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Inside the largest global AI ‘hack’

Photo of Government AI Hackathon event

While the UK’s AI Safety Summit was in motion in November, the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO) collaborated with PwC and Microsoft to run the Generative Artificial Intelligence Government Hackathon. 

We recently published an update to the 2022-25 roadmap for digital and data which included new commitments to recruit thousands into the most in demand data and technology jobs, such as Cyber Security Technologists and Software Developers via apprenticeships and talent programmes.

We also announced at the same time, the publication of a new framework for the government’s use of generative AI, to ensure departments can confidently and responsibly use this technology to improve services, so the Hackathon was a timely event to bring these two areas together. 

Photo of Mike Potter presenting to AI Hackathon audience
Mike Potter, UK Government's Chief Digital Officer presenting at the Hackathon.

It was a fast-paced 48-hour event that brought together some of the brightest developers from across the government to tackle complex challenges and create innovative solutions using generative AI. The energy, creativity, and passion that participants brought to the table was truly inspiring and the event showcased the incredible potential of AI to transform the public sector. From streamlining processes to improving public services, the ideas and prototypes developed were a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation.

Not only was it a resounding success in terms of the innovative solutions, it was also a fun and collaborative experience. The camaraderie, the shared dedication to making a positive impact, and the enthusiasm of the teams made this hackathon an absolute blast.

A heartfelt thank you to all the participants, departments, and organisers who made this event possible. Let's keep the momentum going and continue to leverage technology to drive positive change in the public sector. The future is bright, and we're excited to be part of this journey!

The event also provided a valuable learning avenue for senior stakeholders who are eager to delve deeper into the realm of generative AI and use of technology.

You can learn more about the event in this short film

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