October 17th 2016 - October 18th 2016

Why attend Socitm Annual 2016?

This year's Socitm Annual Conference, the leading public sector ICT event, will see over 400 delegates debate how local public services can use technology to fundamentally transform complex interactions with citizens.

With demand growing for responsive, cost effective services, the Socitm Annual Conference 2016 will allow attendees to learn more about the ways both domestic and international organisations are using digital to transform the way they operate.

Key issues to be discussed will include:

  • Reforming complex services: how can we move from transaction to true transformation?
  • Information sharing: how can we use data to support public service integration?
  • Cyber security: keeping pace with evolving threats, reacting effectively to attacks
  • Digital leadership: how can we develop digital leaders?
  • The future of local government: what will complex digital services really look like?
  • Women in IT: how can we establish a mindset for change?

2016 confirmed speakers:

  • Linda O'Halloran, Senior Business Analyst, GDS & Local Authority Lead, GOV.UK Verify
  • Rosie Seymour, Deputy Programme Director, Better Care Fund, NHS England
  • Carrie Bishop, Director, FutureGov
  • Professor Liz Bacon, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich, & Past President, BCS
  • Geoff Connell, CIO, Norfolk County Council & President, Socitm
  • Cllr David Hopkins, Deputy Mayor, Milton Keynes Council & Regional Secretary, Socitm East
  • Martin Ferguson, Director of Policy & Research, Socitm
  • Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, Nesta Innovation Lab
  • Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council & Spokesperson on Digital Leadership, Solace
  • Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy, Milton Keynes Council
  • Scott Moore, Business Analyst, The Improvement Service (IS)
  • Alison Hughes, Assistant Director, Strategic ICT Partnerships, Bolton and Wigan Council
  • Billy Michels, President, ALGIM (Association of Local Government Information Management, New Zealand)
  • Rachel Neaman, Director of Skills and Partnerships, Doteveryone
  • Aileen Murphie, Director, Local Government VFM, NAO
  • Harry Turnbull, CIO, City of Windsor
  • Nick Woodcraft, Senior Technical Adviser, GDS
  • James Findlay, Chief Information Officer, HS2 Ltd
  • Guy Giles, Founder & Managing Director, CC2i
  • Jos Creese, Independent Digital Advisor; Associate Director, Socitm & BCS Immediate Past President
  • Dr Sue Black OBE, Advisor, Government Digital Service; Honorary Professor, UCL & Founder, BCSWomen and #techmums

Socitm Awards Dinner:

The Socitm Awards Dinner is a celebration of excellence within the sector, rewarding achievement in areas such as digital innovation and engagement. This year’s Dinner will feature a welcome from Pete Winkelman (Chairman, MK Dons) and is included in the price of a Socitm Conference ticket.

Socitm’s Women in IT Day:

Join Socitm’s Women in IT Day where you'll expand your digital leadership know-how and grow knowledge on the changing skills and culture of the digital world. Learn and network with women on your wavelength and celebrate Women in IT at the evening ceremony. Find out more

Date and Venue:

This year's Socitm Annual Conference takes place from Monday 17th October - Tuesday 18th October at: Arena:MK, MK1 1ST, Milton Keynes.

Registration and Invoicing:

Please register by clicking on the 'Register Now' tab in the top right-hand corner of this website. The Conference is open to everyone so please feel free to share details with colleagues. You will receive an invoice shortly after the event, unless you select to pay by credit or debit card in which case the payment will be taken immediately and a receipt sent to you. For details of cost please follow the "Register Now" link at the top of the page. 

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities:

There are a number of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities available. Packages can be tailored to meet your organisation's needs: please visit the 'Sponsorship and Exhibition' page for details.

Socitm Membership

  • Joining Socitm is about participating in a community of professionals, who enjoy a wide range of shared interests and common objectives, and who are committed to supporting and enabling the efficient delivery of citizen-focused public services.
  • Members include leaders and managers in the design and delivery of digital and IT-enabled services for public benefit.
  • There are a range of membership categories and options that will fit with specific career and organisational objectives, as well as specific opportunities for personal and professional development.

To find out more about becoming a Socitm member, please click here.


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