In February 2020, GMCA launched 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, with an ongoing commitment to taking an open, innovative and connective approach to delivering that ambition. 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:
- Share how GMCA and partners and partners are ensuring that everyone in Greater Manchester, whatever their age, location or situation, can benefit from the opportunities digital brings
- Share progress of our digital inclusion ambitions, including Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, vision for Greater Manchester to become one of the first city-regions in the world to equip all under-25s, over-75s and disabled people with the skills
- Take a look at the work underway to ensure Greater Manchester has the digital infrastructure it needs to be a world class digital city region, including the completion of Local Full Fibre Network programme (LFFN) Programme and what’s next for the region
- Once again, support Get Online Week (external website) - a national digital inclusion campaign from Good Things Foundation.
How to get involved
Raise awareness of the campaign month across social media using #Digitober. Download the Digitober campaign toolkit.
iNetwork Innovation Awards (external website) have returned for 2022
Greater Manchester appoints partner to spearhead digital revolution across public estate
Wigan Council celebrates Digitober 2022 (external website) across the borough
Stockport Council celebrates Get Online Week (external website)
New mentoring programme for women in tech (external website) launched
Manchester Council partners with Community Computers to launch device donation and refurbishment programme (external website)
Connect More Programme (external website) - Greater Manchester leading the way!
View a list of events that took place during Digitober 2022.
Building a world class digital city-region on the LFFN foundations (external website)
Why Greater Manchester is putting Cybergirls First? (external website)
How a bank is tackling the digital divide (external website)
Greater Manchester on tour - International Cyber Expo (external website)
Why we must act now to confront the new global digital divide (external website)
Get Online Week - Helen's story (external website)
New mentoring programme for women in tech (external website)
Invest and Protect our DCT Industries to Build Back Better (external website)
Tackling the digital divide through a greener approach (external website)
How CyberFirst Schools & Colleges will inspire a more diverse digital workforce (external website)
Stockport Council took part in the Greater Manchester Local Full Fibre Network project; here’s what happened (external website)
CASE STUDY: Using infrastructure to tackle digital exclusion
Deeplish Community Centre has been set up with free connectivity as part of the LFFN programme
CASE STUDY: Wigan TechMates support residents doing digital in later life
TechMate, Liz, has been supporting Sue in doing digital in later life
CASE STUDY: Digital transformation supporting vulnerable residents
Digital transformation supporting individuals experiencing, or are at risk of, rough sleeping