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Thursday 9th November 2017, Cloth Hall Court

9:00 - 10.00

Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 - 10:20

Chairs Welcome

by Chris Riley, ICT Manager at Lancaster City Council, Socitm Vice President and Chair of Socitm North West

10:20 - 11:00

Commercialisation in local authorities

Change is constant – and it’s getting faster. Innovation in both technology and the market is rapid; expensive things are getting cheaper; scarce things are becoming more common; our customers are growing smarter; people are better informed. Yet revenue budgets have been slashed, and ICT services are going to have to work hard just to stand still. Can trading help us out?

by Phil Jackman, Director at Guerrilla Working, former Director of IT at Durham CC

11:00 - 11:15

Tea and coffee break

11:15 - 11:45

Main sponsor address: SOS – Armor Defense Ltd

Why Shiny Object Syndrome Is the Enemy of Security

We’ve all invested in the latest and greatest technology, yet the bad guys are still stealing your data or even holding it hostage. Where are we failing? In this session, Kurt Hagerman, CISO, Armor, will discuss the reasons why the security community is suffering from Shiny Object Syndrome (SOS) and run through the processes that are your best bet for staying safe in any environment.

by Kurt Hagerman, Armor Defense Ltd

11:45 - 12:45

Breakout sessions

1. Current threat activity update

As digital inclusion and collaboration increases, it is important to arm yourself with the latest intelligence so you can protect our public services from disruption. Published bi-annually by Trend’s world-class researchers, this talk will discuss the major events that shook the global threat landscape in the first half of 2017. Our mid-year security round-up covers the old and the new, from ransomware and BEC scams to potential attacks against industrial robots. Join us to find out more about these threats and how to stay protected.


2. HSCN – A month of live service

How it’s operating and what it will offer for the future.

By Ian Wilcox, Business Development Director at MLL Telecom

3. Digital transformation using internet of things (IoT) – the art of the possible

Dell EMC will deliver key insights into how it’s helping local councils deliver operational efficiencies today with IoT technologies. This session will focus on assisted living and smart buildings management solutions and also consider how IoT will play a major role in the delivery of community solutions in the future.

By Mike Fay, Dell

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 - 14:00

Government Digital Service - GovWifi

Mark Harrison will explain how GovWifi, developed by GDS, is working across the public sector, and how your local authority can participate.

by Mark Harrison, Senior Product Owner at Digital Cabinet Office

14:00 - 15:00

Breakout sessions

1. The Internet of Things

Bradford has become one of the first cities in the UK to create a Low Power Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) as it starts its journey into the Internet of Things (IoT). The session will examine what the city has done with IoT; the next steps for using it to improve the service provided to residents; and how it has changed the way the council thinks about providing its services, from gritting to bin collections.

by Yunus Mayat, Enterprise Architect and Information Manager at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

2. Consent around data

The session will look at why our use of technology and data is missing a trick – and explain how a new service can help to fix this. Available via CC2i, and working in partnership with Socitm, the Consentua initiative has provided an easy to follow guide, along with information on the steps required to adopt a more transparent citizen engagement model across several engagement scenarios. This includes using Consentua to enable more transparent engagement with citizens on how their personal data is used to deliver services in areas such as health and education.


3. Digital Workforce - developing the Council workforce to reap the benefits of the digital collaboration tools in Microsoft Office 365

The digital world is moving forward with or without council employees – we need to re-skill or be left behind. At Blackpool Council we have recognised from our helpdesk demand that there is a growing digital skills gap in our workforce and when introducing new devices and technology, new knowledge and skills are required. We are taking the opportunity to re-skill our workforce through our own bespoke training and champions. Our presentation covers the methods and technology of how we are achieving this.


  • Alison Lincoln , ICT Manager (Customer) at Blackpool Council
  • Kassie Navarasi, Digital Developments at Blackpool Council
  • Tony Doyle, Head ICT Services at Blackpool Council

15:00 - 15.30

Tea and coffee break

15:30 - 16:30

Breakout sessions

1. Data Mill North

Leeds City Council launched its Data Mill in March 2014, with the aim of providing an open data platform for the whole city.

In August 2016, the Data Mill rebranded to Data Mill North and encouraged organisations across the north of England to join up. In this workshop, we will be exploring the challenges organisations face in publishing similar data to common formats and standards to facilitate re-use, enable comparisons to be made and bring about added value.

by Stephen Blackburn, Senior Information Governance Officer at Leeds City Council and Leeds Data Mill Lead

2. GDPR - Will You Be Ready?

The hour-long session will see attendees divided into three groups: Those who believe they’re ready or almost ready for the GDPR in May 2018; those working through an action plan but who are still some way from readiness; and those struggling to get things going and who are worried they won’t be ready.

We will then explore how those in the first group got where they are and what they can share with the others; what those in the second group have achieved so far and what’s left to do; and why those in the third group are struggling – what have they learned from the other groups?

by Mike Zammit, former CIO of Wirral MBC

Citizen engagement: Creating engagement stories from council services

In this time of austerity, councils need to invent ways to maintain service quality while embracing the digital world – particularly where citizen engagement is concerned.

With a need for interaction in a cost-effective and convenient way, councils also want to benefit from the flexibility and accessibility that digital channels offer – but find migrating their legacy processes difficult.

Using real data from across Europe, this talk will demonstrate how technologies like apps and social media can widely engage citizens – without breaking the bank.

by Dr. Fotis Talantzis, Novoville

16:30 - 18:00

Networking drinks



Speaker presentations


Armor Defense Ltd SBL Trend Micro Dell MLL Telecom
Insight Canon Blancco Esteem Eduserv Vodafone

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