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Collaboration And Knowledge Exchange

 CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) events are an integral part of the Creative Fuse North East project and are seen as an important way of bringing a diverse range of North East skills, knowledge and expertise together on a regular basis, to network, share knowledge and form unique working relationships. 

Each CAKE event is themed, with expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges from their sector. 

The audience at each event is made up of creative innovators from many of the Creative Digital & IT sectors as well as the education, arts, culture, heritage, public health, manufacturing, engineering and many more. 

CAKE events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of perspectives. 

In keeping with its name, those attending the meetings would usually enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 the CAKE events were adapted to be delivered online.  

Richard Clay, Professor of Digital Humanities at Newcastle University, was part of the team who came up with the original idea for CAKE events while working at the University of Birmingham’s Digital Humanities Hub. He said:

‘Of all the things that the Hub did, and continues to do, CAKE had amongst the greatest long term impact; some amazing collaborations emerged over Victoria sponge.’
Richard Clay, Professor of Digital Humanities at Newcastle University



The monthly meetings are part of the Creative Fuse North East project, delivered by all five of the North East’s universities with the ambition to unlock the region’s potential in the creative economy and help drive innovation across the North East’s other industrial sectors.

To book a place for an upcoming CAKE fill in the details below.