Latest News, Events & Business Opportunities from Manchester Digital

Become a Manchester Digital Recommended Supplier

Open only to members of Manchester Digital, the Roster will act as a recommended supplier list for customers looking for trusted suppliers from a wide range of disciplines including creative, marketing and media, through to technical, software and ICT. A Manchester Digital Roster listing and badge tells the world that:

  • You are a quality supplier in a named area.
  • You have customers who are happy to recommend your work.
  • You are a Manchester Digital member and adhere to the association’s Code of Practice.
  • You are part of the Manchester Digital community.

Members registering for the Roster can select a ‘Competency Tag’ relating to a particular specialism. There is no limit to the number of tags that can be applied for. As part of the registration process applicants will be asked to provide the name of two customers as well as a description of the product or service supplied. Competency Tags are £100 each and are valid for 3 years. Following an initial period of registration the Roster will be widely promoted to the regions business community. For more information and to register today click here.

Big Chip 2012

Entries are open now and will close on 5th March.
This year’s awards are set to be the biggest yet with competition from across the North. Big Chip will partner with media group Trinity Mirror who will publicise the awards in their flagship northern titles Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Post and The Journal in Newcastle. The high-powered judging panel will be chaired again by Michael Nutley, and includes Ajaz Ahmed, founder of Freeserve and Thinking Digital founder Herb Kim. Full details of the awards categories are online now, plus a comprehensive “how-to” guide  on how to complete the on-line application form, with tips on making a winning entry. Click here to view the awards.

Sponsor Opportunities
Do you want to put your brand in front of the cream of the North’s digital sector? A complete new range of sponsor packages are available now at new prices – excellent value from just £1,500. Contactinfo@bigchipawards.com for more information.

News
School ICT to be replaced by computer science programme  - The current ICT curriculum in England’s schools is a “mess” and must be radically revamped, the education secretary has announced. Peel submits plans for second phase of MediaCityUK - Covering 25 acres, it will be a mixed-use development of hotel, offices, retail, leisure, residential and parking. Virgin Media plans to double broadband speeds - Virgin Media to spend £110m to upgrade broadband speed for its 4.1m internet customers. Trinity’s £8m digital buy complements Rippleffect, says Bailey - Trinity Mirror has announced the £8m purchase of a digital media agency based in Sunderland which it said will complement its investment in Liverpool-based Rippleffect. Internet address regime launches expansion of domain names - At present there are about 22 types of top-level domains such as .com or .gov.

Events
MPA and NABS Creative Forum and Lunch  - 18th January – Creative superstars joust over what makes a great idea and how creativity really can make a difference to the business. Manchester Economic Forum - 18th January – Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese is to seek to tackle some key issues affecting the city’s economy. Conversion Thursday - 19th January – Conversion Thursday Manchester is an inspiring and exciting bi-monthly networking event that centres around online conversion and web optimisation. Sector Focused Workshops – IT - 19th January – A IT focussed workshop to explore barriers employers face when recruiting unemployed people and young people.  bigSWIG - 24th January – The Scouse WordPress Interest Group invites you to an evening of learning and networking. Manchester Wired City Reconnected Event – Business Collaborative Networking - 26th January – After all the Christmas holiday expense… let’s get straight back into “doing business”. The Launchpad  - 31st January – The Launchpad is a business support service to the creative, digital and media sectors in the North of England. Legal Workshop – Introduction to Contracts - 3rd February – 2 hour legal workshop about Contracts with Suzy Weeks. Hack to the Future - 11th February – The aim is to enable today’s digital creators to engage with the digital creators of tomorrow. If you have an event that you would like to feature on the website and in the upcoming newsletters let us know by contacting info@manchesterdigital.com.

Business Opportunities

Opportunity for designers and games developers to explore challenges around TSB Smart Power Distribution and Demand £2.4M competition
How can designers and games developers help persuade people to manage and reduce energy consumption? This is one of the challenges contained in a new Technology Strategy Board competition on “Smart Power Distribution and Demand”. The Technology Strategy Board is offering funding for feasibility studies as the exploratory phase of a four year programme to stimulate innovation in power distribution and the management of demand. Click here for more details.

MWC
Organised by the GSM Association, MWC is the world’s leading mobile communications exhibition and conference. An audience of 60,000 (of which 58% are of senior level) from 200 countries attended the exhibition in 2011. Mobile World Congress 2012 will celebrate the current state of mobile and offer a glimpse into where mobile has the potential to go next. Click here for more details.

CeBIT Brokerage Event – 6th/10th March
CeBIT is the digital industry’s biggest, most international event. Thanks to its unique combination of exhibition, conferences, keynotes, corporate events and lounges, CeBIT represents an unrivalled tool for doing business and sealing deals. More than 4,200 companies from over 70 countries participated at CeBIT 2011. Click here for more details.

Vodafone iPhone and iPad offer for Manchester Digital members
Manchester Digital members can get a free iPhone 4S and iPad 2 – black or white – each with its own connection for a contract fee of just £78 per month and including 900 free minutes, excellent data allowances and SMS. Offer for paid up members only. Click here for more details.