The City of Wolverhampton Council have invested in digital capability as part of our ‘Smart City’ approach, including WV insight – an open data platform. Whilst this infrastructure provides a platform to build from, there is a need to ensure that we maximise the benefits for local people in the redesign of public services.
- Prototype how local communities best access and use open data.
- Support local communities to apply this to develop practical and tangible outcomes – for example, redesigning a service with public sector organisations, or, developing a project to solve a key issue which we will support local people to then pitch the idea for funding using our civic crowdfunding platform, Crowdfund Wolves.
- Develop the open data platform further, co-producing this with local people.
- Share this learning with other local authorities – both in the methods of engaging local communities in an area with high digital exclusion, and the services/initiatives that local people design and implement as a result.
Previous ‘hackathon’ events have been set up by the University for students and public sector professionals. We want to test the perception that using data and tech is limited to academics and professionals and democratise access and use.
- Digital and agile awareness
- Introduction to service design
- Introduction to digital business analysis