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Tech and innovation

We’re proud to be a region rich in tech and digital expertise with the fastest growing tech sector in the UK.


We’re home to the UK’s only national innovation centres for ageing and data. Our universities, Newcastle and Northumbria, are outstanding with global reputations for world-leading research and are pioneers in computer forensics and security. We’ve created Newcastle Helix, a landmark 24-acre hybrid city quarter specifically built for international tech and science innovation.

Still looking for reasons as to why we’re leaders in tech and innovation? There’s more.

We’re brimming with industry leaders including Ubisoft Reflections, ZeroLight, CCP Games, Eutechnyx and Sage – the largest tech company in the FTSE 100.

Our vibrant tech scene has attracted conferences such as Thinking Digital, ALIFE 19, Game Horizon and the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference.

If your conference is in the tech and innovation sector, it belongs in NewcastleGateshead.

Things you need to know:

  • The North East has the highest percentage of STEM and computer science students in England.
  • Our software and technology market is forecast to grow by 2.5bn by the end of 2020.
  • The North East of England is home to 2,800 technolgy businesses employing over 27,000 people.

Did you know?

The Catalyst at Newcastle Helix is home to the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the National Innovation Centre for Data and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory – it’s a space purpose-built for collaboration and innovation.

Ready to host your perfect event?

From venues and experiences your delegates will love to free accommodation booking services and 'red-carpet' welcomes, find essential information for planning your perfect event here.


NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau services during COVID-19

To maintain social distancing, the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau team is now operating from home.

While we can't welcome you to our beautiful destination to experience it for yourself or show you round our brilliant venues, we are still here to help with enquiries about the destination and to assist with planning future conferences and events in NewcastleGateshead.

Contact us via email at conventionbureau@ngi.org.uk or call us on +44 (0)191 440 5757.