Digital Lancashire to reboot agenda

Digital Lancashire is to rewrite its manifesto after three days of discussions and roundtable debates with the county's tech and digital leaders.

The not-for-profit organisation, which champions the county's digital sector and encourages members to collaborate, organised Reboot 2020 after its usual programme of events was cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown.

In its place, Digital Lancashire hosted 14 events featuring 70 expert panelists and industry leaders to discuss the sector’s key successes, challenges and future ambitions.

The aim of Reboot 2020 was to re-engage and reconnect with Digital Lancashire’s members, and the wider digital and tech community, to facilitate vital conversations, provide a platform for people to have their say and ultimately ensure that the organisation delivers and serves the digital sector the best and most effective way it can.

Debates covered discussions on diversity and inclusion, town-specific issues, education and skills, and thw wider digital economy. The organisers said that the response from participants has been overwhelmingly positive and highlights the volume of activity, intent and ambition of the region's digital businesses. 

Tom Stables, chair of Digital Lancashire Chair, said: "Nobody anticipated that 2020 would indubitably and profoundly change the world in which we operate on so many levels, so we felt a Reboot was essential to give the digital community an opportunity to come together, talk and tell us how we can best support the sector.

"By identifying our county’s strengths and champions, as well as its issues and challenges, Digital Lancashire now has a much clearer picture of where to focus our attention and resources. Reboot 2020 reminded us of what we already knew: Lancashire’s digital sector is world-class."

Duncan Sandford, managing director of Digital Lancashire, added: "Reboot has been a great success. We set out to hold open and honest conversations with Lancashire’s digital community and we were not disappointed. We wanted to show people that we are listening and we are here to help, support, facilitate and grow Lancashire’s digital ambition. We all know how fantastic, dynamic and innovative Lancashire is - it is our job to make sure everybody else does too!"

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