DCMS blog

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.…

London Tech Week 2019: King interactive gaming celebrates the UK’s thriving games sector

James Nicholls

James Nicholls, June 14, 2019 — Digital

Senior Studio Production Director, King

Senior Studio Production Director, KingSenior Studio Production Director at King

King is unique in the world of mobile gaming. We create games for one of the most diverse audiences in the industry, with 272 million monthly active players – one of the biggest casual gaming communities in the world.We are involved in creating some of the biggest mobile games on the planet. Candy Crush Saga…

London Tech Week 2019: World class analytics made simple

Chris Ruddock

Chris Ruddock , — Digital

Lead Engineer and Managing Director, Incus Ltd.

In sport, it’s easier now than ever to collect data, but when it comes to understanding and applying this for performance benefit, there is still a significant challenge. This is particularly true in the efficiency-dependent sport of Triathlon, where technique is a driving factor to performance and athletes must optimise this across the three sports…

The National Data Strategy

Gaia Marcus

, June 13, 2019 — Digital

Unlocking the power of data in the UK economy and government, while building public confidence in its use.As head of the National Data Strategy team I was incredibly excited to be speaking at the Westminster eForum on May 14. It presented a great opportunity to speak to policy experts and other interested parties about the…

London Tech Week 2019: V & A Dundee exhibition explores videogames

Lauren Bassam

Lauren Bassam, June 11, 2019 — Digital

Assistant Curator, V&A Dundee

Bringing the next iteration of the Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition to V&A Dundee has been an exciting and enriching enterprise. Today there are an estimated 2.2 billion people who play videogames worldwide, from commuters playing on mobile phones to eSports professionals watched by millions of spectators. The exhibition really plays homage to the changing forces present…