Exist Insight ISSUE 05

Exeter City Council backs city’s digital and tech communities

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Added: 27 September 2017

Exeter is fast becoming known for its thriving technology and digital sectors and Exeter City Council has taken further steps to uphold this, pledging its support to Digital Exeter and Tech Exeter CIC.

Digital Exeter and Tech Exeter are sister communities aimed at those who work in and around cutting-edge technology, bringing together like-minded people to support the sector’s growth in the city.

Run by Kris Sum and Rob J Glover, the organisation’s core responsibilities include co-ordinating regular events for the 2000+ community members, including free monthly meet-ups with lightning talks and networking sessions, as well as providing training, workshops and facilitating collaboration opportunities.

The team also runs an annual Tech Exeter conference, showcasing regional, national and international speakers who are experts in the field.

Rob J Glover said: “Our second Tech Exeter conference this year was bigger and better than ever. With over 150 delegates, 20 speakers and 3 tracks, it was a wonderful day of tech at the University of Exeter Business School. Highlights included talks from IBM, SAP, Oracle & ARM; VR experiences from The Met Office and lots of talk around Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.

“As organisers, we have been delighted to bring big name brands to Exeter to talk, as well as providing local tech professionals with the opportunity to talk at a conference; for many, this was their first high profile speaking gig."

Exeter City Council will be sponsoring and providing event organisation support to the community interest company to help enhance Exeter’s digital and technology scenes further, supporting business growth in the city and encouraging business relocation.

Councillor Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Economy at Exeter City Council said: “Exeter City Council is supporting and working with Tech Exeter on raising the profile of the digital & tech community in the city and improving skills within this sector.

“The City Council realises the significance of supporting this vitally important growing sector which in turn will improve the overall economy, productivity, job availability and the ambition to be a world-class leader in the technical sector.”

To find out more about Tech Exeter or Digital Exeter, visit www.techexeter.uk or www.digitalexeter.uk.

For more information about relocating a business to Exeter, visit www.investinexeter.co.uk  or follow @investinExeter on Twitter.

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