UKSPA AUTUMN CONFERENCE

7th – 8th November 2019

 

 

The EIC was present at the UKSPA conference on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th November at Culham Science Centre. The two day event brought leading experts together to discuss the latest opportunities and innovative trends in the UK’s innovation and technology sector, with sessions on innovation and business support for SME’s, bio-incubation good practice and a host of supporting keynote and discussion panels.

Get Digital – Survive or Thrive

Representatives from EIC and BTC were in attendance at Get Digital – Survive or Thrive – an event held at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale by the Marches Growth Hub.

The event was all about enabling local businesses to find out all they need to know about how new technologies are changing the way we work.

The day began with a keynote speech by Bruce Daisley, the head of the European arm of Twitter. In an interesting and informative talk he detailed how he arrived at his current position, and also his opinions on what a productive and healthy workplace should be like.

Bruce was then joined on stage by local business leaders and academics, including Tim Luft, head of former BTC tenants VR Simulation, for a Q&A session.

Later in the day, there was an expo and also workshops for people to benefit from the knowledge of tech-savvy industry professionals. These included Web Development by Nick Carr of Focus Digital and also Smartphone Videos for Business by Stone’s Throw Media.

All in all, it was an extremely informative day and an important way of keeping the region’s businesses informed and engaged with current and future digital technologies.

EIC Security Barriers Installed

In the ongoing effort to improve the tenant experience at the e-innovation centre, interior security barriers have been installed. The new feature will mean an extra layer of security for businesses as well as an improved electronic sign-in system using ID cards which have been assigned to tenants.

This is a significant and much needed improvement on the previous paper sign-in system that should promote safety and make for a speedier and more efficient process.

Centre Manager Lynsey Whitfield said: “We have been planning to improve sign-in procedures for some time, and the new barrier is an essential evolution of the building’s function. eIC is a modern working environment and the new system definitely reflects this.”

nFocus Up For Award

eInnovation Centre tenants were recently shortlisted for a prestigious award.

nFocus Testing, an industry leading multi-award winning testing services provider specialising in Strategic IT Resourcing, Agile & DevOps, Automation and Performance Testing, have been named finalists in the European Software Testing Awards for the second successive year, earning the chance to retain their ‘Leading Vendor’ title.

nFocus’ Managing Director Phil Edwards explains, “What an amazing year it has been for nFocus! We’ve helped more new clients this year than in any other previous year; providing a greater range of services as well as going above and beyond for all our clients past, present and new, to help them protect their reputation and guard against any software disasters. It is with immense pride that I want to say a huge thanks and congratulations to our team for helping us get this far, a terrific effort by all and we will look forward to celebrating the success of our industry at the awards ceremony on 21 November”.

The ‘Leading Vendor’ category is for the vendor who receives top marks for their product/service and customer service with the judges looking for:

• Evidence of a commitment to high quality and standards to customers
• Commitment to customer satisfaction
• Evidence of value for money
• Proof of thought leadership and drive to further the software testing/QA industry
• Evidence of reliability, flexibility and speed of installation

The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in London on the 21st November 2017.