Digital Southend Working Group

A collaborative group of advocates and activists, helping to develop and promote Southend as a leading location for the digital and creative sectors.

Local Events

 

Southend Digital Professionals monthly meetup
Thursday 7th December 7pm – 9pm+
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
Networking and a Talk – “Digital Education”
(over 18s only due to sponsored beers)
Booking and more details here .
Meetups continue on the first Thursday of the month.

Monthly Makerspace meetup
Sat 16th December 11am – 4pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
More info click here.

Southend Tech Fest
Sunday 4th March 2018
Details tbc.
Inspirational event for all ages and abilities – showcasing local tech companies, hardware/software projects, interesting talks and skills workshops. See photos from last year.
Contact us if you would like to take part.

Southend on Sea Linux User Group
Monday evenings 7pm-late
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
Drop in meetup for Linux uses with occasional events.

 

Organisations

Blatella – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
City Fibre – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Cultural Engine – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Digital Exploration Trust – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Echo Changes – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Essex Employment and Skills Board – Website,  Facebook,   Twitter , LinkedIn …
Focal Point Gallery – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Metal – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
My Town Southend – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Olympus Keymed – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Onecom – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Primary Image – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
South Essex College – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
South Essex Teaching School Alliance Trust – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Southend Borough Council – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Southend Tech – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
The Hive – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
University of Essex – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …
Ventrica – Website,  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn …

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Points of discussion :

Skills and Education: Bringing education at all levels closer to businesses in the digital and creative sectors, supporting placements, internships and apprenticeships, product development and research together with local tech events (such as Raspberry Jams)

– Communication between all of the players working in the Digital Tech sectors including business to business networking, links between academia and business….making sure everyone knows what is going on and sharing successful stories

– Place Making and Branding: Collectively telling the story of how Southend is emerging as a digital and creative tech centre, supporting this through promotions/branding (as other areas have done including Silicon South) and linking to wider quality of life offer in Southend

– Sharing information on infrastructure improvements that can underpin a strong digital tech sector

– Helping Southend Council and other partners to develop proposals, programmes and opportunities (including Smart Cities) that may bring in funding to support the development of digital tech in the area (a specific example of the Thames Estuary Production Corridor was shared by Metal at the meeting)

– Identifying, in partnership with Southend Council, opportunities for local micro and SME businesses to engage with innovative uses of ‘Big Data’ and secure contracts and commissions on digital projects and programmes (local supply chains)

– Communities and Social Benefit: Ensuring that our charities have the digital capability to thrive and that our citizens are supported to gain the benefits of digital technology