Second round of GovTech Catalyst challenges revealed
Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden announced 5 challenges from public sector organisations for this year’s GovTech Catalyst.
The¬†GovTech Catalyst, a ¬£20 million fund set up to¬†help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems, was launched in 2017.
There are 3 rounds of the Catalyst and¬†following the first round¬†earlier this year, the¬†5 successful challenges¬†have included tackling Daesh online imagery, tracking waste and addressing loneliness and rural isolation.
At the TechUK Smarter State conference, Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden announced the next 5 successful challenges from public sector organisations to get funding. These challenges are:
- How might we improve firefighter safety and operational response?¬†Submitted by¬†Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
- How might we make better use of data to guide public sector audits?¬†Submitted by¬†Northern Ireland Audit Office
- How might we automatically detect and identify illicit goods during the journey across the border without impacting fluidity of trade?¬†Submitted by¬†Home Office, Border Force Detection Services
- How might we understand the overlaps between business regulations?¬†Submitted by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,¬†Better Regulation Executive
- How might we guarantee prescription continuity while people move between care providers?¬†Submitted by¬†Northern Ireland Prison Service & South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
These 5 challenges will be launched as¬†Small Business Research Initiative competitions¬†for tech companies, with the first competition on keeping emergency responders safe launching mid October. Keep an eye on KTN’s funding pages for updates.
The full list of all Round 2 submitted challenges, both successful and unsuccessful,¬†can be found on GOV.UK.