Challenge Based Innovation for Challenging Times

Huge strides have been taken in the adoption of digital ways of working in a very short period of time but the potential of technology to help us respond and recover goes far beyond the digitisation of our work and work places. 

Whether it’s the potential of digital approaches to influence behaviour and help reduce carbon emissions, or the potential of AI to drive efficiency and focus limited resources where they are needed most, the opportunities to use technology to tackle the challenges we face are huge and the talent in our tech sector, start ups and universities is one of our nation’s most valuable assets.

But with so many possible solutions and such fast paced change in technology the first challenge is often knowing where to start.  CivTech’s answer is simple - start with the problem you need to solve, and then attract the best talent to work with you solve it. 

CivTech is a flagship innovation programme at the Scottish Government and this session will set out the benefits of using challenge based approaches to solve problems, and CivTech’s collaborative model to help solve the challenges we face as a nation, and put innovation at the heart of the recovery. 

  • Tue 01 Dec 2020
  • 11:00 - 11:30
  • 30m
  • Mark Elliott
  • Masterclass Sessions

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About the Speaker

Mark Elliott

Programme Director - CivTech

Mark has a long, successful track record working in both the creative and the business sides of the digital and creative industries. While CEO of the highly successful DigitalCity in NE England he helped hundreds of companies grow as fast and effectively as possible, and was a key player in The Difference Engine - Europe’s first tech accelerator. Moving north in 2013 he ran the UP Accelerator, Edinburgh and then joined the fun at CivTech, first as its Head of Accelerator until taking over as Programme Director in summer, 2019.


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