Collaboration between local public services and industry is key to innovation

Jun 10, 2019 · computerweekly.com

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The launch of the new London Office for Technology and Innovation is an opportunity to examine how industry and government can work together better to improve local innovation.

We need to ensure that collaboration is more than just a buzzword – that it becomes the norm across our digital ecosystem. Collaboration is more than just sharing knowledge and experiences, which are very important things – there also needs to be a shared ambition for all the key players.

The highly anticipated London Office for Technology and Innovation (LOTI) can be the model for what good collaboration in a region looks like. Significantly, it is launching during London Tech Week on 10 June, a week that celebrates how tech can have a profoundly positive impact in society and business.

LOTI will act as a collaborative vehicle to strengthen the London boroughs’ ability to innovate, build common capability and to scale up digital innovation across the capital’s public services – a worthwhile mission given the complexities of local government.

LOTI provides an important step as London looks to achieve its ambition to create world-leading smart places and communities where citizens want to live, work and thrive. If done right, LOTI could provide a model for other regions to adopt to scale up innovation and best practice.

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