Briefing Paper from Digital Policy Conflab #2 – Spatio-sectoral Planning

Here's the briefing paper I wrote on the Sheffield tech incubator ecosystem for our Digital Policy Conflab #2. Notes on the session itself will follow...

Background In the March 2015 Budget, the UK Treasury pledged £11m in capital funding to create three digital technology hubs in the North in order to stimulate economic activity as part of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’. This funding was divided between Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, with Sheffield’s initiative given the moniker ‘MakerHub’ in order to connect
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Sheffield City Region ‘Vision’ Report Launch

During 2016 several local ‘anchor institutions’ worked together to articulate a vision for the region’s future, and how to get there...

You may recall, (if you are a *really* avid reader of our blog!), that roughly a year ago we reported on an initiative that was being led by the two Sheffield universities, the Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust together with the region’s LEP and local authorities to “generate a refreshed and compelling long-term vision for
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Superfast South Yorkshire’s Connectivity and Innovation Vouchers Scheme

Earlier this month SFSY launched two new voucher schemes to help local firms access high speed broadband, and make transformational use of it.

Firstly a quick refresher for those who don’t know what Superfast South Yorkshire does: Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) is jointly funded by funded by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK – a central government organisation), BT and the 4 South Yorkshire partner Local Authorities (Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster & Rotherham). It’s mission is really two-fold: Provide fibre connectivity
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The 2017 State of Sheffield Report

Last week saw the launch of this year’s State of Sheffield report - here are some of the interesting bits...

Every year since 2012 the Sheffield City Partnership Board has commissioned a report to take a clear-eyed, warts and all look at the city, its challenges and opportunities and how it compares to other places. Each year the focus is slightly different, and over time the reports provide an increasingly expansive view of Sheffield and
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A follow-up from our open letter on Public Wifi

Last month we published an open letter from the tech community about Sheffield's Public WiFi initiative - here's the follow up.

Here’s a quick update on the response from our open letter regarding city centre WiFi. As I’ve previously mentioned on Slack, the response to our letter from the council has been very positive and open. As well as email responses from councillor Bramall and Ed Highfield, I had a follow up conversation with David Oliver,
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Sheffield startup AMT leads on advanced 3D Printing tech

Additive Manufacturing Technologies is leading a £625K consortium for advanced 3d printing post-processing

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd were founded in 2015 by Joseph Crabtree, and are the world’s first company focused on developing digital tech solutions for post-processing 3D Printed parts. They have just been awarded £625k by Innovate UK and consortium members including UK inkjet manufacturer Xaar plc, based in Cambridge, and Atomjet Ltd, to develop a next-generation
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Local tech start-up goes global.

Sheffield based digital agency Appt is launching an office in Kunming, China

Appt, a digital agency specialising in the design and development of bespoke mobile and web based apps, is opening a new office in Kunming, China. Their mission is to help companies navigate the complex differences between the digital landscapes of China and the West. Chinese developer Yingzhu (Joy) Quan, a Sheffield University graduate, will be returning
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Digital Policy Conflab #2 – “Spatio-sectoral planning”

We're hosting a public round-table discussion, in conjunction with Creative Sheffield, to find out more about the proposed digital hubs in Sheffield

I know. “Spatio-what??” Let me explain: For the second Sheffield Digital Policy Conflab, we’re working with Creative Sheffield to host a public round-table debate on the topic of what digital technology areas, or ‘clusters’, the city is looking to support (the sectoral bit), and where are the best places for that support to be located (the
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