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Welcome to the 3rd year of Smarter Working Live. In partnership with the Civil Service Smarter Working Programme, our leading event for the public sector celebrates innovation, collaboration and excellence. It is a platform to recognise the significant achievements made towards Smarter Working and the commitment demonstrated by individuals, teams and organisations to drive positive change.

The concept of Smarter Working Live is not new. The Public Sector Paperless Awards (2017-2019), hosted by GovNewsDirect, merged with the Smarter Working Awards, in partnership with the Government Property Agency, and from here, Smarter Working Live was born.

In 2020, we hosted the first Smarter Working Live Conference and Awards in a fully remote capacity, with over 1100 delegates from across the public sector. We received over 250 nominations from public sector organisations across 18 awards, and it was a huge success.

Last year, the event was even bigger and went hybrid, whereby our online conference spanned over 3 days and comprised of keynote speakers, workshops, plenary discussions and endless opportunities for networking, pioneering valuable content, timely debate and sector insights that will shape the future role of Smarter Working in the public sector.

In keeping with the ethos of Smarter Working, the next event will again provide that hybrid experience and will consist of:

  • The online Smarter Working Live Conference Day
  • The Smarter Working Live Awards Ceremony
  • 1 month of online GovNews workshops, seminars and networking