agreement and it seems there are still fundamental disagreements in Council and with the Commission on the shape ePrivacy should take in a &lsquo;GDPR world&rsquo;. The Austrian presidency has indicated that ePrivacy will be its top digital priority, however time will tell whether they successfully reach an agreement this year.</p> <p>While the Bulgarian presidency reached a position on the controversial Copyright directive towards the end of its term, the work is by no means done. The European Parliament will be voting on its position later this week and depending on the outcome the Austrian presidency will have to oversee trialogues which are likely to be difficult.</p> <p>The Austrians will also have to tackle the Commission&rsquo;s proposed &lsquo;platform-to-business&rsquo; regulation and ongoing work on online content among other issues, not least finding agreement on the new EU budget, which has earmarked &euro;9.2 billion for its next digital agenda.</p> <p>It will be interesting to watch how the Austrian presidency approaches these issues given Austria has not traditionally led on digital issues at EU level. They will however be under considerable pressure by the European Commission, which continues to view the DSM as a fundamental to completing the Single Market for services.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Aside from the outstanding DSM files, the Austrian presidency will also have to be heavily engaged in the enforcement of those parts of the DSM that have already come into force. Law is not static and with the first cases under GDPR already pending, how the presidency responds to the evolution of the DSM when out of the hands of the EU&rsquo;s political institutions will set the tone for future initiatives.</p> <p>The success or failure of the Digital Single Market initiative, which had ambitious aims, will likely be determined over the next six months. The Austrian presidency will play an important role in deciding whether the DSM achieves its stated ambitions, or whether the reality is that the DSM represents a set-back for the development of the European digital economy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech Against Trafficking: Tech Sector Unites To Combat Modern Slavery Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:09:31 +0100 CRM Sync The tech sector is pleased to announce a new global initiative to look at how tech can be used to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. <p>techUK is pleased to be part of Tech Against Trafficking, a new global initiative <a href="">which has officially launched</a>. The initiative brings together the tech sector, academics and NGOs to look at how technology solutions can be used to fight modern slavery and we are very excited and honoured to be able to participate in the initiative.</p> <p>From empowering NGOs working with vulnerable communities to increasing supply chain transparency, tracking and pursuing offenders or supporting victims, tech and digital tools have a large and varied role to play in fighting this growing crime type. Around the world today there are over 40 million people who are believed to be in some form of slavery, with 13,000 victims in the UK, generating $150 billion in illegal profits every year.</p> <p>Tech Against Trafficking follows on from a <a href="">Wilton Park Conference</a> last year and we&rsquo;re pleased that sustainability organisation BSR will act as Secretariat with the RESPECT Initiative leading on research. The organisation&nbsp;which includes&nbsp;BT, Nokia as Microsoft as founding members has started the first major project which is to map out the various trafficking and modern slavery initiatives already underway.</p> <p>The precise strategy over the next few years is still being refined, but the specific tech tools that have been identified as having the biggest potential so far include:</p> <ul><li>Cloud and mobile apps to allow first-line responders, the public, and vulnerable workers to raise awareness, access resources, and report concerns, among many other solutions.</li> <li>Basic hardware, such as laptops and smartphones, to be made more easily available by technology providers to NGOs supporting vulnerable groups and victims.</li> <li>National helplines that raise awareness, support victims, and serve as hubs of data collection; analysis of existing information; and sharing to advance our understanding of and response to slavery.</li> <li>Data tools to deal with the problem of data overload that can disable effective responses and to identify connections in the data that would otherwise be missed (e.g. using AI and big data).</li> <li>Supply chain transparency tools to improve traceability and transparency of supply chain labour standards.</li> </ul><p>techUK CEO Julian David said <em>&ldquo;Innovation, technology and digital solutions can play a huge role in tackling global challenges. The Tech Against Trafficking initiative will showcase how digital can be deployed to combat modern slavery. Blockchain solutions for example can help companies know what is happening in their supply chains or verify safe migration routes. Big data analytics can also identify bottlenecks in trafficking routes, and even basic IT can help in supporting NGOs on the ground who are helping those affected directly. techUK is sitting in the Advisory Group and I urge as many members as possible to get involved and look at how we can harness the collective innovation of the UK tech sector to help end modern slavery and human trafficking.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Tech Against Trafficking is a membership structure with a global focus and we are very keen to hear from techUK members or others who have solutions that can be applied to this area. Please email <a href=""></a> for more information or if you would like to get involved.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Do you want to make a difference? Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:00:54 +0100 CRM Sync techUK members have the opportunity to mentor finalists from the Essex CC Challenge Dementia <p>techUK is delighted to be supporting <a href="">Challenge Dementia.</a> Led by Essex County Council, Challenge Dementia is a national search for products, technologies and services that could transform the way people live with Dementia across the UK, helping them to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives for as long as possible.</p> <p>Nine finalists have now been shortlisted and as a key partner techUK is supporting the Challenge by providing mentors to the finalists to help them on their journey. We&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of speaking first hand with the finalists and there are some fantastic and innovative ideas to support those living with dementia remain connected to the people and places around them. This is a great opportunity for members to share their knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals that would like to succeed in the health and social care market and make a difference to people&rsquo;s lives. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and support Challenge Dementia get in touch with <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis</a> or <a href="">Kate Francis</a> who can tell you more about the mentoring opportunity and the commitment involved.</p> <p><strong>Why Dementia?</strong></p> <p>Dementia can make people feel alone, frustrated and like they have lost their identity. They can no longer do the things they once enjoyed and have greater care needs. This can put an emotional and physical strain on all involved.</p> <p>The mental and physical well-being of people living with dementia can quickly decline if there is limited support to help them be independent, active in their community and to stay connected with other people. It is important that they are supported to live a life that has purpose for as long as possible.</p> <p><strong>The prize</strong></p> <p>Ten finalists will each receive &pound;5000 and access to a range of experts convened from across the community, voluntary, public and private sector including PA Consulting and tech UK.</p> <p>The winner will get &pound;100,000 to invest in their idea.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We look forward to hearing from you!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Health & Social Care Newsletter | It's Coming Home Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:34:07 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Health & Social Care Update for June <p>Well the sun is shining, and England have already surpassed Germany in the World Cup. I may not get to repeat that line in my lifetime so thought I&rsquo;d take the opportunity.<br><br> On to health tech matters, many of our members were here last week as NHS Digital Academy CEO Rachel Dunscombe and CCIO Simon Eccles led an <a href="" target="_blank">event on how industry can&nbsp;help&nbsp;to create the next generation of digital leaders</a>. In the last month we were also joined by our <a href="" target="_blank">Utahn</a> friends&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">KLAS&nbsp;as they&nbsp;presented their NHS Interoperability Report Findings</a>, and we heard from <a href="" target="_blank">Programme CORTISONE</a> about their forthcoming healthcare procurement.<br><br> We are looking for mentors for the finalists of the <a href="" target="_blank">Essex County Council Challenge Dementia Prize</a>. It's a six&nbsp;month programme and a great opportunity to share your knowledge and give back to people working on exciting solutions for one of the great healthcare challenges of our time.&nbsp;Please <a href="">get in touch</a> to find out more.<br><br> Next month we&rsquo;ll be working with NHS Digital on the forthcoming NHS App which I know will be of great interest to many of you. Read on for more details and to attend the engagement events.<br><br> &nbsp;</p> <hr><p><strong>#HSCtechUK&nbsp;news and meeting notes</strong></p> <hr><p><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Health Interoperability in the UK - KLAS&nbsp;Report Findings</a><br> KLAS&nbsp;presented the findings of their recently released report on NHS Interoperability at an event jointly held by techUK, NHS Digital and INTEROPen. Slides and a recording are <a href="" target="_blank">available here</a>. <a href="" target="_blank">Read a blog by KLAS&nbsp;VP of International Research, Jeremy Goff</a>.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Making interoperability easier through INTEROPen</a><br> David Hancock, techUK representative on the INTEROPen&nbsp;Board, writes about how to improve the success of interoperability initiatives.&nbsp;<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement</a><br> In May, Programme&nbsp;CORTISONE&nbsp;showcased its&nbsp;refreshed procurement approach and upcoming opportunities for suppliers.&nbsp;CORTISONE is a programme looking to deliver to Defence Medical Services an integrated ecosystem of multiple medical information services. <a href="" target="_blank">Watch the video recording and read about the event</a>.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">techUK&nbsp;working with NHS Digital Academy to support next generation&nbsp;of digital health leaders</a><br> How can we work together to reduce friction in the health and care system to increase the pace of digital transformation?&nbsp;Rachel Dunscombe, CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, and Simon Eccles, CCIO for Health and Care, and an esteemed line up of panellists, joined techUK members to explore how industry can work together with the NHS Digital Academy to support the development of the next generation of digital leaders in the health and care system.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">London Tech Week: selling into the public sector</a><br> Kate Francis, Programme Manager for Health and Social Care, joined representatives from techUK&rsquo;s public sector teams to provide insights in to how UK Government procurement works, what the opportunities are, how to overcome the challenges, and tips on how to secure business. <a href="" target="_blank">More on London Tech Week here</a>.<br><br> &nbsp;</p> <hr><p><strong>#HSCtechUK opportunities and events</strong></p> <hr><p><strong>NHS App Consultation - NHS Digital</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">11 July - London</a><br><a href="" target="_blank">13 July - Leeds</a><br> An event that will influence NHS Digital plans for the future development and implementation of the NHS App and other enabling programmes, such as Citizen Identity.&nbsp;<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Making the most of your techUK membership</a><br> 24 July, 16:00 - 18:00, at techUK<br> Would you like to learn more about the many benefits and services that you can access through your company&rsquo;s techUK membership? If so, then this brand new event is for you.</p> <hr><p><strong>Events and opportunities from friends and stakeholders</strong></p> <hr><p><a href="" target="_blank">INTEROPen Supplier Questionnaire</a><br> United by a common mission to improve interoperability across the NHS, <a href="" target="_blank">INTEROPen</a> has been working closely with <a href="" target="_blank">NHS England</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">NHS Digital</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a> to develop a software Supplier Interoperability Questionnaire which, after much testing and tweaking, we now invite and encourage your organisation to complete. This survey is not designed to judge or score software suppliers - its sole aim is to form a realistic assessment of where you, suppliers of IT software to the UK health and care sector, are today; what you are committed to delivering, the challenges you are facing, and the type of support you need. It is intended to offer you a voice, and you will be invited on multiple occasions to make suggestions and recommendations for change. <a href="" target="_blank">Find out more.</a><br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Funding Call - National Institute for Health Research</a><br><em>Applications close 06 November 2018</em><br> A call for empirical research studies to evaluate the use of digital technologies to improve health outcomes, self-management of health or delivery of health and social care.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">King's Fund Digital Health and Care Congress</a><br> 10 - 11 July<br> This two-day congress provides an established forum for health and care professionals to come together and learn from successful adoptions and practical implementations of digital health and care.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Department for International Trade events and activities roundup</a><br> An update from the Department for International Trade on events and activities that may be of interest to techUK members.</p> <hr><p>11 July -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NHS App Consultation - London</a></p> <p>13 July -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NHS App Consultation - Leeds</a></p> <p>24 July -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Making the most of your techUK membership</a></p> <p>6 September -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State Conference</a></p> <hr><p><strong>Training</strong></p> <hr><p><strong>19 Sept</strong> - <a href="" target="_blank">An Introduction to the NHS and Technology</a></p> <p><strong>15 Oct</strong> - <a href="" target="_blank">Understanding and Engaging with Government</a></p> <p><strong>29 Oct</strong>&nbsp;- <a href="" target="_blank">Winning with G-Cloud</a></p> <p><strong>11 Dec</strong> - <a href="" target="_blank">An Introduction to the NHS and Technology</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Deloitte opens entries for its 2018 UK Technology Fast 50 awards Mon, 02 Jul 2018 08:21:18 +0100 CRM Sync The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards recognise and rank the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK, entries for this year’s awards are now open. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:142px; width:600px"></p> <p>Nominations are now open entries for the 21st Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards. The awards rank and recognise the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK, based on the last four years of revenue growth.</p> <p>The awards have showcased an increasingly diverse and compelling range of UK-based technology companies over the past two decades, celebrating the fast growth and innovation of the start-up sector. Last year&rsquo;s Fast 50 winners generated cumulative revenues of &pound;960m in 2016/17, and employed more than 9,000 people in the UK, including 1,800 in research and development alone.</p> <p>Duncan Down, lead partner for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 programme is optimistic about this year&rsquo;s awards: &ldquo;Without question, the UK technology start-up scene is in rude health. This year&rsquo;s awards will seek to capture the landscape during what is such an exciting and dynamic period for the UK technology sector.</p> <p>&ldquo;These awards have celebrated one thousand aspirational and influential new companies in the past two decades. This year we look forward once again to showcasing the breadth of innovative and talented companies who will participate in the 2018 awards, and wish them all good luck in the competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>With a record-breaking four-year revenue growth rate of 107,117%, <a href="" target="_blank">last year&rsquo;s winning entrant was online food courier service Deliveroo</a>. In the twenty-year history of the Fast 50 awards, no other company has grown at a faster rate.</p> <p>Supporting Deloitte&rsquo;s initiative for the UK&rsquo;s fastest growing companies are the award sponsors DLA Piper, Oracle NetSuite and Silicon Valley Bank.</p> <p>&nbsp;For full details on the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 and the entry form please visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Government’s response to the Lords Select Committee AI report Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:02:11 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday 28 June, Government published its response to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee’s report on AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able? <p>On Thursday 28 June, Government published its response to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee&rsquo;s report on <a href="">AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?</a></p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s response is broadly supportive of the Committee&rsquo;s recommendations and they&rsquo;ve used the response as an opportunity to highlight the steps Government has taken to ensure the appropriate entities and initiatives exist to address the possibilities that AI can offer.</p> <p>According to the Government&rsquo;s response, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the Office for Artificial Intelligence, and the AI Council will collectively ensure Government addresses the Grand Challenge on AI and Data; positioning the UK as a global leader on AI. The report also recognises that coordination between institutions operating in this space is vital.</p> <p>The response touches on the Government&rsquo;s commitment to work with businesses to develop an agile approach to regulation that promotes innovation and the growth of new sectors, whilst protecting citizens and the environment. To this end, the Government is establishing a Ministerial Working Group on Future Regulation to scan the horizon and identify the areas where regulation needs to adapt to support emerging technologies such as AI, supported by the Office for AI and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The role of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is continuously referenced throughout the Government&rsquo;s response. The Centre is expected to advise Government and regulators on the ethics of data and its use, including for AI -- where a core function will be to partner with the Office for AI in the design of data sharing frameworks including Data Trusts.</p> <p>Whilst the response recognises the transformative potential for artificial intelligence on society and the economy, it equally acknowledges the need to address the concerns and risks associated with AI. &nbsp;The report highlights the need to mitigate the risk of potential erroneous decisions made by AI through legal liability. The Office for Artificial Intelligence, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and the AI Council will, as appropriate, need to engage the Law Commission on best course of action.</p> <p>According to the response, Government believes that transparency of algorithms is important, but for development of AI an overemphasis on transparency may be both a deterrent and is some cases such as deep learning prohibitively difficult. Such considerations need to be balanced against positive impacts use of AI brings. The response signposted to the new Alan Turing Institute, which has been working to address these issues.</p> <p>Now that the Government&rsquo;s response to the report has been received, a debate is expected to be timetabled in the House of Lords imminently. If you have any further questions about the report or the Government response, please contact Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> HMG Security S&T – Industry & Academia Engagement Day Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:06:14 +0100 CRM Sync An industry and academia briefing from Government on security sector science and technology programmes. <p>The Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and other departments and agencies, would like to present to industry and academia a f<a href="" target="_blank">orward look for their security science, technology and innovation programmes</a> and funding opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br> The briefing day will be held on <strong>Thursday 19th&nbsp;July in Central London</strong>, in conjunction with the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the UK&rsquo;s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).&nbsp;<br><br> At this event&nbsp;HMG will present an update on National Security Science and Technology programmes and priorities, and brief on opportunities and ways to work with government departments. In particular,&nbsp;HMG will be launching the following funding competition:</p> <p>Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) &ndash; FASS, a joint Home Office and Department for Transport programme which aims to deliver a step change in aviation security, will launch a new funding competition.&nbsp; Working with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), this &pound;1m FASS themed competition seeks solutions to improve the efficiency of vehicle checkpoint screening at airports.&nbsp; Find out more about this themed competition and working with FASS and DASA by attending the competition launch.</p> <p>WHAT WILL YOU GET FROM THE DAY?</p> <ul><li>An overview of the research that will be commissioned this year, including:</li> <li>more detail on the content, timing and value of funding competitions;</li> <li>how the research will be commissioned and information on Terms and Conditions;</li> <li>how you can bid into the Defence and Security Accelerator&rsquo;s Open Call for Innovation;</li> <li>an overview of how best to approach Government with your innovative solutions and research ideas;</li> <li>the opportunity to network with policy makers, end users, academia and industry.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>REGISTRATION</strong></p> <p>You can find more information and <a href="" target="_blank">register your interest for the event here</a>.</p> Doing digital Down Under Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:15:56 +0100 CRM Sync As talks begin for EU trade deals with Australia and New Zealand, Policy Manager Thomas Goldsmith looks at tech’s place in them and what Brexit will mean for the UK’s prospects. <p>The past few weeks has seen the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">long awaited start of EU trade negotiations</span></a> with both Australia and New Zealand. Free-trading, advanced economies, the have both been notable omissions from the EU&rsquo;s treaty collection, lacking either talks or a signed trade deal.</p> <p>Given the length of time it usually takes to negotiate and implement trade deals (negotiations were launched with Canada in 2009 and Parliament has only ratified the agreement this week) it is unlikely the UK will ever benefit directly from these talks. Nevertheless, the UK Government has <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">welcomed the start of the EU talks</span></a> and pledged to involve itself constructively.</p> <p>Both Australia and New Zealand are both priority countries for post-Brexit trade deals. Working groups have been started with them, which have preliminary discussions about ambitions towards bilateral trade and investment.</p> <p>But the pace in any future UK negotiations is going to inevitably set by the commencement of these EU talks, especially as the UK will still be negotiating its own future relationship with the EU. Given that, it is particularly pleasing to see that the EU&rsquo;s <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Trade+with+Australia+and+New+Zealand%3a+negotiating+directives+made+public"><span style="color:#0000FF">newly published negotiating directives</span></a> once more feature digital trade as a key item.</p> <p>These directives build on the EU&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">first separate digital trade chapter</span></a> in its renegotiation with Mexico. Trade is increasingly digital, and even more traditional trade is now digitally enabled, so getting this right in free trade agreements is important. The UK can build on this progress when its own negotiations begin and will need to make sure that it also puts digital and tech front and centre to ensure its deals stand the test of time.</p> <p>However, with the UK&rsquo;s own negotiations still at least 9 months away from even commencing, and the EU&rsquo;s discussions likely to take years, it is good to see that the UK is taking its own steps to boost digital trade with both Australia and New Zealand. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Measures like the UK-Australia &lsquo;fintech bridge&rsquo;,</span></a> which helps UK fintech firms expand internationally, are immediate and welcome ways that the Government can directly aid the expansion of UK tech businesses. Both countries are also already investing in the UK, with 95 FDI projects in the UK between them in 2017-18, with over 2,400 jobs created, there is already a substantial trade that the UK can actively secure and promote.</p> <p>Australia and New Zealand might physically be a long way away, but digitally they are closer than ever and making it easier to trade with them will bring them closer still.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Department for International Trade events and activities roundup Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:58:48 +0100 CRM Sync Details of upcoming DIT events and activities <p><strong>An update from the Department for International Trade on events and activities that may be of interest to techUK members:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Trade Mission: </strong></p> <p><strong>Retail &amp; Consumer Technology&nbsp;on 17-21 September 2018&nbsp;in the USA (New York and Chicago) </strong></p> <p><a href="">Click here to register&nbsp;your interest</a></p> <p>For companies in services providing digital marketing, voice of customer, in-store operations, mobile payments, last mile delivery, customer loyalty, experience-led engagement, frictionless retail and the latest in AI led disruption.</p> <p>This is a CASTS funded program there&nbsp;will be a selection process and is&nbsp;only available for&nbsp;London based SMEs which meet the program&rsquo;s criteria.</p> <p>Closing date for applications July 8th &nbsp;</p> <p>No mission fee and accommodation will be provided; travel&nbsp;costs&nbsp;for participants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Healthcare and the Financing of Healthcare and Humanitarian Projects in Iran on 4 July:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>Conference Fee &pound;200 +VAT apply by June 29th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Exhibit at CEATEC Japan Technology Sector on 16 -19 October in Japan:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Smart Cities and Technology Delegation to Saudi Arabia on 18-21 November: </strong></p> <p>For more information contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>US</strong><strong> expansion workshop on 28th June at T2 Heathrow:</strong></p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=various&amp;utm_campaign=GTM-USA">Register here&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Spacewave event monitoring and Surveillance of the Marine Environment on 17 July at Harwell:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Great British Beauty and Spa &lsquo;meet the buyer&rsquo; 7 September&nbsp;2018 Prague:</strong></p> <p>To register contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Training and skills</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Pitch Training:</a> </strong></p> <p>This is a free event and will take place in Central London on Tuesday 3 July and Tuesday 10 July 2018.</p> <p>It is an excellent opportunity for 2 days of high quality sales training with an emphasis&nbsp;on Technology businesses. Highly useful&nbsp;for promoting your business to customers and investors.</p> <p>This event is part-funded by the ERDF&rsquo;s CASTS programme and supported by DIT. ERDF eligibility criteria will apply.</p> <p><strong><u>London based DIT Master Class events</u></strong></p> <p><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Maximising Investment at Exhibitions (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date:&nbsp;11 July 2018<br> Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)<br><br><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Export Pricing Masterclass (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date:&nbsp;18 July 2018<br> Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)<br><br><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Agents and Distributors Masterclass (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date: 25 July 2018<br> &#8203;Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)</p> Knife Crime Prevention Market Exploration Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office and the Defence and Security Accelerator are looking for innovative ways of tackling knife crime. <p>The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Home Office are looking to engage with the market to scope the potential for an <a href="" target="_blank">innovation challenge addressing knife crime in the UK</a>. As part of this process they want to understand from the market what capabilities currently exist or are in development that could provide solutions.</p> <p>The focus of this scoping exercise is solutions that can &ldquo;identify or detect people carrying, overtly or covertly, a wide variety of steel-bladed knives in open spaces, crowds and uncontrolled areas (i.e. where there is no presence of security)&rdquo;. The call to the market also outlines a requirement to detect steel-bladed knives in the presence of other commonly carried benign metal items (e.g. keys, phones, coins etc.). As well as being concealed on the person, this also includes knives carried in bags (e.g. handbags, backpacks etc.).</p> <p>The DASA/Home Office team is interested in &ldquo;all forms of potential solutions from specific technologies, through to advances in behavioural sciences.&rdquo; While potential solutions submitted can be at any level of maturity, there is particular interest in those at the higher end of the scale.</p> <p>You can find more information, and details on how to submit a Knife Crime Capability Submission Form,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The deadline for submissions is <strong>5pm on 20 July 2018</strong>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> NHS Interoperability: KLAS Report Findings Briefing Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:07:41 +0100 CRM Sync “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” <p>We were delighted to host Jeremy Goff and Jason Hess from KLAS who&nbsp;presented the findings of their recently released report on <a href="">NHS Interoperability</a> at an event jointly held by techUK, NHS Digital and INTEROPen.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:263px; width:350px"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><iframe frameborder="1" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="600"></iframe></strong></p> <p>techUK, together with KLAS, NHS England, NHS Digital and INTEROPen will continue the conversation culminating in a summit in November 2018 following on from last year&rsquo;s FHIR Works Event. Watch this space for more information.</p> <p><em>Many thanks to the afternoon&rsquo;s presenters: Tracey Watson, Director for Innovation and Partnerships, NHS Digital, Jason Hess, Executive Vice President, Sales &amp; Strategy, KLAS, Jeremy Goff, VP International Research, KLAS, Keith Naylor, Operations Manager, INTEROPen.</em></p> <p><strong>Here is the link to a blog by Jeremy Goff on <a href="">Digital Health Interoperability in the UK</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>The slides from the event can be downloaded below.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> JSaRC & HMPPS Industry Engagement Event Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:25:30 +0100 CRM Sync An opportunity for industry to engage with HMPPS on challenges around visitor identification and verification. <p>JSaRC and HM Prison and Probation Service are hosting an&nbsp;<strong>Industry Engagement Event on 17th July 2018</strong>. The purpose of the event is to introduce JSaRC and for the HM Prison and Probation Service to brief industry on the current challenges they are facing with visitor identification and verification.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>The existing methods for visitor identification and verification at HM Prisons can be a time consuming and complicated process.&nbsp;More than 120 prisons in the UK collectively host many thousands of visitors every day and with most prisons still using manual paper based systems avoidable problems do occur.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>The goals of the challenge are to:</p> <ul><li>ensure that the process of visiting a prison is efficient, accurate and simple to use, while improving the security of the service as a whole</li> <li>enable better sharing of visitor data&nbsp;</li> <li>improve the ability to verify visitors across the whole of the prison service&nbsp;</li> <li>improve the use of technology including facial recognition and other biometric systems to support prison security<br> &nbsp;</li> </ul><p>The event will include opportunities to:</p> <ul><li>hear about the objectives and scope of JSaRC</li> <li>understand the challenges currently being faced by HMPPS</li> <li>find out about the goals of the project and the benefits it will bring</li> <li>explore ideas with HMPPS and other stakeholders</li> <li>obtain information on how to get involved with JSaRC</li> <li>network and develop ideas and partnerships</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK members interested in the event should contact <a href="">Henry Rex</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:04:22 +0100 CRM Sync Last week the Home Office published their EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent, the first clear indication of the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. <p>On Thursday, the Home Office published their <em><a href="">EU Settlement Scheme: Statement of Intent</a></em>. This statement provides the first clear indication of the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK.</p> <p>The statement makes clear who can apply for both settled status &ndash; allowing EU citizens who have been here for five years indefinite leave to remain in the UK - and pre-settled status &ndash; allowing EU citizens in the UK who have not yet accumulated five years to remain in the UK until they qualify for settled status.</p> <p>Similarly, it sets out provisions for the transition period, allowing EU citizens and their family members who arrive during the transition period to apply for pre-settled status, enabling them to stay until they have reached the five-year threshold.</p> <p>We also now have clarity on criteria and cost for those applying for settled status. Applicants must submit proof of identity (e.g.&nbsp; a passport), pass a criminality check (all convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and only those considered a serious or persistent criminal or threat to national security will be declined); verify identity by taking a photo of oneself and uploading either via the app or website application; and prove residence in the UK (e.g. by providing a National Insurance Number, P60s or utility bills). techUK supports the reduced cost of application for children and welcomes clarity on costing by the Home Office; &pound;65 for an adult application and &pound;32.50 for children under the age of 16.</p> <p>Similarly, it is heartening to see the Home Office apply the principle of one-time costs for applications for settled status &ndash; e.g. if you have paid for an indefinite leave application previously, you do not have to pay to apply for settled status again; and if you paid for your pre-settled status application, you do not have to pay for your settled status application five years&rsquo; later. Transparency of costs and add on fees are a clear problem for the UK&rsquo;s rest of world migration system and we hope government will be this transparent with costs when creating a post-Brexit migration system.</p> <p>However, what is most important in the <em>Statement of Intent</em> is the tone it strikes. It is clear that those granted settled status will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK. Similarly, the statement makes clear that both EU and non-EU dependents will be able to apply for both pre- and settled status. Both access to welfare and the ease of which dependents can apply are of crucial for the tech sector as we seek to attract young professionals into the UK and want to encourage them to start a life and remain here.&nbsp;</p> <p>The system will be phased in &ndash; with the first phase rolling out this Summer, the intention being to have it fully open by March 2019. We hope that this means the Home Office will be able to correct issues as they crop up and continue listening and responding to stakeholders concerns. techUK are pleased to see the Government&rsquo;s commitment to get this right from the get-go to ensure a smooth transition for EU citizens who have made the UK their home.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK welcomes key industry AI appointments Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:44:45 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI Sue Daley's comment on the Government's announcement of an adviser to the Office for AI and Chair of the AI Council. <p>techUK welcomes the announcement today by the Secretary of State for Digital,&nbsp;Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock of the appointment of Dr Demis Hassabis, co-founder of Deepmind, as an adviser to the Government&rsquo;s Office for Artificial Intelligence and Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of Cognitionx, as the chair and spokesperson of the new AI Council.</p> <p>Commenting on the announcement, Sue Daley, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Data Analytics and AI said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK has long called for industry to be deeply engaged in taking forward the Government&rsquo;s AI strategy and has heralded the importance of maintaining the UK&rsquo;s AI leadership. The appointment today of Demis Hassabis and Tabitha Goldstaub certainly achieves both these goals. It also sends a very clear, positive message that; only by government and industry working together, will we realise the full potential of AI. techUK also welcomes the continued leadership of Dame Wendy Hall on AI skills, given that building the next generation of UK AI talent is vital to securing the UK&rsquo;s AI future.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Technology represents the “biggest opportunity” in British policing Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:26:01 +0100 CRM Sync The Minister for Policing highlighted the importance of harnessing technology in his testimony to the Home Affairs Select Committee. <p>Earlier this month Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office&rsquo;s Minister of State for Policing, <a href="" target="_blank">gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee</a> as part of the Committee&rsquo;s inquiry into &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Policing for the future.</a>&rdquo;</p> <p>During his evidence, when asked about the role of technology in helping forces collaborate, the Minister said &ldquo;<em>I think the biggest opportunity in British policing lies in technology</em>&rdquo; and described the issue of digital transformation in policing as one of his &ldquo;<em>personal bugbears or passion points.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>The Minister made clear that he is fully aware of the benefits that digital transformation can bring to policing. In particular, he highlighted the issues of better data sharing and analytics, and of improving the productivity of frontline officers, as key areas where major gains can be made (<a href="" target="_blank">as techUK outlined in a recent blog</a>).</p> <p>The National Enabling Programmes and various regional force collaborations were given as examples of good practice, and the Minister made clear he wants to see the police service embracing more common ways of doing things. And he was absolutely right to observe that, within policing, &ldquo;<em>there has been a growing recognition of the problem and a much more intelligent response to the problem.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>So perhaps most interesting of his remarks was his observation, when discussing the Home office&rsquo;s role in encouraging or mandating collaboration between forces, that &ldquo;<em>the Home Office is considering our role in relation to the system</em>&rdquo; and his view is that &ldquo;<em>the Home Office needs to take a stronger view on a number of things.</em>&rdquo; This would certainly be a departure from the current model, where the Home Office has made clear its distaste for telling forces what to do.</p> <p>Reflecting on the Minister&rsquo;s evidence to the Committee, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manger for Justice &amp; Emergency Services commented:</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>It is very reassuring that the Minister recognizes the vital importance of police embracing digital technology, and the need for tech enabled collaboration across the Service. Over recent years improvements have been made in encouraging forces to act in Common ways. The NPCC Co-ordinating committees, the Police ICT Company, the Police Technology Council, and the National Enabling Programmes are all evidence of senior figures in policing bringing forces closer together. As policing embraces common ways of buying and using tech, forces will start to be able to really make the most of innovation.</em></p> <p><em>And the supplier community has its part to play. If the tech community shifts its narrative towards tech enabled &lsquo;business transformation&rsquo; and outlines how tech can help deliver business change in the Service, tech champions within policing will be better able to make their case.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Trade and Customs Compliance Group Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Meeting notes from June's meeting of techUK's Trade and Customs Compliance Group available for member download. <p>The Trade and Customs Compliance Group is the forum for discussing issues around export controls, customs and international trade.</p> <p>The group leads on all techUK&rsquo;s policy work including OGELs, dual-use legislation, Wassenaar and defence exports, to customs, sanctions, international trade rules and more. The group aims to be the leading discussion forum for dual-use tech and formed from the merger of JETSECC (which focused on export controls) and ITAC (which covered trade and customs) and is chaired by David Macready of Fujitsu. The group also works in partnership with the ECJU, DIT, BEIS and the NSCS as well as other trade associations, law firms and consultants to develop industry positions.</p> <p>There are three current subgroups (to be reconstituted in December 2017), covering:</p> <ul><li><strong>Brexit.</strong>&nbsp;This sub-group is looking at what the export community wants from Brexit and how the UK should manage sanctions and how to develop legislation for effective dual-use controls</li> <li><strong>Customs.</strong>&nbsp;The customs sub-group will lead on engagement with Government on a new customs system post-Brexit, specifically examining the Customs Bill and the transition from CHIEF to CDS</li> <li><strong>Communications.</strong>&nbsp;This group will look at how the group communicates and manages external relations and raise the profile of the TCCG.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consumer Electronics Council Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Meeting notes from June's meeting of techUK's Consumer Electronics Council available for member download. <p>A steering group established to guide sector representation to government, broadcasters, and technical bodies on behalf of UK consumer electronics players.</p> <p>As the boundaries between hardware, delivery and content merge in the connected world, the council works to help members navigate disruption and develop new strategies which continue to deliver valued customer experiences and secure future revenue streams.</p> <p>The council is a must for those interested in policy, regulatory, technical and market issues within the consumer electronics environment.</p> <p>The council aims to:</p> <ul><li>Create the best possible commercial environment for device manufacturers and key third party players to operate</li> <li>Direct sector representation on the future of free to air television platforms and the role of sector broadcasters</li> <li>Influence and raise profile of the CE industry within government and to media and other key stakeholders.</li> </ul><p><strong>Chair:</strong>&nbsp;Richard Bass, Head of B2C Business Unit, Hitachi Digital Media Group, Hitachi Europe Ltd</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Top things to avoid when using private equity Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:45:05 +0100 CRM Sync A guest blog by Dominic Anthony, adviser to tech and high-growth businesses at BKL, a firm of chartered accountants. <p>There comes a time in the life of many businesses when owners cast around for ways to borrow money for growth. But those intending to use venture capital and private equity should plan particularly carefully before committing. Many don&rsquo;t, and the result can be catastrophic.</p> <p>The challenge is simple enough: to get the best deal whilst surrendering the least amount of control and equity. How to achieve that is less straightforward.</p> <p>What goes wrong is poor attention put into the three basics: business plan, motivation, and due diligence.</p> <p>Usually, the fractures start to appear because the borrowing enterprise has just not prepared itself. Unfortunately, the thought of &lsquo;free&rsquo; cash in return for a slice of equity can tempt owners to make growth predictions that overreach reality. But the wise tread carefully and take advice. Without careful execution, the deals turn sour, with original management teams seduced into arrangements that end up with them losing both money and control.</p> <p>There are horror stories out there. One UK business originally worth &pound;5 million saw a &pound;7.5 million private equity investment turn rapidly from a lifeline to a millstone, as it failed to meet challenging targets to which its owner had originally agreed. The software company now owes its backers &pound;22.5 million in unpaid interest and redemption charges. Only one of the original management team is still in place and their stakes are now worth little.</p> <p>This particular nightmare is neither the rule, nor the exception, but illustrates what can go wrong.</p> <p>Private equity and venture capital can positively transform the fortunes of a business, injecting expertise as well as cash to help it grow. When it works, everyone benefits from a deal between risk and reward. But when it fails, the biggest loser often turns out to be the original management team.</p> <p>In the end, the siren call of ceding absolute control for someone else&rsquo;s financial support is not for everyone. Clients of BKL stepped back from the brink, despite a willing lender. The reason was unease that the lender&rsquo;s need for a return on their cash over a fixed term was at odds with the more relaxed instincts of the management team to let things in their restaurant chain grow organically.</p> <p>The business plan is crucial and more than just a calling card. It is the basis on which the institutional equity investor decides how much to lend and what to demand in return. Firms that overstate likely growth to get investment are doing themselves no favours.</p> <p>This is because valuations, upon which the entire deal will be based, are dependent on cash flow forecasts. Get them right, or better still, set them lower than they subsequently turn out, and everyone is happy.</p> <p>But if the business has to keep going back to the investor, the lender will gradually wrest away control in exchange for their cash. They will insist, for example, on new agreements that may keep notional share ownership intact, but take control of decisions over fundraising and board membership.</p> <p>In simple terms, the more a business falls short of an agreed business plan, the more it ends up giving away.</p> <p>Which brings us to the next important area: motivation. A management team must ask itself what kind of life it wants. Once private equity is on board, a rollercoaster ride starts. Demands are made, targets need to be met. The lender&rsquo;s need to recover cost and secure a return requires growth at an agreed rate. This can be incompatible with watching your children play sports on a Wednesday afternoon, say. Do the soul-searching.</p> <p>Nothing will be a problem if your business is growing, of course. But if it isn&rsquo;t, expect a tough life. The management team must be wholly committed or problems start, particularly when targets in the all-important business plan fail to be met.</p> <p>The final key component to borrowing money is to carry out due diligence on any lender. Examine the portfolio that every equity house lists. Speak to the firms involved and find out their experience.</p> <p>Borrowing money from a bank is a far more removed, transactional experience than taking it from a venture capitalist or private equity lender. Their loans come with an expectation of involvement, so personal and professional chemistry is important. The process is effectively inviting a new member on to your key team.</p> <p>Sometimes organic growth is best &ndash; not only because it allows more control to be kept by the original owners, but it can also be better as a fit. The culture of a business can be rudely disrupted by the keenly focused financial demands of an agreement with venture capital and private equity funders.</p> <p>And choose wisely. The ideal lender will treat your enterprise as more than just a risk to be shared amongst many others. But remember: Private equity wants to have your cake. The trick is to avoid it being eaten entirely.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><em>This article was first published in Finance Monthly&rsquo;s April 2018 edition and is available on the Finance Monthly website.</em></p> Our smart cities industry needs leadership and responsibility Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK calls for improved central government leadership and responsibility for smart cities industry. <p>When we talk about smart cities, the image that comes to mind is often of a productive hub of happy citizens whose surroundings, underpinned by efficiently analysed data, perfectly balance sufficient greenery with business space, seamless mobility and sustainably sourced energy. And, they are always really, really well-lit in the pictures.</p> <p>So how do we get to this enviably efficient, green, happy place? As we stand right now, the transition looks drawn-out and difficult. But it doesn't need to be that way.</p> <p>Making our cities smarter, through the application of digital and technological solutions has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to UK citizens and the economy. However, the end goal cannot, and should not, be to just to show off shiny new tech. Rather, a city's smartness should be about what it enables; more engaged, healthier, happier citizens living in a sustainable and attractive environment. Delivering these outcomes relies on more than just the technology &ndash; it requires a change in culture and way of working. Making that happen requires leadership.</p> <p>As it stands, the UK's smart city ambitions are limited by a lack of leadership and responsibility from central government.</p> <p>Devolution has allowed local authorities, the front line of transformation, to take greater control of the smart city agenda for their locality and focus on the reinvention of user-centric service delivery. However, a side-effect of devolution is that digital transformation at the local level has fragmented along the boundaries of localities, impacted by the variation of understanding and expertise in technological and digital transformation and limited by local authorities' budget and risk appetites.</p> <p>There has been much to applaud. But local authorities should not be expected to design and deliver the nation's smart city agenda alone. Local delivery of smart needs to be strategically guided at a national level - something that should be the role of central government. Currently, Government does not provide this convening role. Further, when Government has set out ambitions or indeed invested, it has done so intermittently. If we are to take realise the promise of smart cities for our citizens, and capture a significant part of the global market, this needs to change.</p> <p>Specifically, techUK is specially calling central government to:</p> <ul><li>Re-instate the position of Smart Cities Minister, or at least bring the responsibility under one Minister's remit. The lack of a clear point of contact and sense of singular responsibility is widely vocalised pain point for the Smart Cities sector in the UK.</li> <li>Provide leadership through the development of a coherent, overarching policy that aligns transformation efforts and supports meaningful implementation. The UK has seen this concept in action with Manchester's CityVerve, where the central government incentivised the local authority and delivery bodies to think and do differently. We love a success story, so are happy to hear that CityVerve, after recently celebrating its 2<sup>nd</sup> birthday, were able to <a href="">give us a behind the scenes</a>&nbsp;tour.</li> <li>Be consistently bold and ambitious in its approach to large-scale projects, tests, trials and demonstrators. The allocation of significant funding packages, such as the Urban Connected Communities Project under the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, is certainly promising. However, the Government needs to ensure that the various packages are not fragmented in a way that means the separate projects are able to lose sight of the final goal to which the funding was originally dedicated. Within this, the Government should look to implement an ongoing communications and engagement plan that is able to draw experience and lessons learned from projects, and easily share these across the testbed and demonstrator landscape. A recent white paper from the Future Cities Catapult, <em><a href="">Smart City Demonstrators &ndash; A Global Review of Challenges and Lessons Learned</a></em><em>, </em>demonstrates how this can be facilitated, and the value of doing so. These plans need to extend well beyond the end date of specific projects, to enable the Government to continue to monitor the experiences of projects.</li> </ul><p>techUK believes that there is still time for the UK to capture a significant proportion of the Smart City market, although making the most of this opportunity will be driven by stronger, strategically focussed leadership and direction from Central Government.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Protecting SMEs from business and supply chain disruption. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:31:05 +0100 CRM Sync 65% of UK Small Businesses do not have plans in place to deal with potential supply chain disruption, including cybercrime. <p>65% of UK Small Businesses do not have plans in place to deal with potential supply chain disruption, including cybercrime. New research has been conducted by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) looking widely how the UK can better use supply chains identified some of the biggest risks facing UK SMEs. There were key vulnerabilities identified in the IT space, with general IT problems being a risk to 29% of UK SMEs and the impact of cybercrime rising to 17%.</p> <p>The report found that just 35% of SMEs have plans in place to deal with any potential disruption to there business or supply chain. Key threats include late payment from customers (51%) or disruption caused by changes amongst key staff members (37%). Further risks identified included general IT problems (29%), the impact of cybercrime (17%), severe weather (13%) and terrorism (1%).</p> <p>Smaller businesses are the most vulnerable to such risks due to their size and lack of resources. Following the report the FSB has called for more to be done by larger companies in supply chains to support small business and to support channels backed by central Government and Local Authorities which emphasise the need for smaller firms to have continuity plans in place as a routine measure.</p> <p>Obviously in the cyber arena SMEs face particular challenges due to limited resources. These companies cannot be expected to employ full time cyber professionals or the latest technical solutions and innstead they must rely on partnering with larger organization and the implementation of off the shelf software.</p> <p>There are a large number of excellent cyber practitioners who can offer advice and guidance, both within the techUK membership and more widely. Cyber Exchange is an excellent resource for companies looking into this area. The free tool can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p> <p>Furthermore NCSC provides some excellent guidance for small businesses which focuses on key areas outlining simple steps towards good practice. This can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Illegal Wildlife Roundtable - Outcomes and meeting note Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:47:34 +0100 CRM Sync techUK held a workshop looking at how tech and digital solutions can be used to tackle illegal wildlife crime. <p>techUK convened the tech sector, government, law enforcement and conservation experts in a roundtable looking at how digital solutions can be applied in the fight against wildlife crime.</p> <p>The UK is seeking to lead&nbsp;the world in this area and has already convened <a href="">a tech focused roundtable with the Foreign Secretary</a> and the UK is hosting <a href="">global summit on this issue in October</a>. This Inisght is an overview of the meeting and a full write up can be found on the link below.</p> <p>The Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Illegal Wildlife Trade Team Rachel Ash outlined the scope of the summit, the scale of the problem plus how tech was a key enabler.&nbsp;Stephanie O&rsquo;Donnell from <a href="">Wilblabs </a>(a community linking technologists with conservationists) also spoke, taking&nbsp;participants through some of the key challenges the tech sector and others need to be aware of. Discussions were framed around these challenges and are outlined below (full outlines are in the report below):</p> <ul><li>Education and training to build capacity around tech and digital tools.</li> <li>Sustained access to secure infrastructure &amp; collaborative information networks, including cloud computing, Machine Learning/AI &amp;, Satellite data.</li> <li>Open data and shared databases.</li> <li>Affordability of tech solutions.</li> <li>Accelerating &lsquo;fit for purpose&rsquo; innovation.</li> </ul><p><strong>Main points from the workshop:</strong></p> <ul><li> <p>Tech firms work best when set a clear challenge to solve. Some felt that the best way forward is a narrower focus on specific issues (say species, country or trafficking route), though data can be used to help identify the priority problems.</p> </li> <li>Access to sustained electrical power and broadband connectivity are vital.</li> <li>Getting buy in from local communities and the importance of ensuring&nbsp;local agencies are running tech projects.</li> <li>Devices in the field need to be appropriate for the operating environment, which in this case means being&nbsp;rugged, durable and easy to repair, with easy access to spare parts and repair networks.</li> <li>Tech isn&rsquo;t always the solution. &lsquo;Technology&rsquo; is a suite of tools that needs to be leveraged appropriately to help conservationists. This means tech needs to be ready to use, easy to deploy and is accessible to those living in affected communities.</li> <li>What can be applied from all the tech work looking at modern slavery and human trafficking?</li> <li>A proposed new &lsquo;peace park&rsquo; in West Africa could become a test case for much of the tech.</li> <li>Making datasets interoperable and maximising the opportunity of sharing data and tools that can be built around the data.</li> <li>Could regional centres of excellence be established to bring together local expertise, Governments, NGOs and tech sector operators?</li> <li>Accessing other indices of illegal wildlife crime such as payment data or sales through platforms.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What technologies can make a difference?</strong></p> <p>There was broad agreement that tech needs a clearly defined challenge to be effective, though the same tech tools did keep emerging during the discussion. Drones for surveillance and monitoring will have roles to play, as will Internet of Things enabled cameras and sensors. Big data, blockchain, AI and back-end/CRM software also came up frequently as well as the need for wider laptop and smartphone adoption (which is happening organically).</p> <p>The deployment of tools to help fight illegal wildlife crime depends on what needs to happen along the criminal journey. For example, prevention means embedding tech in high risk poaching areas, but pursuing offenders means better forensic tools at poaching sites and interoperable datasets. These will help law enforcement make the right intervention at the right time and big data analytics to understand behaviour and using AI tools to &lsquo;predict&rsquo; where and when traffickers will emerge.</p> <p><strong>What next? </strong></p> <p>A more detailed write up of the roundtable is below and please&nbsp;email <strong><a href=""></a></strong>&nbsp;if you&rsquo;d like to get involved more in this work. All those present were keen for more collaboration so we are now looking at how best to facilitate such a fora.</p> <p>We also identified a number of scenarios to give a more specific focus and these were; treating poaching as a crime scene; seeing what can be applied from the modern slavery/human trafficking space; and collating/mapping other workstreams and we will be exploring these in more depth.</p> <p>The FCO summit is also being finalised and we urge you to watch this space!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> EBA offers to answer your PSD2 questions Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:38:26 +0100 CRM Sync Do you have questions on the Payment Services Directive? The EBA is offering online help. <p>The European Banking Authority is offering a new online tool for companies with questions about PSD2. It has developed an <a href="">interactive single rulebook</a> which includes the regulatory technical standards and is searchable article by article.</p> <p>In addition, the PSD2 has been added to the <a href="">EBA's Q&amp;A tool</a> - so that users can directly submit questions online to the EBA and recieve specific answers.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> EBA guidelines on strong customer authentication Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:38:18 +0100 CRM Sync The European Banking Authority has published an opinion on how to implement technical standards on strong customer authentication and the FCA has responded <p><strong>The regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication (SCA) under the Payment Services Directive II (PSD2) have caused some uncertainty in the market.&nbsp;As a result, the EBA issued an <a href="">opinion and draft guidleines</a> on 13 June to clarify some issues.</strong></p> <p>These include:</p> <ul><li>The fact that an account information provider (AISP) is able to access the maximum amount of data available on a customer's payment&nbsp;accounts irrespective of the channel (mobile or web)</li> <li>But a payment provider may only access the data necessary to initiate the payment</li> <li>The account service provider (ASPSP - eg the bank) need not provide an data on the customer's identity, date of birth etc</li> <li>An account information providercan only access a customers account 4 times per day unless: <ul><li>the customer is actively requesting the info</li> <li>the AISP has contractual arrangements with the ASPSP</li> </ul></li> <li>A PISP may initiate al the same transactions the ASPSP offers its own customers - eg instant payments, international transfers, recurring and future-dated payments</li> <li>On two-factor authentication, the EBA states that the card number, CVV, expiry date does not count as 'something a user only knows' on its own -dynamic validation is required.</li> <li>While a customer can access a PISP or an AISP service using credentials from that service, the SCA must be applied at the ASPSP end - only the ASPSP can decide.</li> <li>On the mechanism of authentication, the EBA clarifies that redirection is not per se an obstacle to the provision of services under PSD2. THe RTS states that it 'may' be so, if it is implemented in an obstructive manner.</li> </ul><p>FCA Response</p> <p>In reponse the FCA has published a<a href=""> statement </a>saying that it will consult on changes to its own guidelines. It also notes that:</p> <ul><li>ASPSPs should&nbsp;provide dedicated access to TPPs using secure application programming interfaces (APIs). The FCA encourages providers to use&nbsp;standardised APIs, such as those developed by the Open Banking Implementation Entity, where applicable.</li> <li>Where ASPSPs do not opt to implement the dedicated interface, their interface must still meet various requirements under the RTS from 14 September 2019.&nbsp;</li> <li>All ASPSPs will also need to make available technical specifications, and provide support and a testing facility by 14 March 2019. But the FCA encourages ASPSPs to do this as soon as possible before that date.&nbsp;</li> <li>The RTS does not allow us to grant a partial exemption. We will provide opportunities for ASPSPs to engage with us before submission of the exemption request.&nbsp; We also encourage timely requests for exemption as we will need time to make an exemption assessment.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK & NHS Digital Academy on next generation digital health leaders Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:55:30 +0100 CRM Sync How can we work together to reduce friction in the health and care system to increase the pace of digital transformation? <p>Rachel Dunscombe, CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, and Simon Eccles, CCIO for Health and Care, and an esteemed line up of panellists, joined techUK members to explore how industry can work together with the NHS Digital Academy to support the development of the next generation of digital leaders in the health and care system.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:362px; width:500px"></p> <p>We have a race on our hands to meet the demands of the health and care system in the UK. Digitisation has a large role to play in leading the system to better outputs and improved productivity resulting in better health outcomes. But is the NHS ready to facilitate the change required for digital transformation? It is hoped that that equipping leaders with the right digital skills will help enable this much needed transformation. Panelists agreed this requires all parties: industry, academia, and NHS and care providers to work together address the challenges in the system.</p> <p>Historically, the record of the NHS working with industry has been mixed and the Academy is likely to be a big factor in leading to positive change. The Academy, working together with industry and the life sciences can help to build trust and create a common understanding that we are all after the same outcomes.</p> <p>techUK and the NHS Digital Academy will work together to formalise their relationship to help with the journey to achieve a world class programme of digital leaders. Watch this space for updates.</p> <p><em>Many thanks to our panellists for these insights and their energy: <strong>Rachel Dunscombe</strong>, CEO, NHS Digital Academy; <strong>Alexander Carter</strong>, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London; <strong>Tom Slater</strong>, Strategic Commercial Lead, NHS Digital; <strong>Dr Junaid Bajwa</strong>, Global Lead for Strategic Alliances, Digital Centre of Excellence, MSD; <strong>James Norman</strong>, Vice Chair, techUK Health and Social Care Council; <strong>Simon Eccles</strong>, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care, DHSC, NHSE, NHSI; <strong>Rob Blay,</strong> Chair, techUK Health and Social Care Council</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Policy Pulse | Your weekly update on tech and digital policy Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:56:45 +0100 CRM Sync World Cup fever has well and truly set in this week... <p>Harry Kane learnt technology is only as good as the people who use it after VAR refs failed to spot the wrestling match going on in the box during England versus Tunisia. Twitter, on the other hand, demonstrated its worth yet again with brilliant memes spreading like wildfire. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">A selection of the best were rounded up by the BBC here.</span></a><br><br> Speaking of memes, the legal affairs committee of the European Parliament voted yesterday to approve measures which would <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">prevent memes spreading online</span></a>, in the form of Axel Voss MEP&rsquo;s amendments to the Copyright directive. In its current form, the directive would require platforms to install content filtering technologies or be held liable for users&rsquo; copyright infringement. It would also introduce a neighbouring right for press publishers for the digital use of their articles, which has previously failed in Spain and Germany. There is likely to be a challenge to the committee&rsquo;s position when all MEPs meet in Strasbourg for plenary in July.<br><br> Back in the UK, the Secretary of State for Digital has <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">used an op-ed in the Telegraph</span></a> to praise modern technology a &ldquo;powerful force for good,&rdquo; helping children in the classroom and with their homework. However, he questioned the need for children to have access to their own devices whilst at school. He stressed that this was up to &ldquo;individual schools to decide rather than government.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br><br> Sticking with schools, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">new evidence has revealed that only 12 per cent of all students</span></a> chose to take the new Computer Science GCSE in 2017, with girls making up only 20 per cent&nbsp;of exam entrants. A big problem is that in 2017 only half of all schools in England offered the subject. The Government is awake to this issue <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">having committed &pound;84 million in last year&rsquo;s Budget</span></a> to train up another 8,000 GCSE teachers for computer science.<br><br> At techUK, we&rsquo;ve been passionate advocates for the need to digitise the whole economy. The Scottish Government this week announced a&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&pound;2 million Digital Development Loan</span></a> for&nbsp;companies who want to improve their digital capabilities and processes in areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software engineering as well as develop the digital skills of their staff. This is a welcome move&nbsp;that <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">complements initiatives by both the UK Government and industry</span></a> to get Britain fit for the future.<br><br> The Home Office today <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">published details of the settlement scheme it is proposing</span></a> for EU citizens living in the UK. Applications will be made online, or via an Android app, and will go live in stages starting at the end of this summer.</p> <h3>techUK news and events</h3> <p>Here at techUK, we are always looking to welcome new entrants into the fold. To that end, techUK is launching the Early Tech Career Network to provide a networking forum for people who are new to tech. If you&rsquo;d like to come along, or know someone who might, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">then please sign up here</span></a>.<br><br> Digital Leaders Week has been busy, particularly for our President Jacqueline de Rojas who has been hosting panels, speaking at events and participating in a range of activities to mark the week. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">H</span></a><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">er twitter feed is a good place to start</span></a>&nbsp;to catch up on all the comings and goings!<br><br> This week also saw techUK (in the form of me) give evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee&rsquo;s inquiry into <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>An immigration system that works for science and innovation</em>.</span></a> Also appearing on the panel were Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director for the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE); Ian Robinson, Partner at Fragomen LLP; Louise Wren of the Wellcome Trust, and Professor Richard Catlow FRS, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society. The session also saw a world first of the Committee taking questions and comments from the public. It&rsquo;s always nice to see the Committee responsible for science and tech leading the way with their own little bit of innovation.<br><br> Finally, techUK is compiling all the ways in which tech has been used to solve or contribute to solving key societal challenges &ndash; everything from improving attainment in our schools to tackling plastics in the sea. If you have a good story to tell, email me at <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.<br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> GovTech SMEs Building the Smarter State Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:01:13 +0100 CRM Sync GovTech and public sector leaders discuss procuring the smarter state  <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" src="//" style="height:350px; width:500px"></p> <p>Earlier this week techUK hosted a roundtable with GovTech SME leaders and public sector SME champions. This was an opportunity to hear the views of small tech businesses operating in the public sector, and to discuss the findings from <a href="">techUK&rsquo;s GovTech SME survey</a>.</p> <p>techUK undertakes an annual survey to capture the experiences of GovTech SMEs, and the findings highlighted the urgent need to improve engagement between the industry and government earlier in the commissioning process to expose civil servants to innovative technology.</p> <p>The key findings of the survey of nearly 140 GovTech SMEs include:</p> <ul><li>95% supported the government&rsquo;s 33% target of awarding central government procurement spend to SMEs and a majority of respondents viewed the G- cloud framework as being useful for SMEs to access the public sector market</li> <li>A majority of GovTech SMEs stated that civil servant buyers do not have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs</li> </ul><p><strong>Procuring the Smarter State&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Earlier this year techUK launched the report <a href="">Procuring the Smarter State</a> that 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 supplier community. The report drew on the findings from techUK&rsquo;s Civil Servants Survey 2017, and GovTech SME Survey 2017, and identified the key challenges and opportunities for Government as it seeks to build the &lsquo;Smarter State&rsquo;. Feedback from this week&rsquo;s roundtable highlighted that, although much has been announced throughout 2018, the key to having real impact on public serviced will be to focus on harnessing the innovation and potential of the UK&rsquo;s burgeoning GovTech sector.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Emma Jones, SME Crown Rep, and founder of Enterprise Nation commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government has set a challenging aspiration that 33% of procurement spend should be with small businesses by 2022 - and there have been some clear successes in the GovTech space &ndash; particularly through the Digital Marketplace. Securing a government contract is a great way for SMEs to bring in a steady income stream that can really help their business to grow and enables innovative companies and services to supply in to the public sector.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Rob Driver Head of Public Sector, techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>"<a href="">The recent announcements made by the Cabinet Office</a> contain 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;The UK has a phenomenal opportunity to lead the world in the next wave of digital government transformation and it is encouraging to see that the Government is willing to experiment with new transformational approaches to work with GovTech SMEs through the GovTech Fund. As ever, the challenge will be in the execution and the Government must prioritise market engagement to help it embrace the full diversity and strengths of UK tech suppliers.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Further Information&nbsp; </strong></p> <p><a href="">Procuring the Smarter State&nbsp; </a></p> <p><a href="">techUK GovTech SME Survey&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="">Government encourages SMEs to apply for government contracts</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> What does successful public sector transformation look like? Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:38:21 +0100 CRM Sync As part of the Agilisys cloud blog series, Sean Grimes, Managing Director of Cloud & IT Services, discusses how the public sector can capitalise on the cloud to drive successful digital transformation. <p>The UK public sector has been an early adopter of the first iteration of digital capabilities &ndash; what we might call &lsquo;Digital 1.0&rsquo;. Initial steps, such as channel shift by offering self-service online forms to reduce processing costs and increase accuracy, were relatively easy to undertake and brought clear and immediate benefits.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite those steps forward, more advanced &lsquo;Digital 2.0&rsquo; capabilities are fast becoming essential, with organisations citing both <a href="">budget pressures (56%)</a> and <a href="">citizen demand (26%)</a> as the leading drivers for service transformation. Citizen expectations are also key - already, <a href="">half of UK citizens</a> see digital services as &ldquo;very&rdquo; important to their daily lives, with <a href="">a quarter</a> saying they use digital applications or services whenever possible.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>However, it will come as no surprise that more advanced &lsquo;Digital 2.0&rsquo; capabilities are harder to achieve. The age of &lsquo;Excel warriors&rsquo; is coming to an end. Spreadsheets just aren&rsquo;t sufficient in a &lsquo;Digital 2.0&rsquo; world where joined-up data, advanced analytics, user-friendly presentation of information, automation and intelligence empowers not just better decision-making, but better services.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It follows that improving the use of existing information assets demands more agile and cohesive IT. But few organisations have the resources to develop on-premises systems that can deliver on the promise of &lsquo;Digital 2.0&rsquo; services &ndash; such as applying big data analytics to find citizens at risk and intervene earlier or integrating adult social care with the Internet of Things (IoT) to keep people at home longer with real-time remote health monitoring via wearable sensors.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Enter the cloud</strong></h3> <p>In planning for &lsquo;Digital 2.0&rsquo; transformation, the public sector faces a maze of competing solutions, legacy requirements and security concerns. Amid unrelenting pressure from day-to-day operations and a lack of digital or cloud skills, organisations are also short on the time and expertise needed to deliver their desired outcomes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While <a href="">nine-in-ten</a> (87%) public sector workers agree that technology is critical to success, <a href="">half</a> (47%) also said their organisation lacked the digital skills to build a long-term vision.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Fortunately, cloud-based capabilities can address much of this heavy-lifting. When managed correctly, the cloud can free public sector organisations from the technical and financial hurdles that traditionally prevent service transformation. With millions of customers, hyperscale cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure have unleashed enormous economies of scale &ndash; dramatically reducing the time, cost and risk associated with IT innovation. Capabilities that would once have only been accessible to the largest and most profitable enterprises are now available to all. The public sector must capitalise on this opportunity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Failure is an option</strong></h3> <p>Building a digital vision fit for 2020 and beyond requires a new mindset. Public sector organisations should be at liberty to test, trial, fail fast and iterate with the knowledge that not all &lsquo;Digital 2.0&rsquo; services will succeed. However, by dramatically lowering the time and cost of trialling new approaches, the cloud also makes failure acceptable, giving organisations the freedom to test new ideas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile, adopting the cloud itself needn&rsquo;t be a risky process. The first step is identifying the right IT strategy and target operating model, as well as building a fully-costed business case.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With this clear <a href="">roadmap</a> in hand, organisations can rationalise existing IT systems to ensure they&rsquo;re fit for purpose, correctly sized and still required. This not only reduces the cost of cloud migration, it also makes adoption faster, safer and simpler to manage.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With on-going expert support, the cloud&rsquo;s value can then be increased over the long-term: flexibly scaling services up or down, ensuring organisations only pay for what they need, and exploiting new capabilities as they emerge.</p> Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation looking for board members Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:40:23 +0100 CRM Sync Board member recruitment is under way for the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. <p>The Secretary of State for Digital is looking to appoint up to nine board members to lead the pioneering work of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The board will have a unique opportunity to shape the preliminary phase of the Centre&rsquo;s activities, advising government on the measures which are needed to ensure the safe, ethical and innovative uses of data and AI.</p> <p>Each board member will be required 2-3 days a month, for a period of up to 2 years. techUK members interested in this opportunity can find out <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">more information and how to apply here</span></a>. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11 July.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Digital Health Interoperability in the UK Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:15:55 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog by Jeremy Goff, VP International Research, KLAS <p>As the world grows increasingly digital, the distance that divides us shrinks. Few industries showcase this shift more dramatically than healthcare. I say this coming from the United States, where an expensive healthcare model that falls somewhere between &ldquo;flawed&rdquo; and &ldquo;absolutely horrific&rdquo; (depending on how you vote), forces our public debate to look at other nations.</p> <p>This dilemma is one factor driving my enthusiasm for the research KLAS has conducted recently in the UK. We&rsquo;ve just spent the last year scoping, gathering, and delivering research on the state of interoperability within the NHS.</p> <p>As KLAS is a research organisation based in Orem, Utah, USA (don&rsquo;t worry, I&rsquo;ll give you a second to google the place), it took quite a bit of elbow grease to put our traditionally North American&ndash;focused research arm to work across the Atlantic. But thanks to amazing, dedicated healthcare professionals in the NHS, we uncovered some deep insights on the state of NHS interoperability.</p> <p><strong>How Is Data Being Exchanged?</strong></p> <p>From interviews with 141 individuals at 124 different organisations across England, KLAS found that substantial data exchange is happening within the NHS, mostly through 61 local shared records across the country.<br><!-- Mobile Meta --><!-- Bootstrap core CSS --><!-- Font Awesome CSS --><!-- Plugins --><!-- Custom css --><!-- Hotjar Tracking Code for --></p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> <p><!--StartFragment--><a href=""><img alt="Current Interoperability Method(s)" src=";MaxWidth=600&amp;MaxHeight=600&amp;ScaleUp=false&amp;Quality=High&amp;Method=ResizeFitToAreaArguments&amp;Signature=88DAFF11746D7DE6DC4E167E2918E71E63C6D6AE" title="Current Interoperability Method(s)"></a><!--EndFragment--></p> <p><!-- Mobile Meta --><!-- Bootstrap core CSS --><!-- Font Awesome CSS --><!-- Plugins --><!-- Custom css --><!-- Hotjar Tracking Code for --></p> <p><!--StartFragment-->In large part, respondents told us that orders/results, hospital data/discharge summaries, and GP records are the most exchanged types of data. However, a full 42% of those we spoke with indicated that exchanged data impacts care &ldquo;sometimes&rdquo;, &ldquo;rarely&rdquo;, or &ldquo;never.&rdquo; This doesn&rsquo;t seem too different from interoperability in the USA, where&mdash;when asked about the shortcomings of exchanged data&mdash;62% of respondents say their biggest problem is unwieldly or excessive amounts of data.<!--EndFragment--></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:504px; width:600px"></p> <p>For many organisations in the UK, the inefficient data exchange they have today is better than nothing, as one head of IT at an STP explained:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Any information sharing is better than no information sharing. We did a project a few years ago around serious mistakes, [like] where people had died. . . . In every instance, lack of information sharing was a contributing factor. We surprisingly get a lot of value from the HIE. In our outpatient clinics, they do digital dictation, and that information is immediately uploaded into the GP record. We have had patients who were diagnosed with cancer in the morning, and then they went to see their GP in the afternoon, and the GP was able to give the right kind of advice because the GP had the information from that morning. There are numerous stories like that.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Others&mdash;like Rachel Dunscombe (CIO at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)&mdash;argue that this view is a touch shortsighted: <em>&ldquo;While people may be happy with the[ir] solutions [for interoperability] today, consulting the solution road map will allow them to see whether their suppliers are moving towards the interoperability standards needed to support future requirements.&rdquo; </em></p> <p>While we can celebrate the successes that have been achieved thus far, I agree with Rachel&mdash;going forward, a strategic vision of data exchange will prove invaluable to provider organisations as they work with suppliers on future upgrades and implementations.</p> <p><strong>Are Suppliers Meeting Organisations&rsquo; Needs?</strong></p> <p>In addition to gathering general data surrounding interoperability exchange, KLAS asked study participants to rate the key suppliers with whom they have worked (or attempted to work) in pursuit of their interoperability goals. The average NHS customer rating for this metric is 5.5 (out of 9.0). To put that into context, the average KLAS score across all market segments and questions is 7.0. Andy Kinnear of NHS South, Central and West CSU explained, <em>&ldquo;In England we have created the framework of principles, behaviours, and commitments necessary to create a truly interoperable digital health and care system. The Newcastle declaration, the TechUK Charter, and the INTEROpen movement are all established and have &lsquo;right&rsquo; on their side. What we need now is for the suppliers to adapt their approach and recognise the new future we are all heading towards. Collectively, we could create something truly special and will never have a better chance than this to do it.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Ultimately, with this research and our future efforts to measure digital care in the UK, KLAS hopes to provide healthcare providers with the knowledge and data they need to drive an informed digital health vision across the NHS. As <a href="">W. Edwards Deming</a> said, <em>&ldquo;Without data, you&rsquo;re just another person with an opinion.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">This blog was first published on the KLAS website and is republished here with their permission.</a></p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> Notice of techUK IT Telecommunications and Electronics Association AGM Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:20:08 +0100 CRM Sync The Information Technology Telecommunications and Electronics Association Annual General Meeting will be held at 16:00, Thursday 5 July 2018 at the techUK offices. <p>This notice includes the agenda for the AGM to be held at 16.00 pm on Thursday 5 July 2018 at techUK, 10 St. Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD.&nbsp;The AGM will follow the Main Board meeting which is scheduled for the same day.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> techUK Members may send as many delegates as they wish to the AGM but voting is restricted to the authorised representative of Full Member Companies or their proxy (please see below).&nbsp; The Main Board meeting will start at 14.00 and finish at 16.00.&nbsp; The AGM will start at 16.00 and is expected to close by around 16.15.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> Any Full Member Authorised Representative who is unable to attend the AGM may appoint a deputy to attend in their place.&nbsp; This may be done by completing the appropriate Form of Proxy (Deputy) available from the secretary and returning it to the secretary to arrive by noon on Friday 29 June 2018.&nbsp; Alternatively, a proxy may be lodged with the secretary for exercise by the Chairman of the meeting (pursuant to clause 5.5 of the Articles) using the Form of Proxy (Official), again by noon on Friday 29 June 2018.&nbsp; Emailed proxy forms are preferred but fax or letter mail forms are acceptable provided they are received by the above date.&nbsp;Proxy forms have already been sent by email to all Authorised Representatives but can also be obtained from;<br> &nbsp;<br> The audited accounts are available on the techUK website.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> It will help in our planning if you can let <a href=""></a>&nbsp;know by no later than noon on Friday 29 June 2018 if you plan to attend the AGM. If you have a question regarding the AGM process and agenda, please do not hesitate to call Elizabeth on 020 7331 2176.&nbsp;</p> <h3><br> AGENDA&nbsp;</h3> <p><br> 1. President&rsquo;s introduction&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 2. To receive the Report and Accounts of the Association for 2017&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 3. To ratify the appointment of those nominated by the Nominations Committee to serve as Selected Directors for a term of three years to July 2021&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.1. Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications, CA Technology</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.2. Zahra Bahrololoumi, Managing Director and lead of Accenture Technology, Accenture</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.3. Victor Chavez, Chief Executive Officer, Thales</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.4. Jacqueline Davey, VP Cloud and Enterprise Sales, IBM&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.5. Benedict Ely, Director of Legal, Oracle</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.6. Ashish Gupta, Corporate Vice President, HCL</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.7. Peter Holmes, Chairman, Behavioural Insights Team</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.8. Aleyne Johnson, Lead Government Relations, Samsung</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.9. Ian Jones, General Manager, Intel</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.10. Michael Keegan, Chairman, Fujitsu</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.11. Kulveer Ranger, Vice President, Strategy &amp; Communications, Atos UK&amp;I &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.12. Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK President</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.13. Neil Sawyer, Channel Sales, Education &amp; SMB Director (UK&amp;I) HP Inc</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.14. Stephen Timms, Managing Director, BAE Systems</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.15. William Touche, Partner, Deloitte</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.16. Alex Towers, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.17. Wenbing Yao, Director of Strategy &amp; Marketing, Huawei Technologies (UK)&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 4. To ratify the appointment of the Elected Board members for three years for 2018 / 2021 following the election in May 2018.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.1. Andrew Lawson, SVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.2. Laura Bailey, Chairperson, Qadre</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.3. Simon Hansford, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>5. To agree the reappointment of Moore Stephens as auditors for the year 2018 at a fee to be agreed by the Finance Committee.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 6. Any other business. (Matters to be raised under this Agenda item must be notified by email or in writing to the Secretary by noon on Friday 29 June 2018)&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 7. Close.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;<br><em>Issued by Angus Langford, Company Secretary, 11 June 2018&nbsp;</em><br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Faster Energy Switching Programme Pre-Procurement Registration Open Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:39:48 +0100 CRM Sync The registration for the pre-procurement stage for services required under OFGEM's Switching Programme is now open <p>The Switching Programme is an energy industry-wide transformation programme to allow consumers to switch energy suppliers with a faster and more reliable experience. The Programme is being led by OFGEM with DCC as its key delivery partner, who will procure a new Centralised Switching Service (CSS). DCC will be responsible for awarding the contracts to the service provider(s) for development and delivery of the new services. More information on DCC&rsquo;s involvement in the Programme can be found here: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>DCC will be commencing the procurement of services.</p> <p>An initial pre-qualification stage will be used to shortlist applicants to receive an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the services being procured.A selection (pre-qualification) questionnaire (PQQ) will be published on 22 June 2018 for applicants to complete and submit online. The deadline for submission will be 13 July 2018. The responses will be evaluated, and applicants will be shortlisted to receive the ITT.</p> <p>The online selection questionnaire will include two reference documents:</p> <ul><li>A prospectus document - This explains the background and objectives of the Switching Programme along with details of the scope of services being procured; and</li> <li>A selection questionnaire guidance document &ndash; This outlines the prequalification process, instructs how to complete the questionnaire and details the prequalification selection&nbsp;process. It also includes an ITT timetable.</li> </ul><p><strong>If you are interested in applying to bid for the Switching Programme services, please contact the following email address: <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p>Please note that your organisation will need to sign a confidentiality agreement with DCC in order to participate in the PQQ and subsequent tender process.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consumer Electronics Service Forum Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Meeting notes from June's meeting of techUK's Consumer Electronics Service Forum available for member download. <p>This group assembles the service manager community of consumer electronics manufacturers to discuss the latest service compliance issues, consumer law revisions, and the introduction of new technology and services. The group also supports the HEEST Apprenticeship for service engineers and is a forum for discussing product recall, electrical safety and supports customer facing staff by considering the likely future areas of customer interest.</p> <p>The main purpose of the group is:</p> <ul><li>To update consumer electronics manufacturers about the current and future regulatory environment to avoid non-compliance and support their customer service functions.</li> <li>To help develop industry best practice to aid efficiency and minimise costs.</li> </ul><p><strong>Chair:</strong>&nbsp;Manoj Aggarwal, Vestel UK Limited</p> <p><strong>Secretary:</strong>&nbsp;Jo Fialho, Teac UK</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office JSaRC June Update Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:17:25 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's June 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.</p> <p>Members can download the attached JSaRC Industry workplan, which outlines the projects JSaRC is currently working on, as well as the pipeline of upcoming projects.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK AI Leaders | Ken Mulvany, Founder and Director, Benevolent AI Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:10:00 +0100 CRM Sync Read the second edition of our AI Leaders series, where we profile the leaders ensuring the UK is AI Ready. <h3>techUK has launched a year long campaign to promote the AI Leaders helping to make the UK AI ready.</h3> <p>Every month&nbsp;we 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.</p> <p>If you are an AI leader, or know someone that is, get in touch with techUK to see how you can get involved!</p> <h3>This month&rsquo;s AI Leader is Ken Mulvany, Founder and Director at Benevolent AI.</h3> <p>We asked Ken 10 questions about his work and experiences with AI. Read on for a taster and find the full interview below.&nbsp;</p> <h3><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:344px; margin:5px; width:300px"></h3> <h3>What is your current role and responsibilities?</h3> <p>Founder and chairman.&nbsp;I founded the company in 2013 to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to change the way knowledge is created and applied in Life Sciences.</p> <h3>What is your background that led you to AI?</h3> <p>The idea came from my experience of founding and running Proximagen, a biotech (sold in 2012 for $555m). I saw an exponential rise in the volume of scientific information and how the scientific industry was finding it impossible to read and use all that vast complex data effectively. This was having a negative effect on the rate of new discoveries. I founded BenevolentAI to try and do two very specific things:</p> <p>i) build a technology that could ingest, read and contextualise all of the worlds&rsquo; available bioscience information to establish facts from that information &ndash; essentially a definitive connected knowledge of bioscience;</p> <p>ii) enable the technology to reason on those facts and create completely new ideas and inventions &ndash; in the first instance finding treatments and cures for disease.</p> <p>BenevolentAI has applied its technology to accelerate the discovery of new medicines creating the world&rsquo;s richest bioscience knowledge graph containing well over 1bn meaningful relationships specific to drug discovery. The technology enables a completely unique understanding of disease and can deliver significantly higher success rates in discovering new medicines and potential cures for disease.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an overused word, but we are &lsquo;unique&rsquo; on a number of levels &ndash; our business model involves monetising the discoveries the technology creates, not the technology itself. We do not sell or license our software. Our technology focuses on the entire drug discovery process not just one single element of it. We have drug development scientists and technologists working side by side which is unusual, many companies&rsquo; tech and bio teams work in total isolation. Most importantly what truly differentiates us as that we apply AI to find new discoveries in the form of new disease target associations. As far as I am aware, all other AI companies that operate in this space only apply AI to existing discoveries i.e. what is already known, we are finding the &lsquo;unknown&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Download the PDF to find out more about Ken's background and why he got involved in AI.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> INTEROPen Supplier Questionnaire Tue, 19 Jun 2018 08:34:35 +0100 CRM Sync INTEROPen's Supplier Interoperability Questionnaire - new deadline - 13 July <p><strong>Update: The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday 13 July.</strong></p> <p><strong>A newsletter from INTEROPen about their Supplier Interoperability Questionnaire</strong></p> <p>United by a common mission to improve interoperability across the NHS, <a href="" target="_blank">INTEROPen</a> has been working closely with <a href="" target="_blank">NHS England</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">NHS Digital</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a> to develop a software Supplier Interoperability Questionnaire which, after much testing and tweaking, we now invite and encourage your organisation to complete. This survey is not designed to judge or score software suppliers - its sole aim is to form a realistic assessment of where you, suppliers of IT software to the UK health and care sector, are today; what you are committed to delivering, the challenges you are facing, and the type of support you need. It is intended to offer you a voice, and you will be invited on multiple occasions to make suggestions and recommendations for change.</p> <p><strong>This is a real opportunity for you to make a difference - to voice concerns, shout about successes and let us know what you need.</strong><br> The questionnaire is in two parts - please read the introduction to each part carefully. Part 1 asks more general questions around awareness of requirements as well as providing a chance for you to share details of products which support interoperability excellence via INTEROPen. Part 2 of the survey relates in more detail to functionality for each of the products or services that you support.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Preparation</strong><br> As this is a live online survey, we strongly recommend that you prepare in advance using the attached pdf previews of each part. Please note that some questions may require input from different areas of your organisation, and you may wish to include colleagues from your technical and communications departments in this preparation. We have also attached a Supplier Briefing Pack, prepared by NHS England, to help you complete this questionnaire.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Duration</strong><br> Test feedback has suggested that you should allow 20-30 minutes to complete Part 1 and 1-1.5 hours to complete Part 2.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Questionnaire</strong><br> When ready, you can access the online questionnaire by following the links below. Your responses will only be saved once you have reached the end of each part and clicked 'submit':</p> <p>Part 1 - <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Part 2 - <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br> &nbsp;</p> <p>At the end of each part, you will be asked whether you wish to submit another response (to provide details of another product) or edit your response. By clicking on the 'Edit your response' you will be directed to the unique URL for your response, which should be saved in case you wish to make further amends after submission. A copy of your responses will be sent to you on completion of each part.</p> <p>We very much hope that you choose to take part in this important piece of work.</p> <p>If you have any questions at all, please contact <a href=""></a></p> London Tech Week: Mission Critical Technologies Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:14:15 +0100 CRM Sync Henry Rex gives his view on Mission Critical Technologies, a public safety expo part of TechXLR8, the headline exhibition of London Tech Week. <p>Mission Critical Technologies is a new addition to London Tech Week. Co-located within TechXLR8, the two day event set out with the intention of exploring the need to drive technology and innovation in public safety.</p> <p>Exploring the emerging tech that will transform the way emergency services keep the public safe, the event was split into two parallel strands, looking at both Back-End and Front-End innovations. This balance worked well, enabling the event to cover all the major themes and technologies needed to generate a comprehensive discussion of the future of public safety.</p> <p>The balance between industry and public sector was also very well struck. Not only in terms of the mix of delegates and speakers, but also in the exhibition stands. Demonstrations from established and emerging suppliers were complemented by stands from emergency services and Government showcasing some of their most ambitious tech initiatives. Perhaps most noticeable of these was the Home Office stand, which was showcasing some of the applications designed to run on the ESN.</p> <p>techUK chaired the session on Front-End Innovation: Unmanned Vehicles and Automation. Hot on the heels of <a href="" target="_blank">techUK&rsquo;s own Drones Futures event</a> the previous day, this session explored the scope of drones to augment public safety in mission critical situations and looked at some national and international case studies.</p> <p>The case for drones to aid the emergency services is perhaps the easiest one to make of all the drones use cases out there. So the real issue is how UK emergency services can take drone use from small pockets of use by a few agencies, and deliver it into the mainstream, making drones business as usual for blue-lights services. Events such as MCT can help bridge that gap, allowing industry and end-users the chance to explore best practice and see the transformative potential of technologies like this.</p> <p>In its first year MCT brought together a good range of public sector users and industry suppliers, and gave all involved an opportunity to immerse themselves in conversations about the technologies that will define how we keep people safe in the future. We&rsquo;re looking forward to what next year&rsquo;s event brings.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> #DigiLeaders: Profiling Women in Tech by techUK and Baker McKenzie Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:53:51 +0100 CRM Sync As we kick off Digital Leaders’ Week, Baker McKenzie and techUK are celebrating the great women working in our sector. <p>Women make up only 17% of tech sector workers, but this small cohort is shaking up the industry. As part of our celebration of the amazing women working in our sector, we have interviewed a number of women leading the charge on how they got into tech and what advice they would give to those aspiring to work in the sector.</p> <p>Here are some of these women&rsquo;s advice for those looking to enter the tech sector.</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">To read the full interviews, please click here.</span></a></p> <h4>Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK</h4> <p>&ldquo;We are creating more jobs than we can fill in tech and our dependency on digital is growing. So this is your opportunity&hellip; as with everything though, it is really important to know&nbsp;what you want or at least be prepared to define it and make it real in your head. Bystander or participant &ndash; you are in control of your own destiny. So many people wonder why their careers aren&rsquo;t going anywhere but if you ask what their vision or ambition for the next role looks like they often say something too vague. Know what you want and go after it!&rdquo;</p> <h4>Amanda Cooper, Thales UK</h4> <p>&ldquo;Research what type of company and working environment suits you, as there are so many options out there now. Always consider an apprenticeship, it&rsquo;s a great way to get into the industry while being paid and without accumulating debt. Release that you can get into tech at any stage of your life &ndash; visit the techUK Returners&rsquo; Hub for more advice!&rdquo;</p> <h4>Narmada Guruswamy, EY</h4> <p>&ldquo;Tech does not mean programming &ndash; anything that enables technology to work falls into this space For example, User Interface Design, which builds the interface between man and machine, is part-science and part-art. From technical writing to podcasts to video game art design, people can get involved in a variety of ways that tap into their strengths.&rdquo;</p> <h4>Hema Marshall, Cisco UK</h4> <p>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t choose a path, let the path choose you as you will never know where it will take you. If you asked me 2 years ago would I ever go into sales I would have laughed yet today here I am leading a sales organisation.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> BBC Distribution Policy Published Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The BBC have now published the final Distribution Policy following the consultation period that ran February to April. techUK provided input into the consultation. <p>The BBC published on 15th June the final Distribution Policy. As a result of the consultation, the BBC has made a number of refinements to the Policy clarify its intention in the following areas:</p> <ul><li>The role of the Distribution Guidelines which will be superseded by the Policy with immediate effect. (Policy clause1.2)</li> <li>That, when considering distribution arrangements, the BBC will always be open to new and innovative distribution proposals. It will nevertheless always seek to improve or at the very least maintain the quality of the current audience experience (which in turn will be assessed by the compliance of any new solution with the conditions set out this Policy). (Policy clause 2.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC will withhold its services where it is reasonable, proportionate and in the public interest to do so (Policy clause 2.4 and 4.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC is providing guidance as to the process for dealing with requests for carriage of the content and services the BBC syndicates (see below). (Policy clause 3.4)&nbsp;</li> <li>Details of the BBC interpretation of audience &lsquo;needs and expectations&rsquo; of prominence, providing some indicative guidance. (Policy clause 3.5(b);(d)) &middot; BBC expectations of adequate curatorial influence relating only to the presentation of BBC programming. (Policy clause 3.9)&nbsp;</li> <li>The sufficient opportunities the BBC might expect platforms to provide to secure BBC branding and attribution. (Policy clause 3.11)&nbsp;</li> <li>The inclusion of access services among the functionality that we will expect third party platforms to deploy (Policy clause 3.15)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC does not seek data beyond that relating to consumption of its own content and which, in deployment of a standard service product, the BBC in practice gathers itself, as well as handling of requests for data the BBC receives on third party platforms (Policy clauses 3.17-3.20)</li> </ul><p>It should be noted that whilst the document acknowledges that a number of respondents raised questions regarding the Strategy document (published at the same time as the Distribution document) , BBC have declined to make any comments on that document in this response.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK believe that the BBC should engage in open cross industry discussion regarding their stated strategy of moving to an IP only distribution world as soon as possible. techUK will continue to represent members&rsquo; interests on this matter and will engage with a broad cross section of stakeholders, including the BBC, as this topic progresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>A link to the BBC's published response is below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC Distribution Policy</a></p> <p>A copy of techUK&rsquo;s response to the original consultation is attached to this report.&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK&rsquo;s work on this topic, and to get involved, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme: 'Beyond 2 per cent' Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:13:14 +0100 CRM Sync The House of Commons Defence Committee has today published its report: ‘Beyond 2 per cent: A preliminary report on the Modernising Defence Programme’. <p>Ahead of the headline conclusions from the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, which are expected before the NATO summit in July, the preliminary&nbsp;report makes a number of observations which the Defence Committee expects to be explored as part of the review. These include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Military Capabilities &amp; Force Structures</strong></li> <li><strong>Recruitment &amp; Retention</strong></li> <li><strong>International Partnerships</strong></li> <li><strong>Business &amp; Commercial Practices</strong></li> <li><strong>The UK&rsquo;s expenditure on Defence</strong></li> </ul><p>Prior to the publication of the report, techUK submitted written evidence to the Defence Committee on behalf of members, <a href="" target="_blank">a summary of which you can read here</a>.</p> <p>techUK is pleased to see the inclusion of chapters examining Cyber &amp; Electronic Warfare, Information Advantage &amp; Space within report, and has summarised the report&rsquo;s conclusions &amp; recommendations for each as follows:</p> <p><strong>Cyber &amp; Electronic Warfare</strong></p> <ol><li>The MOD&rsquo;s Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme should be more focused on neutralising risks, as presently the focus is on identifying them</li> <li>There should be greater investment in Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to enable the UK to defend itself against more sophisticated threats</li> </ol><p><strong>Space</strong></p> <ol><li>The emergence of new threats in the space domain such as the development of anti-satellite missile technology must be reflected in the next generation of capabilities, including the design of the Skynet 6 military communications satellite</li> <li>The development and utilisation of low-cost microsatellites, such as the recently launched Carbonite-2, should also continue to be pursued</li> </ol><p><strong>Information Advantage</strong></p> <ol><li>The challenge for the UK&rsquo;s Armed Forces is to further integrate the principles and capabilities associated with information advantage into existing force structures</li> <li>Development of these principles and capabilities should continue, with close co-operation between the Services and other parts of Government involved in information collection and assessment</li> <li>The introduction of platforms with advanced sensory systems such as the AJAX armoured vehicle and F35 mean that the necessary infrastructure will have to be in place to securely transfer, process and analyse large quantities of data that these platforms will collect</li> </ol><p>techUK welcomes the&nbsp;findings of the Defence Committee report, and looks forward to the MOD&rsquo;s formal response.</p> <p>You can read the full report <a href="" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Lifting the Curse of Knowledge Mon, 18 Jun 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Sarah Hinchliffe considers how to fix a recurring reason why our sales proposals fail to hit the mark. <p><strong>Sarah Hinchliffe considers how to fix a recurring reason why our sales proposals fail to hit the mark.</strong></p> <p>As salespeople, we cannot afford to confuse, frustrate or anger our prospects. Yet every day, salespeople and their colleagues the world over are causing exactly those emotions with their writing.</p> <p>Sales proposals are often jam-packed with jargon, business speak, techno-babble and legalese, not to mention bad structure and poorly crafted language. Such documents risk misunderstanding, misinterpretation and false expectation. In the worst cases, your prospect may give up reading, unwilling to waste any more time fathoming what on earth you are offering.</p> <p>As a proposal consultant, I edit reams of written content, often making sense of nonsense. I marvel at how people can write in such a complex, obscure and cryptic fashion. Although some authors love to show off their expertise, most are simply suffering from the curse of knowledge &ndash; labouring under the assumption that their audience has all the knowledge they have.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:162px; width:191px">When writing a proposal, it is easy to get wrapped up in telling the prospect how marvellous we are and describing all the bells and whistles of our product or service. We completely forget to consider who is on the receiving end and whether what we are saying resonates.</p> <p>So, let&rsquo;s unravel the wonderful concept of the curse of knowledge &ndash; how it is cast, how to recognise you or your colleagues are suffering, and how to lift and banish it for forever.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000FF"><strong>Brewing up a potion</strong></span></p> <p>In embarking on this section, I openly admit that I am not a linguist or any flavour of psychologist. In short, we just need to recognise that a lot is going on in our heads that subconsciously influences how we put pen to paper. But here&rsquo;s my layperson&rsquo;s understanding of the complex ingredients of the curse.</p> <p>The first ingredient is &ldquo;chunking&rdquo;. Chunking is one of the methods by which we learn. Think of a chunk as a building block. We assemble our knowledge bank by connecting chunks of information together into larger and more complex chunks - but we sometimes need to disassemble the chunks, so our audience can catch on.</p> <p>Unfortunately, chunking contributes to complex writing. Imagine a banker describing quantitative easing (something few of us had heard of before the financial crash a decade ago) to another banker. It would be easy because they are at the same &lsquo;chunk level&rsquo;. Ask the same banker to explain it to a child and the communication level would have to change. Quantitative easing is only comprehensible if you learn and understand the underlying chunks. Kids get buying and selling, and they&rsquo;ve probably been to a market. From there you can progress to explaining about economies and policies to manage the economy and so no.</p> <p>The second ingredient is &ldquo;functional fixity&rdquo;, the human trait of thinking about things in terms of their function rather than their form. <img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:204px; width:310px">Functionally a dinner plate is an object from which to eat a meal. Form-wise, it is a flat-ish, hard, round, easily cleanable surface. Functional fixity matters because it leads to abstract and conceptual writing. Take Steven Pinker&rsquo;s example: &ldquo;Participants were tested under conditions of good to excellent acoustic isolation&rdquo; (functional) as opposed to &ldquo;We tested the students in a quiet room&rdquo; (form). The latter is concrete and clear.</p> <p>Throw into the mix our four final ingredients &ndash; a dash of mindblindness, a pinch of egocentricity, a drizzle of hindsight and a splash of false consensus - and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a tasty potion for prosaic disaster.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000FF"><strong>The curse is cast </strong></span></p> <p>You will know if you have been cursed if your audience fails to understand and engage with your proposal. This will typically be due to some critical symptoms of your writing: incoherence; acronyms and abbreviations; jargon and gobbledygook; complexity and clutter; and abstraction. Examine your own and your colleagues&rsquo; writing carefully to spot if you are afflicted &ndash; or better still, get an opinion from someone you trust.</p> <p>As with many things, admission is the first step to cure. If you have a positive diagnosis, read on.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000FF"><strong>Lifting the curse</strong></span></p> <p>There are some traditional remedies you can use such as &ldquo;put yourself in your customer&rsquo;s shoes&rdquo; and &ldquo;imagine the reader on your shoulder.&rdquo; Who exactly is the audience &ndash; their role, their responsibility, their level of knowledge? Writing with the customer in mind is a good start.</p> <p>Make a working assumption that your customer is reasonably intelligent &ndash; you don&rsquo;t want to dumb your writing down to a na&iuml;ve and condescending level. It&rsquo;s just that they may not understand things to quite the level you do.</p> <p>With that advice in place, let&rsquo;s tackle the individual symptoms.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Incoherence </strong></li> </ul><p>Incoherent writing is rambling and disjointed, without logical or meaningful connections. It is typical of someone who knows exactly what they are talking about and simply dumps it onto a page. There&rsquo;s no flow. There doesn&rsquo;t need to be &ndash; it&rsquo;s all just obvious, to them.</p> <p>Incoherence is the first symptom to cure. A business proposal must be structured overall and by section to ensure it addresses all the customer&rsquo;s points and tells your compelling story without losing the plot.</p> <p>The best medicine for incoherence is a content plan. Think of it as a skeleton that you will flesh out &ndash; the bones give it shape and hold it together. Take the time to work out the overall story you want to tell, decide on the sections and the key messages, gather ideas for content that will fit in each section. Check with colleagues that the skeleton is the right shape before crafting the body.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Acronyms and abbreviations </strong></li> </ul><p>Contractions and initials are like spots &ndash; they pop up everywhere and need treating individually. No matter how obvious they are to you, always expand acronyms and abbreviations the first time and show the short form in brackets afterwards. Don&rsquo;t leave your customer guessing if ARMS stands for Aviation Resource Management System or an Automated Records Management System or one of almost 200 other options. In a proposal with many sections that may be split up amongst evaluators, repeat this for each section. And consider if a glossary would help.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>Jargon and gobbledygook</strong></li> </ul><p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:190px; width:264px">At the heart of the curse, we will find words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand. These words and expressions get spun into language rendered meaningless to the layperson. Check out the example from Steven Pinker to the left, which simply means &ldquo;the more you eat, the fatter you get&rdquo;.</p> <p>Remember George Orwell&rsquo;s writing rule: &ldquo;Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.&rdquo; Make sure you write in plain English. If you need to use a specialist term, follow it with a short explanation and an example. &copy; i4 Consultancy and Design Ltd 2018</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Complexity and clutter</li> </ul><p>The curse of knowledge tends to cause prosaic diarrhoea - long sentences with pompous and unnecessary words in abundance. Try this wonderful example on the right. When President Roosevelt saw it, he instructed: <img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:190px; width:264px">&ldquo;Tell them, that in buildings where they have to keep the work going to put something across the windows."</p> <p>Focus on getting paragraphs down to one key point and sentences to a sensible average (15-20). In the words of the eminent Professor William Strunk, &ldquo;omit needless words&rdquo;, whether they be adverbs, adjectives or other fluff and bluster. If you choose your words wisely, you can still achieve some personality in your writing and get your point across.</p> <p>To test yourself, use software that will give you readability statistics &ndash; there are various options based on algorithms that assess how easy your prose is to read according to parameters such as sentence length and syllables.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Abstraction</li> </ul><p>To kill off our final curse symptom, we need to eliminate abstraction. Remember functional fixity? It leads to writing about generalities, ideas, concepts or characteristics. In business proposals, we need to write about real things - objects, events and people. We need to use concrete language with examples and be clear about who is doing what, to whom, when, why and how.</p> <p><span style="color:#0000FF"><strong>Ward off the curse forever </strong></span></p> <p>Having taken all the pills &ndash; or got your colleagues to take them - you should be feeling better, and so should your customers. Your proposal successes should start to increase.</p> <p>Before you breathe a sigh of relief, don&rsquo;t forget, it&rsquo;s easy for the curse to come back. To ward it off forever, keep taking the medicine. Read more. And learn about writing &ndash; there are plenty of great books and videos out there.</p> <p>Check yourself. Take a break, then go back and read your writing again before editing. For a really effective test, try reading out loud.</p> <p>But there is a limit how far you can edit your own work, so get an independent check-up. Get someone else to read it &ndash; someone in your field can assess accuracy and completeness; someone outside your field can review it for readability and comprehension.</p> <p>And remember the readability statistics &ndash; always a useful test. This article is suitable for a 15-year old &ndash; about the right level for a proposal.</p> <p>Oh, and for extra protection, you can always find a white witch - like me!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:11px">With thanks to Steve Pinker and his book &ldquo;The Sense of Style&rdquo; for inspiring and informing this article.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11px">Sarah Hinchliffe is a Director of i4 Consultancy and Design Ltd, helping companies improve their win rates through sales and bid excellence. See <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a> or email <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.&nbsp;</span></p> AI Summit showcases AI in action Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:59:52 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Sue Daley's recap of the 2018 AI Summit. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:292px; margin:5px; width:400px">On 13 -14 June the AI Summit was held as part of London Tech Week. techUK was thrilled to be a strategic partner of the AI Summit for the second time. With presentations, demos and case studies from across the UK AI community, including many techUK members, this event brought to life the opportunities and potential of AI to the whole of the UK economy and society. The value of AI to impact sectors from transport, maritime, healthcare, finance and even pizza delivery was discussed across different Streams during the event.</p> <p>A common theme that ran throughout all the events sessions was the evolution and speed of progress being made in AI technologies, including chatbots and facial recognition, over the last twelve months. It was also clear from the discussions happening throughout the event that trust and the ethical issues raised by AI developments are on the minds of industry leaders. techUK&rsquo;s head of AI Sue <img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:350px; margin:5px; width:263px">Daley chaired a panel session on why ethical decision making is good for businesses with contributions from Maria Axente, AI Programme Driver PwC, Jonathan Ebsworth, AI and Intelligent Automation Partner and Ana Perales, Director Strategic Transformation, Barclays. This panel discussed how businesses should start to embed ethics into the business practices that exist today and also the possible role of the UK Government&rsquo;s new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to help convene the community to consider how to take forward the clear interest in understanding what ethical, responsible AI innovation means in practice. Other panels focusing on ethics at the AI Summit considered why ethical design is essential for success, what practical ethical design looks like and the morals of AI.</p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s CEO Julian David also raised the issue of ethics in his keynote speech on how to secure the UK&rsquo;s AI Leadership highlighting how the UK can become the world leader in the development of ethical AI. He stressed that the UK has an opportunity to create the right environment for industry, academia and policy makers to come together and develop and then put into action ethical AI innovation and decision-making. By doing so the UK can <strong>&ldquo;not only secure and maintain its position as a global leader in AI, but be seen as leading and driving the world in not just thinking about ethics but in taking forward real action.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>techUK looks forward to supporting the AI Summit again in 2019 and looks forward to witnessing the progress made in the next twelve months as the UK becomes truly AI ready. If you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s work to help make this happen and move the AI market forward, please get in touch.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Invite Expressions of Interest to Exhibit at CES2019 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Following a successful techUK/ DiT Pavilion at CES2018 we are now starting the process of securing the tech start-up/SME exhibitors we can support for CES2019 <p>techUK ran a highly successful UK pavilion within the Eureka Park exhibition hall at CES2018 with the support of the UK Department for International Trade and our exhibition partners, Trade Fair Support. We supported 12 companies in January of this year who collectively secured several million pounds of orders through their efforts at the worlds' largest tech trade fair, held in Las Vegas.</p> <p>Having now secured support for 2019 we are starting the process of indentifying early stage tech companies who may be interested in exhibiting.</p> <p>Spaces and grant funding are limited. If you are interested in finding out more about how your business could benefit from exposure at CES2019, please contact Paul Hide, techUK.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> London Tech Week: Highlights from IoTWorldEurope Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:55 +0100 CRM Sync Matt Evans gives his view on IoT World Europe, part of TechXLR8, the headline exhibition of London Tech Week <p>IoT World Europe landed in London Tech Week with a splash as well as a bang at the Excel Centre. Sprawling over several of the conference halls, it was the place to be if you wanted to try out the latest in AR/VR, understand what the latest developments in IoT or delve into the possibilities that 5G might bring.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was great to chair a session in the Connected Consumer workstream about how we as a sector have to be more successful in meeting the 'challenge of simplicty' - that is, providing consumers with simple to use and resilient services which come from a variety of different sources and providers.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:center; height:450px; width:600px"></p> <p>The panel discussion which featured Device Pilot, Mozaiq and Strategy Analytics covered some of the technical challenges of interoperability and interchangeability in the developing IoT ecosystem and covered both the potential standards which may assist in encouraging interoperability. On interoperability it was clear that the panel did not see individual apps for certain devices - say a smart fridge - disappearing as they provided the most tailored service, but that there was clearly a role for a hub approach that covered the most general day-to-day of activities.&nbsp;</p> <p>As to when we might see true interoperability on between IoT devices and services? The panel was split from 'right around the corner' to 'never - but it'll alsways be improving'! Where there was agreement though was that consumer's valued a simple approach and were prepared to pay for it from trusted channels such as telcos or retailers. There were clear exampes&nbsp;with both having the opportunity to deepen their relationship with users in providing&nbsp; both set-up and ongoing assistance of connected home services.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now, onto the splash reference. I confess my attention as Chair was being challenged by this incredible Formula 1 Power Boat.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:600px; width:800px"></p> <p>What it's relation to the Internet of Things is, I don't know but I look forward to the VR experience at next year's event!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Congratulations to techUK members recognised in London Tech Week 2018 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:43 +0100 CRM Sync As part of London Tech week, techUK attended the CogX 2018 Awards and the Alconics Awards. Both saw techUK members recognised for their hard and innovative work. <p>This week, as part of London Tech week, techUK attended two award ceremonies; the CogX 2018 Awards and the Alconics Awards. Both events provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the drive, innovation and hard work in the UK&rsquo;s Artificial Intelligence community.</p> <h3>CogX 2018 Awards</h3> <p>On Monday 11th June, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI and a number of techUK members attended the CogX 2018 Awards Gala. The winners of each category were decided by a panel of industry and academic experts and journalists, including Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK. Categories included Best Innovation in Artificial General Intelligence, Best Innovation in Cloud Services and Best Innovation in Data Protection and Privacy. We would like to congratulate all the techUK members that were shortlisted finalists and those that won awards which include FiveAI, Microsoft Research, MapR, Privitar, Google Deepmind and Improbable.</p> <h3>The Alconics Awards</h3> <p>On Tuesday 12 June, Julian David, CEO at techUK attended and presented an award at The Alconics Awards Ceremony in Kensington Palace. Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI joined a panel of industry and academic experts in deciding this year&rsquo;s award winners in categories including Best Innovation in Deep Learning, Best Innovation in RPA and Best Intelligent Assistant Innovation. We are delighted to announce that the following techUK members won awards on the evening: Pure Storage, Ui Path, IBM Watson and Artificial Solutions.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in finding out more about London Tech Week, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">make sure to check out our latest insight about CogX 2018</span></a>, the festival of all things AI, blockchain and emerging technologies.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at CogX18 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:39:02 +0100 CRM Sync Read our key takeaways from CogX 2018, the largest not-for-profit AI conference in Europe. <p>O<img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:349px; margin:5px; width:300px">n 11-12th June, the UK, European and International AI community came together at CogX, the largest not-for-profit AI conference in Europe, run by CognitionX. techUK was proud to be a partner for this event which took over the whole of the London Tobacco Docks during London Tech Week.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the two days a packed schedule included over 370 speakers and 110 hours of content including presentations and panel discussions as well as demos and the chance to interact with AI technologies, including Sophia the robot. There was also a thriving Startup Village and Expo Gallery where new AI companies were able to rub shoulders with potential VC investors, potential partners and customers. In addition more focused discussion on key issues was held on five event streams; Impact, The Cutting Edge, Blockchain, Ethics and Lab to Live. &nbsp;While ethics may have had its one stage it was clear throughout the event that ethics, trust and responsibility was a constant thread that was raised in sessions across all the event streams.</p> <p>If you weren&rsquo;t one of the 6500 participants during CogX, here are just a few key takeaways from some of the sessions:</p> <h3>London remains a top destination for technology investment</h3> <p>The Deputy Major of London, Rajesh Agrawal, announced the results of the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">London Mayor&rsquo;s AI report</span></a> and described London as &ldquo;a global hub of AI&hellip;leading the charge in Europe.. and hot on the heels of San Francisco in many areas&rdquo;.&nbsp; The results of the survey show that London is Europe's AI capital, with the city boasting twice the number of AI firms based in Paris and Berlin combined. The Deputy Major of London suggested that London&rsquo;s mix of government, finance and AI sectors provided the capital with a unique advantage compared to Silicon Valley, whose centres of power are more spread out. He praised London&rsquo;s diverse culture as to why the city has recently been ranked as the second-most connected ecosystem in the world. But despite our world-leader status, one panellist on the &lsquo;State of AI&rsquo; panel stressed that it&rsquo;s important that we get better at telling our own story. Antoine Blondeau, Co-founder of Sentient Technologies, called for more focus on innovation, empowerment and investment.</p> <h3>It is essential that ethics underpins responsible AI</h3> <p>On the Ethics Stage Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, chaired a panel dis<img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px">cussion on &lsquo;Ethics Beyond GDPR-How Businesses Can Think and Act Beyond Legal Compliance&rsquo;. Speakers included Dame Colette Bowe, Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation Advisory Group on Data Ethics, Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society, Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone, Francesca Rossi,&nbsp;AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM and Nigel Houlden, Head of Technology Policy, ICO.</p> <p>During the discussion the panel stressed the need for ethics to be considered throughout the innovation process, not simply applied at the end. Dame Colette Bowe highlighted the role boards can play in getting ethics baked in to the technology. Nigel Houlden from the ICO stressed that GDPR was not designed as an ethical framework, he outlined how complying with GDPR should be a good place for businesses to start in terms of transparency, accountability and fairness, whilst resolving some of the hardest ethical questions would be an iterative process. Rachel Coldicutt from Doteveryone outlined the toolkit they&rsquo;re developing to help SMEs think about some of these ethical questions. Hetan Shah from the Royal Statistical Society commented that there is generally a clear consensus on the ethical issues we&rsquo;re facing, a number of which are sector- specific. Francessa Rossi from IBM emphasised the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling these issues. Chack out a video of the panel below.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>The importance of putting ethics in action</h3> <p>techUK&rsquo;s Head of AI Sue Daley hosted a fireside chat with Kriti Sharma, VP of AI at Sage. Along with discussing Kriti&rsquo;s background and how she got into robotics and AI, the discussion focused on how organisation should start to think about embedding ethical thinking into business practices and how ethics in action isn&rsquo;t just for large tech companies but for every organisation and their wider ecosystems. The importance of ensuring there is representation from developing countries on the AI ethics debate was also raised by Kriti. &nbsp;If you would like to hear more from Kriti about her background, work at Sage and vision of the UK&rsquo;s AI future check out the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">AI edition of the techUK Podcast</span></a> which includes an interview with <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Kriti as techUK&rsquo;s first AI Leader.</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px"></p> <h3>Public engagement is important if we are to bring society along in the debate</h3> <p>Natalie Banner from the Wellcome Trust&rsquo;s Understanding Patient Data project, explained that a challenge of keeping public engagement on AI &lsquo;high-level&rsquo; is that the technology can either be heavily overhyped or used to paint a picture of a hellish dystopia. It&rsquo;s important that we get into the specifics, using real-life case studies as a tool.</p> <p>Discussion at the event on public engagement highlighted that current awareness of AI technology remains low amongst the general public. According to recent research conducted by the RSA, only one third of people are aware of the use of automated systems in society. Obviously more work needs to be done.</p> <p>Hilary Sutcliffe, Director of SocietyInside, encouraged companies to get involved with shaping good governance, starting with responding to the consultation on the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. techUK will be responding to this consultation, so if you&rsquo;re interested in providing input, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p> <h3>As AI research evolves, so does the opportunities and implications associated with the technology</h3> <p>David Kelnar, Partner and Head of Research at MMC Ventures, highlighted the implications of AI as we move from &lsquo;lab to live&rsquo;. Including the influx of new market participants particularly in developing countries,&nbsp;shifts in sector value chains and the creation of new business models. He spoke of us entering the fourth industrial revolution where our primary source of value creation is the processing of information. &nbsp;During the discussion on the &lsquo;State of AI&rsquo; one of the panellist&rsquo;s described a shift in how we use AI from a method for classification towards a decision-making function that can be deployed across society.</p> <p>techUK was thrilled to be part of CogX18 this year. The issues raised throughout the event are key to ensuring organisations across the UK can realise the full economic and social potential of AI. We look forward to supporting and participating in CogX 2019. In the meantime if you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s AI work focusing on how we make the UK AI ready, please just get in touch.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> London Tech Week: The week in review Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:29:47 +0100 CRM Sync Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, reflects on the week as a whole and discusses takeaways from some key events that were attended over the last three days. <p>As London Tech Week draws a close, it safe to say it has been a vibrant, enjoyable and somewhat hectic week. The energetic atmosphere that was created during the launch has not let up. After an action packed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday provided the opportunity to meet the first Access India Programme cohort at the Indian High Commission.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On Thursday I was pleased to join a panel at the Global Ecosystems Summit. (GES). GES provided a platform for global start-up hubs and innovation programmes to showcase their ecosystems. The event provided an opportunity for ecosystem leaders to share and gain insights from each other&rsquo;s experiences and for ecosystem startups and technology companies to find avenues for collaboration, partnerships and investment.&nbsp; Participation ranged from startups/ scaleups, entrepreneurs, accelerators/ incubators, corporate innovation, tech buyers, venture capital, family offices, and trade bodies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I was privileged to join a panel in which we explored resources and opportunities to enable collaboration between companies and ecosystems. The event was very well organised and again showcased the rich talent in London, the UK and indeed around the globe. Following GES, I headed to the London Transport Museum for an event that explored technology in F1 organised by Orange Bus. The event hosted a range of fascinating talks that explored the use for applications of F1 tech to other industries.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, I had the opportunity to meet with a delegation of excellent India start-ups and players in the ecosystem. We explored opportunities in the UK for them to grow and shared tips with each other on how to make the most out of the UK ecosystem.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As anticipated London Tech Week has been intense, fruitful and fun. Bring on next year!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Final spaces for our tech vs illegal wildlife crime roundtable Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:37:20 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is hosting a roundtable looking at how the tech sector can collaborate on illegal wildlife crime. If you have a product or service that can be adapted to this, there are still a few spaces left. <p>techUK is hosting a roundtable next week on how tech solutions can be applied to the fight against illegal wildlife crimes and we still have a few spaces remaining.</p> <p>The workshop is taking place <strong>10am - 12pm </strong>on <strong>Wednesday 20 June</strong> and we're particularly keen to SMEs active in the device, blockchain/DLT, finance and supply chain verification spaces to get involved. The discussion will be held alongside leading conservation charities, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, academia and some leading tech companies. The discussion will be framed around some key challenges outlined below. If&nbsp; you want to attend please email <strong><a href=""></a></strong> for more info or <strong><a href="">see the event page here</a>.</strong></p> <p>The five challenges that tech can help address and which guide the discussions&nbsp;are below.</p> <p><strong>1 Education and training to build capacity around tools</strong>.</p> <ul><li>Insufficient capacity, resources and training aids for rollout and sector needs to better support NGOs, law enforcement and Governments.</li> <li>How can we build a community of practice around key tools to aid education, training of infield capacity and collaboration to achieve wide scale adoption?</li> <li>Where can the sector help?</li> </ul><p><strong>2 Sustained access to secure infrastructure and collaborative information networks, including cloud &nbsp;computing, Machine Learning tools, Satellites access.</strong></p> <ul><li>Access to platforms when funding expires</li> <li>Lack of expertise and analytical capability on the front line and in NGOs</li> <li>Poor ICT and connectivity</li> <li>Opening up opportunities without experts and ensure architectures are in place</li> <li>Unlocking existing APIs and platforms and making people aware of their capabilities.</li> </ul><p><strong>3 Open data and shared databases.</strong></p> <ul><li>To analyse data sets and detect illegal activity, better collection, storage and sharing of data as well as accessible, secure, curated databases are required.</li> <li>How to enable conservationists and law enforcement to collectively submit and collaborate on data.</li> </ul><p><strong>4 Affordability</strong></p> <ul><li>Budgets tend to be small and time-limited, so NGOs and Governments can&rsquo;t get locked in to long term costs they can&rsquo;t maintain.</li> <li>Costs of equipment, services, infrastructure and satellite data are high and ongoing running costs become prohibitive.</li> <li>How can tech provide affordable/free equipment, services, expertise and network infrastructure.</li> </ul><p><strong>5 Accelerating &lsquo;fit for purpose&rsquo; innovation</strong></p> <ul><li>Tools are often not fully configured for contexts they are deployed.</li> <li>More capacity and support is needed &nbsp;to make available tech fit for purpose and ready.</li> <li>An effective technology accelerator that can help shape tools and make them fit for purpose?</li> <li>Creating architectures and blueprints for key tools so engineers can easily engage in a small piece of development to advance the whole?</li> <li>How to build more capacity to direct appropriate development?</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Meeting notes - Space Export Forum Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:29:13 +0100 CRM Sync Meeting notes from the Space Exports Forum on 8 June <p>In partnership with the&nbsp;<strong>Space Growth Partnership</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>UKspace,</strong>&nbsp;techUK hosted the 4th meeting of the Space Exports Forum.</p> <p>This is part of a new series of events supporting the UK&rsquo;s Industrial Strategy, specifically helping any companies with an interest in space products and services to improve export performance.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Drone Futures: How the UK can lead from the front Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:58:57 +0100 CRM Sync The drones industry is enjoying explosive growth supporting public services and enterprise across a range of sectors, but is chaffing at current regulatory restrictions <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:333px; width:500px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:9px"><em>Image credit: DJI Europe</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The first techUK/DJI Drone Futures conference took place yesterday. The almost 100 attendees drawn from Government (both Whitehall and local), regulators, the House of lords, academia, Catapults, police and (of course) industry was indicative of the considerable interest in drones across many sectors.</p> <p>Drones are taking their place alongside AI/Machine Learning/robotics, Cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies and greater ubiquity of connectivity, as one of a handful of technologies defining our futures.</p> <p>Elaine Whyte, PwC&rsquo;s UK Drones Lead, highlighted that her new research report <em><a href="">Skies without limits</a></em>, suggests that drone technology has the potential to increase UK GDP by &pound;42 billion (or 2%) by 2030.</p> <p>Drones offer industry cost savings, safety improvements and productivity gains, often substantial in size such as where operators of oil rigs use drones to inspect live flares, where previously the asset would be shut down for inspection at a cost of around &pound;4 million per day.</p> <p>Being cheap, easily transportable, and quick to deploy, drones are being utilised in a wide range of professional circumstances where other options (e.g. helicopters) would be impractical or impossible. The range of professional applications is increasing all of the time: from emergency services to logistics, agriculture to maintenance of essential infrastructure. Drones have rapidly become essential for engineering and construction industries, and are now an essential tool for the oil and gas industry and Network Rail.</p> <p>But for the UK to seize the potential identified by PwC, industry will need to collaborate (including on access to drone-derived data), and regulation will need to be appropriate and agile for what is a rapidly developing market. We need to get the balance right with regulation, addressing legitimate security and privacy concerns, but without unduly constraining innovation.</p> <p>An example of how current drone regulations impacts enterprise use is where drones are used to scan wind turbine blades to identify damage. The current height limit for operating a drone only equates to mid "spinner" on a wind turbine, so the operator needs to secure dispensation for each inspection, and the effective prohibition on flying beyond visual line of sight means that the operator can&rsquo;t just park, get the drone out, and inspect an entire wind farm, instead they have to keep getting back into their vehicle and driving to another turbine. This despite the fact that this is trained users with professional equipment, in locations which are usually away from buildings and people.</p> <p>If we get this balance right, the UK can be a leader in drones, the place where innovative applications are trialled. It was certainly heartening to hear at the conference from Department of Transport, NATS, Ofcom and others how open to ideas from industry they are, recognising both the commercial opportunities and the fact that there is no &ldquo;one size fits all&rdquo; solution &ndash; no country can be said to have this right at the moment.</p> <p>The draft Drones Bill, to be published this summer, is the opportunity for Government, regulators and industry to identify that balance. But we need to bring the public along with us. Many consumers have concerns about the use of drones that they don&rsquo;t have for helicopters. Such concerns will be reflected in MPs&rsquo; postbags, and we can expect that to flavour debate of the Drones Bill.</p> <p>Public support for wider use of drones will most readily be forthcoming for public services such as search and rescue, traffic management, urgent supply of bloods and medicines, and identifying plastic litter on beaches and in oceans. Public support may also be available for enterprise uses of drones in locations away from buildings and where the public see a clear benefit, such as supporting maintenance of the rail network or raising agricultural yields.</p> <p>But if we are to extend public support beyond such examples, so that the UK reaps the entirety of the GDP boost outlined by PwC, then the public need to be more aware of the use of drones delivering public services, not as an occasional news story but woven into the fabric of their environment, drones becoming &ldquo;business as usual&rdquo; rather than an exception. Given that the public sector and charities, which would generally be the operators of drone-augmented public services, are likely to have a low appetite for risk and similarly low levels of resources, then the drone industry could do worse than directly support the provision of such public services, that investment paying off in the long run &ndash; for all of us.</p> <p><strong>Presentations from the Drone Futures Conference attached below from&nbsp;Elaine Whyte (UK - Technology and Innovation) at PwC and Sam Nixson at Metomatics.&nbsp;</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on relaxation of Tier 2 visas Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:01:00 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Policy for Skills, Innovation and Digital Strategy Vinous Ali's comment on the Government's announcement regarding the relaxation of Tier 2 visas. <p><strong>Commenting on news that the Home Office will announce a relaxation of Tier 2 visa rules, Vinous Ali, Head of Policy at techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The announcement on Tier 2 visas is hugely welcome. The tech sector in the UK is going from strength to strength. For this is to continue, we need an immigration system that works. Tech workers are some of the most mobile and in-demand professionals in the world. If the UK wants to be a global hub for tech then it needs to be open and attractive to the best tech talent. &nbsp;</p> <p>We hope this announcement marks a new approach from the Home Secretary &ndash; one where the needs of business and our economy come ahead of arbitrary caps and targets. The next challenge will be ensuring we get our future migration system right and we stand ready to work with Government to achieve that goal.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> #CounciloftheFuture: Harrow Council’s Journey of Culture Change Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:41:40 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Cllr Niraj Dattani final blog in the series documents Harrow’s journey to create an environment which attracts, catalyses, and incubates innovation as a way to better deliver services. <p><strong>Quick recap</strong></p> <p>Over the past year we had taken senior officers and councillors on a journey to create a culture which was more open to innovation. In doing so, prove that digital innovation could deliver savings for the council and improve service outcomes.</p> <p>First, officers presented to councillors the innovative work they had already done and the results of it. This de-risked the concept of innovation, proving to us that innovation could produce positive results.</p> <p>With that in mind, we then opened eyes as to how this could be taken further. We had a series of organisations come in and show both officers and councillors how technology was being used in other councils in more advanced ways. Doing this with officers and councillors together was really powerful, as officers saw first-hand the positive reaction of councillors when presented with practical examples of how technology and digital innovation can improve the way we deliver services.</p> <p>With eyes and minds well and truly open, officers and councillors then went through a couple of workshops to identify the challenges the organisation faced. We then had <a href="">a session at techUK</a> where we collectively brainstormed with tech companies and came up with ideas of how we could solve those challenges.</p> <p>This eventually led to a number of projects on the table to transform various services, and a structure in place to manage its implementation.</p> <p><strong>What has been taken forward</strong></p> <p>Being able to make savings and deliver more effective services by innovating and make better use of technology has been the hypothesis driving our work. Each project that we have taken forward has been assessed through this lens and either has or will deliver millions of pounds in savings.</p> <p>A digital planning portal for planning applications, a hub for dementia patients to access care and the latest tech to help them live at home, an individually personalised council website based on the needs of that user, tech-enabled temporary accommodation to introduce home care to those in need, and an app for children in care with targeted communication are amongst the projects that we have taken forward, with many more in the pipeline. &nbsp;</p> <p>These are hugely exciting, but almost secondary. The bigger picture with this work has been to improve the culture of the organisation so we are bolder in making the most out of technology and think differently when designing or re-designing our services across the board. The opportunities come from systemic and widespread change, and go beyond a one-off exercise limited to a handful of services.</p> <p>We have most definitely achieved this. The types of projects now being proposed are a testament to that &ndash; from drones in enforcement to AI in care. Once we had moved the dial on the culture, ideas started to come from beyond the service areas we had originally identified, demonstrating the wider impact of a culture of innovation. By creating this, we have given ourselves a platform to affect much bigger change.</p> <p>The impact of culture is sometimes hard to quantify, but when things that you want to happen unexpectedly start happening, that&rsquo;s when you know you&rsquo;ve got it right. If you want to innovate in a local authority - with its many unique aspects - getting the culture right is the single most important factor. From there, anything is possible.</p> <p><strong>What next</strong></p> <p>Innovating is a mindset, and so it should never stop. We have done some great work which has given confidence to the organisation. Our challenge now is to take this further.</p> <p>So far we have just focused on working with senior officers and councillors. This has been important but should only be the start. We must create an environment which encourages this type of thinking and working at every level of the organisation. Continuously.</p> <p>We must also extend our focus beyond culture. In my view it is a pre-requisite for innovating in a council but there are also other factors involved. This is very much &ldquo;how long is a piece of string?&rdquo; territory &ndash; the more we put in the more we will get out. We have an opportunity to work with each department to set a direction, and expectations, over the medium term for how services can be delivered; with technology and the potential that enables at the forefront of our thinking.</p> <p>And finally, this should not stop in Harrow. I have begun visiting councils across the country to share our story with them, and the importance and impact of creating a culture which encourages and enables innovation. I&rsquo;m happy to do this with any council who is interested, so please get in touch if you are.</p> <p>Thank you to all the people and organisations who have helped us on this journey, it has been hugely impactful and appreciated. Especially techUK, <a href="">Future Cities Catapult</a>, <a href="">Nesta</a>, <a href="">Alcove</a>, <a href="">Umbrellium</a>, and all the techUK members who lent us their wisdom.</p> Modernising Justice Through Technology, Innovation & Efficiency Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:40:36 +0100 CRM Sync Reflections from the 14th Annual Modernising Justice Conference, chaired by techUK's Henry Rex. <p>I was delighted to be asked to chair the 14th Annual Modernising Justice Conference, which was held yesterday in the QEII Centre in Westminster. The event brings public servants from across the justice system together with industry leaders, academics, and charities to explore the impact of, and future role of, technology in our justice system.</p> <p>Often when we talk about transforming the justice system, we break it down into a series of business processes, functions, budgets. We talk about customers and end-users. And this conference began with the always useful reminder that this is about justice. There are no customers, or clients, or end users. There are victims, witnesses, defendants, dedicated public servants. A fair and accessible justice system is the bedrock of our civilization, and as we talk about how we can transform and modernize the system, it is vital that we hold this in the front of our minds.</p> <p>The opening keynote speech was delivered by Jerome Glass, the Director of Strategy at the Ministry of Justice, who described the Ministry&rsquo;s work on their long-term vision: <em>Justice 2030</em>. This strategy goes beyond the traditional scope of programmes to transform the justice system, and is looking at a wide range technological and societal developments over the coming decades, and how they might impact the way the state delivers justice.</p> <p>In the years ahead there will be a profound change in the way citizens conduct their daily lives, and how they interact with the state, as technology evolves and demands changes. So it is reassuring that the MoJ is considering what these developments mean for the justice system.</p> <p>Next up was Tom Read, the Chief Digital and Information Officer at the MoJ, who outlined the transformation journey the Ministry has been on over the past couple of years, and how he and his team are redesigning MoJ services for the digital age.</p> <p>The following sessions covered tech transformation across the full gamut of the justice system: from digitally enabling frontline police officers, to improving efficiency and performance in the courts and Crown Prosecutions Service.</p> <p>Transformation is clearly difficult, but the presentations and case studies that we heard at the event demonstrated that the potential prizes are worth the effort. And as valuable as the insights from the formal sessions were, equal value was derived from the great opportunities for networking, providing attendees a chance connect and forge useful connections.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Invitation to NPSO Roundtable, Birmingham Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:32:41 +0100 CRM Sync NPSO will hold a round-table in Birmingham on 21 June 2018 <h3>Invitation to NPSO Regional Roundtable Birmingham,&nbsp; Thursday 21 June 2018&nbsp;</h3> <p>The NPSO invites payments participant companies in Birmingham to meet them&nbsp;on Thursday 21 June for a buffet lunch starting at 1pm, followed by a roundtable discussion.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> The meeting will be chaired by Toby Sheldon, Director of Communications, who will introduce the NPSO, its&nbsp;vision and priorities for innovation. The NPSO&nbsp;Chief Executive Officer, Paul Horlock, will also share &nbsp;progress to date and the&nbsp;plans for the future of retail payments.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><strong>Venue&nbsp;</strong><br> Maple House &nbsp;etc. Venues 150 Corporation Street Birmingham &nbsp;B4 6TB&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To Register:</strong></p> <p><strong>Please email your interest to<a href=""> <span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a> and they will send&nbsp;you further details.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><br><strong>What is the NPSO?&nbsp;</strong><br> The <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">NPSO</span></a> is the UK&rsquo;s leading authority for payments, working in the public interest to ensure the retail payment systems the UK relies on for its banking are safe, open, innovative and resilient.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government announce world-first AI Talent Scheme Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:09:00 +0100 CRM Sync Julian David and other businesses and leaders back a world-first industry and government collaboration to develop the next generation of AI experts in the UK. <p><strong>Commenting on the Government's announcement of an industry and Government&nbsp;collaboration to develop the next generation of AI experts in the UK, techUK CEO Julian David said:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Today's announcement is more evidence of the Government's commitment to keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in AI. In building a world-leading framework for digital and data governance, the UK can be a pioneer in the development of responsible AI.</p> <p>We are pleased to see the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation start to take shape. Industry stands ready to support Roger Taylor in his new role and the consultation process announced today. The Centre has a crucial role to play in creating the&nbsp;right environment for industry, academia, civil society, regulators and policy makers to consider how best to ensure ethical decision making is at the core of all implementations of AI.</p> <p>techUK also welcomes the investment and commitment made by industry and Government in the new industrial masters programme.&nbsp;Building the next generation of UK AI talent is vital to securing the UK&rsquo;s AI future.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="">Read the Government's full press release here.&nbsp;</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> A Smarter London Together: How technology and data move our city Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:07:35 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Local Government Programme Manager, Georgina Maratheftis, shares her insight from the London Tech Week event <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>Yesterday I was delighted to visit Transport for London&rsquo;s (Tfl) new offices and see some fantastic views of London whilst also hearing from a leading line-up, including techUK&rsquo;s very own Sue Daley on how technology and data move our city and achieve the Mayor of London&rsquo;s ambition to become a world leading smart city.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>First we heard from Tfl&rsquo;s Chief Technology, Shashi Verma, who shared how Tfl utilises technology to keep our city moving from the cutting edge digital signalling to a world leading open data policy, and an innovative approach to data science. It was great to hear how Tfl&rsquo;s open data policy has helped the economy and grow innovative start-ups that can solve problems facing London citizens.</p> <p>Theo Blackwell, London&rsquo;s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) provided further details on the newly <a href="">launched &lsquo;Smarter London Together&rsquo; plan and roadmap.</a> As CDO his role is to promote collaboration and foster partnerships with the tech community and the public sector to solve urban challenges. The plan itself aims to set the foundation for future innovation and city needs. Sue Daley, who was a panelist at the event, said &ldquo;we stand ready to help, and welcome collaboration, the user and data being at the heart of the plan.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>A great way to end day 2 of London Tech Week was with the above views!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Key insights from techUK’s latest local government briefing Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:01:32 +0100 CRM Sync Questions for tech suppliers to consider when engaging with councils <p>Yesterday we were delighted to host Newham, Essex, Walthamstow Council and Accenture to share their digital journeys, priorities as well key insights on how the tech industry and local government can better work together. It was fantastic to hear the various council digital visions and the role tech is playing in enabling a more productive front-line as well as help to improve the lives of citizens.</p> <p>Key insights include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Commissioning is where local government is heading. </strong>More councils moving towards commissioning models.</li> <li><strong>Where is the demand? </strong>Suppliers should look at demand, where the council gets the most calls is where digital assistance will be needed.</li> <li><strong>Focus on the problem not the solution. </strong>Councils often have to focus on the need rather on the things they would like to do as there isn&rsquo;t the resource or political will always to do the exciting things. It&rsquo;s not always easy for suppliers to know what the problem is if not articulated by councils but it was suggested forums such as the todays enables improved communication and understanding of the core challenges council face. Suppliers can also help councils articulate the problem by asking the right question and addressing the &lsquo;why.&rsquo;</li> <li><strong>Fly-tipping is one of the most resource intensive council services</strong>. How can technology help to streamline paper used, free-up front line officers time and enable a more efficient service.</li> <li><strong>Biggest opportunity is data</strong>. Local government collect vast amounts of data but the challenge is what to do with the data, how to process and use it. Plus how to find ways to bring the data together to use meaningfully. There is also a skills deficit as there isn&rsquo;t always the in-house skills to deal with the data accordingly to provide insightful analysis to steer decisions. It is of added value if suppliers can work with the council to solve council recruitment crisis.</li> <li><strong>Suppliers should start singular, make the user case for that and then develop</strong>. Councils also prefer to see a working product, having something tangible to walk them through what might be the &lsquo;unknown,;</li> <li><strong>Take into consideration local government elections</strong>. With purdah before elections and the prospect the leadership may change, councils tend not to commission any big projects before an election.</li> <li><strong>Understand the dynamics of local area</strong>. Due to the various tiers in councils suppliers should look take time to see who is responsible for what.</li> <li><strong>What is the running cost? </strong>Local government have big asset costs so when discussing the product/solution suppliers should take into account the potential running costs and how it fits into that councils financial strategy.</li> </ul><p>Our next local government event is &lsquo;<a href="">Future Trends, Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Local Gov Tech Market,</a>&rsquo; on 02 July. Hope to see you there!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>