“I absolutely want to see you disrupt public services – but you can’t disrupt the provision of services to the public.” Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Local Government)
The West Midlands Combined Authority held their very first UrbanTech Summit here at the Custard Factory last week, featuring Sajid Javid (pictured below), the Secretary of State for Local Government.
The high-profile event – examining the potential of new technology to transform local government services – was held in our Market Hall on 6th November and featured influential personnel in attendance from both politics and the UK tech sector.
The speakers at the summit also included:
- Andy Street (Mayor of the West Midlands)
- Daniel Korski (CEO of Public)
- Theo Blackwell (CDO for London, DL Advisory Board)
- Francine Bennet (Founder, Mastadon C)
- Azmat Yusuf (Founder, CityMapper)
Here is Sajid Javid, Andy Street and Daniel Korski in front of the crowd at the event:
The GovTech sector is currently experiencing fantastic and exciting innovations becoming available to vastly improve local services; such as traffic management, waste collection, welfare and housing. This summit highlighted the key role that tech has in government AND recommended the West Midlands as a country-wide test bed for UrbanTech to embrace exciting new technologies to improve people’s lives & communities.
The event also featured a GovTech Startup Showcase, panel discussions on Data Innovation & The Future of Transport, and an interactive event on Transforming Local Services. Please email the West Midlands Growth Company Events Team if you are looking for further information about what was discussed at the Urban Tech Summit.
Sajid Javid’s speech can be read in full via UKPOL.
The Custard Factory was delighted to welcome so many tech influencers to Digbeth for this extremely interesting event. Here are two of our owners, James Craig and Nick Prior, meeting Sajid Javid:
We look forward to seeing the technology that emerges to radically reform council services right across the UK!