2019 Agenda


8:00 am - 9:25 am

Registration, Exhibition & Networking


9:25 am - 9:30 am

Chair’s Opening Remarks


9:30 am - 9:50 am

Leading Digital Transformation in the Public Sector: Emerging Technologies and Ensuring Digital Organisation for the Future

  • Awarding tech firms £20 million from the GovTech Catalyst Fund to develop and test emerging technologies for shared public sector challenges
  • Establishing one of the most digitally skilled bodies of public servants globally by 2020 through the GDS Academy to deliver GovTech
  • Harnessing frontier technologies to guarantee the delivery of user-focused services


9:50 am - 10:10 am

Headline Sponsor


10:10 am - 10:30 am

Ensuring the Ethical Innovation of Emerging Data-driven and AI-based Technologies: The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

  • Establishing a centre for strengthening the way data and AI are used and regulated for public services
  • Advising the government on specific policy and regulatory action
  • Supporting and building on best practice from public bodies and businesses to get the most out of tech
  • Promoting trust in emerging technologies by understanding citizens’ priorities and fears surrounding data-driven technologies


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Morning Break, Refreshments & Exhibition


11:15 am - 11:35 am

Building the Foundations of GovTech; Ensuring Citizen Focused Services

  • Designing services for inclusion; designing with users, not for them
  • Building an Application Programme Interface to transform health data access and the Medicare payment system in order to facilitate scalability and growth
  • Launching the Hack the Pentagon Programme; engaging ethical hackers to discover and disclose the vulnerability of the Department of Defence


11:35 am - 12:15 pm

Panel | The GovTech Catalyst Challenge – Lessons from the Implementation of the Next Wave of Public Sector Technology

  • Building best practice in bridging the gap between knowing the challenge and knowing the technology
  • Balancing technology investment and long-term savings by constructing a business case with technology providers
  • Biting the silver bullet: are emerging technologies always the answer and how can such projects elucidate business and policy solution?


12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Seminar 1


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch, Exhibition and Networking


2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Seminar 2


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

GovTech Deployment
2:45 - 3:05 - Blockchain for Government: Lessons from The Netherlands

  • Exploring the potential for combining a self sovereign digital Identity and Blockchain for public services
  • Transforming the internal financial administration with cutting edge fintech
  • Understanding the importance of data sharing – A blockchain case study in logistics

GovTech Deployment
3:50 - 4:20 - Panel | The Reality of Implementing Emerging Tech

  • From concept to scale – how it’s possible to move beyond the testbed stage
  • Ensuring that Govtech solutions integrate with your established technology stack
  • Passing the test – when emerging technologies don’t fit with established standards

GovTech Deployment
4:20 - 4:40 - Case Study: Deploying AI to Create a Customer-Focused Environment at Aylesbury Vale

  • Harnessing AI for a customer services automation platform
  • Ensuring a more efficient service by reducing response times by 50% and lowering costs
  • Utilising time in a more efficient and productive customer-focused way


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

GovTech Culture Shift
2:45 - 3:05 - Case Study: The Tech Connect Initiative

  • Building digital skills and capability over the duration of a 12-week programme to solve GovTech challenges
  • Securing collaboration between the public and private sector; bridging the gap between government and the emerging tech industry

GovTech Culture Shift
3:50 - 4:10 - Driving a Culture Shift: A Principled Approach to Emerging Technology

  • Increasing the organisation’s digital maturity through a six-step programme
  • Ensuring effective collaboration and product management in order to deliver better digital services in an agile manner
  • Utilising data analytics to place user-centric decision making at the core of digital transformation
  • Creating a Digital Academy to deliver best practice teaching in preparation for emerging technology


GovTech Culture Shift
4:10 - 4:40 - Panel | Building the Business Case: How Investment in Emerging Tech Will Futureproof Local Public Services

  • Pursuing funding for the GovTech Catalyst Challenge
  • Allocating a £7.5 million fund to aid local governments transform their public services through the implementation of emerging technologies
  • Reviewing the successes and failures of local government implementation of GovTech


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

GovTech Economy
2:45 - 3:05 - Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Economic Growth

  • Encouraging pro-active engagement between policy and emerging tech
  • Addressing the implications of developing and implementing AI, including; machine learning, natural language processing and automated reasoning
  • Raising awareness of both the challenges and opportunities for Britain’s economy and society
  • Empowering decision-makers to make the best possible policy decisions for the economy and industry

GovTech Economy
3:50 - 4:10 - The AI Conundrum – How to Support Emerging Technology Economies and Jobs

  • Moving beyond mere engagement with industry through targeted dissemination of information on the impact of AI for certain industries
  • Building AI Training to maturity to ensure both prosperity of the AI industry and preparedness of end-users
  • Bracing industries for impact by helping to create secure ret-raining pathways for affected functions and sectors

GovTech Economy
4:10 - 4:40 - techUK Panel Session

  • Securing GovTech’s place in the UK tech industry
  • Enabling the UK’s digital expertise to meet the challenges ahead
  • Bringing new and emerging technologies like Robotic Process Automation and IoT into public service delivery


4:45 pm -

End of Conference