June was a big month for North East digital firms with much of the recent buzz focusing around the Dynamo 2015 Conference. Attended by more than 600 delegates from some of the region’s most exciting and fast-growing tech businesses, the conference was also the platform upon which Dynamo announced its vision for a £95 million Northern Institute for Technology and Business Exchange.

With a growing number of tech start-ups in the region, the drive is hoped to cement the North East’s position as leaders in digital technology, IT and software.

The event welcomed Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, who shared his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities within the North East as Keynote speaker, before a number of other thought leaders including our CEO Ed Bartlett led discussions on specific areas of interest.

Ed’s talk on digital construction and real estate touched on the scale of the opportunity for the tech community in the property industry. He also highlighted the importance of collaboration between tech providers in delivering cohesive, integrated solutions that could signal a clear step forward for the built asset sector.

Attendees at the seminar included utilities providers, government representatives and cloud services providers.

Of the event, Ed said:

“It was great to see so many delegates from such a range of businesses attending. My highlights included seeing Sage CEO Stephen Kelly’s keynote speech and also some impressive insights from business journalist and BBC presenter Steph McGovern.

“I think the announcement about the plans for the ‘Institute of Technology’ was great. For Kykloud, this is less about focusing on the North East and more about a more general growth of the tech industry in the UK. We should be incredibly proud of those businesses we produce and support them to achieve within the global market.

“Overall there is real positivity about the tech community in the North East and UK in general, and we are proud to be part of what is a growing, diverse industry.”