Scrumconnect's TechNExt Fringe Event

Scrumconnect's TechNExt Fringe Event

On Tuesday, June 18th, 2024, we hosted a transformative event at Newcastle University’s Boiler House, bringing together thought leaders and innovators in the public sector. The “Designing the Future: Shaping Tomorrow’s Public Services” fringe event, part of the TechNext festival, was a day filled with action-oriented discussions aimed at delivering real change in the UK public sector.

With an impressive turnout of 30-40 attendees, the day was marked by engaging conversations and insightful presentations. The event featured a surprise guest appearance by Rashik Parmar, Group CEO of BCS, who joined Paul Wealls, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Intel, for an enriching fireside chat.

The day began with a warm welcome and an opportunity for attendees to network over refreshments, setting the stage for collaborative and forward-thinking discussions. Craig Abbott, the ex-Head of Accessibility for the Department for Work and Pensions, kicked off the event with a compelling talk on the importance of inclusive design. He highlighted the current landscape of accessibility and the emerging challenges, emphasising the need for a user-centred approach to create truly accessible services. Craig’s insights into how we can collectively shape a more inclusive society were both thought-provoking and inspiring.

Following a catered lunch that provided ample opportunity for networking, Jack Perschke, Founding Director of The Centre for GenAIOps, took the stage. He delved into the revolutionary potential of generative AI, demystifying the jargon and hype surrounding AI. Jack provided clear insights into how GenAIOps is already making a tangible impact on efficiency and decision-making across various industries, offering attendees a clear understanding of the strategic benefits and practical applications of this cutting-edge technology.

The event continued with a panel discussion featuring Craig Abbott, Jack Perschke, Mac Misiura (Data Scientist at the National Innovation Centre for Data), and Steph Clish (Head of Product at Wordnerds.ai). Moderated by our very own Gavin Elliott (Chief Design Officer), the panel covered a wide range of topics, from accessibility and AI to data innovation, providing a holistic view of the future of public services.

The highlight of the day was the fireside chat between Paul Wealls and Rashik Parmar. Their dialogue on innovation, emerging technologies, big data, and the future of public services captivated the audience. Rashik Parmar’s last-minute addition to the event added a layer of depth and expertise, enriching the conversation and leaving attendees with valuable insights into the future of public sector innovation.

The event concluded with a heartfelt thank you to all speakers and attendees. The day was a testament to the power of collaboration and innovative thinking in driving forward public service transformation.

Reflections and Looking Ahead

The TechNExt festival fringe event was more than just a gathering; it was a strategic session that challenged the status quo and set the stage for tangible improvements in public services. We’re grateful to all who attended and contributed to the day’s success.

As we look ahead, Scrumconnect remains committed to fostering discussions that lead to real change. Stay tuned for more events where we continue to shape the future of public services together.