22 Jul 2022
by Rory Daniels

Round-up: Digital Place Week 2022 draws to a close

After a fantastic five days of member blog posts, plus a techUK podcast and report launch, Digital Place Week 2022 has concluded.

A wide range of excellent content has been shared throughout the week, with a total of 29 blogs highlighting current and emerging place-based approaches, perspectives and technologies. Topics have included sustainable cities, shopping in the metaverse, digital democracy, and the delivery of care for those with dementia.

These were shared by over 30 unique contributors writing a total of 81 tweets. The week is estimated to have reached around half a million people via twitter alone, helping to raise awareness of place-based approaches across industry and beyond.

Several techUK programmes have seen their members contribute, with these conceptualising ‘place’ on a local (Local Public Services), regional (Transport and Smart Cities), national (Central Government) and global (Climate, Environment and Sustainability) level. There were even a few blogs on geospatial data, ensuring that ‘place’ took on a dimension beyond that of the earth’s surface.

Thursday’s ‘Health and Wellbeing’ Day also saw the launch of the Health & Social Care programme’s ‘Innovation in place-based care’ podcast and Integrated Care System report. You can listen to the podcast here and read the report, titled ‘Right from the Start: What should Integrated Care Systems prioritise to make digital, data and technology work for them and their populations?’, by clicking here.

#DigitalPlace Week 2022 built upon previous techUK campaign weeks, including 2020’s #PlaceLedInnovation week (which explored how place-based working had become the norm) and 2021’s Digital Place Week (which showcased the best of local public service innovation).

We would like to thank all techUK members who contributed to this campaign week and direct readers to our Local Public Services programme’s upcoming events here.


Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Social Care, techUK

Rory is techUK’s Programme Manager for Social Care.

Working across the Health & Social Care and Local Public Services programmes, Rory is coordinating our social care activity and leading our ongoing place-based transformation initiatives.

Prior to techUK, Rory held several roles within the NHS Test & Trace programme where he was involved in governance reforms, the national allocation of Covid-19 tests, and the introduction of a genomic sequencing capability in the government’s Rosalind Franklin ‘mega’ laboratory. He also spent time in the Department for Education within the School Resource Management strategy and impact team.

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