Tech Challenge 2017

Tech Challenge 2017North East development agency Invest South Tyneside is launching Tech Challenge, an exciting competition to discover the region’s most innovative digital solutions.

Tech Challenge, supported by BT, has been designed to discover innovative digital solutions focused on helping manufacturing companies solve key challenges within their business.

What is it all about?

As part of this competition, Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley is working with Invest South Tyneside to understand the challenges of the manufacturing sector in relation to “Industry 4.0” and factories of the future.

Research has highlighted a number of themes which run through many manufacturers, including:

  • data sharing – systems unable to “talk” to each other/lack of “open data”
  • benchmarking productivity
  • communications of key messages to staff
  • understanding the application of emerging technologies

In addition, there are the specific challenges which local manufacturing companies are looking for solutions to – view the Manufacturing Challenges to find out more.

Why get involved in Tech Challenge 2017?

This is an opportunity to win a fantastic £5,000 prize and 12 months’ free office space – but that is not all! Finalists will receive:

  • pitch training to help create relevant, confident and exciting pitches
  • the opportunity to network with other finalists and judges
  • introductions to manufacturers (potential customers)

Our aim is to showcase the region as innovative and efficient in developing technology solutions for the automotive and advanced manufacturing sectors. The development of the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in South Tyneside and Sunderland will create space for automotive, offshore, logistics and hi-tech organisations to locate their operations – and an ideal market for innovative companies with technology to support these sectors.

How to enter

Everyone in South Tyneside is welcome to submit their ideas – whether you’re an established business seeking a new market for your product or a new developer with a super clever idea!

Applications are open until Monday 27 February 2017. To find out more and to apply, click the link below.

Apply now