Posts byIain Broome

Cooper Sessions: ‘From Side Project to Startup’

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

Cooper Sessions is a new, year-long programme of events and activities developed by the folks at Sheffield Technology Parks with entrepreneurship consultant, Laura Bennett. The first Fireside Chat features Razor’s Jamie Hinton and takes place on Tuesday 11 December. What are the Cooper Sessions? Sheffield Technology Parks is a year into its 2020 business plan, aimed

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

Episode 11: Katie Attwood and Tom Hoyland on organising and attending meetups

Hear the co-founders of Agile Sheffield share their experience of running a popular Sheffield meetup.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 11 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is now ready for your listening pleasure. In part one, I’m joined by Tom Hoyland and Katie Attwood, co-organisers of Agile Sheffield, one of the city’s excellent regular meetups. If you’ve ever thought about starting your

Help build the local ‘Internet of Food’

The University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute is seeking collaborators to help them design digital platforms for the city’s food ecosystem.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a digital project with the potential to have an enormous impact on the city, from public health to sustainability, community resistance and local economics. We’ve compiled the following information from the official invitation to collaborate. You can also download the terms of reference. Self-organising Action for

What Channel 4’s strategy announcement means for Sheffield

Key points from the 4 All the UK strategy and what Sheffield’s campaign team are doing next.

As you probably know, Sheffield is in the running to become one of the places Channel 4 sets up shop outside of London. It would be a fantastic coup, creating new opportunities and raising the profile of Sheffield as a creative city. Broadcast magazine reckons that the front-runners are Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield. We’ve put

How to employ highly skilled migrants to fill skills gaps

Fragomen’s Kathleen O’Donnell explains the process of employing highly skilled migrants to fill skills gaps.

We all know that it can be difficult to find the right employees in the tech and digital sector. It’s a problem in many places, including Sheffield. This guest post by Kathleen O’Donnell from Fragomen looks at how companies can recruit highly-skilled migrants to help fill those gaps. You can also hear Kathleen and her

It’s not all cupcakes and fizz. It’s tea and buddha bowls too.

Katie Attwood writes about plans to tackle issues and take practical steps for Sheffield’s women in tech.

This is a guest post written by Katie Attwood. The image above is by Tejay White.  The lunch was sponsored by Creative Sheffield (thanks Sarah Lowi Jones) and attended by Katie Attwood, Rachel Ferla, Annie Moss-Quate, Louisa Harrison-Walker, Emma Marshall, Emma Cooper, Sarah Lowi Jones, Anna Bollinger, Tejay White, Bella Abrams and Mel Kanarek. What we

The Tech Off – a meetup with a twist

The Techdept team are running a special North Vs South edition of The Tech Off on 7th March.

The Tech Off is an event described as ‘the lovechild of TED talks and WWE’, hosted by Sheffield digital agency, Techdept. On 7th March, they’re taking The Tech Off all the way to that there London for a very special North Vs South edition. Rather than try and explain The Tech Off to you ourselves, we

SaaS Tech Mission San Francisco 2018

A unique opportunity to meet Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs, companies and investors.

The chosen companies will fly out on 29th April and enjoy six days in San Francisco, before heading back to the UK on 4th May. If you are interested, you need to move quickly as places are likely to disappear pretty sharpish. About the trip The idea behind the SaaS High Growth Tech Mission is

Episode 10: Mike Faulks on cybersecurity, IoT and being part of a GCHQ accelerator

Hear how Ioetec are taking on cybersecurity and the internet of things, plus the company’s accelerator experience.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode10 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we’re joined by Mike Faulks, co-founder and director of Ioetec, a Sheffield company that provide a cloud service solution to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices with end-to-end authenticated, encrypted security. It was great to talk

Apply to the Capital Enterprise Investor Lounge

A great opportunity for local technology startups to meet investors and network on 14th March.

If you are one of the companies chosen to take part, Capital Enterprise will match you to two or three investors for a 30 minute face-to-face conversation. Once those speed meetings are done, there will also be drinks, nibbles and plenty of chance to natter and network with the wider community. About the Investor Lounge

Book a stand at STACK 2018

STACK 2018 is Sheffield Hallam University’s careers event in digital technology on 28th February.

The all-day event is a great way for digital companies to meet and talk to students, graduates, employers and other organisations about what you do and any job opportunities you might have. About STACK 2018 STACK is run by Sheffield Hallam’s Department of Computing, which offers a wide range of degrees and career pathways. It’s

Sheffield’s ASK4 attracts new investment

The investment will help the Sheffield company develop its products and move into new markets.

About ASK4 ASK4 provides high-speed internet solutions and managed data services for multi-tenant accommodations. They do it by partnering with universities, private sector student accommodation providers, residential apartment developers and businesses. Jonathan Burrows founded ASK4 in 2000: “Our growth has been built on delivering exceptional customer service and investing in strong long-term partnerships. With Bowmark’s

Episode 9: Leila Johnston on digital art, artificial intelligence and robot crows

We chat to Leila Johnston, artist, technologist and digital curator at Site Gallery.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 9 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we are joined by the fantastic Leila Johnston. Leila is an artist, technologist, curator, consultant, journalist and plenty of other things too. It was great to speak to her about what she’s currently working on,

Alternate Realities Market 2018 open for submissions

Submit your interactive, immersive or VR project to Sheffield Doc/Fest by 14 February 2018.

From those submissions, 25 creators will go on to hold one-to-one meetings with funders and advisors, which includes commissioners, broadcasters, arts organisations, online platforms, NGOs and other experts. About the Alternate Realities Market Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s number one documentary festival. It celebrates the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling and

Complete the Tech Nation 2018 survey

We want as many people and companies as possible to have their say and help represent Sheffield.

Tech Nation is a series of reports that aims to map the UK’s digital tech ecosystem. We think it’s really important to make sure Sheffield is well represented in the report, which is why we encourage you (firmly, politely) to complete the Tech Nation 2018 survey. It only takes a few minutes. You have until

How to get your event on the Sheffield Digital calendar

Events on our calendar are seen by hundreds of people every week – make sure yours is on there too!

Best of all, for the most part, it’s populated by the people who organise those events. And we’d love to add more. If you have a meetup and want to get it on the calendar, this is the post for you. What type of event goes on the calendar? As you can tell by looking

Episode 8: David Richards on WANdisco and his new tech skills foundation

David Richards explains his plans to change the way children are taught computer skills in schools.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We kick off 2018 with a fantastic guest on episode 8 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. David Richards is the CEO of the hugely successful WANdisco, which specialises in big data and has offices in Silicon Valley and Sheffield. It was absolutely fascinating