With five regional centres in London, North East Tees Valley, Northern Ireland, MediaCity, Brighton and most recently opening a South West regional office in Bristol, Digital Catapult’s national network currently engages more than 45 Universities across the UK in their innovation programmes.
Building on multiple ongoing projects between Digital Catapult and the University of Bristol, the new Digital Catapult South West partnership announced in May 2021 will boost national capability in digital engineering innovation and skills and aims to cement the city’s status, as well as the wider region, as one of the most innovative places in the UK. The South West Partnership is a culmination of several successful collaborations between the two partners.
On of these collaborations involves the 5G Smart Tourism project which brought together Digital Catapult, University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab, King’s College London, Zeetta Networks, CCS, BBC, Aardman, BT and Bristol City Council and many other partners blending 5G and immersive technologies to create interactive visitor experiences for the cultural, heritage and tourism sectors.
Another example is focusing on manufacturing, a two-year DETI (Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation) project which aims to accelerate digital engineering across multiple sectors for future generations of engineers and engineering products. It is run in partnership with the National Composites Centre, the Centre for Modelling & Simulation, the University of the West of England (UWE), the University of Bristol and the University of Bath, alongside Industry partners including Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, and CFMS, with in kind contributions from UWE, Digital Catapult and Siemens. West of England Combined Authority funding of £5m is match funded by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.
In June 2020, the £46 million University of Bristol led MyWorld project was also announced, bringing partners including the Digital Catapult, BBC, Aardman Animations, BT, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Trust. It aims to generate more than 700 new jobs and boost the economy by £223 million by forging collaborations to progress innovation, creative excellence, inclusive cultures and knowledge sharing, to develop a ‘creative media powerhouse’ in the region.