The UK Tech Innovation Index measures both current activity and potential for innovation in seven technology sectors, for 36 UK cities.

Choose a technology sector or click a city to get started.

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About

This tool was built by Thomas Forth and Daniel Billingsley at ODILeeds, as part of a project with The ODI, The Digital Catapult, and InnovateUK.

Method

Our city rankings take data from three sources; tech events, scientific publications, and data on local skills, business startup rates, and research and development spending.

We've written two blog posts that explain where we've innovated in this work. One explains how we use tech events data from three sources for the first time. Another explains how we use a preview of Microsoft's Academic Knowledge API to understand patterns in academic publications.

The rankings and the scores for each city are available under an open license on GitHub. You can download the raw data and algorithm (.xlsx) and see how each city's score is calculated in more detail too. If you spot errors, or have improvements to suggest, please get in touch. These results are preliminary, and our results are experimental. Things are improving all the time.

This tool isn't perfect, we think that Leeds is much better at data than it shows for example, but we're at a stage where it will improve most quickly if we share it. If you spot errors, or have improvements to suggest, please get in touch. These results are preliminary, and our results are experimental. Things are improving all the time. Let us know and we'll fix it.

What's next?

At ODILeeds we're doing lots of work about investment, innovation, and cities in the UK. We've collected and visualised lots more data about the Internet of Things sector. We've helped TechCity with their TechNation report, and helped them to share Northern Tech investments data on Data Mill North. And we've mapped the digital sector for the Leeds City Region in much more detail.

If we can help you, or if you can help us, please get in touch.