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Friday 19 July 2024
19/07/2024

Author name: Jamie Hardesty

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North East Tech in 2024 so far

For the last five years I have been the Editor of the Newcastle Tech Digest, a free weekly newsletter covering and championing tech sector news, events and insights from across North East England.  Much potential exists in our region’s technology sector, there’s certainly enough going on to be excited about. Though, perhaps due to its …

Hope for women in tech, come what May

Before International Women’s Day earlier this year, I wrote a piece for The QT addressing the lack of female representation in the North East’s high-growth tech sector. “It isn’t impossible to be a female tech founder in the North East but it is unusual,” was one of my many observations. In the article, I bemoaned …

Developing a fascination for tech meetups

“What’s that, like?” I asked, bewildered. I’d just been invited to a dev meetup but I didn’t really know what that meant. Working late in the office one evening, around a decade or so ago, the digital platform I was writing for was having a series of technical difficulties. Staying late to fix the problem with …

Finding an exit to enter tech’s world stage

As the Premier League season draws to a close, Newcastle United are battling at the top end of the table, hoping to secure a European qualification place.  Since the Saudi-led takeover of the club in late 2021, the black-and-white army’s fortunes have been transformed. Opportunity, ambition and momentum exist.  Cities thrive when they’re winning.  I …

Feeding at tech’s top table

It’s official, people: we’re firmly in the tech calendar’s busy season. Won’t someone please think of the writers incapable of resisting fancy award show puddings? This quarter saw the launch of UK Tech Week, while the North East’s very own tech festival TechNExt will return in June. Before then, in May, the region will enjoy …

More than a match for our tech friends in the North

I’m enjoying the articles I’m reading in The QT each week. With enhanced devolution fast approaching, there’s rightly a lot of speculation and concern relating to how we get the most out of the opportunity. What’s interesting is the commonality of attitudes I’m seeing, irrespective of which sector commentators hail from.  It seems most of …

Strength of immersive tech is a reality

“Immersive technology is the future and the future is in Gateshead,” they said. Well, one of them said it and they always say things, don’t they?  It was a chilly, wet and windy morning in November 2017 when I first entered Proto, the emerging technology centre based in Gateshead’s Baltic Business Quarter.  The rain had …

Insight into our data dilemma

In my column for The QT last week I explored where the North East’s tech sector fits into the wider narrative of a region set to embrace deeper devolution.  In the piece I talked about how we must assess the size of the sector and understand the strength of its constituent parts if we are …

Don’t tell me the North East tech story, show me!

Whenever I go to leading UK tech events, be it in London or elsewhere around the nation, two questions are often thrown at me: “What are the North East’s tech strengths?” and, unless I’m in Scotland: “What tech companies have you got up there?” While the questions, the latter especially, could be considered ignorant or …

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