Public Sector Innovation Conference 29th January 2020

AI / Innovation in Health / GovTech

One Whitehall Place, The Royal Horseguards Hotel, SW1A 2EJ London


Save the date for the second instalment of the Digital Leaders Public Sector Innovation Conference.

Following the enormous success of the first Public Sector Innovation Conference in November 2018 we are returning to this important topic a year on. In the intervening year we have seen an explosion of AI, the mainstreaming of Innovation programmes in new departments and across Local Government, as well as a further year of the Govtech programme.

We have split the day into three themes with space to develop discussion at a policy, delivery and expert level:

Firstly we will hear from the Office for AI and discuss how we can utilise AI across the whole of Government. Paying particular attention to the government’s AI and Data Grand Challenge which has been updated in September this year to focus on how AI can transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases; as well as providing solutions for challenges that come with our growing ageing society.

The next theme will involve innovation in the health sector where looking back since the last conference there has been lots of great progress made by a wide variety of organisations often collaborating across sectors. The official launch of the NHSX initiative in July has prompted lots of impressive work into improving NHS productivity through digital transformation, reducing the burden on clinicians and staff.

Finally we will review Govtech initiatives and their impacts a year on. Focusing on how cross-sector collaboration between emerging tech businesses in the private sector can create innovative solutions for use across the whole of the public sector. As part of this theme we will be celebrating 4 great examples of public sector innovation that have been implemented in the last year.


One Whitehall Place, The Royal Horseguards Hotel

The second Public Sector Innovation Conference returns to One Whitehall Place once again, to review the impressive innovation work done in the public sector.

Last Year's Conference

This new Digital Leaders Conference is geared towards tackling three of the big opportunities for Public Services: GovTech, AI and Innovation. Last year’s conference was split into three, giving all these topics space to develop discussion at a policy, delivery and expert level.
This full-day Conference held in partnership with Government, heard 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.


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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 were keynotes from Ministers, the latest innovations from the main stage, lots of networking and an active exhibition.

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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