PRESS RELEASE: Business Leaders Welcome Return of Tech Conference for 2024

TechNExt, the North East’s premier technology conference, is set to make its much-anticipated return in 2024. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2023, the conference has been welcomed back by businesses in the region. TechNExt 2024 was officially launched at a special event on Monday, at the Opencast offices in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

TechNExt 2023 took place earlier this year, spanning 5 days in June. It drew over 3,000 attendees and featured a lineup of 52 community-led fringe events alongside its five flagship events. The festival not only highlighted the burgeoning tech scene in the North East but also showcased the importance of collaboration to the region’s sector.

TechNExt 2024 promises to build on the previous festival’s momentum, with the five flagship events – the mainstage conference, industry dinner, NoCode Arcade, Tech Talent Live and the festival party – set to return alongside a new programme of fringe events. 2024 will also see a renewed focus on the Good Festival Ambition, which promotes sustainable event practices.

David Dunn, CEO of Sunderland Software City, said: “TechNExt 2023 set a new benchmark for tech conferences in our region. It has been instrumental in showcasing the North East as a hub of technology innovation and talent.

“The overwhelming response to last year’s TechNExt just shows what a vibrant tech community we have in the North East. Its return in 2024 is not just a celebration of technology but a testament to our thriving business ecosystem.”

Sarah Thackray, Director at Dynamo North East and BeaconHouse Events, said: “As we prepare for TechNExt 2024, we’re excited to build on this momentum, bringing together the brightest minds in technology and business.

“TechNExt is not just a celebration of technology but also a platform for promoting sustainable and inclusive practices. Our Good Festival Ambition is at the heart of this vision, setting out our commitment to an even more inclusive, diverse, and sustainable event.”

The announcement has also been positively received by key partners and sponsors, including 2024 headline sponsor Opencast.

TechNExt is a festival that epitomises the vibrancy and diversity of the North East’s tech sector. Through both its curated and community-led events, TechNExt offers a unique space for startups, students, and tech veterans to converge, share ideas, and foster growth.

For more information about TechNExt 2024, including details about tickets and how to get involved in the fringe events, please visit


Notes to editors:

TechNExt is a collaborative festival organised by Dynamo North East and Sunderland Software City, delivered by BeaconHouse Events.

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Laura Richards – TechNExt PR

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