Think Digital Government 2017 conference announces final exciting agenda

Key digital stakeholders from central government are set to convene in London on February 10. What will emerge as their main concerns and commitments for the sector in the next few Brexit-dominated months?

Posted 1 February 2017 by Gary Flood

The full and final agenda for what promises to be one of the most important UK e-gov conferences of the year has just been released.

That’s Think Digital Government 2017, set to open its doors to buyers and sellers of ICT services in the UK public sector Friday week (February 10) at 8.45.

The day features on less than 10 special presentations and live case studies on everything from the impact of Brexit on the sector to ways to build an effective digital skills base in your organisation.

The event’s scheduling, originally set for late last year, was adjusted to help supporter GDS finalise its Digital Strategy – but the delay seems to have enabled the organisers to complete an even more compelling agenda than planned.

Supported by the two agencies at the heart of the national digital transformation agenda, the Government Digital Service (GDS) and its sister body Crown Commercial Services (CCS), the event features participation from a stellar list of leading government IT leaders.

These include Defra’s Permanent Secretary Clare Moriarty, the Deputy Director for Standards Assurance at GDS, Olivia Neal, and the Director for Transformation at the National Audit Office, Max Tse.

They will be joined on stage as presenters and panelists by the Head of Digital Architecture & Cybersecurity, HM Courts & Tribunal Service Adam Gwinnett, and the Head of Digital Delivery at NHS Digital, Rachel Murphy.

Senior industry figures also committed to participate

This unusually strong group of real-life digital decision makers are being completed by an equally notable roster of informed commentators, with extensive experience in e-gov and digital transformation.

This side of the house includes three major IT sector analysts and market watchers – the Chief Analyst at GlobalData (formerly Kable) Public Sector Jesse Figueras, her colleague Gary Barnett, Head of End User Advisory at GlobalData Technology, and a prominent Institute of Government pubsec IT researcher, Joseph Owen.

The supplier community is also being represented in the conversation, with the CEO of UKCloud Simon Hansford set to speak, while a number of other senior practitioners are also confirmed as participants, too.

Overseeing the day is fully independent IT sector commentator and editor Stuart Lauchlan of leading content site diginomica.

Thought leadership, best practice – and a great opportunity for checking your progress with sector colleagues

“We are really excited about this conference, as there is so much going on in public sector transformation right now,” says Matt Stanley, Director at Think Digital Partners, which is also the publisher of ThinkDigitalPartners.com.

“Even though GDS have not yet been able to publish its new strategy, there are still a lot of great things happening in this sector that should be shared in terms of thought leadership, insightful advice and examples of best practice coming through.

“That means the content we have secured for our delegates ensures Think Digital Government 2017 will be a very rewarding day for all attendees.

“The conference not only offers its delegates the opportunities to hear from sector leaders and listen to the firsthand experiences of early adopters of digital technologies in the public sector, but also – and we’ve been told just as importantly – to be able to network with 250 peers from right across local and central government,” concludes Stanley.

For the full agenda, go here

Please make sure you have your secure place at the event, which is taking place at London’s Business Design Centre in Islington (Highbury & Islington Underground), as they’re going fast.

Go here to check you are registered, and please remember if you are a working public sector IT professional, your seat is completely free.

Only a couple of paid-for seats for other members of the UK ICT community are still available, say the organisers.