Conference Notification: IT in the Community: The Importance of t he Use of Digital Technology and Innovation to Promote Soci...

Please find attached details of a conference being organised by colleagues in Sunderland.

IT in the Community
The Importance of the Use of Digital Technology and Innovation to Promote Social Inclusion

25th and 26th November 2008
Sunderland, The Stadium of Light

IT in the Community

The Importance of the Use of Digital Technology and Innovation to Promote Social Inclusion

25th and 26th November 2008
Sunderland, The Stadium of Light

This National Conference will demonstrate the use of digital technology and innovation to promote social inclusion. The conference will also show the importance of the integration of technology, community engagement, empowerment and capacity building programmes.

Who would benefit from attending:

Central Government Departments

Local Authorities, particularly Senior Policy Makers and those concerned with community development

Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations - particularly those interested in working in partnership with local government

Access and Inclusion related Charities

Welfare Groups

Regional & National Digital Inclusion Partnerships

Engagement Officers / Community Development Officers / Customer Services

Libraries & Information Services

Local Strategic Partnerships

Registered Social Landlords

Job Centre Plus

Citizens Advice

Adult & Community Learning Providers

UKOnline Centres

Technology Companies


IT Consultants & Suppliers

Discussion, debate and networking are an important and integral part of the conference programme. There will be a number of oral presentations and workshops. For further programme information please click here.

Delegates will be shown examples of innovative community development approaches, and hear evidence of how putting local people and the community and voluntary sector at the heart of the decision-making process is a key factor in building cohesive and empowered communities.

Delegates will have the opportunity to view social and digital inclusion programmes from the public, private and third sector perspectives. They will hear of the radical interventions for Digital Equality currently championed by DC10plus – the Digital Inclusion Network. It also provides delegates with opportunities to engage, debate and network with like minded practitioners, and subject leaders in the form of workshops.

Conference Programme

The conference programme is still likely to change. Check www.itinthecommunity.comregularly, or contact the conference office.

Tuesday 25th November 2008

Huw Irranca-Davies, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Wales Office will attend and give a speech at the conference – (time slot tbc)


Registration & Refreshments


Welcome to the Conference
Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson - (tbc)


Introduction from Day 1
Conference Chair, Stephen Dodson, National Programme Director DC10plus


Key Note Session 1
Bert Provan, Deputy Direct Communities & Local Government


Key Note Session 2
Stephen Dodson, National Programme Director DC10plus


Key Note Session 3
Stephen Gowland, Programme Director Sunderland Digital Challenge


Refreshments & Networking


Parallel Sessions (1-4) Presentation & Workshop Discussions


Networking Lunch – Opportunity to visit Liaze and Black Cats Buses


Parallel sessions (5 - 8)


Feedback from Parallel Sessions & Panel Q&A




DC10plus Interactive Workshop




First Day Thanks
Stephen Dodson


Conference Networking Event

Parallel Sessions:

1. SAFC Foundation
2. Derwentside District Council Spice Project - Project Manager Darren Howell (tbc)
3. John Fisher Citizens on-line – CLG research project Technology to engage excluded groups
4. Nottingham Homeshoring – Peter Goodwin
5. Digi-TV – Guy Giles
6. EYPP – Con Crawford
7. Newcastle University Mobile Phone Beacon Project – Catherine Purvis
8. Stephen Carey – Software City (further information to follow)

Wednesday 26th November 2008


Registration & Refreshments


Introduction from Day 2
Conference Chair, Canon Stephen Taylor, Chair Sunderland Partnership


Key Note Session 2
John Fisher – Chief Executive, Citizens On-line


Key Note Session 3
Helen Milner, CEO UK On-Line


Key Note Session 4
Alan Patchett, Director, Age Concern, Sunderland


Refreshments & Networking


Parallel Sessions (1-4) Presentation & Workshop Discussions


Networking Lunch & Opportunity to Visit Liaze & Black Cats Buses


Parallel session (5 - 6)


Feedback from Parallel Sessions & Panel Q&A






Second Day Thanks
Canon Stephen Taylor


Conference Close
Councillor Paul Watson (tbc)

Parallel Sessions

1. Communities of Interest Websites as a Community Empowerment & Networking tool
2. BME Network Project – Tim Anderson (TBC)
3. Jane Nesbit – VODA Community IT Support - DC10plus contributions offered
4. Ealing – Carmel Cahill – Consultation with Community & Voluntary Sector
5. Hull – Mark Jones Stream On-line – Digital Switchover and engaging older people
6. Milton Keynes – Steven Jewell (via Lisa Bailey) – Connect MK

Please visit for the most up to date programme and to book. 


Graham Jordan

Partnership Analyst

Tyne and Wear ICT Partnership

c\o ICT Services,


Civic Centre

Regent Street,

GatesheadNE8 1HH

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