Quantum Computing: Revolutionising Medicine, Science and Engineering

Quantum Computing: Revolutionising Medicine, Science and Engineering

In the next decade, we could see computers uncovering some of life’s most prominent puzzles, from world hunger to global warming.

Quantum computing is a mind-boggling topic. However, we have software developer and quantum enthusiast, Steve Bowman, on hand to explain some of the basic principles and how these machines are set to transform the world…

Changing the Way We Live, Work and Play With Microcontrollers

Changing the Way We Live, Work and Play With Microcontrollers

C4DI member Hayden Barton has hit the papers this week after his success building the world's smallest Arduino - a piece of hardware that has the ability to interact and control all sorts of everyday electronic objects.

We spoke with the inspiring and gifted 22-year-old to find out more about his work and how these tiny microcontrollers are changing the way we live, work and play.

Search begins for schools tech superstars

Search begins for schools tech superstars

Schools across the region are invited to nominate their Digital Champions for the first Junior Digital Awards.

The Junior Digital Awards 2018 have been launched by Hull Live – the area’s leading news, sport and information website, brought to you by the Hull Daily Mail – and local communications provider KCOM, in partnership with Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) tech hub.

Digital Awards 2018 Announced

Digital Awards 2018 Announced

Businesses large and small are being urged to enter the 2018 Hull Digital Awards.

Run by Hull Live and KCOM, and supported by the city’s C4DI, the awards give fledgling start-ups and established companies alike the chance to showcase their talents in one of the city’s most exciting sectors.

The deadline for entries is August 5, and Hull’s digital ambassador has said businesses would be “foolish not to take advantage” of the opportunity.

From Catering Manager to Driving Innovation within the Fire and Rescue Service

From Catering Manager to Driving Innovation within the Fire and Rescue Service

Jo Mann's incredible story started at Hull College, where she first trained as a Chef and Catering Manager.

Today, she is the Public Safety Risk and Intelligence Manager for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS), as well as the National Lead for Data Collection and Sharing for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

HFRS is a corporate member of C4DI and Jo is currently working with talent within the community to innovate and develop the Fire and Rescue Service.

We caught up with this inspirational woman to discover more about the future of HFRS and learn about her journey.

Tech Nation's Launches new fintech growth programme

Tech Nation's Launches new fintech growth programme

Tech Nation has opened applications for its new (and free) fintech programme, which is the first of its kind in the world.

We’re keen to ensure that we attract a diverse range of applicants from across the UK. As such, we would be grateful if you could bring it to the attention of relevant fintech companies in your local network…

Hull Marathon

Hull Marathon

On Sunday 23 September 2018, thousands of Hull Marathon runners will make their way through the city’s streets and even pass our building.​​​​​​​ As C4DI is the Official Hull Marathon HQ, it’d be rude for us not to enter a team into the race. If you’re interested in representing the community, contact Dee today.

If you’d love to be one of them, or know someone who might, signups are now open

160,000 Benefiting Every Day from Cloud Design Box Innovation

160,000 Benefiting Every Day from Cloud Design Box Innovation

Cloud Design Box is transforming the way that schools, colleges and academies work by providing engaging intranet systems and training with SharePoint and Office 365.

With over a decade of experience, the SharePoint experts have now designed three products especially for schools that allow teachers and their pupils to connect seamlessly whilst in and outside of the classroom.

Today, over 160,000 people use Cloud Design Box solutions across the UK.

Cyber Essentials: It’s Time To Be Proactive About Cyber Security

With cybercrime continuously rising and the threats and scams constantly evolving, it's no wonder that many businesses feel overwhelmed when it comes to cybersecurity.

In fact, cybercrime is so prevalent, that 49% of fraud in the past two years has been committed online. Scarily, 24% of this illegal activity saw victims lose over $1 million (£700,000).

Last year, we saw a significant rise in the number of UK organisations experiencing cyber attacks. It seems that as the average consumer is becoming digitally savvy, criminals are turning their gaze towards corporations.

Cyber Essentials is the UK Government's answer to helping businesses strengthen their cybersecurity arsenal.

David Gilbey, Director of Just Gilbey Ltd has recently assisted a Hull-based company with their Cyber Essentials Certification. We spoke to the IT Consultant to find out more.

Great to chat with you, David. What exactly is Cyber Essentials?

It's a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme that was originally created to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cybersecurity and it’s so important for companies to have appropriate systems and processes in place to keep their data safe and demonstrate to customers that they take cybersecurity seriously.

The Cyber Essentials scheme helps shield organisations from approximately 80% of common cyber threats.  Implementing just five of the controls correctly will instantly help to protect your business.

How does it all work?

When you sign up, you need to verify that your IT is suitably secure and meets the standards that the Cyber Essentials scheme has set.

Evidence must be given to prove that your company does meet these requirements and some businesses may have to invest in additional IT solutions and systems in order for them to gain the Certification.

There's a Cyber Essentials self-assessment, which offers protection against the most common cyber threats. Providing that you have the in-house skills to understand the questionnaire and put the necessary changes in place, this is a really simple way of obtaining the Certification. It costs around £300.

Meanwhile, the Plus package is verified by a Certification Body. It goes a bit deeper than the basic self-assessment.

What's good about Cyber Essentials is that they allow you to buy as much or as little as you need.

How is Cyber Essentials beneficial to businesses?

Firstly, if we were all a little more aware of the increasing number of security risks and breaches out there, as well as the basic steps and procedures to mitigate this, it would be a lot harder for businesses to be caught out.

From a business perspective, the Cyber Essentials Certification can reassure your customers that you are serious about their data security. Of course, this can also result in you attracting new business because - with the Cyber Essentials badge - you are demonstrating that you are proactively taking measures to boost your business' cybersecurity.

In my opinion, the clever way the Cyber Essentials checklist is set out really helps. Although I would not recommend taking the tick-box approach, it certainly allows you to have a clearer understanding of the steps needed to ensure your business stays secure.

Can you tell us about your experience with Cyber Essentials?

The Directors of a local firm wanted to work towards gaining the Certification.

I sat down with them to discuss how their business worked and what current IT systems they had in place. We then went through the list, one item at a time, to see how secure the company already was.

From here, we could see what areas still needed a bit of work. We tackled the straightforward tasks first and then went onto the more trickier tasks.

I helped them to develop specific processes and refine their IT strategy so it not only clearly aligned with Cyber Essentials but also created a better outcome for their staff and clients.

Can businesses work through Cyber Essentials on their own, or do they have to bring in an IT expert?

By all means, do it yourself, but I think it’s about being able to understand the questions fully and implement them in the most effective way possible.

What we found was that many of the requirements could be easily met by using their existing equipment, but, without an IT Consultant to hand, the team may not have realised this and wasted money on unnecessary technology.

By hiring a consultant like myself, you benefit from the years of experience we’ve had refining and researching the best systems and processes for our clients.

What advice would you give a company that was considering Cyber Essentials?

Whilst easy-to-follow, the Cyber Essentials Certification may seem a bit daunting at first. But, what I will say is that it’s not about being completely perfect. You don’t have to meet every single requirement, if you can justify and show that you are thinking carefully about cybersecurity and implementing the right strategies to reduce your risk of attack.

You can find out more about Cyber Essentials here.

Meanwhile, discover more about Just Gilbey Ltd on their website.


Moodbeam: A Tool For Life 

Moodbeam: A Tool For Life 

Moodbeam is a digital tool that allows you to effortlessly track how you are feeling throughout the day. 

The concept for this dual-coloured wearable came about two years ago when co-founder Christina Colmer McHugh discovered that her daughter was experiencing bullying at school. 

She found that, although the issue was swiftly dealt with by the school, she still wanted to check how her daughter was getting on throughout the day… 

Create or Die?

Create or Die?

Can you and your job survive this age of job automation? C4DI member Peter Snelling thinks so.

Digital creative, Peter Snelling is the founder of multi-award winning My Pockets - a company that specialises in making innovative and heartfelt films, digital campaigns and social art projects. He believes that the key to surviving the age of automation is by embracing creativity - something he thinks won't easily be replaced by machines.

C4DI Student Membership: Connections, collaborations and community

C4DI Student Membership: Connections, collaborations and community

Director of Machine Learning, John Stamford’s story is an excellent example of how C4DI can serve as a unique platform for those looking for invaluable industry experience and incredible opportunities.

Having first joined C4DI three years ago, when he was just six months into his PhD in Data Science, John has managed to harness the true power of the community, whilst educating and inspiring others along the way.

Now, he’s almost at the finish line of his PhD and will be handing in his extensive 150-page thesis in the coming months...

Outstanding 15 percent growth for Hull's Digital Sector

Outstanding 15 percent growth for Hull's Digital Sector

The 2018 Tech Nation report is now out and has highlighted tremendous growth in Hull's digital sector with an outstanding 15 percent increase in the number of tech jobs recorded since 2014. The report indicates that there are now over seven thousand digi-tech jobs in the City and the annual digi-tech turnover is a reported £568m with a calculated turnover per employee being an impressive £133k - the highest in the North of England and beaten only by London, Bristol and Plymouth.

A Successful Launch for Good2Learn

A Successful Launch for Good2Learn

C4DI startup bridges the gap between classroom and home learning by embracing the power of digital.

Good2Learn is the brainchild of Paul Mandalia, who has worked closely with several members of C4DI to develop and create a series of curriculum-based video lessons. These short, bite-sized clips are integrated into an online platform that allows children to complete exercises, track their progress and gain rewards…

Trade Chimp’s new BDM shows Trades the route to greater profits

Trade Chimp’s new BDM shows Trades the route to greater profits

Greater profits for small electrical and trades businesses are one step closer as Trade Chimp roles out the next stage of its tech-savvy trades service across the UK.

The Hull-based company’s new specialist business development manager, Donna Smith, is now showcasing Trade Chimp’s operational and administrative support service to the country’s tradespeople and small trades businesses.