#CyberFLASH: Digital lab offers catalyst to drive innovation, create jobs

hackerA group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs and cost-conscious civil servants are hoping the creation of a so-called digital lab will be a catalyst to create ways to save money and better deliver government services.

The concept of a digital laboratory is still in its infancy.

The idea, which was announced last week by Premier Brian Gallant, is intended to bring together civil servants and companies inside this lab, with access to government data, so they can create programs or initiatives that allow governments to better deliver services.

Ed McGinley, the chief executive officer of TechImpact, a group of 22 technology companies, said the possibilities are endless with the goal of creating North America’s first digital government.

“Government is strapped, they have only so much horse power. If you open up these pockets of data to people, let them figure out what the solutions are, let them figure out what they can do. It will happen,” he said.

The whole strategy is based around the principle of opening up access to government data.

An open data initiative will be started, which will see the provincial government to release more of its public information in accessible formats so any citizen will be able to use it.

There will also be a “digital service accelerator,” which has caught the imagination of entrepreneurs. Companies will be able to come inside the lab, get access to government data with the intention of solving problems.

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