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London Tech Week 2019: The Thunderbolt – using 3D modelling to transform lives

Peter Wyman, June 10, 2019 — Digital

Project manager, Greenbank Sports Academy

As part of Liverpool-based charity Greenbank, Greenbank Sports Academy (GSA) is the North West’s leading sports and leisure facility for disabled people. In 2018, we created a prototype of a first-of-its-kind dual-use sports wheelchair. We were aware of a similar product available in the US, but the model was solely designed for wheelchair football –…

London Tech Week 2019: Developing Connected and Autonomous Vehicles at Warwick University

Carsten Maple

Carsten Maple, — Digital

Professor of Cyber Systems Engineering in WMG, University of Warwick

 There is a national and global push to develop next generation transport and mobility solutions. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are an important component of the effort to reach zero accidents, zero congestion and zero emissions on roads and the CAV sector is predicted to be worth £907 billion by 2035. Research and DevelopmentTo thrust…

London Tech Week 2019: Encouraging more talent into the tech sector

Simon Bailie

Simon Bailie, — Digital

CEO of Digital DNA

The tech scene in Northern Ireland is as diverse and far-reaching as ever and Digital DNA is the premier events bringing people from across the tech sector together.With our world-renowned cybersecurity centre at CSIT, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for secure information technologies, and U.S. firms such as Rapdi7 and Proofpoint already in place,…

A year in the role as the VCSE Crown Representative

Claire Dove

, June 7, 2019 — Civil Society

VCSE Crown Representative

It was just over a year ago that I took up my role as VCSE (Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise) Crown Representative. It’s been an incredibly busy but rewarding year, and I have met with so many impressive individuals and organisations along the way, seeing first hand the vibrancy, success, and potential of these sectors.It’s…

Speak With IT and Aphasia – a problem with words

Hattie Foreman

Hattie Foreman, June 4, 2019 — Digital

Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator, Speak With IT

What is Aphasia?Aphasia is a word that 85% of our population are unfamiliar with, which is remarkable considering the disorder affects over 350,000 people in the UK. Following a stroke or brain injury, aphasia impacts the survivor’s ability to utilise and understand language, meaning every word can become as foreign as “aphasia” is to many…

CyberDen: Cyber entrepreneurs compete in front of ‘Dragons’

Andrew Penpraze

Andrew Penpraze, May 2, 2019 — Digital

Policy Adviser, Cyber Security

In a room at the Scottish Exhibition Centre around 100 delegates gather for something different from the speeches and workshops abound in the CyberUK agenda. The Cyber Den. A competition modelled on BBC’s Dragon’s Den that sees 12 cyber entrepreneurs compete to receive a year’s material support from the NCSC.This is the fourth year that…

A year of Creative Industries success

Tim Davie

, April 26, 2019 — Culture

Creative Industries Council Chair

One year on since the launch of the landmark Creative Industries Sector Deal, excellent progress has been made on the commitments from government and industry to drive the growth of creative businesses across the country. The UK’s creative industries are undoubtedly a real success story, worth over £100 billion per year, employing over two million…

Record Store Day 2019

Tracey Heyworth

, April 13, 2019 — Culture

Music and Copyright Adviser, DCMS

I should probably start by being honest about how I listen to music – I stream. A lot. The convenience, the portability and the huge amount of content is manna from heaven for a music geek like me. I listen while I’m walking, sitting on the train, typing at my desk, reading a book –…

Go Global Africa 2019: shaping the future

Louise Sheridan

, April 6, 2019 — Digital

Head of International Tech Hub Network

Our Go Global Africa 2019 programme came to a close on Thursday night with a fantastic pitching event from the entrepreneurs. Go Global is the first programme to launch across our new international Tech hub network, having run successfully in the UK Israel Tech Hub for the past four years. Sharing ideas and innovationFor the…

English Tourism Week 2019: Changing perceptions with 5G technology

Tim Bowles

, April 1, 2019 — Culture

Mayor of the West of England

Tourism can change the way we think about a place and we are using advanced 5G technology to change and challenge perceptions of tourist attractions around the West of England. Smart Tourism Our 5G Smart Tourism showcase in March used virtual and augmented reality to enhance the visitor experience in Bristol and Bath. For example,…