With the emergence of GovTech Polska a new chapter begins for the relationship between public administration ad innovators. Poland joins countries such as Austria, Holy See, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore, United States and the UK who bravely harness the potential carried by innovative solutions to societal problems developed under the GovTech formula and in cooperation with innovative-minded individuals. The benefits are without measure – in the UK alone, opening the administration to this form of partnership has been estimated to have brought savings of GBP 3.5 billion.
How it all started
In 2017 the Polish fiscal administration was the first to embark on a search for talents and solutions using the tools characteristic for successful GovTech projects. As the first fiscal administration in history, it has offered innovators and programmers cooperation on a series of challenges related to combating fraud during a stationary hackathon. The result exceeded all expectations and led to the development and launch of a digital solution used by the revenue administration in their struggle against fraudsters and organized crime.
The success of the Ministry of Finance’s initiative has inspired the government to take advantage of the new trends in service to the public. This has led to the proposal to expand the GovTech formula to encompass additional departments of central and local governments. To achieve this, on May 29th 2018, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has officially announced the launch of the GovTech Polska initiative.
“I hope that involving companies that possess advanced technical and algorithmic tools and mindsets into the workings of public administration will yield many small breakthroughs, allowing us to bring our technological development to a new level. ~ Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The GovTech Polska initiative, organized under the auspices of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister has been joined by five ministries. Four of them, including the Ministry of Finance will present their challenges in November 2018.” – announced at the inauguration of the program Premier Mateusz Morawiecki.
Winners of the Ministry of Finance contest on the new govtech track
- Participating in the competition made me understand how big of a role modern technology and employing open-minded experts play in the workings of the Ministry. It is truly a wonderful experience, being able to present your own way to solve one of the key problems the Government is facing, and later see it turn into reality as something having a measurable impact on Poland’s economic development. [Karolina Suślik]
- We have met a number of professionals in the Ministry of Finance, who made us realise that the traditional approach to verifying fiscal declarations are no longer sufficient. Only after having worked with them we were able to see the full scale of taxation fraud and how it influences our daily lives. I am glad to have been able to tackle it somehow.[Zbyszek Wieczorek]
- As a software house we are accustomed to having challenges thrown at us by our customers. During MinFinTech, after being faced with the number and magnitude of obstacles standing before our revenue administration, we have decided to put our experience to a use in service of a good cause and take on the Ministry of Finance’s challenge. It was an amazing adventure, an emotional rollercoaster and – above all perhaps – loads of fun! We cannot wait for the next set of challenges from the whole spectrum of public administration GovTech Polska has in store for us. We wholeheartedly recommend everyone to come and try them out for themselves. [Maja Schaefer]