10/22/2013 10:56:11 AM
O2 launches new competition for local governments
O2 has launched a competition for local councils that have come up with innovative technology to use in their communities.
The Local Government Digital Fund was launched this morning, with councils invited to pitch ideas at a 'Dragons Den' style event early next year. The winners will be judged according to their pitches ability to enable mobile working, connect and communicate with citizens and help them collaborate in the workplace. The winning pitch will receive £250,000 worth of funding and help from O2 to realise the project.O2 will hold workshops in Glasgow, London and Birmingham during October for local authorities to learn more about the competition. Public sector workers will be able to hold workshops with technology specialists to see how mobile can improve ways of working.
Mark Adams-Wright, head of local government at O2, said: 'Technology holds the key to helping the public sector make crucial savings – whether through policies and devices to empower staff to work more flexibly, or a mobile app to make it easier for local authorities to engage with communities. Building on the success of O2’s 2012 Future Fund, where ideas included an app to help tackle local youth unemployment and an e-community project to encourage local economic growth, this year we once again want to help authorities across the UK tackle the challenges in their local area by engaging staff, citizens and communities through technology.'
Author: Graeme Neill