Posts byIain Broome

Apply to the Capital Enterprise Investor Lounge

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

Capital Enterprise are hosting an Investor Lounge event in Sheffield on 14th March. This is a great opportunity for startups at pre-seed or early seed stage that are looking to raise between £200k and £1million. If you are one of the companies chosen to take part, Capital Enterprise will match you to two or three

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

Businesses work with Sheffield College on new apprenticeship

Great progress is being made and you can find out more at an update briefing on 7th February.

It was a chance for the College to share their plan to introduce a Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship. Staff at the College want to make sure that the programme is structured and delivered in a way that will meet the needs of local businesses, so the aim has been to involve employers from the

Company spotlight: TribePad

TribePad's recruitment software is used by some of the biggest companies in the world.

TribePad is one of Sheffield’s best kept secrets and a real success story for the city. The company was founded in 2008 by Dean Sadler, who was part of the core team that set up Plusnet. After selling Plusnet to BT Group in 2007, he was looking for a new challenge and decided to shake

Sheffield’s Northern Stars 2017 winners

Tutorful and Sport:80 deliver winning pitches at the Northern Stars grand final.

In November, Sheffield companies Tutorful (formerly Tutora) and Sport:80 were announced winners of Tech North Northern Stars 2017. They pitched in front of hundreds of people and against 18 other companies in a competition that aims to find the ‘best tech startups in the region’. Well done to both companies – it’s a fantastic achievement.

Riverside Game Night returns for a 2.0

The meetup for the gaming community is back and on the hunt for developers to showcase their games.

After the success of the first Riverside Game Night back in October, the folks at Sumo Digital are organising round 2.0. It’s all back to Bungalows and Bears on Wednesday 24th January 2018, when South Yorkshire’s gamers, game developers, publishers and students will come together again to play games and talk shop. Showcase your game

‘Pitchfest’ to prepare RAI firms for investment

Training for robotics and artificial intelligence companies who want to secure investment.

This post was originally published on Innovate UK’s website. Pitchfest is an investment readiness programme to train RAI firms deliver ‘the perfect pitch’ and a chance to secure investment. Investment-hungry firms working in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI) are being invited to take part in an investment readiness programme to provide an

Episode 7: Immigration, employment law and the digital sector

Kathleen O'Donnell and Nathan Woodcock from Fragomen share their expertise, plus a pre-Christmas news round-up.

 Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Episode 7 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features a really interesting interview with Kathleen O’Donnell and Nathan Woodcock, both from Fragomen LLP. They are experts in immigration and employment law and provide a fantastic overview of the system and how it affects

Appt win ‘Best in China’ award at Horasis summit

Sheffield digital agency scoop prestigious award for a successful launch and first year doing business in China.

Last month, Sheffield-based digital agency, Appt, were given the ‘Best in China’ award at the Horasis summit, co-hosted by the Sheffield City Region and China Federation of Industrial Economics. It’s a great achievement and reward for Appt’s launch and success in China this year. A successful launch The Best in China award celebrates the achievements

FrontEndNorth speakers and £20 discount

FrontEndNorth will feature a fantastic speaker lineup and you can get a great deal on tickets.

FrontEndNorth takes place in Sheffield at the City Hall for a second time on 19th January 2018. It’s a fantastic and popular event, perfect for front end developers and anyone interested in web design. Make Do, the organisers, have just announced a new batch of speakers and you can bag yourself £20 off the price

Switchstance team up with Google Digital Garage

Switchstance partnered with Google Digital Garage to host a digital marketing masterclass for Sheffield businesses.

Earlier this year, Switchstance partnered with Google Digital Garage to deliver a masterclass on ‘Remaining Competitive with Digital Marketing‘, which came about as part of Sheffield City Region’s enhancement project. Since setting up shop in Sheffield earlier this year, Google Digital Garage has welcomed and worked with lots of organisations, including Sheffield Digital and our

Get ready for Sheffield’s 1st Annual Digital Conference

Full programme plus information on where to see the livestream and the all-important hashtag.

Sheffield’s First Annual Digital Conference takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November. This post gives you the full programme of events for the day and information on how to get involved, even if you’re not able to attend. You can find out more about the conference on its Eventbrite page. Watch the livestream and get involved

AlgoMech Festival 2017

Five days of algorithmic and mechanical movement, including talks, workshops and an algorithmic rave.

Five days of algorithmic and mechanical movement, including talks, workshops and an algorithmic rave. The AlgoMech Festival 2017 kicks off in Sheffield tomorrow and runs through until 12 November. The festival features five days of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, featuring new algorithmic work from 65daysofstatic, plus a full-on Algorave, a Sonic Pattern evening of mechanical

Episode 6: Educating digital stars of the future with The Sheffield College’s Bella Abrams

The Sheffield College's CIO talks about her role and how the College can work with digital companies.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed This episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast was recorded in two parts. In part one, you’ll hear me interview Bella Abrams, Chief Information Officer at The Sheffield College. We talked about how the College recently became an associate sponsor of Sheffield Digital, as

Sheffield Digital community survey

Help us shape Sheffield Digital to make sure it grows, becomes sustainable and reflects the needs of the community.

So far, it’s been a significant year for Sheffield Digital. First, the AMRC and then Sheffield City Council joined as regional partners before The Sheffield College recently became an associate sponsor. Many of the city’s companies have shown their support through membership and plenty of individuals too. After taking on a community manager, we’re also publishing more

Episode 5: Designing a startup with Paper’s Mark Goddard

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed We’re on to episode five of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. This time, we’re joined by Mark Goddard from user research and design studio, Paper. We talk a lot about the decisions Mark and his co-founders made when starting the company. I think it

Sky Betting & Gaming recruitment drive

Event at train station on 19 October is part of a new drive to fill 30 open vacancies.

Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) are launching a recruitment drive to help fill 30 vacancies in a wide range of digital roles. As well as pushing the roles online, SB&G will be holding a recruitment event inside Sheffield train station on Thursday, 19 October. You’ll be able to bag a free coffee, breakfast bar and

Sky Betting & Gaming CoLab

A startup partnership programme for small businesses to test their products with Sky Betting & Gaming customers.

Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) are launching the SB&G CoLab. It’s a new programme that aims to give startups and small businesses the opportunity to work and partner up with the SB&G team to trial products with their customers. SB&G want to build relationships with small businesses to try and tackle some of the challenges

WANdisco become company member

We speak to CEO David Richards about the company and Sheffield's digital sector.

WANdisco are the latest business to support the work we do at Sheffield Digital by becoming a company member. We’re absolutely delighted to have the backing of one of the city’s biggest success stories. Founded in 2005, WANdisco now works with some of the world’s largest organisations, who rely on their products every single day.

Episode 4: Google Digital Garage, meetups and being a horse

A chat with Rachel Ferla from Google Digital Garage and updates on the Meta Meetup and Digital Conflab.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In episode four of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we speak to Rachel Ferla, who is currently part of the team running Google Digital Garage. She tells us about how the Garage came to be in Sheffield and how she came to work there

Sumo Digital launch Riverside Games Night

New event for South Yorkshire's game lovers, developers, publishers and students.

Sumo Digital are launching Riverside Game Night at Bungalow’s and Bears on Thursday 28 September, starting at 7pm. As one of Sheffield’s leading digital lights, it’s fantastic to see Sumo hosting an event like this to bring South Yorkshire’s gamers, game developers, publishers and students together in one place. With Sumo being a company member

Inspiring young women into STEM careers

Stemettes bring #MonsterConfidence tour to Sheffield and are looking for volunteers.

In partnership with Monster.co.uk, Stemettes are coming to Sheffield to run a day of talks and workshops. The aim is to inspire young women aged 15–22 to pursue a career in STEM and provide an opportunity for them to meet women who already work in STEM industries. The event takes place on 27 October, 9am–4pm,

Episode 3: Chris Bryant – mental calculation world champion

Our interview with Chris, plus Sheffield's maker spaces and the recent trip to Factory 2050.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed In this episode, we interview Sheffield’s Chris Bryant, who recently defended his mental calculation world title. It’s amazing to hear him talk through the experience and some of the techniques involved with calculating with such huge numbers. Chris also talks about his Asperger’s

How to manage your Sheffield Digital membership

Edit your profile, change billing details and renew your subscription.

We launched Sheffield Digital membership in 2016. We receive no public money, which means our members support our work to connect, promote and represent Sheffield’s digital businesses. By subscribing to Sheffield Digital, individuals and companies are helping the organisation stay independent and become sustainable. You can learn all about Sheffield Digital membership here. No matter

Episode 2: Mark Gannon and working with Sheffield City Council

Hear all about our new partnership with Sheffield City Council.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed The second episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is here and this time we’re joined by a very special guest in Mark Gannon, Sheffield City Council’s new CIO. Having recently announced our partnership with the Council, this is a great opportunity for you

Our Slack code of conduct

Read our Slack community's member guide and code of conduct.

This week, the Sheffield Digital Slack team hit a new milestone with our 700th member. Our community on Slack is for people who work or have an interest in the city’s tech and digital sector. It’s a place for communicating, organising and talking shop with like-minded folk. We’ve always had a loose set of guidelines

Episode 1: The story so far

Listen to the first episode of the Sheffield Digital podcast.

Download the mp3 file Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe to the RSS feed Today we publish the first ever episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. It’s a new venture for us and something we’ve talked about doing for quite some time. We think it’s going to be a fantastic way for us to share news and

Tech North Summer Showcase follow up

Read the full transcript of our talk from the Summer Showcase event in July.

Last week saw Tech North bring their Summer Showcase events to Sheffield. The aim was for the team at Tech North to share what they are up to and what they have planned for the future. But it was also a chance for people in Sheffield’s tech and digital sector to meet up and learn

FrontEndNorth returns to Sheffield

Tickets are on sale now and sponsorship slots are available.

FrontEndNorth is coming back to Sheffield City Hall on 19 January 2018. Last year saw 200 people attend the conference and it went down so well that Make Do, the organisers, are making it a bi-annual event. If you are a front end developer, interested in web design or just want to get up to

Ideas Bazaar 2017 call for collaborators

Collaborate with an academic partner for a chance to showcase your work at Festival of the Mind 2018.

The University of Sheffield’s Ideas Bazaar 2017 takes place on Wednesday 13 September. The idea is to pair academics with people from the creative sector, including those who work in digital and tech. These collaborations produce research projects that may go on to be showcased at the Festival of the Mind 2018. Ready to bring

Creative Sheffield Digital Space Survey

Creative Sheffield want to better understand issues around digital workspaces in Sheffield.

Another survey, but we think that this is really important. It’s from Creative Sheffield, who want to understand the demand and supply around suitable workspaces for digital businesses in Sheffield. It will take you 10–15 minutes to complete. Addressing the feedback We’ve been speaking to Creative Sheffield about this issue for a while. The feedback

Paper – a year in Sheffield

Paper's Mark Goddard reflects on their first year of doing business in the city.

It’s been a year since we launched Paper! This has given us a short pause to look back and reflect. There are a lot of people we need to thank and they all have one thing in common – Sheffield. Embracing the network Being a Sheffield-based business has been a massive enabler, when we originally

Bringing Sheffield’s digital and manufacturing sectors together

Our new partnership with the AMRC and why we think it's great for Sheffield's digital businesses.

Last week, the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) became our latest regional partner. We’ll be working over the coming months to create opportunities for Sheffield’s digital and manufacturing companies to meet up, share what they know and collaborate. We think this is a great opportunity for us in the digital sector. You