Digital North West

Digital NW: News round up for the week to 13 August 2010

Here’s a round up of the key digital, tech and creative business north west news that caught my eye this week:

Fun story about two NW teenagers who have managed to solve a problem related to bus timetables by developing a mobile app within a matter of weeks and on a shoe-string. Even better (or not?) is that Greater Manchester Transport Passenger Executive hadn’t managed to solve this problem despite having a £259m budget! Exciting possibilities…

Good to see NW digital agencies holding their own on high profile national projects with news of the recent contract win by Loaf Creative to provide the England team with digital content for individual and commercial supporters for the World Cup 2018 bid. Well done guys!

Congratulations to How-Do on their recent move to city centre offices in Manchester – welcome.

Best reads of the week:

Emerging companies launching in a recession – a good article from The Drum on the recent increase in digital startups with insightful comments from NW digital and creative entrepreneurs who have been there and done it before. Interesting to note how the complexity and red-tape around getting the business off the ground is drawn out as a particular issue – something is keen to address!

Social Media and common sense – a simple guide how – straight talking and valuable advice for all from social media newbies to veterans by Ned Poulton from PushOn.

Forthcoming digital NW events:

Techcelerate Late Summer BBQ

15 September 2010 – Kicks off from 5.30pm at Atlas Bar, Manchester

BVCA Financing and Funding the Digital Age

16 September 2010 – All day event at Lowry Hotel, Manchester 

Beyond 2010 – Harnessing the influence of Social Media (How-Do)

20th September (9am – 5pm), The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club