March 20, 2013
Some of Wales’ newest and most innovative mobile applications were launched at an event in Cardiff today, 20th March.
The Welsh Apps launch event, organised by the University of Glamorgan’s CEMAS project, provides a platform for Wales’ SME app developers to show off their innovative concepts, all of which take advantage of emerging mobile technologies.
Businesses of all shapes and sizes demonstrated how app technology is transforming their organisations.
The Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services (CEMAS) is a part funded ERDF project based at the University of Glamorgan.
Speaking at the event, Edwina Hart, Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport said, “Mobile applications span two of our key sectors – ICT and creative industries which is why this rapidly growing technology area is so important. It not only provides new business opportunities for companies developing apps but the use of apps can also bring real benefits to businesses.
“This event provides a great opportunity to promote the very creative work being undertaken by SMEs in this field in Wales and to highlight the expertise and support that CEMAS can provide to businesses to help their growth.”
Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan said, “The App launch event shows in action a fundamental partnership between industry in Wales and the University. We look forward to being able to do even more as the new regional university for South East Wales.”
CEMAS supports Welsh SMEs through the provision of leading consultancy in the mobile ICT sector and eligible SMEs can qualify for the CEMAS Assistance programme where a company’s app can potentially be completed at no risk to the SME and then taken to market.
Welsh SMEs can also benefit through membership of the Digital Mobile Innovation Network (MINe). Membership of MINe is free and allows SMEs to access information on CEMAS’s research activities. MINe members also benefit from information concerning other support programmes in Wales for SMEs.