How did it go?

Digital Futures 2012 took place on Monday 10 September 2012, at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury.  The aim of the event was to look at how digital media can improve the way organisations communicate with residents and deliver services.

200+ people turned up to the event and the atmosphere was buzzing all day.  There was lots of networking and some great discussions going on.

We’ve received some fantastic feedback and the conversations are continuing.  Here’s a few of the comments we’ve received and links to some of the conversations and write ups, following the event.

Blogs and write ups:

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2012/09/11/delegates-set-trend-at-digital-futures-conference/

http://www.shropshirestar.com/lifestyle/blogs/2012/09/11/blog-the-futures-bright-the-futures-digital/

http://www.shropshirestar.com/lifestyle/blogs/2012/09/11/blog-digital-futures-event-showed-there-are-people-listening/

http://charlemont.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/digital-futures12/

http://benthamtowers.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/my-15-favourite-quotes-from-digifutures12/

http://walsallwildlife.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/playfulness-and-yoga-in-the-digital-future/

http://benjaminbrum.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/digifutures12-question-for-the-crowd/

http://curiouscatherine.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/disintermediation-and-community-engagement/

http://digital.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/2012/09/24/mistakes-are-the-portals-of-discovery/

Pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/annkempster/sets/72157631497207986/

Shropshire Council’s flickr pics

Presentations:

Alison Smith, Pesky People

http://www.slideshare.net/alisonvsmith/accessibility-digital-by-default-presentation-for-digital-futures-2012

Justin Griggs, NALC

http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/JustinGriggs/digital-futures-2012

Comments:

Excellent event yesterday – great content, well organised – well done!
Phil Murden, Director Health Access , SignHealth

Thoroughly enjoyed Digital Futures today. A fantastic line-up of speakers. Thank you for organising such a useful conference.
Craig Reeves, Marketing Officer, Theatre Severn

Just a brief note to say well done to you guys ( and the rest of the team) for a really informative, thought provoking and fun event today. Just reading the tweets has provided me with lots of ideas to pick up and run with in the north of the county. Well done!
George Candler, Area Director: North, Shropshire Council

I just wanted to write and thank all those involved in organising the Digital Futures event yesterday. It was excellent. A few of us linked with health and wellbeing services are going to meet up and have an informal chat over coffee about any collective ideas we might have. Too often with events like this there is an enthusiasm generated at the event and we don’t take it anywhere after so we are hoping to make sure that doesn’t happen. Brilliant! It was an event to be very proud of.
Karen Higgins, Support for Patient Involvement, Shropshire County PCT

Thanks for a good event. Loved Carrie Bishop especially.  Anyway well done for a thought provoking event. You packed a lot in, great venue too!
Fiona Narburgh, Head of Strategy and Communications, Wychavon District Council

Just wanted to offer my congratulation on a great event yesterday – I really was quite impressed, and enjoyed it a lot.
George Stroud – ICT Officer, Citizens Advice Shropshire

 

Welcome to the future!

People arriving at Digital Futures

Theatre Severn is filling up nicely, and there is plenty of networking going on already.  Coffee is being drunk, smartphones are being checked, and speakers are just about to start - there’s a great buzz in the air.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter using #DigiFutures12 for updates and debate throughout the day.

And so it begins

It may be overcast in Shrewsbury but the day’s looking bright enough. Delegates were arriving as early as yesterday for the event. Apparently a good time was had in the Armoury pub beside the River Severn and no doubt the world was put to rights. The crew are setting up and front of house are ready. The doors open soon and we’ll be blogging through the day and tweeting our merry little hearts out, so follow #digifutures12 for updates.

Digital Futures event

More than 250 people will be heading to Shrewsbury tomorrow (Monday) to discuss how digital media can improve the way your organisations communicate with residents and deliever services.

The way public services are delivered is rapidly changing, mainly due to advances in digital technology, a massive growth in social media and major reductions in Government funding.

Councils and other organisations are starting to deliver services in new, innovative and more cost-effective ways, using technology to profoundly change the relationship between the citizen and the state.

Shropshire Council is hosting the ‘Digital Futures’ event at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, to discuss how digital and social media is changing the way organisations connect with their customers and residents.

The event is aimed at councillors and public sector workers, as well as any organisations with an interest in social media and the digital future.

Speakers include Nick Jones, who is responsible for the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office’s digital communications; Justin Griggs, head of policy and development at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC); and Carrie Bishop, a director at FutureGov, which works with local government to create better, cheaper public services using technology and design thinking.

The event is now fully booked, but parts will be streamed live and you can also join in online too.

How to get involved:

Look forward to seeing you there!