Harnessing the data explosion for public good

Day 1
15 Sep 2017

Chair’s welcoming remarks

Jessica Figueras, Vice-Chair of the UK Cyber Security Council, welcomes all delegates, sponsors, and speakers to our conference and sets out the day’s agenda.

Jessica Figueras
Jessica Figueras
Vice-chair
UK Cyber Security Council


Government Keynote – Public Sector Data

Sue Bateman, Deputy Director for Data and Innovation at the Central Digital and Data Office, will set out the current state of play for data across various English government departments and outline plans for activity as the public sector moves through 2021 and beyond.

Sue Bateman
Sue Bateman
Deputy Director, Data and Innovation
Central Digital and Data Office


The Scottish Data Vision

Scotland has a Vision for Data that will be used routinely to save time, money and lives creating economic, social and environmental value.  Albert will talk about work to achieve that through Scotland’s Digital Strategy, AI Strategy and programmes to build a data infrastructure in Scotland.

 

Albert King
Albert King
Chief Data Officer
The Scottish Government


From digital transformation to data transformation

With the recent publication of the government’s National Data Strategy, it’s now clear that data and information is the number one asset for public sector organisations wishing to drive benefit for citizens. But digital transformation initiatives have too often treated data as an afterthought, meaning lost opportunities to exploit analytics and AI.

In this session we’ll discuss the approaches public sector bodies are taking to ensure that data is at the centre of their broader transformation programmes.

Julie Pierce
Julie Pierce
Director of Openness, Data and Digital
Food Standards Agency


Tomas Sanchez Lopez
Tomas Sanchez Lopez
Chief Data Architect
Office for National Statistics (ONS)


Dr Natalie Byrom
Dr Natalie Byrom
Director of Research & Learning
The Legal Education Foundation


Edafe Onerhime
Edafe Onerhime
Consultant - Previously Head of Data for effective development
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


Paul Hudson
Paul Hudson
Head of Product Strategy
Automated Intelligence


Predictive Analytics: nirvana or nightmare?

There’s been a lot of excitement about the possibilities of predictive AI in the public sector, and interest in early intervention approaches in sectors from health to education and policing. But it’s also become clear that this is an area fraught with practical and ethical dangers. With an expectation that the public sector will lead with high standards of algorithmic justice, ethical and evidence-based practice, what should bodies be doing to bring about nirvana, not nightmare?

Charlie Boundy
Charlie Boundy
Deputy Director and Head of Data Science
DWP Digital


Dr Nicky Zachariou
Dr Nicky Zachariou
Head of Data Science - Probation Reform
Ministry of Justice UK


Mark Durkee
Mark Durkee
Projects & Tech Function Team Lead
Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation


Lexy Kassan
Lexy Kassan
Senior Solutions Architect
Databricks


Where next for data privacy?

Whether it’s joined up healthcare or the surveillance economy, the Covid public health emergency has shone a spotlight on both positives and negatives of data sharing. Data protection and privacy continue to present complex practical and ethical challenges for public bodies, and the post-Brexit regulatory landscape is not yet clear.

In this session, panellists will discuss citizens’ evolving expectations about data privacy and how public bodies are approaching the challenge.

Joseph Byrne, CIPP/E, CIPM
Joseph Byrne, CIPP/E, CIPM
Privacy Solutions Engineer
OneTrust


Gilbert Hill
Gilbert Hill
Privacy Technologist
Institute of Digital Marketing


Amanda Finch
Amanda Finch
CEO
Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec)


Building data skills across government

Advanced data infrastructure isn’t worth much if an organisation doesn’t have the skills to exploit it – and unfortunately, the UK faces a serious data skills shortage that’s estimated to cost £2bn a year. In this session we’ll hear more about where the critical gaps are in government, and what’s being done to close them. Whether it’s machine learning specialists or data-literate senior officials, how can public bodies build the data competence they’ll need to succeed

Louisa Nolan
Louisa Nolan
Chief Data Scientist & Deputy Director at Data Science Campus
The Office for National Statistics


Abigail Page
Abigail Page
Head of Innovation and Skills
Geospatial Commission, Cabinet Office


Kathie Bowden
Kathie Bowden
Skills and Careers Lead
UK Space Agency


The geospatial data opportunity

The UK’s first Geospatial Strategy, published last year, described the opportunity to harness the potential of location data to drive our future economic recovery and growth. From local infrastructure to net zero, public health to transport, nearly every part of the public sector will have a role to play.

This session will look at the immediate opportunities for public bodies to exploit the data that they curate, and to make it accessible for innovation.

Jamie Clark
Jamie Clark
Head of Public Sector Geospatial Policy
Geospatial Commission


Dr Jacqui Taylor
Dr Jacqui Taylor
CEO
FlyingBinary


Bruce Gittings
Bruce Gittings
Chair
Association for Geographical Information (Scotland)


Chair’s Summary

Our chair, David Bicknell, summarises some of the of the sessions that you have heard this morning and that you can still view a breakout session with one of our supplier partners.

Jessica Figueras
Jessica Figueras
Vice-chair
UK Cyber Security Council