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Back in 2009 when asked, "what is the digital economy?" my predecessor, John Hand, responded "it is very broad and varied, and he was right!
Digital economy (DE) is about much more than IT, it's about how we interact with the digital world, how we live with it, and how it affects us.
The EPSRC-led DE Programme was a new concept when it was launched as a cross-Research Council programme under Research Councils UK, now UK Research and Innovation. Its vision; to harness the enormous potential of digital technologies on society; was to be achieved by bringing together people from many disciplines. These multidisciplinary teams look at the things that matter to us all. Things like personal data and information security, healthcare, social care, finance, information systems, as well as graphics and visualisation technologies for use in simulation and entertainment.
The Digital Economy Theme has invested more than £200 million in outstanding research over the last ten years, bringing together academics, businesses, government bodies, charities and public organisations to deliver real-world impact through exciting initiatives such as:
In March 2019 we returned to the BT Tower, where the DE programme was launched in 2009, to showcase some of the best digital economy research and thank those involved for their hard work. Exhibits showcased a range of research projects and it was amazing to see the developments that have been made over such a short period of time including:
This is just a small taste of the breadth of digital economy research. There are so many more exciting projects in our brochure: A decade of success in the Digital Economy: research for a connected world (PDF).
I am looking forward to the next ten years, I'm excited about what is in store for digital economy research, the new technologies that can be developed and the challenges that lie ahead, and I expect we will have an even more broad and varied future.