A series of events aimed at celebrating Birmingham’s position as a digital pioneer have been hailed a success after attracting attention from across the world.
Hello Digital week aimed to give visitors from the public and private sector a taste of what was possible with the smart application of digital technologies.
Hello Digital’s three main events - Beyond 2010, Hello Business and the Eurocities KSF Autumn conference - drew almost 1,000 delegates to the International Convention Centre and the Custard Factory in Digbeth to hear speakers including Ian Watmore, the Cabinet Office’s chief operating officer; Alex Hunter, e-Virgin Media global head of online content; Neelie Kroes, the EU’s vice president and digital agenda commissioner and Robert Bell, co-founder of the ICF.
As well as the delegates in attendance, the conference saw more than 20,000 people engage digitally with more than 1,000 uses of the #HelloBiz hashtag on Twitter.
During the week, Birmingham was also recognised as one of the world's 'Smart21' intelligent cities by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) thinktank, making it the only UK city to be on the global list of 21 cities.
Birmingham City deputy leader Paul Tilsley, who heads up the Digital Birmingham partnership, said: “We’re delighted with the success of Hello Digital week, especially as it coincided with - and, to some extent, competed for attention with - the Government’s spending review, making the issues under discussion even more pertinent.
"The number of physical and online delegates to the three key conferences reinforces not only the quality of the speakers and relevance of the dialogue, but also the pre-eminent position Birmingham now occupies as a leading global digital city.”
Raj Mack, head of Digital Birmingham, added: “Hello Digital week was a worthy showcase for Birmingham’s years of work in promoting the digital agenda and provides a real springboard for potential future projects.
"There’s much more that can be done and we look forward to continuing working with our partners to show how digital technologies can revolutionise business and public services for the benefit of all.”