Yesterday more than 300 people from start-ups, SMEs and the biggest names in the IT sector came to Newcastle Civic Centre for the Dynamo Forum; a conference celebrating the booming IT, tech and digital community of the North East.
As proud sponsors we were thrilled to be part of the inaugural event that focused on positioning the North East as a major IT player and boosting the economy through the growth of tech and digital services and products.
A welcome from Dynamo chairman Charlie Hoult and Council Leader Nick Forbes was followed by a workshop and presentation filled day featuring some of the most renowned names within the industry, including Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah, TED prize winner Sugata Mitra and BBC business and technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.
With workshops for the day centred on the three key themes of collaboration, innovation and growth, topics included inward investment, exporting our talent and big data – with a focus on further developing IT skills and education, promoting the region’s strength externally and supporting research and development.
Attendees were proud, passionate and highly engaged with #Dynamo14 trending on Twitter. Tweets brimmed with the potential and opportunity for the North East to become recognised as a leading tech hub, bringing the benefits of a thriving job market and economic boost to the economy.
A matter close to our hearts as we work to provide superfast broadband to 97% of homes and businesses in Newcastle – this transformation of our digital infrastructure is set to boost the economy by £150 million – making us one of the UKs most super-connected cities.
As part of this programme, we’re providing businesses Connection Vouchers worth up to £3,000 for connecting to SuperFast broadband and a full business support programme to help Newcastle businesses harness the power of digital to deliver their products and services at scale, reaching more customers and new markets.
With over 30,000 ICT employees in the North East it is clearly a great place to do brilliant business, as summed up by Bob Paton, vice-chair of Dynamo in his closing remarks - from coal-mining to data-mining and VAT to virtual reality, the North East is a golden digital opportunity.