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Digital technology is transforming businesses across Norfolk. The advanced engineering, manufacturing and energy sectors are embracing Industry 4.0 ideas to revolutionise products and processes. Scientists on Norwich Research Park and agri-tech businesses on our enterprise zones are using drones, remote sensors and big data to improve crop yields. While financial services companies are developing new fin-tech services such as mobile e-commerce and cashless payments.
Norfolk’s digital community centres on Norwich. The city has featured as a fast growing cluster in all four Tech Nation reports since 2015. Here you’ll find specialists in everything from digital marketing and software development, through web and industrial design (particularly user experience and design thinking) to cyber security and AI. There is also a thriving community of <independent games developers>.<link to creative sector page>
The UK Tech Innovation Index 2017 ranked Norwich 19th out of 36 UK cities. A key success driver is the steady stream of talented graduates from the city’s two excellent universities. Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) specialises in creative arts and design, including digital media, games and UX. The School of Computing Sciences at the UEA supports the development of skilled data scientists and software engineers.
Both universities, along with local authorities and leading business networks, collaborate with a range of knowledge sharing organisations in Norwich and across Norfolk. Some of these are Meetup groups, started by founders of local digital businesses as a way of giving back to the community. They include:
SyncNorwich – 1,500+ tech and business members, regular events and a 54-hour start-up hackathon.
Norfolk Developers – 1,200+ coders and developers, numerous events including the nor(DEV): conference.
Digital East Anglia – 690+ enthusiasts, using LoRaWAN technology to build distributed IoT data networks.
Data Science Norfolk – 200+ data science researchers and practitioners.
TechEast –“leads, connects and accelerates” the East of England’s tech sector. Drives knowledge sharing across industry, stimulates innovation and skills development, and supports high-potential companies.
TechVelocity – the East of England’s first dedicated, not-for-profit, digital and tech accelerator. Brings together mentors, investors and innovators to grow “explosively scalable” early stage businesses.
Make the connection – contact Locate Norfolk today.