For the eighth film in our Digital Up North series, we’re in Gateshead, talking to Codeworks founder and CEO Herb Kim. Chris Sharratt does the introductions.

Herb Kim is connected. As founder and CEO of Codeworks, it’s part of what he does. He brings digital thinkers and doers together, creates a space for ideas to be shared and, with his small team at Codeworks, puts on events that have become key dates in the digital industries calendar.

While the Codeworks mission is to grow the digital sector in the North-East, its impact goes far beyond the region. The annual Thinking Digital conference, launched in 2007, draws delegates from across Europe and features a global line-up of speakers.

While the Codeworks mission is to grow the digital sector in the North-East, its impact goes far beyond the region. This year’s conference in the main hall of Gateshead’s gleaming Norman Foster-designed concert hall was a sell out. Anticipating the demand, many more were able to listen to speakers via a live webcast that was streamed to venues across the UK, such as Cornerhouse in Manchester.

Kim founded Codeworks back in 2002, originally in Sunderland and now head quartered in Gateshead. Kim’s a native New Yorker (Brooklyn, to be precise), but has lived in the UK since 1997. His home and family, though, is in Liverpool, so most Monday mornings he gets in his car for the weekly commute to the Gateshead International Business Centre, where he puts in a full-on four days, before heading back to the North West on Thursday.

Kim talks fast and thinks the same. He’s a graduate of Princeton (1989, History), has an MBA in Management and Marketing and, prior to Codeworks, was head of business development at 02. Since 2010 he’s also been a TEDx curator, and readily acknowledges that TED was a big influence on Thinking Digital.

This year, Kim was 74th in the Wired (UK) ‘digital power brokers’ list. We’re not big on betting at Creative Times, but if we were, we might just risk a fiver on him edging up that list for 2012.

More information on Codeworks and its conferences at codeworks.net

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