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Thursday 9th November 2017, Cloth Hall Court

9:00 - 10.00

Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 - 10:20

Chairs Welcome

by Chris Riley, ICT Manager at Lancaster City Council, Socitm Vice President and Chair of Socitm North West

10:20 - 11:00

Commercialisation in local authorities

Change is constant – and it’s getting faster. Innovation in both technology and the market is rapid; expensive things are getting cheaper; scarce things are becoming more common; our customers are growing smarter; people are better informed. Yet revenue budgets have been slashed, and ICT services are going to have to work hard just to stand still. Can trading help us out?

by Phil Jackman, Director at Guerrilla Working, former Director of IT at Durham CC

11:00 - 11:15

Tea and coffee break

11:15 - 11:45

Main sponsor address: Armor Defense Ltd

11:45 - 12:30

Breakout sessions

1. Title TBC

By Trend Micro and SBL

2. HSCN – A month of live service

By Ian Wilcox, Business Development Director at MLL Telecom

3. Title TBC

By Dell

4. Title TBC

By Vodafone

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 - 14:00

Government Digital Service - GovWifi

Networks and Wifi for Government, will explain how GovWifi, developed by GDS, is working across the public sector, and how your local authority can participate.

by Mark Harrison, Senior Product Owner at Digital Cabinet Office

14:00 - 15:00

Breakout sessions

1. The Internet of Things

Bradford has become one of the first cities in the UK to create a Low Power Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) as it starts its journey into the Internet of Things (IoT). The session will examine what the city has done with IoT; the next steps for using it to improve the service provided to residents; and how it has changed the way the council thinks about providing its services, from gritting to bin collections.

by Yunus Mayat, Enterprise Architect and Information Manager at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

2. Consent around data

The session will look at why our use of technology and data is missing a trick – and explain how a new service can help to fix this. Available via CC2i, and working in partnership with Socitm, the Consentua initiative has provided an easy to follow guide, along with information on the steps required to adopt a more transparent citizen engagement model across several engagement scenarios. This includes using Consentua to enable more transparent engagement with citizens on how their personal data is used to deliver services in areas such as health and education.


3. Digital Workforce - developing the Council workforce to reap the benefits of the digital collaboration tools in Microsoft Office 365


  • Alison Lincoln , ICT Manager (Customer) at Blackpool Council
  • Kassie Navarasi, Digital Developments at Blackpool Council
  • Tony Doyle, Head ICT Services at Blackpool Council

15:00 - 15.30

Tea and coffee break

15:30 - 16:30

Breakout sessions

1. Data Mill North

Leeds City Council launched its Data Mill in March 2014, with the aim of providing an open data platform for the whole city. If we’re to gain a better understanding of our cities and regions, we need to encourage the publication of open data from a variety of sources, such as the voluntary, third, private and academic sectors, not just local authorities. In August 2016, the Data Mill rebranded to Data Mill North and encouraged organisations across the North of England to join up. In this workshop, we will be exploring the challenges organisations face in publishing similar data to common formats and standards to facilitate re-use, enable comparisons to be made and bring about added value.

by Stephen Blackburn, Senior Information Governance Officer at Leeds City Council and Leeds Data Mill Lead

2. GDPR - Will You Be Ready?

Attendees will be asked to divide themselves into three groups during the hour-long session:

  • Those who believe that they are ready or almost ready for the GDPR on May 25 2018
  • Those working through an action plan but who are still some way from readiness
  • Those struggling to get things going and who are worried they won’t be ready

We will then spend some time with each of the groups exploring:

  • How those in the first group got where they are; is there anything they can share with the other participants?
  • What those in the second group have achieved so far; what’s left to do?
  • Why those in the third group are struggling; what have they learned from the other groups?

by Mike Zammit, former CIO of Wirral MBC

16:30 - 18:00

Networking drinks



Cost Details

Public Sector, Socitm North* member: Free
Public Sector, non-member: £149 Find out how to become a member
Private Sector, member: TBC Tickets are limited, please keep checking website for availability
Suppliers to public sector: Varied If you would like your company present at the event, please download our sponsors pack

*North members include North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber.


Armor Defense Ltd SBL Trend Micro Canon MLL Telecom

Venue Details

Cloth Hall Court

Quebec Street,
Leeds, LS1 2HA

9th November 2017

From 9:00 to 18:00

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Terms and Conditions

All conference and event registrations are confirmed contracted places.

All terms and conditions apply to paid/unpaid bookings and complimentary places.

This event is free to Socitm North (*North members include North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber) members.

Should a Socitm member not attend this event once registered there will be a £50 charge to cover the cost of administration and refreshments.

If a Socitm member is unable to attend the event once registered, 30 days’ notice can be given to Socitm to cancel the space completely and no charge will be issued.

If a Socitm member is unable to attend the event once registered, 14 days’ notice can be given to Socitm to send another Socitm member in their place.

If the replacement person if not a Socitm member, the normal event costs will apply.

Extraordinary circumstances of non-attendance will be down to the discretion of Socitm to determine whether the fee can be waived.

Terms and Conditions

All conference and event registrations are confirmed contracted places.

All terms and conditions apply to paid/unpaid bookings and complimentary places.

Any cancellation after confirmation will be subject to a £50 administration fee.

Cancellation within 30 days of the day of the event will be subject to full payment / no refund.

Substitutions are permitted prior to the event date.

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