Almost three thousand corporates, startups, civil servants, investors, politicians and academics are attending a conference opening in Paris this morning to build stronger links between governments and business.
The GovTech Summit will be opened by Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, and is organised by Public.io, which helps startups solve public problems. It takes place as the public sector strives to give you and me the same experience of new technologies as we already receive from the private sector.
Govtech, the name given to the innovations by SMEs and startups to enable governments to become more efficient, has already seen rapid growth as a series of technologies has been adopted by national, regional and city governments.
Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO, reels off the list.
“Blockchain to authenticate citizen identities, AI-based facial recognition for security purposes, deep learning to help improve medical diagnostics, and chatbots to facilitate interactions with citizens…”
So, what are the opportunities for SMEs, startups and investors to consider according to six of the thought leaders speaking at the summit?
1. Mission-driven governments
“From a ‘one stop shop’ for all online government services to a single portal for all public transport, or open budgets, govtech is a promising field that can help towards improving public service delivery and innovation,” says Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake.
And to protect democracy itself.
“Technologies that actually serve the public and help governments innovate to deliver better services can help rebuild trust in democracy,” continues Schaake, founder of the European Parliament Digital Agenda Intergroup and member of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.
It is from this visceral passion - driven by politicians and civil servants to ensure that technological innovations do not bypass their engagement with citizens - that new opportunities arise for SMEs and startups.
Please find the article including the 10 other developments in Govtech here.