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Sprint: Belfast – in partnership with Northern Ireland Civil Service

Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Venue: Titanic Belfast

Time: 09:00 – 14:00

The word 'Sprint' on a blue background

Sprint: Belfast looked at how Northern Ireland and the Government Digital Service can work together to make things better for users across the UK.

We looked at Northern Ireland’s progress so far and potential for the future and focus on how to build tools, capability and culture for digital transformation.

I’m really looking forward to meeting new people, and hearing about digital developments across UK government. It will be great to showcase some of our local digital transformation successes, to share experiences and to discuss lessons learnt with colleagues from across the public sector.

Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services for Northern Ireland’s Department of Finance


09.00 – 09.45

Networking and registration

09.45 – 10.30

Host opening address

Keynote: Northern Ireland’s Digital Transformation journey and ambitions for the future, By Caron Alexander, Director of Digital Shared Services, Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS)

Lightning talks:

Digital Toolkit - reuse in action
By Owen Murray, Digital Shared Services, NICS

Pre-school and primary school enrolment
By Colm Daly, Education Authority

Digital transformation in Northern Ireland
By Geraldine Eastwood, Digital Shared Services, NICS

10.30 – 10.50

Networking break

10.50 – 12.00


Government Digital Service common components
By Mark Buckley,
Engagement Lead, GDS and Joseph Park, Associate Product Manager, GOV.UK Notify, GDS

The GovTech challenge
By Ian Tester, GovTech Catalyst Head of Product, GDS and Suzanne Walsh, Manager, NI Audit Office, in conversation with Michelle Holmes, Protiviti and Lucy Young, Amplyfi

MyNI – engaging with the public to drive different behaviour
By Emma Penney, Digital Shared Services, NICS

Leadership to drive digital transformation
By Stephen Cross, Carolyn McCall, Cormac McConaghy, Aidan McMichael and Trevor Steenson, Digital Shared Services, NICS

12.00 – 13.00

Panel discussion: Building a culture of digital transformation
Helen Wall, National Lead, GDS in conversation with Donna Allen, Assistant Director, Pupil Services & Procurement, Education Authority; Fiona Deans, Chief Operating Officer, GDS; and Trevor Steenson, Digital Shared Services, NICS

Keynote: The future of digital transformation, by Kevin Cunnington, Director General, GDS

13.00 – 14.00

Networking: a chance to talk to fellow delegates, meet new people and build relationships

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

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