IP EXPO Manchester launches for 2017 as Government announces investment for the northern powerhouse
With investment expected in the northern powerhouses of tech, science and digital, IP EXPO Manchester 2017,which is set to take place at Manchester Central, 26-27 April, promises to be the most insightful and topical yet.
2017 is a year of opportunity for Manchester, with Prime Minister Theresa May allocating £130.1 million in investment for the Greater Manchester region, IP EXPO organisers say. Manchester City Council will also invest an additional £4 million in two new tech hubs to support the Northern cities booming technology, science and digital industries, it is believed.
With additional focus on development in AI, AR, VR and automation technologies, Manchester is well placed to continue to grow its international technology reputation and be at the forefront of overcoming industry issues and challenges. Be it Brexit, changes in European legislation such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or the advancement of artificial intelligence, there is a vast landscape of new issues for IT professionals to navigate.
For its 2017 event, the EXPO, which is now in its third year, will address all these changes in the region by providing local organisations with access to an unprecedented group of influential speakers and brands across central themes of Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks and Infrastructure, DevOps, Open Source and a brand new topic combining AI, Analytics and IoT.
EMEA Portfolio Director for the IP EXPO Event Series, Bradley Maule-Ffinch commented:
“2017 is shaping up to be one of the most transformative years ever with so many disruptive and exciting new technologies now mature and available. Add to this the growing need for businesses to digitally transform to stay competitive and the continued growth of the cyber threat landscape there is a crucial need for information, expertise and advice. Our mission is to provide our attendees with rare access to the industry leaders and the world class experts that are creating and shaping these technologies.
“IP EXPO Manchester is our fastest growing event and easily the largest enterprise IT event in the North. Artificial Intelligence, going serverless, DevOps and Cloud technologies are just some of the areas we’ll be covering as well as our cyber security content around GDPR, ransomware, social engineering, and threat protection. IP EXPO Manchester aims to bring together the right people and brands under one roof to help IT professionals discuss, debate and discover more about the challenges and opportunities these issues bring to the region and beyond.”