The CivTech 5.0 Innovation Flow launches on Friday 10th July. There are ten Challenges, from a wide range of government directorates and public sector organisations, tackling a wide variety of problems the public sector would like to solve. CivTech 5.0 launches in unprecedented circumstances. But the things that have driven the CivTech team since the very beginning — innovation, digital transformation and economic opportunity – are more important to Scotland’s future than ever before. This year’s Challenges are intimately connected to that future. Some are quite specific and immediate; others are nothing short of an invitation to reinvent how we do things. As a whole, this collection of Challenges is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s efforts to recover and rebuild our nation. Challenge areas include the future of learning, forestry management, IoT, rural transport, wildlife management, rural skills and learning, environment improvement – and two focus on near home working. Challenge Sponsors include the Scottish Government itself, the Digital Academy, Transport Scotland, Lantra, Nature Scot and NHS Scotland. And the two near home working Challenges are parts of a much wider work local initiative being delivered by multiple parties and agencies across the nation. It’s often said that in crisis there’s opportunity, and opportunity is exactly what we’re offering. Whether you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, start-up or established company, this is an opportunity to take a public sector problem and collaboratively build a solution hand-in-hand with a blue-chip customer. It’s the opportunity for you to build a business, and for us to work together to build the future. It’s an opportunity for all parts of society to work together to build the kind of world we want.  For public services to become better and more efficient, and for you to build your business. CivTech is about tech for good. You can find more information on the Challenges here and for a more detailed overview of what happens at each stage of the CivTech process, take a look at CivTech 5.0 Innovation Flow. CivTech 5.0 key dates 10 July                                              Challenges published, call for responses 3 August                                           Deadline for responses to be submitted via Public Contracts Scotland 17 to 21 August                                Up to six shortlisted candidates per challenge interviewed and three selected for the Exploration Stage 7 to 18 September                           Exploration Stage 28 September to 16 October           Final interviews to select one team per challenge for the Accelerator 19 October to 22 January               Accelerator – 12 week programme plus 2 week break over Christmas and New Year 25 to 29 January                              Demo Day week