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 will be run in partnership with a range of organisations including the Local CIO Council, the Society of Chief Librarians, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, LARIA, ADASS Informatics Network, GoodThings Foundation, Women in IT, Socitm, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands.

The programme will feature:

  • Connected local services workshops: planning, highways, libraries, waste & recycling, social care, data & insight
  • Digital innovation showcase #1: health & social care
  • Digital innovation showcase #2: 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 (more info after 23 March).

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, 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’.

Delegates can buy tickets for one day or two days and may build their own programme from the sessions on offer. Ticket prices will be discounted for members of the professional associations collaborating with Connected Local Government Live 2017.

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