Born from the North East games industry, the Immersive Tech Sector in the region has grown to one of the most significant in the UK.
North East England has one of the most innovative creative clusters outside of London. With a growing creative digital and technology sector, the region is home to some of the world’s most internationally renowned global players in Immersive Technologies, including ZeroLight, Hammerhead VR, Hedgehog Labs and Coatsink. The region boasts ground-breaking R&D facilities and a highly skilled, loyal workforce fed by an excellent flow of sector-relevant university graduates. The region also offers unrivalled access to key sectors utilising immersive technology solutions.
Why firms choose to invest in North East England
• Access to a large talent pool of developers
• Specialist university courses designed for the immersive tech sector
• Unrivalled access to business networks
• High quality office accommodation and collaborative innovation hubs
Access to markets utilising immersive technology VR and AR
Companies located in North East England benefit from having access to strong sectors renowned for adopting immersive technology solutions. North East England has an innovative advanced manufacturing and automotive sector already integrating robotics and AI in to their operations, as well as a world class subsea technology and engineering base.
Unbeatable skills availability
Five universities in North East England ensure the region is a hot bed for talent and skills, with each university offering innovative and specialist courses aimed at the Immersive Technology sector. In 2016/2017 there were over 40 courses offered in the North East that concentrated on robotics and Artificial Intelligence at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The new North East Futures University Technical College (UTC) opening in 2018 will specialise in IT & Computing and Healthcare Sciences. It will offer innovative ways of learning for 14-19 year olds centred around specialist projects which will bring learning to life and has private sector backing from the likes of Accenture, HP and Ubisoft.
North East England has over 29,000 people employed in its ICT sector and sees over 2,000 computing graduates from its five universities every year.
Unrivalled business networks
VRTGO Labs – VRTGO Labs is the UK’s first industry-led VR and AR centre of excellence that brings together the best VR and AR companies, academia and freelancers to collaborate on the development and commercial application of these emerging technologies.
Sunderland Software City is the delivery organisation for The Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley. Projects focus on the controlled delivery and security of data and helping businesses from a wide range of sectors to understand and exploit the value of data to increase information sharing amongst businesses and organisations, opening up new business models and revenue streams.
Dynamo – 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 – The largest network of Digital businesses across the North East. Their aim is to represent the sector and provide flexible and adaptable business support that can be accessed by Digital Union members at all stages in their business cycle.