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Technology Connected Appoints North Wales Ambassador and Launches New Online Support Group

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Technology Connected has announced more support for Welsh technology businesses as the impact of Covid-19 is felt across the industry.

The organisation, which unifies and champions the Welsh technology industry, has appointed Karl Hargrave, founder of cyber security firm Security Foundry, as its new North Wales ambassador.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, Karl brings a wealth of knowledge to the role which will see him work with North Wales technology businesses to champion their impact and help ensure they are represented during this difficult time.

Over the coming weeks, Karl will be working closely with technology firms to bring the industry together with the whole of Wales to help find solutions to challenges, share lessons and success, and outline what support is needed.

Karl Hargrave commented;

North Wales has a thriving technology scene which is a key contributor not just to employment in the area, but also the wider Welsh economy.

During this difficult time, it’s crucial that the whole of Wales is represented and supported.

There are some fantastic organisations in North Wales at the very forefront of technology, with Llandudno playing host to this year’s Emerging Tech Fest, which Technology Connected played a key part in organising. I’m looking forward to working with the innovative, enabling organisations in the area and bringing together the North Wales technology community.

The appointment is just one of several ways Technology Connected is working to support the Welsh technology industry.

For the past 20 years, the organisation, formerly ESTnet, has worked alongside the industry to unify, champion and promote the importance and impact of Welsh technology, which contributes over £8 billion to the Welsh economy each year.

This announcement also sees the launch of a new support group, open to Welsh technology businesses.

The group, which is open to technology firms, will create a digital community for members to share challenges, support and resources, to help bring together the industry throughout this unprecedented period.

In addition to signposting the latest advice and support available, the group will also play host to online resources, such as webinars and video content.

The group is available to join here.

Avril Lewis MBE, managing director of Technology Connected, said:

Our technology industry will play a key role in enabling our everyday lives. The Covid-19 crisis has made this even more apparent, with many of us relying on technology to work remotely and connect with friends and family.

Technology is also crucial in helping us organise our worldwide fight against the impact of coronavirus, from tracking and analysing data to creating and mobilising a vaccine.

As such, it is now more important than ever for our industry to come together, across the whole of Wales, to support each other. We hope the creation of our new online community, and appointment of Karl Hargrave as our new North Wales representative, will help to bring the whole technology community together through this period and beyond.