GSTF Journal on Computing (JoC)

, 3:13

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Sunderland Software City: The Impact of a Collaborative Project to Develop the Software Industry Within the North East of England

  • David DunnAffiliated withSunderland Software City
  • , Alastair IronsAffiliated withEngineering and Technology, University of Sunderland
  • , Peter SmithAffiliated withComputing, University of Sunderland
  • , John MacIntyreAffiliated withUniversity of Sunderland


This paper uses a case study approach to evaluate the impact of a collaborative initiative within the North East of England which sets out to grow and sustain a software industry, based on the strengths of regional players. The project Sunderland Software City has the ambitious aim of developing the people, the infrastructure and the business and enterprise culture to create and sustain a software industry. This paper focuses upon the impact of the project, and presents some lessons learned to date.

Index Terms

Software Industry Cluster Development Collaboration Business Development