Life after GovCamp Scotland… Making the Digital Participation Charter come alive for Scotland’s citizens, communities and businesses
GovCamp Scotland held at the University of Edinburgh’s splendid JMCC Conference Centre, was first convened in November 2011. We promised then that the event would not be an end in itself and we are delighted to say that we have kept that promise.
Feedback on the event itself is very encouraging with over 88% of those surveyed said that they definitely intended to be actively involved after the event in improving digital participation in Scotland.
There are now 28 founding signatories to the Digital Participation Charter, covering a spectrum of private, public and third sector organisations. The signatories are considering how best to work together to fulfil the purpose of the Charter over the lifetime of the Scottish Parliament.
We are not an exclusive club and other organisations and individuals who share our passion to drive up digital participation rates may wish and are welcome to join us as partners.
Alex Neil MSPCabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Capital Investment & Digital
Delivering Scotland’s digital future will require everyone to play their part across academia, the public, private and third sectors. We must focus on the opportunities that the transformation to a digital economy presents. We must identify the areas where we are seeking shared outcomes and agree our shared responsibilities for delivering these outcomes."
Melvyn InglesonDirector, MJI Business Solutions
MJI are passionate about delivering effective partnership working across Government, private sector, the third sector and a range of public service agencies. We are delighted to be delivering not only the Gov Camp Scotland programme but also to facilitate the brokering of a unique committment to the delivery of an enhanced Digital Future for Scotland by a growing number of parties across the sectors and across Scotland. Proud to play our part in" One Scotland"
Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal of the University of Edinburgh
I am very pleased that the University is able to support GovCamp Scotland, and the event will serve to reinforce the critical role of digital media in supporting Scotland's economic and social growth"
Derrick McCourtRegional Director, Scotland & Wales at Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft are very happy to facilitate GovCamp Scotland. We live in an increasingly digital world, one where the vital engagement between Government, citizens and businesses is changing rapidly. It’s good to have a debate between all of us on how to best contribute to Scotland’s Digital future."
Alison McLaughlinHead Of Public Sector Scotland, Sopra Group
Sopra Group has worked for many years building digital services solutions for clients in Scotland, some of which were specifically mentioned in the Scotland’s Digital Future strategy paper. We are passionate about applying technology to bring lasting progress and improvements for our customers, which is why we are delighted to be supporters of the GovCamp Scotland programme.
Zach TuminAssistant to the Director and Faculty Chair, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
In a networked work, we are all connected. Collaboration is the difference-maker, the force multiplier, the game changer. Where no one can today “go it alone,” industry, citizens and governments coming together is critical. Gov2.0 is the way."
Polly PurvisExecutive Director, ScotlandIS
At ScotlandIS, our vision is for Scotland to rank amongst the best of global economies. Where the great majority of our citizens are skilled in using digital technologies, where entrepreneurs, businesses, public servants and civic society, together with Government, fuel growth and improve productivity year on year across public, private and not-for-profit sectors by understanding and exploiting information technology. We are therefore delighted to support GovCamp Scotland."
Hera HussainStudent Entrepreneur, Building Your Momentum
It is not often one gets a chance of participating in a dialogue between the Government, public and private sector on the digital future of Scotland. As a young student entrepreneur, I am proud to heartily support this great initiative through the digital medium of social media."
Angus MackayDirector, MacKay Hannah
MacKay Hannah is energetically supporting and helping to deliver GovCamp. The quality of Scotland's digital future is critical to our prospects of economic success and to the strength of our public services. Digital strength and innovation is a prerequisite for a strong economy and quality public services. That's why as a business immersed in delivering Scotland's public policy conferences, we value the important discussion that GovCamp will deliver and we look forward to being part of it."
Ian MacmillanManaging Director, Worldwide Security Services, J.P. Morgan Scotland
J.P. Morgan is proud to take part in GovCamp Scotland. As a firm we are committed to supporting initiatives which focus on delivering sustainable and impactful change in the communities where we have a presence. The GovCamp programme represents a unique opportunity for J.P. Morgan to engage in meaningful discussions with the public and third sector around Scotland’s digital future. It is imperative that we begin to take action in this space, and the firm is privileged to play an active role in shaping this future."
Dermot JoyceCEO, Liberata
Liberata is proud to be supporting GovCamp Scotland. The collaborations between some Governments and businesses have already proved the substantial social and economic benefits that can be derived from Open Government Data. The open data aspect of open government has grown from being a side show to something regarded as the next digital economic wave, just as social networking was in the last decade. The big eureka moment for Politicians and Government officials is that the open data trend also aligns with a lot of core, yet challenging to deliver, policy pledges."