Yearly Archives: 2017

12 June 2017 - 1:07 pm What is Internet of Things (IoT)?

Internet of Things has been an increasingly discussed topic recently. It is one of the many technologies that tech conglomerates like Apple, Amazon, Google, Cisco etc. are investing heavily into. In this blog, I’d like to share what IoT means, its applicability, its future and some of the risks this may arise.

Internet of Things or IoT is essentially connecting devices to the internet to use them for everyday purposes. You may have come across Amazon Echo which is a personal assistant by Amazon and is powered by Alexa which is the brains behind the Echo. Alexa performs voice recognition.

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9:54 am Come in and Find Out!

Got a business idea, but not sure if it’s viable? Not quite sure how to approach it, or got a specific question?

Come in and ask us! Chances are we’ve had it before, and if we haven’t, we’ll either be able to help you out, or find someone from our extensive contact networks who can! Continue reading “Come in and Find Out!” »

22 May 2017 - 9:53 am What Startup Weekend Taught Me About Teamwork

This is a guest post by Alex from Crafted Syntax, attendee of Startup Weekend Sheffield in June 2016. 

When I found out about @SWSheffield, I debated for a long time whether I should go or not. I didn’t want to launch a business, I already had one, and there was no plan to change that. So why go?

Well, I wanted to see how I felt about working on businesses with a team, as opposed to being a freelance/indie developer, which can be isolating. This was a chance to get out and find out what I wanted. There was going to be 3 meals a day (very important), what did I have to lose?

At the event, a guy called Ted gave me the obligatory t-shirt and name tag before telling me where the food was. I grabbed some snacks and sat down amongst the other attendees. I managed to get chatting to a few people, and before I knew it, my nerves had gone. Continue reading “What Startup Weekend Taught Me About Teamwork” »

12 May 2017 - 3:51 pm What going on an exchange with AIESEC taught me

In the summer after my first year I have decided to do something I have never done before, travel alone to an unknown country. Was it scary? Yes! Was it rewarding? Yes! Was it something I would do again? Definitely!

Luckily, I didn’t just pack my bags and jump in the first plane I saw in sight (though, as a 3rd year that might seems tempting sometimes) but I left on a 6 weeks volunteering programme in Turkey with AIESEC. When I left UK, I didn’t have a clear goal of what I want to achieve by the end of this experience, just that I wanted to know the world a bit more and learn how to be independent. And I was given the chance to do this plenty of times… Continue reading “What going on an exchange with AIESEC taught me” »

3:38 pm Leadership Development Day: Helping Doctoral Students to unleash their enterprising potential!

Although having a PhD degree can boost the chances for a future career, a truly insightful researcher acknowledges the tremendous importance of possessing transferable skills and qualities in order to secure a job and find success. One of the most valuable traits to make researchers stand out to employers is having what it takes to be a great leader in their area. It may surprise you to know that most postgraduate students already develop many of the skills that makes such a leader while doing their research. Most, however, either underestimate their abilities, lack the self-confidence, or simply fail to acknowledge their strengths when attempting to promote their work to others. That is why we felt the need to create the Leadership Development Day Program, a full-day of workshops for doctoral students from across all faculties.

The first leadership development event was held in November last year, with support and funding from the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE) and Think Ahead. It aimed to focus on developing skills outside of the research subject. It was planned initially as a one-time event, however, the strong response of postgraduates to the program, and the demand from for more similar events have shown the need to expand on it. This led to the delivery of the second Leadership Development Day in March this year, which included more talks and activities, supported by USE and the Doctoral Academy, with 50 students registered to attend. Continue reading “Leadership Development Day: Helping Doctoral Students to unleash their enterprising potential!” »

20 April 2017 - 12:54 pm WORK+

It can be hard to know where to start when thinking about career planning, but at The University of Sheffield, you can ease your way in with “Taste of Work” from The Careers Service. A short four-hour session is perfect for students who have little or no work experience, as it gives you an idea of what sort of jobs are available to students and what a real working environment feels like, as well as enabling you to add a little bit extra to your CV.

But, what happens next? How can you build on your Taste of Work experience and take it further?

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13 April 2017 - 9:25 am A Survival Handbook of the Digital age- part 2

Last year I went to an event at Oxford University where they brought together leading experts on work, employment and labour markets to discuss how the internet and digital platforms are transforming the world of work.  I have learned a lot of new ideas that are truly eye-opening. In particular, Dr. Gregory talked about how sharing economy pushed individuals from ‘formal labour market came to take up esoteric practice as an entrepreneur practice… ’  She suggested that our digital society is pushing people into entrepreneurship. (Uber driver, for example) She didn’t seem to be happy about it because in her eye that now labour is in great insecurity.  There would not be fixed wages every month, no insurance and no pension from company anymore.   Continue reading “A Survival Handbook of the Digital age- part 2” »

28 February 2017 - 12:46 pm From Engineer to Entrepreneur Pt 1

2 years ago I was a budding chemical engineering student who thought that ‘I’ll just sell it’ was a perfectly valid business model and who had no idea how to code. So, I thought you might be interested to hear the story of how I progressed through one engineering academy and two Startup Weekends to emerge as the proud creator of a computer automation product. Continue reading “From Engineer to Entrepreneur Pt 1” »

10 February 2017 - 2:27 pm T.A.S.K and Infinity School get Evolve Grant Funding

Our February Pitch Den saw USE-supported startups The Ultimate Shortcut Keypad (TUSK) and Infinity School receive grant funding of £1100 and £600 respectively.  Continue reading “T.A.S.K and Infinity School get Evolve Grant Funding” »

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9:19 am Making Music Work

There’s much more to being a professional musician than performing, but it’s often the stuff people don’t teach you. Ever wanted to learn about other jobs in the arts industry? As a USE Intern, I will be conducting a series of sessions on February 28th open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the arts industry, specifically as a self-employed career.

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