A resilient, agile approach to economic recovery
Like almost every other part of our lives, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the technology industry. As we’ve seen since March 2020, technology has played its part in the fight against the pandemic by helping find new solutions to challenges, to inspire new and exciting applications, and to contribute to rebuilding the economy for recovery.
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted every person and organisation in the country, and many millions around the world. Digital Catapult’s offices closed, our staff have been working remotely and all our events have been moved online.
We are carrying on with business as usual insofar as possible, running a large programme of industry events and business support activities and contributing actively to the innovation strategies of many UK companies. We’ve also been working closely with the UK government and industry bodies to help shape digital technology led recovery and tackling challenges that have come to light because of the pandemic to help build greater resilience. This support continues.
Despite the impact of the pandemic on investment, and research and development, we are working closely with the cohorts of our flagship programmes for startups (CreativeXR, Augmentor, Future Networks Lab Accelerator, Machine Intelligence Garage, and the 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme) to encourage these small businesses to think about ways in which the applications, products and experiences they are creating can be used in a new world impacted by social distancing, remote working, lack of access to technology, and boarded up venues and working spaces.
Times like these reveal the power of collaboration and mutual support to overcome the most extreme and unexpected challenges. We’re committed to supporting national initiatives in response to the outbreak, using in-house expertise and our ecosystem connections to assist these efforts and more.
We are encouraged to see such an overwhelming response from startups, large businesses and individuals in the UK, working together and innovating to help save lives, banding together to help the most vulnerable and doing what they can to keep businesses afloat.
Some things may have changed for good but, as we start to look beyond the immediate crisis, we hope that we can retain some of the positive elements that have emerged from these extraordinary challenges.
We will eventually return to a new normal with a focus on supporting UK economic recovery, developing a new resilience and finding new ways to reduce carbon emissions in the longer term. Hopefully we will retain some of the best aspects of recent technology adoption and create new agile ways of adapting and operating as the economy is restored to growth.