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Smart County

Smarter County Conference

The Smart County Conference is part of Kent Connects’ digital.together transformation programme, a pioneering initiative of awareness and inspiration, focussing on the opportunities that digital creates for all communities and sectors in Kent.

This conference will be showcasing a number of fantastic speakers looking from a national to a local level at inspiring Kent to utilise their data to inform ‘smart’ decision making.

Kent Connects wants to showcase the wider vision to help encourage involvement and understanding of how we can improve Kent through the better use of our data. As a technology partnership and part of a digital programme the event will be focussing on how Kent can use technology and big data principles to kick-start its digital transformation through better data utilisation.


09:30 – 10:00  

Registration and Networking


10:00 -10:15


Introduction to the Day – William Benson, Tunbridge Wells Council CEO, Chair of the Public Services ICT Board


Extracting Value from Big Data
10:15 – 10:45 Strategic Benefits and National Exemplars – Stuart Higgins, Cisco
10:45 – 11:15 Code the City – Ian Watt, Aberdeen City Council
11:15 – 11:25 Question and Answer Panel 1
11:25 – 11:45  

Refreshments and Networking


Analysing Data – Making Meaningful Decisions
11:45 – 12:05 Principles, Practices and Performance – Andy Spurway, Microsoft
12:05 – 12:25 Exploiting Spatial Data to Inform Business Transformation – Claire Inkpen, ESRI UK
12:25 – 12:45 Making GIS a Reality in Kent – Martin Collins, Kent Fire and Rescue Service
12:45 – 13:00 Question and Answer Panel 2
13:00 – 13:50  



Data In Action
13:50 – 14:20 Datavores of Local Government – Tom Symons, Nesta
14:20 – 14:50 Digital Health and Social Care – Abraham George
14:50 – 15:00 Question and Answer Panel 3
15:00 – 15:10  

Digital.Together and Closing Speech – Julie Johnson, Kent Connects

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