Conferences and EventsFirst civic tech conference for local government discusses how best to use digital to engage citizens 

First civic tech conference for local government discusses how best to use digital to engage citizens 

TICTeC Local in Manchester on Tuesday 6th November is designed to give local authorities information and advice on the most effective ways to implement digital technology to improve participation in civic life.

Civic tech champion mySociety has announced that its first locally focused conference will take place next month, following five years of successfully running international event The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC).

TICTeC Local in Manchester on Tuesday 6th November is designed to give local authorities information and advice on the most effective ways to implement digital technology to improve participation in civic life.

The new event will use a mix of presentations and panel discussions to showcase successful civic tech projects in the UK and more widely and discuss practical solutions to common problems. It will examine what works and why, the challenges and ethical decisions involved in using civic tech and how these initiatives can be replicated by local authorities around the UK.

Speakers include Paul Maltby, the Chief Digital Officer at the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government; Carl Whistlecraft, Head of Democracy at Kirklees Council; Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London; and Alison McKenzie-Folan, digital transformation lead and Deputy CEO at Wigan Council, together with other local government practitioners, digital experts and researchers.

mySociety is the not-for-profit social enterprise which builds and shares digital technologies that help people be active citizens, including WhatDoTheyKnow, TheyWorkForYou and FixMyStreet.

“We wanted to create a very practical event which provides participants with insight and information that they can take back and use in their own organisation,” explains Mark Cridge, mySociety Chief Executive. “Civic tech can be extremely powerful – at its most effective, it can save lives, protect environments and mobilise citizen task forces in times of crisis – but for local authorities, what really matters is how it enables them to save time and money, improve neighbourhoods and keep residents informed.

“We are expecting a strong turn-out and encourage attendees to bring questions for our panellists so they can learn as much as possible from the speakers’ combined experience. We hope they will leave with new ideas about how they can increase the involvement of ordinary people in their work while reducing their costs through making those interactions digital.”

Event details

TICTeC Local takes place at Federation House in Manchester on Tuesday 6th November 2018 from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost £100 for public sector, civil society and academic attendees and £200 for private sector attendees. This includes lunch and refreshments during the day. For more information visit https://tictec.mysociety.org/local or to book tickets go directly to the booking website.

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