COVVI Showcases At Leeds Digital Festival And To UK Tech Minister
On Monday 18th September, COVVI were invited to present their ground-breaking prosthetic technology at the 2023 Leeds Digital Festival; an open, collaborative celebration of digital culture in all its forms. Now heading into its 8th year of programming, the organisation offered up an open-platform packed full of brilliant tech and digital events, which featured and was hosted by the city region’s most exciting organisations.
This year, Paul Scully MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy) visited the event at the University of Leeds to see how the city region is developing innovative digital technologies.
The Minister also met with Simon Pollard, CEO and John Wilkinson, Production Lead, from COVVI, which has headquarters in Leeds and more than 75 years of combined experience in prosthetic design. Since 2017, COVVI’s main objective has been to design and deliver a world-leading, multi-articulated bionic hand that is both highly functional and accessible.
The COVVI Hand was developed to be at the forefront of the global bionics industry and aims to change the lives of users forever through innovative technology. The hand was even featured recently on BBC News, ITV’s Good Morning Britain and it even made a small cameo in the new Barbie movie.
Paul Scully, Minister for Technology, said: “Visiting Nexus has showcased the brilliant innovation and purpose-driven tech that the UK is pioneering. From groundbreaking robotics developments, game-changing AI solutions and tech for good companies improving diversity in the sector.
“Leeds is not just a hub of innovation but a testament to our nation’s commitment to creating meaningful, transformative solutions for our society. Our future in tech has never looked brighter.”
Stuart Clarke MBE, Festival Director, Leeds Digital Festival, added: “Leeds Digital Festival has been growing from strength to strength each year and it is a pleasure to have the Minister for Tech and Digital Economy with us, to contribute to the conversation and see all the fantastic innovation and digital enterprise that is happening in the Leeds City region and beyond.”
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