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A Smarter London Together: Developing a New Plan for Digital Change


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Theo Blackwell, the Mayor of London's new Chief Digital Officer for London wants to keep our lead in data and innovation. He is doing this with the Mayor's Smart London Board, our advisory group of experts and leaders in data and digital technologies. Together, they have started a Listening Exercise for a new Smart London Plan, which they will launch at London Tech Week in June.

The Mayor is asking the tech community, citizens and practitioners what can be done to ensure better digital collaboration across London's boroughs and public services, better data-sharing, improved connectivity and digital skills, and to ensure that technology is designed around citizens' needs.

It is a call to the tech community, citizens and practitioners on what can be done to ensure better digital collaboration across London's boroughs and public services, better data-sharing, improved connectivity and digital skills, and to ensure that technology is designed around citizens' needs. As part of the Listening Exercise they would like to know how innovation from data can be truly mobilised by public services in partnership with London's world-class science, tech, finance and design communities. As well as asking what steps can we take to shape delivery so London can become be the global home to data innovation and artificial intelligence to boost growth and help make London a better place to live, work and visit.

techUK is delighted to host Theo Blackwell as part of this Listening Exercise to gather views and case studies on how to approach city-growth pressures with data and digital technologies, and shape plans.

Key questions to be explored include:

- What is your experience of developing or scaling innovative services with London's government and public agencies?

- What challenges have you encountered?

- What solutions suggest support collaboration between the tech sector and public services better?

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