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Event report: Summer Reception – Digital Skills and Connectivity

Pictfor held its annual Summer Reception in the House of Commons on Monday, 10 July 2017, in Strangers’ Dining Room. Nominet sponsored the event. The Summer Reception covered two issues repeated time and again as priorities by Pictfor members: digital skills and connectivity. Speakers: Welcome: Rt Hon. Lord McNally Russell Haworth, Chief Executive Officer, Nominet […]

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How to get the smallest businesses online?

There are around 4m self-employed and micro enterprises in the UK, it is a sector that has grown rapidly and now accounts for 76% of all UK businesses. These businesses have the most to gain from getting online and we have many notable success stories in the UK’s vibrant digital economy. But this section of […]

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Recap: Parliament & Internet Conference 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Eighth Annual Parliament & Internet Conference one of our biggest and best yet. We welcomed over 200 delegates over the course of the day. Special thanks to Nominet for their sponsorship of the Conference and EE for their sponsorship of the lunch; as well as our breakout session leaders: UK-IGF, e-skills UK, ISPA, ICAEW, DPA, and Childnet.

Miss a speech? Want to catch up? All sessions held in the Attlee Suite are available on-demand, courtesy of id3as.

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PICTFOR help launch the report ‘How Computers Can Transform Rehabilitation’

On Tuesday 22nd October, PICTFOR, in partnership with the Penal Affairs APPG, held a launch for the report Through the Gateway: How Computers Can Transform Rehabilitation. The report, written by the Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust, examines the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in prisons and its potential as a tool for rehabilitation.

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PICTFOR Co-Chair Chi Onwurah to host the Digital Heroes Awards 2013

PICTFOR is delighted to announce that our Parliamentary Co-Chair, Chi Onwurah MP, will be hosting the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013.

The awards are designed to recognise and reward people who are using technology to help their communities.

PICTFOR MPs encourage entries from organisations in their constituency and across Britain. Please go to to enter a submission.

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‘Make IT Happy 2013’ competition is awarded CyberSmart Award

We are delighted that Make IT Happy, the annual primary schools competition delivered by e-skills UK and PICTFOR with support from the IET and Nominet Trust, has been awarded first runner-up prize in the CyberSmart Awards 2013.

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Make IT Happy Marks Best Start Ever

— Greatest ever number of early registrations for the competition
— 597 schools already registered
— Registrations span schools across 241 parliamentary constituencies

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Heropreneurs teams up with Google to launch UK military into tech network

An Armed Forces charity has teamed up with Google in what is the launch of a military into technology business programme – the first time the combination has been tried in the UK.

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Launch of Make IT Happy internet safety competition for primary schools

UPDATE 24-1-13:  Make IT Happy 2013 has been nominated for a 2013 ESET CyberSmart Award. PICTFOR is delighted to see the launch of this year’s internet safety competition for primary schools, Make IT Happy, Make IT Safe, and would like to encourage schools and parliamentarians to get involved. The winners will be invited to an Awards day […]

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Ministerial Support Given to Make IT Happy Competition

During Parliamentary Questions on Wednesday 19th December, Andrew Miller MP, Vice Chair of PICTFOR asked Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office with responsibility for cyber security, if she would lend her support to the PICTFOR co-sponsored National Schools Competition 2013, “Make IT Happy: Make IT Safe”. The minister stated her support for the […]

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