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Technology trio to work with BBC

Date 8 Mar 2007
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Three North East digital companies are representing the region at a week-long 'Innovation Lab' this week to find the brightest new media and technology ideas, with the chance of winning a prestigious contract with the BBC. Newcastle-based new media agencies Enigma Interactive and TH_NK, and Alnwick-based software developer Tagish were selected from more than 30 North Eastern companies after submitting their ideas to meet a number of briefs set by the BBC.

During the residential Lab – taking place in Masham, North Yorkshire – they are working with BBC commissioners and other mentors to develop their initial idea and prepare a final pitch. On the last day of the Lab the ideas will be pitched to the BBC's commissioners, who will be offering further development commissions for the best pitches. The trio of companies are all members of Codeworks Connect, the trade association for the North East's digital industries – which also played a role in bringing the Innovation Labs to the region.

Carri Cunliffe, Codeworks Connect's head of sector development, said: "Having worked closely with each of these highly innovative companies over the past few years, we're sure they'll make a big impact at the Labs and stand a strong chance of having their ideas commissioned. This is a fantastic opportunity for the North East's digital media and technology companies to secure a highly prestigious contract with one of the biggest and best media organisations in the world."

Matt Locke, Head of Innovation at BBC Future Media and Technology, said:"This is the first time we've opened up Innovation Labs to indies in the North-East, and we were very impressed by the range and quality of ideas from the region. There is clearly a wealth of talent in the area, and Codeworks are a perfect partner for us, as they've helped us reach indies across the many different sectors in the digital media industry. We're looking forward to working with Codeworks on future Innovation Labs and other events in the North-East."

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