"Difficult, insightful, inspirational, and incisive" were the words used by our four judges to sum up the finale of Tech Connect 2.0.
Tech Connect, sponsored by HMRC and the Government Digital Service is an initiative that is designed to promote government and industry collaboration by bringing together early industry professionals from the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) fast stream, technology companies and industry mentors. Last year's pilot was hugely successful with the judges picking not only one but two winners, and this year's cohort was even bigger with double the amount of delegates and even more innovative solutions to impress the judges - and they did just that.
For the past 16 weeks delegates, along with their mentors have been working on their solutions to challenges faced by the public sector, and to help inform and inspire their solutions the delegates also visited various companies on industry days along the way to hear what industry has been doing to tackle some of these issues. Through powerpoints, videos and live demos the finale saw delegates showcase their solutions to our panel of judges consisting of Stuart Wainwright, Director at Government Office for Science, Zoe Cunningham, Managing Director at Softwire Technology & techUK board director, Penny Williams, Director - Public Sector at CDW & Deputy Chair of techUK’s PSB and David Dilley, Deputy Director at the Government Digital Service.
It was a difficult decision for the judges to choose the winning team, but Team CSI London took the title with their creative, high quality presentation on streamlining the process of 101 calls. Anecdotal evidence suggests the 101 process can be very frustrating for citizens, and the team, with members who have experience of frontline services, want to simplify the process. In second place was No2Pollution, who pitched their solution to improving air quality and traffic quality through an app that can suggest a more eco-friendly journey, and in third place was Relocation, Relocation, Relocation who designed a solution that allows people to change their address in one place and have government departments subscribe to this service to update their address information.
Every single team impressed the judges and captured exactly what they wanted to see out of the pitches - and an honourable mention went to Team XGov because the Government Office for Science is keen to make their solution on drawing together government research into a data lake to make better informed policy decisions a reality.
As part of their prize for winning Team CSI London will soon be presenting to the Technology and Digital Leaders Network and Alison Pritchard, Director General, GDS to hopefully solicit sponsorship that will take their solution forward. Massive congratulations to the winning team, to Team XGov, and well done to all the teams who took part! We look forward to seeing what the next cohort will bring!