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Dynamo to host event showcasing careers opportunities in IT to young people

Dynamo to host event showcasing careers opportunities in IT to young people | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Young people in the North East are to be given an in-depth insight into the career opportunities available in the region’s growing IT sector.

A Get Into IT afternoon, aimed at those aged 13-plus, as well as parents, teachers and career advisers, is being organised by Dynamo, an initiative aimed at expanding the region’s economy by acting as a focal point for IT growth

Running from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, June 17, at the University of Sunderland’s St Peter’s Campus, next to the National Glass Centre
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Thinking Digital organisers plan expansion, beginning with new Manchester conference

Thinking Digital organisers plan expansion, beginning with new Manchester conference | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Following what has been hailed as the best Thinking Digital conference to date, organisers have announced they will be bringing the event to Manchester - and potentially much further afield.

Last week hundreds of businesses and technology enthusiasts turned out at Sage Gateshead to hear speakers from around the world discuss everything from animation to Artificial Intelligence.

Herb Kim, who runs the conference, said attracting such high calibre names had become an increasingly difficult task as the upturn in the tech economy meant many were now extremely pushed for time.

After considering a number of options, he has concluded that the key to its ongoing success lay in growing its reach and profile.
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Fit Gurus secures £200,000 cash injection

Fit Gurus secures £200,000 cash injection | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Fit Gurus is one of the first start-ups in the UK to receive investment from AngelList, securing £100,000 of backing from 37 investors.

The other £100,000 was invested into the company through the Finance for Business North East Proof of Concept Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures.

Fit Gurus is an online platform which allows users to access bespoke training plans from hundreds of personal trainers and celebrities, and is the brainchild of personal trainer Dave Stidolph and technology entrepreneur Paul Slater.
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Software firm swaps London for Sunderland

Software firm swaps London for Sunderland | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
GLOBAL software firm Saggezza is doing its bit to tackle the north-south brain drain after swapping its London HQ for a new base in Sunderland.

The Chicago-based firm has moved in to Sunderland Software Centre and is looking to recruit new staff from the region’s universities.
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Newcastle IT specialists to join Microsoft’s global advisory council

Newcastle IT specialists to join Microsoft’s global advisory council | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Technology giant Microsoft has invited Newcastle IT specialists Technology Services Group on to its elite global advisory council for key partners.

The council made up of just 27 official reseller partners from all over the world meets bi-annually at Microsoft’s Seattle headquarters and Technology Services Group (TSG) is one of only two UK businesses honoured with a seat.
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Dynamo North East doubles in size

Dynamo North East doubles in size | Software & North East England | Scoop.it

Dynamo, the NE tech network, is expecting to double in size with its second annual conference this year.

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference include Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, speaking for one of the first times since his appointment, and BBC economics correspondent Steph McGovern.

The pair will also be joined by the CEO of TechNorth, Claire Braithwaite, appointed as part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, as well as Hans Moeller, NE LEP’s innovation director.

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Find out more about Dynamo at http://www.dynamonortheast.co.uk/ and more about Dynamo 15, the conference at http://www.dynamonortheast.co.uk/events-2/dynamo-15/ ;

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Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK

Gateshead IT firm Synergi creates new division to market new software in the UK | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
North East technology company Synergi IT is developing a new division to manage its growth.

The Gateshead company has established a strategic asset management (SAM) division after signing an exclusive UK partnership with Australian software firm, Assetic.

Synergi will now bring innovative software and services to the UK and Europe for the first time, helping large businesses and public sector organisations better manage ageing infrastructure and assets.

Peter Joynson, managing director of Synergi IT, explained: “Assetic’s powerful specialist software will allow large private and public sector organisations better manage and maintain a large asset stock.
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Games firm Coatsink Software doubles in size as it aims to treble turnover

Games firm Coatsink Software doubles in size as it aims to treble turnover | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
A Sunderland games company has almost doubled its headcount over the past couple of months after a string of successful game and app developments.

Coatsink Software, which is based at Sunderland Software Centre, has added 11 new people to its development team, taking the business’ total headcount to 23.
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Mobile payment security provider Omlis grows headcount to 50 on the back of new contracts

Mobile payment security provider Omlis grows headcount to 50 on the back of new contracts | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
An ambitious Newcastle tech start-up his hit a major milestone in its 2015 growth plans.

Having launched a recruitment drive in March, Omlis, which began trading in February last year, has already taken headcount to 50 - a total it intends to grow to 120 by December.

The mobile payment security provider, which offers robust encryption in all mobile commerce, has already secured contracts worth £20m over the next five years and now intends to capitalise on the accelerated adoption of mobile payments.

In March and April alone, six new positions were filled at the company, following a series of contract wins across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Russia.
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Artificial Intelligence and smart technology on the agenda at Thinking Digital in Gateshead

Artificial Intelligence and smart technology on the agenda at Thinking Digital in Gateshead | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
The potential impact of rapidly improving technology on human life was a central theme at the Thinking Digital conference at Sage Gateshead yesterday.
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Newcastle University professor Sugata Mitra has re-designed the future of learning

Newcastle University professor Sugata Mitra has re-designed the future of learning | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
When Sugata Mitra, a professor at Newcastle University, won the $1m TED prize in 2013, he set himself a not unambitious aim: to re-design the future of learning.

Prof Mitra was struck by a radical idea to drag education into the 21st century, both in the Western world and developing world. The idea idea that children can teach themselves pretty much anything, from playing games to particle physics, is one that Prof Mitra has been convinced of for decades.

But it was in 1999, working for a Delhi software company that he saw his chance, installing a “hole-in-the-wall” computer in a slum.

The children didn’t speak English, barely went to school, but they taught themselves to use the computer. And then they taught their friends.


It made headlines across India, and his idea went viral, inspiring Vikras Swarup, the author of the book Q&A which would become the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Since then, Prof Mitra has become more ambitious, using his TED award in 2013 to build seven “schools in the cloud”, where children from across the planet can teach themselves anything, and then teach what they know to their friends.

 

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Waymark software helps pioneering filmmakers New World Designs

Waymark software helps pioneering filmmakers New World Designs | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
A Gateshead media firm have further developed a special effect made famous in the movie The Matrix as part of a cutting-edge contract.

Waymark, a bespoke software house based in Metro Riverside Park, was enlisted by creative media company New World Designs, based in Sunderland Software Centre, to streamline a production process.
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Newcastle's True Potential Investments launches UK's first personal finance app for Apple Watch

Newcastle's True Potential Investments launches UK's first personal finance app for Apple Watch | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
True Potential Investments, part of the Newcastle-headquartered True Potential LLP group of companies, has launched the UK’s first personal finance app for Apple Watch.

The True Potential Investor app allows users to set their own financial goals and risk levels, before choosing funds to invest in based on detailed information on areas like performance and volatility.

Savers can also use it to view their saving levels, comparing them against their goals and topping them up accordingly to close any gaps.

The app, which is aimed at non-experts, was designed to bring a more strategic way of thinking to personal investing.
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Newcastle architect's Go Digital boost to create happier homes for dementia sufferers

Newcastle architect's Go Digital boost to create happier homes for dementia sufferers | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
An innovative architect’s plans to help people with dementia has received a boost from Go Digital Newcastle.

Roger Maier of CEAD Architects, based at the Toffee Factory in Ouseburn, is developing a process to help carers and patients take a 3D virtual tour round his buildings, all while the plans are still on the drawing board.
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Digital Catapult Centre ready to fire Sunderland into the future

Digital Catapult Centre ready to fire Sunderland into the future | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
The Digital Catapult Centre North East & Tees Valley, which has opened at Sunderland Software Centre, will allow creative and technology start-ups and small businesses to develop and show off their ideas and products, as well as build links with larger businesses, universities and the public sector.

Run by a consortium including Sunderland Software City, the North East and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside Universities, it is one of three regional bases which will support the work of the national Digital Catapult, opened in London last year.
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New software allows home buyers to take virtual tour of properties

New software allows home buyers to take virtual tour of properties | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
A COMPUTER games designer from the North-East has developed a virtual reality programme to allow people to look around prospective properties using their computers or mobile phones.

Entrepreneur Richard Coates hopes his software will initially be snapped up by house builders hoping to sell second homes to businessmen abroad.

But the technology could also be used to allow people to ‘see’ homes for sale on the domestic property market.

Using 3D graphics, it gives people a sense of the space and dimensions and even allows people to change the decor without even stepping foot inside, or picking up a paintbrush.
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Software firm Infotel 'could create hundreds of North-East jobs'

Software firm Infotel 'could create hundreds of North-East jobs' | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
HUNDREDS of North-East jobs could be created in a European software consultancy firm’s first UK venture.

Infotel UK, a subsidiary of Infotel SA (France), is setting up a base in North Shields, North Tyneside.

Bosses say the office will deliver an initial 50 posts, but revealed hundreds more could follow if the project proves fruitful.

The company says the Orion Business Park site will meet demand from existing and new UK customers, which want support from an organisation, such as Infotel, on British soil.
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Thinking Digital embraces 'extreme capitalism' at Sage Gateshead

Thinking Digital embraces 'extreme capitalism' at Sage Gateshead | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Talks from the woman who turned herself into a corporation and the man who encourages childlike creativity feature on final conference day
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Technically Compatible grows workforce after attracting high profile clients including KPMG and Coca Cola

Technically Compatible grows workforce after attracting high profile clients including KPMG and Coca Cola | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
A small Sunderland business that focuses on IT skills testing has tripled its workforce in less than six months while adding clients like KPMG, Coca Cola, and Direct Line to its portfolio.

Technically Compatible, which helps companies recruiting people in IT and software development roles to test their candidates’ technical skills, has seen headcount rise from three to nine after several months of booming business.
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High hopes as start-ups compete at Thinking Digital conference in Gateshead

High hopes as start-ups compete at Thinking Digital conference in Gateshead | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Renowed Thinking Digital event is reaching out to more people than ever, showing the importance of tech across all sectors
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Newcastle-grown Ignite plots expansion with London and Manchester programmes

Newcastle-grown Ignite plots expansion with London and Manchester programmes | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
Newcastle-grown accelerator experts are raising £1.8m to take their pre-seed programme to Manchester and London
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Jon Bradford credits the North East as a catalyst in the global start-up movement

Jon Bradford credits the North East as a catalyst in the global start-up movement | Software & North East England | Scoop.it
“The Difference Engine was the first accelerator outside of the US and now there are over 1,000 around the world.

“The thing about the North East is realising what a great place it is to start a business
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