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Public Spend Forum: Girls Who Code and other news

10/08/2021 By


Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public buying everywhere. GovShop is its free-to-use global government market research tool for finding and connecting with suppliers. Read more from PSF and GovShop founder Raj Sharma here: Working towards a more open and accessible public sector marketplace – for suppliers and buyers.

And take a look at this LinkedIn post from Raj to get a feel for why he cares so much about Open Government Markets.

This week’s latest from PSF:

CISA x ‘Girls Who Code’ Partnership 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently announced a partnership with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology.

The partnership was formed in an effort to bring more talented women into the field to help defend against cyber threats. To do so, the partnership is raising awareness of careers in cybersecurity and technology and working with employers to build pathways for girls and women, especially those of color, to get experience in the field.

Read more here

Innovation Tech Showcase

The next showcase is October 14, 2021 3:00pm ‒ 3:30pm EDT

Speakers will be:
  • John Palmer, UV Sheltron CEO
  • Emily Del Beccaro, OpenField Co-Founder
  • Ashley Hamilton, Aiki CEO
  • Kevin Jones, JS Software

The ongoing GovShop Tech Pitch Showcase features 4 powerhouse entrepreneurs speed pitching their innovative tech products to government agencies in just 5 minutes.

Any Government official interested in lowering barriers to entry for emerging suppliers and who want to hear about innovative solutions for their department’s projects, will benefit from this short, sharp session. Equally, any company/supplier/vendor that wants to learn from peers about what makes a killer GovMarket tech pitch, will find this is 25 minutes very well spent.

The Tech Pitch Showcase is a no-cost platform for emerging and diverse companies to help them stand out in the GovMarket. Learn more and apply to present a pitch, here.

Register to join the next showcase here 

And in other news … 

Calls for Horizon Europe funding for PCP and PPI 2021-2022

17 inspiring sustainable building projects from across the world revealed for COP26 

NRO’s strategy to buy satellite imagery shaped by thriving commercial market

New guidelines by President of the Polish Public Procurement Office on tenders for computers for use by contracting authorities

Transport Network — New green procurement rules come into force

EU Commission to discuss common energy procurement for all members-Italy’s Draghi

Veritas Announces Public Sector Advisory Board

Volume of public procurements up more than €800 million last year

MOD Research Ethics Committee (MODREC) guidance for Suppliers

RISE and Circle Economy analyse Sweden’s state of circularity to drive the country’s circular transition


Interesting and useful material:

The GovShop Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) — is a one-stop-shop containing anything a small business would need to know to navigate public procurement in the United States, and beyond.

The 7 Principles for GovMarket Growth can be downloaded for free.

Meet Jack for a free GovShop demo

If you’d like to meet Jack from the GovShop customer success team, you can book a free consultation and demo to learn how to optimize your profile and get the most out of GovShop, the free government buyer/supplier matching and shortlisting database. From claiming your supplier profile and optimizing your keywords, to standing out in a crowded market and building your sales pipeline, email Jack to help.

Contact Public Spend Forum

Contact if you’d like to understand more about public procurement, the effect of the pandemic, where to find suppliers for a specific category, or any other burning issue you have.

PSF would also love to hear from you if you have a success story within your organization you’d like to share. If you’d like to share your opinions or insight on a public-procurement-relevant issue please see the Guest Author Guidelines here.