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Hull’s Digital Scene Is Thriving


Hull’s Digital Scene Is Thriving

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There’s so much to celebrate when it comes to Hull’s digital and tech community.

According to the recent Tech Nation report, the city has become an attractive destination for startups, as well as helping the country to cement its position as the digital capital of Europe.

In the past three years alone, jobs in digital have risen 15% in the area.

As more and more businesses pop up, it’s likely that this number will continue to grow in the next few years.

On top of this, the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) – aka our second home – has recently been recognised as a ‘beacon for technology’.

“People’s lives are touched every single day by digital businesses based in Hull,” David Keel, Chair of C4DI, enthused at the Hull Business Women’s Breakfast Club at The Deep Business Centre earlier this year.

Keel then went on to explain how C4DI has secured its place as one of the top ten tech sites outside of London.

Hull Digital Awards 2017 – Digitull wins Best Use of Technology Within Education. Photo credit: C4DI.

In just over a month’s time, the region’s best tech talent is set to be rewarded at the Hull Digital Awards.

Hosted at the brand new Hull Venue (recently rebranded as Bonus Arena), the awards boast 11 categories, spanning from Best Mobile App to Best Emerging Technology.

Last year, Mattix Design Ltd was shortlisted for Best Digital Startup, whilst Director Matt Wildbore was in the running for Young Digital Person of the Year.

It’ll be great to see who’s in line for a plaque at this year’s ceremony.

Every year, the Awards present a unique opportunity to find out the amazing work that has been taking place within the city.

At 2017’s event, we enjoyed discovering some amazing new startups, such as Moodbeam, Happy Goon and BIMsense, whilst also hearing about the inspiring work of established firms, such as ARCO and APD Communications.

Hull Digital Awards - Moodbeam
Hull Digital Awards 2017 Moodbeam wins Best Emerging Technology. Photo credit: C4DI.

This year, there is also an evening prior to the main awards ceremony specially dedicated to young people who are already making their mark on the area’s digital landscape.

The Junior Digital Awards encourage pupils from schools in Hull and the East Riding to embark on a digital career. We can’t support this new programme enough; it’s so important to engage the next generation and welcome them with open arms into this distinct digital hub.

If you would like to nominate your business or another person for a Hull Digital Award, you can do so via their website until Sunday 5 August 2018.

In the meantime, tickets for the event are available at £35 per person, which includes a drinks reception, street food and entertainment. You can purchase one by calling 01482 315300.