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SUNDERLAND Software City is an initiative centred on helping North East technology companies to innovate, collaborate and grow. The initiative provides technical support, funding advice and market insight amongst its services.

The software sector in the North East has a broad range of market-leading services and products and, in addition to business support, Sunderland Software City is working to connect the region's software community to national and international opportunities.

The initiative is currently driving several projects in conjunction with partners such as the Technology Strategy Board and private industry companies including IBM. Iain Gray, CEO of the TSB praised the work the initiative does to champion the region's companies to international audiences at a recent event at the Sunderland Software Centre.

One such project bringing international opportunities to software companies in the region is the recently launched Integrated Transport and Weather Information Pilot (ITWIP). This is a unique partnership between Sunderland Software City, The Met Office, Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC) and Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) aimed at developing software applications and technology solutions developed on the back of weather and transport data.

ITWIP marks the first time Met Office meteorological data has been released to an audience for commercial development and is being piloted in the North East due to the skill and breadth of the region's software sector. …


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