24 Jul 2023

Call for blogs: Building the Smarter State Campaign Week 2023 #techUKSmarterState

From 11-15 September we are running our annual Building the Smarter State Week. #techUKSmarterState

From 11 – 15 September techUK is running our annual Building the Smarter State Week in the run-up to the ninth edition of our flagship public services conference, Building the Smarter State, on Wednesday 27 September.

Through blogs and case studies we want members and stakeholders to explore the innovation and impact within the smarter state. Each day has been assigned a different theme and we want to discover how technologies of today and tomorrow are transforming some of the most pressing challenges our society and public sector organisations face such as Legacy IT and Skills.

The themes for the week are as follows:

  • Innovation: The impact of innovation within the smarter state and how it can solve some of the most pressing challenges and transform outcomes.
  • Emerging technologies: The role of emerging technologies in making the UK a Science & Technology superpower by 2030.
  • Legacy IT: How can we reframe this old technological infrastructure and future-proof services for the digital age?
  • Data: What does a data-driven smarter state look like and how can we achieve it?
  • Skills: How can we bridge the digital skills gap? Which is essential if we are to sustain and deliver services in a Smarter State.

How to contribute?

All techUK members and stakeholders can submit a one or multiple contributions. We welcome a variety of formats so that you can decide what would best fit your company. Here is what you can submit and some guidelines: 


These will be published on our website as an insight page.  

  • Between 600 – 1,000 words long.  
  • Can include images, infographics and videos/vlogs (see below guidelines about submitting vlogs).
  • Add links throughout your text.
  • Please download our blog submission form here (instructions here), fill it in and submit alongside your content.   


These will be published on our website as an insight page. 

  • Between 3 to 6 minutes.
  • YouTube link or MP4 file.
  • Title for the video and any intro text. 
  • Examples: #1 
  • Email us your video through https://wetransfer.com/. Instructions here.  

*For all submitted content, we require a headshot of each author, a brief biography, and the logo(s) of your organisation/company, so please ensure this is sent alongside all material. 

Please send your submission through to [email protected] by Friday 1 September. Content that is submitted after the deadline may not get social promotion which is crucial to increase visibility of the submitted work.  

You can also follow the campaign on techUK's Twitter and LinkedIn #techUKSmarterState

If you would like to attend the Building the Smarter State Conference, you can sign up here

Heather Cover-Kus

Heather Cover-Kus

Head of Central Government Programme, techUK

Georgina Maratheftis

Georgina Maratheftis

Associate Director, Local Public Services, techUK

Ellie Huckle

Ellie Huckle

Programme Manager, Central Government, techUK