TechConnect: And the winner is…
Winners announced from TechConnect, an initiative designed to promote government and industry collaboration.
Or rather that should be ‘the winners are...’. For in a shock twist worthy of GRR Martin, the expert panel of judges we had convened to pick the winning team for our TechConnect scheme were so impressed by the quality of the pitches that they decided to award first prize to two teams.
But I’m getting ahead of myself, so let us rewind. For the uninitiated who may have missed this article in Computer Weekly, TechConnect is an initiative designed to promote government and industry collaboration. The programme, sponsored by Jacky Wright (CDIO, HMRC) and the Government Digital Service, brought together 38 early professionals, half from the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Fast Stream and half from tech companies. The delegates were divided seven into cohorts, and over the 12-week programme they worked to identify and design digital solutions for public sector challenges.
Over the course of the 12 weeks the cohorts visited range of tech companies, large and small, to see live demos of innovation happening in the private sector that could be used to inform their solutions. Each cohort was allocated two mentors, one from Government and one from industry, to provide advice and guidance as the teams devised their problem statements and developed their solutions.
And the culmination of the programme a Finale Day, which convened all the participants, and saw each cohort pitch their solution to a panel of judges. The judging panel consisted of: Jacky Wright, the CDIO of HMRC (without whose sponsorship this would not have been possible); Oliver Lewis, Deputy Director for DDaT at the Government Digital Service; Penny Williams, the Vice Chair of techUK’s Public Services Board; and Zoe Cunningham, techUK Deputy President and Board Lead for Building the Smarter State).
The standard of the pitches was staggeringly high, but there could only be one winner. Or in this case, as we’ve already covered, two. Two teams came up with such innovative solutions, and presented so well, that the judges could not pick between them and awarded them both the top prize. Team Tomlinson, who devised a secure citizen-government transaction system, and Independence Pay, who produced a demo for online PIP application processing.
Alongside the prestige that comes with winning the first ever TechConnect contest, as part of their prize the victorious cohorts will soon be pitching their solutions to civil servants at the highest level.
Congratulations to the winners, and to all who took part! This year was a pilot for the scheme, and we shall be learning and iterating as we look to roll out the initiative to more delegates next year. So stay tuned!
Latest News from
techUK welcomes AI Council members announcement17/05/2019 16:05:00
techUK responds to the joint statement from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announcing the...
Justice & Emergency Services Management Committee - Interim Statement17/05/2019 11:20:00
We are now entering the 2nd of our 2-year tenure as the Management Committee of the Justice and Emergency Services (JES) Programme. I wanted to take this opportunity at the half-way point to reflect on what we have achieved to date and where our efforts will be focussed for the remainder of our time.
EU ETS Phase IV / Future of Carbon Pricing: Consultation17/05/2019 10:25:00
BEIS has launched its consultation on proposals for a linked EU ETS scheme from 2020
The Labour Party to nationalise National Grid16/05/2019 14:42:00
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has devised proposals to take control of the UK’s energy networks in a plan that industry groups said could increase bills and slow...
Early Tech Career Network: Cyber Security Summer event15/05/2019 14:25:00
The next techUK Early Tech Career Network event is here for the summer.
Digital Service Providers (EU Exit) Consultation14/05/2019 16:25:00
DCMS publish call for views on the UK’s approach to regulating non-UK based DSPs.
Minister confirms start of Digital Radio Review14/05/2019 12:43:00
Margot James, MP, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, Sport has confirmed a collaborative review with radio broadcasters and the supply chain on a review and...
£3.3m Boost for E-Waste Fund13/05/2019 11:25:00
The money will bolster the existing WEEE Fund which is being spent on research projects, a national communications campaign and projects that boost e-waste collections.