Past Events

Smart Place Seminar 5 – April 2019

Empowering Community and Voluntary Services Through Digital

Addressing digital inclusion and giving CVS organisations the skills, tools and digital approaches they need to both effectively operate in an increasingly digital environment and deliver services to users who now look to access the services they want, at a time and through a channel of their choosing.

Speakers: Felilx Macpherson, Samaritans; Tristan Stanton, NHS England: Helen Dobson, Citizens Online; David Alexander, Mydex CIC; Zoe Amar; Ellie Hale, CAST; Veronica Sadowsky, Carers First; Kerry McGowan, The HR Specialists

Smart Place Seminar 4 – December 2018

Future-Proofing Garden Towns Through Digital

An exploration of the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to look at how digital infrastructure and approaches could enable these communities to be prosperous, inclusive and healthy from the outset.

Speakers: John Houston, One Epping Forest; Claire Hamilton, Harlow & Gilston Garden Town; Michael Meredith, Princess Alexandra Hospital; Rick Robinson, Arup; Adrian Wooster, Gigaclear; Jenny Lloyd, Nesta

Smart Place Seminar Symposium

Meeting the Herts & Essex Digital Skills Challenge Together

Bringing together representatives from across the five district areas of West Essex and Eastern Hertfordshire to review the initial findings and consultation undertaken by Arup to develop the digital innovation strategy. Engaging with health, district and county councils, further/higher education, local and regional businesses, infrastructure providers and the voluntary and community sector to produce a strategy that will deliver positive outcomes for everyone.

Speakers: John Houston, One Epping Forest; Rick Robinson, Ina Dimireva and Zach Wilcox, Arup

Smart Place Seminar 3 – February 2018

Meeting the Digital Skills Challenge

An examination of the implications of digital for the modern world of work. How will the gig economy affect the skills requirements of employers and how will they attract and retain the right employees.

Speakers: Russell Beck, Impellam Group; Karen Spencer, Harlow College; Clare Morris, ReThink Partners

Smart Place Seminar 2 – September 2017

Digital Innovation for Health & Social Care

Focusing on how innovative digital applications that can be carried by modern connectivity infrastructure can support health and social care and how we transform the services we deliver to maximise the capability of new technology

Speakers: David Wilde, Essex CC; Joe Foster, Easel TV; Michael Bear, Public Health England; Jan Daan Luycks, KAO Data, Mark Harrop, BT

Smart Place Seminar 1

Collaborative Working and Digital Infrastructure

The inaugural DIZ Smart Place Seminar that brought together a range of interested local organisations to explore the opportunities for working together, across boundaries to encourage investment in connectivity infrastructure.

Speakers: David Wilde, Essex CC; Alex Perrin , Virgin Media; Joe Foster, Easel TV