DigiChampz: Helping Rural Communities Reach Their Digital Potential

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Date(s) - 02/06/2015
14:00 - 16:30




Ensuring smarter, effective use of IT to compete and thrive in the digital single market

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 14.00-16.30, Westminster

Refreshments to be served

DPA Members and Observers are invited to participate in a round table which will examine the results of our EU-funded “DigiChampz” study on the impact of digital policies upon businesses, communities and government in rural Yorkshire.

We identified the potential for structured self-help in collaboration with local ‘Digital Champions’ at grass roots level, especially in the areas of e-skills, access, and support mechanisms.  We also examined the role of local authorities in supporting collaborative initiatives for boosting local businesses and job creation.

This round table will discuss the situation on the ground versus the vision of policymakers, and how best we can feed our “bottom-up” evidence into smarter digital single market policies, supporting digital inclusion while promoting e-skills training and global competitiveness for local economies.

Key areas with major potential for such bottom up initiatives are in fast broadband deployment, e-skills, online trading (including cross-border) and community-led activities to aid local competitiveness.

In particular, we will link our local community findings with the EU’s broader “top-down” Digital Single Market Strategy launched on 6th May (http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/docs/dsm-communication_en.pdf), especially for maximising growth.

We expect to be joined by a European Commission representative, who will speak about the new strategy, by newly elected and long-standing UK Parliamentarians and MEPs and by DPA members and by Whitehall officials.

Your professional experiences and opinions on the opportunities, issues and challenges we have identified to link actuality with policy will be most welcome.

This collaborative event will contribute to our Final Report and Recommendations which aims to build effective two-way communications channels between ground-level activity and digital policy makers in London and Brussels.

We do hope you can join us!

RSVP by 29 May 2015 to dpa@dpalliance.org.uk.

DigiChampz Initiative background

The seminar forms part of the DigiChampz Initiative to widen discussion about the opportunities and benefits of the digital economy. The DPA, in collaboration with E RADAR, recently conducted a survey and conference in Yorkshire.  This work as provided local-level empirical evidence of challenges and potential scalable solutions to help the UK stay competitive globally, create more and sustainable jobs, increase e-skills and digital inclusion, provide improved public services, and enjoy overall economic prosperity.

For further details please visit: http://digichampz.com/.

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