Connected Local Government 2017: a festival of joined up thinking and events about a devolved and digitally enabled future

28/29 June in Birmingham

Connected Local Government Live 2017 will bring together innovators across local public services in rich mix of events, awards, workshops, masterclasses and showcases focused on a devolved and digitally enabled future. 

The two-day event is being run in partnership with a range of organisations including the Local CIO Council, the Society of Chief Librarians, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, RTPI, LARIA, GoodThings Foundation, Women in IT, Socitm, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, and Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands.

The programme features:

  • Connected local services workshops: planning, highways, libraries, waste & recycling, social care, data & insight
  • Digital innovation showcases covering health, social care and a wide range of local government services
  • ‘Local CIO Council presents’ workshops 
  • Better Connected Live
  • Better Connected Awards & party
  • Diversity in local government
  • Future localgov - devolution, the commercial council, digital imperatives

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 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, social care and planning. SMEs, startups, local authorities and others will be pitching apps and innovations selected from those uploaded to Public Service Digital Exchange. 5-10 minute pitches from the stage will be followed by 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 key topics of LCIOC thinking over the last 18 months that they are looking to share more widely.

Better Connected Live will be a series of workshops, presentations and masterclasses presenting learning from this year’s Better Connected research on the performance of local authority websites, final results of which are due in May. Topics will include website usability, access from mobiles, customer accounts and accessibility of website content to disabled people. 

The Better Connected Awards will be presented to councils with the best performance in a series of service-based and web usability 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 Socitm’s Women in IT initiative.

Future local government will be a series of sessions exploring local government devolution and opportunities around ‘the commercial council’.



Buy a day ticket for either day and build your own programme by sampling sessions from one or more of the above elements and networking with other delegates between times.

Attend both days for a substantial discount, or come with colleagues to make the most the highly stimulating mix of content on offer.

Sessions will be shorter than traditional conferences: we’re aiming to expose delegates to as many innovations, ideas and best practices as possible, and provide networking time for proper follow up with their developers and promoters.

The format will be nearer to an ‘unconference’ than a traditional ‘sit and listen’ event. You won't be seeing presenters that deliver a corproate slide deck and then disappear without sharing the stuff you really want to know……..

Ticket prices are discounted for members of the professional associations collaborating with Connected Local Government Live 2017 - see bookings page for details.



  • Chief executives of local authorities
  • CIOs
  • Web and IT managers
  • Digital transformation leads
  • Heads of customer services
  • Heads of key service areas including planning, social care, waste & recycling, housing, highways, schools, revenue & benefits and more
  • Commissioners and senior managers of adult social care
  • Directors and senior managers from partner care providers including third sector organisations
  • Heads of Business Intelligence
  • Directors of People Services
  • Strategic leads
  • Directors of NHS Foundation Trusts
  • ICT project managers
  • Business transformation managers
  • Health and social care integration leads
  • Directors and managers of care homes
  • Health and social care professionals responsible for transformation / business change / informatics
  • Developers of apps and associated services
  • Representatives of service users and carers
  • Elected members



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