LocalGovCamp 2020 | Emerging technology – transforming our services and sharing our processes

9 October 2020


Sarah Talbot, emerging technology lead at Swindon Borough Council, and Jillur Quddus, lead data scientist at Methods and founder and chief data scientist at Hyperlearning AI, will be hosting the webinar ‘Emerging technology – transforming our services and sharing our processes’ at LocalGovCamp this Friday the 9th October at 1.30Pm BST.

Sarah Talbot will discuss how the council uses emerging technology to help improve efficiencies for its management of processes and online service delivery.

Swindon Borough Council, with the support of Methods, and using Jadu as the main platform for citizen engagement, has developed a ground-breaking pothole detection system that uses object detection and machine learning to enable streamlined and channel-agnostic reporting of street issues, combined with advanced data visualisation to predict issues and expedite fulfilment.

The Council will also cover how they utilised Emerging Technology during the COVID-19 pandemic to support other vital services including a ‘Free School Meals Service’ and ‘Food and Medicine Delivery Service’. Swindon saw a 2000% increase in applications for Free School Meals. Despite the increase, the Council saw huge results, including reducing a process that previously took 583 hours per month to 9.6 hours per month, without the need to increase staff or re-allocate resources – totalling a 98.3% efficiency increase.

All of these processes can be reused by you, improving efficiencies even more across Local Government. Join the session to learn more!

Swindon Borough Council has also been shortlisted (final 3) for the Digital Leaders 2020 ‘AI Innovation of the Year’ award for this work.

Register here.