The room was full of energy at last night’s Dynamo North East event. They are held monthly but with all of the other things I have to attend I haven’t been able to make it for a while.
This time it was held at Northumbria University. I was running a little late as I had has to come from Meadowfield and the labyrinthine corridors of the Ellison building meant that the meeting was underway by the time I got there. I didn’t have time to say my customary hellos.
Charlie, who normally chairs, was on his way back from London so Bob took the meeting. He told us about the Digital Alliance, a proposed coming together of the various groups across the region that work in tech. It sounds like a great move forward and is something I need to be more involved in. There was another meeting I missed. He also got us up to speed with the UTC. This will be the first technical and Medical University Technical College in the country and is on track to open next year.
I spoke about the Executive Women into ICT course that Becky and I had worked on and how well it was going. Three of the mentors were in the room and my comments seem to resonate well with them. We also talked about this year’s conference, Dynamo 17 which will be held in Durham in July, which is something to look forward to.
After the meeting we trooped along to the Think Physics lab which is being renamed to UNStem, to highlight the need for more students to get into the interrelated STEM subjects, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Apparently 9% of engineers in the UK email which is the lowest in Europe.
Becky told us about The Apprentice levy and their student programme. There is still an enormous lack of awareness about this upcoming opportunity. All organisations, both big and small, should be making their plans now.
I also got to meet Amy who developed the Executive Women into ICT course and we are meeting again in a couple of weeks to talk about FDisrupters.
There is a lot going on.