The Lincolnshire Technology Hubs, set up as part of the county council’s onlincolnshire project to give businesses access to state-of-the-art digital technology, have won a national award.
They beat off stiff competition from three other finalists to win the Digital Education and Expertise Award at the prestigious Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards 2014 in Derby on Tuesday (11th November).
Aimed at recognising innovative and inspiring projects which improve infrastructure or access to new technology, the awards run alongside the annual NextGen Conference – the UK’s leading event for next generation broadband activity.
Cllr Colin Davie, Executive Member for Economic Development at Lincolnshire County Council, said it’s an amazing achievement:
“I am delighted for everyone who has been involved in setting up the hubs and contributed to their success. This award is a tribute to all their hard work and commitment to helping Lincolnshire business not only survive but thrive. After all this is what the hubs are all about: helping businesses stay up to date with the latest advances in technology so they can compete on a level playing field in a global market place. Businesses can not only try out new equipment before making a purchase but also access expert advice and support. The hubs also promote collaboration and encourage businesses to work together to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems.”
There are five technology hubs in Lincoln, Louth, Mablethorpe, Horncastle and Boston which are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The hubs are home to a range of digital technology including 3D printers, laser cutters, scanners, Go Pro cameras and Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses.
At the Louth Hub visitors can access professional movement and sport analysis using ultra, high speed cameras and biomechanical techniques to study people or machinery moving at high speed. The footage can then be played back in 2D or 3D and analysed in minute detail to help improve performance, technique or business process.
All of the equipment can be borrowed or used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used. Businesses can also take advantage of 12 hours’ free one-to-one advice and support specifically tailored to their needs.