Our January Tech Gathering will shine a spotlight on a new collaborative project taking place between three organisations based in Bristol, Exeter and Northern Devon.

Backed by funding from the Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund, the SupplyDevon project uses machine learning and A.I. to connect businesses with local suppliers, benefiting the local economy and reducing carbon emissions.

The project is a collaboration between Barnstaple-based Applegate, Bristol-based software firm Ghyston and the University of Exeter, and has three main aims:

  • to aid the local economic recovery from COVID
  • to reduce discrimination in AI
  • to help combat climate change. 

Stuart Brocklehurst, CEO of Applegate, said: “Community Wealth Building, such as that enabled by SupplyDevon, has an important role to play in the region’s economic recovery. This project is a great example of how we in the technology sector can work to the benefit of the South West overall.”

In a testament to the strength of collaboration across the South West tech ecosystem, Stuart’s team turned to Bristol-based Ghyston to apply their software expertise to the project. 

Emily Hill, CEO of Ghyston, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Applegate once again, to turn Stuart’s vision for Supply Devon into a reality. Collaborations like these help cement the South West as a leader in tech innovation, and we’re proud to be paving the way in the ‘tech for good’ arena.”

Fabrizio Costa, a data analyst and machine learning expert based at the University of Exeter, helped to develop the project.

Stuart, Emily and Fabrizio will be discussing the project, and taking questions from the audience, at the next Tech Gathering on January 28, 10.00-11.30. 

The event is free to join – click here to book your spot.