Physically apart but digitally together #ConnectandProtect

Starting on 13 May and running to 10 June, techUK will kick off a month-long campaign highlighting how tech is helping organisations, businesses, communities, families and the whole of society continue in this new reality of social distancing where we may be physically apart but we have never been more digitally together.  

Coronavirus has changed every aspect of our lives. From the way we work, travel (or not travel), learn, communicate with friends and family and exercise.  Lives have become more digitally enabled and dependant on being online than ever before. The use of business and consumer apps and cloud services have rocketed within all of our homes.  

But how is tech making a difference and are we getting this right for everyone? What are the societal and ethical issues being raised by the use of technology at this time and what can we learn from how technology is being adopted, deployed and used?     

During the month we will be bringing you four campaign weeks focused on how technology has played its part in keeping people physically distanced but socially connected; how it has facilitated the continued delivery of key public services, as well as how tech solutions have scaled to tackle challenges such as the surge in online shopping and food supply-chains.  

Week 1: A focus on the technologies that have kept us socially connected to friends and colleagues. Contact: sue.daley@techuk.org    

Week 2: How technology has helped keep citizens connected to key public services and facilitate local communities coming together. Contact: Georgina.Maratheftis@techUK.org  

Week 3: How has digital helped companies scale and deliver inclusive services. Contact: Matthew.Evans@techuk.org  

Week 4: What have we learned from this phase of the Covid19 pandemic and what should we take with us into the recovery. Contact: sue.daley@techuk.org  

If you would like to be involved in this campaign week, please contact the people named alongside each week.  

All blogs must take into account our contributor guidelines found here and be submitted by the Friday before that week’s theme.  

When submitting the blog, please ensure to include the author's name and job title, as well as a blog title (maximum 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use. 

Following your contributions, we will look to produce additional literature to further promote the content generated during the week. 

You can get involved with this campaign week on social media using @techUK and #ConnectandProtect 

  • Matthew Evans

    Matthew Evans

    Director | Markets
    T 020 7331 2034
  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director | Technology & Innovation
    T 020 7331 2055

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