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Bookish tips for the festival

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
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Book Festival events run until 28 August

It’s festival time and Edinburgh is bursting at the seams once more. Given Hot Tin Roof’s proximity to the Book Festival it seems fitting to share some tips on what is on offer from our neighbours at Charlotte Square.

It often seems that Book Festival events are sold out so far in advance that it is near impossible to get hold of tickets for top notch events once the festival is underway so, in the light of this, we have highlighted a few of the many standout events for which tickets are still available.

UNBOUND Thursday 24 August

Believe it or not, some of the most exciting and talent filled Book Festival events do not require a ticket at all. The literary themed late night events that comprise the Unbound series are free and unticketed, though beware – they are so well billed you might want to get there early to be sure to get in.

We love the look of Paul Muldoon’s evening: not only is the evening hosted by prize winning poet Muldoon himself, he’s to be accompanied by his house band Rogue Oliphant (including Cait O’Riordan of The Pogues), singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, writer Bernard MacLaverty and Scottish poet Don Paterson. Rarely seen outside of New York, Muldoon’s Picnic has been described by Time Out as a ‘music and literature extravaganza’.

STOP ALL THE CLOCKS Saturday 26 August

Acclaimed author Simon Garfield will be discussing his latest book Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time. With such a pertinent observation of the modern day, this sounds like it could be a brilliantly engaging event. Just don’t be late!

IN SEARCH OF SANCTUARY Friday 25 August

Aren’t we all at festival time?! But on a serious note, the Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers’ series showcases writing by authors unable to present their to an audience themselves. The In Search of Sanctuary event has the work of imprisoned writers by festival authors including Nicola Barker and Marcus Sedgwick. Tickets to Amnesty events are free and available on the day.

WRITING AROUND THE MUSIC Saturday 26 August

This sounds like an intriguing exploration of how music can inspire fiction writing. David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, speaks with Hari Kunzru whose new book, White Tears, pays homage to American music and the Delta Mississippi Blues, while weaving a ghost story, a murder mystery and a contemplation of race into one.

STALKED BY DEATH Sunday 27 August

An event for anyone who sometimes contemplates their own demise. Cheery – no. Intriguing – maybe? Robert McCrum is one of those people. He suffered a near fatal stroke in 1995 and has since sought out commentators to bring some clarity to the subject. He discusses his writing – which includes conversations with medical professionals and the terminally ill – with former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway. Could be enlightening!

Full details of all events are available at www.edbookfest.co.uk

FarrPoint expands into London office as it celebrates 10 years in business

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

 

Scottish IT and infrastructure consultancy company FarrPoint has opened a new office in London to support its rapid expansion and as a base for its activities across the country.

The firm, based in Edinburgh, has seen its turnover increase by 28 per-cent in the last year and has expanded its team to twelve employees, a growth of over a third in the past twelve months. (more…)

Robots, virtual reality and cyber security at ScotSoft: Scotland’s largest tech event

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

The premier event in the Scottish tech calendar returns in October to the EICC with its biggest speaker lineup yet, hosted as always by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS.

Now in its 20th year, ScotSoft brings together more than 600 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh on 5 October.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “I am very proud of the role ScotSoft has played in bringing international speakers to Scotland and showcasing local experts over the last 20 years. As the digital technology sector in Scotland continues to grow, and the technology calendar has blossomed, events such as ScotSoft become more and more influential in shaping the industry. (more…)

Digital Xtra Fund on the hunt for inspiring digital initiatives for young people

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

 

Projects that teach digital technologies skills to young people could be in line for a financial boost as the Digital Xtra Fund announces its first funding round since becoming a charity.

A total of £50,000 will be available for projects that inspire young people by taking digital skills out of the classroom and teaching concepts like computational thinking, coding, digital making, or data science in a fun environment. Applications open on 16 June and each project can apply for up to £5000.

The Digital Xtra Fund was created in 2016 to fund a variety of projects, all with an aim to foster a new generation of digital makers who will, in future, bridge the skills gap in Scotland’s digital economy. (more…)

IT recruiter shows support for Scottish tech industry at digital conference

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

 

Cathcart Associates, a specialist IT recruitment firm headquartered in Edinburgh, was the exclusive recruitment partner at the recent Digit IT Leaders conference, which took place at Dynamic Earth this year.

The conference hosted a series of inspirational and informative speeches from key players in Scotland’s IT sector, including Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, and Helen Marshall, head of technology transformation at Yodel, who spoke of driving innovation and business improvement through technology. (more…)

We’re hiring a PR Account Executive (full time)

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

We’re looking to hire a PR Account Executive or Senior Account Executive with a nose for news and a talent for writing. A creative thinker, plain talker, great writer and media junkie, who is good fun and has massive energy – is this you?

Hot Tin Roof is a dynamic, ambitious and independent PR agency. Creative, intelligent and determined, we run our campaigns with skill, imagination and honesty. Our absolute loyalty to our clients, the energy and the gritty single-mindedness with which we tackle every campaign is the secret to our success. (more…)

Employers should ‘keep an open mind’ when recruiting digital talent

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

 

Employers should look beyond a candidate’s technical ability and take into consideration wider background experience when it comes to hiring digital talent, according to specialist IT recruitment firm, Cathcart Associates.

Recent figures released by the Digital Technologies Skills Group has shown that Scotland has a hidden pipeline of digital skills talent. Research found almost a third (31%) of graduates entering Scotland’s digital sector come from non-computing backgrounds, such as design, business and physical sciences. (more…)

CodeClan scoops ‘Best Education Provider’ at coveted Digital Technology Awards

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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CodeClan’s ground breaking programming course has seen the academy lift the gong for ‘Best Education Provider’ at this year’s ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards, beating off strong competition.

The award, which is CodeClan’s first official award win, was given to the academy in recognition of its work to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap. Since its launch in October 2015, CodeClan has trained over 180 students and the judges praised the academy’s implementation and its increasing impact in helping to address the industry skills requirements. (more…)

‘You are now connected.’ Ground breaking public Wi-Fi software firm launches in Edinburgh

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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A tech firm promising to give business owners access to cost-effective ‘legal guest Wi-Fi’ has officially launched its ground breaking product in Edinburgh.

BlackBX is cloud-based Wi-Fi technology enabling businesses to install and run public Wi-Fi for minimal cost and effort. The software provides businesses with raw data to help generate revenue, track new and repeat customers, identify peak visiting times and create customer mailing lists. (more…)

Pioneering Compressor Company lifts Inventor of the Year award

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

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Edinburgh based compressor company Vert Rotors lifted Inventor of the Year trophy at the prestigious Made in Scotland awards in Glasgow last night.

The company was recognised for the innovation and advances it has made with the production of its micro, near silent and super efficient range of compressors that are all designed and manufactured in Scotland. The company also boasts the smallest low-vibration clean air compressor in the world amongst its product range and a selection of their compressors can be seen on display in the National Museum of Scotland.
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Inspiring Generation Z to become Scotland’s future cyber crime fighters

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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The hunt is on for the nation’s best young codebreakers as Cyber Games Scotland launches its 2017 competition during a week of dedicated digital skills events run by organisations across Scotland.

Now open for registrations, Cyber Games Scotland is part of a wider drive to inspire more young people to pick a career fighting cyber crime.

The competition tests teams of 12 to 16 year olds in innovative scenarios designed to develop the practical and usable cyber security skills in demand by industry. Last year 176 teams from schools across Scotland registered to ‘crack each other’s code’.
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FarrPoint to advise Scottish Government on total broadband coverage

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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Independent specialists in Telecoms and Information Technology, Farrpoint has been appointed to advise the Scottish Government on the planning and rollout of it’s Digital Infrastructure Action Plan.

The initiative was announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the last election and will include the Reaching 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage Programme (R100) by March 2021.
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CodeClan empowers employers to plug Scotland’s digital skills gap

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

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CodeClan, the UK’s first fully accredited digital skills academy is reaching out to employers seeking new software talent, encouraging businesses to join their employer partner community.

With fierce competition in the industry to find skilled candidates, CodeClan is holding drop-in events so employers can learn more about the skills and courses taught at the academy. Most importantly, the sessions aim to showcase the calibre and dedication of CodeClan students.
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Back to school

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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I last attended high school half a lifetime ago. Literally. So I was very excited to pack my satchel (now a fashion item it seems) and travel to Stewart’s Melville College to meet their S5 students and the girls from Mary Erskine’s to attend a career’s lunch.
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#DigiInventors Challenge open for teenagers

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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– Less than one week left for teams to register –

World number 1 Andy Murray has become the star of a new animation which is inviting young scots to enrol in an exciting new challenge that aims to identify ways of managing young peoples’ health, fitness and wellbeing, using technology.

The retro computer-game animation sees the 2D tennis ace battling against his junk food nemesis using a digital arsenal to raise awareness of the #DigiInventorsChallenge, which will see groups of teenagers work together throughout 2017 to develop new digital health inventions and compete for prizes and cash for their school.

Open for registration until 3 April, the challenge represents Andy’s personal ambition to promote healthier lifestyles amongst Scotland’s younger generations, as well as careers development in this emerging market.

Well known for his use of technology and data to improve his performance on court, Andy has stated that maintaining his own health throughout the long tennis season has played an instrumental part in his road to number one status.

Speaking of the Challenge, he said: “As a professional tennis player, I use digital health technology every day to monitor my performance and inform my training regime. But digital health technology is not just for athletes. It has the potential to help everyone understand their health needs and goals better, and to make better choices.

“By taking part in the #DigiInventorsChallenge, we want young people to use their experiences, creativity and digital skills to develop one big idea that can make a difference.”

The #DigiInventorsChallenge, in association with Andy Murray and the Digital Health and Care Institute, is sponsored by a European leader in digital transformation, Sopra Steria, and supported by the following organisations: Aberlour Childcare Trust, Entrepreneurial Scotland, GameChanger, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Institute for Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Young Enterprise Scotland and Young Scot.

To view the video, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpuYdlQfKrM
For more information and instructions on how to enter visit: www.digiinventors.com

Keeping the Lights On

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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Keeping the Lights On

Hot on the heels of World Book Day, Keeping the Lights On is a children’s book aimed at 4-7 year olds, about where energy comes from. The book has been produced in aid of Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, with all proceeds going directly to the charity. (more…)

Why we love words… and always have done

Monday, February 27th, 2017

While school children across the country dress up as their favourite characters and take part in competitions about famous book plots, all in celebration of World Book Day on 2 March, we cats at Hot Tin Roof offer a little insight to where our love of sharing a good story really began, with a summary of our favourite children’s books.

Lee’s choice: The Reader’s Digest Book of Strange Stories Amazing Facts

I’m a ’70s kid. Weird stuff seemed to be all the rage and this book fuelled my nine year old imagination and made me want to read on and read more. Spring Heeled Jack, Yetis and the Chupacabra – they are all in here. But beware of the story about the faces appearing on the Spanish kitchen floor, those pages still scare the bejesus out of me.

Vickie’s choice: The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters…

This is the tale of a postman who delivers mail to fairy-tale characters. From Cinderella to the Three Bears, he visits them all. As if that isn’t already amazing enough, several pages were envelopes containing letters and blank postcards. So not only could you read other people’s mail, you could write your own, too. If you still aren’t convinced, it’s well worth it when you rediscover the book later in life and read all the hilarious things you wrote in your postcards! (more…)

Major client win sees Scottish IT recruiter strengthen roots in north of England

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

 

Cathcart Associates has bolstered its recruitment offering in the north of England after scooping an exclusive 12-month contract with Mando, one of the UK’s best digital agencies.

Headquartered in Edinburgh, Cathcart Associates will be recruiting for a number of exciting, fast-paced digital positions within Mando’s London and Liverpool teams, as the agency enters a period of growth. (more…)

Mapping tech role models and mentoring in Scotland to attract girls into digital careers

Monday, February 13th, 2017

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A new initiative promoting greater use of female role models and mentors in schools has been launched as part of Scotland’s strategy to tackle the gender imbalance in digital technology. (more…)

Pioneering manufacturers bring UK-first precision technology to Scotland

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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Edinburgh manufacturer, Vert Rotors, has revealed installation of ultra-precision machinery for the manufacture of micro compressors used in satellites and medical devices.

As a result of this news Vert Rotors will create three highly skilled new jobs in Scotland. The project received a £46,000 Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) support grant from Scottish Enterprise, and helped Vert to realise a quarter million investment. (more…)

New source of tech talent as CodeClan’s Glasgow course takes off

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy, is offering employers access to a fresh source of digital talent in the west as its Glasgow courses get off to a flying start.

The academy has seen a great take-up for its first 16-week software development course and applications are flooding in from those keen to secure their place on cohorts two and three, which are due to begin later this year. (more…)

From drones to little lighthouses – 10 inspiring projects funded by Digital Xtra

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

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The Digital Xtra fund has awarded £150,000 to a series of sustainable digital initiatives aimed at engaging and inspiring Scotland’s next generation of digital makers.

Sums of up to £25,000 were awarded to support 10 extracurricular computing science projects, including one that uses the context of lighthouses to introduce young people to STEM concepts, and another that teaches young people to code using the BBC Micro:bit. (more…)

Broadband nightmares: Farrpoint believes investment from small suppliers can spark change

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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A lack of good broadband often hinders growth and companies’ ability to support new contracts and associated data exchanges. Real Business spoke to Farrpoint on how we could be on the brink of change. (more…)

BURNS BABY BURNS

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

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Working in PR we are big fans of the written word, and appreciate a clever turn of phrase. We know how important it is for anything we write to be accessible to a wide audience, be it a blog, press release or even a 140 character Tweet.

As such we have a great appreciation for one of Scotland’s most beloved sons, Robert Burns. By writing not only in his native Scots, but also in English and a lighter Scots dialect, he ensured his poems, sonnets and even political commentaries reached the whole of the United Kingdom and beyond.
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How to make a PR plan

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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All across the country, right now, PR teams are brainstorming ideas for 2017.

Why? So they can keep their brand in the news.

Every plan will be different. But all will use milestones as hooks for planning activity and creating the news that will keep them in the headlines.
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App to manage student finances is a hit with judges in teen pitching challenge

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

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An app created to assist students with their personal finances has scooped first place at an innovative pitching competition designed to challenge Glasgow teenagers to come up with their own creative digital start-up idea.

PA was created by Daniel Marshall and John Yogathas, two 17 year olds from Glasgow, who were students of the RookieOven Academy, a six-week start-up school that gives 16-18 year olds the chance to develop digital, marketing and entrepreneurial skills. Students devise their own digital product idea and at the end of the course they pitch their concept to industry experts.
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Business savvy developers to be in high demand in 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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Talented web and mobile software developers will be highly sought after in 2017 as the Scottish tech industry continues its growth spurt.

Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason, joint managing directors of specialist recruiter Cathcart Associates, have a unique insight into the hiring plans of many of the country’s top tech firms and they are predicting another busy year ahead.
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Christmas parties that “strike” the right note

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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Christmas parties are one of the most talked about subjects at this time of year, and usually not for the right reasons! People have been taking to twitter to share their worst office party stories using #officepartyfails and it’s not pretty!

It’s not surprising, then, that according to event management platform Eventbrite, non-traditional Christmas parties are on the rise. Always keen to stay ahead of the trend, the cats at Hot Tin Roof will be donning the requisite footwear and heading to the bowling alley next week, fuelled by some festive fizz, a mince pie or two, and a strong competitive streak.
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Aridhia cements success with new office in Scotland’s precision medicine hub

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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Today clinical and translational informatics company, Aridhia, celebrate the opening of its new office in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the largest acute hospital in Western Europe.

Located in the University of Glasgow’s Clinical Innovation Zone in the hospital’s Teaching and Learning Centre alongside Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC), Aridhia’s new office is home to an expanding team with a focus on data and analytics innovation in biomedical research and precision medicine. (more…)

Aridhia broadens European appeal with new RSRCH-Health service in Netherlands

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Scottish clinical and translational informatics company Aridhia, Netherlands-based ICT service provider Vancis, and clinical datasets experts MGRID are today announcing the expansion of their existing partnership with the launch of a new research platform service, RSRCH-Health, into the Netherlands.

The initiative will be introduced at the Health-RI conference on December 1st in Amersfoort, Netherlands to an audience of researchers, academics and clinicians who are being encouraged to work together to enable ground-breaking biomedical research. (more…)


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