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Sprint notes #13

September at the Local Digital Collaboration Unit

Welcome to Sprint notes 13! It’s been a busy September at the Local Digital Collaboration Unit and in this edition you can catch up on a month of events, find out how to follow our C-19 Challenge projects and register for some exciting engagement opportunities this October.

Local Digital C-19 Challenge

Our C-19 Challenge projects are all well underway, and as part of our commitment to working in the open we have created some dedicated space across our channels to share these regular updates:

  1. Check out the ‘C-19 Challenge Highlights’ section on our Medium publication for regular sprint notes and guest blogs from the projects. Head over there now to catch ‘Episode 1’ and a guest blog from Jenny Nelson, Digital Newcastle Programme Manager from the ‘How Busy is Toon’ project.
  2. Visit our new ‘C-19 Challenge: Funded projects’ webpage for more information on the challenge, each project and links to their own channels.
  3. Follow #LocalDigitalC19Challenge on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

A month of virtual events

Digital Government Conference

Digital Government looks at the progress made on the journey to a digital future, as well as the challenges which still need to be overcome. We were pleased to take part in this year’s virtual summit by joining the Local Government track, led by Nadira Hussain, Leadership Development and Research Director at SOCITM.

Our very own Sam Villis, Collaboration Lead at LDCU, delivered the keynote on ‘Championing Digital Transformation across Local Government’. You can watch the video below and follow Sam on Medium and Twitter.

A recording of Sam Villis’ keynote speech
A tweet from GovNet

iN The Loop by iNetwork

Maddie joined Shelley Heckmen (iNetwork) and Jamie Whyte (Propolis Open Data Factory) on iNetwork’s latest webcast, ‘Managing Effective Messaging: Learning from our COVID-19 comms’. The session explored effective crisis messaging, how we can communicate more effectively and understand what we might need to do to reach our audiences in the wake of second and third waves of the pandemic.

iNetwork members can access the iN The Loop recordings on the iNetwork Knowledge Hub.

Share National by Socitm

Lawrence and Ben delivered the afternoon keynote on cyber security at Share National, an event run by SOCITM to discuss the ethical use of emerging technologies and data. There was a useful panel discussion after and a consensus on focussing on the basics — passwords, patching and policies. We encouraged the audience to continue the discussion on how to talk about and learn from things that haven’t gone so well — we’ve had some great discussions at FailCamp sessions at LocalGovCamp and UKGovCamp in the past.

A tweet from Socitm

OneTeamGov suicide prevention

Sketchnotes by Angela Buron

On Thursday 10 September, Sam and a bunch of 5 other amazing One Team Gov volunteers delivered an event for World Suicide Prevention Day. Incredibly, over 900 people signed up to attend from all of the main central government departments, local authorities, charities and other organisations from within the public sector.

The virtual event had lightning talks from 15 speakers working in the field of suicide prevention to show the range of experiences and diversity.

Useful resources from the day:

Kindfest by Be The Ripple

A lovely virtual conference by #BeTheRipple with many excellent speakers telling stories of kindness, how they’ve been touched by it and how they’ve taken up initiatives to spread it. Follow the Twitter thread at #Kindfest2020.

A tweet from LDCU’s Sam Villis

Funded projects


The project team is about to enter their final sprint and we’ve been talking to them about the benefits to the wider sector. In their latest blog, Will Callaghan from Croydon Council shares their progress.

The team are also looking for other councils to share how they develop and maintain their websites. If you can spare 10 minutes, please fill out their survey below — all learnings will be shared back into the Local Digital Community.

A tweet from Drupal
A tweet from LDCU’s Matt Wood-Hill

Reducing invalid planning applications (RIPA)

The project team have been keeping us regularly updated on their blog, most recently with their journey to get a user-friendly tool. Catch up on their latest post ‘Workshop 8’ to find out how to get involved in their testing and their innovative approach to recruiting UR participants!

A tweet from the RIPA team

Housing Repairs online

Our Repairs Online project is about to enter the final sprint in their technical alpha phase. In their latest sprint they have been:

  • Conducting supplier interviews
  • SoR analysis
  • Looking into customisation
  • Communal repairs

Read more about all of the above in their project sprint-notes and watch their latest Show and Tell below.

A recording of the Repairs Online project Show and Tell

Coming up

Housing repairs TechUK event

If you’re a supplier that can help shape the digital housing repairs service for local government, sign up to a live webinar with techUK and our Repairs Online project on Thursday 1 October, 10:00am –12:00pm.

LocalGovCamp 5–9 October 2020

We’ll be hosting a #LocalDigital take over on Thursday 8 October. Expect a keynote from Paul Maltby, lightning talks from our #LocalDigitalC19Challenge projects and an ideation session for the Local Digital Declaration. Find out more and register your place.

DigitalLeaders Week 12–16 October 2020

There’s still time to submit a talk or sign up to one of the 200+ registered sessions taking place at this weeklong event.

Thanks for reading! For the daily download on all things #LocalDigital, be sure to follow us on Twitter.



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