Posts byIain Broome

Episode 62: Mark Mobbs on a new campaign to support Sheffield businesses and communities

How to make the most of Marketing Sheffield's new Make Yourself at Home initiative.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 62, we speak to Mark Mobbs from Marketing Sheffield about the new Make Yourself at Home campaign. It aims to support local businesses and communities by offering a framework that helps us all shout about the city as it moves forward

Episode 61: Accelerators, EdTech and life out of lockdown

Mel and Chris talk about Sheffield's digital sector after lockdown and other news and updates.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 61, Sheffield Digital’s directors Mel Kanarek and Chris Dymond talk about life in lockdown and how Sheffield’s digital sector has responded to the crisis. This is one of our news and update-type shows, so buckle up and listen in to find

Episode 60: James Marriott and Stuart Grimshaw on freelancing in the time of Covid-19

Two freelancers share stories, advice and what they've learned in lockdown.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 60 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast we talk all things freelancing with software engineer, Stuart Grimshaw, plus audio specialist and organiser of the Sheffield Collective meet-up, James Marriott. We’ve covered all sorts of Covid-19 related subjects over the last three months,

Episode 59: Jonny Briggs on adapting during the pandemic and rescheduling Sheffield Digital Festival

Director of design studio Field on doing business

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode 59 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast we speak to Jonny Briggs, director of Field, Sheffield design studio and co-producers of the Sheffield Digital Festival. We talk about business during the pandemic and plans for a rescheduled festival later in the year.

Episode 58: Sophie Wendell on managing a community during a global pandemic

Sheffield Digital's new community manager on supporting the community in challenging times.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed After a few interviews, episode 58 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features a chat with our new community manager, Sophie Wendell, and a catch up on what’s happening in the digital community. And what a start Sophie has had! The plan was for

Episode 57: How local makers are helping provide PPE for our healthcare workers

Tom Tobia, Joe Palmer and Mark Wrigley share the process of 3D printing visors in the coronavirus crisis.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed This episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with three Sheffield-based folk who are 3D printing visors that can be used by healthcare professionals in the coronavirus crisis. Tom Tobia is the founder of Makerversity, which provides work space, cutting-edge prototyping

Episode 56: Neil Armstrong from TribePad on the impact of COVID-19 on recruitment data

TribePad's Commercial Director discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on the data going through their recruitment software.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 56 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Neil Armstrong from recruitment software provider, TribePad. Neil talks us through some of the incredible data that has passed through their systems as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and its economic

Episode 55: Mark Gannon on the Council’s response to COVID-19

We hear how Sheffield City Council have been responding to the immediate challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 55 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Mark Gannon, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions at Sheffield City Council. We ask Mark about how the Council is taking on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak and its

Episode 54: Making sense of the Government’s COVID-19 support measures

Expert information and advice from legal firm, Keebles and accountants, Shorts.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 54 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features two interviews that will hopefully help you understand the COVID-19 measures put in place to support businesses, employees and people who are self-employed. First, we spoke to Carys Thompson, Catherine Wilson and Matt Ainsworth from

Episode 53: Phil from Help Sheffield on running a DIY digital service for the city

How one Twitter account helps crowdsource everything you need to know about the city.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 53 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with the man behind the ever-popular and really rather handy @HelpSheffield Twitter account. The premise is pretty simple. Got a question or need information about Sheffield? Ask away, get a retweet from @HelpSheffield

Episode 52: Opportunities, new workspaces and mapping Sheffield’s digital ecosystem

Latest news and events from Sheffield's digital sector.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 52 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast sees Iain, Mel and Chris cover all the latest news and events happening in the city’s digital sector. Topics covered include: Sheffield Digital Showcase #6 an update on Sheffield Digital Festival 3Squared’s event on opportunities in

Episode 51: Sheffield Digital Winter Showcase 2019

Listen to all the talks from the Winter 2019 Sheffield Digital Showcase event.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 51 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features the interviews from the Sheffield Digital Winter Showcase, which took place on Thursday 12th December 2019 at The Workstation. Our own Chris Dymond interviews the people behind five impressive digital projects recently developed here in

Episode 50: Partners, sponsors and a call for festival speakers

Updates from Sheffield Digital and all the latest news and events from the city's tech sector.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 50 is here – hooray! Iain is joined by Mel to talk through some of the comings and going at Sheffield Digital and the city’s marvellous tech scene. Topics discussed in this news, events and exciting updates-style episode include: Barnsley College becoming

Episode 49: Phil Parkin from Content OD on creating a more sustainable, climate-friendly agency

Content OD director on the steps they are taking to make the agency more sustainable in a time of climate crisis.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 49 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Phil Parkin, co-director of Content OD, a content agency that’s making changes they hope will benefit the environment and be good for business. Content OD produce videos, social campaigns and all manner

Episode 48: Erin, Mercedes and Martyn Eggleton on ‘proper coding’ and competing in global robotics championships

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 48 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Martyn Eggleton from UTC Sheffield and two fantastic computing students, Erin and Mercedes, who are fresh back from a successful World Educational Robot (WER) Contest. Sheffield’s young robotics students continue to reach

Episode 47: Last show of the decade

Mel and Chris cover the latest news from Sheffield tech scene and reflect on the year gone by.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Here’s just some of what they covered: Sheffield Digital Christmas Showcase The ”Keep a Seat Free” initiative Mel reports back from the UK Tech Cluster Group meeting in Cardiff Ben Atha’s excellent skills roundtable held at Kollider This is the last episode of

Episode 46: James Taylor on StartupScale and helping Sheffield’s digital businesses grow

Founder of Roaring Mouse PR on a new accelerator aiming to support digital companies in Sheffield and the North.

Download the MP3 Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 46 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast sees Mel and Chris talk to James Taylor from Roaring Mouse PR about their fantastic new initiative called Startupscale. What the heck is Startupscale? It’s a “pioneering two-year business experiment designed to accelerate the development of tech

Episode 45: Sheffield Digital Autumn Showcase 2019

Listen to all the talks from our last Sheffield Digital Showcase event.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed This is a very special episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast, as it includes all of the interviews from the autumn Sheffield Digital Showcase. Chris Dymond spoke to a collection of Sheffield’s excellent tech folk to present and celebrate some of the  digital

Episode 44: Katie Fenn and Amy Benson on organising the upcoming Front End North conference

Front End North co-organisers talk about plans for the conference and how you can get involved.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 44 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is up on the airwaves and features a great interview with Katie Fenn and Amy Benson, co-founders of Front End Sheffield, and organisers of the upcoming Front End North 2020 conference. Katie and Amy are both

Episode 43: Growth, migrations and other good news

Museums Sheffield funding, Open Tech Calendar updates, attending City Growth Board and much more.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 43 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is available now and features all the city’s digital sector news and updates from directors, Mel Kanarek and Chris Dymond. We kick off the episode with a series of good news items, from new Arts Council

Episode 42: Ben Carlin on alternate realities, immersive theatre and Frankenstein

Co-founder of Megaverse and Immerse Sheffield talks all things immersive and how they're putting VR into theatres.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 42 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is out and this time we’re joined by Ben Carlin, founder of Megaverse and Immerse Sheffield, a meetup for people who work in immersive technologies. We absolutely loved this conversation with Ben. He shared his early

Episode 41: Taking on the Open Tech Calendar

Why we're acquiring the Open Tech Calendar and other updates from the city's digital community.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 41 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is out in the wild and contains an announcement – that we’re taking on ownership of the Open Tech Calendar. This is a chance for you to hear Chris explain how this all came about and

Episode 39: Sheffield Digital behind the scenes

Where Sheffield Digital is right now and how you can make the most of the platform.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In the first part of the show you can hear Mel and Chris talk about how things are going with Sheffield Digital (really well!) as well as some of the challenges that we face (time! resources!). More than anything, I think the chat

Episode 38: Scott Burkinshaw on helping tech companies benefit from innovation funding

We speak to Tax Partner at shorts about opportunities for tech companies to take advantage of R&D tax credits.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed It was great to speak to Scott about all manner of things, including the innovation landscape in Sheffield, the city’s strengths and weaknesses, and how things are looking given the current situation with Brexit. Most of all though, we asked Scott about Radius.

Episode 37: Katie Taylor on exciting times and opportunities at Kollider Projects

Kollider's Sales and Marketing Lead gives us an update on progress at Castle House

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed She gave us a fantastic overview of what’s happening on each floor of the building, from Kommune down at the bottom to the top-floor- tech incubator that’s now full of interesting people and companies. Katie also told us about Kurious Arts, a new

Episode 36: Sheffield Digital Summer Showcase 2019

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed This is a very special episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast, as it includes all of the interviews from last month’s Sheffield Digital Showcase. Our very own Chris Dymond spoke to a collection of Sheffield’s finest tech folk to present and celebrate some

Episode 35: Bella Abrams on IT in a large organisation and digital transformation at scale

We speak to the University of Sheffield's IT Director about the opportunities that come with big changes.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed The Sheffield Digital Podcast is back and this time features a cracking interview with Bella Abrams, Director of IT at The University of Sheffield. This is the second time Bella has been on the show, so it’s fantastic to hear her talk about

Episode 34: Jonathan Bray and Jamie Hinton on how exciting things happen when digital meets manufacturing

How Razor came to work with the AMRC on groundbreaking manufacturing projects – and why you should too.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In the latest episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast we interview Jonathan Bray, Deputy Head of Digital at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and Jamie Hinton, CEO of Sheffield digital technology company, Razor. Jonathan and Jamie tell the story of how Razor

SDP 33: Sam Chapman on mobility, data and where Sheffield excels

Co-founder of The Floow talks about the company's work and what Sheffield can do to shout about its successes.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 33 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast has landed and it features a great interview with Sam Chapman, CIO and co-founder of The Floow, the Sheffield company using tech to make mobility safer and smarter for everyone. It’s a fascinating conversation as Sam

Episode 32: Hannah Chaplin on building and selling a successful startup

Receptive's co-founder shares her startup journey in our first show in front of a live audience.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We were so pleased to have Hannah on the show to talk about her journey. From project management to founding her own companies, with Receptive she has created one of the city’s real success stories over the last few years. That’s not to

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

The big interview! Regular co-hosts Mel Kanarek, Chris Dymond and Iain Broome will be joined by special guest, Hannah Chaplin, co-founder of Receptive who will talk us through the company recently being acquired by Pendo! We can’t wait to hear Hannah’s approach to building a successful SaaS company and learn how the acquisition came about.

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

Episode 29: 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 Gallery.

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 been

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 Spring 2019

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