Weeknote 6 of 2022

What we’ve been up to

Using Hybrid Technologies to help Create More Inclusive Workplaces

With fantastic speakers confirmed from Microsoft, Zoom, Ofcom, and the Greater London Authority (GLA), local government colleagues are warmly invited to register for our webinar on March 3 at 2 pm. It is the chance for digital transformation and organisational development colleagues to come together, to listen to how private sector experts design accessible and inclusive products, and to understand how organisations might use these technologies in their wider efforts to create more inclusive future workplaces.

Getting involved with the Westminster Innovation Challenge

LOTI has supported Westminster’s Smart City Innovation Challenge taking a seat as a panel member to shortlist ideas submitted in their open call from three cohorts: members of the public, school students, and Westminster staff. Ideas were called for in three themes: Extraordinary Experiences, Driving Innovation, Clean Teach City, and Empowering People. The categories and use of the open call method reflect Westminster’s ambition to use smart city approaches relevant to outcomes important to residents, visitors, and businesses in the borough.

Hosting a Show and Tell on Supporting Dementia Care with Helix Centre

As part of our work on the Digital Inclusion Innovation Programme, we have been working with the Helix Centre to develop a solution to help people living with dementia engage digitally. On Wednesday 16 March at 10.30 join us as we share our progress so far. In this session, the Helix Centre will provide an overview of the Digital Befriending Kit, a prototype developed in collaboration with boroughs and community groups. They will detail the testing and iteration process and their plans to pilot the prototype with people living with dementia. Visit Eventbrite to register for the event.

Drafting a Data Ethics Capability Framework 

Having spoken to organisations around the world to understand their approaches to data ethics, LOTI can now share our draft Capability Framework which aims to unpick the different dimensions for action that organisations are currently taking to use and manage data ethically. If you or your organisation have any feedback on the framework, you are welcome to reach out to Jay Saggar (jay.saggar@loti.london) and Sam Nutt (sam.nutt@loti.london). Our next steps are to develop a more practical version of the framework that can help inform our members of what tangible steps they should be taking to do data ethics in a meaningful way.

Upcoming events

LOTI’s looking forward to upcoming events which may be of interest to both our members and other colleagues in the local government community:

LOTI Data Careers Day – 1 March

As part of our work to support boroughs in recruiting hard-to-fill roles, LOTI will be holding a Data Careers day. It will be an online event that celebrates the benefits of working in a data role in local government and helps to demystify the work we do and the impact it has on individuals and communities.

Register for the event. (And please do share this with anyone you know outside of the sector who’s thinking about a local government data career!)

Sign advertising LOTI Data Careers Day

Coming up this week

This week among other things we’ll be:

  • Hosting our Data Leaders and Data Scientist Network meetings.
  • Discussing our plans for celebrating Year 1 of the Digital Inclusion Innovation Programme.
  • Joined by a work experience student who will learn what LOTI does and how we work.

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Polly Kwok
22 February 2022 ·
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