The Digital Island Programme is the digital strand of the Isle of Wights broader regeneration strategy, with which it is closely aligned. It looks specifically at the role of digital technologies, as these are seen as a crucial factor in the Island’s future prosperity and contribute across its agendas from economic development to transformation of services, from overcoming the separation to the mainland to educating the Island’s young people, attracting inward investment and retaining talented Islanders.
The programme involves the development of an overarching strategy and road-map for developments, along with the engagement of a broad set of stakeholders in a steering group that works to facilitate new projects and interventions.
In addition, the programme also holds the annual Solent Digital Conference and feeds in to the “Wight We Want” citizen engagement programme.
The Digital Island Programme was awarded Smart Island of the Year at the Smart Island World Congress in April 2018.