In two weeks time, on 11 February, we’ll welcome over 450 people to Sprint 16 at the British Film Institute in London.
Sprint is about showing the progress we’ve made across government in the past year. It’s about showing how teams and departments are using digital, data, and technology as transformational tools: what’s already been done, and what we plan to do in the future. It’s about sharing our plans on how we move beyond focussing on transactions, to whole service transformation.
It’s also an opportunity for colleagues from across government, together with some important figures in digital, data, and technology from outside government, to meet up and share what’s next for government transformation. We're also welcoming international visitors, suppliers, and the press to share our progress.
Transforming government has never been the job of one team, and this year’s event will reflect that. Over the next four years, the UK government will be scaling up the transformation of government. More than ever, that means everyone across government working together.
GDS will be supporting departments by making it easier and faster to build services that are simpler and clearer for users. At Sprint 16, we’ll be sharing thoughts about the components of wholesale service transformation: platforms, technology, design patterns, and data.
The true success of building Government as a Platform depends on collaboration across departments and professions; moving away from outdated siloed thinking to deliver services that meet user needs, not government needs.
Over the course of the day there'll be demos and inspirational speakers on stage. You will be able to see first-hand the cross-government platforms already being built, how we are improving government technology, and some of the great innovation in digital services being led by departments.
I look forward to seeing you there.
To give you a taste of the format, here's a film we made of Sprint 15:
If you can’t make it, don’t worry: we’ll be updating a live blog and Twitter throughout the day. There’ll be lots of content: videos, updates, pictures, and interviews. Join the conversation either on @gdsteam or by searching for #Sprint16, and of course here on the GDS blog.