Information technology has the power to get the much-vaunted Northern Powerhouse up and running.

That’s the view of the organiser of next month’s inaugural TechTrade Yorkshire event, which will draw IT professionals from across the region to explore the latest developments in one of the region’s fastest-growing industries.

The event, dubbed TY16, will take place on Thursday, September 8, at Elland Road, Leeds.

The free one-day programme will focus on how technology can transform organisations’ productivity, efficiency and innovation.

Keynote speaker James Akrigg, head of technology for partners at Microsoft will take to the stage to talk about how organisations can achieve more with technology – an enabler for modern working.

Other speakers include Vince Sparks, IT director of haulage giant Eddie Stobart; David Warburton-Broadhurst, of Metronet UK; Dr Adam Beaumont, chief executicve officer and founder of AQL; Dylan Roberts, chief digital officer at Leeds City Council; and Richard Carter, chief executive of Nostrum Group.

Knowledge-based seminars and 10-minute WIFLE – What I Feel Like Expressing – sessions will run alongside an exhibition showcasing about 50 tech specialists from areas such as big data, cybercrime, cloud computing, telecoms and process automation. The Intellectual Property Office, Media Yorkshire, Blue Logic and Manchester-based Godel Technologies are among the names already confirmed.

TY16 is the brainchild of Mooncas, the team behind Manufactured Yorkshire, which took place in May.

Mooncas founder Chrissie Gale said: “Yorkshire is fast becoming renowned for its digital prowess, with some of the country’s most prolific technological talent based here in the region. This event is designed to bring that community together, to help unlock Yorkshire’s further potential for growth.

“We don’t just want to look at IT from a functional or compliance perspective. We want to highlight its potential to fuel the much-discussed Northern Powerhouse. James Akrigg is, therefore, one of many speakers we look forward to welcoming to TY16 as part of our goal to see Yorkshire’s tech future, today.”

Further information including the seminar line-up, a run down on exhibitors and pre-registration can be found at .