Council of the Future Campaign Week

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    Monday03Dec 2018

    This week techUK will highlight what the future of local public services will look like in a digital age #CounciloftheFuture

This week techUK is celebrating how technology is transforming public service outcomes and re-imagining what future local public services will look like.

It is the second year we are running the ‘Council of the Future’ campaign week, showcasing how tech can be used to drive better local public outcomes and create places where citizens want to live, thrive and work. It will highlight what the ‘art of the possible’ is and showcase the technologies that are disrupting the sector and helping to re-imagine service delivery.

Throughout the week we will be looking at topics central in helping to create the environment and conditions for the vision of a ‘Council of the Future’ to flourish and succeed.

We will continuing the conversation at our event next week on 12 December - Future Gazing: Where Next for Local Government Tech in 2019? - reflecting on the past year in local government transformation – what have been the technologies re-defining service delivery, they key trends and looking to 2019 on what the emerging technologies disrupting the sector are. The panel will also be making their predictions for 2019! You can register here.

What does the ‘Council of the Future’ look like to you? Join the conversation on #CounciloftheFuture @techUK

Themes to be explored include:


  • Vision: Future scenarios of the ‘council of the future’; what will the future local public services look like

1. Guest blog: The Impact of The New Communication Paradigm by Paulo Gomes, Head of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at CRITICAL Software

2. Guest blog: Digital Capabilities for a Digital Council by Paul Davidson, CIO at Sedgmoore Council 

3. Guest blog: Three ways to use data to create a citizen centric council by Jenny Mulholland, Agile Project Manager at Softwire and a local Councillor

4. Guest blog: Guest blog: How to build a successful customer self-service strategy by John McMahon, Product Director at IEG4 


  • Future Gazing: The technologies re-imaging local public services to solving complex problems; and the future tech trends

1. Guest blog: The Homelessness Reduction Act & Future of Homelessness by Olivia Iannelli, Research Analyst at Trilateral Research Ltd 

2. Guest blog: Council of the Future - Efficient, Effective and Engaged by Ricky Morton, Director - 12 Pillars, currently advising the London Borough of Newham

3. Guest blog: Can immersive tech and gaming help elderly care? by Craig Melson at techUK

4. Guest blog: The future of chatbots in local councils by John McMahon, Product Director at IEG4

5. Guest blog: Wise Council - Commercialisation of Local Gov Services by Nathaniel Konzon, Public Sector Specialist at Content Guru 

6. Guest blog: Emerging technologies will have an increasing role to play by Miles Gabriel, Esri UK Lead on Smart Communities and Collaboration


  • Data & Trust: Data driven local public services; building trust and cyber resilience

1. Guest blog:#CounciloftheFuture must be resilient against Cyber threats by Helen Reeves, Adviser – Cyber Security at Local Government Association

2. Guest blog: Cyber Resilience around a data integrated smart city by James Corcoran, Recruitment Manager at Sanderson

3. Guest blog: The future of shared communications for the public sector by Andy Lilly Director and Co-Founder of Armour Communications 

4. Guest blog: 46% of UK Councils using out of date server software by Matthew Olney, Content Manager at XQ Cyber

5. Guest blog: Digital 3.0 – The future of AI in local government by John McMahon Product Director at IEG4 

6. Guest blog: Data will separate the best from the rest by Andy Theedom, Director & James Bowman, Consulting Director at PwC 


  • Culture: The role of leadership in creating a digital first-mindset

1. Guest blog:Local authorities need a shift in mindset to be cyber aware by Matthew Olney, Content Manager at XQ Cyber

2. Guest blog: Building a digital-first mindset: What can leaders do? by Andrew Lawson, Executive Vice President and General Manager UK at Salesforce

3. Guest blog: The future of government: data, culture and tabula rasa by Richard Hanrahan, Solutions Development Director at Agilisys

4. Guest blog: Leadership, technology & data - #CounciloftheFuture by Helen Gerling, director of consultancy, Shaping Cloud


  • Collaboration: Driving innovation through collaboration to growing the local gov tech market through partnership working

1. Guest blog: Digitally Enabled Places by by Michelle Warbis, External Affairs Manager at InLinkUK

2. Guest blog: Lack of interoperability holds back IT innovation by Simon Hall, CEO and co-founder, Coeus Software 

3. Guest blog: Council of the Future: What Next? by Georgina Maratheftis, techUK’s head of local public services  

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