Sponsor – Digital Catapult
Accelerating the early adoption of advanced digital technologies across the UK
Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. We drive early adoption, making UK businesses more competitive and productive, to help grow the UK economy.
We specialise on the three technology programmes where we can make the most impact. These are: future networks, artificial intelligence and immersive. We also explore the areas that have the potential to be a future focus for UK industry as broad enabling technologies necessary for many of our projects.
Digital Catapult offers facilities such as Dimension and the Immersive Labs and runs innovation programmes including Augmentor and CreativeXR. This provides unrivalled access to the latest developments in virtual and augmented reality and supports the development of a strong immersive ecosystem in the UK.
Digital Catapult is opening up the power of AI technologies in four ways: providing access to compute power expertise, offering experimentation space, supporting corporations to accelerate AI adoption and working with policymakers and academics to ensure the UK takes the lead in transparent and ethical AI applications.
Digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) demand secure and reliable connectivity that uses less power at a lower cost. We provide much needed testbed facilities and innovation programmes to help businesses explore, test and innovate using future network technologies including 5G and low power wide area networks (LPWAN).
Digital Catapult also has future scoping and experimentation activities which explore underpinning technologies such as cyber security and new directions like distributed ledgers, blockchain and smart contracts.
Advanced digital technologies only reach their potential if they are applied to industry. We focus on the two sectors where we can create the most value: manufacturing and the creative industries.
The UK’s creative industries are world leading. Digital Catapult is helping the sector to create new markets, invest in technology R&D and begin using advanced digital technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality systems, as well as blockchain, smart contracts, 5G and AI.
The early adoption of advanced digital technologies has the potential to grow UK manufacturing, creating jobs and increasing productivity. In line with the UK Government’s Made Smarter Review, Digital Catapult is helping shape the vision for the future of UK manufacturing, creating trailblazers and demonstrating the value that these technologies can bring to the sector.
Who we work with
Digital Catapult is passionate about bridging the gap between small businesses, corporations and academia. Depending on who you are and what you do, there are a range of ways you can get involved.
Digital Catapult works with businesses of all sizes to increase the adoption of advanced digital technologies.
Investors and accelerators
Digital Catapult introduces the investment community to talented technologists and early-stage businesses that are developing advanced technology solutions with commercial potential within the manufacturing and creative industries.
Research and academia
Accelerating the adoption of advanced digital technologies emerging from research by bringing academics and researchers together with industry and startups.