With voting for the winners of this year’s Digital Leaders 100 well underway, we wanted to let you know more about the 100 nominees who have made it onto the list across all ten categories. Today we begin with Digital Council of the Year.
The focus on the digital by default agenda within local councils is bigger than ever before, as more and more public services move online. The Digital Council of the Year award is specifically designed to celebrate local councils across the UK that are setting an example by using digital services to boost innovation and collaboration with citizens.
The ten finalists for Digital Council of the Year are:
ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL
Its Code For Europe programme works on creating new apps and services based on open data. The council also runs hack weekends with the public to develop new digital services and is involved in the Scottish 7 Cities Alliance’s multi-million pound Digital programme.
BOURNEMOUTH BOROUGH COUNCIL
The world’s fastest free Wi-Fi has been implemented by the council across the city centre, parks and beaches. The council has created an open data portal, developed Civic Hack events, supported the creation of thinkcreatedo.co.uk and sponsored the Silicon Beach Conference. Its new responsive website has been ranked second of all council websites.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY COUNCIL
The customer is being put first as part of the council’s Digital Age Strategy, which provides a streamlined online journey and improves access through the Brighton Digital Exchange, the Public Wi-fi Concession and Digital Driving. Its ‘Internet of Place’ project includes open door webcasts, providing direct access to councillors, as well as live webcasts of all council meetings.
BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL
The Digital Platform project has rationalised the council’s ICT estate; simplifying it, sharing information and reducing cost. It uses open data, open standards and open source software to give the flexibility required to redesign and respond to change.
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
Public services are being reformed to deliver better outcomes and the council exploits digital technologies to improve people’s lives. Examples include: The award-winning Leeds Data Mill: Open Data from across the city; Leeds Art Crawl, Leeds City Dashboard and RoadRoughness innovations; and Assistive living technologies.
LONDON BOROUGH OF BARKING AND DAGENHAM
An early adopter of digital technology to improve customer interaction, the council’s ‘My Account’ has been signed up to by more than 50% of Borough householders already and many services are now solely accessed online. It has a redesigned website, automates its back office processes and considers itself digitally future-proofed.
MANCHESTER CITY COUNCIL
In 2003, the council founded the Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) to co-ordinate the Digital Strategy for the Manchester city region, which intends to develop Manchester as a Smart City through the Manchester Living Lab and open innovation projects. The council aims to boost the digital skills of residents and businesses through free workshops and by working with local partners.
PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL
The council recently installed a pure fibre network, which has enabled it to utilise cloud-based technology to deliver better and more efficient services to its residents, whilst encouraging growth across the digital sector of the city.
SUNDERLAND CITY COUNCIL
The Community ICT in Sunderland project led by the council aims to actively promote the use of, and access to, ICT within the city. Sunderland was named as the first ever UK Digital City of the Year in 2014, an award which celebrates the city that met citizens’ changing needs for integrated, digital public services.
SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
Its digital strategy is embedded within the council’s corporate strategy, which applies digital to every decision it makes. Its approach aims to support a networked organisation, driving improved knowledge sharing, innovation and customer experience.
You have until the end of May to select overall winners from 100 finalists across ten categories, including the Digital Council of the Year.
Which council will win your vote? The results will be combined with the deliberations of an expert judging panel to determine the overall winners, culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 25th June at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in Central London.
Learn more about attending and book your table here.