'New era of digital transformation’ boosted as London Office of Technology and Innovation launches

Jun 10, 2019 · Celebrating the launch of the new London Office for Technology and Innovation at the start of London Tech Week

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London’s public services are set to benefit from faster adoption of technology, data and digital skills, as the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) is officially launched Monday 10 June at the start of London Tech Week.

The city-wide venture – a collaboration between London boroughs with the Mayor of London’s backing – has a mission of fostering radical and effective ideas for the benefit of citizens, communities and businesses.

The newly appointed Director of LOTI has been unveiled as Eddie Copeland, currently Director of Government Innovation at the innovation foundation Nesta and formerly Head of Technology Policy at the think-tank Policy Exchange.

LOTI’s initial enabling projects will include:

Digital apprenticeships – developing London’s digital skills base and ensuring that all Londoners can benefit from the growth in tech employment by scaling the digital apprenticeships model pioneered by Hackney Council, which recruits local residents into apprenticeships focused on digital work

Pipeline adoption – speeding up opportunities for collaboration and providing a single place for the market to understand councils needs through the adoption of Pipeline (the LocalGov Digital platform), a single online source for all council projects

Information sharing framework – allowing the innovative use of data to tackle our biggest social and public services challenges by developing a framework for safe, ethical and secure data sharing between the boroughs

Developing the London Data Store - improving trust, transparency and greater collaboration with citizens, public agencies and the private sector through the development of the London Data Store

LOTI’s priorities have been driven by the 15 founding boroughs who form the Core LOTI group. It is anticipated that more boroughs will join Core LOTI and that strategic partnerships will be formed with other public services and universities, as well as joint work with tech firms.

Major public institutions and agencies in London and beyond – including UCL and Imperial universities, the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Fire Brigade, London & Partners, the Olympic Park and the London Legacy Development Corporation, and the Digital Office for Scottish Local Government – are pledging to work with LOTI as it develops its work.

"Making better use of technology and data is key to so many of the challenges London faces. To meet the needs and expectations of London’s fast-growing population, public services in the capital must be set up to thrive in the internet age and make the most of all the tools and methods at their disposal.

"LOTI has a crucial role to play and I’m hugely excited to be leading this new venture. Through building shared capability among the boroughs, we will improve London’s capacity to experiment, collaborate and secure all sorts of important benefits for Londoners." - Eddie Copeland, Director of LOTI

LOTI is co-ordinated and hosted by London Councils, the umbrella group representing all 32 boroughs and the City of London.

The establishment of LOTI represents a significant step forward for borough leaders’ joint agreement to support innovative digital delivery and data collaborations. The agreement was one of London Councils’ Pledges to Londoners, a series of pan-London priorities that borough leaders aim to make progress on over the next three years.

"The capital’s public services need to be able to anticipate and make the most out of future developments in technology. LOTI will support digital collaboration across London’s councils and play a crucial role in mobilising the capital’s tech sector and universities as we develop new services for Londoners together.

"All cities need to think how best they mobilise their public agencies, universities and tech sectors to solve urban problems, big or small, facing the citizens we serve. Our work together takes the next step in city-wide collaboration by supporting the common building blocks – date-sharing, leadership, talent, creating and sharing digital services together – London needs as we go through a period of rapid technological change."

The process of establishing LOTI has been supported by Bloomberg Associates, an international not-for-profit consulting service dedicated to helping city governments tackle complex challenges. - Theo Blackwell MBE, London’s Chief Digital Officer

LOTI’s launch will be celebrated this evening at Bloomberg London, the company’s European headquarters located in the heart of the City of London.

If you are interested in learning more, please see Building a new London Office for Technology & Innovation from the Smart London Board.

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