Tag Archives: Technology

17 August 2012 - 10:28 am Why I can’t learn from books

It’s been a few years since I graduated from university – three years actually. And, to be honest, I was never really the academic type. Luckily for me, my course (Journalism Studies, which is excellent here by the way) was very practical and I was able to get stuck in, which is 100% the best and easiest way for me to learn things.  Continue reading “Why I can’t learn from books” »

24 July 2012 - 12:42 pm Microsoft BizSpark

Software development is not only a dynamic and growing field, but it is also one in which starting your own company is a real possibility. From universities to hospitals, the need for new and high performing software exists in most fields. However, just because the demand is there, it doesn’t mean that starting your own software company is easy. The field is competitive, and therefore any advantage you can gain is worth pursuing. Continue reading “Microsoft BizSpark” »

3 April 2012 - 12:25 pm A chance to shape the home of the future

For those of you that have been following the Channel 4 series, Home of the Future, you may have noticed advertisements for the E.ON Innovation Challenge.  Both the challenge and the series are aimed at helping families of the future save time, energy and money through eco-innovation.  If eco-innovation is right up your street then this could be the challenge for you, and even if its not there are lots of ways that you can get involved and contribute to shaping E.ON’s home of the future. Continue reading “A chance to shape the home of the future” »

29 March 2012 - 12:53 pm Creating energy from footsteps

We spend a lot of our time walking around without even thinking about it. From the IC to a lecture. From the Lecture to your home. From your home to meet your friends on a night out. That takes a lot of energy, right? What if this energy could somehow be ‘recycled’?
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28 March 2012 - 12:11 pm Engineering YES – the saga continues

The first part of Engineering YES, after the selection event, took place at Gripple in Sheffield. Gripple are a manufacturing company that produce a wide range of wire tensioning and gripping solutions right here in Sheffield. On Thursday 22nd March, they kindly allowed a small number of students into their factory for a tour and the chance to obtain a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the steps they take to develop products. Continue reading “Engineering YES – the saga continues” »

23 March 2012 - 12:49 pm Engineering YES – the saga begins

Hello all, my name is Graham, I am twenty-four years old and I am a Post-Graduate student at the University of Sheffield, studying for a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering.

I recently signed up to participate in Engineering YES, an engineering competition funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This is an event that involves producing a business plan for a fictional company and presenting it to a panel of judges during a three day conference in Runcorn. In addition to the exciting, competitive aspect, being pitted against other teams of engineering students, this is a chance to learn more about the fundamentals of developing a successful business. Continue reading “Engineering YES – the saga begins” »

9 March 2012 - 12:54 pm Good weather gone bad?

National science and engineering week 9-18 March 2012Let’s face it, as a nation, Britain is famous for its weather. Not only do we Brits talk about it all the time and use it as a conversation starter, we complain when it’s too cold, moan when it’s the slightest bit warm, and have a general obsession with accurate predictions. As for inaccurate predictions, all I need to say on that is ‘Michael Fish‘- a now infamous slip up which surely must be proof positive that us Britons bemoan forecast inaccuracy but love to talk about it for years afterwards.  So, you can imagine my surprise when I was just happily perusing the National Science and Engineering week activities on offer in and around Sheffield, and saw a session available entitled ‘Why do good weather forecasts go bad?’. Continue reading “Good weather gone bad?” »

21 January 2012 - 12:11 pm A world without Wikipedia?!

As most of you will have noticed, on Wednesday the 18th of January, Wikipedia was blocked out for a whole day in order to protest against the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Not knowing how to find out about numerous things arising in my head that day (at least before finding out about the Esc key trick), it really made me think.

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11 December 2011 - 12:47 pm The Semantic Web (and what it means to you)

I wrote recently about the beauty of hackathons and how to get involved in one. Please do follow the link to the blog post if you’re unsure what a hackathon is.

Many of these hackathons are organised around Open Data. You could argue that that’s because it is one of the big opportunities ahead of us, and I would agree. You could also say “What does that even mean?”, and you’d probably be in the majority. It’s a very valid question. Also, skip to the last paragraph for the ultimate business opportunity.*


29 November 2011 - 12:06 pm My app

Since switching courses from Physics to Software Engineering last year, I have spent the large majority of my free time working on developing applications for mobile devices. This work has recently culminated in my first free application being released and establishing myself as the founder of my own limited company. In this post I’m going to talk about my experiences developing for Windows Phone and how the Enterprise Zone has helped me get to where I am now. Continue reading “My app” »