Digital technology in £1.5bn Welsh economy boost hope – BBC News

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‘Revolutionary opportunities’ for business have been hailed by entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews

Wales is “punching above its weight” in digital innovation, Economy Minister Edwina Hart has said, as Newport hosts a major conference on new technology.

She hopes the sector, employing 24,000 people in Wales, can add £1.5bn to the Welsh economy over five years.

Wearable technology and cyber security are among the themes of Digital 2015, with Google and Microsoft attending.

Hi-tech tycoon Sir Terry Matthews said such “revolutionary opportunities” for business had never existed before.

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“Digital 2015 will showcase these opportunities and bring together thousands of like-minded digital leaders, innovators, creators and decision-makers,” said Sir Terry, whose Celtic Manor Resort is welcoming more than 2,000 people to the event on Monday.

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Traditional manufacturers such as Airbus will be represented alongside games creators such as Ian Livingstone, dubbed the “father of Tomb Raider”.

South Wales was named in a Tech Nation report in February as being one of the UK’s top five “digital clusters”, with a pool of entrepreneurs and good access to public finance.

Mrs Hart said the Welsh government was “funding research and development, supporting new start-ups and attracting inward investment to ensure Wales is at the forefront of the global digital economy”.

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