Digital & Creative

The City Region has an exceptional array of nationally and internationally significant Digital & Creative assets.

 

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Foremost among these is the STFC Hartree Centre at SciTech Daresbury, which houses the most powerful supercomputer in the UK dedicated to industrial R&D. This is at the forefront of creating the next generation of data-intensive science and big data systems that will be required by, and are capable of transforming, industry and the wider world, hence the designation of big data as one of the “Eight Great Technologies”.

In Summer 2015, a new £113 million Government investment in the Hartree Centre was announced, plus £200 million from IBM, involving the deployment of its Watson cognitive computing platform and siting of its first cognitive computing research centre in the UK. This is on top of both the Intel Parallel Computing Centre, plus the UK’s first Power Design & Acceleration Centre, also at SciTech Daresbury, one of the UK’s national science and innovation campuses.

These capabilities are complemented by research excellence at the University of Liverpool, which was ranked 1st in the UK (2014 REF) for “world leading and internationally excellent” outputs in computer sciences and informatics, while Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is 8th for the impact of its Big Data publications, with 17% in the global top 10% (Witty Review).

The LCR’s creative and digital SME base represents both a major asset in its own right and a pivotal platform for future growth. Indeed, Liverpool is one of only three significant Internet of Things (IoT) clusters in the UK (Sir Mark Walport’s 2014 review) and the UK’s 2nd fastest growing digital and creative cluster (TechNation, 2015), and boasts a range of other key assets:

  • notable strengths across the creative industries – particularly in games development, film and video, TV, music, and design, with a particular concentration in the Baltic Triangle
  • FACT – one of the UK’s leading media arts centres
  • an active e-health cluster and the largest scale deployment of health technology for a single economy in Europe (EU Commission)
  • the AIMES N3 data storage facility at Wavertree Technology Campus
  • “Sensor City” – one of the first sensor technology incubators in the world – plus the “Materials Innovation Factory” – the intended global leader in computer-aided materials science & discovery – both under construction and opening in 2017.

A tech sector foresighting study will be commissioned to inform other smart specialisation focused priorities, while other key initiatives in development include, a digital accelerator and commercialisation vehicle linked to the Hartree Centre, potential Institute of Technology, Virtual LCR “in silico” simulation tool, and the provision of more workspace at both SciTech Daresbury and the Baltic Triangle.

 

Digital and Creative Board

Paul Corcoran

Agent Marketing

Ian Finch

Mando Group

Amanda Follit

Amaze

Evan Grant

IBM

Jazz Hanley

Tech North

Malcolm Hill

Telefonica UK Ltd (O2)

Paul Hornby

Shop Direct

Timothy Nichol

Liverpool John Moores University

Lee Omar

Red Ninja

Katherine Robertson

STFC SciTech Daresbury

Cathy Skelly

Liverpool Vision

Chelsea Slater

Liverpool Girl Geeks Ltd.

John Whaling

Liverpool City Region LEP

Jo Wright

FACT - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology