Posts Tagged ‘internet’

‘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…)

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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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…)

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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Alfie the Hot Tin Roof office dog

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Lee Birchall spills the beans on our favourite furry friend

Meet Alfie. He is a five-year-old Border terrier. He was born in Stow, he likes sniffing things at great length, chasing squirrels and playing ‘two ball’ – an elaborate throwing and catching game. He is also the seventh member of the Hot Tin Roof team.

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Alfie makes the daily commute on foot and happily pads round the office, mixing things up with a nap in one of his favourite spots. He contributes to office life in his own little way but can occasionally be a nuisance. If you are thinking of getting a pet at work here’s our guide to the pros and cons of having a pedigree chum in your office

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SEP announces close of new technology-focused fund

Monday, November 7th, 2016

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Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), the venture capital firm behind some of the UK’s most exciting high growth technology companies, today announces that it has raised £260 million for its latest limited partnership fund, SEP V.

The new fund, which was above target and over-subscribed, will be invested in high growth companies based mainly in the UK, although investments in companies in other European countries will also be targeted.
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North of Scotland students lift coveted awards

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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An exceptional student from Robert Gordon’s University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2016. Stuart Whitehead won first prize for an innovative project developing a software platform for internet of things (IoT) applications. The judge considered the project to be outstanding.
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Digital tech industry to think big, move fast at ScotSoft

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 

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Key players in Scotland’s digital technologies industry will gather in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 6 October) to ask what it takes to build a global business and stay agile while scaling for growth.

The issues will be debated as part of the Global Forum at this year’s ScotSoft conference. Two panels of experts will answer questions and share advice, encouragement and their personal war stories with the audience of CEOs and decision makers at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
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Digital Xtra opens new round of funding for extracurricular computing projects

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and awarded £250,000 to 12 projects, which expect to reach a combined total of 10,500 young people across the country by March 2017. An additional £150,000 has now been made available in response to the high number of applications received for the first round of funding.

Applications open today (3 October) via Public Contracts Scotland and eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Funding is intended to support enterprising organisations that give young people aged 16 and under opportunities to learn computer science related digital skills and contribute to widening the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities across Scotland.
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New look Aquila Inisight expands into new offices

Monday, September 12th, 2016

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Fast growing data analytics company Aquila Insight has moved into the former offices of FanDuel in Edinburgh’s CodeBase incubator to supports its rapid expansion.

The firm, which is headquartered in Edinburgh and has offices in London and Derby, has also rebranded to mark a new chapter as it approaches its fourth birthday.
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brightsolid Awarded Preferred Partner Certification in Dell PartnerDirect Channel Program

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

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Scottish cloud and data centre brightsolid, today announced that it has received Preferred Partner certification in Dell’s PartnerDirect program, meeting the necessary technical and sales training requirements.

As a Dell Preferred Partner with certifications in Cloud Services & Solutions, brightsolid has always maintained a close working relationship with Dell and excels in hardware, software and services knowledge that help eliminate IT complexity for customers and help create greater efficiencies.

Dell Storage technology has enabled brightsolid to deliver continued reductions in the cost of cloud services for its customers while reducing time spent on routine IT management and saving days in the deployment of the latest cloud technology.
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Hot Tin Roof’s top 5 Festival eats (and drinks!)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

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Once again, the population of our fair city is doubling in size as thousands of visitors, street artists, and performers flock to the capital for the Edinburgh International Festival.
With a plethora of shows to sink your teeth into, you’re bound to be eating out more than usual so it’s hardly surprising that the city becomes a culinary haven in August. Restaurants, chefs, cafés, street vendors and everything else in between seize the opportunity to feed and water thousands of festivalgoers.
Having racked up several years of avid Edinburgh ‘festivaling’, the cats at Hot Tin Roof like to think we know a thing or two about the delicious delights on offer – and this year is no exception.
So here are just a few of the not-to-be-missed opportunities for foodies this August.

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Scottish technology companies join support for diversity in software development

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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A leading software development conference in Scotland has seen a significant increase in the number of underrepresented groups speaking at and attending their conferences, thanks to a number of initiatives.

The Scottish JavaScript Conference (ScotlandJS), was attended by over 250 people this year, with 50% of speakers and 30% of attendees being female or non-binary (individuals who do not identify as either male or female).

The initiatives, undertaken by the event’s organisers to increase participation from more diverse groups come in direct response to the overwhelming number of men in the Scottish software development industry. Women and other minorities are hugely underrepresented in Scotland’s tech sector, with 96% of software developers being male.
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From Manhattan to Sydney, investment drives Spoonfed’s international growth

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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Scottish software-as-a-service start-up Spoonfed has today announced a second round of funding worth £585K from angel investment syndicate Equity Gap, private US and Channel Islands investors and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, to accelerate international growth and take the company into profitability.

Launched in 2013, Spoonfed has provided its end-to-end drop off catering software to customers throughout the UK including high-street chains, independent sandwich retailers and contract catering businesses and has also won contracts in USA, Canada and Australia.

To date, the technology has enabled clients to unlock new markets with automated business processing of office catering orders, in one case boosting monthly revenue from £7,000 to £70,000 and increasing average order values by 25 per cent.
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ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers.

ScotSoft, hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, will bring together more than 1000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh on 6 October. This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its popularity in 2015.

Speakers at the Developers Conference will include Sam Ramji, CEO, Cloud Foundry, and Mario Viviani, Amazon’s resident technology evangelist. The day also includes speakers from Administrate, xDesign, PwC, TCS, Dogfish Mobile, BEMO, Skyscanner, The Data Lab, FanDuel and more.
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Aquila Insight flying high as turnover doubles for third consecutive year

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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The UK’s fastest growing data analytics company, Aquila Insight, has delivered another set of impressive annual results with turnover growth of over 100%.

Capitalising on the explosion of data innovation in business and consistently delivering value for clients, Aquila Insight’s turnover has more than doubled year on year since launch in 2012, increasing to £4.2 million for 2015/16. The firm also continued the rapid expansion of its London and Edinburgh offices on the back of high profile client wins including British Airways.

Aquila Insight has ambitious plans and is aiming to expand internationally with the opening of its first overseas office this year. It continues to recruit at a pace of 12 new analysts every quarter across in its UK offices and has grown from two founding partners to over 75 staff.
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Collaboration plus investment can boost broadband

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Scotland has set a target to achieve 95 per cent coverage of superfast broadband across the country by 2017 with a £410 million investment from public subsidy and supplier contributions. Progress is being made towards this objective with three initiatives in place, however it is the final 5 per cent of coverage that will prove difficult. Achieving the projected 10Mbps speeds as part of the planned USO will be an improvement for some rural premises but will not be enough longer term as the low benchmark does not suggest a future-proof infrastructure. Superfast broadband speeds should be the minimum target for most rural areas in line with the rest of the country. This was echoed by the recent First Minister’s commitment for universal superfast broadband by the end of the next parliament.

The newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing, has a tough job ahead of him to connect rural Scotland and ensure penetration levels in line with the rest of the UK. Scotland has unique issues with a difficult geography and dispersed population. These issues can only be overcome successfully by building on current initiatives and refining a cohesive strategy nationwide to strengthen collaboration between private investors, suppliers, councils and government agencies.
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The streets are paved with code

Monday, May 9th, 2016

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Recently the Mayoral candidates went head to head debating their visions for the digital future of the capital. All of the candidates demonstrated an understanding of the current problems and indicated commitment to progressing tech and connectivity in London. Both the front-runners have stated that connectivity is as important as water supply. This is commendable but with such a huge task ahead of them what should the successful candidate focus on? Here at Farrpoint we have years of experience in what makes a city smart and what you need to have in place in order to get there. If it’s done right the economic and social benefits are huge.
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Sixth ScotlandIS annual awards honour Scotland’s digital stars

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry, has announced the winners of the sixth annual Digital Technology Awards at a sell out ceremony at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.

The highlight of the night, the awards for Digital Technology Business of the Year, were shared by four companies. The Large Digital Tech Business of the Year trophy went to Skyscanner. The Edinburgh headquartered travel search business was recognised for its continued innovation, development of new products and its exceptional worldwide expansion.
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Scotland’s future cities

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

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We may not have flying cars or even hover boards as predicted in Back to the Future II, but Scotland is making significant strides with its futuristic smart city initiatives.

A smart city is one that improves the quality of life, increases sustainability and creates economic benefits using digital technology. With a predicted seven billion people living in urban areas by 2050, it is becoming more important to implement sustainable resources, and technology is the key catalyst for this change.

There is so much data currently available from commuters buying tickets through to people connecting to public Wi-Fi and data generation is set to accelerate. Councils are now looking to consolidate this data, adopt open data strategies and enable a cross-departmental view of council operations to better inform decision making.
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Glasgow’s first start-up school searches for digital entrepreneurs of the future

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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A Glasgow tech incubator is launching an ambitious start-up school for teens which will give them the chance to pitch their ideas to real life investors.

Working alongside Glasgow City Council and Skills Development Scotland, RookieOven is giving 16-18 year olds from Glasgow the chance to take part in its first pioneering Academy programme, during which they will devise creative digital product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.

Students will be learning from some of the brightest minds in the RookieOven community, as well as some of the most prominent leaders in Scottish tech start-ups. Ashley Baxter, founder of Insurance by Jack, Cally Russell, CEO of Mallzee, and Rohan Gunatillake, creator of Mindfulness Everywhere, will be among the entrepreneurs sharing their top tips, imparting advice and providing inspiration to the young people.

The Academy is the brainchild of Michael Hayes, founder of the RookieOven co-working space and co-founder of Add Jam, a mobile and web app development agency. Michael was inspired to create the Academy by a teacher friend who went above and beyond to harness the creative talent of a student who, while gifted at graphic design, was struggling academically.
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Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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• Record number of entries – 50% increase in entries on 2015
• 15 categories including 3 new awards for 2016
• Award ceremony – 20th April, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry, has released the shortlist for the hotly contested 2016 Digital Technology Awards.

The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the talent and ideas abundant in Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry. This year the awards received a record number of entries, reflecting the health of the sector.
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David Purvis to power operations at RMD

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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One of the UK’s leading data centre infrastructure specialists has appointed a new head of operations to support the company’s growth in 2016 and beyond.

Alloa-based RMD has strengthened its management team with the recruitment of David Purvis, who joins from infrared sensor specialist Pyreos where he was senior director of global sales.

With a background in engineering and over 20 years of sales and customer support experience, David Purvis will be responsible for planning and controlling change at RMD as well as working closely with external marketing, design and PR consultants.
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Discovering Digital World roadshow for all ages comes to Dundee

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

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From ethical hacking to virtual reality, Dundee is at the cutting edge of digital technology and this Thursday (3 March) people of all ages can learn how they could be part of this growing sector.

Leading industry professionals and Scottish technology businesses have teamed up with Skills Development Scotland and Young Scot to offer an insight into the wide variety of careers in this constantly evolving industry. The roadshow is coming to Dundee as part of the Discovering Digital World series, which will visit eight towns and cities across Scotland between February and May.
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Hot Tin Roof selects the top ten coffees in Edinburgh

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Last week the cats of Hot Tin Roof became ambassadors for Brew Lab’s new coffee shop in the West End – a short hop from our office! With 10 free coffees, we are loving the chance to sample the goods on offer at the garage-turned-cafe.

Edinburgh’s independent coffee scene is booming, with Brew Lab being one of many lip-smackingly good options the city has to offer. We decided to put our caffeine addiction to good use and draw up our list of the ten best coffees we’ve found in and around the city.

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This is one of our favourites! Cairngorm is tucked away from the bustling George St and has a very unassuming exterior. Inside it has limited seating but a relaxed atmosphere including some jazz classics and hip, filament lights. The coffee is tasty, and their toasted sandwiches are legendary.

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Girls into Digital World launches at Microsoft Scotland

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

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An innovative role model programme dedicated to encouraging more girls to challenge convention and pursue digital careers launches today (1 March) at Microsoft’s Scottish HQ.

‘Girls into Digital World’ is a three-day programme of activities to inspire and engage girls in S3 take up digital careers, running in Edinburgh from 15-17 March 2016.

A group of 36 girls chosen from across Edinburgh will participate in the programme of visits, talks with role models, and “hands on” activities with employers. The new initiative will be run by Skills Development Scotland with partners Microsoft, Standard Life, Edinburgh College and Heriot Watt University.
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CodeClan becomes UK’s first accredited digital skills academy

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

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Scotland’s only digital skills academy has become the first in the UK to offer its students a Professional Development Award (PDA) from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

CodeClan teaches students to code software in an intensive 16-week course and will be the first educational facility in the world to offer SQA’s internationally recognised (PDA) in Software Development.

CodeClan has been instrumental in working alongside SQA to establish this new award, which will be available at three levels on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF levels 7, 8 and 9). The new PDA will also be available to all SQA approved educational and training facilities.

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A day in the life of Shay

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Shay is the newest cat and originally hails from the antipodes. She has decided to brave the slightly cooler climes of the Hot Tin Roof office. We asked her why and other questions.

Here’s what she said:

How did you end up working at Hot Tin Roof and how long have you been here?

There is actually some background to this. I worked in a PR agency in Brisbane for a number of years but decided to take time off to satisfy my travel bug and backpack through Europe. I enjoyed an incredible four months of travel and ended up meeting my Edinburgh-local partner who followed me back to Australia. When his Visa expired, we travelled through the US before arriving in Edinburgh just before Christmas in 2015. I’m a newbie at Hot Tin Roof, but I am loving it here and loving the Edinburgh lifestyle.

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Tell us what it’s like to work at Hot Tin Roof in Tweet format.

The original stone walls may be cold, but the constant flow of tea is hot, fuelling the unremitting typing of the cats.

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