Posts byIain Broome

Join us for the first Sheffield Digital Podcast live event

We're talking to Hannah Chaplin of Receptive about the startup's success and being acquired

Come and join us for the first ever live recording of the Sheffield Digital Podcast! After 30+ episodes and 13000+ downloads, we’re taking the show on the road as part of the Sheffield Digital Festival. The event is supported by the fine folk at Spaces, who are providing the venue, and Rebel Base Media, who are

Episode 31: Ben Atha on The Developer Academy and teaching Sheffield to code

We talk to the founder of The Developer Academy about its blended approach to learning how to code.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed From pricing to the importance of face-to-face learning, Ben shares his approach to testing up The Developer Academy so far. He also covers the organisations aims and how the first crop of learners have taken to this new programme in Sheffield. In part

Elements Technology receive £250,000 investment

Sheffield IoT company secure NPIF funding to develop its team, product portfolio and headquarters.

About Elements Technology Founded last year in Sheffield by Dr. Joe Handsaker, Elements is an Internet of Things (IoT) software developer for small and micro manufacturers. The business is creating software that re-purposes consumer technologies for use in manufacturing, with a specific interest in exploring opportunities for wearable technologies in the sector. Elements’ revenue model

25% exhibitor discount at Tech Show North and eCommerce Show North

Sheffield Digital company members can get 25% off a stand at one of the biggest digital expos in the North of England.

About Tech Show North and eCommerce Show North eCommerce Show North was established to reflect the huge commercial marketplace outside of London and the large number of businesses successfully growing and looking for new suppliers in the north. As such, it has become the biggest gathering of eCommerce companies, vendors and suppliers held outside the

Episode 30: Red McKay on robotics, retail and Sheffield as a great place for business

We chat to CEO of Bossa Nova Robotics about the company's move to Sheffield and its game-changing technology.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed From transport links and house prices to general quality of life, Red talked about why Bossa Nova chose to have its first Europe office in Sheffield. He also covered his own story and how he grew up in the city before establishing a

Top tips on attracting mid-level tech talent

Amelie de Candolle from Benchmark shares some ideas on what businesses can do to tackle the challenge of filling mid-level roles.

This is a guest post by Amelie de Candolle, the digital and creative sector specialist at Sheffield recruitment agency Benchmark. Benchmark are one of Sheffield Digital’s Associate Sponsors. Facing up to the challenge The tech sector has become one of the fastest growing in recent times and I am regularly asked, “How do we attract

Sharna Jackson on Site Gallery and Sheffield’s contribution to digital arts and culture

We speak to Artistic Director at Site Gallery about moving to Sheffield and digital's relationship with the arts.

 Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Sharna has an action-packed background in arts, culture and all things digital. We spoke to her about her career so far, how she ended up in Sheffield and some of the ways that digital technology may influence the team’s work at Site

Sponsor Sheffield’s young robotics teams

UTC Olympic Legacy Park has successful robotics teams that need vital sponsorship to help them compete on a national and (potentially) world stage.

Robotics at the UTC The facilities and teaching out at the UTC Olympic Legacy Park are brilliant and giving Sheffield students a fantastic opportunity to work and learn with robotics. Fielding many active robotics teams, the UTC has had most success competing in VEX Robotics. Apart from putting their skills to the test, these competitions

Learn new tricks at Site Gallery’s digital surgeries

As part of its 40th year, Site Gallery is hosting a series of creative digital workshops to help demystify new technologies.

As a pioneer of emerging art practices and ideas, Site Gallery has inspired new thinking for 40 years. In this anniversary year, the gallery is looking back at this legacy by hosting ‘New Tricks’ – a series of four digital surgeries on contemporary technologies used by artists to push the boundaries of their practices. The

Sheffield Digital is now on Instagram!

We are now on Instagram and we want to showcase the city’s fantastic workspaces, events and meetups.

What are we posting on Instagram? We think that Twitter (@SHFdigital) is the best place for us to focus on news and more general updates on what we are doing. And on Facebook and LinkedIn, we tend to specifically share blog posts that we publish here on the Sheffield Digital site. Instagram feels like an

The Star launches Sheffield’s first Digital Awards

Sheffield Star launches its first Digital Awards – the deadline for nominations is 22 March with the ceremony to take place on 2 May.

The Star has worked with us here at Sheffield Digital and the team at Kollider to create this opportunity to really shout about the city and its tech success stories. While we all know that the digital sector contributes a huge amount to Sheffield’s economy and culture, the Digital Awards will see the message reach

Episode 28: Tim Brazier on career paths, service design and Sheffield Design School

We speak to Head of Service Design at Good Things Foundation about his career so far and brand new venture.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We talk to Tim about his career so far and how where we end up might not always be where we thought we’d go. It’s great to hear to Tim share the journey from project management to service design and how he’s helped

Customise your Sheffield Digital Slack with our brand colours

Exciting news – now you can make your Sheffield Digital Slack team look a whole more Sheffield Digitally.

Why change your Slack colours? Well for us it’s all about the warm fuzzy feeling we get at the thought of all 1000+ members using out brand colours. But for you, I can think of three other reasons why you might like to change the colour of your Sheffield Digital Slack team. And here they

Episode 27: Sheffield to Shanghai kids return to share their Chinese adventure

Hear how the Sheffield team got on at the World Educational Robot contest in Shanghai.

 Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In November 2018, our very own Chris Dymond interviewed a group of talented Sheffield kids and their parents, as they were preparing to head off to the World Educational Robot Contest in Shanghai. They were the UK’s first entrants and it had

DigixSpaces: Machine Learning and AI

Grab your spot at the first event in the new DigixSpaces series which takes place on 31 January at Acero Spaces.

About DigixSpaces Last October, we were thrilled to welcome Acero Spaces as the latest Sheffield Digital regional partner. We knew it was a chance to work with them on a range of ideas and projects, so it’s great to see the first of those out in the wild. The idea behind DigixSpaces is to provide

Episode 26: End-of-year highlights and hopes for 2019

Final episode of 2018 sees the team look back on a really positive year for the city's digital sector.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 26 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is here just in time for Christmas and what better way to sit back, relax and enjoy a nice break. This is something of a special episode as me, Mel and Chris share some of our

Cooper Sessions: ‘From Side Project to Startup’

First of a new year-long series of events and activities for Sheffield’s digital entrepreneurs.

What are the Cooper Sessions? Sheffield Technology Parks is a year into its 2020 business plan, aimed at making the Cooper Building the affordable and supportive City Centre location to start and grow your digital business. The Cooper Sessions is a new initiative aimed at entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level.

Episode 25: Sheffield Digital Showcase #1

All the talks from our first Showcase event – Joi Polloi, Boneloaf, Megaverse, WANdisco and Bossa Nova.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed What is the Sheffield Digital Showcase? We’ve long wanted to create a space for Sheffield’s companies and freelancers to present a significant piece of work they’ve recently produced. On 22 November, we did just that by taking over The Platform and handing over

Episode 24: Iain Simons on bringing the National Videogame Museum to Sheffield

We speak to the NVM's director on launch day to see what's in store for Sheffield's exciting new addition.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 24 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Iain Simons, director of the National Videogame Museum (NVM) which has just opened in our fair city. We spoke to Iain from the NVM itself on the day of the launch. It’s

Best British Tech Startup competition 2019

Deadline for entries is Sunday 25 November and it would be great to see Sheffield represented.

What’s it all about? This is the fifth edition of the BBTS competition, which helps highlight and showcase some of the UK companies doing great work. Thousands of businesses have entered the competition in previous years and many have gone on to raise millions in funding. Previous participants include What3Words, Babylon Health, Your.MD and SafeToNet.

Designing the future of public services in Sheffield

FutureGov's David Ayre reports back with a rundown of what happened at the first governance.SHF event.

This is a guest post by David Ayre, Project Director at FutureGov, and was first published on Medium. The power of different perspectives Bringing together the police, DEFRA, DWP, Good Things Foundation, the Home Office, the NHS and the Universities to our GovernanceSHF launch event last week meant we had a wealth of expertise with

Episode 22: Richard Motley on place-making, economic policy and the role of digital

We interview the former head of CIQ Agency and now director of Integreat Plus.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 22 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast, Mel and Chris interview Richard Motley, former head of the Cultural Industries Quarter Agency and now director of Integreat Plus, a not-for-profit social enterprise consultancy. Richard has been involved in place-making for the creative and

Spaces Acero joins Sheffield Digital

Sheffield’s latest workspace has big plans and a discount offer for the community.

Originating in Amsterdam, Spaces aims to offer workspace that covers the spectrum from flexible co-working and meeting space to grow-on office space. Located on the ground floor of Acero (the newest building on the Sheffield Digital Campus), the main area is bright and beautifully furnished, with sofas, communal work tables, phone booths, meeting areas, private

Episode 21: Rachel Boyce on new ways of using tickets and tech

Listen to us talk about digital platforms for social good and all things happening in Sheffield's digital sector.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 21 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we talk to Rachel Boyce, part of the team behind Tickets for Good and Ticket Bank Programme. If you’ve ever thought about how you can create a digital platform that has a social impact, then

Join a day of discussions and workshops to launch governance.shf

dotSHF are teaming up with FutureGov to kickstart the governance strand of Sheffield's digital coalition.

This should be a fantastic event and marks another milestone for dotSHF, as the coalition moves into its next phase. If you’d like to understand, discuss and work through what a city-wide approach to public services might look like, go register your place over on Eventbrite. In this post, we talk to Bea Karol Burks,

Episode 20: Jonny Briggs on the Field Design story and a digital design festival for Sheffield

Listen to Jonny Briggs talk building an agency, working on AR projects and planning a new festival.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 20 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we interview the ace Jonny Briggs from Sheffield design agency, Field Design. We cover all sorts of topics, including how Field Design got started and has grown, as well as the company’s recent work on

Episode 19: Helen Milner on the Good Things story and being one of Sheffield’s best kept tech secrets

Helen Milner talks about the charity's origins, its expansion to Australia and Kenya, recruiting in Sheffield, and the challenges of digital inclusion.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 19 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is ready for you and features an interview with Helen Milner, chief executive of Good Things Foundation. We start be asking Helen to share a potted history of the organisation, including its recent expansion into Australia

What do co-workers in Sheffield value?

Rowan Hall shares her research into Sheffield’s growing co-working scene and asks you to take a survey.

This is a guest post by Rowan Hall, a mature student at Sheffield Hallam University, currently working on her dissertation; exploring co-working in Sheffield. Do you work in a co-working space? Please do take a few minutes to complete Rowan’s survey. Last month, I started a dissertation research project looking at the places and spaces

Episode 18: Chris Roberts on growing a collective with strong values

We speak to the founder of Nimble Approach and cover all the latest news and events in Sheffield's digital sector.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We loved hearing Chris talk about how he is doing things a little bit differently. From pop-up squads and culture change to focusing (and sticking to) strong values, Nimble Approach has grown quickly and is doing really rather well. If you are thinking

Come to the first Freelancer Friday on 20th July – this week!

A day for freelancers to work together and get some sound advice – plus a discount for our members.

This Friday 20th July sees Sheffield Technology Park host the first Freelancer Friday in their recently opened Cooper Lounge. This is a fantastic opportunity to chat to, learn from and work alongside other freelancers. You will also be able to get advice from some of Sheffield Digital’s associate sponsors: Shorts (accountants), Irwin Mitchell (solicitors) and

Megaverse XR Theatre Lab and its 3D holographic scanning rig

You can head to the show and tell session to learn more and see the kit in action on 20 and 27 July.

Creating a unique 3D experience Funded by Arts Council England, the Lab is designed to be an open learning and performance space to create new work, and connect communities, artists, and technologists. Though there will be plenty to enjoy and explore over the Lab’s week-long run, the star of the show will be the large-scale

Episode 17: Robin Wood on SteelCon, security and running a successful event

Founder of SteelCon talks about this year's event and we run through a busy month of news and events in Sheffield.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 17 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is ready for you and features an interview with Robin Wood, security consultant, researcher and co-founder of the ever-popular SteelCon. Mel and Chris spoke to Robin about how SteelCon started, why it’s so successful, and online

Tech Nation growth programme for early-stage fintech startups

Tech Nation are now actively looking for Sheffield startups to join the programme – applications open until 17th July.

Growing fintech scene in Sheffield This new initiative from Tech Nation recognises that there is plenty of good work happening outside of London when it comes to fintech. As for Sheffield, it seems like there is a scene developing here too. HSBC are moving into their new £90m office building in the city centre next

Sumo celebrate 15 years with gaming art exhibition

Acclaimed Sheffield game development studio is showcasing 12 pieces from its back catalogue at The Workstation.

A Sumo-sized celebration If you don’t already know, Sumo Digital is a world-class, award-winning game development studio founded in Sheffield and that now has studios in Nottingham, Newcastle and Pune, India. Established in 2003, Sumo has grown from 15 people to over 480 across its four studios. They are a fully paid-up member of Sheffield

A new way to teach computer science

First course developed with support from the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation is set to start at Tapton School.

A new way to teach computer science The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation is a registered UK charity that aims to inspire young people to fulfil their potential through hands-on programmes and targeted assistance. Mr and Mrs Richards believe the current emphasis on coding in the classroom is misguided, as programming is at risk

Episode 16: Emma Cooper on Playground, young people and digital, and diversity in tech

Enjoy this wide-ranging conversation with Emma, who is co-curator of the Playground exhibition and an all-round digital maker and doer.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 16 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is out and features a conversation with Emma Cooper, co-curator of Playgrounds, a week-long free exhibition of interactive art for children and families. Emma has worked in Sheffield’s digital sector for many years, so we also

Meet the Meetup: Front End Sheffield

We go behind the scenes with the Front End Sheffield team to hear about one of Sheffield's newest regular meetups.

With three successful events under their belt, we spoke to the Front End Sheffield team to learn more about how it all got started and how they think it’s going. What made you want to start a front-end meetup? We were embarrassed that we had to go to Leeds or Manchester for a front-end meetup

Sheffield creative and digital agencies recognised as North’s best talent

Four leading Sheffield agencies have received major recognition for their contribution to the North’s creative, digital and media industries.

The news comes as it was revealed that Sheffield’s creative and digital sectors are growing faster in the city’s region than anywhere else in the UK. According to a Digital Report commissioned by the University of Sheffield, Creative Sheffield and supported by the Arts Council of England, the city boasts one of the highest growth

Free exhibition space at Sheffield’s first annual Digital Careers Fair

Sheffield Digifest returns on 2nd July and features a Digital Careers Fair that provides a fantastic opportunity for local employers.

Tickets are in high demand and Sero are expecting a sell-out for the Secondary School and Post 16 programme. So make sure you get in quick! About Sheffield Digifest Sheffield Digifest showcases careers opportunities in the digital sector where there are skills shortages and opportunities for industry growth. The annual festival celebrates the city’s next

Episode 15: Louisa Harrison-Walker and Chris Hill on skills and recruitment in the digital sector

CEO of Benchmark and founder of Northcoders discuss the state of skills and employment in Sheffield's digital sector.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed This is a substantial and wide-ranging conversation that covers a lot of ground. Louisa shares some of Benchmark’s findings from their ‘hard-to-fill vacancies’ survey, which makes for fascinating listening. And Chris talks about the type of people who develop digital skills through Northcoders.

Help shape the first LegalTech North Conference

Attend a kick-off meeting on 31st May to help shape this free conference that aims to make Sheffield the northern legaltech hub.

Through Sheffield Legal Hackers, Sheffield Digital associate sponsors Irwin Mitchell are in the process of organising a free LegalTech North Conference in Sheffield later in 2018. And they are looking for anyone who is interested to attend a kick-off meeting on 31st May and help make it happen. About the conference The LegalTech North Conference

Sheffield City Region Future Leaders Programme

An initiative to try and help make sure graduates want to stay and work in our Sheffield City Region.

Sheffield Hallam University, in conjunction with the University of Sheffield and other key contributors, are working on a ‘Future Leaders Programme’ for graduate employees across the Sheffield City Region (SCR). What’s the programme about? Despite a higher than average percentage of graduates choosing to gain employment in the city (and region), after two to three

Recruitment begins for Sheffield College software developer apprenticeship

Call for employers to provide examples of opportunities to help with marketing to potential candidates.

Recruitment has already begun and employers should get in touch with the College if they are interested in recruiting or in helping to showcase the range of opportunities that are available with local businesses. Pre-course bootcamp The apprenticeship will be marketed to the following three groups. Students finishing computer science A levels and BTECs who

Episode 14: Mayoral candidates on the region’s future and how digital fits in

We interview Hannah Kitching and Rob Murphy to find out their plans for Sheffield City Region if elected.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 14 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is ready for you. It’s a good one, as we interviewed two of the candidates in the upcoming Sheffield City Region mayoral election: Hannah Kitching of the Liberal Democrats and Rob Murphy from The Green Party.

Sheffield’s AMT nominated for 3D Printing Industry Award

Sheffield company up for prestigious industry award in Startup of the Year category.

3D Printing Industry is the number one publication for all things 3D printing. Its annual awards are prestigious for the industry and this is a fantastic achievement for AMT. It’s brilliant to see a Sheffield company doing great things on such as large and recognised platform. If you’d like to show your support, you can

Episode 13: Mark Gannon on dotSHF progress and Sheffield’s Urban 5G Test Bed bid

Hear the latest on the digital coalition, including its DL100 nomination and how it's helping Sheffield's Urban 5G bid.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We first spoke to Mark Gannon, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions at Sheffield City Council, back in September 2017 on episode 2 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. Since then, dotSHF has been formed, work is being done and it seems a

Digital Business Drop-in event in Sheffield on 10th May

Learn about the support and opportunities available through Innovate UK and its other organisations.

About the event Digital Business Drop-in events take place monthly around the country and this time it’s in Sheffield. If you are looking for help to grow your company, you can come along to network and hear from the likes of the Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK and Digital Catapult. They’ll be there to present

CTX is a Sheffield startup with a tool for searching multiple services

We speak to founder Rory Gibson, who is looking for feedback and offering a huge discount.

Rory worked at Technophobia for several years before heading to London to ‘do the startup thing’. He’s now back up north and consulting in Sheffield while trying to launch CTX. We asked Rory a few questions to give you a bit of background to the tool and the kind of help he’s looking for. What

Grab a discount for The Children’s Media Conference 2018

The CMC returns to Sheffield 3–5 July and you can buy a ticket at early-bird prices.

About the CMC In 2017, the CMC saw more than 1100 people flock to Sheffield from all areas of children’s media, entertainment, arts and culture. It’s a real gem in the city’s calendar of events and always a great place to learn something new and meet some great people. This is from the CMC website:

Episode 12: Tom Wolfenden on the Cooper Project and regional support for startups

Learn all about the new Cooper Project initiative aimed at helping Sheffield's digital startups.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 12 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. It features a conversation with Tom Wolfenden, Centre Manager of Sheffield Technology Parks, who talks about the new Cooper Project. It’s both a workspace and practical support for new