Innovation Zone 2020

The LGA Annual Conference’s Innovation Zone is a vibrant, creative space for councils and other organisations to showcase and discuss how they are using innovation to address local issues.


The Innovation Zone is a vibrant, creative space and programme within the LGA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition, taking place from 30 June-2 July 2020 in Harrogate.

This year the Innovation Zone will be using a refreshed format. We will be keeping our popular interactive sessions, which help councils and partner organisations share how they use innovation to tackle local issues. At the same time, we are introducing a new element on day one of the Zone, where inspirational speakers will bring focus to new ideas in short, energetic talks.

Please complete the applications below by Thursday 5 March 2020.

Innovation Zone sessions
Practical and lively sessions, where we encourage participants to bring their innovations ‘to life’ through a demonstration. Small groups will create informal, supportive and honest discussions, so delegates and contributors can explore and share what they need to do to take forward innovation in their organisations.

Submit your innovative idea  

Spotlight on Ideas sessions
Three 7-minute, back-to-back, energetic speaker sessions, followed by a 20 minute open conversation, that will involve the audience and will be informed via an interactive platform.

To take part, please submit a short two-minute video and a description

Submit your contribution

Need further information or inspiration?

A good source of inspiration with previous examples is our case studies database. If you are on Twitter, please follow us via @LGAcomms#InnovateTuesday and #LGAIZ.

For further information, please email innovation@local.gov.uk