M-SParc is at the centre of innovation in North Wales and digital is at the heart of that innovation. Digital enables every industry from energy to transport, agriculture to tourism; there isn’t a sector that hasn’t been influenced by digitisation and digitalisation.
Increasingly our public services, healthcare and education services are underpinned by digital, touching both our personal and professional lives daily. Digital skills these days are essential.
The Digital team was established in 2022 to provide specialist digital support to our ecosystem and beyond. Interacting with local organisations, supporting startups and tenant companies, enabling collaborative digital projects across all sectors and into our communities.
Originally from the Ogwen Valley, Carwyn returned to the region in 2006 to work for the IT Infrastructure team at Bangor University. Prior to this he studied Software Engineering at and worked for the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Co-Founder of the local North Wales Tech voluntary community group Carwyn is passionate about bringing together, academia and industry and developing digital skills to foster opportunities for all.
Born and raised in Gaerwen, Rhodri is one of the first members of the Skills Academy. Rhodri works with tenants on data annotation for artificial intelligence, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, as well as M-SParc on the Road. As part of his role, Rhodri is studying BSc Applied Software Engineering at Bangor University, which includes network understanding, data ethics and writing in Java, Python and HTML programming languages.
The digital reviews cover a range of topics and are intended to look at areas of your business that could be improved by taking better advantage of digital technology. The conversation usually takes around 1-2 hours where we explore the areas you may benefit most. After the discussion a short summary is produced that offers some options for possible interventions.
The topic areas covered are:
The review explores each area at a high level before looking more specifically at the areas the company sees most potential for improvement or benefit.
Contact us to find out more and book your organisation in for a Digital Review.
M-SParc supports and nurtures our local digital ecosystem by playing leading roles in various industry clusters and groups. Read more about them below. We are also interested in supporting other digital industry groups, get in touch if you think you are part of a sector that would benefit from an industry leadership group.
M-SParc established the Agritech.Cymru cluster to develop partnerships and connections between like-minded businesses and researchers in the field. To place Wales at the forefront of the latest revolutions in agriculture. Find out more about exciting projects and opportunities in the field, our partners and how you can get involved.
The Agritech.Cymru cluster offers members:
Visit https://agritech.cymru/ to find out more.
The Welsh Parliament Cross-Party group on Digital in Wales contributes to ensuring that Wales is well placed to benefit socially and economically from the digital sector. The group takes a broad look at digital and its role in contributing to a positive future for Wales in areas such as the economy, services, skills and inclusion.
M-SParc act as secretariat to the Cross-Party group on Digital in Wales, helping to advise on topics to discuss and sourcing experts in their fields to showcase and advise the Senedd members and their representatives on important aspects of digital.
Previous Cross-Party Group on Digital in Wales meetings have covered topics such as:
You can find out more about the group including minutes of the previous meetings on the group page: Cross-Party group on Digital in Wales.
As part of our commitment to developing the digital skills North Wales needs to thrive, M-SParc are members of and currently chair the Regional Skills Partnership Digital Skills Employer Cluster Group. The group aims to develop a collaborative, coordinated and targeted approach to digital skills challenges so that the region has a clear vision and set of priorities.
Initiatives such as the skills Expo bring together those who have the skills and ambitions face-to-face with the very employers in the digital sector across north Wales that are looking to hire them. To focus on all the fantastic opportunities in the region for people to work in digital or design.
To learn more about the Digital Skills Employer Cluster Group see the relevant sections on the Regional Skills Partnership website.
With both a Digital and Low Carbon innovation teams, delivering digital services and products sustainably is a key focus area for M-SParc. Digital will increasingly play a central role in reducing carbon emissions and helping organisations achieve their Net Zero goals.
One example of this was the Tech Net Zero discovery undertaken for the Centre for Digital Public Services (CDPS) in collaboration with digital consultants Perago. This was a 12-week project investigating how digital can support Wales’s Net Zero climate aims. The digital discovery looked specifically at:
M-SParc have also partnered with North Wales Recycle I.T. CIC to run events in our M-SParc on Tour locations, to re-purpose old personal computer hardware while also developing digital skills. Addressing the challenges of e-waste will be another area M-SParc hope to lead by example.
Get in touch with our Digital Team!