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Innovation Martlesham Proud To Sponsor Innovate Suffolk Hackathon Winner’s Prize

Innovate Suffolk is pleased to be holding its second Hackathon on 27th, 28th and 29th March and Innovation Martlesham is delighted to be offering the winner a fast track entry into the well-respected Innovation Martlesham Business Incubator Facility.

Innovate Suffolk’s next hackathon taking place on the 27th – 29th of March at the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre is themed ‘the Outdoors and Agriculture’.

The challenge set comes from a place of wanting to be a bit more self sufficient. Innovate Suffolk would like to see some use of technology to help people make use of any garden space they may have to grow their own fruit and veg. As a group, we’re not the most green-thumbed people you’d ever meet, so could use all the help we can get something we can harvest. More people are looking to eat a more “veg-heavy” diet and growing your own could be a really rewarding way to make that transition.

Innovate Suffolk aims to bring together technology and start up talent across Suffolk in an open and inclusive way. One of the methods used is a hackathon where attendees work together, pitching ideas, forming teams and creating projects, supported by experienced mentors. The aim is to create, test and refine viable, real-world solutions to fulfil the challenge.

To learn more about Innovate Suffolk and the hackathon, listen to Nicky and Simon Arnold (co-founder of Fortis Recruit, and  one of the co-founders of Innovate Suffolk) in conversation.

Nicky Daniels & Simon Arnold (co-founder of Fortis Recruit, and  one of the co-founders of Innovate Suffolk) in conversation.

Nicky opens by asking Simon to expand a bit more about how Innovate Suffolk started and what it is hoping to achieve to demonstrate what a dynamic place Suffolk is, especially in the tech sector.

Nicky and Simon go on to talk about the second technology hackathon that Innovate Suffolk is running at the University of Suffolk on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March 2020.  Simon explains how delighted he is to be teaming up with Innovation Martlesham who is offering the winner of the hackathon a fast-track route to the Innovation Martlesham Incubator.

New Partnership Announced

I am delighted to announce that we will be working in partnership with Suffolk County Council and the suffolk agricultural association to showcase the work we are doing at Innovate Suffolk at this year’s Suffolk Show (Official).


We will be inviting this year’s Hackathon winners from both the adult and junior categories to display their winning ideas, as well as promoting the local technology eco-system, in the Innovate Suffolk tent as we celebrate what an innovative county we have.


For your chance to take part in the Hackathon and win the opportunity to exhibit at the Suffolk Show, please go to www.innovatesuffolk.co.uk for more information on how to participate.

#innovatesuffolk #suffolkisgreat #hackathons #suffolkcountycouncil #suffolkshow #suffolkagriculturalassociation

New Sponsor Announced: StrategiQ

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the great people at StrategiQ will be supporting us as a challenge sponsor at our 48 hour Hackathon, coming in March.

The challenge: “Getting a Team Up and About”

“A recent feedback session found that although some StrategiQ team members are ‘gym bunnies’, others found sticking to a traditional exercise regime to be tough! Fresh air and exercise has proven benefits for both mental and physical well-being, and here at StrategiQ we would like to find a way to use technology to encourage our team to get outdoors and start burning some of those unwanted calories. We have over 40 people at two sites so a solution which helps multi site businesses would also be beneficial.”

Do you have any ideas to help solve this challenge? We would love to hear them!

The Hackathon will take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. You are invited to use technology to tackle any of the challenges set out by our sponsors, or can come up with a solution to a problem outside of these as long as it fits within the theme “The Outdoors & Agriculture”

#innovatesuffolk #strategiQ #hackathon #suffolkisgreat

New Sponsors: Agent3: End-to-end ABM

I am delighted to announce that Agent3: End-to-end ABM are partnering with us this year to sponsor one of our challenges for the 48 hour Hackathon coming in March this year- the theme “The Outdoors and Agriculture”

The challenge – “Grow Your Own”

“The challenge we’ve set comes from a place of wanting to be a bit more self sufficient. We’d like to see some use of technology to help people make use of any garden space they may have to grow their own fruit and veg. As a group, we’re not the most green-thumbed people you’d ever meet, so could use all the help we can get something we can harvest. More people are looking to eat a more “veg-heavy” diet and growing your own could be a really rewarding way to make that transition.”

Do you have any ideas to help solve this challenge? We would love to hear them!

Watch this space for more announcements on challenges, information on the event and how you can get involved!

The Hackathon will take place on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. You are invited to use technology to tackle any of the challenges set out by our sponsors, or can come up with a solution to a problem outside of these as long as it fits within the theme “The Outdoors & Agriculture”

#Agent3 #innovatesuffolk #suffolkisgreat

New Partners, Creative Computing Club

We are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with the wonderful people at the Creative Computing Club for our 48 hour Hackathon in March 2020 at the University of Suffolk.

We will be encouraging the young minds at the Creative Computing Club to take on the same challenges the adults will be tackling, albeit as a separate competition, within the the theme “The Outdoors and Agriculture”.

They will work offsite at their purpose built computing school in Ipswich and bring back their solutions to be pitched alongside the adults competition as they compete for the inaugural “Junior Innovation Trophy”.

The Creative Computing Club CIC set up in 2012 has worked with several thousand young people across Suffolk, helping them to engage in worthwhile and inspiring technology-based activities. Through its informal and non-competitive environment, it has allowed them to gain confidence and qualifications in areas that interest them the most and are relevant to today’s tech sector needs.

The Creative Computing Club has allowed a myriad young people with different needs to grow in confidence and become aware of the vast array of technology opportunities around them.

What would one of our key contributors challenge be?

This morning we caught up with Mark Thomas key contributor to Innovate Suffolk, Founder of Coderus and all round tech whizz to find out what challenge he would look to tackle under the theme of our next 48 hour Hackathon “the outdoors and agriculture”. Here is his idea:

“Having grown up on a farm I know that one of the most time consuming tasks is the continuous checking of the animals while out to pasture to ensure they are safe, healthy and happy.

I would look to embrace drone technology to develop a piece of kit that could automatically fly out at intervals in the day and check on the livestock behaviour and health. Utilising the drones camera and sensors it would then be able to alert the farmer to any issues in real time”

What challenge would you like to solve relating to the “outdoors and agriculture” and how would you do it?

Our next Hackathon takes place on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March 2020 at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. Watch this space for more information on how you could breathe life into your idea and see it become a reality.

Lots more exciting news to be released this month

#ipswich #entrepreneurial #suffolkisgreat #innovatesuffolk #technology #coderus #hackathon

We asked our Treasurer what his Challenge would be…

Today we asked Peter Basford Treasurer of Innovate Suffolk and founding Director of Innovation Labs Stowmarket what challenge he would look to tackle under the theme of our next 48 hour Hackathon “the outdoors and agriculture”. Here is his idea:

” I would look to encourage participation in Foot Golf and promote the benefits of getting outdoors and playing the sport.

I would do this by building an app that links to a much wider network of uk foot golfers and records the health benefits/ calories burnt on a round to promote what is a fast growing sport to a much wider audience than just footballers and golfers

What about a foot golf online game as an esport too? Again a great way to promote the game… “

What would challenge would like to solve relating to the “outdoors and agriculture” and how would you do it?

Our next Hackathon takes place on the 27th, 28th and 29th of March 2020 at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. Watch this space for more information on how you could breathe life into your idea and see it become a reality.

Lots more exciting news to be released this month

#ipswich #entrepreneurial #suffolkisgreat #innovatesuffolk #technology #innovationlabs #hackathon

So what is a Hackathon?

Don’t worry, it isn’t that kind of hacking!

Hackathons provide people a platform for creativity, collaboration and self-expression through technology. They encourage people with technical backgrounds to form teams (either at the event or prior to the start of the “hack”) around a challenge and then collaboratively develop a unique solution over a limited amount of time.

The event organisers will fuel you with food, caffeine and provide specialist mentor support and you will work night and day to create the best prototype for the challenge and then demo it to a panel of judges in your bid to be crowned the weekends winner

These events are great way to develop community, learn new skills and can even offer the opportunity to develop a product, or idea, after the Hack has finished and see it become a real business opportunity.

Our next Hackathon is coming on the last weekend of March at the University of Suffolk and has the theme “the outdoors and agriculture”. If you would like to get involved please get in touch directly with simon.arnold@innovatesuffolk.com or follow our linked in / facebook pages to keep aware of news as it is released.