#TechNorth. #digitalnorth. #northernpowerhouse.
The resurgence last month in twitter activity (3805720 views, 1007 contributors, 1480+ tweets) for these handles alone in the last week) around the North’s technology sector is symptom of the region’s growing digital status. A recent Tech Nation Report 2016 stated that digital workers in Leeds earn more than anyone else in the North, closely followed by Manchester, Newcastle & Durham, Liverpool, Sheffield and Rotherham. The digital sector is now estimated to be worth a whopping £1.7billion to the region with which has seen unprecedented growth levels of up to 10x between 2012 and 2015 some cases of non-digital/tech related jobs;
Newcastle & Durham 27%
Change is afoot
Whilst London and the M4 corridor STILL attract both highest paid and largest % of tech jobs anywhere in the UK, a regional change is afoot and how to best harness this digital shift is a topic that’s trending up and down the country.
The NorthernPowerHouse’s own report recommended the need to “Establish digital immersion events” – Public Service teams should consider organizing events with nearby tech communities in order to share procurement knowledge and better understand local needs and strengths”
Collective Commercial Clout
With a view to fomenting the collective commercial clout of local tech communities, regional public service delivery teams, local and global digital industrials as well representatives from government Jisc Communications are bringing to Sheffield Town Hall their first Digital Enterprise 2020 conference, on the 30th and 31st of January 2017.
More than a tech meet up and a long way from the faceless multi tech vendor marketplaces of a regular IT gatherings, Enterprise 2020 will drive relevant business discussions rather than sponsor plenaries on products. Jisc Communications is seeking to bring together at Enterprise 2020 a core group of people serving the Public Sector in the North of England to drive discussions around the “what ifs” and the “if onlys” of a Digital economy.
Digitzed Citizen Centric Support
If you are tasked with delivering digitized citizen centric support that meet the Digital and Cloud First Agendas then Enterprise 2020 asks you to register to share, understand and discuss with peers how you can work with both Global and Local technology businesses and SME’s to create the digital services and solutions needed for today’s citizens.
The day will include digital perspectives from:
Industry Thought Leaders
Digital Market Makers Meet
Enterprise 2020 is about bringing together – the digital market makers of the North – to discuss the technology of today, tomorrow and more importantly to understand where to innovate and meet the unique requirements of the public sector. We’ll discuss recommendations from the NorthernPowerHouse:
- Making the North a testbed for experimental tech
- Creating a ‘Procurement Powerhouse’
- Pooling the resources of university outreach teams
Register for free at www.digitalgovevents.org.uk – shape the Public Sector digital debate in Sheffield
Jisc Commercial supports opportunities for digital communities across the country to execute against the Powerhouse recommendations. The group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jisc and seeks to bring the benefits of Janet (a universally recognized super network formally the preserve of universities and research organizations) to entities organizations within government. The shared digital platform they promote is the ALTERNATIVE NETWORK powers a market place of Government approved suppliers on the many Crown Commercial Services frameworks.
For more information on the event visit: www.digitalgovevents.org.uk/