Sheffield’s first annual digital conference

Sheffield’s first annual digital conference

Sheffield held its first annual digital conference at the Electric Works on 15th November 2017. It is an opportunity for Sheffield’s digital community to come together and learn more about the plans for the digital coalition (dotSHF) and the domain model that we will use to frame all of our work in the coming months and years.

The conference helped to set out and asked for people’s views on our ambitions for the city in relation to the city’s economy, infrastructure, governance, mobility, living, people and resources (the 7 domains). We heard from a number of speakers addressing the challenges and opportunities in each of these areas. Each domain has a Trello board on to which we would encourage you to contact us with your contributions

Speakers included colleagues from The Good Things Foundation (People), the Advanced Wellbeing and Research Centre (Living), Sheffield Digital (Economy), Sheffield City Council (Governance), University of Sheffield (Mobility), Sheffield Hallam University and Arup (Infrastructure) and the Urban Flows Observatory (Resources).

We’re keen to use the conference and the related policy sessions, as a way of engaging with Sheffield’s digital community and to help us shape this agenda going forward. Further details will be announced as available.

We plan for the conference to be annual event, updating interested parties on the work of dotSHF, our achievements and the work of the 7 domains.

We look forward to seeing you at our 2018 conference.

Sheffield’s Digital Coalition nominated for national award

Digital Leaders, the nationwide initiative for promoting effective, long-term digital transformation across government, industry and charities has shortlisted the dotSHF – Sheffield’s Digital Coalition for the ‘best cross-sector collaboration award’.

The council is a founder member of dotSH and has worked with Sheffield Digital and other local partners to establish a coalition of people and organisations, representing different areas of expertise and interest in making Sheffield a thriving digital city.

The members share a collective ambition, and some responsibility, for developing the city’s digital capabilities in particular areas. There are over 100 organisations who are currently engaged including the Council, Sheffield Digital, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, The Floow, Zoo Digital and the AMRC.

The coalition, which was founded in July 2017 is working on joining organisations and individuals to drive better outcomes for Sheffield in areas such as the digital economy, transport, connectivity, data sharing and digital inclusion.

Mark Gannon, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions at Sheffield City Council said: “We are delighted to be nominated for the award which recognises that Sheffield is a collaborative place and has a big ambition to be a leading digital city and creating a smarter and digitally connected society that can lead to better opportunities for people and businesses in Sheffield.”

Councillor Olivia Blake, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We have some big challenges in the city that our digital work can help overcome, from air quality to connectivity. This nomination recognises the great work we have been doing to address these challenges collaboratively across the city.”

The winner will be decided be members of the public who can cast their vote online at,

The outcome will be announced at the DL100 awards dinner in London on 21 June 2018.