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Digitober 2023

In February 2023, GMCA refreshed the Greater Manchester Digital Blueprint. The blueprint sets out the next chapter in our ambition to be recognised as a world-leading digital city region. We remain committed to being a digital city-region with a difference. By putting people at the heart of our plans we aim for a more inclusive approach that builds on our greatest asset.

Digitober is a month that will celebrate and showcase the amazing work of Greater Manchester’s digital sector. In particular, the month will:

  • Showcase how partners across the region are ensuring everyone in Greater Manchester, whatever their age, location or situation, can safely access and benefit from the opportunities digital brings if they want to.
  • Shine a spotlight on our digital inclusion ambitions
  • Highlight how Greater Manchester is applying exemplary digital ideas and practice to reform and renew public services, linking innovative business, academic and public sector thinking with the needs of our people.
  • Celebrate our world class digital infrastructure and how we're using technology and data to create resilient, connected, accessible and sustainable places for everyone. 
  • Spotlight how we’re strengthening our position as a global digital influencer.
  • Once again, support Get Online Week (external website) - a national digital inclusion campaign from Good Things Foundation.

How to get involved

This years theme is doing digital differently, in particular the regions ability to collaborate well, with a specific focus on putting people at the heart of what we do. Current ways to get involved include:

Guest blog​

Would you, or a digital leader in your organisation interested in writing a blog for us which we would launch during Digitober? We’re always happy to hear blog ideas that showcase our digital ecosystem. For more information you can read some of our latest blogs (external website).

Case studies​

We want to share the volume and impact of the work happening across our digital sector. You may have a particular project or programme your organisation is working on that you think other colleagues could learn from or would be interested in reading. For more information you can view our previous case studies. Case studies should fit broadly within one of the five priorities within Greater Manchester’s Digital Blueprint.

Digital influencer video​/verbal quotes

Short social media clips of people from the digital sector talking about why campaigns like Digitober are important and what they love about the Greater Manchester digital sector.

Leaders/influencers can record these themselves and email them over to us for us to share during the month. Take a look at an example clip (external website).

Promote your events and activities​

Please send information of any planned activity during October that we can collate and signpost to as part of our Digitober campaign - what’s on webpage.

Social media

Raise awareness of the campaign month across social media using #Digitober. Download the Digitober campaign toolkit.

Take a look at content from Digitober 2022.