74 episodes

Welcome to the Sheffield Digital Podcast. Join host Iain Broome as he finds out the latest news coming out of the exciting digital industries in the Sheffield City Region. With co-hosts Mel Kanerek and Chris Dymond, each month they discuss techie topics and interview special guests. Join the Sheffield Digital slack group https://sheffield.digital/slack/ to suggest topics and to put forward questions. Follow the show @SHFDigital on Twitter.

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    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to the Sheffield Digital Podcast. Join host Iain Broome as he finds out the latest news coming out of the exciting digital industries in the Sheffield City Region. With co-hosts Mel Kanerek and Chris Dymond, each month they discuss techie topics and interview special guests. Join the Sheffield Digital slack group https://sheffield.digital/slack/ to suggest topics and to put forward questions. Follow the show @SHFDigital on Twitter.

    SDP 74: Turning a lifestyle business into an award-winning scale-up

    SDP 74: Turning a lifestyle business into an award-winning scale-up

    Mel follows-up with Dan and Andrew from Airship, delves into some Sheffield history and finds out the highs and lows of reinventing a tech business.
    If you listened to https://sheffield.digital/posts/sdp-72-airship-and-mina-two-of-sheffields-most-exciting-startups-talk-about-their-journeys-so-far/ (Episode 72) of this podcast, you will have heard us chat with two very successful start-ups: Mina and Airship. You will also have discovered that Airship isn’t really a start-up; the company was originally set up in 2003. Since then, it’s grown, shrunk, pivoted and changed from being an agency that “sells hours” to a SaaS technology business.
    Mel wanted to find out more – what’s that journey like and what does it take to make the change from being a lifestyle business to a high-growth business with a clear exit strategy? So this is a special follow-up episode, hearing from two of the senior people in the business about their journey.
    The guests for this episode are Dan Brookman, CEO, and Andrew Whiteley, Director, from Airship.
    As this is a “special” episode, there’s no news or updates, just an in-depth interview. We hope you enjoy it and, if there are other stories you’d like us to explore, please let us know.
    Don’t forget, you can always join thehttps://sheffield.digital/slack/ ( Sheffield Digital Slack community) or email info@sheffield.digital to get in touch and share your thoughts.
    Subscribe to the show
    If you’d like to have new episodes of the show appear right in your podcast player, you can subscribe viahttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sheffield-digital-podcast/id1272667962?mt=2 ( our page on Apple Podcasts) or search for us in your podcast app of choice!
    Notes and links
    Every episode comes with a list of links to all of the various people, companies and topics that we reference.
    https://airship.co.uk/ (Airship)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/danbrookman/ (Dan Brookman on LinkedIn)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-whiteley-26a453169/ (Andrew Whiteley on LinkedIn)
    https://sheffield.digital/slack/ (Join our Slack community – Sheffield Digital)
    https://sheffield.digital/membership/meet-our-members/ (Meet our members | Sheffield Digital)
    http://sheffield.digital/membership (Become a member of Sheffield Digital)
    Did we miss something you’re looking for? Justhttp://sheffield.digital/contact ( get in touch and let us know).
    Join the conversation
    We’re really keen to get your feedback on the podcast. You canhttps://sheffield.digital/posts/episode-6-educating-digital-stars-of-the-future-with-the-sheffield-colleges-bella-abrams/ ( share your thoughts with us on Twitter) or on the channel in thehttps://sheffield.digital/slack ( Sheffield Digital Slack community).
    Thank you for the music
    Thanks to Alex Mclean –https://yaxu.org/ ( aka Yaxu) – for the show’s intro music, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    • 38 min
    SDP 73: Creating a Gigabit city and getting to grips with the eSports scene in Sheffield

    SDP 73: Creating a Gigabit city and getting to grips with the eSports scene in Sheffield

    In episode 73 of the Sheffield Digital podcast we talk to Natalie Ward, City Manager for CityFibre. We’re also joined by Giorgio Cassella, Head of Marketing at Evoluted and founder of Afterwork.gg, and Adam Jessop, founder and CEO of Endpoint Gaming.
    First up, we ask Natalie about how she got into working in broadband connectivity, what changes she has seen over time, and getting more young people into tech careers.
    Then we speak to Giorgio and Adam about the eSports scene in Sheffield, how people from the community can get involved, which types of people they need in the industry, and what trends they envisage in the near future.
    Finally, Mel and Chris share some of their usual updates from the city’s digital sector, including:
    Economy.dotSHF meeting
    Sheffield City Council’s Business Response Group
    Second Digital Inclusion Taskforce meeting
    Chris’ involvement with the Digital Meet Manufacturing Commission
    Chris is about to join the Skills Accelerator Board
    Tutorful raises a further £3m from Northern Venture Capital Trust and NPIF
    Lots of local companies winning awards
    Razor, Tribepad, Tutorful, Mina and Nimble shortlisted for Prolific North Tech Awards
    Tickets for Good launched the ticket fund to fundraise for event tickets to be donated to NHS teams.
    Meetups starting to happen in person again
    Hybrid GeekBrekky at Tamper Sellers Wheel and on zoom
    Mark Pearce’s National Parks app crowdfunder
    Don’t forget, you can always join thehttps://sheffield.digital/slack/ ( Sheffield Digital Slack community) or email info@sheffield.digital to get in touch and share your thoughts.
    Subscribe to the show
    If you’d like to have new episodes of the show appear right in your podcast player, you can subscribe viahttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sheffield-digital-podcast/id1272667962?mt=2 ( our page on Apple Podcasts) or search for us in your podcast app of choice!
    Notes and links
    Every episode comes with a list of links to all of the various people, companies and topics that we reference.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalie-ward-cityfibre/ (Natalie Ward on LinkedIn)
    https://www.cityfibre.com/ (CityFibre)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/gjcassella/ (Giorgio Cassella on LinkedIn)
    https://afterwork.gg/ (Afterwork.gg)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamjessop/ (Adam Jessop on LinkedIn)
    https://endpoint.gg/ (Endpoint)
    https://www.thefloow.com/members/sam-chapman/ (Sam Chapman at The Floow)
    https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home (Sheffield City Council)
    https://www.amrc.co.uk/pages/digital-meet-manufacturing (Digital Meet Manufacturing)
    https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/computing (Department of Computing at SHU)
    https://tutorful.co.uk/ (Tutorful)
    https://www.insidermedia.com/news/yorkshire/edtech-platform-raises-funds-for-international-expansion (Tutorful raises funds for international expansion)
    https://www.evoluted.net/ (Evoluted)
    https://www.seoworks.co.uk/ (The SEO Works)
    https://riseatseven.com/ (Rise at Seven)
    https://thecurve.io/ (The Curve)
    https://www.thestar.co.uk/business/the-star-small-business-awards-brilliance-as-usual-as-winners-ceremony-makes-a-return-3401618 (The Star Small Business Awards)
    https://www.mattressonline.co.uk/ (Mattress Online)
    https://www.razor.co.uk/ (Razor)
    https://www.tribepad.com/ (Tribepad)
    https://www.mina.co.uk/ (Mina)
    https://www.nimbleapproach.com/ (Nimble)
    https://www.prolificnorthawards.co.uk/tech (Prolific North Tech Awards)
    https://ticketsforgood.org/ (Tickets for Good)
    https://www.sheffielddm.co.uk/ (Sheffield Digital Marketing)
    https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sheaf-valley-32204580005 (StartUp Sheffield)
    https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/nationalparks (Mark Pearce’s National Parks app crowdfunder)
    https://imoves.com/ (iMoves)
    https://www.drum.fit/home/schools/ (DrumFit)
    https://sheffield.digital/events/ (Events calendar)
    https://sheffield.digital/slack/ (Join our Slack community – Sheffield Digital)...

    • 1 hr 15 min
    SDP 72: Airship & Mina - two of Sheffield’s most exciting startups talk about their journeys so far

    SDP 72: Airship & Mina - two of Sheffield’s most exciting startups talk about their journeys so far

    In the first half of episode 72 we discuss product development and scalability, working remotely and hiring during national lockdowns, Sheffield as a tech business location, how to encourage people to enter careers in tech, and diversity in the industry.
    And here are our guests:
    Julian Cole, Lead Developer, and Andrew Whiteley, Director, from Airship.
    Laurie Nicholas, Principal UX Developer, and Ashley Tate, Co-Founder, from Mina.
    It was so nice to hear about these exciting startup journeys, how the companies have adapted since COVID-19, and future plans.
    In the second half of episode 72, Mel and Chris share some of their usual updates from the city’s digital sector, including:
    Sheffield Digital is still going strong and keeping people connected
    Keep up to date by subscribing to the newsletter
    New workspaces opening in the city and planning approved
    Growth at Nimble Approach
    Fountain Precinct becoming a ‘tech hub’
    Joi Polloi’s project collaboration with Field for Wentworth Woodhouse in Barnsley
    Endpoint Esports looking for a flexible workspace and a studio space
    Big announcement at Sumo Digital
    Sheffield Digital mentoring scheme
    Interviews with people who work in the digital sector on our YouTube channel
    UTC Sheffield Multi-Academy Trust
    Sheffield Hallam University programmes delivering business support for SMEs
    Business networking for Sheffield Digital members
    Don’t forget, you can always join the https://sheffield.digital/slack/ (Sheffield Digital Slack community) or email info@sheffield.digital to get in touch and share your thoughts.
    Subscribe to the show
    If you’d like to have new episodes of the show appear right in your podcast player, you can subscribe via https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sheffield-digital-podcast/id1272667962?mt=2 (our page on Apple Podcasts) or search for us in your podcast app of choice!
    Notes and links
    Every episode comes with a list of links to all of the various people, companies and topics that we reference.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/julian-cole-6b66ab1ba/ (Julian Cole on LinkedIn)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-whiteley-26a453169/ (Andrew Whiteley on LinkedIn)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurie-nicholas-8b876b19/ (Laurie Nicholas on LinkedIn)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-tate-738b8210 (Ashley Tate on LinkedIn)
    https://www.airship.com/ (Airship)
    https://www.mina.co.uk/ (Mina)
    https://www.sumo-academy.com/ (Sumo Digital Academy)
    https://www.seoworks.co.uk/ (SEO Works)
    https://www.nimbleapproach.com/ (Nimble Approach)
    https://hiveit.co.uk/ (Hive IT)
    https://joipolloi.com/ (Joi Polloi)
    https://cubowork.com/sheffield/ (Cubo Work)
    https://sheffield.digital/posts/opportunities-to-join-utcs-as-trustees-or-governors/ (Join the UTC Sheffield Multi-Academy Trust)
    https://www.shu.ac.uk/business/support/sheffield-city-region (Higher Skills Higher Growth (HSHG))
    https://sheffield.digital/posts/introducing-the-sheffield-digital-mentoring-scheme/ (Sheffield Digital Mentoring Scheme)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtUkUlFpfPQandlist=PLVA9LgwPRjNWzXAAD1tw-deBbfMwJzDvj (Careers in the tech sector - video interviews)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtUkUlFpfPQandlist=PLVA9LgwPRjNWzXAAD1tw-deBbfMwJzDvj (Sheffield Digital networking events)
    Did we miss something you’re looking for? Just http://sheffield.digital/contact (get in touch and let us know).
    Join the conversation
    We’re really keen to get your feedback on the podcast. You can https://sheffield.digital/posts/episode-6-educating-digital-stars-of-the-future-with-the-sheffield-colleges-bella-abrams/ (share your thoughts with us on Twitter) or on the channel in the https://sheffield.digital/slack (Sheffield Digital Slack community).
    Thank you for the music
    Thanks to Alex Mclean – https://yaxu.org/ (aka Yaxu) – for the show’s intro music, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    SDP 71: The future of The Children's Media Conference & asking what the heck happened with Cryptopunk NFTs

    SDP 71: The future of The Children's Media Conference & asking what the heck happened with Cryptopunk NFTs

    In episode 71 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast we speak to Kathy Loizou, Co-founder and Director of The Children's Media Conference, and we're also joined by Alex Amsel, award-winning game developer and blockchain expert.
    In the first part of the episode, Kathy fills us in on the history of The Children’s Media Conference, how it’s adapted during Covid-times and why digital folk should attend this year’s event (tip: there’s a discount for Sheffield Digital members too). Kathy also tells us about Playground at Site Gallery in Sheffield, which is taking place from 1 to 11 July in 2021.
    In the second part of the episode, we speak to Alex about NFTs - what they are, why there's been a recent boom, his views on sustainability issues, and how to learn more about bitcoin. Chris also asks him what the heck happened with Cryptopunk NFTs.
    Don’t forget, you can always join thehttps://sheffield.digital/slack/ ( Sheffield Digital Slack community) or email info@sheffield.digital to get in touch and share your thoughts.
    Subscribe to the show
    If you’d like to have new episodes of the show appear right in your podcast player, you can subscribe viahttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sheffield-digital-podcast/id1272667962?mt=2 ( our page on Apple Podcasts) or search for us in your podcast app of choice!
    Notes and links
    Every episode comes with a list of links to all of the various people, companies and topics that we reference.
    https://www.thechildrensmediaconference.com/ (The Children's Media Conference)
    https://sheffield.digital/posts/playground-returns/ (Discount for members)
    https://www.cmcplayground.com/ (Playground)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-loizou-a43b6346/ (Kathy Loizou on LinkedIn)
    http://tedxsheffield.com/2014/alex-amsel/ (Tedx Sheffield 2014: From Bitcoin to Skynet and why it's all my fault)
    https://bitcoin.org/en/bitcoin-paper (The paper that first introduced Bitcoin)
    https://ethereum.org/en/ (Ethereum)
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexamsel/ (Alex Amsel on LinkedIn)
    https://sheffield.digital/slack/ (Join our Slack community – Sheffield Digital)
    https://sheffield.digital/membership/meet-our-members/ (Meet our members | Sheffield Digital)
    http://sheffield.digital/membership (Become a member of Sheffield Digital)
    Did we miss something you’re looking for? Justhttp://sheffield.digital/contact ( get in touch and let me know).
    Join the conversation
    We’re really keen to get your feedback on the podcast. You canhttps://sheffield.digital/posts/episode-6-educating-digital-stars-of-the-future-with-the-sheffield-colleges-bella-abrams/ ( share your thoughts with us on Twitter) or on the channel in thehttps://sheffield.digital/slack ( Sheffield Digital Slack community).
    Thank you for the music
    Thanks to Alex Mclean –https://yaxu.org/ ( aka Yaxu) – for the show’s intro music, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    • 57 min
    SDP 70: What next for the Sheffield Digital Podcast?

    SDP 70: What next for the Sheffield Digital Podcast?

    In episode 70 of the Sheffield Digital Podcast, Iain and Mel share the news that the podcast is going on a short pause. But more importantly, we want your feedback on how we can make it much better.
    What kind of feedback are we talking? Well, we’ve been recording since 2017 and we’ve had a fairly consistent interview/news format throughout. This last 12 months has seen us record online rather than in person, and that actually gives us more options.
    This is a short show. Have a listen, then have a think, and then let us know what might tickle your fancy. Seasons? More panel discussions? Shorter episodes? Dare we say… sponsorships? We are very much all ears and happy to take all thoughts on board.
    You can contact us through the https://sheffield.digital/slack/ (Sheffield Digital Slack community) or email info@sheffield.digital and we’ll get it there.
    Subscribe to the show
    If you’d like to have new episodes of the show appear right in your podcast player, you can subscribe via https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sheffield-digital-podcast/id1272667962?mt=2 (our page on Apple Podcasts) or search for us in your podcast app of choice!
    Join the conversation
    We’re really keen to get your feedback on the podcast. You can https://sheffield.digital/posts/episode-6-educating-digital-stars-of-the-future-with-the-sheffield-colleges-bella-abrams/ (share your thoughts with us on Twitter) or on the channel in the https://sheffield.digital/slack (Sheffield Digital Slack community).
    Thank you for the music
    Thanks to Alex Mclean – https://yaxu.org/ (aka Yaxu) – for the show’s intro music, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    • 14 min
    SDP 69: Reflecting on a unique year for Sheffield's digital community

    SDP 69: Reflecting on a unique year for Sheffield's digital community

    In this final episode of 2020, Iain, Mel and Chris look back on what has been a year of unique challenges for Sheffield's digital businesses and community members.
    After sharing a few personal reflections, we turn to the kinds of difficulties the community has faced, as well as the different ways people have used their creativity and generosity to help others in need.
    Finally, Mel and Chris look ahead to the coming months and what 2021 may have in store for us all. We finish by thinking about Sheffield Digital itself and how it can strengthen its influence and support even more people in the years ahead.
    Subscribe to the show
    If you’d like to have new episodes of the show appear right in your podcast player, you can subscribe via https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sheffield-digital-podcast/id1272667962?mt=2 (our page on Apple Podcasts) or search for us in your podcast app of choice!
    Join the conversation
    We’re really keen to get your feedback on the podcast. You can https://sheffield.digital/posts/episode-6-educating-digital-stars-of-the-future-with-the-sheffield-colleges-bella-abrams/ (share your thoughts with us on Twitter) or on the channel in the https://sheffield.digital/slack (Sheffield Digital Slack community).
    Thank you for the music
    Thanks to Alex Mclean – https://yaxu.org/ (aka Yaxu) – for the show’s intro music, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

    • 51 min

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