Over 350 delegates from the region’s leading and growing IT and Software companies, Local Councils, Specialist professional services, Universities and other related industry attended Dynamo 16 on Thursday 23rd June. This was the third annual conference organised by Dynamo North East and hosted at the University of Northumbria.
Since it’s first conference in 2013, the IT sector in the North East has grown to be a core driver of the region’s economy. Anterprises large and small focused on growth and collaboration – From Ubisoft, Accenture, BT, Procter & Gamble and Nissan through to independent firms such as Orange Bus, Scott Logic, Bede Gaming and Perfect Image.
This year, Dynamo welcomed keynote speakers Dame Stephanie Shirley (workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur) and MP Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. Other key speakers included MP Guy Opperman, Alex Depledge (entrepreneur and Found of Hassle.com) and Nick Bell (VP of content at Snapchat).
Prof Paul Watson led the morning session looking at how the £30 million Smart Data Institute could transform local IT companies by bringing together industry, the public sector and world-leading academics. NISDI will develop skills, ideas and resources needed to exploit offered by the explosion in digital data.
Following the introduction of the institute, a Q & A addressed questions from the audience. Dynamo’s Vice Chair Neil Hemming, Rob Hamilton of Newcastle City Council, Barry Hodgson of the Digital Institute and the Cloud Innovation Centre’s Steve Caughey led the panel. The announcement of NISDI was well received by the audience and echoed the conference theme of Strength in Depth.
Newcastle is already home to one of the fastest growing digital clusters in the country. By providing world-class facilities and expertise all under one roof, NISDI will act as a beacon for Smart Data innovation
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