CIVIC chiefs are inviting people to come together for an event to help local businesses.

Hack Winchester! will be an interactive event where you can help local business and young talent in Winchester by working together to explore ideas and share solutions.

The hack, on Saturday, September 8 at Winchester University’s West Downs Centre, is for people with all sorts of skills and experience to get together to solve shared problems. It’s not just for experts in technology; everyone who is interested can join in.

Hack Winchester! organised by Winchester City Council and the university, follows on from the city’s first Unconference on the theme of ‘How can Winchester be a premier business destination?’

It will use technology and data to help explore supporting local businesses, attracting and retaining young people and creating co-working spaces.

Winchester City Council’s deputy leader Cllr Robert Humby said: “The way that we interact is changing. Over the last decade, uptake of high-speed broadband, smart phones, social media and open data has continued to increase.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with our partners at the University of Winchester to use digital technology to help Winchester be a premier business location.”

Dr Ben Sanders, head of the department of digital futures at the university, added: “As digital technologies permeate almost every facet of our lives, we need to embrace the opportunities and challenges of these new and emerging technologies using multidisciplinary approaches. We are delighted to work with Winchester City Council in using digital technologies to enhance businesses and enterprise in Winchester”

Hack Winchester! takes place from 9am to 6pm and is free to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.