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 will look at how Northern Ireland and the Government Digital Service can work together to make things better for users across the UK.

We will look 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:

Citizen Contact Strategy – the next 5 years
By Trevor Steenson, Digital Shared Services NICS

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

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

The GovTech challenge
By Ian Tester, GovTech Catalyst Head of Product, GDS

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

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

12.00 – 13.00

Panel discussion: Building a culture of digital transformation
Panellists include: Trevor Steenson, Digital Transformation Programme Director, Digital Shared Services NICS, and Sara Long, Chief Executive of the Education Authority

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 would like to attend the Sprint events in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds or Belfast there are 2 separate forms to register your interest - a registration form for civil servants and a registration form for people in the wider public or private sector.

If your organisation does not allow access to Google forms, please email the Sprint team for more details, stating whether you are a civil servant or in the public or private sector.

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

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