Over the summer of 2017, Sheffield City Council joined Sheffield Digital, the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield’s digital industries as a Regional Partner.

The Council understands the importance of its city leadership role in relation to Sheffield’s digital and smart city agendas and, with city partners, wants to address the question:

How can the individuals and organisations in the city with an interest in maximising the use of digital combine forces to make Sheffield a thriving digital city?

This is across all parts of the digital agenda including skills, health, infrastructure, the economy, local government services, essentially — everywhere that digital technology is or can have a significant impact on the lives, and life chances, of the people and businesses in our city.

Our approach to addressing these areas is built around a domain model which was loosely based on an earlier Sheffield Smart City Strategy, but further developed to describe what the component parts of a digital Sheffield are.

Our ambition is for the city to build on our growing reputation as a digital leader by helping to combine the resources and efforts of those people and organisations who want to make a difference.

You can hear Sheffield Digital’s discussion with dotSHF co-founder Mark Gannon, covering the City’s ambition for a thriving digital Sheffield and the development of the Digital Coalition on episode two of the Sheffield Digital Podcast.

In its first 12 months, dotSHF put in place some of the foundations to build this ambition into the city’s DNA including:

  • running a series of Digital Policy Conflabs to work with the digital community to bring in opinions and encourage discussion on this concept, approach and how it’s articulated.
  • establishing Sheffield’s Inaugural Annual Digital Conference to bring the Coalition together to meet and present the current initiatives and progress across the domains.
  • establishing the first of the domain groups to drive the agenda forward.
  • establishing this website as a focal point for our work going forward.

Our plans are continuing to develop and we will use this site to publish our work. We welcome contributions from anyone in the Sheffield digital community. If you have ideas, please share them here.