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Episode 13 - Building the Smarter State Part 2

techUK's Building the Smarter State Conference in September brought together digital leaders from across the public and the private sectors to showcase how technology is shaping today’s and tomorrow’s public services – helping to build a smarter state. Conference sponsor Accenture's Shaheen Sayed, CEO of Accenture's Government Business, UK & Ireland sat down with Rupert McNeil, the Government Chief People Officer discussing the challenges of ensuring that the civil service has a workforce to meet future requirements, develop leadership, tackle inclusivity and diversity issues, and explore what more industry can do to support the development of digital and business transformation skills in the public sector.

Episode 12 - Building the Smarter State Part 1

Jess caught up with Jenny Nelson, Programme Manager of Digital Newcastle, (interview starts at 00:40) and Wayne Parkes, Director of the National Enabling Programmes (interview starts at 10:12) at techUK’s  Building the Smarter State Conference, to discuss how their work and their organisations are helping with "building the smarter state".


Episode 11 - Cloud 2020

Tom Henderson, Programme Manager for techUK’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities workstreams, sits down with some of the UK’s foremost cloud experts to discuss the future of the UK’s cloud computing ecosystem.


Episode 10 - The State of Connected Home

Following the recent release of techUK’s annual report in collaboration with GFK, The State of the Connected Home, this podcast highlights the findings and recommendations to industry and Government. We speak to Jay Chinnadorai, Managing Director at Infofmetis (09:07), Trevor Godman, Key Account Director at GFK (18:03), Rajni Nair, Senior Policy Researcher at Citizens Advice (26:58) and Talal Rajab, Head of Cyber and National Security at techUK (39:45).



Episode 9: Collaboration for public services

Following the recent release of techUK’s report, Collaboration for public safety outcomes, this podcast explores the role of technology in facilitating collaboration for local public service delivery, and calls on the police tech supplier community to get involved in techUK’s interoperability for policing initiative. We speak to Georgina Maratheftis, Head of Local Government (01:03), May-N Leow, Head of Digital Delivery at Southwark Council (09:21) and Mark Goossens, Chair of the techUK Interoperability for Policing Initiative (23:25). 



Episode 8 - Remaining at the forefront of the AI revolution

Artificial Intelligence is transforming businesses, public services and society and the UK is a World leader in this exciting technology. But what can we do ensure that we continue to innovate and benefit from the AI revolution? We hear from Tabitha Goldstaub (00:50), Co-Founder of CognitionX and Chair of the UK Government’s AI Council, Dr Mobasher Butt, Chief Medical Officer at Babylon Health(09:00) about how AI can help save lives, and Yue Wang, Principal 5G Researcher at Samsung UK (16:30) about the mutually beneficial relationship between 5G and AI.



Episode 7 - Govtech and SMEs

This month’s podcast looks how to improve SME access to the public sector tech market. Our speakers discuss techUK’s recently published report Procuring for Innovation and Growth and explore the experiences of selling to the public sector market. Listeners will also hear from Government Small Business Representatives on their views of the future and top tips for SMEs.



Episode 6 - Skills, talent and diversity in tech

This month’s podcast looks at the issue of skills – both for now and in the future. The UK suffers from a digital skills gap that is estimated to cost us £63bn in lost GDP ever year, the big question is how can we close this gap and ensure that in doing so we increase the diversity of a sector as a whole.



Episode 5 - Brit-twin: Towards a national digital twin

This episode, presented again by Matt Evans, focuses on the technologies behind and possibilities for digital twins. We consider what a national ‘Brit-twin’ would deliver and talk to Peter van Manen at Frazer-Nash (00:45), Sarah Hayes at the National Infrastructure Commission (08:20), Kevin Reeves at Costain (14:50), David Cuckow from the BSI (21:30) and Matheiu Francoz at Dassault Systemes (26:50) about how we can get there.



Episode 4 - Supercharging the digital economy 

In October 2018, techUK held its Supercharging the Digital Economy flagship event in Manchester. Whilst at the event, Matthew Evans, associate director at techUK caught up with  Liliana Danila, Economist at the British Retail Consortium (01:42) on how technology is impacting the high street stores and online shopping experiences.

He then catches up with our own, Jessica Russell, programme manager for transport and smart cities, on techUK’s new report, Future Mobility Services in the UK (13:05)


Episode 3 - GovTech 

This episode, presented by Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK, centres around GovTech, and the possibilities for improving services in the public sector.

After a news round-up, our first interview with Sharon Houlden Director of Adult Services and Housing, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (03:05) discusses Pepper, a humanoid robot who has been working in the community with across a range of Council services.

We then talk to Zoe Cunningham, Managing Director of Softwire (24:27), an SME doing lots of innovative work with Government. We explore the challenges and opportunities for smaller companies working in the public sector.

Enjoy listening and do let us know any feedback.



Episode 2 - the Security Special

This episode, presented by Talal Rajab, head of cyber security at techUK, centres around making digital products and services ‘secure by design’.

After a news round-up and a review of the techUK Annual Dinner, our first interview with Sian John MBE, Executive Security Advisor at Microsoft, (03:41) looks at whose responsibility it is that our citizens and businesses are cyber secure and how we can respond as an industry to threats.

We are then joined by Ed Venmore-Rowland, senior policy adviser at DCMS, (20:28) to discuss the Department’s white paper on this subject and how industry and government can work together to help protect the country against cyber attacks and reduce the burden on end users by embedding effective cyber security practices at every stage of a connected products lifecycle.



Launching our techUK podcast

Sue Daley takes the mic to bring you our latest thoughts on AI with special guests from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Sage.

We’ve got lots to talk about at techUK – providing insights on the latest tech innovation, government decisions and discussing how digital transformation will impact citizens and businesses alike. And today we’re launching our new techUK podcast so you can access all the latest content for free whilst you are on the move.

This month, Sue Daley, head of cloud, data and AI, has been discussing how data and machine learning will change businesses and public services, from discovering why Kriti Sharma from Sage is so fascinated with AI (@15.25) to how Giles Pavey from DWP is using the technology to transform the department (@28:19) to the impact of GDPR with our own Jeremy Lilley (@03.29).


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