Cornwall Tech Connect & Employer Led Skills Event - 20 September

We are pleased to invite you to join us for a day of building skills, tech talks, discussions & networking:
Schedule
    • 10:00-14:00 Employer Led Skills (includes lunch)
    • 14:00-18:00 Tech Connect Talks, Networking, Displays & Workshops
    • 18:30-21:00 Kernow DAT

Book Tickets

10:00 – 14:00
Employer Led Skills Programme – Discussions & Workshops

Join us for the introduction of our exciting new Employer Led Skills Programme (in collaboration with Cornwall College, funded by ESIF) designing and piloting innovative new ways to build skills in Cornwall’s growing Tech sector.

We’ll be hosting a series of group discussions and workshops throughout the morning to help define what skills development for employees and Career Pathways into Cornwall’s Tech Community could look like in the future.

This event is open to all interested in the innovative development of skills in Cornwall’s tech sector. Everyone is welcome and lunch is included.

EMPLOYER LED SOFTWARE SKILLS MORNING HOSTED BY SOFTWARE CORNWALL & CORNWALL COLLEGE

Schedule 

10:00 WELCOME

  • 10.00 Housekeeping
  • 10.10 Welcome from the Software Cornwall Team  
  • 10.20 Paul Massey – Introducing Employer Led Software Skills

 

10:30 APPRENTICESHIPS TALKS

  • 10.30 Gareth Kenwood – Cornwall College, Group Head of Employer Engagement 

The power of Apprenticeships, the new standards and what this means for employer

  • 10.40 Mark Nason – Cornwall College, Director of Higher Education

The Potential for Employer Engagement in Foundation Degrees

  • 10.50 Jordan Barkway, Bluefruit

Becoming an Apprentice at Bluefruit

  • 11.05 James Bemrose – Truro Penwith College 

Software Development Apprenticeships – how they work and case examples

  • 11.20 Q&A speakers

 

11.30 BREAK

12.00 EMPLOYER LED SKILLS WORKSHOPS  

  • ROOM 1 – DESIGN AN APPRENTICESHIP – Join us in this interactive Q&A workshop to help design the ideal apprenticeship for your business.  
  • ROOM 2 – SKILLS & CAREER PATHWAYS MAPPING WORKSHOP – Join this hands  on workshop and help us to map current and future employee skills needs and career pathways throughout our tech community. 

13.00 CLOSING REMARKS – MAIN ROOM – Nathan Jeffery, ELS Project Lead

13.10 ELS LUNCH SPONSORED BY CORNWALL COLLEGE

Book Tickets

14:00 – 18:00
Tech Connect
Join us at our quarterly Tech Connect for Cornwall’s Tech Community. With lightning talks from our members, discussions and workshops throughout the afternoon and plenty of time to connect and network with others – there’s something for everyone.

14.00 WELCOME

  • HouseKeeping (Tony)
  • Welcome to Tech Connect & Software Cornwall Update (Belinda)
  • Workshop pitches
14:30 – 15:30 WORKSHOPS AND DISCUSSIONS 
  • Room 1 – Develop: Mission to Mars – Robots Jam
    Come and hack our Mars Rovers, show us your dev skills and help us design new challenges for our missions!
  • Room 2 – Educate : Women Tech Makers – Design a Mission
    Help design new learning experiences that help us increase engagement and diversity in our community.
  • Room 3 – Business : Jim Grant, Jamie Tinker and James Rowberry – Innovation, Impact and Business, University of Exeter
    A discussion to explore how the University of Exeter and Falmouth University can best support Cornwall’s tech sector particularly around some of the enabling technologies e.g. data science and artificial intelligence; technologies which are relevant across many of the local strategic growth ambitions (Digital/Creative, Space, Marine, Energy, Health, Agri-food etc….) Help Exeter and Falmouth University to understand how businesses and research institutions can best interact and what additional capabilities, expertise and facilities might be a game-changer to Cornish tech businesses and for the county generally.
15:30 – 16:00 Cake and networking break sponsored by The EPIC project
Meet our members on their stands and find out more about our tech community

The EPIC project
The EPIC project will bring along their humanoid robot pepper and another companion robot – both of which have potential software/programming opportunities. They will also focus on the role of smart speakers in health and social care and some emergent platform/business opportunities and demonstrate some of the apps which are making an impact in care and diagnosis and talk about the development journey. The project team are keen to stimulate discussion on how software companies can help impact in health and social care – and with this in mind – will also be able to share some stakeholder-led project ideas which would benefit from technology partners input and have the opportunity to secure grant funding.

Meet our members :
Exeter University – EPIC eHealth – Flowmoco – Being Agile – Cornwall College – Everest Media – Foot Anstey – Hertzian – Hi9 – PKF Francis Clark – Smartline – Software Cornwall – Truro & Penwith College – Kernow DAT – Aerospace Cornwall
16:00 – 18:30 Lightning Tech Talks
  • Joanne Evans – EPIC eHealth (15)
  • Mark Loveday – Avanti Communications Spacecraft Operations: Defining the Avanti Way (15)
  • Chris White – Senior Business Advisor,Cornwall College – Apprenticeships (15)

1645

1700

  • Correlation and Causation? Prove it! Andy Husband, CIO – Hertzian (5)
  • Belinda Waldock – Being Agile (5)
  • Garry Hunt – Software Cornwall – 30 Days of Agile (5)

1720

1740

  • Josh King – Chat Bot Launch (5)
  • Wo King – Hi9 (5)

1750

  • Kev Bath – Flowmoco – Architecting cloud based software for scalable performance (15)

1810 CLOSING REMARKS 

Book Tickets

1830-2130 Kernow DAT

21:00 – Laser show! sponsored by Flowmoco 

As our big finale to our morning, afternoon and evening events Cornish tech-startup Greenwave Laser will be screening an exciting outdoor laser show choreographed to music with a ‘geek movie’ theme, projected onto the Robinson’s Shaft Engine House.  Thanks to flowmoco for their generous sponsorship.

As well as your daytime tickets, you will also need to book tickets to Kernow DAT to see the Laser show. We are delighted to be collaborating with Kernow DAT who are hosting a fantastic evening event at Heartlands following the Tech Connect afternoon. Tickets are limited and MUST be booked separately. Book your Kernow DAT tickets
Tech Connect Sponsorship
Software Cornwall is an independent organisation – membership and sponsorship helps to fund Tech Connect and other events. Sponsors help us to make our events accessible to a larger audience and fund add on features.  If you would like to support Tech Connect please get in touch and email belinda@softwarecornwall.org
Event sponsors
Filming Sponsored by
Cornwall College
Lasershow sponsored by
flowmoco
The mission of the EPIC project is to help create a sustainable eHealth sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, by maximising new innovation networks, sharing academic expertise and providing sector specific hands-on business support. They offer access to a £600,000 Challenge Fund that Cornish SMEs can use to drive their innovations forward, allowing greater access to testing and product development in the eHealth sector.The mission of the EPIC project is to help create a sustainable eHealth sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, by maximising new innovation networks, sharing academic expertise and providing sector specific hands-on business support. They offer access to a £600,000 Challenge Fund that Cornish SMEs can use to drive their innovations forward, allowing greater access to testing and product development in the eHealth sector.
Innovation, Impact and Business Team

Event Partners

Location
We’re at the fantastic Heartlands, the world heritage site in Pool. Directions for how to get there are here.
Parking is pay and display, there is a cafe on site.

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