#techUKlocalgov Update | Partnering & Networking | Harrow Council

It’s been a busy start to the year, kicking-off with our Children Services Innovation Workshop which saw Councillors, Directors and Heads of Services work with our members to interrogate the problems facing children services and look at potential tech solutions.

Continuing the theme of children services, we are pleased to have Harrow Council in at the end of January to share their digital journey to create services young people want to use and tell us what they’re looking for from the tech market. There is still time to register for our ‘Changing the lives of young people in Harrow’ briefing

We have some exciting events and papers planned for the year ahead and I look forward to working with you on these! As ever, do get in touch if you have any views on what you’d like to see from the programme this year.  

All the best,  
Head of Local Public Services
T +44 (0) 20 7331 2029| E georgina.maratheftis@techUK.org 

#techUKlocalgov: Latest  

30 January - Join us for our next local government briefing with Harrow Council’s Children Services Team 
Harrow Council will  share their digital journey and what they are looking for from the market in order to build services that young people want to use. Register now to hear first hand the challenges they face and how you can help. 

20 February - Government Technology Code of Practice: Industry Briefing with a focus on the Local Digital Declaration 
Hear from the GDS Technology Policy Team to better understand the implications of the Code when it comes to developing and delivering digital solutions for public services. The speakers will also touch on the emerging introduction of the Code into the Local Authority space through the Local Authority Digital Declaration (of which techUK was a co-publisher alongside MHCLG earlier this summer). Register here
12 March - Latest Partnering & Networking event, including speakers from Newham Council 
Ricky Morton, Digital and Transformation Adviser at Newham Council, will be joining us to pitch and share how to navigate the local government market. This speed networking event offers tech companies large and small the opportunity to network and identify business partners with innovative solutions for transforming local public services.
techUK delighted to support the Public Sector Paperless Awards again this year
Entries are now open for the 2019 #paperlessawards. You can download the nomination form at paperlessawards.co.uk/enter.  

#techUKlocalgov: Action & Reaction

Check-out the local government tech predictions for 2019!
Last December we held our annual future gazing event with local government leaders. You can read what they thought the top tech trends were as well as their predictions for the year ahead. Do you agree? Share your 2019 predictions using the hashtag #CounciloftheFuture.  
Have your say and complete our GovTech SME Survey
techUK has launched its fourth GovTech SME Survey to help improve SME access to the Public Sector Market. It only takes 5 minutes to complete, you can complete the survey here.

techUK gives evidence to Parliament on Digital Government 
Deputy CEO Antony Walker discusses SMEs, skills and cyber in front of Science and Technology Committee. 

#techUKlocalgov: Other News   

Round 3 GovTech Catalyst challenges announced today, and 4 of the 5 are from local authorities (GOV.UK) 
The GovTech Catalyst is the £20 million fund set up to help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems. Challenges range from managing autonomous vehicles in local traffic management to better predicting and sequencing adult social care to deliver a seamless service. 
Wolverhampton seeks £5m 20-year partner for ‘future-proof’ full-fibre network (PublicTechnology.net) 
Wolverhampton City Council is seeking a 20-year partner to provide “future-proofed gigabit connectivity” for the city’s public services. 
London councillors see digital exclusion as barrier to transformation  (UKAuthority) 
Digital exclusion is the biggest barrier to successful digital transformation among London’s boroughs, according to a survey of its councillors. 

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30 January - Changing the lives of young people in Harrow 
6 February – Local Gov Tech Partner event 
7 February – iNetwork: Connecting People & Place 
12 March  - Partnering & Networking: Growing the Local GovTech Market


29 January - Winning Demos Masterclass
30 January - Mobile Video Pro (iPhone or Android) - Masterclass
13 February - Employment Status: £½million lost
20 February - GDPR - Upheaval or more of the same?

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