The catapult sits within a much wider and deeper policy context where government has been aiming to bring excellent research much closer to innovation and market outcomes. The regional catapults of which DCCB is one also have links to policy processes on designing the next stages of the digital economy informed by the AHRC-funded Brighton Fuse research on business acceleration through fusion across IT, creative arts and design skill sets.
Wired Sussex was also the key business partner in the AHRC-funded Fuse Box24 focused on putting the insights of the Fuse research into practice through a radical 24-week business support programme combining arts and design with lean business and digital approaches to innovation.
The Fuse principles informed the development of the core concept for the DCCB ‘Internet of Place’ developing further the case for the diverse role of creative arts, design and humanities and social science perspectives in digital innovation in the era of big data and internet of everything.
The Connected Digital Economy Catapult became operational in 2013 with funding from the Technology Strategy Board. It supports businesses by building open platforms, providing access to specialist labs, facilities and expertise and by bringing partners together.