Social Tech Meet North East

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Join charities and digital specialists for the next Social Tech Meet - this time at Proto in Gateshead

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VONNE is part funded via the Innovation SuperNetwork by the European Regional Development which includes the Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters project, which is receiving up to £1.24m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Our Social Tech Meets bring the social sector together with the tech sector to:

  • Identify problems that could be solved with new technology
  • Explore potential technology solutions
  • Create networking opportunities for people in the social and digital sectors
  • Bridge the digital divide and build new partnerships
  • Share learning, resources and good practice

Event details

The venue is Proto in Gateshead. Come along for a drink and some pizza, and have a look around this amazing new centre for emerging technology in our region.

The event will run from 6 - 8.30pm and there will be plenty of time for networking.

Speakers include Beverley Dean from Special iApps and Katy Hackers & Keith Spedding from the North Shields Heritology Project

Beverley will share her story of founding Special iApps with Husband Colin in 2011 after they couldn't find the apps they needed to teach their younger son William, who has Down syndrome and autism, and how several years later, Special iApps are supporting children worldwide in 100+ countries and 27+ languages. 

Katy and Keith will be talking through their experiences as 'Heritologists' using portable Technology to be able to take Heritage out to those who were previously either unengaged or simply unable to visit sites of interest – Care Homes, Libraries, Schools and other Community spaces are all venues capable of hosting Digital Heritage Events.

This event is part of VONNE's programme of support to the VCSE sector for Innovation, Governance and Leadership.

November 14th, 2019 6:00 PM through  8:30 PM
Abbott's Hill
Baltic Business Quarter
Gateshead, NE8 3DF
United Kingdom