Service deliveryAdult Social CareThird round of GovTech Catalyst challenges announced

Third round of GovTech Catalyst challenges announced

The five challenges will be launched as Small Business Research Initiative competitions for tech companies and will cover diverse topics such as autonomous vehicles, social care, geospatial intelligence and conservation.

Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has detailed the third round of challenges in the GovTech Catalyst – the £20m fund set up to help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems.

Making the announcement at the Government ICT conference, Dowden revealed that the next five successful challenges are:

  1. How will we manage autonomous vehicles in local traffic management control systems?
  2. How might we proactively monitor the condition of social housing using sensors?
  3. How might we better use and understand Scottish land protected for nature and conservation?
  4. How might we better predict and sequence adult social care to deliver a seamless service?
  5. How might we accelerate the building of new housing using better geospatial intelligence?

The full list of all Round 3 submitted challenges can be found here, both successful and unsuccessful.

The five challenges will be launched as Small Business Research Initiative competitions for tech companies. The first competition will launch on 4 March 2019 on the Innovation Funding Service.

Previous rounds

The Government Digital Service expects to launch at least 15 competitions to the market in multiple rounds.

In January, tech firms finished phase 1 for the first competition (identifying terrorist still imagery).

Tech firms are currently working on phase 1 for the second (smart waste tracking) and third (combating rural isolation) competitions. They’ll finish in February and March, respectively.

Tech firms started work on the fourth competition (real time traffic management) earlier this month. while other organisations will start work on the fifth competition (improving local services with data) in mid February.

Round 2

The sixth competition (real-time tracking for firefighter safety) winners were chosen earlier this month. Tech firms selected will start at the end of February. The seventh competition (streamlining public sector audits) closed earlier this month. Submissions are currently being assessed. The eighth competition (better detection of illicit goods in the post) closes today (23rd January). The ninth competition (better understanding of overlaps in business regulation) launched last week and firms can register until 20 February 2019.

The tenth competition (prescription continuity when people move between care providers) will launch in February.

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