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Taking Sprint around the UK in 2019

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Sprint is GDS’s flagship event. It brings together people working across government to learn more about how digital transformation is improving people's lives.

Sprint gives us the chance to talk about the work we’re currently doing to solve the hardest problems. It’s also an opportunity to look at how government will work in the future.

Last year’s Sprint 18 event was held at London’s Southbank Centre. People from across the public sector came together to share their progress and learn more around the themes of transformation, collaboration and innovation.

This year will be bigger and better as we’re holding not one, but 5 Sprint events around the UK:

  • Sprint: Edinburgh at EICC on Wednesday 8 May in partnership with the Scottish Government
  • Sprint: Cardiff at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 14 May in partnership with the Welsh Government
  • Sprint: Leeds at The Queens on Friday 17 May in partnership with Leeds City Council
  • Sprint: Belfast at Titanic Belfast on Tuesday 11 June in partnership with the Northern Ireland Civil Service
  • Sprint 19 at the Southbank Centre in London on Thursday 19 September

Why we’re taking Sprint around the UK

A graphic reading Sprint Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds and London

From training Scottish civil servants in new skills in the Scottish Digital Academy to looking at how emerging technology can help make firefighters safer in Wales, impactful work is happening across the whole of the UK.

So for Sprint this year we’ll be in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will celebrate successes and discuss how we'll work together to build a world-leading digital union.

We’re also working with our colleagues at Leeds City Council to look at how local authorities are approaching digital transformation.

Sprint 19 in London

In September, we will bring Sprint to London’s Southbank Centre once again.

The London event will showcase some of the things we’ve talked about in the Sprint events across the country so we can see the best in digital transformation.

We'll show how emerging technology is tackling some of the hardest problems in the public sector and we’ll look at how we can collaborate to deliver end-to-end services for users.

If you’re interested in attending the London event, you’ll be able to register your interest in the summer.

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  1. Comment by Trisha Ward posted on

    Will you make presentations at Sprint Belfast available?

  2. Comment by Keith Rogers posted on

    Hi. Sign up details for Cardiff please?

    • Replies to Keith Rogers>

      Comment by GDS posted on

      Hi Keith, you can register your interest by filling out one of the two forms linked to in the grey box at the end of the blog post. There is one form for civil servants and a separate form for people in the wider public or private sector.

  3. Comment by Abdul posted on

    Any news on the London event signup link?

    • Replies to Abdul>

      Comment by GDS team posted on

      Hi Abdul, you’ll be able to register your interest in the summer. You can subscribe to our blog for updates if you'd like to be notified when we blog about the London event.

  4. Comment by Sheila Mac posted on

    Brilliant news, thank you kindly for opening up the possibility of welcoming - and hopefully cross-pollinating - with the private sector too. I've tried registering as private sector, but you should know the link is broken. Can you kindly have a look at that? Thank you!

    • Replies to Sheila Mac>

      Comment by GDS team posted on

      Thank you for your comment, Sheila. Could you let us know which link is not working for you? They should all be working now.

  5. Comment by Anthony posted on

    Is Newcastle out of the UK now? We have a regional centre and about 4k people on site but would still have to travel for two hours in order attend one of these events.

  6. Comment by Andy Williams-Jones posted on

    Why no Midlands event?

    • Replies to Andy Williams-Jones>

      Comment by GDS Team posted on

      Thank you for your feedback Andy. It's great to see there is demand for Sprint events and we'll make sure your comments are passed on. The Midlands is an area we work extensively with and was in our considerations. We decided to stop by Leeds due to the recent launch of GDS Academy.

  7. Comment by Adam posted on

    Around the UK??? Any danger of a midlands event?

    • Replies to Adam>

      Comment by GDS Team posted on

      The Midlands is an area we work extensively with and was in our considerations. We decided to stop by Leeds due to the recent launch of GDS Academy. Thanks for your feedback, it’s great to see the demand for Sprint events & we’ll make sure your comments are passed on.