There is no doubt that technology has been the biggest enabler to the global economy in the last year. Without technology many businesses simply could not have operated in lockdown, and the choice between the economic and physical health of the nation would have been stark. Technology has bought us some leeway; most essentially in that it allows connectivity when physical connections can’t happen.
The acceleration of technology in the last year has been massive, with GPs adopting online appointments (how handy are they!), education being delivered remotely, and many more people enabled to work from home. In this difficult time almost all new technology has been celebrated, but do we need to start holding investors accountable for the longer-term impact of the technology they are creating?
We are excited to be shining a light on one of our recent projects that won Innovate UK funding for its three worthy goals; aiding the local economic recovery from COVID, reducing discrimination in AI, and combatting climate change. This project was a collaboration between ourselves, Applegate and the University of Exeter and we were delighted to join forces again to share some of our lessons learnt at the recent Tech Gathering, held by Tech South West. If you missed it you can catch up on the event below.
“Community Wealth Building, such as that enabled by SupplyDevon, has an important role to play in the region’s economic recovery. This project is a great example of how we in the technology sector can work to the benefit of the South West overall.”
Stuart Brocklehurst, Applegate
"We're delighted to be working with Applegate once again, to turn Stuart's vision for Supply Devon into a reality. Collaborations like these help cement the South West as a leader in tech innovation, and we're proud to be paving the way in the 'tech for good' arena.”
Emily Hill, Ghyston