Posts Tagged ‘digital’

Hot Tin Roof’s top tech picks for September

Friday, August 31st, 2018

 

It’s been a manic month here in Edinburgh. If you didn’t bend over backwards to catch as many Fringe shows as possible, then you probably spent your time carefully avoiding the endless crowds on your way to and from work every day.

Now the mayhem is finally over, there’s still plenty left to see and do! Check out Hot Tin Roof’s pick of the hottest tech meetups and events you won’t want to miss this month…

Hack for the Homeless

 

At the start of this month, Edinburgh Napier University will be organising a “hackathon” in aid of Action for Children in support of ByteNight which will see Scotland’s tech community have the chance to band together using their skills to work on solutions for those suffering from or at risk of homelessness.

The event takes place from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd of September and you can register your interest here.

Codebase Commons

 

The Commons is Edinburgh’s monthly get-together for anybody in tech. Organised by the UK’s largest tech incubator, Codebase, this months event takes place at Paradise Palms on the 6th of September.

CodeClan Edinburgh: CoderDojo

 

CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs to young people, enabling them to learn how to programme in a fun, safe and sociable environment. If you, or anybody you know, is interested in getting involved, there are meetups this month on the 13th in Leith, the 19th in Stockbridge, and the 20th at CodeClan.

Women Who Code

 

Women Who Code is a global non-profit that dedicates itself to inspiring women to get involved in technology careers and promoting women in tech. The Edinburgh branch gets together once a month. Check them out on the 25th of September at the FreeAgent offices in Fountainbridge!

ScotSoft

 

ScotlandIS presents its annual conference featuring the best of the Scottish tech sector on the 27th of September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Over 1300 delegates are expected to attend this year for the event, which will feature speakers from all across the world including Eric McAfee, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and Dave McCann, VP of AWS Marketplace.

IPOS founders choose tech PR specialists Hot Tin Roof to launch new business

Monday, August 13th, 2018

 

Robin Knox and Paul Walton have appointed Hot Tin Roof to provide strategic PR support to launch their new tech startup, Boundary.

The new venture between the Intelligent Point of Sale (IPOS) founders is a smart home security system, bringing affordable protection to homeowners and renters alike. IPOS was sold to iZettle and then acquired by PayPal for $2.2 billion in May 2018.

Hot Tin Roof has been instrumental in the launch of some Scotland’s most influential startups and digital technology enterprises including FreeAgent, Aquila Insight and CodeClan. The agency has worked with a number of key stakeholders from public and private sector to raise awareness of the digital skills gap over the last decade. Most recently it helped to launch Skills Development Scotland’s ‘Digital World’ a STEM and digital skills campaign aimed at teenagers and career changers.
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How does PR make me money, save me money and save me time?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

 

Noise, noise, noise. Noise annoys. So, is PR just noise, or is it actually business critical?

PR gets you talked about in the media. And that makes you very attractive to investors and top talent is drawn to you. It also means customers convert. And all of that combined, makes your company grow fast.

PR is seen by most as a ‘vitamin’ rather than a ‘painkiller’, a nice to have, so when budgets are tight it’s one of the first things to get cut. Which is only natural but can also be short sighted because it means you slip under the radar. (more…)

It’s not all doom & gloom: How businesses can bounce back after GDPR

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

 

It’s been just over two weeks since GDPR-fever swept the nation.

Amidst all the jokes and memes that sprung up along the way, for most businesses this was no laughing matter.

Though it was a long time coming, many companies were still dreading the May 25th deadline.

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Assure APM partners with ZoneFox to provide cunning security solution

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

 

Edinburgh-based IT cyber security and performance monitoring solutions company Assure APM has today announced its partnership with award winning Scottish cyber security company ZoneFox, the Scottish company behind a unique security solution that locks down insider threats.

In combination with their Illumio micro segmentation security offering, Assure APM can now provide seamless cyber security protection in the datacentre, in any cloud and on most end user devices.
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NEUROCENTRX appoints two industry heavyweights to board

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

 

Neurocentrx, an Edinburgh-based pharmaceutical company, has appointed Nigel Brooksby as Non-Executive Chairman and Dr. Tim Corn as Non-Executive Director to take the company to a global market.

Neurocentrx is developing new clinical indications, and new forms of administration for oral ketamine. This innovative vision, to repurpose an approved human drug most commonly used as an anaesthetic, has the potential to improve pain management, and significantly impact how psychiatric conditions such as severe depression are treated.
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FarrPoint helps secure a total of £28.5m for full-fibre funding for local networks

Monday, March 26th, 2018

IT, telecoms and infrastructure consultancy FarrPoint has provided vital consultancy services that has led to successful bids to fund full-fibre connectivity in the Highland Council and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) regions, with a combined value of £28.5 million.

The authorities were awarded the funding by the Government in the Chancellor’s spring statement as part of the £190M Challenge Fund to promote the roll out of full-fibre to local areas. (more…)

How to achieve networking Nirvana

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

As PRs, we LOVE people. We thrive on meeting new folk, getting to know their stories and finding out what makes them tick. We want to know your whole life story within 5 minutes of meeting you, and then we help you tell the world what you’re all about.

However, even the most seasoned PR can feel intimidated when walking into a networking event. It is an important part of our working lives. It’s a great way to meet potential new clients, expand your professional contact list and find out about exciting new businesses and projects. But it can be tricky to know how and where to start. Here are some top tips to help you find your networking Zen and make the most out of your next event: (more…)

Apps, Widgets and Jpegs

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

At Hot Tin Rood, we specialise in PR for tech companies. We keep up to date with all the latest trends in digital technology, from new kit and software, to more general concepts and ideas. We all have an interest in tech and do a pretty good job of this. It may take a couple read-throughs and the occasional Google search but we always ‘get it’ in the end.

Given this background you might think that in our day-to-day work we’d bring some time saving, innovative and enabling tech to bear. And you’d be right. Now, we’ve all read these types of ‘listicles’ before. You know the sort of thing – ‘10 best apps for choosing your socks’ or ‘7 free downloads that will change your working life so that you only need to spend 4 hours a week in the office’ and so on. Well, here we’ll be telling you what we actually use, what we do with it and why. We could be drummed out of the Magic Circle for this!
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SHE Software eyes international expansion following £3m funding deal from NVM Private Equity

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

East Kilbride based SHE Software has secured a £3 million growth capital investment from NVM Private Equity (NVM) as it prepares to enter international markets with its highly configurable health and safety software and create over 50 new jobs by the end of 2018.

SHE Software will use the funding to open up 15 highly skilled jobs in a new office in the US and has ambitious plans to double the size of its development and support teams at its Scotland HQ, where it currently employs 60 staff.

Led by CEO Matthew Elson, SHE Software is the creator of Assure, a software platform that helps businesses to achieve and demonstrate health and safety compliance, whilst at the same time generating cost-savings by significantly reducing the administrative burden.

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Thomas Miller – Return to Hot Tin Roof

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

 

When we think of PR, most of us have an image of glitz, glamour and Prosecco. Ab Fab anyone?

As a young and naïve 15 year old, I wanted to find out for myself and went to work at PR agency Hot Tin Roof.

At the time I wasn’t entirely sure what would be expected of me. To be honest, I had a rather slim understanding of what public relations actually was.
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Assure APM Appoints Director of Cyber Security Services

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Edinburgh-based specialist IT performance and segmentation security company Assure APM has appointed Neil Anderson as their Director of Cyber Security Services, in order to further bolster their cyber defence solutions and meet the demands of an increasingly-growing security market.

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Why We Love Tech

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

 

At Hot Tin Roof we love to work with a range of different clients, from architects to museums and galleries. While we enjoy keeping our portfolio diverse, our true passion lies with tech.

Hot Tin Roof’s first client was a tech company, and we have continued to work with businesses in this sector ever since. We live and breathe tech, and are the only company in Scotland that specialises in this sector. But what is it about tech that makes us tick?
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CodeClan appoints Melinda Matthews Clarkson as new CEO

Monday, December 11th, 2017

CodeClan, the UK’s first and only fully accredited digital skills academy, has appointed a former senior figure at technology giant IBM as its new Chief Executive Officer as the organisation looks to build its presence across Scotland in 2018.

Melinda Matthews Clarkson, who has more than 25 years experience in the technology sector, says she plans to grow the organisation, extend CodeClan’s operations beyond the Central Belt, and expand its successful partnerships with business in the months ahead.

Originally from the US, Ms Matthews Clarkson has lived in Scotland for the past 10 years, and was until recently Vice President of Commerce Partnerships at IBM. She has been deeply involved in bringing a range of new product offerings in Cloud, SaaS, eCommerce and Digital Marketing to the marketplace.
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FarrPoint helps bring fibre to the home in Oxfordshire

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Independent specialist in telecoms and information technology consultants, FarrPoint, has today announced that they have completed a major milestone in their work on the West Oxfordshire Superfast Broadband project.

The Edinburgh based company supported the District Council throughout all stages of the procurement to select the right supplier to bring Next Generation Access broadband (NGA) to more than four thousand rural homes and business in the area. The contract was awarded to Gigaclear, a rural broadband specialist, who will extend its ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network to the area.
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BLACKBX targets China and Europe with LigoWave WiFi partnership

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

 

BLACKBX, the disruptive tech company, has announced a deal with US wireless networking solutions company LigoWave to deliver their pioneering guest WiFi software to the Chinese market and beyond.

The rapidly growing Edinburgh-based firm will also work with LigoWave to supply guest WiFi at internet access points in Germany, France, Italy, and across the Baltic nations, all the while eyeing further growth throughout the potentially lucrative Chinese market. Furthermore, the agreement should support BLACKBX in increasing its existing footprint globally thanks to LigoWave’s presence in some 150 countries.
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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…)

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…)

15% DISCOUNT ON PR

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

 

Hot Tin Roof is offering all ScotlandIS members a 15% discount on its standard daily rate (£600) on signing up to a minimum 3-month campaign.

Tell the world your story

Communication in a digital age for high growth companies

As communication channels multiply you need to work harder than ever to remain visible. Your goal is engagement – to get others talking about you – whether it’s your customers, your suppliers, your investors or the press.

PR is a way for you to tell people your story – what you do and why they need you.
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‘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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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…)

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…)

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…)


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