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Deadline for Northern Tech Awards is fast approaching

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Flexible working and Ignite event: Kickstart Manchester

Posted by AnywhereWorking on Saturday 6th of July 2013 | 0 Comment(s)

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Join us in Manchester on Thursday 11 July for free daytime and evening events with talks, workshops and plenty of drinks! Get your free tickets here.

The events are all about how flexible working can kickstart the UK economy and we'd love for you to come and join the debate.

At 9am we will be at Tech Hub for free breakfast & coffee, intros from the Anywhere Working team and a range of short presentations from a number of leading business experts.

Speakers include:

  • Anna Fletcher, employment lawyer and board member for CIPD, on ‘Legal consideration of flexible working’
  • Sharon Dale, consultant at Think Productive, on ‘How to be a productivity ninja’
  • Phil Jones, MD of Brother, on ‘Toolkit of a mobile worker’
  • After the breakfast briefing, why not stay around for the day and work flexibly from the Tech Hub space. There will be workshops as well as lunch too.

    In the evening head on down to Blackdog Ballroom, 11-13 New Wakefield Street, at 6pm for an Ignite style meet-up and drinks, courtesy of Anywhere Working.

    Tickets are available for both the daytime and evening events and are free – simply sign up and get your free tickets here.

    Anywhere Working is a group initiative which has been established to show how remote working can increase productivity and wellbeing, save the environment, and most importantly, affect the bottom line in terms of time and money.

    Founding members of Anywhere Working include Business in the Community (BITC), Microsoft, Intel, Nokia, Nuffield, Regus, Vodafone and Transport for London (TfL). The initiative is supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), WWF and the Trades Union Congress (TUC), along with Working Mums and Mumsnet.

    BlueLightCamp unconference and hackathon - 27th/28th April, Manchester

    Posted by AngusFox on Thursday 18th of April 2013 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Free to attend unconference and hackathon - Find out everything at the BlueLightCamp Website

    You can register, submit an idea, and join us on github to find open data that might be useful for the hacks.

    There are a number of challenges for the hackathon or you can choose your own idea.

    British APCO, the main sponsor, has challenged BlueLightCamp participants take advantage of GPS to build an app that would provide critical information about location so as to add value to mission critical incidents. This could include managing volunteers who are involved in searching an area, providing the location of fire fighters in a forest fire, management of persons undertaking a community sentence, safety of health visitors undertaking home visits.

    Look upon BlueLightCamp as a way to encounter professionals from the emergency services in a friendly non-work context. The people attending give up their time so they are really interested in finding better technologies and technology suppliers. What better way is there to do that than to come and work with them to hear about and help to solve their real world problems?

    BlueLightCamp is a unique hot-bed of good practice sharing, networking and creating new friendships for people interested in improving best practice.

    Adzuna to revolutionise Job Search in Brasil, Australia, Canada & S.Africa

    Posted by flowther on Tuesday 16th of April 2013 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Jobs Search Engine Adzuna expands into Brazil, South Africa, Australia and Canada

    Adzuna, the venture-backed next generation job search engine, launches publicly in Brasil, South Africa, Australia and Canada today with the aim to transform the way global job seekers find work. With over 1.5 million monthly visitors, the London based startup has gained significant traction in the UK with its social job hunting tools, real time labour market data and powerful search. Adzuna now aims to take its technology and free, open data to the international market.

    With over 1m live job vacancies across the Adzuna internationally, the site collates the latest job ads in real-time from all major job boards. Adzuna also includes a compelling social layer which allows users to gain an unfair advantage in the job search process by using their Facebook and LinkedIn contacts.

    Alongside the launch of the news sites, Adzuna, which currently powers the British Prime Minister’s “Number 10 Dashboard”, is offering to build free data dashboard apps for the leaders of all these new markets, in an effort to help governments across the globe with better decision making around the economy. The dashboards will include local vacancy counts, average salaries, unemployment data, regional hiring patterns and much more.

    Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, commented “We’re delighted to announce the launch of these new sites and we’re excited to build on our UK success. We believe jobseekers in these countries are underserved by the tools currently available in the market. Our aim is to arm job seekers around the world with all the information they need to find their perfect job.”

    About Adzuna

    Adzuna is a search engine for classified ads which makes it easier to find the right job, property, or car. We search thousands of websites so you don't have to and bring together millions of ads so you can find them all in one place. We add powerful search, insightful market data and social connections, so you can find your perfect ad with a little help from your friends.

    Adzuna’s data also powers the Number 10 Dashboard, used by the British Prime Minister and senior officials to keep track of economic growth on a daily basis.

    Adzuna was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro, formerly of eBay, Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures.

    Starting-up the journey from North-West to Ireland?

    Posted by Errol on Friday 12th of April 2013 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Despite the global recession - Ireland has always delivered a pro-business attitude through low taxes, generous R+D tax credits, rewarding growth and encouraging new business. That’s why global tech and life science giants like Google, Facebook, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, IBM and Cisco operate on Irish soil. The conditions that have made Ireland an ideal location for multinational companies also make it a choice location for start-ups. I work for Enterprise-Ireland (EI) the main Irish government agency that works with start-ups that have the potential to grow in global markets. We will be taking our message to the north-west by holding an ‘Start Up in Ireland’ seminar at the Irish World Heritage Centre on May 1 aimed at start-ups interested in relocating.

    Part of EI’s remit is to attract high potential start-ups from IT, financial services, gaming and life sciences industries into Ireland and to help them build global businesses from there. We use our start-up fund to help companies relocate, offering up to €500,000 from a €10million fund. We also find other funding if it’s needed and help give start-ups a support network - all for just 10% of equity and no boardroom control.

    But EI is more than cash – it’s also about direct help so the Irish government offers long-term guidance for entrepreneurial start-ups. We do this through giving start-ups advice on all the right local contacts, mentoring and training programmes and access to our Universities for R+D collaboration. Our Internet Growth Acceleration programme (iGAP) best reflects our approach – a six-month management development programme for start-ups specialising in internet/games markets.

    One UK start-up given an EI leg up is Digit Game Studios. Its co-founders, Richard Barnwell and Martin Frain have both worked on big games titles at renowned companies and wanted to set-up their own business with a new cross-platform IP for hard-core social games. But Digit didn’t just want EI’s support, it wanted Ireland’s ecosystem because of the high skillset of local talent from the tech industry. Their transferable skills were a great complement to help up a digital savvy gaming industry. And Digit already wants to expand so with North America at its door and the influence of the big US tech giants in Ireland, they’re in a great position.

    The ‘Start up in Ireland’ event will include Trend Micro’s Global Head of Operations, Anthony O’Mara who will talk about investing in start-ups and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry’s MD, Guy Walsingham on communication tips to help your business stand out. Brian Caufield of venture capitalist firm, DFJ will also be talking about the investment opportunities in Ireland. To attend the event register here:

    Hope to see you there.

    Neil Crockett's first Webcase as CEO of Connected Digital Economy (CDE) Catapult

    Posted by superuser on Saturday 23rd of February 2013 | 0 Comment(s)

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    4 weeks after taking over the role of CEO, Neil Crockett, ex-CISCO, now CEO of CDE Catapult spoke about the plans for the Catapult

    Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC) - Monthly Open Forum

    Neil Crockett

    From: Connected Digital Economy Catapult - Monthly Open Forum:
    Savoy Place,
    11 February 2013,
    London, UK

    2013-02-13 00:00:00.0 IT Channel

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    Northern Tech Awards 2013 Sponsorship Brochure

    Posted by superuser on Thursday 8th of November 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Northern Tech Awards 2013 Sponsorship Brochure

    Northern Tech Awards 2013 Sponsorship Brochure is now out. Do get in touch if you like to support this event where we celebrate tech entrepreneurship

    Startup Weekend and Silicon Valley comes to the UK

    Posted by superuser on Wednesday 7th of November 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Startup Weekend and Silicon Valley comes to the UK are teaming up to bring the craziness of the 54-hour long events simultaneously in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Cambridge this coming weekend. Only a few tickets left so grab one now from a city near you.


    Extending Techcelerate Membership to Sci-Tech Daresbury

    Posted by superuser on Thursday 1st of November 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Sci-Tech Daresbury is a national science and innovation campus and enterprise zone, and a UK-leading location for high-tech businesses. It is located between Liverpool and Manchester, just outside Runcorn. Check out the Techcelerate Member Benefits

    Sci-Tech Daresbury is a world-class location for hi-tech business and leading edge science. Home to the ground-breaking Daresbury Laboratory and its high performance computing group, as well as over 100 hi-tech companies, Sci-Tech Daresbury is one of two national science and innovation campuses.

    It is home to high-tech businesses from a variety of sectors, biomedical to advanced engineering, cleantech to security. However digital/ICT/mobile companies forms the largest cluster, including companies with enterprise solutions, mobile tech, hardware, cloud solutions and bespoke software developers. We have a mix of companies from start-up to mid-size SMEs to corporates such as IBM. In addition 20% of campus companies are from overseas.

    Sci-Tech Daresbury is an environment where companies thrive, campus companies have seen sales grow an average of 37%/year over the past 4 years, and have secured £75m of investment to date.

    In April 2012, Sci-Tech Daresbury became a government enterprise zone with companies locating in the zone being eligible for 5 years business rates relief.

    Organisations can engage with the campus through the nearly 4000-strong Daresbury network which helps promote knowledge-sharing, collaboration and development of new business opportunities.

    For more information go to

    Benefits to Techcelerate Members

    Techcelerate members can join the Daresbury network free of charge. This can be done quickly and easily through Joining the network opens up the following opportunities:

    - Opportunity to access relevant business facilities on Campus. This would include not only business accommodation in terms of the Innovation Centre and Vanguard House, but also technical facilities on Campus such as the Hartree Centre (new centre for high performance computing) and the Virtual Engineering Centre

    - Opportunity to access relevant specialist technical expertise through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), or via STFC, into the wider UK university network and European Space Agency.

    - Opportunity to identify potential collaborations with relevant high-tech companies at SciTech Daresbury or in its wider network.

    - Opportunity to establish strategic links, where relevant, with blue chip companies that are existing strategic partners with Sci-Tech Daresbury eg IBM

    - Opportunity to access relevant professional expertise through Sci-Tech Daresbury’s Gold and Silver partner programme

    - Opportunity to attend the range of networking and information/promotional events at Sci-Tech Daresbury that are focused on high-tech SME businesses.

    For further information contact Paul Treloar ( or John Leake (


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    Event: RAPTOR Workshop - Smart Urban Systems

    Posted by corridorconnections on Friday 28th of September 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    SMEs across the UK are invited to participate in the RAPTOR Project to develop real-time smart urban applications. To register go to

    About the event

    The RAPTOR Project aims to support digital SMEs and technology Start-Ups in the development of real-time smart urban applications on a secure platform. It is part of the Greenwich Peninsula's living lab, encompassing an Urban Operating System and Enterprise Centre to create new value chains from government, industry and start-ups to citizens.

    RAPTOR is addressing the challenges associated with Start-Up involvement in open innovation by providing an open digital platform with a shared technical development environment to enable integration of applications and produce prototype commercial offerings in market sectors of retail, transport and the built environment.

    SMEs across the UK are invited to participate in the project to create new apps, services and businesses built upon the source data and in response to specific challenges identified by partners in retail, transport and building systems. A Small Grants Programme is available to support the development of applications with up to £7,000 available as well as non-cash support from partners including:

    • Mentoring by RAPTOR partners and project stakeholders
    • Access to Cloud Test/Dev Environment for the period of the award
    • Access to Greenwich site and facilities for the period of the award
    • Use of state-of-the-art collaboration technology suites
    • Inclusion in National Virtual Incubators events and training
    • Coding /debug support
    • Marketing and Introduction to relevant stakeholders
    For further project information please visit -


    10.30 – Registration and networking

    10.45 – Introduction

    10.50 – “Smart Cities” – Market Opportunity

    TSB Call

    • “Creating Digital Value Chains in Smart Urban Environments
    • Retail, Transport & Urban Environments

    11.00 – Platform Infrastructure

    11.40 – Start Up Small Grants Process

    11.50 – Q&A

    To register go to