Citizen Beta #22: New ways to support innovation in public services

New ways to support innovation in public services

We’ve recently seen a flurry of new startup programmes aimed at supporting innovation in public services - from accelerators and incubators to catalysts and challenge prizes.

In this joint CitizenBeta + Tech for Good Meetup we’re bringing together some of these programmes to discuss how they’re supporting startups and public service innovation. - What are the opportunities and challenges for startups in govtech and civic tech? - How do these programmes help startups tackle the challenges of developing and selling tech for public services? - What do they look for when they select startups?

Doors open at 6.00, talks start at 6.30

Talks and Speakers

Introducing the GovTech Catalyst

Nick Tait, Lead delivery manager for GDS Govtech catalyst, Nick will talk about the £20 million GovTech Fund programme and the challenges being created to help public sector bodies take advantage of new and emerging technology.

Making London a 'Test-Bed City' for civic innovation

Nick Swanson, Senior Policy Officer, Technology at Greater London Authority. Nick will talk about the Mayor's new flagship innovation programme, the Civic Innovation Challenge, which matches startups and SMEs with big business and public bodies to solve some of London's biggest challenges.

Lessons from the US Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Mayors challenge

Robbie Bates, Director at Uscreates, a leading service design company specialising in public sector innovation. Robbie will be sharing insights, lessons, and learnings from work supporting the Mayors Challenge 2018, a programme led by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help 35 US cities develop and test new ideas to citywide challenges, from homelessness to climate change. @robbie_bates

With your hosts:

Imeh Akpan, GDS GOV.UK. Imeh leads the user research team on GOV.UK and is one of the curators for CitizenBeta and also a Newspeak house fellow.

Jessica Stacey, Bethnal Green Ventures. Jessica helps to run the BGV tech for good accelerator programme and is working on the design and delivery of the Mayor of London's Civic Innovation Challenge. She also co-organises the London Tech for Good Meetup.


6.00pm – Drinks
6.30pm – Welcome and intro
6.40pm – Talks
9.00pm – More drinks and chat

See you there!

PS: Don’t miss out

Applications for the GovTech Catalyst and the Mayor of London Civic Innovation Challenge are already open and will close soon.

  • Apply by July 8th for the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge. Offering £15,000 plus partnerships for solutions in 7 challenge areas: dementia, housing and data, active travel, physical activity, isolation and loneliness, electric vehicles and financial inclusion.

  • Apply by July 18th for the 1st GovTech Catalyst. Offering up to £80,000 to develop a new digital solution to help track waste from source through treatment to end destination.


Newspeak House

133 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG, UK

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