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National Coding Week 2019

Alice Bentinck

Alice Bentinck, September 20, 2019 — Digital

Co-founder, Entrepreneur First and CodeFirst:Girls

In today’s economy, coding is consistently listed as one of the most desirable skills by employers. Almost every business in the world, regardless of sector or function, now has a digital component – be it a simple website, a mobile app, or something much more sophisticated.There is a fast growing demand for individuals who can…

Derby: A Heritage High Street success story

Clive Fletcher

Clive Fletcher, September 14, 2019 — Culture

Lead Specialist, Historic Places for Historic England

High Street Heritage Action Zones build upon Historic England’s record of reviving high streets with Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas (PSiCAS). These are collaborations with Local Authorities and building owners that reverse decline and build confidence by restoring historic buildings. Derby PSiCA ran between 2008-2016, and transformed the city centre’s fortunes by attracting new investment…

Applications open for TeXchange 2020: Healthcare Innovation

International Tech Hub Team

, September 9, 2019 — Digital

DCMS is building an International Tech Hub Network to support forward-thinking entrepreneurs around the globe; stimulate local digital economies; and facilitate innovation partnerships between local tech sectors and UK and international businesses. We are now calling for applications from healthtech startups in India, Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria to participate in an exciting network-wide programme ‘TeXchange…

National Data Strategy: our co-creation journey

Sasjkia Otto and Claire Donaldson

Sasjkia Otto and Claire Donaldson, August 27, 2019 — Digital

Vision Lead and Engagement Lead, National Data Strategy Team

The National Data Strategy team reflect on their findings from roundtable discussions as they move towards co-creating the long-term vision for the data ecosystemSince launching our call for evidence during Tech Week 2019, the government’s National Data Strategy (NDS) team has spoken with around 250 people from 200 different organisations in the public and private…

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…