Call for submissions: Local Digital Index Campaign Week 16-20 October
We are delighted to launch our third iteration of the Local Digital Index on 16 October, part of Birmingham Tech Week. The Index and report will analyse the strength on the tech sector across the UK in fields such as digital skills, digital infrastructure, finance and investment and digital adoption, as well as make recommendations for how the tech sector can be strengthened across the entire UK. You can sign up here for this important event.
From 16 October to 20 October, we are highlighting the contributions made by the UK tech sector to improve the local and regional tech ecosystems, playing a vital role in the levelling up agenda through innovation and engagement. We will bring you daily insights, articles and videos from various topics, including digital skills development, digital infrastructure, collaboration and partnership, and R&D, all showing the advances made toward strengthening local tech ecosystems.
Be part of our campaign week to have the opportunity to showcase the work you are doing in the nations and regions to drive technological innovation and bring new opportunities across the UK.
How to contribute?
All techUK members and stakeholders can submit one or multiple contributions by 22 September. 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
- Download our blog submission form here (instructions here), fill it in and submit.
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
These will be published on our social media channels primarily and spotlighted on our campaign week page.
- Create a 30 to 90 seconds (max 2min) speaking to camera video, responding/expanding to 1 of the following questions/topics:
- How are you strengthening the local and regional tech sectors?
- How can we collaborate more efficiently to drive innovation?
- Email us your video at https://wetransfer.com/. Instructions here.
- Examples: #1 , #2
If you would like to contribute to our campaign week, please email [email protected] to let us know the piece's title by 22 September, to ensure we can schedule this in our content calendar.
All content must be submitted by 29 September. Content submitted after the deadline may not get social promotion which is crucial to increase the visibility of the submitted work.
Ileana Lupsa is the Programme Manager for Local Public Services and Nations and Regions, at techUK.
Ileana studied electronics, telecommunications and IT as an undergraduate, followed by an MSc in engineering and project management at Coventry University.
She refined her programme management expertise through her most recent roles working in the automotive industry.
Ileana is passionate about sustainability and creating a positive impact globally through innovation.
Matt is techUK’s Head of Nations and Regions.
Matt is leading techUK’s work with members and stakeholders across the UK to increase the Local Digital Capital across the UK’s nation and regions, build communities and to ensure that digital technology plays a key part the post-COVID-19 levelling-up recovery.
Prior to joining techUK, Matt worked for several national education charities and membership bodies to develop their regional partnerships with schools, academy trusts, local authorities, and other stakeholders. He’s also worked with local authority leaders and other stakeholders to engage communities, work with elected members and improve public services.
He holds a BA in Politics from the University of York and an MA in International Relations from the University of Leeds. Away from work he’s a keen football fan and golfer.
If you’d like to find out more about our work in the nations and regions please get in touch with Matt:
Tracy supports several areas at techUK, including Cyber Exchange, Cyber Security, Defence, Health and Social Care, Local Public Services, Nations and Regions and National Security.
Tracy joined techUK in March 2022, having worked in the education sector for 19 years, covering administration, research project support, IT support and event/training support. My most outstanding achievement has been running three very successful international conferences and over 300 training courses booked all over the globe!
Tracy has a great interest in tech. Gaming and computing have been a big part of her life, and now electric cars are an exciting look at the future. She has warmed to Alexa, even though it can sometimes be sassy!
Launch event: Local Digital Index 2023
On 16 October, as part of Birmingham Tech Week, techUK will be publishing the latest edition of our Local Digital Index. The Index and report will analyse the strength on the tech sector across the UK in fields such as digital skills, digital infrastructure, finance and investment and digital adoption as well as making recommendations for how the tech sector can be strengthened across the entire UK.
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