Event 004 Manchester, a Tech City?




Click here for a feature on #event004 by Charlie Hankers

2012 sees Manchester ideally placed to be the national engine for digital growth. Investment and development in connectivity, including the Urban Broadband Fund, resources and education have created the opportunity for the city to compete at the forefront of the UK’s key emerging new sector.

But for this to happen, the next generation of startups need to be encouraged to base themselves in the city. SMEs with potential, and talented graduates need to stay, too.

These new businesses will need not just ideas, but the means and networks to develop them. Without the right environment, they could struggle to survive, let alone succeed.

So what can be done to develop the means, tools and environments where startups and business growth will flourish?


Featuring speakers:
Martin Bryant   [ The Next Web ]
Elizabeth Varley    [ TechHub ]
Andrew Mullett [ Global Tech ]
Andrew Barlow [ AppLearn ]
Shaun Fensom [ Manchester Digital ]
The panel will be moderated by Ian Aspin [ Really Good Thinking ]

& more speakers TBC

Hosted by The Sharp Project in association with TechHub, TheNextWeb & Manchester Digital

A panel discussion followed by networking in The Campus.

Thursday May 17th 2012
@The Sharp Project
Thorp Road, Manchester, M40 5BJ
Free entry to FutureEverything delegates, Campus members & Sharp Project tenants
Places are strictly limited, available via events@thesharpproject.co.uk

Event 004 is part of FutureEverything

FutureEverything is an annual festival of art, music and ideas hosted in Manchester, UK. The festival is held over four days at venues across the city and includes a conference at MOSI Museum of Science and Industry.

We scan the horizon of art, innovation, society and the environment to create a two-day conference of international speakers with the latest thinking on the hottest topics. The art exhibition pushes the boundaries of contemporary digital art from international platforms alongside a digital craft fair at Victoria Baths. And continuing the festival into the night, the music strand is a celebration of sonic pioneers, from the best emerging talent to established musicians who continue to innovate and inspire.

FutureEverything 2012 takes place Wed 16–Sat 19 May 2012 in Manchester city centre. It features 52 artists, 45 musicians and 70 speakers across 11 venues over three main days with exhibitions and partner events extending over 3 weeks.

Manchester Digital represents the thriving digital sector in the North West of England. It’s based on the simple idea that by working together we can make Manchester and the North West an even better place for Digital Business. It’s a not-for-profit association run by and for its member businesses.

Manchester Digital runs events that bring members together where they can learn and do business – and the flagship Big Chip awards – the biggest outside London.

Members can post news, jobs, information on events and business opportunities on the well-used website. Manchester Digital has over two thousand followers on LinkedIn and on Twitter.

All members agree to a code of practice and a listing in the new Manchester Digital Roster is backed by client references and helps build trust.

Visit www.manchesterdigital.com to learn more