Location, location, location

How do you know if your region is doing well or not? How do you know if a particular sector is successful? These are the questions I was trying to answer when I fell into the wonderful world of economic data. I was looking at the digital sector in a part of the North East. … Continue reading Location, location, location

Broader broadband

I'm not involved in the Digital Durham programme as much as I used to be, at least not in the direct provision of broadband. This is testament to the great work that the team is doing back at World Headquarters. They don't need me to poke my nose in. I was reminded at the board … Continue reading Broader broadband

Talking the tech industry up

I had the pleasure of attending the #NewcastleGateshead Digital Sector Mapping event at the Toffee Factory this morning.  I had never been there before.  The event was to launch a report on the tech scene in the region.  I’d contributed to the report, in part by pointing out that the North East is more than … Continue reading Talking the tech industry up

Smart Stanley again

Smart Stanley seems to be going well.  The idea is to have a number of small projects that use digital to enhance the experience of the town for everyone that lives there, works there or is a visitor.  We made a major breakthrough with the launch of the web site a few weeks back.  Daniel … Continue reading Smart Stanley again

Opening data

I think I’m finally beginning to win the argument over open data.  It has been a long haul and there are many sceptics.  They are quite right to be so, as it’s very hard to prove the benefits of opening up data for all to see.  Some projects have done it very well and are … Continue reading Opening data

Judging the competition

You would think that judging a competition is easy, well let me tell you that you would be wrong.  When I was asked to chair the panel for this year’s Dynamites 16, the North East Technology Awards event, I thought that it would be a piece of cake.  I mean how hard can it be?  … Continue reading Judging the competition

Creative and artistic work

I have come to admire artists, those who can see things that others can’t, those who can create beauty from oil on canvas, clay or marble and those who can challenge our perceptions and help us to see life in a different way. I don’t know much about the art world however, yet I finally … Continue reading Creative and artistic work