Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter | August

Welcome to the August edition of techUK’s Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI newsletter. I hope you find this month's update a helpful overview of the most recent news and upcoming opportunities from our programme.

Despite it being August there’s been a stream of government/stakeholder announcements that will be of interest to our programme. Only last month the ICO announced the first cohort of organisations selected to take part in the beta Regulatory Sandbox. techUK member Tonic Analytics was one of the 10 projects selected to take part in initiative, focusing on the ethical use of innovative data analytics technology to improve road safety.

Earlier this month, government also announced a £250m fund to ‘boost artificial intelligence to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.’ Full details on the announcement can be found here.

Finally, the Industrial Challenge Fund has announced its Wave 3 of challenges to allow the UK’s world-leading research base and highly innovative businesses to help address some of the biggest industrial and societal challenges facing the UK today. Key themes include commercialising quantum technology, smart sustainable plastic packaging and digital security by design. For updates and the latest information on how to get involved in tackling these challenges, take a look at the KTN website.

If you have any further questions about any aspect of our programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI News


techUK launches No Deal Brexit members survey
techUK has launched a survey of its members on their preparedness for No Deal and to seek their views on what steps the Government could take to help them prepare.

£250m NHS AI Lab Announced
Ben Moody, Head of Health and Care at techUK, has written about the recently announced NHS AI lab and the opportunity it affords for the NHS and UK Plc.

ICO announces first 10 projects for data protection sandbox
This week the ICO announced the first cohort for their data protection sandbox. From the 64 applications received, the ICO has selected 10 projects for the initial beta phase. This new initiative aims to support organisations which are developing innovative products and services using personal data with clear public benefit.

PM sets out vision to cement UK as a science superpower
The world’s top scientists will be encouraged to move to the UK under a shake-up of immigration rules the Prime Minister announced.

Guest blog: Lessons from the UK Government's journey to the cloud
CACI Ltd share what they have learned in supporting the UK government on the journey to the cloud.

How we can re-imagine public services?
Come along to Building the Smarter State 2019 to help us tackle this question!

Building the Smarter State Campaign Week - Call for Contributions

In the run-up to our flagship public services conference – Building the Smarter State on 18 September 2019 – we will be holding a campaign week (2 – 6 September) consisting of member and stakeholder blogs unpacking what a smarter state will look like and the technologies that will help make the vision a reality. Each day during the week there will be a different topic with blog posts, tweets (to #techUKSmarterState) and case studies surrounding each of those themes: future gazing, people, smart places, procuring for innovation, and digital ethics in the public sector.

If you would like to contribute, please email Ellie Huckle ( The deadline for content to be submitted is Monday 26 August. Please include the name, job title of the author as well as a blog title (max 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use when submitting the blog.

Other news and comments


Eight EU states miss artificial intelligence deadline – EU Observer

AI system 'should be recognised as inventor' – BBC News

NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab – BBC News

How to help government use data analytics to fight fraud – Civil Service World

Companies fear their cloud computing isn't keeping up with security – IT Pro Portal

The cloud and good climate – How cloud computing can help protect our climate – Jaxenter

Healthcare claims data analytics detects emerging conditions – TechTarget

Upcoming events


9 September: techUK Introductory Evening

Whether you are new to techUK, thinking of joining us, or would just like a reminder of the many benefits and services that we have to offer, this is the event for you.

techUK invites you to join us for an introductory evening, where we will tell you more about techUK, how we work and how you, as a member, can access our many member benefits and services.

We will explain our vision for the UK tech industry and our priorities for 2019. You will also hear from other techUK members, who will give you examples of how they use and get value from their memberships.

10 – 13 September: Defence & Security Equipment International

DSEI is the world leading event that connects governments, national armed forces, industry thought leaders and the global defence & security supply chain. With a range of valuable opportunities for networking, a platform for business, access to relevant content & live-action demonstrations, the DSEI community can innovate, share knowledge, & experience the latest capabilities across Aerospace, Land, Naval, Security & Joint domains.

17 September: Privacy Conference 2019 | Berlin #PCO19

We join 300+ international data protection experts at the Privacy Conference 2019 at Die Kalkscheune in Berlin to discuss the current challenges and future trends with new technologies and regulation updates of the GDPR. Meet us there, and get 15% off your ticket with an exclusive discount code by following the link above!

17 September: Preventing and Tackling Financial Crime

Join us for an interactive session on financial crime. The exponential increase in online communication and transactions has completely changed the face of financial services. Regulatory frameworks and technologies are being adapted to detect and prevent financial crime, but it does remain a critical problem affecting the lives of many people and damaging organisations.

This session will look at how financial crime affects people and organisations and what can be done to bolster both prevention and enforcement.

18 September: Building the Smarter State

Entering its fifth year ‘Building the Smarter State’ (formerly techUK PS2030) is techUK’s flagship Public Services Conference. The 2019 conference will focus on the twin themes of People & Places. Speakers and delegates will be exploring how emerging tech and societal trends will transform how public services are designed and delivered, the workforce that will be delivering them and the citizens they're designed for.

6 November: Supercharging the Digital Economy

Supercharging the Digital Economy 2019 is a conference that will champion the transformative, cutting edge and emerging digital technologies that are key to accelerating the digital transformation of key sectors and industries in the North. It will examine how the adoption of advanced digital technologies and services are driving economic growth, productivity and job creation, with a particular focus of their impact on transport and logistics. The key focus will be on identifying the policy levers that can be used to supercharge the growth of the digital economy and society across the North.

12 November: Future Mobility Services

Our members are developing technological solutions that are transforming the mobility services sector. We now need to ensure that our policy and regulatory environment supports and encourages implementation of these enablers. This is an area where decision-makers at the national, regional and local levels have a key role to play.

Last year's report is techUK’s contribution to the development of this flexible vision. In this conference, we assess progress towards achieving the vision.

  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
    T 020 7331 2019

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