The Sharp Project debate asks: “What does Manchester need to do become a global, digital, tech startup City?’”

The Campus by Mark Waugh

On Thursday 17th May, The Sharp Project is hosting a debate ‘Manchester – a Tech City?’ in association with TechHub, The Next Web and Manchester Digital.

A FutureEverything fringe event, Event 004 will feature experts from the world of digital technology including Martin Bryant, managing editor of The Next Web and Elizabeth Varley, co-founder and CEO of London’s TechHub alongside Sharp Project tenants Global Tech and AppLearn, chaired by Ian Aspin, journalist, speaker, and blogger and Professor of Ideas for Really Good Thinking.

The panel will discuss whether Manchester is ready to be at the forefront of the UK’s key emerging sector. The panel will ask what Manchester needs to do to encourage the next generation of startups to base themselves in the city.

Rose Marley, Manager of The Sharp Project said “Our panel of experts will be asking some tough and probing questions about how prepared the city is for the technological revolution that is upon us. Investment and development in connectivity, resources and education have created the opportunity for the city to compete at the forefront of the UK’s key emerging new sector. Not only do startups need to base themselves in Manchester but SMEs with potential, and talented graduates need to stay, too – so what do we need to do to promote this?”

Martin Bryant, Managing Editor of The Next Web said: “This is a great opportunity for people in the tech sector to come together and discuss their future and the future of the city. New tech 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.  We need to examine what can be done to develop the means, tools and environments where startups and business growth will flourish.  Manchester has so much potential to be top of the game and it needs to ensure the potential is realised.”

Elizabeth Varley, co-founder and CEO of TechHub (based in Silicon Roundabout area of London’s Shoreditch) commented “we are keen to see what the appetite is like for a TechHub in Manchester and looking forward to an evening at The Sharp Project to discuss.”

Event 004 ‘Manchester – A Tech City?’ takes place from 6-9pm.  For more details click here . Places are strictly limited.

To enquire about this event and to book a place email events@thesharpproject.co.uk Entry is free to The Campus members, Sharp Project tenants and FutureEverything delegates. The panel discussion will be followed by followed by networking in The Campus

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.

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