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By BEN WOODS Business writer
Friday, February 15, 2013
Norfolk’s burgeoning IT industry has been boosted by a new conference focused on the latest innovations in software development.
Dozens of businesses gathered for the inaugural SyncConf conference, where industry leaders gave a series of lectures designed to help digital firms grow.
Co-founder Paul Grenyer said the event had brought companies together and put the region’s tech industry “on the map”.
But he also hoped it would help the next generation of IT companies – as all the profits from the event will be invested in a local tech start-up.
“The conference has brought companies together within the local technological community,” he said.
“But we also hope it will help put Norwich’s technology community on the map in terms of the speakers that we have managed to attract here today.
“What I want people to get out of this is quality content. It is about people coming and learning something useful which they can apply to their business.
“SyncNorwich is all about networking, although it has usually been on a low key level, so I know some people have come to the conference today to find help with specific projects.
He added: “Next year we want to have more talks, attract more people, and provide the same quality content – if not something better.”
The conference, held at the Open Venue in Norwich, featured talks on Big Data, developing apps for smartphones, and how to acquire funds from Angel Investors.
But the main strand of the conference focused on the Agile software development – where a programme develops and changes quickly through continuous feedback from the client.
It comes after John Fagan, co-founder of SyncConf, teamed up with Mr Grenyer to create the SyncNorwich group, whose members are software entpreneurs and developers.
Peter Roome, the technical director of web design agency Pandr, who attended the conference, said: “The event gives the sense of being part of a community, and enables you to meet people in the same industry as you.
“It is a good advert for East Anglia as it has the potential to bring more technology companies to the area.
“The talks provided have been a massive learning curve, but it is also about seeing what other people are doing and making sure you are aligning yourselves with what everyone else is doing.”
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