Innovate Suffolk Postponed

As you are all aware the current Corona Virus situation is starting to create a significant amount of uncertainty for us locally as measures are being discussed to contain and prevent a serious outbreak. In light of current events we have made the difficult, but sensible, decision to postpone the Innovate Suffolk Hackathon until a more suitable date.

We are working with our partners to identify dates later in the year and am pleased to report that our sponsors will continue to support us. If you have already purchased your ticket then we can offer you a full refund, or alternatively you are welcome to wait until the new dates are released at which point if you are unable to attend then again we will honour a full refund of the cost.

This isn’t the end; we are just rescheduling, and the event will take place. We just think it is better that we do it at a time when have more clarity and the ability to focus on making it a real success! Watch this space for news on the new dates.

Event Workshop from John Nicholson

Workshop Abstract:
Surviving an Incubator with Agile.
We‘ll cover some of the agile methodologies and techniques that could work well within the incubator. We’ll talk about how you can apply these to focus and still adapt to the change that always occurs during product development.

Bio:
Co-Founder and CTO of IJYI, John is an evangelist for the adoption of DevOps, specifically how best to apply the tools we have at hand to improve delivery. Having worked within software development for the past 20 years, he brings a wealth of experience, technical expertise and passion both for technology and to see the next generation of developers flourish.

Software delivery is complicated; however, it should not be difficult. It is about more than just the technology, John favours a proven, pragmatic approach to the adoption of technology, ensuring that all deliveries are on “the Leading Edge not the Bleeding Edge”.

To further these goals he has recently undertaken taken PhD research at the University of Suffolk in to the field of Computer Science and Informatics, specifically looking at the future of application testing within the enterprise.

5G Agricultural Opportunities

One of the considerations when 5G was specified was for it to be used for industrial applications. Agriculture is one of those applications where is can be applied to industrial scale farming. The factors which make it suitable for this kind of application are

  • High device density
  • Slicing meaning dedicated resources for the network usage important for control applications
  • Low latency
  • High bandwidth required for video processing when controlling autonomous machinery

Farming is no longer low tech, a modern farmer is more like the CEO of a medium size company having to manage many different groups including the technology to ensure successful crops and yields
Automated farming with the control of machinery is an obvious application of 5G control technology, where low latency between the machinery and control software with quality guarantees is essential. However we can also imagine the need to monitor the environment using widely deployed sensors with typical IoT use cases and then process the analytics using machine learning and AI.  Farmers can increase yields and monitor their operations more closely. 

These applications will need to be deployed into the edge of the network near to where the farming action is. The technology required to leverage this will be based on that specified for cloud native applications. Deployed in the same cloud infrastructure as  the mobile 5G core to ensure the low latency that is required.

The introduction of 5G and it’s application to industries such as farming presents an opportunity for those prepared to be creative with the combination of agriculture and the next generation mobile technology.

Innovation Martlesham

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.

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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

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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