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Tech Community Connect Event, Goonhilly Earth Station, 31 May, 12-5pm - Software Cornwall

We are pleased to confirm our next Software Cornwall Community Tech Connect event to be held on 31st May 2018 at Goonhilly Earth Station.

Hosted by Software Cornwall & Goonhilly Earth Station

Sponsored by AeroSpace Cornwall, SWCoESA & CIOS LEP

Inline with Tech Nation UK

An afternoon at Goonhilly with lunch, talks, discussions and networking.

Book tickets – Please note the main event and tech jam are now fully booked

On the 31st May Software Cornwall in partnership with Goonhilly Earth Station, and inline with the release of the 2018 UK Tech Nation report will host the fourth Tech Connect event for Cornwall’s Tech Community.   Our Tech Connect events enable our community to connect and share their skills and knowledge, explore future opportunities for the sector and celebrate successes.

The event will welcome 120 attendees, doubling the size of our previous event in February.  We will be celebrating the growth of the tech sector in Cornwall and its recognition in the UK Tech Nation Report for the 3rd consecutive year as a high growth digital-tech cluster in the UK.

As it’s half term we will also be running a tech jam on the day for our future tech generation, tickets are booked separately and under 16’s must be accompanied at the jam by an adult.

We will be live streaming our lightning talks, details coming soon.

Tech Connect Schedule & Line up

12:00-13:00 Lunch with AeroSpace Cornwall – Training Wing

13:00-13:20 Welcome from Software Cornwall, Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) & CIoS LEP

13:20-13:40 Director of Marketing, Tech Nation

13:40-13:50 – 10 mins to breakout to rooms for lightning talks and discussions

13.50-15:00 6 minute Lightning Talks – Training Wing

  • 13:50-56 – SpaceTech – Goonhilly Earth Station – Ian Jones, CEO
  • 14:00-06 – SpaceTech – AeroSpace Cornwall, Gail Eastaugh
  • 14:10-16 – SpaceTech – SWCoESA
  • 14:20-26 – SpaceTech – Goonhilly Heritage Society, Des Prouse
  • 14:30-36 – Tech Skills – CIoS Skills Hub, Josh Hoole
  • 14:40-46 – EHealth – Smartline – University of Exeter – Darren Stevens
  • 14:50-56 – TechLaw – Foot Anstey – John Catchpole

13:50-15:00 6 minute Lightning Talks – Mission Control

  • 13:50-56 – Tech Nation Case Study : CFT Group, Duesday – Marcus Kern – Founder
  • 14:00-06 – Tech Nation Case Study : Hertzian – AI and Machine Learning – Garry Barter, Founder
  • 14:10-16 – Tech Talk – Caitlin Gould, Bluefruit Software
  • 14:20-26 – Tech Startup – remeody.com, Explosive Hazard Construction Planning, Dan Perkins,Founder
  • 14:30-36 – Tech Startup Wo King – tbc
  • 14:40-46 – Tech Education – Gamechanger Programme, Emma Hamblin
  • 14:50-56 – TechFinance – Francis Clark – Andrew James

14:30 SpaceTech Discussions – Meeting Room

  • Drop in any time through the afternoon and join teams from Goonhilly Earth Station, AeroSpace Cornwall & SWCoESA in the meeting room to talk more about opportunities for growth and collaboration in the SpaceTech sector.

15:00-15:30 Tea & Cake Break – Training Wing

  • Networking and Exhibitions – meet our sponsors and exhibitors and chat to speakers and attendees

15:30-16:30 Exhibitions & Networking continues – Training Wing

  • Networking and Exhibitions – meet our sponsors and exhibitors and chat to speakers and attendees

15:30-16:30 SpaceTech Discussions (continues) – Meeting Room

  • Drop in through the afternoon and join teams from Goonhilly Earth Station, AeroSpace Cornwall & SWCoESA in the meeting room to talk more about opportunities for growth and collaboration in the SpaceTech sector.

15:30-16:30 8 minute Lightning Talks – Mission Control

  • 15:30-38   Fast Good Cheap: pick two! Dan Goodwin, fffunction
  • 15:40-48 – Five words that will ruin your tech marketing, David McGuire – Radix Communications
  • 15:50-58 – 7 ways to improve your agility and productivity – Belinda Waldock, beingagile.co.uk
  • 16:00-08 – Smokey Pi, Rob Edlin, Niddocks
  • 16:10-18 – Give Your Clients More. They Deserve it, Sam Armondi,Everest Media
  • 16:20-28 – How to develop Software Developers – James Bemrose, T&P College & Chris    Weavill,Hertzian

16:30-16:40 Gather for Closing Remarks,Training Wing

16:40-17:00 , Networking & Exhibitions until Close

Meet our community:

  • TechNation.io
  • AeroSpace Cornwall
  • CIoS LEP
  • Goonhilly Earth Station
  • SWCoE Satellite Applications
  • Bluefruit Software
  • Being Agile
  • Goonhilly Heritage Society
  • Radix Communications
  • Francis Clark
  • Foot Anstey
  • Agile on the Beach
  • Smartline – University of Exeter
  • Truro & Penwith College
  • CIoS Skills Hub
  • Cornwall Tech Jam
  • Software Cornwall Gamechanger (Jam)
  • Software Cornwall Education Outreach (Jam)
  • Everest Media
  • Packetship

Tech Jam 12-4pm (Foyer)

We are delighted to confirm that as its half term we will also be running an extra Space Tech Jam at Goonhilly. We will be running 2 sessions, separately to the main event from 12-2pm and 2-4pm, attendees are welcome to book on both. It will be similar to our usual Jams, but of course there will be a spacetech theme! Tickets are available separately via eventbrite and under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult during the Jam.

Find out more about Cornwall Tech Jams at http://www.cornwalltechjam.uk/



Please note the main event and tech jam are now fully booked

Software Cornwall Existing Business Members – Free entry  

Member add ons : 2 tickets per member, 1m pull up display, 1 lightning talk (subject to booking, membership level and availability)

Guest Tickets – sponsored by Aerospace Cornwall

Our Guest tickets for non members have been sponsored by AeroSpace Cornwall now making this event free for anyone from the Tech Community in Cornwall to attend.

General Ticket – if you are not a member or part of cornwalls tech community you can also book a general ticket online

Exhibit / Speak – if you are not a member of Software Cornwall but you would like to exhibit or speak please contact info@softwarecornwall.org  You can find more information about joining Software Cornwall at www.softwarecornwall.org/register

Site Entry : Please bring your tickets to gain entry to the site.  You will need your ticket to show at the gate.  There is parking on site, a map with further details will be supplied prior to the event.

Press & Media : Please email belinda@softwarecornwall.org for details of our press conference on the day.


Sponsorship – if you would like to sponsor this event please contact belinda@softwarecornwall.org for further details of packages available

Thanks to our sponsors

AeroSpace Cornwall – Headline sponsor – we are delighted to welcome AeroSpace Cornwall as our tickets, lunch and filming sponsor for this event.

The AeroSpace Cornwall project aims to increase the supply chain cluster in the Space and Aerospace sectors, create highly skilled jobs in Cornwall and launch new products into the marketplace.

AeroSpace Cornwall aims to increase activities in Aerospace, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Space including upstream and downstream technologies. This can include, but not exclusive to, advanced engineering, data analysis and software companies.

Activities that will be delivered through the project to achieve this aim include;

  • Match funding for projects with capital purchases and salaries. Typical projects receive a maximum of £150,000
  • Up to 20 days of fully funded supply chain competitiveness support
  • A team of R&D Technology Managers offering mentoring and support for collaborative RD&I projects with 25% – 80% funding and fully funded innovation vouchers (£5,000).

South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications

The South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications acts as a focal point for satellite data, technology and applications activity, linking the science and research base with industry, start-ups and SME’s in the South West. The Centre takes a leading role in driving economic growth through satellite applications and associated innovation engaging the wider end-user community and their supply chains. Partners include: Exeter University, Falmouth University, Plymouth University, Goonhilly Earth Station, Met Office, Rothamstead Research and Peninsula Innovations Limited.

Centre Director: Cathrine Armour

For more information: Email: s.g.s.Addinall@exeter.ac.uk

Web: www.sacatapultcoe.org/centre/south-west 

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, We are delighted to have the support of CIOS LEP for the Software Cornwall Tech Destination Cornwall Campaign 2018


During May, Software Cornwall will be leading a collective campaign to raise the profile and promote Cornwall’s Tech community alongside the national Tech Nation UK campaign.  The Tech Connect Cornwall event will complete the Tech Destination Cornwall campaign on the 31st May.  The campaign and event will be run in-line with the Tech Nation UK programme which will be promoting the UK’s DigitalTech sector globally from May to October.

Find out more about how Cornwall has featured in previous Tech Nation reports and our 2018 campaign so far, including being in the top 5 clusters to respond to this years survey!  more…







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