Digitalising the Public Sector: Insights from the Smart Country Convention 2023

๐——๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ: Insights from the Smart Country Convention 2023

Laura C. H. and I attended the #SCCON23, showcasing innovations and digital transformation in the public sector.

๐— ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜๐˜€: qoob (Timur Soroka) offers futuristic private space capsules and ad spaces in public places ๐Ÿ‘ฝ; The German Space Agency provides open data for anyone to use ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ; Marianne Janik, CEO of Microsoft Germany, spoke about #AI as economic accelerator ๐Ÿ“ˆ; Tobitโ€˜s literal #SmartCity Ahaus ๐Ÿ™๏ธ; the Bundesministerium des Innern und fรผr Heimat's initiative #Dienstekonsolidierung streamlines Government IT services ๐ŸŒ; and bumping into former Deloitte colleague Stephanie Berlin ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ผ.

๐Ÿณ ๐—™๐˜‚๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ we observed:

โ—† ๐Ÿš€ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. From justice to education, the need for secure, efficient, and accessible digital citizen services is clear.

โ—† ๐Ÿ”’ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐˜๐˜† & ๐—–๐˜†๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†. In our hyper-connected world, maintaining state sovereignty and cybersecurity is paramount.

โ—† โ˜๏ธ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ & ๐—–๐—น๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜. The backbone of smart cities and regions is robust digital infrastructure.

โ—† ๐Ÿ›’ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜. With a staggering 30 billion euros spent annually on IT and communication tech, the German public sector's procurement strategies are pivotal.

โ—† ๐Ÿ™๏ธ ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† & ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป. What makes a city or region liveable? Digitalization combined with sustainability, creating smart, resilient communities.

โ—† ๐Ÿ”Œ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† & ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†. Sustainable energy solutions and smart mobility are transforming to meet the needs of citizens and the environment.

โ—† ๐Ÿ“ˆ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€. AI is THE hot topic in the private sector - together with IoT, and 5G it is also the frontrunner in the race to revolutionize governance and urban life.

Let's focus less on slow progress and start focusing on practical digital solutions for a better public sector.

Autor: Vera SpratteSource: