18 April 2017
Jersey’s Digital Policy Framework has been selected as a finalist in the Smart Island World Congress Awards, under the category Smart Islands. The first global conference specialising in Smart Islands is due to be held in Majorca later this week. It is the first event of its kind to gather island leaders and industry experts together to learn about innovative solutions to the issues faced by islands across the globe.
The Constable of St Helier, Simon Crowcroft, has been invited to speak at the conference on how technology and innovation are ‘disrupting’ our traditional activities. He said “The way Jersey markets itself to tourists and the way we all research and book our holidays have changed beyond recognition because of technology. I will also be making specific references to Jersey’s agriculture industry, our infrastructure projects, especially the new police station, and how St Helier is striving to provide an excellent environment in which digital and other economic sectors can thrive.”
Assistant Minister, Deputy Scott Wickenden, is attending the congress on behalf of Jersey’s government. Deputy Wickenden has political responsibility for the e-government programme and Digital Jersey and says “All sectors of our economy are facing the same pattern of disruption due to the emergence of big data, cloud computing, and other new technologies. It’s important that we maintain our relevance and keep up to date in this fast changing world.”
The award winners will be announced at the Congress on April 20th. If Jersey’s Digital Policy Framework is selected for an award it will be accepted, on behalf of Jersey, by Deputy Wickenden and Constable Crowcroft.