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Scottish Government CivTech® pilot 2016 Challenges

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A unique opportunity has arrived: use digital technology to improve public sector services, win contracts, build business – and along the way make everyone’s life a bit better. The CivTech® pilot is harnessing new technologies to drive daring and innovation in the public sector. It brings together private sector innovation, public sector organisations and citizens to develop more efficient and effective products and services, which will translate to new, better, faster and easier experiences for everyone. Backed by the Scottish Government, it’s going to provide an unprecedented route for entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and other businesses to develop the benefits of digital transformation in the public sector. And crucially it’s going to create a swift, secure and practical pathway for those businesses to win public sector contracts. This is your chance to take a problem identified by a public sector organisation, solve it, and grow your business. ________________________________________________________________ Transcript: So what is a Challenge? A Challenge is a problem a public sector organisation would like solved. If you think about traditional procurements, we’d write detail technical specs down to the nth degree and dropdown, and then ask people to tender for it. But what if we were to say ‘Actually, we’re not the best ones to solutionise - surely we should put this out to an ecosystem of talented individuals and companies?’ So Challenges can be along the lines of how do we create a market for unwanted food?; how do we improve flood warnings or air quality?; how do we make the A9 a smart corridor? Broad enough so that ideas can come through we wouldn’t have ordinarily thought of. We wanted a variety of Challenges addressing different aspects. We didn’t want to create a single cluster around, say, health or environment or transport or security. This was around creating a number of Challenges from a wide spectrum so that when you got the companies in a room, all together, working on (admittedly) their individual Challenges, you get this whole cross-pollination of innovation going on, which is what the best accelerators in the world create when they have that buzz of people in the room.