According to Sinclair Stockman, DigitalNI 2020, Northern Ireland’s digital platform and the successful exploitation of it to enhance the lives of all communities have been held up as a global exemplar at the United Nations.
But warns Dr. Sinclair Stockman while the work to date to become the preferred destination for businesses and individuals is to be commended, more must be done to stay ahead of the pack.
Our world-class digital platform, which has already attracted interest from across the globe, was cited at the Cities of Tomorrow: Inclusion, Technology, Arts and Resources conference organised by UN-HABITAT, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO and the International Council for Caring Communities as a model to be followed globally.
Dr Sinclair Stockman, Executive Director of Digital Northern Ireland 2020 (DNI2020), who was invited to speak at the UN, said, “I had the opportunity to present at the United Nations on how we were exploiting the Northern Ireland digital platform to increase social and economic opportunity. We are now seen as an exemplar of how to effectively embrace the opportunity of the digital world. A positive example for others to follow.
“As a region we should be proud of this, because when we take the time to look at the positive changes we have made in education, online learning, development of our digital businesses, the media businesses, the finance sector, advanced technology, retailers who are trading with the rest of the world, and the proactive approach we are taking to embracing the opportunities offered by Connected Health, we really are up there with the rest of the world.”
Dr Stockman has over 30 years of technology and operational experience on the global stage including time as CIO of the BT Group, has been working to raise awareness of the benefits of exploiting the world-class digital platform in Northern Ireland.
“The digital world has the potential to deliver significant improvements in the quality of life not only to the younger generation and our economic sector, but also to older members of our community,” said Dr Stockman.
Digital Northern Ireland 2020 (DNI2020) is working to fully exploit the benefits of a digital platform for the Northern Ireland economy to maximise economic growth, improved quality of life and achieve social uplift and the consequent improvement in quality of life for all of its citizens. By the end of this decade, Northern Ireland will be the world’s preferred destination for knowledge economy investment.
“A key theme at the United Nations seminar was how to use technology to create caring communities and cities, where by encouraging all generations to interact together and to create communities which embrace the opportunity to build on the experience of the older generations, we can create cities where everyone can continue to contribute, where people no longer feel isolated and lonely in their own homes, and where communities are stronger because they now have the tools to interaction and engage easily with each other.
“Again in Northern Ireland we are working to build this world, but to fully deliver the promise of the connected world we must push through strongly in all sectors of the Northern Ireland economy and society.”