Digital must go mainstream, say experts at Digital Leaders 50 Awards

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The Digital Leaders 50 Awards were held Monday night, recognising companies and individuals who are working hard to deliver better digital services, at the Cholmondeley Room and House of Lords’ Terrace, hosted by Lord Knight of Weymouth. Mike Bracken from the Government Digital Services was the overall winner as well as the central government category winner, while Ian Watt won in the local government category. Click here to view the full Digital leaders 50 list.

Lord Knight said that as a consumer he was frustrated that apps like Hailo (which allows users to use black cabs and pay via their phone) are not available in the public sector where they are very much needed, especially in rural areas. According to him, there are “all sorts of opportunities to innovate and deal with some of the big challenges in government.


Chair of Digital Leaders Rachel Neaman, who was also one of the judges, spoke about the transformative power of digital, especially in the welfare, care and education sectors, and declared that “it is time for digital to go mainstream”.

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She was very pleased with the Digital Leaders 50 initiative which is in its first year, and as a judge she said she saw an amazing cross section of people working in creating transformative digital services. Over 9,000 votes came through for the awards which she described as a fantastic turnout.


Jon Hulme, publisher of Digital by Default News, told the audience about the launch of the news portal which is only a year old but one that has grown faster than anticipated.

We are delighted to be involved with Digital Leaders 50, it is a great opportunity editorially and also a fantastic opportunity for our readers to recognise the hard work and achievements being made in the space,” he added.



The event also gave attendees a chance to network.





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