ICT KTN Workshop: ICT Skills Workshop on Education & Entrepreneurship with Silicon Valley Comes to UK (SVC2UK)

2011-11-18 13:00
2011-11-18 17:00

This workshop is brought to you by Techcelerate on behalf of ICT Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and in association with Silicon Valley Comes to UK (SVC2UK) organised by Sherry Coutu. The Workshop will discuss the following two issues, bringing on board participants from academia and business.

The number of British students undertaking software engineering degrees have continually declined over the last few years. Is this a myth or reality in the north west? What can be done to reverse this trend?

At the same time, those who qualify continues to be attracted to large corporations dominated by the financial sector. What can be done to help young and small companies attract top talent?

Supported by


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David Bozward, Director, NACUE

David has over 20 years entrepreneurial business experience, and provides thought provoking, insightful and instantly usable techniques for use in everyone’s business during his workshops and personal development seminars. In the last two years he has worked with over 20,000 people looking to start a business, developing their techniques, entrepreneurial mindset and the increasing motivation for starting and continuing their businesses. Thousands of these have started and are still making money and expanding their business during this recession.

David Bozward is a serial entrepreneur, motivation speaker, mentor and authority on small business growth and inspires start-ups across numerous sectors. He is an inspirational workshop speaker focusing on motivation, networking, pitching and sales generation. Everyone walks away motivated with new knowledge and skills which they can put to good use. Author of “The Motivated Entrepreneur” , “Why Be Enterprising” and Co Author of “Make Your Passion A Success” with Dan Sodergren aka Your Marketing Trainer

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David Rydeheard, University of Manchester

David had a long track-record of successful MSc and PhD projects in a wide range of areas, from the mathematical analysis of computational systems, programming languages and logics, through to natural language semantics and processing, and computational aspects of biology. Currently, PhD students are developing the logical foundations of evolvable and adaptive computational systems, and applying these tools to the design of evolvable systems.

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Angel Salazar, Manchester Metropolitan University

Besides his academic experience of over fifteen years at two prestigious Business Schools in the UK, Angel's direct strategic involvement with an active community of start-ups, global FT500 corporations, and international and regional development agencies, have allowed him to appreciate how the ongoing reconfiguration of global forces, shifts in technological and production paradigms, and the failure to forecast and act upon these, can erode the competitive position of firms and industries as a whole.

Angel is not only committed to promoting strategic partnerships and collaboration between business and academia, but also vigorously contributes to fostering a culture of constructive, critical dialogue, in open forum, of pressing economic and innovation management issues affecting industrialized, emergent and developing nations, and the UK in particular. Angel is editor-in-chief of the Innovation in the 21st Century series, and co-editor of the Handbook of Information Technology in Organizations and Electronic Markets, World Scientific Publishing, as well as a recurrent blogger and commentator in online forums

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Joel Gascoigne, Founder & CEO, Buffer

Joel is the Founder of Buffer, a more intelligent way to publish content on Social Media. Joel has been coding since 12 and his startup journey started at Warwick University where he obtained a Masters in Computer Science.

Joel took Buffer from an idea to a business with paying customers in just 7 weeks, and has since quit his freelance work and moved from Birmingham in the UK to Silicon Valley. Buffer was part of the AngelPad incubator in San Francisco and now has over 65,000 users and an annual revenue run rate of $150,000.

Workshop Registration

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The ICT Knowledge Transfer Network has been established by an industry-led group of leading players, with funding from the Technology Strategy Board. We seek to bring competitive advantage to the UK by promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing between the users and providers of Information and Communications Technologies, and helping to drive innovation in the sector.

About Silicon Valley Comes to UK

Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) is an annual programme that welcomes pioneers of the most disruptive consumer internet and green technologies to the UK. The entrepreneurs will meet their UK and European counterparts to look at collaborating on business ventures. They will lead classes at the University examining cutting-edge technologies and business models, and they will meet with policymakers to look at how to expand the UK's innovation capacity. The SVC2UK is supported by a number of businesses and has grown into an eagerly anticipated event, with thousands of students and entrepreneurs benefiting from the collective expertise of the group. The programme is organised by Co-Chairs Sherry Coutu and Reid Hoffman, the Executive Committee and Partnering Organisations

About Techcelerate

In 2006, with help from KPMG, Manoj launched Techcelerate (then called Northern Startup 2.0) to bring together the tech entrepreneur community of the northwest. Today, Techcelerate is a community of over 2,000 tech entrepreneurs, senior managers, investors and deal makers, all united to create an ecosystem for the growth of tech companies. Techcelerate has held more than 50 events and workshops on access to finance, knowledge, markets and talents. In 2011, Techcelerate launched Northern Tech Awards to recognise the achievements of tech entrepreneurs. With the help of Bruntwood, Tech Centre Manchester was launched in 2011 to accelerate collaboration between early stage technology companies. In 2012, Northern Tech Summit will be launched, combining the awards ceremony with a full day conference at the Lowry Hotel.


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