Theo Blackwell at the ODI Summit. Image by Paul Clarke, CC by 4.0

ODI Fridays: Becoming London’s first Chief Digital Officer

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Fri Mar 27, 2020 13:00
Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Theo Blackwell shares what it’s like to be dropped into a role which carries with it so many city-wide expectations, the challenges, and why London needed him in the first place

ODI Fridays are free lunchtime lectures for everyone. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

Theo Blackwell MBE is London’s first ever Chief Digital Officer.

A big role, indeed – but what’s it actually like to be dropped into a role which carries with it so many city-wide expectations? What challenges did he face, and why did London need him in the first place?

Theo will talk about opportunities, challenges and where he came from. He’ll also have some handy advice for new CDO’s taking on big new responsibilities.

About the speaker

Appointed in 2017, Theo leads on London-wide digital transformation, data and smart city initiatives at City Hall.

Live stream

There will be a live stream of the full talk here from 1pm on Friday 14 February 2020.