Cisco’s Public Services Summit kicks off in Stockholm
A lineup as eclectic as that can only mean another Public Services Summit, the annual invite-only event hosted by Cisco and the City of Stockholm in the Swedish capital and specifically targeted at senior policy advisors and major decision makers in education, healthcare and government.
This year’s Summit—the eighth so far—kicked off today with a welcome message from Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm and included talks by Stefano Venturi, VP European Public Sector, Cisco, and Jocelyne Bourgon, former Secretary to the Canadian Cabinet, among others.
Tomorrow’s highlights will include presentations by the former head of Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit and Cisco Chief Technology Officer Padmasree Warrior, while on Friday the action will shift to Oslo for the event’s traditional gala finale at the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.
The Summit this year goes by the theme ‘Connect to the Future: Innovating in challenging times’ and, says event organizer Paul Johnston of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, it “offers the opportunity to explore new ways to create public value and improve service delivery.
“In the face of challenges that range from the global economic slowdown to climate change and the impact of ageing populations, it is imperative to harness technology to make organizations more efficient and more effective.
“In particular, connectivity creates exciting new opportunities to transform the way public sector organizations collaborate internally, with partners and with citizens and businesses.”
For the first time, this year the plenary sessions will be capture on video so you can view them later. You can also get a flavor of the event by searching for hashtag #pss09 on Twitter.
In the meantime, if you are at the Summit then let us know what you think of it so far….