February 21, 2024

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New Zealand’s DGP Innovation Fund for Digital and Data Innovations

Digital Government Partnership (DGP) Innovation Fund

New Zealand recently announced the successful initiatives that have gained approval for seed funding from the Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund, after an arduous process of lean canvas assessments in a first and second round of live pitches.

About the Initiative

According to a recent press release, the Digital Government Partnership (DGP) Innovation Fund is a NZ$ 5 million contestable fund that invests in digital and data innovation.

The fund is administered by the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) team at the Department of Internal Affairs.

It provides an opportunity for agencies to collaborate and invest in early-stage cross-agency pilots and prototypes.

Applications must be led by one of the following New Zealand State sector organisations:

  1. Public service departments
  2. Departmental agencies
  3. Non-public service departments
  4. Crown entities

Applications Criteria for Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund:

  1. How the initiative aligns with government priorities
  2. How the investment will contribute to New Zealanders’ seamless and integrated experience of, and trust in, public services
  3. How the initiative demonstrates innovation — this fund is not for business as usual costs
  4. The role collaboration plays in the initiative, including the nature of that collaboration
  5. Benefits to the public service or sector that support transformation, including being able to reuse initiatives or parts of initiatives
  6. Initiative costs, and outline options for sustainable funding if the initiative were to become business as usual

In October 2019, a group of leaders and experts from across the public service and the private sector were convened to serve as panel judges for this year’s round of applications to the Digital Government Partnership Innovation Fund.

Fifteen teams from twelve different agencies and crown entities submitted applications. All of them led to thought-provoking and spirited discussions among the judges.

Successful teams

The successful teams will now begin work on delivering their early-stage cross-agency pilots and prototypes.

  1. Social Investment Agency: Manawa (whanau voice)

This is a tool to measure whānau wellbeing whilst amplifying whānau voices in the social sector.

  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade: China Capable Public Sector Interactive Online Scenario

This is a cross-agency programme designed to develop public sector capability in partnering and doing business with China.

  1. Ministry of Social Development: Client Voices Amplified

An update and improvement of Client Voices, a suite of budgeting tools meant to help financial mentors solve their client’s financial problems.

More than just identifying clients’ financial struggles, the update aims to understand their underlying causes.

  1. Ministry of Education: Parenting a Pre-schooler and Starting School

This is an integrated service platform and continuation of SmartStart, which makes it easier for parents to engage in their child’s early education.

  1. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise: Innovation Barometer

This is a data-driven annual snapshot of innovative activity happening across the public sector.

  1. Education New Zealand: My ENZ Portal

This is a new industry web portal to house all Education New Zealand digital tools and services.

  1. Department of Internal Affairs: Transition from Youth to Adulthood

This is an integrated service platform and a single point of information that makes it easier for young people to receive entitlements as they transition into adulthood.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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