Celebrating twelve months of Cognitiv …
Last month marked the first year anniversary of Cognitiv. How time flies! I’d like to extend my thanks to our members so far who have joined and contributed to the group. The vision for Cognitiv is to create a connected community for Wakefield’s creative, digital and IT sector. We now have around 70 members, but we have ambitions to significantly increase this number over the next year.
The past 12 months have seen Cognitiv get off to a flying start. Some of the key events have been:
Organised a range of diverse events, from data centre tours through to informal networking, all designed to bring members together and build connections.
Working with Wakefield College to successfully lobby for a brand new course for 16 to 18 year olds, providing an industry-led educational course to help develop the next generation of talent. This course launches in September and has already had positive numbers of applications from students. We’re keen for employers to get involved and help us shape this - please contact us if you’d like to help.
We continue to support the College and Council in their bid to develop a University Centre and we’re particularly keen to ensure that there’s a digital centre of excellence.
Supported and enjoyed the launch of Unity Works - Wakefield’s newest creative/digital/IT workspace - after a long refurbishment programme. We’re also excited to see the expansion of The Art House which will further expand the workspace available to future creative companies.
We have developed strong partnerships with the key cultural institutions in Wakefield so we can combine the strengths of creativity and industry. Keep an eye out for some exciting events over the next year.
Through partnership with Code Club, we’ve launched a new campaign to help 1,000 primary school children learn to code. We recently held an event to promote this but are still keen to hear from any Cognitiv members who would be willing to volunteer and run a Code Club. Please contact Linda Broughton, the regional Code Club co-ordinator, if you can help.
We have recently commissioned an independent research report to provide a comprehensive overview and profile of all the digital and IT businesses in the Wakefield district. This will provide us with a greater understanding of the industry landscape and help us to reach more future members, thereby growing our representation.
Our first members survey, which you should have now received, will provide us with valuable insight into the profiles of our members and how we can best represent and support them.
We’ve been busy finalising the remainder of our events for 2015. This month we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new monthly informal networking event - Cognitiv and Coffee - every last Friday at Unity Works cafe from 8.30am to 10am. It’s free, with free tea, coffee and pastries, so come along and bring a friend! Our thanks here are to our sponsors and friends at Unity Works.
Plus we’ll soon be announcing Cogntiiv’s involvement in Wakefield Business Week which runs at the end of June. Stay tuned for more info.
Finally, I’d like to say thank you to the Cognitiv committee. Cognitiv is run as a not for profit organisation and everything that happens is a result of the time and commitment of some dedicated industry professionals who all share a vision for wanting to make Wakefield a better place to run a creative, digital and IT business. We’ve made some great steps in the last year, but we’re equally excited about how much more we can achieve in the year ahead.
I look forward to seeing you soon.