Digital media conference held by Shropshire council

Shropshire council “at the forefront in developing digital solutions”

The Digital Futures conference organised by Shropshire Council attracted about 250 delegates who discussed how councils and communities can make the most of digital  media.

Experts from around the country told the audience at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury how digital media can help both public and private sector bodies.The event had the support of the Prime Minister’s office, with Number 10’s head of digital Nick Jones giving an address via Skype.

Speakers discussed the problems of accessibility to new digital media for disabled people and how communities could engage with one another, such as through an application called ‘Casserole’ that helps people to cook dinners for neighbours who need them.

Councillor Barrow said: “As councils go, we are at the very forefront in developing digital solutions to some of the issues we face” adding that the potential exists to use digital platforms to take advantage of the talents of the community.

Justin Griggs, head of policy and development at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), praised the work being done by parish councils in engaging with residents through social media but admitted there was a long way to go.

We need to look at how we can use technology to our advantage. Is having an e-mail or website to throw out information to people enough these days? Try things – have a go trying even small things.”

The event was also streamed online and, according to Shropshire Council leader Keith Barrow, the hashtag ‘digifutures12’ trended nationally on Twitter.


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