Beyond 2010 event to unlock reform potential

By on 02/08/2010 in News

Birmingham is playing host to UK and international public sector leaders this October for Beyond 2010, a two-day major international conference and exhibition taking place at the International Convention Centre on  October 20-21.

The event addresses head-on the challenges of delivering the new Government's agenda of efficiency, reform and transparency, and aims to explore how the public sector can use digital technologies to deliver better services for less.

Beyond 2010 will connect delegates with some of the world's leading digital technology innovators and thought leaders including Facebook's Richard Allan and former Number 10 advisor Charles Leadbeater, senior civil servants, technology commentators and public service managers at the cutting edge of new approaches.

With an outstanding conference and workshop programme, Beyond 2010 is aimed at all public service professionals, from CEOs and CIOs through to service leads, policy planners and public sector agencies such as strategic health authorities and housing trusts. It promises to provide a highly effective combination of tools, strategic approaches and real-life case studies of digital technology in action today.

Organised by Birmingham City Council and its city-wide Digital Birmingham initiative, Beyond 2010 is part of Hello Digital Week, which runs from October 18-22, and comprises a number of events celebrating the city's and the region’s technological achievements against the best in the world.

Commenting on the event, Birmingham City Council Deputy Leader Paul Tilsley, who heads up the Digital Birmingham Partnership, said:

“Beyond 2010 will reinforce Birmingham's reputation as a leader in the application of digital technologies for public services. In the current global economic climate, it's imperative that all local government and public sector bodies use limited resources as imaginatively as possible for the greatest benefit.

“Being able to profit from the wisdom of some of the world's leading digital thinkers in the field will ensure that Beyond 2010 is an unmissable date in the diary of strategic heads and service providers.”

Potential delegates can see the full conference and workshop programme and book their place at


Note to editors

Hello Digital has been created to support and celebrate Birmingham's investment in digital technologies as a route to generating economic growth, closing the digital divide and promoting greater social inclusion.

An innovative partnership between Birmingham City Council, Digital Birmingham, Say Hello, Screen WM, Arts Council England West Midlands, Business Link WM and Marketing Birmingham, it will acknowledge Birmingham as a leading digital city, populated by skilled citizens and businesses fully engaged with technology and committed to reinforcing the city's reputation as a centre for investment and business growth as well as a great place to live, learn and work.

Birmingham’s Hello Digital Week runs from 18 – 22 October 2010 and comprises a number of events celebrating the city's and the region’s technological achievements against the best in the world. Hello Digital Week will open up the debate on the impact of technologies across the broadest cross section of industries, and provide a platform to build links and share digital best practice, ideas and opportunities on an international level.

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