EVENT: Leading the way to a digital Birmingham

2020 will be a year that will never be forgotten, not only because of Covid-19, but how we’ve collectively as a council risen above challenges, adapted to change and continued to deliver high-quality services to our citizens and customers.

As we re-emerge as a council from a year of lockdown and restrictions, on the road to digital recovery as a ‘business as usual’ service, join Dr Peter Bishop (Director for Digital & Customer Service, Birmingham City Council) and colleagues from across the council for feature presentations on fundamental activities they have been working on as well as future programmes of work that will support the council to lead, shape and deliver great digital solutions enabling a positive difference to peoples lives.

Join us for presentations:

Constantly delivering, constantly learning, constantly evolving by Dr Peter Bishop, Director for Digital & Customer Service

Birmingham has come a long way since the Kerslake report of 2014. For many this was a defining moment in the Council's history forcing us to recognise we were not as good as we thought we were. But 2014 is a long time ago and much has happened to deal with those issues, and tackle them head on, and that goes for our digital maturity to. The City has a bright future ahead of it with our hosting of the Commonwealth games in 2022 and the economic development spurred by HS2 as two clear examples, but the pandemic has challenged our purpose and priorities. In this short presentation Peter will outline the digital journey and some of the challenges ahead as the digital leader for the largest local authority in Europe.

Engaging in digital spaces - reflections from the Pandemic by Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health 

How we engage with citizens is continually changing and social media has helped people find a better way to connect and communicate with one another.
Dr Justin Varney, Director for Public Health will share reflections and learning from work on Covid through the use of digital platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok, to engage different audiences.

Birmingham’s journey to hyper-converged hybrid cloud by Chris Nairn, APM Programme Manager 

Birmingham City Council are undertaking a significant technical refresh post the transition from their IT outsource deal. Chris Nairn, Application Platform Modernisation (APM) Programme Manager, will be outlining the journey to date, challenges and benefits of modernising the infrastructure of the largest council in Europe. The Application Platform Modernisation Programme encompasses a portfolio of projects that will deliver key changes and business improvements each expecting to make significant savings over the next five years and will also support the council’s carbon reduction agenda

Clearing the air! by Stephen Arnold, Head of Clean Air Zone 

Poor air quality remains the single biggest environmental risk to public health and Clean Air Zones are seen as an important tool in addressing this issue.  Clean Air Zones will accelerate improvements in the volume of pollutants produced by the UK’s fleet of vehicles and they will encourage more people to walk and cycle more for shorter journeys and make greater us of public transport.  Theses type of schemes also, inevitably, generate significant volumes of data, which can be used to help shape longer term policy decisions.  In this presentation Stephen Arnold, Head of Clean Air Zone at Birmingham City Council, will discuss the background to Birmingham’s decision to introduce a Clean Air Zone and how the Council plans to use and share the data it will generate.

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