Manchester Tech Week 2022 now live

Manchester Tech Week, the digital transformation event, goes live today, bringing together the best of the northern tech community for a special week of innovation, showcase and celebration.

It puts tech firmly at the forefront of economic recovery post-pandemic for the North and is hosted in Manchester – the city which continues to lead the way in networks, cloud transformation, cyber security, data, AI, broadcasting and collaboration technologies.

The week is anchored by three major shows – Digital Transformation EXPO (DTX) (27th- 28th April) which returns for its sixth outing in the city (previously IP EXPO) as well as the launch of Unified Communications EXPO (UCX) (27-28th April) and Connected North (25th-26th April).

Gary Neville and Andy Burnham will top and tail the event – Andy on levelling up, the digital economy and Manchester’s role as a leading hub, Gary on team strategy and data-driven decision making.

James McGough, MD of Manchester Tech Week, said the purpose of the event was to showcase how tech is transforming both business and society in Europe’s fastest-growing digital city.

He commented: “We’re thrilled to be going live with Manchester Tech Week today. This is the North’s biggest digital transformation event focussed on how to improve connectivity and implement cutting-edge enterprise technologies.

“Over the next few days, we will bring together the northern tech community for something truly special. With 150+ of the world’s leading technology brands, 180+ speakers and over 7500 people expected through the door, Manchester Central is set to host the biggest tech exhibition that the region has ever seen.”

To mark the first-ever Manchester Tech Week, organisers have produced a Top 50 NW Tech Transformers list in association with leading tech channel Business Cloud, many of whom will be in and around the event.

They include individuals from Kelloggs, BBC, BooHoo, On the Beach, Manchester Airports Group, Astra Zeneca, Co-op, PZ Cussons, Tech Returners, MagneticNorth, Sykes Cottages, Northcoders and The Modern Milkman.

Representatives from professional and public sectors include Pro Manchester, MIDAS, Transport for Greater Manchester, GMCA, Cyber Resilience Centre for the North West are also recognised in the list.

There will be a further 10 fringe events throughout the week from supporting partners including big-hitting support from major institutions such as the Department of International Trade, MIDAS, H.O.S.T, GM Combined Authority, GM Chamber of Commerce, Pro-Manchester, Manchester Digital, and the leading community meet-up groups from Cyber Security, DevOps and AI.

It will also feature some of the world’s most influential tech brands, such as CISCO, Okta, AWS, 8X8, Splunk, Threatlocker, DarkTrace, RingCentral and GAMMA.

CISCO Chief Executive, UK & Ireland, David Meads commented: “With a heritage in innovation, Manchester has a rare kind of technology-fuelled ambition, which deserves a spotlight. We are delighted to be partnering with Manchester Tech Week to help create just that.”

He added: “From AI to quantum computing, technology has the potential to not only connect us in ways that we haven’t yet imagined, but to solve challenges at every level; for regions, industries, or for small businesses looking to take on the world. We’ve only just scratched the surface.”