Crown Commercial Service

Our first technology and procurement showcase digitech18 was a success

Our vision came to life last week at our first ever digitech18 event, which took place in the First Direct Arena, Leeds – and what an event it was! There were 60 exhibitors in attendance on the day, of which 34% were SMEs, showcasing to over 500 delegates, in what we believe was a hugely successful event for the technology sector.

The event, which was hosted by ourselves at Crown Commercial Service and Public Sector Connect, aimed to combine a mix of influential, high-profile guest speakers from both the public and private sectors, along with an engaging technology showcase. All of this was delivered free of charge to technology users and procurement delegates from healthcare, local government, central government, blue light and education sectors from right across the UK.

We had an exceptional selection of guest speakers for this years event and many of those touched upon our key messages:

  • The SME Agenda – Emma Jones, the Cabinet Office Crown Representative for Small Business explained the government’s ambitious plans to have £1 in every £3 to be spent with SME’s.
  • Digital Transformation and Connectivity – Rachel McLean, Director General, Chief Financial Officer for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) gave an update on the Local Digital Declaration and announced the first round of funding available to local authorities for digital projects.
  • AI and Robotics – James Merrick-Potter, Head of Robotic Automation Unit, Cabinet Office on the latest developments in RPA and how they are helping to transform delivery of public services

We also ran more intimate sessions at the event, which offered the opportunity for delegates to join seminars that focused on key areas of technology in an environment where they were free to ask questions and explore topics in more detail with our technology experts. These sessions were very well attended on the day and have received some great positive feedback.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who attended this year’s digitech18 event, and I would also like to extend my thanks to our team and the team at Public Sector Connect for making this years event a huge success.

Content & presentation slides

For anyone who missed any of the sessions on the day – don’t worry all of the presentations from the day are available to download below:

Plenary session

Seminar presentations – Morley Theatre

Seminar presentations – Roundhay Theatre

CCS sessions

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