For all of us in Newcastle and the North East, COVID has been devastating in many ways: from loss of life, loss of business, loss of livelihoods. As an incubator, TusPark Eagle Labs have tried to support our members and the local early-stage tech ecosystem where we can. Most of all, we've really missed in-person events! Yet there have been spots of brightness: startups forced to innovate, pivot and dominate new verticals; migrant entrepreneurs surviving and then thriving; new areas of tech opening up in Newcastle, such as healthy ageing and precision medicine; members of our community helping out the NHS effort on the tech front. There is now also the government's leveling up agenda, which will help Newcastle grow and provide more opportunities, as a great place to live and work.
This Google Devfest celebrates the vibrance of the Newcastle tech community, and will be its first get together: to update all members of our exciting new directions that we all might have missed out on, because of the lack of in-person networking opportunities over the last 2 years.