Digital Southend Working Group

Southend on Sea Borough Council has convened a working group with the Southend Business Partnership to guide the council’s Smart City strategy.

It’s a cross sector collaborative group of advocates and activists helping to develop and promote Southend as a leading location for the digital and creative sectors.

Southend Tech has attended every meeting representing digital skills events, hackathons, digital arts, Code Clubs/CoderDoJos and the local creative and digital tech industries.

 

Organisations

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