Manchester has trail blazed a host of technological achievements, including perhaps most significantly, 'Baby' - the world's first computer program, born out of research at the University of Manchester in 1948.
The city today is looking to the future with an established hub for IT and digital businesses which are home to a number of the world's leading technology companies including Cisco, IBM and Microsoft, as well as innovative smaller companies which aim to make their mark on the digital world.
MediaCityUK in Manchester is Europe's first purpose-built business hub for the creative and digital industries. Connected to one of the most advanced communications networks in the world, the infrastructure and supply chain opportunities as well as the innovative and high-tech community are attracting a number of digital companies to choose MediaCityUK as their home. www.mediacityuk.co.uk
Other digital and tech-based initiatives include The Sharp Project; a unique development which provides an eco-system that allows businesses the freedom to let 'ideas' play the lead role in success. With low costs and flexible office space, the Sharp Project is home to a cluster of digital businesses from start-ups to established organisations. www.thesharpproject.co.uk
Higher Education institutes include the University of Manchester - the first university in the UK to offer an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, borne out of it being the home to some of the greatest IT pioneers; Kilburn, Williams, Newman and Turing.
Meanwhile, the neighboring University of Salford has opened a dedicated campus at MediaCityUK; the new home of the BBC in the north of England. Students here have access to world class facilities with a huge industry hub on their doorstep, creating closer ties between fresh-thinking graduates and innovative companies.
Manchester is encouraging international IT and digital companies to take advantage of the unique opportunities available in Manchester by offering a soft-landing service to businesses interested in establishing a base within the city.
MIDAS, Manchester's Inward Investment Agency, will be explaining more about Manchester's exciting technology cluster and the opportunities available to businesses at a seminar within the Information Centre at CeBIT on Wednesday 7th March at 10am.
The seminar will highlight topics including:
- Opportunities arising from the opening of the Media Enterprise Centre at MediaCityUK, an international hub for research into digital media markets and technologies
- MediaCityUK's infrastructure and how this links into opportunities in IPTV
- How the BBC and ITV are adapting to meet the needs of a new digital world – including a look at the ground-breaking work of BBC's FM&T department, which is now based in Manchester
- Salford University's advanced workflow platforms
- Hello Manchester – Manchester's softlanding scheme for international businesses