Kent Connects Technology Exhibition and Conference


Kent Connects Technology Exhibition and Conference is being held on 16 September (8:30AM-5PM) to help public sector organisations make the most of their technology to streamline services. It has been organised by the Kent Connects Partnership, which has been leading the way in shared ICT infrastructure to cut costs and safeguard public services since its launch in 2002.

The aim of this event is to help other areas replicate Kent’s success with IT and technology, at a time when the public sector is under pressure to reduce budgets, share back office functions and deliver services more effectively.

Kent Connects is comprised of all the Kent and Medway authorities, Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service. It has delivered millions of pounds in savings and efficiencies, made public services more accessible, increased productivity through mobile working and created a more sustainable ICT infrastructure for future developments.

The conference offers the chance to learn from the experience of Kent and elsewhere, to hear the latest technology ideas and to network with those facing similar challenges. The leading keynote speaker will be Mark O’Neill, Chief Information Officer for the Departments of Communities & Local Government and Culture, Media & Sport.

Alongside the conference there will be a free exhibition with a wide range of technology suppliers on hand to offer expert advice including MetaCompliance, UNiSYS and Kent Public Service Network.

As well as the main conference sessions there will also be three specialist seminars on offer around embracing new technology:

Bridging the Gap – Open Up and Make IT Personal
Cloud Computing – Beyond the Blue Horizon
Business on the Run – Working on the Move

Each seminar lasts 45 minutes, and need to be pre-booked. More information is available on the Kent Connects website.

The day is also open to those in the private sector who want inspiration and expertise to help them make the most of technology in their business.

The work of Kent Connects is directly linked to the Government’s national agenda for shared ICT systems, investment in superfast broadband, more open and innovative procurement methods and the opening up of data.

Peter Bole, Chairman of Kent Connects, said:

“Kent Connects has made tremendous progress over the last ten years to streamline services through technology by sharing back office functions, sharing procurement costs and adopting the same processes.

“Sharing functions is a reality for everyone in the public sector now and there’s a lot we can learn from each other. This event is for anyone who needs a bit of inspiration, interpretation and support in using or procuring ICT and I’m sure it will be extremely valuable for everyone attending.”

Kent Connects will also be launching its new competition at the conference, to come up with ideas to make local areas a better place to live, work and play through the use of technology.

Entrants will be able to come up with ideas online and develop them at a workshop.

Digital innovators will then be invited to develop ways to turn those ideas into digital tools and entrants will be invited to test them out.

To find out more information about the competition please e-mail innovation@kent.gov.uk

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