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‘Tech for Good’ policy in the UK - use of technology to address complex social issues, supporting social tech ventures, and digital transformation in the third and NFP sectors
Thursday 23 May 2019

Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar

‘Tech for Good’ policy in the UK - use of technology to address complex social issues, supporting social tech ventures, and digital transformation in the third and NFP sectors

 

with

senior speaker confirmed from DCMS

Paul Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Bethnal Green Ventures

Dan Sutch, Co-Founder and Director, Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology

Raphaël Mazet, Chief Executive Officer, Alice

senior speakers confirmed from Microsoft and Nesta

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Morning, Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Central London

 

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Note: fees apply to most delegates, but concessionary and complimentary places are available (subject to terms and conditions - see below).

This timely conference will discuss a range of new government policy initiatives aimed at harnessing technological innovation to drive social change for good - and the implications for charities, social enterprises and the private sector.

As we expect discussion on key priorities for driving and enabling the uptake of new technologies by charities at varying scales, as well as developing digital skills within third sector organisations, we thought this would be of interest.

In the context of aspirations set out in the Civil Society Strategy, we expect discussion on ways in which charities and social enterprises can better engage with, and make use of, digital technology, as well as priorities for supporting social tech start-ups and scale-ups.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on the potential impact that new technologies can have on tackling complex social issues - looking at case studies from the UK and abroad of the deployment of advanced tech for good causes, examining outcomes and assessing the way forward.

There will also be discussion on the scope for the involvement of private business - as well as ways in which it can be made easier for ventures in the social tech sector to bid for and win contracts in the public sector.

Delegates will also consider how best to promote continued innovation in social tech organisations, and what more needs to be done to ensure they have sufficient access to finance, investment and business development resources.

There will be further discussion on key priorities for the implementation of technologies such as AI and digital fundraising tools by charities at varying scales - including developing digital skills within third sector organisations, promoting good governance and best practice in data handling, and examining ways in which tech solutions can be matched to charities’ scale and requirements.

Further sessions will consider next steps for increasing engagement between the wider tech sector and charities - bringing together expertise from across a range of stakeholder groups to explore the possibilities offered by technological innovations for a range of non-profits and civil society organisations.

 

Speakers

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from a senior speaker confirmed from DCMS.

Further confirmed speakers include: Raphaël Mazet, Chief Executive Officer, Alice; Paul Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Bethnal Green Ventures; Dan Sutch, Co-Founder and Director, Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology and and senior speakers confirmed from Microsoft and Nesta.

Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.specifying the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.

Networking

Westminster eForum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details).Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with representatives from a range of charities, non-profits and civil society organisations, charitable foundations and funding bodies, consumer technology companies, software developers, online platforms and social media sites, representatives of trade associations and professional bodies from across the charity and tech sectors, consultants, analysts, lawyers, academics, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at DCMS, BEIS, DIT and other government departments; officials at the Charity Commission and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster eForum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition spokespersons and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at ‘Tech for Good’ policy in the UK - use of technology to address complex social issues, supporting social tech ventures, and digital transformation in the third and NFP sectors (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The delegate fee includes copies of the presentations via PDF and refreshments. Cancellation policy is as follows: (1) cancellations 14 or more days before the event: £75+VAT cancellation fee per delegate; (2) cancellations less than 14 days before the event: full fee applies. Promotion cancellation fee applies to all Five for Four offer places. Cancellations must be submitted via the website. If you are unable to submit your cancellation via the website then the cancellation must be notified in writing to theWestminster eForum. No charge will be made for replacement delegates. Transfer of any confirmed booking between events is not possible. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme and change the speakers without prior notice. The Westminster eForum is unable to grant extended credit and therefore must request that full payment be made within 30 days from the date of invoice; immediate payment on receipt of invoice less than 14 days before the event. Should payment not be received within the stated terms, Westminster eForum will apply an administration charge of £40+VAT.

Westminster eForum Keynote Seminar: ‘Tech for Good’ policy in the UK - use of technology to address complex social issues, supporting social tech ventures, and digital transformation in the

third and NFP sectors

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Draft agenda subject to change

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and coffee
   
9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

   
9.05 - 9.30

What can technology achieve when deployed to advance social causes?

Senior speaker to be announced

Questions and comments from the floor

   

9.30 - 10.20

Tackling societal challenges through technology - assessing steps taken so far and the way forward

Senior speaker confirmed from Nesta

Senior representative, public sector

Senior representative, international

Questions and comments from the floor

   
10.20 - 11.10

Digital skills and innovation in the UK’s third sector - engagement, upskilling, and designing tech to fit

requirements and capacity

Dan Sutch, Co-Founder and Director, Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology

Senior speaker confirmed from Microsoft

Senior representative, large charity

Senior representative, small charity

Senior representative, funding

Questions and comments from the floor

   
11.10 - 11.15

Chair’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

   
11.15 - 11.40 Coffee
   
11.40 - 11.45

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

   
11.45 - 12.30

Supporting social tech start-ups and scale-ups - promoting innovation, access to finance,

and public sector procurement opportunities

Paul Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Bethnal Green Ventures

Raphaël Mazet, Chief Executive Officer, Alice

Senior representative, digital adoption

Senior representative, local authority

Senior representative, international

Questions and comments from the floor

   
12.30 - 12.55

Policy priorities for achieving social outcomes through the development and uptake of new technologies

Senior speaker confirmed from DCMS

Questions and comments from the floor

   
12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster eForum closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Peter van Gelder, Director, Westminster eForum

Location Central London