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Newsletter: AI will reinvent every industry (on a slide from Wednesday’s webinar)

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Earlier this week we announced our new partnership with Impera Analytics.

If you were at the Cardiff conference day in April, you will remember the (excellent) presentation from Pye Nyunt 🙂

Data, data analysis and using the stories from your data to inform targeted activity is crucial. More details of how this will power your decision making will be released in January 2024.

You might also remember Pye Nyunt from this 2019 report:
Barking and Dagenham – Using data and technology to improve people’s lives

Registration is open for your coffee hour next month.

The agenda, at 1pm on Thursday 12 October opens with alumna Tass Smith. She will talk with you about re-designing Warwick’s noise nuisance service. Read her blog to prepare questions and discussion points.

Do make sure that Thursday 7 December is in your calendar as well. Chief executive of Wigan Council Alison McKenzie-Folan will be joining us in Manchester. Do not miss this opportunity to hear her, she’s fantastic.

AI gets everywhere, even Birmingham

We are all thinking about AI.

There were over 425 registrations for Wednesday’s AI-themed webinar (recording below). But next week we can all talk about AI together. We’ll be in Birmingham on Thursday 5 October for a day dedicated to service delivery. AI is making its presence felt in our discussions and on the agenda.

Some AI-related best bits:

  • Establishing the right culture to support innovation (and AI)
  • On which service areas will technology have the biggest impact?
  • Art of the possible: Getting started on your AI adoption journey
  • AI-powered service management for seamless automation and enhanced UX


Exploring AI, ChatGPT and Microsoft Copilot

A lot was covered, and in the recording below there are some chapters, if you want to navigate or jump to one part in particular.

A couple of standout phrases/thoughts from the slides and speech:

  1. One AI pillar is to amplify human ingenuity with a copilot for everyone
  2. AI will reinvent every industry

03:33 Power your AI transformation with Microsoft Cloud
10:33 A Copilot for every Microsoft cloud experience
17:37 Building your own intelligent apps
25:10 Data is the fuel that powers AI – Microsoft Fabric
27:07 Microsoft’s responsible AI principles
30:22 Copilot copyright commitment
33:23 6 step journey to AI transformation
38:39 Public sector use cases
47:08 How you can get started today
48:23 Final word and Q&A

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Tech tools for dyslexia

Join AbilityNet during Dyslexia Awareness Week on Tuesday 3 October at 1pm BST to learn from people with lived experience of dyslexia with their recommendations for tech that can help at work, in education and at home!

They will:

  • Evaluate a range of ‘Dyslexia Simulators’
  • Share guidance about apps and adjustments
  • Be joined by guest speakers from the British Dyslexia Association

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Events from Socitm and our partners

Meet up with your Socitm colleagues for great networking opportunities.

Next week or so…

Missed a webinar? Past recordings are available to watch in the resource hub. Also, make sure to check out our regional events. There’s a mix of online and in-person meetings, so please feel free to join any that are outside your area.

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Think about sharing your website journey

Call for speakers
Share your website redesign work in the first annual LocalGov Drupal week.
Monday 13 to Friday 17 November 2023
In a week of virtual sessions, there will be best practice, code and experiences, all focusing on doing more with less.
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Can we be secure and greener?

Give your device a second life
In last week’s East region local meeting IGEL’s Simon Townsend about secure and sustainable hybrid work.
While you’re thinking about sustainability, take this opportunity to revisit (or discover) more about net zero and companies such as IGEL, Px3 and Sun Screen IT who are doing something about it.
Read about the scale of e-waste

Thank you for reading (or scrolling) this far! Just one more thing…

And in-depth (but short) look into which city has more canals, Birmingham or Venice! Once again, thank you BBC Radio 4’s More or Less for doing the math. And also defining a ‘canal’….