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Digital Strategy – 13th April

April 5th, 2017

Toby Bellwood

A more inclusive digital style of government with agile project management techniques such as discovery process maps, data wrangling, mystery shoppers, lowest cost proof of concept, fail fast, Trello roadmaps and crowdsourced policy development builds on the right KPIs, meaningful CPD and undervalued taxpayer goodwill and now the key difference in any government league table…

The April event will include an informal insight into a G7 digital strategy with Toby Bellwood, previously the Australian national lead on international engagement via the global Open Government Partnership and more recently a national lead via the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to accelerate internal digital transformation and to prioritise, surface and visualise untapped public information to help maximise productivity in the private sector or maximise social impact in the voluntary sector.

His interview at Code for Australia highlights that anyone that knows Excel can contribute to economic development or to meaningful social impact.

Vanessa Williams

DXW are a digital agency based in London within the legendary Silicon Roundabout tech ecosystem and behind key UK projects such as the Department for International Trade’s Great Business export campaign website — winner of the DMA public sector website of the year 2016 — and the blogging platform at the Government Digital Service that supports the open innovation policy.

Vanessa Williams will explain a digital transformation journey with Thames Valley Housing.

Thursday, 13 April 2017  – Doors open 1730** (for 1800 start) to 1930 –  Barrule Suite, 5th Floor, Tynwald (enter via public entrance on Finch Road)

** Networking opportunity, with complimentary soft drinks and pizza, from 1730 – 1800.


To assist our planning, please book tickets below to attend this event. BCS members (only) who prefer not to disclose their personal information to the website, may alternatively send an email directly indicating their intent to attend (this alternative is not offered to non-members).
BCS members who attend this event may request a CPD certificate, which will be provided at no charge.  Non-members may also request a CPD certificate; there will be a £5 charge for non-members who request a CPD certificate, this needs to be paid to a BCS Isle of Man committee member at the event.

Offshore Open Data Camp

July 7th, 2016

Saturday 30th July 2016

Tynwald Library, Finch Road, Douglas, IM1 3PW


  • 0930 : Open
  • 1000: Graeme Jones, Chair, Isle of Man, British Computer Society & IATI Technical Advisory Group (the Global Aid Flow Database and inspiration to distinctively reposition a gambling jurisdiction with Bets Aid ™ tax hypothecation)
  • 1005: John Shimmin, Minister, Cabinet Office, Isle of Man Government
  • 1015: Iain McDonald, Information Supervisor, Isle of Man
  • 1030: Julian Tait, Open Data Manchester, etc. – Internet of Things and IPv6 in the public interest — some insights into the infrastructure rollouts to the Northern Powerthouse.
  • 1040: Denis Parfenov, Open Data Governance Board, Republic of Ireland & Ambassador, OK International (the Open Government League Table). Progress and lessons learned in the Republic of Ireland and some thoughts on the global context with a Russian twist! He co-hosted the regional transparency summit at Dublin Castle in 2014 with the Minister for Public Expenditure Reform Brendan Howlin TD:
  • 1050: Daniel Looney, Assistant Chief Officer (Digital & Information), Douglas Borough Council
  • 1120: Blockchain – Nick Williamson, CEO, Credits – A rare opportunity locally to hear the thoughts of Nick Williamson, CEO, Credits on blockchain in financial services and gambling (ex Pokerstars). Credits are the winner of the best blockchain startup at the Europas at Level39, the largest tech accelerator in Europe:
  • 1200 : Break
  • 1330 : welcome, Chris Thomas MHK – the first Isle of Man politician to mention “open data” in parliamentary debate, present Chair of the United Nations Association (Isle of Man) and previous roles via the World Bank and the European Commission (Russia, EU/China financial services team)
  • 1335 : Session Pitches and Grid – Sessions could include Public Transport, UK Government Digital Service style User Needs projects, Sustainable Business Model, Map Mashups, what is the Social Value of open data?, etc
  • 1400 : Session #3
  • 1500 : Session #4
  • 1545 : Session #5
  • 1615 : Review
  • 1630 : Close
  • 1700 : Social to continue discussions — Hooded Ram Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting – Tickets

Many thanks to support from UKGovCamp, the Isle of Man Government and Sleepwell Hotels.

The private sector and governments are increasingly adopting bootstrapping and growth hacking techniques from tech startups and the sharing economy such as agile project management, open data, blockchain technology and behavioural analytics.  For example, Elizabeth Truss, UK Secretary of State for the environment, food and rural affairs recently announced that the department had accelerated a digital strategy with 11007 datasets in 12 months and prompted mobile apps on everything from flood alerts with river level sensors to maximised crop outputs:


What is an unconference?

  • the agenda is finalised on the day based on available expertise
  • free but highly valued personal and professional development
  • everybody is allowed to contribute
  • nobody will be offended if you want to switch session to learn more about something else
  • sessions are blogged to baseline issues and possibilities and to continue discussions

Jen Williams from Networked Planet explaining unconferences at the regional open data camp in Bristol on 14th and 15th May 2016:

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