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Theo Blackwell set to reveal vision for digital London at this year’s BIMA Awards.

11 Sep 2018

Posted by Rachel Johnson

Every year, the BIMA Awards celebrate the work that’s making a difference in business, culture and society, and pushing the limits of what is possible in the digital and tech sectors. On 13 September, the industry’s biggest names will be at Victoria House in London for the BIMA Awards 2018, where the keynote speech will be delivered by London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell.

A digital vision for London

Appointed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in 2017, Theo is a driving force in realising the Mayor’s ambition to make London the world’s smartest city. He has previously worked at GovTech accelerator Public Group, and was former Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the video games industry’s trade body, Ukie. Now, Theo is working to ensure that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered.

Key to that transformation is harnessing the combined powers of data and London’s (and the wider) digital community. He’s already shown Londoners how data can have a positive effect on their lives with the Your Commute calculator, which shows commuters how many others share their route to work each day. Now he’s launching Smarter London Together, a roadmap for making London the smartest city in the world.

BIMA Awards keynote speech

In his keynote speech, Theo will explore his vision for the scheme, and the value in harnessing expertise such as that found within the BIMA community.

BIMA co-president Tarek Nseir believes Theo is precisely the right speaker at the right time. “Our members are helping their clients through digital and technological transformation – in data, VR, Ai and more - every day. As someone at the spearhead of one of the largest transformations of all, we’re excited to welcome Theo not just because of his vision for digital London, but for the impact that transformation is likely to have on our members.”

“Our goal is to always ensure our members have a voice in things that matter re driving forward digital in the UK. We are keen to establish a strong relationship with Theo and the Mayor’s office, and Theo’s participation at the BIMA awards is the start. Nat Gross, BIMA co-president

Award winners will be announced on the 13 September 2018.

Rachel Johnson
Posted by Rachel Johnson

Rachel has recently joined BIMA having worked for more than 20 years in the world of Marketing. Rachel has many impressive client, charity and agency-side results to her credit and stories to tell. As both a team player and independent advisor, Rachel loves to see the bigger picture and is a strong strategic thinker. She has led ambitious projects for start-ups, worked alongside growing businesses and has been fortunate to work with some of the UK’s most respected and renowned agencies. A self-motivated original thinker, Rachel is also an extremely able marketer. She brings out the best in people at all levels. Her wealth of transferable skills includes project management – often with direct budgetary control - results-driven commercial awareness, proven networking strengths, digital marketing expertise and broad IT literacy. However, her achievements do not end there! In her spare time, she makes full-use of her Cumbrian home-town environment, walking, biking and running, and spending time as an enthusiastic side-line rugby and football mum for her two boys – Louie and Harley.

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