June 21st 2017 | Waldorf Astoria, Edinburgh

Timeline:

14 Mar
' Nominations Open '
12 May
' Nominations Close - date extended '
25 May
' Shortlist Announced '
21 Jun
' Awards Dinner & Ceremony '

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From healthcare and social services to frontline policing and environmental services, public sector workers are constantly on the move and technology is constantly evolving to ensure that being mobile doesn’t mean being disconnected. The Connect Mobile Award will recognise an organisation which has embraced the potential of mobile technology to deliver more effective services.

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Awarded to the most innovative use of ICT in delivering public services. The shortlisted nominees for this category will represent those public sector projects, solutions and products using digital technology to push the boundaries of what is possible.
Nominations should demonstrate:

  • How the project/solution has introduced new or leading edge technology, created different ways of working or a shift in approach the benefits service users
  • Measurable success – has the project/solution been deployed and what impact has it had on improving the organisation or services
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Technology and digital services underpin the work of Scotland’s public sector bodies as never before and the vital role performed by ICT departments and project teams across the country is key. Nominations in this category will demonstrate outstanding performance by an ICT department or team, from technology support to improving operational efficiency and driving innovation and change.

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In the face of increasing demand from the public for more accessible, 24 hour services which meet their needs and an ever increasing constraint on budgets, the pressure has never been greater for ICT professionals to develop innovative solutions for citizen engagement. The shortlisted nominees for the Connect Citizen Award showcase the most examples of projects and solutions which use ICT to engage with citizens and create citizen centred services.
Nominations should include:

  • How the project/service has improved the user experience
  • Benefits to the organisation in terms of obstacles/issues it helps overcome, efficiencies, etc.
  • How the product/service improves the organisations general level of engagement with the citizen
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When a new public sector technology or IT project goes wrong, everyone knows about it. This award will recognise the many examples of large and complex projects being successfully developed and delivered each year across the public sector. The Connect Project Delivery Award will go to a project manager or project team that can demonstrate best practise in the successful delivery of an ICT project and nominations should demonstrate:

  • Did the project deliverables match or exceed initial objectives
  • Was the project completed to original timescale and budget
  • What external/internal obstacles were overcome to meet project objectives
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The Connect Data Insight Award will showcase the most effective use of data and analytics to inform public service design and delivery. Nominees in this category will demonstrate:

  • Innovative use of data management and associated analytics to tackle an identified social problem/organisational challenge
  • Effective use of data management and associated analytics to inform public service design and/or delivery
  • Benefits – what will be the real measurable benefits to either the organisation or services users, e.g. projected cost savings, reduction in patient waiting times, increased life expectancy, etc.
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This award will go to a CIO, Head of IT/ICT or overall Head of IT. The winner will be an individual who has consistently demonstrated excellence in leadership, innovation and quality in the use and promotion of IT in their organisation to improve delivery of public services. Nominations are welcomed from prospective nominees themselves, their staff, peers or partner organisations.

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Scotland has long been in the vanguard of adopting new technologies to improve health and social care provision. The Digital Health & Care Award will recognise some of the most outstanding examples of these projects and nominations should demonstrate:

  •  How the project/solution solves a particular organisational or patient problem
  • What measurable benefits have there been to the organisation or the patient experience/wellbeing
  • How the project/solution has introduced new or leading edge technology, created different ways of working or a shift in approach the benefits service users
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Despite all the hype and chatter around Cloud services generally, what impact has it been having on public services and public bodies? The Cloud Adoption Award will recognise some of the genuine success stories and pathfinders for cloud adoption in the public sector. Nominations should demonstrate:

  • The transformational impact of their adoption strategy on the organisation
  • How they have overcome security and cultural obstacles
  • Measurable benefits to the organisation
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