Connected Local Government 2017: a festival of events focused on a devolved and digitally enabled future

28 June 2017 The Bond Company,180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5SE

Boilerhouse Media, the event organisers, are collaborating with a range of organisations including the WMAHSN, Local CIO Council, the Society of Chief Librarians, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Royal Town Planning Institute, LARIA, ADASS Informatics Network, GoodThings Foundation, Women in IT, Socitm and Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands.

The programme will feature:

  • Connected local services workshops are being run in partnership with the key professional associations in each field and will look at how digital is impacting on the provision of these services. Findings from the Better Connected research will also feature.
  • The Digital Innovation Showcases will run on both days, focussed on health and social care and on wider local public services including highways, waste management, and planning. SMEs, startups, local authorities and pitching apps and innovations within these showcases are selected from those uploaded to Public Service Digital and invited to make 5-10 minute pitches from the stage, followed by with roundtable discussions. This format was first used at the highly successful ADASS Care Apps Showcase in March.
  • The ‘Local CIO Council presents’ workshops will be on security and smart places, key topics of LCIOC thinking over the last 18 months that will be shared at this event.
  • Better Connected Live will be a series of workshops, presentations and masterclasses to share results and learning from this year’s Better Connected research on the performance of local authority websites, results of which are due in May. Topics will include website usability, access from mobiles, customer accounts and accessibility to disabled people.
  • The Better Connected Awards will be presented to councils with the best scores in a series of categories. The Awards will be followed by a party with street food and a band.
  • Diversity in local government will be a full day of discussion, debate and resolution on how to make key areas of local government activity more diverse and inclusive and will feature Women in IT
  • Future local government will be a series of sessions exploring local government devolution and opportunities around ‘the commercial council’.

Delegates can buy tickets for one day or two days and may build their own programme from the sessions on offer. To register your interest, click here.