LGA Annual Conference 2023 – apply to be part of our Innovation Zone

Each year, the LGA Annual Conference Innovation Zone showcases the outstanding, innovative work of councils across a range of service and policy areas. We are now accepting applications from councils, and organisations working with councils, to be part of the Innovation Zone at the LGA Annual Conference in Bournemouth (Tuesday 4–Thursday 6 July 2023).


The Innovation Zone is a vibrant and creative space within the LGA Annual Conference which hosts a variety of sessions and panel discussions where councils showcase new ideas and solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing local government.

The Innovation Zone is a hugely popular part of the LGA Annual Conference and provides an excellent opportunity for councils to showcase their ideas and achievements. 2022 was the Innovation Zone’s most successful year so far, enjoying huge attendance figures and coverage in national media.

The theme for the 2023 Innovation Zone is Challenge and change – and with this we are aiming to share excellent practice that all delegates can learn from and use to create tangible, positive impact in their own councils and communities.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to all councils (and organisations working with councils) with bold and innovative ideas to share.

We encourage applications from all regions, as well as from countries outside of the UK, and we are dedicated to ensuring that a diversity of experiences are represented in the programme.

Organisations who are not councils will need to deliver their sessions in collaboration with a council or councils they have worked with or supported.

Successful applicants will need to be available to join us in person at the Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH (map reference) and will be eligible for support in covering the cost of travelling to and attending the conference for the day they are presenting.

What are we looking for?

All applications are welcome and encouraged. We are particularly interested in showcasing innovative projects and ideas relevant to:

  • the cost of living crisis
  • digital and tech solutions
  • people services including adult and children’s social care
  • resettlement
  • climate change, net zero and promoting sustainability
  • developing and / or upskilling the local government workforce
  • economic growth and supporting communities
  • managing housing pressures.

Sessions should be as interactive as possible – so, please think about ways to tell your story creatively. You might want to use technology to do this, although this is not essential.

Sessions will need to be approximately 30 to 45 minutes in duration – and this should include time for questions.

Previous successful applications have focused on such wide-ranging subjects as preventing male suicide, new approaches to social housing, prejudice reporting for education, smart tech solutions to support vulnerable people, and joining up places.

Examples from the 2022 Innovation Zone


    Apply now

    Please note, applications will close on Monday 27 February 2023.

    Get in touch

    If you have any questions about the Innovation Zone, please email us at innovationzone@local.gov.uk

    If you are unsure if your idea is applicable or would like advice about writing your application, please get in touch – we'll be happy to help.