A year of events to inspire digital innovation

From Twitter to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, ordering a takeaway online or checking your bank balance, the world has never been more connected.

The chances are, most of your videos, photos, and writings are stored on your phone, tablet or computer.

Kent Connects is behind digital.together, a year of awareness and inspiration focussing on the opportunities that the world of digital creates.

It was launched today (Friday, 22 May) at Maidstone Museum by Kent Connects, a countywide partnership of all local authorities, emergency services and the NHS, with the aim of encouraging people, whether a business, community group or an individual, to maximise the benefits of the digital world.

The launch of digital.together

The launch of digital.together

Kent Connects was set up in 2001 and enables partners to share IT services, offering better value for money and allowing services offered to customers to improve.

Over the coming months, events will be held that include learning the basics of digital technology, getting the best from social media, encouraging businesses to embrace technological changes, and getting children involved in coding.

The first of Kent Connects’ Digital Envoys was revealed and more are being recruited – click here to join up.

Kent Connects' Digital Envoys

Kent Connects’ Digital Envoys

They will be William Benson, chief executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council; Peter Brook, partnership and change manager at KCC; Tracey Gleeson, KCC digital services manager; Sam Gooch, co-founder of myCycle; Karen Jeal, digital officer at Gravesham Borough Council; Noel Hatch from KCC; Ian Hirst, digital services and transformation manager at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council; Lizzie Hodgson, founder of Think Nation; Jenny Kitchen, managing director at Yoyo Design; Kate Kneale, known for developing Margate’s GEEK Festival; Dave Knox, a PhD student at the University of Kent and technician of The Shed Makerspace; Natasha Steer, Education and Community Development Coordinator at Nucleus Arts as well as creator and editor of Creatabot; and Mike Thompson, director of Artifactual.

This year’s Transformed by you Challenge, supported by Kent Connects and hosted by Maidstone Borough Council is throwing down the gauntlet to create innovative ways of utilising technology to provide solutions to local issues.

Lizzie Hodgson from Think Nation

Lizzie Hodgson from Think Nation

KCC’s Head of ICT Partnerships Carol Patrick said: “Over the next 12 months we’ll be creating a series of events, workshops, and collaborative opportunities to position Kent as one of the most progressive and inclusive digital counties in the country.

“From improving local public services, supporting digital buddies and community hacks to advocating greater equality in the use of IT and helping young people access code clubs; we want to show that Kent is leading the way in technology innovation.”

digital.together from Kent County Council on Vimeo.

The opportunity offered over the next year is aimed at all ages, no matter what your level of technological know-how.

William Benson, chairman of the Public Services ICT Strategy Board said: “I would encourage anyone interested in learning more about technology to come along and benefit from the skills and expertise on offer.

William Benson

William Benson

“The digital world continues to move at a pace with advancements coming thick and fast.

“Tablets, smartphones, storing data in the cloud and digital cameras all came about from people who learned the basics.

This is an ever expanding world where the sky is the limit for people’s imaginations, no matter what you want to do.”

For more information, visit Kent Connects or follow on Twitter at @Kent_Connects

Giving a presentation was Mark Hodgson, chief commercial officer of fundraising website Just Giving

Giving a presentation was Mark Hodgson, chief commercial officer of fundraising website Just Giving





A year of events to inspire digital innovation was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by Ellis Stephenson