Sage chief executive among line-up for second Dynamo conference

Presentations from scale-up firms, a careers fair and talks from business big hitters on the agenda for event on June 18

Dr Alastair Irons of the University of Sunderland (left) with Justin Souter, Head of Engagement at Dynamo
Dr Alastair Irons of the University of Sunderland (left) with Justin Souter, Head of Engagement at Dynamo

A host of big names in business - from Sage chief executive Stephen Kelly to the BBC’s Steph McGovern - will be offering their insights at the second annual Dynamo conference on Tyneside.

Film mogul David Puttnam, TechNorth chief executive Claire Braithwate and the North East LEP’s innovation director Hans Moeller will also be up the line-up for the event on June 18, focused on how North East tech impacts the world.

The conference, which attracted resounding praise on its launch last year, is the central initiative from Dynamo North East.

Established in 2013 by Opencast Software’s chairman Charlie Hoult and Accenture’s Bob Paton, the organisation works to grow the North East IT economy through promoting the region as a hub for the sector and as digital city of the future

Dynamo 15, which takes place at the University of Sunderland, will also feature presentations from regional ‘scale-up’ firms, such as Performance Horizon Group, Omlis and Ubisoft, as well as pre-event careers fair for children, their parents, teachers, graduates and those within the industry.

This will be supported by code clubs and maker clubs from throughout the North East, as well as some of the conference speakers.

Dynamo 15 will also include streams on innovation, collaboration, policy, skills and growth.

Bob Paton, managing director of the Newcastle Delivery Centre at Accenture, the conference’s co-headline sponsor, said: “The North East technology industry is expanding rapidly, but to build on this success we need a pool of skilled, work-ready young people keen to pursue careers in technology.

“Dynamo 15 puts the spotlight on the importance of technology skills development in the region, as we work together to build a skills pipeline that will support our industry’s growth in years to come.”

Stuart Lynn, UKI Chief Technology Officer at co-headline sponsor Sage, said, “We’re thrilled to see the North East digital economy on the political agenda.

“Sage, led by our CEO, Stephen Kelly, is passionate about promoting a thriving IT industry in a Northern Powerhouse.

“Previously as chief operating officer for the UK government, Stephen led, amongst other initiatives, the government’s digital transformation agenda, and is keen to be part of Dynamo, spearheading the campaign to put the North East on the IT hub map.”

Dynamo 15 is open to anyone interested in IT and technology, whether from the public or private sectors, with early bird tickets now available at

Alastair Irons, a conference host from the Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology at the University of Sunderland said, “We’re delighted to be hosting Dynamo 15 at our state-of-the-art campus in Sunderland.

“Not only do we provide young people with top quality computing and IT qualifications; Sunderland is a technology hub, so being a Dynamo member is a natural and happy relationship.”


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