The Landing chief executive Jon Corner is the latest speaker to be confirmed for BusinessCloud’s ‘Tech in the Northern Powerhouse’ conference at the 2016 International Festival for Business.

The early evening event on Thursday 30th June in Liverpool will look at the role the digital and technology sector can play in the North’s industrial rebirth.

The Landing at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays is home to more than 120 companies and a major convener for digital innovation.

It also services a further 240 plus businesses, many through its relationship with other clusters across the region.

Corner has agreed to speak at the IFB2016 event alongside magneticNorth CEO Lou Cordwell and Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald.

Amy De-Balsi, owner of Herd, Graham Pearce, who leads KPMG's Technology, Media and Telecommunications business across the North, and Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma, executive dean of the faculty of engineering and technology at Liverpool John Moores University, will also speak.

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Held jointly by BusinessCloud and The Edge and sponsored by Liverpool City Council and KPMG, the event in the Oh Me Oh My building, West Africa House, is part of the IFB2016’s Creative and Digital Week between June 26 and July 1.

There are growing calls from entrepreneurs for technology to underpin the Northern Powerhouse, with thriving digital sectors in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.

BusinessCloud editor Chris Maguire will ask the entrepreneurs and experts what does the wider North needs to do next and consider the potential of tech to boost the region’s economy.

That same morning BusinessCloud will host a half-day conference at the IFB examining the challenge of embracing big data in business, with RealityMine CEO and co-founder Garry Partington confirmed as a speaker.