The Mayor of Greater Manchester's Digital and Tech Summit will stake out the region's claim to become the UK’s tech leader, on Thursday.

It is hoped the event will set out a bold programme of skills and infrastructure development, after bringing together Greater Manchester’s tech trailblazers.

WE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE UK'S MOST EXCITING TECH FIRSTS - AND WE NEED YOUR HELP

To ensure the summit is industry-led, Mayor Andy Burnham has enlisted the support of digital leaders to help drive the plans forward, including:

• Sandy Lindsay MBE, Founder and Chair of leading communications consultancy Tangerine, and founder of The Juice Academy, the UK's first industry-led social media apprenticeship programme

• Lawrence Jones MBE, Founder and CEO of UKFast, the largest privately-owned web hosting provider in the UK

• Katie Gallagher, Managing Director of Manchester Digital, the independent body created by Greater Manchester's digital community to represent and champion it

• Kirsty Styles, Head of Talent and Skills at Tech North, a government-backed initiative charged with accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England.

The event takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry Conference Centre, on Liverpool Street.

This week

Monday 3 July, Opening up on mental health, Manchester more info

Tuesday 4 July: The Cyber Security Summit 2017, London more info

Tuesday 4 July: Technology in Learning: Reshaping the Educational Landscape, Manchester more info

Thursday 6 July: The Mayor of Greater Manchester's Digital and Tech Summit, Manchester more info

Thursday 6 July: Proptech Mcr: Property challenges and opportunities for the tech sector, Manchester more info

Friday 7 July - 14 July: London Fintech Week 2017, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel more info

Next week

Monday 10 July: techUK Future Connected Rail Working Group, London more info

Tuesday 11 July: Digital Health and Care Congress, London more info

Wednesday 12 July: Tech Nation Visa Breakfast - Bridging the UK's talent gap, Leeds more info

Wednesday 12 July: Consumer Electronics Service Forum meeting, London more info

Thursday 13 July: Summer Showcase Leeds - Tech North, Leeds more info

Thursday 13 July: NHS Digital Wi-Fi Webinar, London more info

Two weeks

Monday 17 July: IoTUK Investor Day, London more info

Monday 17 July: Summer Showcase Liverpool - Tech North, Liverpool more info

Wednesday 19 July: techUK annual dinner, London more info

Tuesday 18 July: Summer Showcase Newcastle - Tech North, Newcastle more info

Later

Tuesday 25 July: BusinessCloud Tech roundtable, Cardiff more info

Thursday 27 July: Exploring the UK games scene boom, Manchester more info