Public Sector Innovation Conference

Emerging Technologies / AI / GovTech

27 November, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, One Whitehall Place, The Royal Horseguards Hotel, SW1A 2EJ London

At the conference we heard keynotes discussing Government InnovationAI Innovation and GovTech. There was presentations, exhibitors and networking with the latest challenge winners and some hand-picked start-ups as well as those who are working in emerging technology sectors and actively looking to supply innovative solutions to public sector services.

About

This new Digital Leaders Conference is tackling three of the big opportunities for Public Services being: GovTech, AI and Innovation. The day was split into three, giving all three topics space to develop discussion at a policy, delivery and expert level.
This full-day Conference held in partnership with Government, to hear keynotes discussing:

Public Sector Innovation – A cross-government programme to facilitate and encourage innovation and emerging technology use in public services, engaging with private sector businesses

AI Innovation – The Office for AI – a joint team between DCMS and BEIS – has been set up to drive forward work on the Grand Challenge on AI and Data articulated in the Industrial Strategy and AI Sector Deal, which includes – alongside increasing skills provision and access to good quality data for AI – driving adoption across all sectors. The Office for AI hopes to raise awareness of the transformative potential of AI across Government to drive adoption and remain at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.

GovTech Catalyst – the concept of encouraging small, emerging technology businesses, to bring innovative solutions to public service challenges in a formal process using a £20 million fund to facilitate the public sector engaging and creating solutions with the private sector for use across the whole public sector.

A diverse cross-section of speakers and interesting and stimulating discussions.

Conference Delegate, #1

On the whole, a really informative and stimulating event, thank you!

Conference Delegate, #2

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Speakers

The Conference brought together those in the public sector leading innovation, developing the AI programme and running Govtech Catalyst challenges, together with a selected group of private Govtech and AI leading businesses offering innovative solutions to the public sector. There was keynotes from Ministers, the latest innovations from the main stage, lots of networking and an active exhibition.

Agenda

9.15 – 11.00
Thread one: Public Sector Innovation

A cross-government programme to facilitate and encourage innovation and emerging technology use in public services, engaging with private sector businesses
Opening remarks from Conference Chair – Rachel Neaman
Welcome from Digital Leaders
Russell Haworth, Chair of Digital Leaders and CEO of Nominet
Keynote: Public Sector Innovation
Oliver Dowden CBE, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office
Expert Speaker: Innovating in GovTech
Mark Jennings, COO, Health & Public Services – Europe, Accenture
Panel session: How can emerging technologies transform public services?
Our first panel of the day will discuss from the public and private sector perspectives on some of the opportunities emerging technologies are already providing to the public sector from the public and private viewpoint.
Chair: Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, Nesta
Balaji Anbil, Head of Digital Architecture & Cyber Security, HM Courts & Tribunals
Dr Cynthia Bullock, Senior Innovation Lead – Enabling Programmes, InnovateUK
Irene Sandler, Vice President, Cognizant Accelerator
Tim Ebenezer, Technology Director, Civica Digital

Fireside Chat: The opportunities for Geospatial data to transform public services.
One exciting area of emerging technology for public services is geospatial data. Our two protagonists for this fireside chat are responsible for a new Commission at the Cabinet Office looking into this area and one of the leading private sector thinkers in this niche space.
William Priest, CEO Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office
Seth Finegan, CEO, Informed Solutions
11.00-11.30 Coffee and networking break
11.30 – 13.00
Thread two: Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The Office for AI – a joint team between DCMS and BEIS – has been set up to drive forward work on the Grand Challenge on AI and Data articulated in the Industrial Strategy and AI Sector Deal, which includes – alongside increasing skills provision and access to good quality data for AI – driving adoption across all sectors. The Office for AI hopes to raise awareness of the transformative potential of AI across Government to drive adoption and remain at the forefront of the AI and data revolution.
Keynote: The opportunities of AI
Margot James MP, Minister of State for DCMS
AI will revolutionise every aspect of our lives – we have to seize this opportunity and ensure its benefits reach everyone
Panel session: How do we drive responsible public sector adoption of AI
AI and the data it uses poses questions of regulation and ethics that the public sector has an opportunity to lead on as society seeks good AI that is inclusive and delivers positive public benefit. Chaired by Tabitha Goldstaub our panel will share their experience of adopting AI.
Chair: Tabitha Goldstaub, Chair of Government AI Council
Jean Innes, Director of Transformation and Strategy at ASI Data Science
Austin Tanney, Head of AI, Kainos
Tom Smith, Managing Director of Data Science Campus, ONS
Fernando Lucini, Artificial Intelligence lead, UKI, Accenture
Dr. Indra Joshi, AI Clinical Lead at NHS England
Fireside chat – Innovation in Public Services in Scotland
CivTech in Scotland has been at the forefront in Europe of securing civic benefits from partnering between public and private sectors. In this fireside chat we will hear the experiences of both government and the private sector first hand.
Katy McNeil, Entrepreneurship Lead, CivTech, Scottish Government
Aine Ui Ghiollagain, Co-Founder and CTO, DeepMiner
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 16.00
Thread three: GovTech

The concept of encouraging small, emerging technology businesses, to bring innovative solutions to public service challenges in a formal process using a £20 million fund to facilitate the public sector engaging and creating solutions with the private sector for use across the whole public sector
Keynote: The GovTech Catalyst Programme
Kevin Cunnington, Director General, GDS
With £20m of funding, GDS ’s programme is creating challenges that help public sector bodies take advantage of new and emerging technology. Here we hear from the GDS DG responsible for this exciting programme on progress so far and early lessons learned.
Expert Speaker: The GovTech Opportunity
Daniel Korski, CEO and Co-Founder of PUBLIC
Bringing together experience from the public sector, technology and finance to help startups solve public problems has been tackled by PUBLIC.io as a broker between the public and private sectors bringing the vital investment needed to deliver change and scale. We will hear from its co-founder who will provide their latest ideas on what works.

Panel session: Barriers: identifying, removing and failing fast for government
Chaired by GDS GovTech Catalyst team lead Lisa Scott our panel of challenge winners, local government and private sector will give a hands-on update on the barriers and solutions this innovative programme faces.
Chair: Lisa Scott, GovTech Catalyst, GDS
Adrian Leer, MD, Triad
Kay Dale, Service Designer, GovTech Catalyst GDS
Catherine Johns, Innovation Director, Business Durham
Jon Corner, CDO, City of Salford

Fireside Chat – Innovating in Local Government Services
In our closing session, we hear from one of the newest GovTech programmes that have recently been launched for the Local Government sector. It has seen a dramatic take-up. Our two guests will share that first experience from the Government and local government perspectives
Cate McLaurin Head of Digital Delivery, London Borough of Hackney
Paul Maltby, CDO, CDO, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Close + Networking

Who Attends

With over 200 decision makers attending, the Conference is a unique opportunity for your organisation to engage and showcase your innovative products and services to the public sector. The public sector is invite only from our GDS and DCMS partners, but they will invite a wide range of central and local government providers including:

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