Digital Mission Observer Programme Launches with Washington Trip

Through the Looking Glass by Jon McGovern

The recently announced Digital Mission Observer Programme launched this week, with the trip to Washington, DC. The programme was designed specifically to offer opportunities for staff in larger corporates, professional services firms and academia a chance to benefit from the Digital Mission series.

Amongst the observers joining the DC trip is Louise Eldridge (@fieldhead) from London law firm, Finers Stephens Innocent LLP. She said,

"We're excited to be part of the mission and the observer programme affords both companies and individuals the opportunity to engage with the companies selected and learn about their drivers and to better understand how to help facilitate their growth".

The agenda includes a mixture of briefings, masterclass, speed networking, VIP reception and evening events with the US Dept of State, Microsoft, Deloitte, the State of Maryland with more to be announced shortly. Across the week-long trip there'll be opportunities to meet representatives from across the spectrum of the DC digital and governmental scene from departments to NGOs to startups and social innovators.

Why join a Digital Mission as an Observer?

  • Intensive week-long trip to discover the challenges and opportunities of overseas digital markets
  • Dramatically increase market knowledge and expertise
  • Unprecedented access to leading UK digital firms taking part in Digital Mission
  • Extend network of contacts overseas across multiple organisations, government, etc.
  • Staff development - more hands-on, more impact than attending a conference
  • Build relationships between country offices within an organisation

The key difference between joining the mission as a full member and an observer, is that the observers won’t be included in speed pitching events and publicised as an attending company.

What’s the Cost?

The aim of the Digital Mission is to support SMEs in developing their overseas business, through a subsidised week-long programme that turbocharges their efforts.

Observers will also be asked to cover the cost of their place on the trip, that supports our aim to provide a subsidised service to SMEs joining the Digital Mission and reflects that actual costs of organisation and the size of their organisation. Companies participating in the programme are asked for a contribution towards costs that supports this aim.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and fees, although we are working with a specialist travel agent to provide a discounted flight/hotel package.

How do I Join?

To join the Digital Mission as an Observer drop an missionatchinwag [dot] com (email) or call us on +44 (0)20 7183 2923. 

Can I Host an Event/Sponsor?

The Digital Missions are only possible with financial support from sponsors, which enables high quality events whilst keeping the trip cost effective for the fast-growing organisations attending, a number of options are available, missionatchinwag [dot] com (drop us a line) for further information.

Photo (cc) Jon McGovern.