We often talk about ‘digital transformation’ and ‘smart places’ at the local level as if they are completely separate issues. Whilst they may appear different in their outcomes, they are both enabled by the adoption of collaborative and digital first approaches to leadership that require engagement with and understanding of the solutions that the tech community can provide.
So what does a collaborative, digital-first approach mean? These are more than just buzzwords, and when applied correctly in a local authority context, have the potential to deliver tangible benefits to public service delivery and the implementation of smart city and community initiatives. Local government has a role to play in creating the culture and infrastructure for ‘smart places and communities’ to gain traction.
This begins with an understanding of digital as more than just shiny new technology. It is important that digitally-enabled solutions also integrate a collaborative and user-centric approach to doing things both smarter and differently. A truly smart place will be more connected to its citizens, communities and businesses, with the whole community reaping the benefits.
At this event we will be exploring the synergies between smart places and digital transformation, and launching our new report on “What makes a ‘Good’ Digital Board?”, which explores how local authorities can draw upon the expertise and knowledge from local tech players to lead local authorities through an ever-evolving technology landscape.
This joint event between the Local Government and SmarterUK programmes will be an opportunity to bring together stakeholders and industry members from across the smart cities and transformation agenda to discuss how we can better collaborate and put in place the conditions that will create places where citizens want to live, work and thrive.
Registration is at 14.30 and drinks and networking from 17.00
Speakers Confirmed include:
Nathan Pierce, Head of Smart London Team & Programme Director of Sharing Cities, Greater London Authority
Jen Hawes-Hewitt, Global Cities - Consulting and UK Lead, Accenture
Kulveer Ranger, Vice-President, Strategy & Communications, Atos UK
Councillor Stephen Canning, Essex County Council