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SDP 20: Jonny Briggs on the Field Design story and a digital design festival for Sheffield

We interview Jonny Briggs, co-founder of Field Design, who talks about building an agency, forays into augmented reality, and fledgling plans for a new digital design festival in Sheffield.


SDP 19: Helen Milner on the Good Things Foundation story and being one of Sheffield’s best kept tech secrets

In episode 19, we are joined by Helen Milner, chief executive of Good Things Foundation. She talks about the origins of the charity and its expansion to Australia and Kenya, the challenges of digital inclusion, and Sheffield’s local digital skills partnership.


SDP 18: Chris Roberts on Nimble Approach and growing a collective with strong values

Episode 18 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Chris Roberts, founder of Nimble Approach, a collective of Lean-Agile specialists. We also look back at the AGM and cover Kollider's food feast and the dotSHF people domain meetup.


SDP 17: Robin Wood on SteelCon and running a successful event

Episode 17 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with Robin Wood, security consultant, researcher and co-founder of the ever-popular SteelCon. We also talked about the the British Games Institute coming to Sheffield, the first shfWIT event and plenty more news from Sheffield's digital sector.


SDP 16: Emma Cooper on Playgrounds, young people and digital, and diversity in tech

Episode 16 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is out and features a conversation with Emma Cooper, co-curator of Playgrounds, a week-long free exhibition of interactive art for children and families. Emma has worked in Sheffield’s digital sector for many years, so we also talk to her about all sorts of other topics too. That includes finding a way to describe what we do, the new Sheffield Women in Tech group/meetup, and how children and young people interact with all things digital.


SDP 15: Louisa Harrison-Walker and Chris Hill on skills and recruitment in the digital sector

In this episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast, we interview two people who both live and breathe skills and recruitment. Louisa Harrison-Walker is the CEO of Benchmark Recruitment and Chris Hill is the founder of Northcoders, the ‘coding bootcamp for the North’.


SDP 14: Mayoral candidates on the region’s future and how digital fits in

Episode 14 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features an interview with two of the candidates in the upcoming Sheffield City Region mayoral election: Hannah Kitching of the Liberal Democrats and Rob Murphy from The Green Party. We also hear from the Conservatives' Ian Walker and report back on a roundtable with Labour's Dan Jarvis.


SDP 13: Mark Gannon on dotSHF progress and Sheffield’s Urban 5G Test Bed bid

We first spoke to Mark Gannon, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions at Sheffield City Council, back in September 2017 on episode 2 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. Since then, dotSHF has been formed, work is being done and it seems a good time to have Mark back on the show for an update.


SDP 12: Tom Wolfenden on the Cooper Project and regional support for startups

Episode 12 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. It features a conversation with Tom Wolfenden, Centre Manager of Sheffield Technology Parks, who talks about the new Cooper Project. It’s both a workspace and practical support for new startups and tech companies who want to get off on the right foot. In part two, I’m joined by Mel and Chris to go through all the latest news and updates from Sheffield’s digital sector. This time round, that includes the...


SDP 11: Katie Attwood and Tom Hoyland on organising and attending meetups

Episode 11 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is now ready for your listening pleasure. In part one, I’m joined by Tom Hoyland and Katie Attwood, co-organisers of Agile Sheffield, one of the city’s excellent regular meetups. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own event, this is essential listening. Tom and Katie talk through how Agile Sheffield got started and offer plenty of sensible advice on running a meetup, from finding sponsorship to providing a safe space for everyone to...


SDP 10: Mike Faulks on cybersecurity, IoT and being part of a GCHQ accelerator

In episode10 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we’re joined by Mike Faulks, co-founder and director of Ioetec, a Sheffield company that provide a cloud service solution to connect Internet of Things (IoT) devices with end-to-end authenticated, encrypted security. The second half of the show, as per usual, is spent going over some of the latest goings on in Sheffield’s Digital sector. That includes a great opportunity to get your company on a new directory, some news from Kollider, city...


SDP 09: Leila Johnston on digital art, artificial intelligence and robot crows

In episode 9 of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we are joined by the fantastic Leila Johnston. Leila is an artist, technologist, curator, consultant, journalist and plenty of other things too. It was great to speak to her about what she’s currently working on, including her role as digital curator at Site Gallery.


SDP 08: David Richards on WANdisco and his new tech skills foundation

We kick off 2018 with a fantastic guest on episode 8 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. David Richards is the CEO of the hugely successful WANdisco, which specialises in big data and has offices in Silicon Valley and Sheffield. It was absolutely fascinating to hear David talk through his own and WANdisco’s journey so far, from starting out to successfully floating the company on the stock market. I think there is lots to learn here for anyone who owns a business or is in the process of...


SDP 07: Kathleen O’Donnell and Nathan Woodcock on immigration law and the digital sector

Episode 7 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast features a really interesting interview with Kathleen O’Donnell and Nathan Woodcock, both from Fragomen LLP. They are experts in immigration law and provide a fantastic overview of the system and how it affects both companies and individuals. In the second half of the show, Mel and Chris go through some of the city’s digital sector highlights from the last month or so. That includes info on the Channel 4 bid, IoT Tribe North’s accelerator programme,...


SDP 06: Bella Abrams on educating the digital stars of the future at The Sheffield College

This episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast was recorded in two parts. In part one, you’ll hear me interview Bella Abrams, Chief Information Officer at The Sheffield College. We talked about how the College recently became an associate sponsor of Sheffield Digital, as well as ways that the College can feed into and work more closely with digital sector companies. The second half of the show is almost back to normal as Chris and Mel take you through the latest going on in the city’s digital...


SDP 05: Mark Goddard from Paper on designing a startup

We’re on to episode five of the Sheffield Digital Podcast. This time, we’re joined by Mark Goddard from user research and design studio, Paper. We talk a lot about the decisions Mark and his co-founders made when starting the company. I think it makes for a really interesting look at the process and how there is no one way of doing things. We also cover, the bi-monthly event that Paper organises, and how that fits in with their business. In other topics, we briefly talk about...


SDP 04: Rachel Ferla on Google Digital Garage and meetups in Sheffield

In episode four of the Sheffield Digital podcast, we speak to Rachel Ferla, who is currently part of the team running Google Digital Garage. She tells us about how the Garage came to be in Sheffield and how she came to work there helping people develop their digital skills. We also ask Rachel about Google’s decision to keep the Garage open until April and look at the impact of the Google Garage bus. Other topics include the previous and upcoming Meta Meetups plus a look back at the third...


SDP 03: Chris Bryant – mental calculation world champion

In this episode, we interview Sheffield's Chris Bryant, who recently defended his mental calculation world title. It's amazing to hear him talk through the experience and some of the techniques involved. Chris also talks about his Asperger's and provides some valuable insight into how it applies to the workplace. In the show, Mel also covers a recent visit to AMRC's Factory 2050 facility by a number of digital businesses. We go through some upcoming events and Chris (Dymond) explains maker...


SDP 02: Mark Gannon on Sheffield City Council and building a Digital Coalition in Sheffield

The second episode of the Sheffield Digital Podcast is here and this time we're joined by a very special guest in Mark Gannon, Sheffield City Council's new CIO. Having recently announced our partnership with the Council, this is a great opportunity for you to hear all about how it happened, what it means and what we hope it will bring. The episode also includes a brief update on the city's various tech-hubs-in-progress and the release of our new Slack guide and code of conduct. There’s also...


SDP 01: The story so far and Neil Birchenall on Appt's adventures in China

This first episode of the Sheffield Digital podcast includes an intro to Sheffield Digital itself, Appt's experience in China, our partnership with the AMRC and a list of upcoming events you might like to attend. There's also the story behind the Google Digital Garage Bus. Hosted this week by Iain Broome, Mel Kanarek, Chris Dymond, with our guest, Neill Birchenall.