As well as our regional centres in the North East and Northern Ireland, Digital Catapult is involved in a wide variety of other projects around the UK that are contributing to the government’s levelling up agenda, from combining 5G and immersive technology to develop new ways for audiences to access and embrace arts and cultural experiences, to developing new skills in engineering and manufacturing that will drive innovation and digitally enabled recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Value of 5G Smart Tourism project with 19 partners


Startups on 5G Testbed Accelerator programme


New industrial partnerships launched by Digital Catapult Northern Ireland

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Businesses will benefit from 5G in the West Midlands

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Economic boost from the MyWorld project in Bristol


Company engagements with Digital Catapult North
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Understanding the needs, pains, and challenges faced by those specific sectors shaping the strengths of our region is vital to facilitating the North East’s capacity for growth and innovation. By delivering dedicated, sector-specific innovation services, we’ve seen some incredibly successful partnerships formed between small technology firms and bigger brands, including Procter & Gamble, Dyer Engineering, and Kielder Water and Forest Park. These partnerships have enabled us to create opportunities that have had a real impact for startups and SMEs, leading to new commercial contracts and international exposure.

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Northern Ireland

Developing long term partnerships to boost immersive and AI technology adoption

No longer focused only on immersive technologies and the creative industries, Digital Catapult Northern Ireland’s work continues to branch out into other technologies, especially AI, which is now a central pillar of engagement.

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North East Tees Valley

The North East has long been synonymous with manufacturing, from its historic ship building roots to the base for the automotive industry today. As advanced digital technologies become more ubiquitous, the North East once again has the opportunity to lead the world.

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West Midlands

Ambitious plans for digital innovation in the West Midlands

Chosen by the government as the UK’s first multi-city 5G test area, the West Midlands was one of a number of 5G testbed locations announced by DCMS at the beginning of 2019. With Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games and nearby Coventry crowned UK City of Culture 2021, the area is perfectly positioned as the UK’s first region to allow thousands of businesses and organisations to experience 5G first-hand.

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Unleashing 5G powered creativity for the south coast

Another city known as a centre for digital and smart tech, Brighton is the location of two of Digital Catapult’s high profile 5G projects. In April 2019 Brighton Dome became one of the first large-scale performance, arts and cultural venues to be equipped with 5G technology allowing audiences to engage and interact with artists experimenting with new work enabled and delivered over 5G infrastructure, as well as giving Brighton-based small businesses, community groups and artists the opportunity to test and develop new 5G-enabled applications.

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Boosting the west of England innovation powerhouse

Long recognised as one of the most innovative cities in the UK, Bristol is at the heart of the UK’s creative sector and is home to a number of Digital Catapult projects. With the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and 19 other partners, the pioneering 5G Smart Tourism was hosted by a range of venues in the city blending 5G and immersive technologies to create interactive visitor experiences for the cultural, heritage and tourism sectors.

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Leading innovation from the heart of the Knowledge Quarter

London is fast becoming a global hub of a new advanced digital technology stack that will transform how we live, work and play in the near future. Our London headquarters are home to over 100 of our expert people, the Future Networks Lab, Immersive Lab London and the 5G London testbed.

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