The Agenda

The 2021 GovTech Summit agenda combined a unique combination of senior public sector leaders and cutting edge entrepreneurs. Take a look below to see what took place at this year's Summit - and don't forget to register for your virtual pass for our 2022 event.

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THE 2021 AGENDA

The Agenda - 2021

The programme at the GovTech Summit combines a unique combination of senior public sector leaders and cutting edge entrepreneurs. This year we added a second, unmissable track to the agenda - read on for full details.

Please note, timings for all sessions are CEST (GMT+2).

DAY 1

LIVE FROM THE HAGUE

09:15 - 09:25
Welcome to the GovTech Summit

 

09:25 - 09:45
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: How Estonia shaped a truly digital nation

Speakers:

  • Hanna Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, PUBLIC

  • Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia

09:50 - 10:40
PANEL: The State of European GovTech

 

What is the current state of the European GovTech market? How can Governments within Europe collaborate to ensure the success of GovTech in Europe? What will digital sovereignty look like post-Covid? 

Speakers:

  • Daniel Korski, CEO & Co-Founder, PUBLIC (moderator)

  • Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London

  • Justyna Orlowska, Head of the GovTech Centre, Prime Minister’s Office, Poland 

  • Mario Campolargo, Director General DG Informatics DIGIT, European Commission 

  • Nikolai Astrup, Minister of Local Government and Modernisation for Norway

10:45 - 11:10
FIRESIDE CHAT: Building Open Data Frameworks: Optimising trust and innovation

 

Speakers:

  • Sam Cannicott, Deputy Director of Projects, Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation

  • Mahlet Yared, Senior Manager of Transformation, PUBLIC

11:15 - 12:00
PANEL: Can technology save our planet?

Technology has enormous potential to help us fight climate change. However, startups and innovators working to create digital solutions struggle to secure investment, find the right partnerships with government and gain traction within industries heavily dominated by large incumbents. How can government, investors, innovators and academics working in this space collaborate to create an ecosystem that is truly conducive to innovation - so that we can unlock the potential of technology to help us save our planet.

Speakers:

  • Syma Cullasy-Aldridge, Director of External Affairs, PUBLIC (moderator)

  • Sarah Tennison, Head of Clean Growth Strategy & Impact, Innovate UK 

  • Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Head of Cambridge Zero

  • Simon Bushell, CEO, Sympower 

  • Richard Hardiman, CEO, RanMarine

12.05 - 12.45
PANEL: AI in Government: Opportunities, limitations and risks

Artificial intelligence is already drastically changing the world around us - and it has enormous potential to transform government and public services for the better. However, the adoption of AI across the public sector is happening at a much slower pace and scale compared to the private sector. How can governments across the world create an environment conducive to the development of AI and data-driven technologies - whilst also ensuring all ethical considerations are taken fully into account?

Speaker

  • Nicolaas Heyning, CEO, Councyl 

  • Ulrich Scharf, Managing Director & Founder, Skilllab

  • John Paul Farmer, Chief Technology Officer, City of New York

  • Manuel Kilian, Founder & CEO, GovMind

12.50 - 13.25
FIRESIDE CHAT: Digital transformation for dynamic, sustainable development

Perspectives from Serbia’s Prime Minister on how to create a successful European GovTech ecosystem.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Korski, CEO and Co-Founder, PUBLIC

  • Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of Serbia

13.30 - 13.50
WORKSHOP: Creating a model for private-public collaboration on digitalisation

Speakers:

  • Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO & Co-Founder, ZenCity

  • Eytan Schwartz, City of Tel Aviv Yafo

13.55 - 14.35

Pitch GovTech Showcase

The Pitch GovTech Showcase will bring together the most exciting innovators transforming the public sector. The showcase invites them to pitch their innovations to new potential partners, investors and customers as well as giving the primes and Government easy access to the top innovators. Audience members will be able to ask key questions and engage with the Founders on their products and applications within public services.

LIVE FROM LONDON

09:15 - 09:25
Welcome to the GovTech Summit

 

09:25 - 09:45
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW: How Estonia shaped a truly digital nation

Speakers:

  • Hanna Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, PUBLIC

  • Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia

09:50 - 10:40
PANEL: Arming the public sector for the digital age

Building a pool of digital talent will be essential to truly bring about digital transformation in public services. We need to equip public officials with the right skills, knowledge and understanding of technologies to be able to drive forward change within the sector. However, upskilling is a major organisational challenge for governments. Similarly, attracting new digital talent is difficult - particularly when the public sector has to compete against big tech companies.

Speakers:

  • Sophie Miremadi, Project Director, Govern Smarter (moderator)

  • Dinah Schmechel, Co-Founder & CEO, Themis Digital

  • Paul Maltby, Chief Digital Officer, UK Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

  • Arūnė Urtė Matelytė, Manager GovTech Lab Lithuania

  • Dr Dave Tarrant, Programme Lead – Data Literacy, Senior Learning Advisor, Open Data Institute

10:45 - 11:10
FIRESIDE CHAT: In conversation with Stephen Barclay MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Speakers:

  • Alexander de Carvalho, CIO & Co Founder, PUBLIC

  • Stephen Barclay MP, Chancellor of the Duchy Lancaster

11:15 - 12:00
PANEL: What does the future of healthcare look like?

How can technology enable a fundamental shift from reactive to preventative care? 

How do we invest in technology for the future whilst also keeping the lights on in existing healthcare organisations?

Speakers:

  • Louis Jamart, Senior Manager in Climate Change and Health, PUBLIC (moderator)

  • Pritesh Mistry, Fellow (Digital Technologies), The King’s Fund 

  • Rayna Patel, CEO and Co-Founder, Vinehealth 

  • Mark Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer, NHS Digital

  • Anne-Marie Vine-Lott, Director, Public Sector, Oracle

  • Dr. Tim Ferris, Director of Transformation, NHS England & NHS Improvement

12.05 - 12.45
PANEL: Betting big on GovTech: How Covid-19 made GovTech investment go mainstream 

What is the role of private investors in driving forward the GovTech market? How can we encourage greater investment in GovTech solutions?

Speakers:

  • Alex de Carvalho, Chief Investment Officer, PUBLIC 

  • Ben Verwaayen, General Partner, Keen Ventures

  • Leo Ringer, Founding Partner, Form Ventures

  • Denis Gursky, Head of Board, Social Boost 

  • Margaret Perchik, Principal, Prime Ventures

12.50 - 13.25
PANEL: How can innovation deliver safer experiences online? 

Why do users find it difficult to access authoritative information? And why does misinformation spread? How can tech help us identify and remove harmful and offensive content?

Speakers:

  • Ram Puvinathan, Senior Transformation Associate, PUBLIC

  • Jo Brooks, Senior Policy Advisor, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

  • Richard Pursey, Founder & CEO, SafeToNet

  • Melina Sánchez Montañés, Managing Director, Innovation Fund, Alfred Landecker Foundation

13.30 - 13.50
FIRESIDE CHAT: Innovation in government: Lessons learned from NHSX

Speaker:

  • Ryan Shea, Director of Research, Transformation and Ventures, PUBLIC

  • Matthew Gould, CEO, NHSX

13.55 - 14.35

Pitch GovTech Showcase

The Pitch GovTech Showcase will bring together the most exciting innovators transforming the public sector. The showcase invites them to pitch their innovations to new potential partners, investors and customers as well as giving the primes and Government easy access to the top innovators. Audience members will be able to ask key questions and engage with the Founders on their products and applications within public services.