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Durham University: (Northern) power to the tech sector 

Professor Gordon Love

Professor Gordon Love, August 15, 2019 — Digital

Head of Computer Science at Durham

Professor Gordon Love, Head of Computer Science at Durham, shines a light on the North’s flourishing tech sector.When you think of North East England, you might not think of a vibrant tech sector which is forecast to grow to £2.5bn by 2020. Or somewhere that has the second highest IT and software cluster growth in…

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Esther Morgan

Esther Morgan, August 12, 2019 — Culture

Communications Manager, Norfolk Museums Service

The arrival of a charismatic object for display is always exciting. In the case of Viking: Rediscover the Legend (at Norwich Castle until 8 September) this has meant hosting some of the most significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking treasures ever discovered in Britain. Objects like the Lewis Chessmen from the British Museum generate publicity and are…

The power of your voice – International Youth Day 2019

Since February this year, I have been privileged to be involved in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Youth Steering Group, led by the British Youth Council. So far, this group has worked with Policy Lab to understand the policy making processes within government, with the ultimate goal of developing a digital solution to…

International Youth Day 2019

About International Youth DayThe aim of International Youth Day 2019 is to ‘examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organisations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education’. Youth CharterHere at DCMS, the Youth Steering Group was formed to help get young people’s voices heard and involve them in policy making across government. Led…

Celebrating British Rowing success

Mark Davies

Mark Davies, August 9, 2019 — Sport

Chairman of British Rowing

I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a lot of inspiring sport in my life. I was at the Oval in 1986 to see Ian Botham return from suspension to dismiss Bruce Edgar with his first ball and move to the top of all time wicket takers in cricket. I was behind the goal at…

How the public sector can procure AI-powered solutions more effectively and responsibly

Sabine Gerdon

Sabine Gerdon, July 24, 2019 — Digital

Project lead at the Office for AI and Fellow at the World Economic Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

AI-powered technology has famously beaten Go masters and enabled self-driving cars to steer autonomously through city streets, and it also holds the promise of better delivery of public services and solving big public sector challenges. AI technologies have already helped to identify potentially blinding eye diseases and to investigate fraud cases more effectively. In the…

Go Global Africa 2019: three months on

Our first International Tech Hub Network programme was a resounding success! Participants returned home armed with new skills, ideas and connections, ready to share their knowledge and positive experience of the UK tech sector with their local business networks. Building global partnershipsGo Global Africa 2019 brought 18 of the most promising tech startups from Kenya,…

How roundtables are helping inform the National Data Strategy

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts, July 11, 2019 — Digital

Senior Policy Adviser, Data Policy Team

The aim of the National Data Strategy (NDS) is to drive the collective vision that will support the UK to build a world-leading data economy.In the first phase of work, DCMS commissioned Policy Lab to undertake an evidence review of common statistics used by government and non-government bodies. It found that many commonly quoted statistics…

Employee Owned Association Day: Community Dental Service

Brigit Parker

Brigit Parker, June 28, 2019 — Civil Society

Head of Communications & Marketing at CDS

Public Service Mutuals have been recognised for their strong emphasis on employee engagement, influence or control. Many mutuals belong to a wider community of Employee-Owned businesses and social enterprises. Each year, the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) hosts awards to recognise the incredible efforts of these businesses around the country. To mark EO Day 2019, the Community…

Everybody needs Good Neighbours!

Min Marshall

, June 20, 2019 — local charities

My name is Min, I’m 89 this year and I live in sheltered accommodation in North Shields in the North East of England. I’ve been coming to the Voluntary Organisations Development Agency’s (VODA) Good Neighbour Shopping Scheme for several months now, ever since my Warden noticed how much trouble I was having with my shopping.…