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For the UK to keep up with new trends and technology there must be a rapid change in policies, adoption, and attitudes to avoid being left behind in an increasingly connected world. In this ever-changing world there needs to be a shift in how these technologies are adopted and legislation put in place to match the speed of these growing markets.

The UK Government is beginning to take steps with new departments such as the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology being established in February 2023, but as the emergence of new technologies like AI causes concern amongst citizens, what more needs to be done to ensure the interests of the public and businesses are considered? 


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  • 08:30 AM - 08:45 AM

    Keynote - Sarvapali (Gopal) Ramchurn, CEO, Responsible AI UK

    Sarvapali (Gopal) Ramchurn
    Sarvapali (Gopal) Ramchurn CEO Responsible AI UK

    I am a Professor of Artificial Intelligence, in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, at the University of Southampton.  I am the CEO of Responsible AI UK, a £31m programme to develop and support an international ecosystem for responsible AI. I am also the Director of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub, the focal point of the £33m UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Programme, a Turing Fellow, associated with the Alan Turing Institute, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

  • 08:55 AM - 09:25 AM

    AI & Automation

    This leaders debate will centre on AI & Automation. Topics include using AI to boost efficiency in the Public Sector, maintaining the human touch in government with AI support, and how AI can unearth valuable insights to enhance citizens' lives. Join us for a deep dive into AI's potential in reshaping public governance.

    Theo Blackwell
    Theo Blackwell Chief Digital Officer for London

    Jonathan Pownall
    Jonathan Pownall Senior Digital Specialist National Audit Office

    Jonathan is a digital specialist at the National Audit Office and has over 20 years' experience of assessing digital and technology programmes in the central government sector, including the management of associated technology risk.

    He is a contributing author to numerous NAO reports including Digital transformation in government, Challenges in using data across government, Digital transformation in the NHS and The challenges in implementing digital change.

  • 09:35 AM - 10:35 AM

    Ethics, Privacy & Regulation

    In our second leaders debate we will address crucial issues related to AI and generative tools. We'll discuss aligning these technologies with human values and ensuring ethical data use, the challenge of legislation keeping pace with rapid technological advances, and the importance of guidelines for responsible technology adoption. 

  • 10:40 AM - 11:10 AM

    Big Data

    In our third leaders debate on "Big Data," we'll discuss its role in enhancing efficiency and fraud prevention within the public sector. We'll also address the crucial aspects of data integrity and security in the face of cyber threats. Join us for a vital conversation about managing citizens' data responsibly and securely in the era of Big Data.


    Simone Thomas
    Simone Thomas Senior Manager Strategic Data Systems Cheshire West and Chester Council

    Simone has a background in technology services in the Public Sector and currently leads the first data engineering and data science practice for Cheshire West and Chester Council.  She is a passionate advocate for data with a creative flair for problem solving and communicating the value of data in a local authority context.

  • 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

    Procurement & Adoption

    In this leaders debate we'll discuss the imperative of modernizing public sector technology and updating procurement policies. We'll also address the challenges of implementing essential technology solutions on limited budgets, ensuring inclusivity in technology rollout, and providing necessary skill training for effective tech adoption. 

    Georgina Maratheftis
    Georgina Maratheftis Associate Director, Local Public Services techUK

    Georgina is techUK’s Associate Director for Local Public Services

    Georgina works with suppliers that are active or looking to break into the market as well as with local public services to create the conditions for meaningful transformation. techUK regularly bring together local public services and supplier community to horizon scan and explore how the technologies of today and tomorrow can help solve some of the most pressing problems our communities face and improve outcomes for our people and places.

    Prior to techUK, Georgina worked for a public policy events company where she managed the policy briefing division and was responsible for generating new ideas for events that would add value to the public sector. Georgina worked across a number of portfolios from education, criminal justice, and health but had a particular interest in public sector transformation and technology. Georgina also led on developing relationships across central and local government.

    If you’d like to learn more about techUK, or want to get involved, get in touch.

  • 12:25 PM - 12:40 PM

    Keynote - Aruj Haider, Head of Digital Emerging Technology & Innovation, The Crown Estate

    Aruj Haider
    Aruj Haider Head of Digital Emerging Technology & Innovation The Crown Estate

  • 12:50 PM - 13:20 PM

    Digital Twins

    This debate explores the myriad advantages digital twins offer, including cost reduction, enhanced efficiency, predictive capabilities, and improved citizen experiences—essential objectives for the public sector. We'll delve into the multifaceted applications of Digital Twins, not only in the physical realm but also in the digital domain, and discuss how they can enhance existing technologies. 

    Sarah Hayes
    Sarah Hayes Strategic Engagement Lead for CReDo Connected Places Catapult


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