Liverpool businesses abuzz at Digital Summit 2018

The dust has settled on this year’s Liverpool City Region Digital Summit and it’s been widely touted as having been the best yet.

Sponsored by Activate to celebrate its one-year launch anniversary, the event showcased the Liverpool City Region creative and digital sectors and gave the region’s businesses a chance to network and promote themselves. 

The summit which attracted over 230 creatives was held on Thursday 8th November at Hinterlands in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and was delivered by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Activate Business and Technology Manager Jonathon Clark said that, in addition to bringing local businesses together, it was “a chance to take stock of where the region’s creative and digital sector is & where we want to get to.” 

Speakers on the day include city region’s representatives, Cllr. Phil Davies, Portfolio Lead for Inclusive Growth, Economic Development, Digital and Innovation for Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, & Paul Corcoran, Co-chair of the Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative Board who outlined some of the exciting developments within the sector over the last 12 months.

Four Activate SMEs, Jade Parkinson-Hill from Steam School, Anthony Hagan from Aug-It, Lydia Jones from Housemates and Lee Ferguson Capture 4D, took to the stage to give first hand accounts of their experiences with the programme & how it has helped their growth.

The highlights of the day came in the form of keynote speaker Priya Lakhani OBE CEO of CENTURY Tech & Entertainment Vertical Lead at Facebook, Vanessa Bakewell who announced that Agent Academy and The Extraordinary Club have been selected by Freeformers and Facebook to deliver certified digital skills training in the North West of England. While Commissioning and Contract Manager at Liverpool City Council Ann Williams and Head of IOT in the UK for Vodafone Daniel Winn also presented.

Among the local businesses exhibiting in FACT’s Activate Show and Tell, meanwhile, were Push to Talk, the Studio, Temovi, Citrus Suite, DocuPostcards, the Extraordinary Club, Objocopier, Neurochampions, Scenegraph Studios and Aerodrums who provided unique insights into the ways creative entrepreneurs are harnessing digital technologies through Activate to develop exciting new products  and explore the potential for digital innovation within the games and music technology sector.

Guests also had the opportunity to attended technical workshops on the topics of Machine Learning & Digital Marketing, before the main event that provided practical advice for how the region’s SMEs can get to grips with emerging technologies from a variety of partner speakers.

The successful day closed with networking at a drinks reception sponsored by Barclays Eagle Labs.    

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