Work is continuing to install the latest digital connectivity, which will support around 40 businesses based in the Worksop Turbine Business Centre, Nottingham. The new Digital Innovation Centre has already started supported local businesses and students.
The Centre was awarded £592,000 from D2N2’s Getting Building Fund allocation last year to comprehensively upgrade its existing digital IT infrastructure. Since then it has already rolled out a number of key initiatives.
Work has included trialling augmented reality headsets connected to a 5G network for Nottingham-based Gooii Ltd, supporting a Worksop based virtual reality company with its plans for global expansion and connecting a Nottinghamshire virtual reality start-up company with the county’s existing business support networks.
As a showcase for innovation, the centre is also developing a trial demonstration for digital signage created by a local innovator, collaborating with developers to trial an innovative smart parking solution to reduce carbon emissions and creating a new model for monitoring energy usage as part of the University of Nottingham’s post-graduate programme.
Building the skills and careers opportunities of our young people is a key part of the new centre’s role with an early success being the piloting of a new 5G careers programme with more than 200 students at Mansfield’s Vision West Notts College – with planning underway to roll out the programme across the county.
During the summer, the centre also hosted a team of Nottingham Trent University students on its Grads4Nottingham internship project and is currently hosting paid gaming and app developer internships with the university’s Future You programme.
For more information about the Digital Innovation Centre and how it could support you or your business, visit https://worksopturbine.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.