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President's Week 2021

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Date & time

  1. 7 June 2021 10:00 - 14:30
  2. 8 June 2021 10:00 - 14:30
  3. 9 June 2021 10:00 - 14:30
  4. 10 June 2021 10:00 - 14:30



President’s Week covers everything Socitm. Across four days we will discover why and what we need to put the recovery of our people and places at the heart of our work. You will meet international and national guest speakers from central and local governments. Alongside industry experts and partners the conference will create conversation, insight, and actionable takeaways, as we explore the road to post-COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

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  1. 10:00 Chair's opening remarks

    Kevin White, Head of Digital Accessibility, Scottish Government 

    Kevin will open the event with a focus on people, a golden thread running throughout the four days.

    It’s crucial that services are inclusive and accessible for all citizens, something Kevin will touch on in the context of a successful recovery for our communities following the COVID-19 crisis.

    Kevin will also explain how the day is an opportunity to learn about the different approaches taken from around the world, as we welcome contributions from international experts who will share their innovative responses.

  2. 10:10 Resetting minds, reforming public services, renewing communities - international perspective

    Kevin White, Head of Digital Accessibility, Scottish Government (Chair) | Dr Alan Shark, Executive Director, Public Technology Institute (now part of CompTIA) | Michael Dugina, Executive Director Customer and Corporate Services, City of Greater Geelong | Jörn Riedel, Chief Information Officer, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg | Robin Heilig, Head of PACE FastLane Digital Innovation and FastLane, Vienna | Olivia Neal, Director of the Public Sector Center of Expertise, Microsoft

    International views and discussion about building post COVID-19 recovery and resilience.

  3. 11:00 Networking break

    Grab a tea or coffee, take a breather and the opportunity to virtually mingle and network.

  4. 11:30 How the Pandemic has Empowered IT

    Oliver Cronk, Chief IT Architect, Tanium

    Early in 2020, as the pandemic struck, businesses around the world found themselves emptying their offices and shifting to a remote workforce. The transition caught most IT organisations by surprise. However, Enterprise IT teams across the World achieved the unimaginable by transforming their environments overnight to cope. If such massive changes are possible, what can we achieve in 2021 and 2022 to further improve our IT? We asked senior IT professionals from 500 Enteprises and we will share the findings with you during this keynote.

  5. 11:50 Our digital jump into the future - a New Zealand perspective

    Mike Manson, Chief Executive, Association of Local Government Information Management

    Innovation and transition in New Zealand local government.

  6. 12:10 Transforming social care through effective, user-friendly technology

    Sarah-Jane Smyth, Principal, Netcompany | Sissel Ørts Gadgaard, Senior Consultant, Netcompany

    The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted children in the boundaries of care. Case loads have increased and those in care have difficulties navigating the system. In this talk, Netcompany will present its social care platform, DUBU, a central tool used in Denmark by over 4,000 social workers who help bring a brighter future to vulnerable children and young people. DUBU offers social workers a platform that is reliable, highly intuitive, user-friendly and compliant with requirements for handling sensitive personal data. Discover DUBU’s potential and how the platform can transform social care in the UK for good.

  7. 12:30 Networking lunch

    Grab some refreshments, network with fellow delegates and digest the morning’s talking points.

  8. 13:00 Resetting minds, reforming public services, renewing communities - UK perspective

    Kevin White, Head of Digital Accessibility, Scottish Government (Chair) | Kate Walker, Digital Programme Director, Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care Systems | Lord Porter of Spalding (Leader of South Holland District Council) | Matt Oliver, Head of Think Communities, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council | Erika Lewis, Cyber Security and Digital Identity, DCMS | Tim Kidd, Head of Public Sector, Hitachi Solutions | Paul Jackson, RVP of UKI Public Sector, Tanium

    Bringing the discussion to a UK perspective on building post COVID-19 recovery and resilience.

  9. 13:45 Calling on people to shape a new digital strategy for Wales

    Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate change

    Discover how the Welsh Government has put people at the heart of its strategy development. Through collaboration and feedback with broad range of stakeholders, they have produced a plan influenced by groups including the Wales Race Forum, businesses and children and young people with learning disabilities.  

  10. 14:05 Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world

    Colin Cook, Digital Director, Scottish Government

    Hear how Scotland’s future will be forged in a digital world. It’s a world in which data and digital technologies are transforming every element of the nation – people, place, economy and government.

  11. 14:25 Chair's closing remarks

    Kevin White, Head of Digital Accessibility, Scottish Government 


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