Originating from the North East games industry, the Immersive Technologies Sector in the region has grown to one of the most significant in the UK.
The North East has one of the most innovative, creative clusters outside of London. Businesses working in the field of Immersive Technologies, headquartered in the region and operating on a
Hedgehog lab has grown into a leading, world-class enterprise app designer / developer and post-PC technology consultant, offering official iOS and android, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Wearables.
Whilst, Zerolight have been using immersive technology, and in particular virtual reality, to build simulations for the automotive industry.
Businesses moving to North East England will join many others already based in our region, who are working on innovative applications of immersive technology across numerous industries such as manufacturing, education, retail and others.
The North East’s creative cluster has been supported by ground-breaking Research and Development facilities, and a highly skilled workforce that is continually expanded by a flow of sector-relevant university graduates.
Why Immersive Technology businesses choose to locate and invest in the North East
• Access to a substantial pool of highly skilled developers
• Five universities within the region that offer specialist courses in the immersive tech sector
• Superb business and innovation networks
• Outstanding facilities, office space and collaborative innovation hubs
Access to Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality global markets
Companies located in North East benefit from access to sectors renowned for adopting immersive technology solutions. The region has an innovative, advanced manufacturing and automotive sector already integrating robotics and AI in to its global operations, for example, Nissan; as well as a world-class subsea technology and engineering base.
Access to a highly-skilled workforce
The region has over 28,000 people employed in its ICT sector
Five universities in the North East ensure that the region is a source of talent, with each university offering innovative and specialist courses aimed at the Immersive Technology sector, focused on robotics and Artificial Intelligence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The North East Futures University Technical College (UTC), specialises in IT & Computing and Healthcare Sciences for 14 – 19 year olds. The college offers innovative ways of learning centred on specialist projects, and has private sector funding from Accenture, HP and Ubisoft.
Unrivalled business networks
VRTGO Labs is the UK’s first industry-led Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) centre of excellence that brings together VR and AR companies, academics and freelancers, to collaborate on the development and commercial application of these emerging technologies.
PROTO – The Emerging Technology Centre is Europe’s first dedicated centre for emerging technology, opened its doors in Gateshead in 2018 and provides access to specialist kit to create digital content. Soon it will form part of the National Innovation Centre for Immersive Technology, which will create commercial workspace, research and development lab space, as well as an immersive visitor attraction centre. The Immersive incubation hub opening early 2021 will support early stage businesses in the immersive and emerging technology sectors to scale.
The North East Tees Valley Immersive Lab is managed by Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley, and gives organisations of all sizes the opportunity to experience emerging content first hand. It helps them to understand the positive impact the technology is having, improving processes and efficiencies across many sectors. Access to the lab also extends to academic and research institutions that are interested in collaborating with industry, to understand and advise on market growth.
Sunderland Software City (SSC) is the delivery organisation for Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley (NETV). NETV supports businesses from across the region to explore the growth and adoption of advanced digital technologies and to educate on the potential impact this can have on productivity and performance. SSC offers innovation services both for technology startups and large businesses.
Dynamo is a volunteer-led group set up with the core mission to ‘Grow the North East IT Economy’ through collaboration, innovation and skills.
Digital Union is the largest network of Digital businesses across the North East. The network aims to represent the sector and provide flexible and adaptable business support.
North East England Works for Digital and Tech