Government unveils GovTech £20m competition to tackle Britain's social problems

£20m GovTech Challenge fund looks to solve UK social problems

Government

The UK government has launched a competition for tech firms to develop systems and products to tackle social problems in the country.

The competition was unveiled by Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, at the government's flagship digital conference Sprint 18.

It covers a range of issues that the government is focusing on, such as the data economy; clean growth; healthy ageing and the future of mobility. The competitions will be delivered using the 20 million GovTech fund launched by the Prime Minister last November.

The first competition opens on 14 May and will run six weeks. The remaining competitions being launched in subsequent months. Successful companies will be awarded up to 50,000 to develop their ideas.

The government said that those companies with the best potential technology will then be awarded research and development contracts of up to 500,000 to build prototypes. The fruits of their labours will be made available to the public sector to purchase.

Dowden said that the government is committed to providing more opportunities for tech businesses, including small firms, to access public procurement contracts.

"The GovTech fund encourages firms to find innovative ways to fix the big social problems we all face - loneliness, plastic pollution and national security," he said. "Through emerging technologies, this fund will elevate British companies onto a global market while helping to deliver outstanding public services and improving lives for people."

In the coming months, the government will launch competitions such as on to identify terrorist still imagery, tracking waste through the waste chain, tackling loneliness and rural isolation, and cutting traffic congestion.

Featured Resources

Managing security risk and compliance in a challenging landscape

How key technology partners grow with your organisation

Download now

Evaluate your order-to-cash process

15 recommended metrics to benchmark your O2C operations

Download now

AI 360: Hold, fold, or double down?

How AI can benefit your business

Download now

Getting started with Azure Red Hat OpenShift

A developer’s guide to improving application building and deployment capabilities

Download now

Most Popular

SolarWinds hackers hit Malwarebytes through Microsoft exploit
hacking

SolarWinds hackers hit Malwarebytes through Microsoft exploit

20 Jan 2021
How to recover deleted emails in Gmail
email delivery

How to recover deleted emails in Gmail

6 Jan 2021
What is a 502 bad gateway and how do you fix it?
web hosting

What is a 502 bad gateway and how do you fix it?

12 Jan 2021