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Tools for today, ideas for tomorrow (Nesta Government Innovation Summit 2019)

September 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


How can governments re-imagine public services to improve the lives of citizens? What new approaches will help them tackle the complex issues that will define our future?

What is the event?

Join the conversation to reimagine better public services at Nesta’s first ever Government Innovation Summit this September. We’ll be coming together for a full day of talks, workshops and panel discussions with input from senior public servants and local government leaders, that will showcase new methods that are being tried and tested around the world.

Who is it for and why should I come?

With a keynote speech from social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam, this one-day event in London is designed for anyone who wants to explore bold new ideas for the future of government. It’s especially relevant for civil servants, local government officers and other public sector policy leads, commissioners and service managers; as well as entrepreneurs and innovators in charities who interact with the public sector. You’ll come away inspired by new methods that might help you tackle challenges in your work, and you’ll get the opportunity to connect and learn from other bold thinkers and innovators.

What’s on offer?

The sessions on offer aim to get us all thinking about what radical new foundations we could lay for the future of government.

Come and hear the latest evidence and see policy ideas come to life, from how smart cities can use technology and data while maintaining the trust and support of citizens, to learning what skills public servants will need to tackle complex problems in the future. Join the debate around some of the big questions: do we need a new social contract for the 21st century? How can governments collaborate across sectors to tackle problems like inequality, homelessness and youth unemployment? Or find out which digital tools are helping to re-engage the public with democracy, and contribute to an interactive session on how councils can create flourishing local economies.

Who is speaking?

As well as a keynote speech from social entrepreneur Hilary Cottam on radical new forms of government, confirmed speakers so far include Shevaun Haviland, Head of Business Relations at 10 Downing Street, Joanna Killian, Chief Executive at Surrey County Council, and Francesca Bria, Barcelona’s Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer.

Hear about new forms of citizen engagement from the government’s lead on Citizen Juries Miriam Levin from DCMS, and digital democracy expert Ben Fowkes from Delib. And get to grips with practical examples from around the world of how governments can use AI from Ben Hawes from Connected Places Catapult and Wietse van Ransbeeck from CitizenLab.

There will also be workshops led by experts from across Nesta, including CEO Geoff Mulgan, and delegates from across Europe and we’ll be announcing more speakers in the coming weeks.


Registration will open at 9:00AM with the first session of the day starting at 10:00AM. The event will finish at 4:30PM with the opportunity to grab a drink and continue the conversation until 5:30PM.


We are working hard to make our events as inclusive as possible. We want to bring together a wide range of voices from a mix of organisations, regions and sectors to enable meaningful networking and diverse discussions.

For this event, we are offering a limited number of travel bursaries to support people within the UK who may otherwise find it difficult to attend. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please do get in touch with [email protected]


September 19, 2019
9:00 am - 5:30 pm




The Brewery
52 Chiswell Street
London, EC1Y 4SD
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