Smart Society Group Meeting Chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP

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Date(s) - 17/10/2018
10:00 - 12:00



Smart Society Group
Chaired by Daniel Zeichner MP

Wednesday 17 October 2018

10.00-12.00 ~ Westminster

The DPA’s Smart Society Group will be holding a meeting in Westminster on Wednesday 17 October from 1000-1200. Please email to register your attendance.  Room capacity is limited, and a ‘first come, first served’ policy will therefore be adopted.

Public procurement has considerable unexploited potential for generating innovation for the benefit of the whole UK economy, and can be deployed as a policy instrument for encouraging investment in innovative solutions. It is particularly relevant in delivering products and services for a smart society.

Previous Group discussion highlighted that a procurement process focusing on desired outcomes, identifying unmet needs and the inclusion of technology contests can help achieve innovative outcomes. Further information on this process is contained in this report, published by the Local Government Association, available at

Leveraging Public Procurement to grow the innovation economy, such as with Innovate UK’s Small Business Research Initiative (live project details available at, could rebalance the economy through supporting the growth of specialised and export-oriented businesses less reliant on bank finance.

The Government Digital Service’s GovTech Catalyst supports public sector organisations to find innovative solutions to operational service and policy delivery challenges. Its £20 million GovTech Fund, awarded via competitions, provides support to define, develop, test and access creative solutions to complex public sector problems. Challenges announced, details of which are available at, include combating rural isolation with technology, and smart waste tracking.

These indicate significant opportunities to provide support for innovation. In this meeting we will discuss how we should work to achieve this, not only in specific sectors but in the public sector more generally, with particular relevance to smart society developments. The meeting will define the course of the working group and there will be the opportunity to share your opinions.

The DPA’s Smart Society Working Group aims to look at the issues arising from the huge increases in scale, ubiquity, processing capability and interconnectivity forecast for smart devices and the “Internet of Things” (including machine-to-machine interfacing).

This meeting is for DPA members and registered observers only.  If you are interested in becoming a member we would welcome your attendance as a taster, but before any further participation, you would then need to join us.  More details are available at: