Following the success of its launch in February 2019, Digital Taunton has gone from strength to strength, with the support from the local community and key local media, including the BBC.
WHAT IS IT?
Digital Taunton is a community of local individuals and businesses who are passionate about ensuring Taunton and Somerset become a hub for digital innovation and collaboration.
The initiative was established after discussions with local government, individuals and businesses wanting to celebrate and encourage innovation in the area, and put Somerset firmly on the map for the digital industry. By doing so, the group aims to empower and futureproof the local community, as well as supporting Somerset based professionals to start their careers within the industry. Digital Taunton has also joined the Tech South West steering group to learn how places such as Exeter and Bristol have built up a tech sector.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Digital Taunton runs a variety of inspiring events for members throughout the year. Held in Taunton’s central hot-desking coffee shop, Company Spaces, provides the ideal location for these events. Overlooking the river Tone, the space provides a flexible working environment with high speed Wi-Fi by day, as well as meeting rooms and events, from breakfast briefings to evening networking.
The seminars are professionally produced, resulting in a high-quality event, featuring a wide variety of impressive keynote speakers. Digital Taunton’s events are all-inclusive and accessible, with no parameters set around who can attend, providing unlimited opportunities for the community. From start-ups, grass roots practitioners, educators and students to multi-million-pound corporates, CEOs, freelancers and Government-run organisations, Digital Taunton truly caters for everyone.
There are many plans in the pipeline for Digital Taunton.
Founder, Shane Griffiths, hopes to run workshops for businesses to share their tech needs and problems, and put them to tech firm audience to provide solutions.
The team are also looking at securing funding for an intelligent online platform for its members to develop online relationships, foster commercial opportunities and discover new ways to deliver educational training.
It’s free and anyone can become a member. Join by searching for Digital Taunton on www.meetup.com.
Each monthly event provides an excellent opportunity for those involved or interested in the digital industries to network with like-minded individuals, discuss industry developments, share knowledge and showcase the wealth and breadth of digital career opportunities available in the local area. The events are driven by a network of passionate, local businesspeople – supporting Digital Taunton’s mission of learning and connecting with other professionals.
More than 50 firms have already joined the hub, including Bridgwater and Taunton College, Claims Consortium Group and the UK Hydrographic Office.
Creating a huge buzz in the community, it has hosted six sell-out events with between 80-95 people attending each one, and many more joining in via the live-streamed event online.