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Stephen Blackburn
Data and Innovation Manager at Leeds City Council


lead on Leeds City Council's smart cities programme, Smart Leeds. I work with colleagues and partners at all levels across the council, city and region with organisations to identify and implement new and innovative solutions to some of our city's challenges.

I am involved in ensuring that the city has the right connectivity to deliver services and promote inward investment, working closely with the digital inclusion team and overseeing the council's open data agenda and product owner of Data Mill North.

I work with developers and technology companies (particularly in the areas of health, housing and transport) to identify solutions which can help the council deliver improved or more cost effective services. I facilitate conversations between prospective solution providers and decision makers.

I co-ordinate and facilitate the council's Innovation Labs (hack days) which bring together stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to co-produce new and innovate solutions to citywide challenges.

Agenda Sessions

  • Smart Cities to Smart regions: Building a business case for regional investment