Digicampus accelerates innovation in digital government services
New platform located on TU Delft Campus
All parties involved in digital innovations within the public sector will from now on work together within one platform: Digicampus. The new partnership for the development of innovative government services was officially launched on Wednesday by state secretary Knops (interior affairs) during the iBestuurscongres.
Applying for a mortgage, moving to a nursing home or studying abroad: for all these events, people and companies want to use the various digital systems in which this is arranged effortlessly. The government plays an important role in this. However, more parties are involved in the innovation of public services than just the government.
Digicampus connects the fragmented innovation landscape, so that science, government, market parties and citizens can jointly shape the public services of the future. This unique partnership is established by Delft University of Technology, Logius, ICTU and the Nederland ICT. These parties are convinced that by working together they are better able to translate societal needs into innovative services for residents and entrepreneurs.
Thanks to Digicampus, science will be involved in the development of these services from the start. "Fundamental scientific research provides important new insights into the use of technology for the digital society," says professor Marijn Janssen of the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. For example, it is about the use of new technologies such as blockchain. "The implications are great, so you have to look far ahead. As scientists, we can contribute our knowledge within Digicampus from an objective, long-term perspective. Besides, as a researcher we want to be able to test and use our knowledge in practice."
The activities of Digicampus range from in-depth scientific research to hands-on development and knowledge exchange. In the so-called ‘cocreatielab’, it is possible to experiment together. Knowledge sessions, design sprints and hackathons are organised as well: for technicians, politicians and policy makers. For example, with gaming life events are simulated so that policymakers experience how digital processes turn out in practice.
Digicampus is located on the TU Delft Campus and stands for open innovation and is therefore also open to other participants who want to innovate public services together with the market, researchers and government.