LEADING figures from the UK’s technology sector will descend on Tyneside in June for a major conference.
A host of big names from the IT world will join academics, business leaders and politicians for the third annual Dynamo conference.
The event has become a hotly-anticipated event in the IT calendar and this year is being hosted by Northumbria University. The conference is a key project of Dynamo, an industry-led initiative to promote and grow the region’s tech sector.
Dynamo was set up in 2013 by Opencast Software Chair Charlie Hoult and Accenture’s Bob Paton, and is made up of IT organisations and employers, technology hubs, universities, colleges and local government. It provides a focal point for the sector, promoting it within the region and nationally.
This year’s event is on Thursday, June 23, and its theme will be North East Tech: Strength in Depth, with a special focus on women in the sector.
IT entrepreneur turned philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley will be the headline speaker. Dame Stephanie arrived in the UK in 1939 as a Kindertransport child refugee from Germany. She started what became Xansa plc on her dining room table with £6 in 1962 and developed it into a leading technology group, pioneering new work practices and furthering the cause of professional women in the IT industry.
Other speakers will include Alex Depledge, CEO and co-founder of online cleaning marketplace HASSLE.com, and Giselle Stewart OBE, Director of Corporate Affairs at interactive entertainment business Ubisoft. Giselle is also a vice-chair at Dynamo.
More speakers and discussion panelists will be confirmed closer to the event, and broadcaster Wendy Gibson will compere the conference.
A pre-conference Dynamo careers event – Get Into IT – for careers advisers and teachers will also be hosted at Northumbria University on Wednesday, June 22.
And the following week, June 27 and 28, Dynamo North East will be part of the Big Bang North East Fair, a free programme of events designed to get young people aged 7-19 excited about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in the world of work.
Charlie Hoult, who as well as chairing Dynamo is the owner of Hoults Yard business centre, said the conference was now an event of real significance:
Stuart Lynn, Sage’s Executive Vice President for Product Delivery in Europe, said:
Mark Larsen, Managing Director for Accenture’s Newcastle Delivery Centre, said:
The conference is being organised by BeaconHouse events on behalf of Dynamo.
Dynamo 16 is open to anyone interested in IT and technology, whether from the public or private sectors, with early bird tickets now available at www.dynamonortheast.co.uk