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Technology Sector

Belfast is Europe’s leading city for new software development.

It is home to global businesses in financial software, data analytics and encryption, access control systems and intelligent surveillance technologies.

Northern Ireland has one of the fastest growing tech clusters in the UK. Belfast is the top city globally for the FinTech development projects and is one of FT fDi Intelligence’s Top 10 Digital Economies of the Future.

Belfast is Europe’s leading location for new software development projects. Investors include Allstate, CyberSource (a Visa company), Fujitsu, Cayan, BT, Arris and WANdisco.

Belfast is the world’s number one destination for US-based cybertech investment and is fast becoming a global cyber security hub. This sector employs over 1,200 people and as a result, the pipeline of talent; pioneering research and innovation; and secure and resilient infrastructure, it will be one of the world’s leading cyber economies by 2026.

One of the focal points is the Centre of Secure Technologies (CSIT), the UK innovation and knowledge centre for cyber security. The largest of its kind in the UK, this flagship centre counts BAE Systems, Infosys, IBM and Thales, amongst its partners.

Smart Belfast is building the foundations to let the city better harness our amazing pool of talent, creativity and first-class digital infrastructure to address challenges here and now; while at the same time growing an urban economy for the twenty-first century.  Drawing from the city’s tradition of hard work and know-how, Smart Belfast brings together our universities, businesses, local government and citizens to collaborate, innovate and experiment using cutting-edge technologies and data science. Check out Smart Belfast for more information on the brilliant projects taking place in Belfast right now!

Ambassador Circle

The Technology Sector is supported by our Ambassador Circle Advisory Panel.

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