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Sally Bogg talks diversity in tech

Our AGM guest speaker shares her experiences and recommendations of increasing diversity in the tech sector

Sally Bogg is Head of Service Management in IT Services at Leeds Beckett University. She is a passionate supporter of Women in Technology and is keen to share her own experiences of working in the sector and leading a team that is open to all. Speaking at this year’s Sheffield Digital Annual General Meetup, Sally

Front End North is back for 2020

The conference for web designers and developers returns to Sheffield next February and tickets, sponsorship and speaking opportunities are now available.

Front End North is on Friday 7 February 2020 at The Crucible in Sheffield. It promises to be a welcoming one-day, one-track conference for developers and designers who work on the web. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to secure Sheffield’s spot as central to the thriving tech scene in the North of England. Tickets are

Meet talented people from the Tech Set Go! developer course

A new training programme is connecting employers to a diverse pool of future developers.

Tech Set Go! is a programme focused on finding and training individuals who are typically underrepresented in the tech sector – women for example, and individuals who are neurodiverse but have an aptitude for tech. We also wanted to focus on areas of deprivation where links with tech sector employers are often weaker. The core

Meet the Meetup: ProductTank Sheffield

International meetup brand ProductTank is now in Sheffield and we caught up with the organisers to find out how it’s going.

What made you start the ProductTank meetup in Sheffield? We ultimately think there’s a product-related community in the city that’s yet to be fully unearthed. Our aim is to diversify that in two key areas; one is to make sure that people from non-product backgrounds are welcome (whether you work with/alongside product, or just have

Sheffield’s AMT secures $5.2m funding

Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) has received a huge funding boost to develop and accelerate sales of its 3D printing post production technologies.

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT) produce fast, high quality and low-cost post processing solutions for 3D printed parts. The company has successfully completed Series A funding led by DSM Venturing, the venture capital arm of Royal DSM, and Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund, the collaboration between Foresight Group LLP (Foresight) and the venture arm of

SHU launches short placement scheme to strengthen talent pipeline

Sheffield Hallam University is inviting employers to take first year computing students on a one week placement to give them early exposure to the world of work.

SHU is extending its employability offer to first year students, adding to its successful history of internships and year-in-industry placements. The week long placements are designed to show Computing students the inner workings of Sheffield’s tech businesses, helping them to contextualise their learning and develop the skills that employers need. This could really strengthen the

Highlights from our AGM

Here’s a quick run through of what we heard from Mel and Chris at our Annual General Meetup.

We’ll start this post as we started the event, by saying a huge thank you to every single member, founder, partner and supporter of Sheffield Digital. Your support and enthusiasm means that we are growing in size, reputation and influence and we couldn’t exist without you. Thank you also to Sheffield Technology Parks, Shorts and

Apply now for tech growth programmes

Start up, scaling up or ready to go international, Tech Nation is looking for the next generation of UK tech businesses.

The programmes are designed to scale and grow the next generation of UK tech businesses and have an impressive alumni including Monzo, Deliveroo, and Skyscanner. Each programme offers tailored solutions to the challenges facing UK companies, including access to networks and investors, hiring top talent, and expanding internationally. Tech Nation is looking for a range

Hackathon announced to find & fund software ideas

Urban Flows Observatory is looking for software solutions to help tackle local energy and health challenges.

The hackathon Taking place on 22 and 23 November (venue TBC) the hackathon is free to join and gives you the chance to work with real data relating to the city’s energy and resource usage. This work is part of a three-year, multi-million Euro international academic collaboration being carried out the Urban Flows Observatory at

A great time to be in tech

David Richards on the new WANdisco Academy at Sheffield College and rolling out his foundation's data science syllabus.

It is a great time to be in tech. Demand for data scientists and data engineers has more than tripled over the last five years according to the Royal Society. This is creating thousands of new jobs that a decade ago simply would not have existed. Some incredible career opportunities await those with the right

Are you a Yorkshire Top Tech company?

The Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019 report is now open for entries.

What is Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019? Now in its second year, Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019 is a report compiled and published by the Leeds office of national law firm Mills & Reeve in partnership with TheBusinessDesk.com. It is open to companies which have developed world-leading technology, are disrupting markets across all industries and whose technology

Fund your most talented innovators

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a new round of Future Leaders Fellowships, an opportunity to develop your researchers and innovators.

Future Leaders Fellowships are designed to help the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and researchers get the support they need to develop their careers. A Fellowship could help your business to: attract or retain an individual with outstanding leadership potential to lead a challenging innovation or research project access funding to cover

Company profile: Quidco

We caught up with cashback company, Quidco, a new member to the Sheffield Digital community.

Quidco is an online cashback provider. With only one main competitor in the UK, it markets itself as the first and the UK’s number one cashback site. Working with trusted brands and providing a superior customer experience is what the team feels differentiates Quidco from its competition. Sarah explains, “It’s the look and feel of

Company profile: Can Studios

New Sheffield Digital Member, Can Studios, has some exciting projects on the go and we caught up with Technical Director, Paul Hilton to find out more.

Can Studios was established almost 20 years ago by university friends Paul Hilton and Ian Stanyer. Applying their complementary skills in programming and design to various coursework projects, competitions and paid commissions, they eventually settled on Sheffield as the city to start their business in. Paul explains, “We’d done some work with an online casino

Special offer to attend World Summit Ai

Tech startups can get involved in the World Summit Ai with a tailored exhibitor package.

The DIT has negotiated a special offer for start-ups that want to attend the World Summit Ai, which attracts 6000+ attendees, 200 speakers from enterprise, big tech, startups, investors and science and has over 160+ countries represented. The British Embassy The Hague will hold a side event at the conference, for a high-level meetup between

Meet the Meetup: Immerse Sheffield

We met the team behind Immerse Sheffield to see how they are fitting into the city’s vibrant meetup scene.

What made you want to start an immersive technologies meetup? Immersive Tech is an exciting new frontier in digital and there was a growing number of people and businesses exploring the technology. All of us have worked with it separately and wanted a space to talk about all the exciting stuff we were seeing happening

Next stop, iRepair Sheffield

Ecclesall Road’s iRepair Stop has joined Sheffield Digital and is offering a 10% discount to all members.

iRepair Stop opened in October 2018 on Ecclesall Road, close to Sheffield Hallam’s Collegiate Campus. In its prime location, it has quickly become the go-to place for iPhone, iPad and MacBook repairs from the large student community, local residents and visitors from further afield. The team – which consists of Dave Walker, Cal Lapugean and

Company profile: University of Sheffield Corporate Information & Computing Services

We caught up with Bella Abrams, TUoS’s Director of Information Technology, about her plans for the department, now a company member of Sheffield Digital.

An evolving IT team The University’s IT team is a big digital employer in Sheffield, and it has a big remit to match. This includes face-to-face student support, an IT helpdesk and managing the University’s corporate systems, such as human resources and finance. Perhaps less obvious is the team’s role in supporting research, running incredible

Employers invited on board new Masters level software apprenticeship

Sheffield Hallam University is offering employers a valuable opportunity to attract and retain talent with its latest software engineering apprenticeship.

What is the qualification & who is it for? The Level 7 Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist (Software Engineering) Apprenticeship is open to people who are working in software engineering – for example, as a developer or tester. Applicants must have a 2:2 degree or above; however this can be in any subject, it doesn’t

Explore #EdTech at Hallam Festival of Education

Tes Resources will play host to a packed day of sessions at its Sheffield HQ as part of the festival, delving into the extensive world of technology in education.

The Hallam Festival of Education Sheffield Hallam University’s first Festival of Education is coming, designed to celebrate and shout about the belief that education has the power to make transformative change. The event is for education professionals working from 0-19 and in true festival style, delegates can pick and choose what sessions they go to, depending

Lend your skills to The Startup Summer

Kollider is looking for mentors from the digital community to help students get their business ideas off the ground this summer.

How The Startup Summer works This is the first of what Kollider hopes will be an annual programme of support for entrepreneurial students and a limited number of non-students, taking them from idea to prototype through intensive and practical help and mentoring. Across three weeks, up to 12 teams of five participants – put together

Children’s Media Conference: special rates for Sheffield’s digital community

Members of Sheffield’s digital community can save £120 on tickets to this year’s Children’s Media Conference.

About the Children’s Media Conference This is the only event of its kind in the UK, taking place on our doorstep right here in Sheffield on 2-4 July 2019. The Children’s Media Conference is for everyone working in kids content production and distribution, across all platforms. Since 2004, the conference has welcomed delegates from film,

Hydra Creative makes Prolific North shortlist for manufacturing expertise

Sheffield digital agency shortlisted in Prolific North’s inaugural Tech Awards.

The awards are designed to celebrate and reward the very best tech companies across the north and will culminate in an awards ceremony as part of Tech Show North. We caught up with the Hydra Creative team to dig a little deeper into their submission, their work with the manufacturing sector and the research that

Zinc brings tech entrepreneurs to Sheffield

Zinc’s startup showcase is an opportunity for Sheffield’s digital businesses to show what they can offer global entrepreneurs.

The showcase event event will host entrepreneurs from a startup programme led by Zinc, an organisation that builds new tech companies to solve the developed world’s toughest social issues. ‘Mission 2’ is Zinc’s second support programme, which invited entrepreneurs to design scalable solutions that unlock new opportunities for people in places that have been hard-hit

Company profile: Joi Polloi

We caught up with Nick Crossland, Acting Managing Director of Joi Polloi, to find out more about the Sheffield-based specialist digital agency.

Acting Managing Director, Nick Crossland spoke to us about breaking into a largely impenetrable, London-based industry, breeding a culture of curiosity, and the challenges that come with growing a three-person ‘lifestyle’ business into a 17-strong team, challenging for high-profile national projects. A digital transformation Joi Polloi makes stuff people love. Like digital platforms, products, content

BirchenallHowden merges with ASK4 subsidiaries

Two Sheffield IT companies have merged to cement more than a decade of close partnership working.

BirchenallHowden Ltd was founded in 2006 by Philip Howden and Neill Birchenall, who is also a founding member of Sheffield Digital. Experiencing year on year growth since its inception, the company has developed a strong working relationship with the ASK4 Group and has many mutual customers owing to the companies’ complementary services. BirchenallHowden provides IT

Meet the Meetup: agile Sheffield

The team behind agile Sheffield tell us how they’ve grown their meetup community.

We caught up with organisers Richard Joseph, Katie Attwood and Tom Hoyland to find out what it takes to make a meetup more than just an event, and what plans the team has for future growth. What made you want to start an agile meetup? We hosted our first meetup back in July 2015, after

Meet the Meetup: Sheffield Data for Good

We caught up with Tom French to find out how the Sheffield Data for Good meetup is using data to tackle the city’s biggest social problems.

Meetup founder, Tom French speaks to us about how the events are going and how the idea has been shaped and developed to deliver real positive impact in Sheffield. What made you want to start the Sheffield Data for Good meetup? It began with my day job, which is in the research and evaluation team

Introducing The Developer Academy

Ben Atha from MilkLab Media is creating a new kind of educational experience for training web developers.

What is The Developer Academy? The Developer Academy is founded by Ben Atha, Director of Milklab Media. The programme combines face-to-face, instructor-led group sessions with online modules. Group sessions are held on evenings and weekends and online modules can be completed at a time and pace that suits each student. The training is designed for

Sheffield tech company tackles social exclusion with free event tickets

Tickets For Good is helping thousands of people enjoy gigs, performances and events via its online ticket donation platform, The Ticket Bank.

For many people, live music gigs, theatre performances and other events are not accessible due to financial constraints, care commitments or social exclusion. The Ticket Bank programme is designed to help people overcome these barriers so they can go out and enjoy events. Benefits to health and wellbeing The link between mental wellbeing and access

The Workshop and The Sheffield College pioneer a new tech talent pipeline

An alternative recruitment route has helped to secure young tech talent for a local company.

Sixteen-year-old Jack Buss has joined the company as an apprentice after he had previously completed a two-week placement with them, making an immediate impression. Director Mark Pearce comments, “We’ve always taken graduates in the past, but I’ve been involved with apprenticeships in another business and that’s exposed me to a lot of youngsters with talent,

Meet the Meetup: legup.social

We caught up with the legup.social team to find out more about Sheffield’s first meetup for digital mentors and mentees.

The team has so far organised 13 meetups in Sheffield and two in Manchester, so we caught up with them to find out how it all started, how it’s going and what’s next for legup.social. What made you want to start a meetup to help small businesses, charities and social enterprises with digital? Two things

Opportunities to join Alternate Realities Programme at Doc/Fest 2019

Submissions are open for a number of opportunities in Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019’s Alternate Realities Programme.

The 26th Edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place Thursday 6 June–Tuesday 11 June 2019. The Alternate Realities Programme includes an exhibition and Talent Market event. Sheffield Doc/Fest has also recently announced a £20,000 artist commission to create an imaginative digital artwork in documentary, which will be showcased at the festival. The Commission Supported by Arts

Company profile: Razor

We speak to Jamie Hinton, Co-founder of Razor, Sheffield Digital company member and one of the city’s recent success stories.

We caught up with Jamie, chief executive of Razor to find out more, including the imminent move to a new Razor HQ, the secret to recruitment success and a major project with a FTSE100 aerospace company. On tackling really difficult problems Razor designs digital solutions to increase business efficiency and improve user experience. Serving a

IoT Tribe North accelerator returns to South Yorkshire

IoT Tribe North is working with Barnsley Digital Media Centre for a second consecutive year, helping to accelerate early stage IoT startups.

What’s it all about? IoT Tribe is a global accelerator programme that has supported more than 130 IoT companies to refine their products, define their markets and attract investment. In 2018, IoT Tribe came to South Yorkshire – a project dubbed IoT Tribe North. Ten startup companies were housed at the DMC for an intensive,

Matchmaking event for creative and immersive tech companies

‘Up Your Game’ is a great opportunity to grow your network of collaboration partners from the UK and overseas.

About Up Your Game Up Your Game will welcome companies from countries including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Cyprus and Ireland, that are interested in using immersive technologies including AI, VR and CGI. The matchmaking sessions will offer delegates a structured way of meeting other companies to explore potential collaboration and facilitate ideas, innovation and investment in

Join a tech mission to Germany’s industrial and technology powerhouse

Members of Sheffield Digital are invited by the UK Department for International Trade to apply for a place on ‘AI & beyond’.

Taking place on 20–21 February 2019, the mission puts you in front of leading global brands including Audi, Siemens and Airbus – all looking for providers of technical solutions. Day 1: B2B meetings with decision makers from large German companies Day 1 is all about matchmaking. A B2B matchmaking platform will allow you to pre-arrange

UK’s department for international trade looking for Sheffield companies to join them at SXSW 2019

The South by Southwest festival takes place in March 2019 and is an opportunity to put your business on an international stage.

If you’re thinking of attending SXSW 2019, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) is looking for businesses from Sheffield’s digital sector to join its delegation in Texas. This has potential to get your business in front of up to 300,000 people and we’d love to see Sheffield companies involved. Interested? Read on for more

Code Make Win 2018 award winners

Young tech talent in Sheffield recognised for game development skills.

Two young coders from Sheffield have been recognised for their game development skills in the city’s CODE>MAKE>WIN 2018 competition. Jack Underwood and Edward Waller fought off tough competition to be awarded first prize in games design for the age 14–16 and 10–13 categories respectively. Jack Underwood, aged 15, who is a student at UTC Sheffield