If you are thinking about a career in IT, we've got you covered...
Did you know the North East is a fantastic place to be to secure a digital career? If you are based in Hartlepool you are right in the middle of the Tees Valley growth as well as the growth in the County Durham and Northumberland areas. Tees Valley is now a fantastic place to be for digital innovation, home to lots of successful digital start-ups and businesses, including Big Bite, Visualsoft and Double11. These companies are served by amazing facilities such as The Boho Zone which has seven buildings with live-work space, and Stockton’s Fusion Hive provides space for new digital businesses! We also have DigitalCity, created via Teesside University which has been established for 13 years supporting digital tech and creative industries. Teesside University has been critical to this success with their graduates in Computer Gaming and Animation. We are lucky that Teesside University buy-into GameCon annually and support what we do. Middlesbrough’s gaming sector is also thriving and the UK’s largest festival of animation and computer games, Animex, is hosted there. Founded in 2000, Animex takes place annually and visitors such as Pixar and Dreamworks attend.
Further north, Sunderland is now developing towards a digital tech future. Sunderland's software origins have their roots in the creation of Domain Names in 1996, which has led to the creation of many tech businesses including Communicator Corp, SaleCycle, WorkCast and Footy.com. Sunderland Software City in 2009 has further developed skills and digital tech in the area and the Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley has gained a reputation for the appliance of data-driven technologies.
We then have Newcastle which continues to grow. The presence of some of the UK’s biggest digital tech businesses, such as Sage, has long attracted innovative startups to the area and these are supported by teams like Dynamo North East and Digital Union and co-working spaces such as Campus North and Hoults Yard. Newcastle and Northumbria Universities also continue to support and strengthen developments in the areas. They have long acted as a strong talent pool for regional players, such as French gaming developers Ubisoft.
We are incredibly lucky to live in an area that is dedicated to digital industry and technologies. With GameCon we hope to bring a little bit of this passion to you. We'll have more job information at the event as well as a professional careers adviser in attendance each day so you can speak to them about career opportunities both now and in the future. Whether you are school or University, come along to our event and you'll have professionals to talk to and get great careers information advice and guidance on the day!