Penwith Practions take home the winners trophy.

On February 20th 2018, Software Cornwall welcomed developers from counties tech community to take part in a team building day. Based on the Mission to Mars program, the one day challenge saw teams from Bluefruit, Tempest Photography, Packet Ship and Truro & Penwith attempt to complete a series of deceptively difficult challenges. Their mission: to write software for Ada and Alan, our rover robots, so they can traverse the Martian terrain.

Following introductions, teams dove into the challenges in an attempt to win funds. Once raised, the money could be spent on hiring the robots for testing. …


A new networking group, YENA Plymouth, held their inaugural event for young entrepreneurs on the 15th January 2018. Hosted at the Hutong cafe in the historic Royal William Yard, the group saw over 30 professionals gather for an evening spent discussing world changing ideas and the next step on an entrepreneurial journey.

The relaxed networking time was interposed by a casual ‘fireside chat’. Ash Phillips, from YENA Global, guided a conversation with Alex Printer. Alex discussed his journey with MeeBe, the fashion matching app, touching on its inception, growth plus the mix of traditional and creative marketing campaigns. It seemed…


Testing assumptions is key to an effective, iterative cross platform marketing campaign. Understanding how users are navigating their way through the website and interacting with content. The starting point of the journey is often a social media or newsletter campaign, and the numbers of users coming through different platforms and campaigns is a key indicator of the success of both individual posts and the wider campaigns.

As part of the campaign Software Cornwall has planned, being able to distinguish between different social networks for the promotion of one piece of content. …


Participants of the October Mission to Mars

In October Software Cornwall opened its doors to 20 budding software developers for a Mission to Mars. Over four days participants formed startups, each with the goal of winning a contract to develop software for the Mars Rover robots. Using the C programming language, the objective was to get Ada and Alan, the robots, to complete an incrementally difficult set of challenges. Only then can the terraforming of the Martian surface begin.

Hosted at the Bluefruit office in Redruth, the experience offered a glimpse into professional software development. To propel the development cycle forwards, Agile project management techniques were used…


On the 9th October, I was honored to host the Software Cornwall open day, in partnership with Plymouth University’s School of Computing and Pool Innovation Centre. The day aimed to showcase Cornwall as a thriving tech hub and to become graduating students first choice of place to work post studies. With massive growth expected within the sector in the years to come, retaining skilled graduates underpins the long term success of this expansion.

Over the morning, the students were invited into the offices of a variety of software businesses in order to experience life in the industry. Visits included N-Coders…


Attendees prepare for the first round of pitches

Last week I was invited to give a short talk at the first ever Pitch Up event. With so many amazing organisations in the county, the event was a chance to share ideas amongst the extended Software Cornwall family. Hosted at the Blue Bar in Porthtowan, the rugged coastline offered the perfect back drop to an afternoon of rapid fire presentations.

Working in Education Outreach with Software Cornwall, a large part of the role is helping businesses, education institutions and digital communities connect. Naturally, the talk focused upon this topic, and was an attempt to get the room excited about…


Getting the next generation interested in programming underpins the UK’s long term digital strategy. Without a ready supply of programmers, businesses will struggle to find new recruits in years to come as the market expands and matures.

As one of Software Cornwalls Education Outreach employees, the question I hear repeatedly is ‘where do I start with learning to code?’. There are plenty of people who want to know more about programming but are daunted by the hundreds of different ways to start.

  • Do you need to go to college before you can begin programming?
  • Do you need to spend hundred…


Entrepreneurs club at Regus Express

Workspaces from across the city recently collaborated to hold the inaugural Plymouth workspace week. The series of events celebrated the diverse range of options on offer by opening the doors for people to have a nose about. Whilst I would’ve loved to attend them all, a packed week of conferences and other commitments meant only a few were viable. Nonetheless, I signed up and enjoyed a week of knowledge sharing, networking with the occasional tipple thrown in for good measure.

Two of the events I attended were hosted at the Regus Express, which is oddly positioned between a toy shop…


Exams are done. Assignments are in. Life as a student is drawing to a close. In the coming weeks and months I’ll be putting together the final two projects of my time at Plymouth University. These are the culmination of four years of studying towards a degree in Web Application Development and generally trying things out to see what works. If you saw my talk at the final PlymouthJS of 2016, you’ll be familiar with the back story….. only 1136 hours remaining!

Over the past few years I’ve had a gradual epiphany. I really enjoy the whole event experience. The…


The recent Software Cornwall Business Connect Event, hosted at the Pool Innovation Centre in June 2016, brought together 140 people from across the South West to discuss the future impact of Technology in the region. The varied mix of company owners, developers, designers and media gave the room a great buzz, making it the only place to be on a cloudy June afternoon.

The event started with an overview of the amazing things Software Cornwall have done in a little over a year since its inception. The organisation has taken great strides in connecting industry with education through its Techademy…

Tony Edwards

Curating awesomeness with @FutureSyncConf & @FutureSyncSoft // Part of the @SwCornwall team // #DexPZ’s human helper // Hip-Hop head // #JamFirst

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