Digital Birmingham’s aims are citywide: To ensure that the citizens, visitors and businesses of Birmingham take advantage of digital technologies To increase Birmingham’s reputation as a European Digital City Why do we have these aims: So Birmingham residents gain some of the advantages offered through the use of digital technology - and with digital technology we mean not only computers but internet services, text services, mobile phones and underlying systems that help e.g. businesses to run more efficiently. Research shows that eg people that don’t do online shopping could be up £300 p.a. out of pocket compared to the people that do Increased reputation will help Birmingham attract strong businesses, clever people from across the world (e.g. students and researchers) and thus support its economy. And because we believe that Birmingham is a great place to live.
Digital Exclusion is highly correlated with social exclusion. Socially excluded people are three times more likely to be non-users of the internet than they are to be internet users. (UK Online) And Yardley Constituency has some very deprived areas in Stechford and Yardley North so it is reasonable to assume that a high number of people there will not be using the Internet. This has implications in terms of e.g. service provision and communication with the council, the NHS etc The residents that are most in need to access services like benefits, online choiced based letting for council homes, health support etc are getting further excluded if they don’t use the internet.
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<ul><li>Digital Birmingham is working to ensure that everyone in the city – people, businesses and communities can benefit from digital technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Initially set up by Birmingham City Council and BT, the partnership chaired by Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council, now comprises over 40 organisations such as Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Advantage West Midlands, Primary Care Trusts, BBC, Cisco, Microsoft and the three city Universities. </li></ul>
Represent the groups that Digital Birmingham’s programme of work is supporting
<ul><li>Our programme of work will establish Birmingham as a leading digital city in 2010 and by influencing digital investment and uptake across the city our aim is to generate economic growth, close the digital divide and promote greater social inclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>Our activities are centred on enabling the city, businesses and residents to harness the potential of digital technology. This means creating an infrastructure for a world class digitally connected city and society, developing the personalised interactivity to help people run their lives and businesses more smoothly and ensuring that a digital mindset is embedded in citizens from an early age. </li></ul>
The digital revolution <ul><li>The current driver of change is the digital revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Digital technologies are a key enabler as the economic driving force of the West Midlands </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is changing - the norm is for information to be available when and where you need it </li></ul>
The Digital Divide – Deprived Neighbourhoods <ul><li>40% of citizens do not have broadband access to internet at home </li></ul><ul><li>40% of SMEs still to get online </li></ul>
What this means <ul><li>£130 billion of business over the internet </li></ul><ul><li>7 out of 10 businesses communicate with customers through a website </li></ul><ul><li>17 million people do their finances online </li></ul><ul><li>A billion text messages a week </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50% of 16-24 year olds do social networking </li></ul><ul><li>20.4 million homes have digital television </li></ul>AND
… and this means <ul><li>If all businesses in the West Midlands used technology this would increase Gross Value Added by nearly £3 billion a year </li></ul><ul><li>It is estimated that each digitally excluded family loses £300 per year through not shopping online </li></ul><ul><li>IT’s CO2-reduction impact is 10 times greater than its direct CO2 production i.e. though impact on transport, energy, building management, working patterns </li></ul>
Our programme activities and projects cover 4 key themes Economic growth Sustainability Inclusion and participation Profile
Economic growth <ul><li>Digital Districts: Exploring how the city can exploit the benefits of Next Generation Access through the concept of a Digital District initially covering Eastside/Digbeth. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative Technologies: Web 2.0 for business – developing strategies to help businesses grow and support their business, local media, immersive technologies. </li></ul>
Sustainability Include projects such as <ul><li>Street travel: Intelligent Transport concept combines a range of data to provide real time tracking information that can address urban transport issues; public transport sat nav; street wireless network. </li></ul><ul><li>Home/Work: Digital Birmingham, in partnership with Be Birmingham and Family Housing Association is working on a European Union funded scheme looking at how technology can improve domestic energy efficiency; Green Digital Charter. </li></ul>
Inclusion and participation <ul><li>Keeping IT in the Family </li></ul><ul><li>Computers for Pupils and Home Access </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome to Birmingham </li></ul><ul><li>Healthy Way to Learn IT </li></ul><ul><li>Total Place Total Community </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Digital Television ( iDTV ) </li></ul>
Profiling the digital city : A vision for 2010 events <ul><li>Position and profile the digital credentials of the city through linked events in Autumn 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Share & extrapolate digital activity on a global scale </li></ul><ul><li>Create a platform for debate and blue sky thinking around applications of digital technologies and the IT transformation journey </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual and physical - share conference programme with leading global digital cities to present innovative new approaches and challenging solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Set the vision for the future to be universally digital </li></ul>
Birmingham digital week - October Profile: Birmingham digital week – October 2010
For more information <ul><li>web: www.digitalbirmingham.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>twitter: http://twitter.com/digibrum </li></ul><ul><li>blog: digitalbirmingham.co.uk/blog </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to our monthly newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Go digital at: digitalbirmingham.co.uk /subscribe </li></ul>
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