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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has expressed his intention to use the power of technology to establish Manchester as the UK’s number one digital city.
The Mayor will use the city’s Digital Summit to set out a bold programme of skills and infrastructure development, and create a vision for a smart city region where technology is used as a vital part of the solution to societal issues.
Among the summit conveners who will be leading the conversations with Andy today will be Sandy Lindsay OBE, Laurence Jones from UKFast, Lou Cardwell from Magnetic North, Katie Gallagher from Manchester Digital and Kirsty Styles from Tech North.
He said: “I want Greater Manchester to be a digital city with a difference – one with a bold digital economy which actively encourages businesses to invest and grow, and also one where technology is used to deliver positive change, from connecting young people with opportunities, to tackling social problems such as homelessness. This bold vision places the needs of people firmly at the heart of technological innovation.
“We want to fuse technological advancement with culture, ethics, communities and places to build a world which is connected, creative and cooperative, and a modern and prosperous Greater Manchester where no-one is left behind. I don’t want Greater Manchester to be just a smart city – I want it to be the smartest city.”
Councillor Richard Farnell, the leader of Rochdale Council, will be the portfolio lead for Digital City Region in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority cabinet.
Thanks to an ambitious government estate strategy, public sector organisations are under serious pressure to deliver smart working initiatives to drive down overheads.