Innovation, and the exchange of ideas and best practice will be key in driving forward digital councils. Initiatives such as Innovation Workshops can be harnessed in order to encourage Councils to think in new and different ways.
We want to move towards the creation of centres of excellence - paring up councils with innovation centres in order to tackle specific problems which have the potential to be rolled out nationally. Such innovation centres could be used to prototype, model, test and execute ideas.
Approved list of Partners
List of Industry Innovation partners and what they would contribute to workstream and ongoing “innovation requirements”.
List of Funding options for innovation
Look to what funds are available to help with innovation in Scottish Local Gov (e.g Innovate UK, Scottish Enteprise have allegedly created a fund).
Council Center of Excellence?
Have councils to bid to be the center of excellence in specific Digital areas with the caveat they must share their findings with all (e.g Big Data, IOT, AI, VR etc).
CivTech Local Gov?
Create a programme for a CivTech style model specifically looking at Local Gov tough questions/issues with key private partners , SME’s and Startups can pitch to get involved.