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Sprint: Edinburgh – in partnership with the Scottish Government

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2019

Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Time: 09:00 – 14:00

The word 'Sprint' on a blue background

Sprint: Edinburgh showcased the progress and potential of digital transformation across Scotland and the UK.

We heard from ministers, senior civil servants and digital practitioners about work to transform services, develop capability and ensure Scotland and the UK are world-leading digital nations.


09.00 – 09.45

Networking and registration

09.45 – 10.30

Host opening address

Keynote: Kate Forbes, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, Scottish Parliament

Keynote: Kevin Cunnington, Director General, GDS

10.30 – 10.50

Networking break

10.50 – 12.00


How to collaborate with other organisations on end-to-end services
By Will Harmer, Head of Service Communities, GDS, Kuba Bartwicki, Interaction Designer, GDS, and Dhruv Sharma, User Research Lead, Scottish Government

GovTech Catalyst and CivTech joint workshop
By Kay Dale, Service Designer for GovTech Catalyst, GDS, and Katy McNeil, CivTech Intrapreneurship Programme Lead, Scottish Government

Scottish Digital Academy – Why agile and what is agile?
By Dean Rhodes, Agile Coach, Rachel Learmonth, Scottish Digital Academy Finance Manager, and Enoch Kabalo, Scottish Digital Academy Assistant Business Manager

Digital Commercial Service
By Clare Mills, Transformation Manager, Carron Macnab, Associate Delivery Manager, and Lee Rutherford, Technical and Commercial Specialist, Scottish Government

12.00 – 13.00

Fireside chat: Colin Cook, Director of Digital, Scottish Government, and Fiona Deans, Chief Operating Officer, GDS, will explore digital transformation, and opportunities for Scotland and GDS to collaborate and learn from each other in the future

Lightning talks:

Digital – boosting Scotland’s planning system
By Liz Pringle, Head of Digital Planning, Scottish Government’s Architecture and Planning Division

We did a design sprint and survived
By Clare Barnett, Head of UX for Registers of Scotland

Digital Licensing
By Simon Pattullo, Product Owner, Digital Licensing

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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