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As governments around the world increasingly look to technology to help address critical missions, they are leveraging new methods and tools to discover and partner with startups, emerging and non-traditional firms. Whether it is NATO in Europe or Air Force in the US addressing national security missions or cities across the world-building “smart cities,” challenges, prize competitions and “other transaction authorities” are quickly becoming the norm. The results: less cost, faster deployment of solutions, and more innovation.

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On December 5, 2019, we hosted an exclusive International Executive Roundtable on Innovation and Emerging Tech in Government, in the heart of London. The event brought together leaders from government and the emerging tech community to discuss how international governments are leveraging new tools and processes to engage non-traditional, emerging companies as well as specific actions to drive future collaboration and initiatives across the world.

Leaders from across Europe and the U.S. came together representing organizations to further the discussion on the importance of innovation through emerging tech and opening of markets. Key takeaways from this engaging roundtable included the need for culture change and talent development, the need for better market and supplier research including better and easier access to data, and facilitating collaboration across government organizations so they can better learn from others.

The event was organized by Public Spend Forum, GovCity, and DefSec Innovation Hub (DSIH), which is sponsored by Czech Technical University, NATO Innovation Hub and other ecosystem partners. DSIH, in partnership with Public Spend Forum, is the lead organization facilitating innovation workshops for NATO’s Innovation Hub.



Peter Ocko
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
Gian Luigi Albano
National Central Purchasing Organisation, Italy; Member of European Expert Group on Purchasing
Lauren Knausenberger
US Air Force
Chief Transformation Officer
Adam Furtado
Kessel Run (US Air Force)
Branch Chief
Tania Ghossein
World Bank Group
Senior Global Specialist
Eliza Niewiadomska
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Digital Economy, Open Government
Senior Counsel
Luke van Beek
Innovo Defence, UK
Adam Cox
Director, Strategy for Science & Technology, US Department of Homeland Security
Lt. General Jonathon Riley
Expert in Command, Control and Decision Making Applications
Ian Makgill
Open Opps, UK
Founder & CEO,
Kristina Soukupova
DefSec Innovation Hub
Raj Sharma
Public Spend Forum
Alan Day
State of Flux
Lori-Ann Rissler
Kessel Run (U.S. Air Force)
Agreements Officer
Hera Hussein
Open Contracting Partnership
Timothy Barnes
NACUE (Connecting Entrepreneurial Societies)
Molly Cain
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