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D5 London 2014 summit programme

Five leading digital governments will discuss a range of issues at the first D5 summit in London on 9 and 10 December 2014.

During the summit each member country will share their own experiences and discuss what being a good digital government means. This outline of the D5 programme explains what the summit will cover.

Day 1: 9 December

  • Francis Maude, UK Minister for the Cabinet Office, will open the D5 summit
  • the UK Government Digital Service will make a presentation on the the UK’s approach
  • each founding country will present their digital expertise and successes
  • discussion groups will cover 3 areas: teaching children to code, open markets and connectivity
  • there will be a discussion on the future of D5

In the evening there will be a trade reception, hosted by The Duke of York. This will be a chance for the UK to showcase some of it’s brightest digital businesses and how the UK supports the digital economy. Exhibitors include:

Day 2: 10 December

  • Liam Maxwell, UK Government Chief Technology Officer, will welcome delegates
  • Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications for the UK government, will present on UK government digital campaigns
  • discussion groups will make presentations
  • the BBC will lead a coding session for 6 pupils from a local primary school using the new Doctor Who coding game as part of the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’ initiative. Afterwards the children will meet Francis Maude and have a tour of the venue
  • the final panel discussion will look at how governments support the digital economy - panellists include:
    • Gerard Grech, Chief Executive Officer, Tech City
    • Francis Maude, UK Minister for the Cabinet Office
    • Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
    • Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda (outgoing)

The summit will finish with a press conference.


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