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Edinburgh Apps has been running for two years, and aims to involve start-ups and students, designers and developers, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers in creating new ideas to benefit Edinburgh and the people who live here. The challenge pits teams and individuals against each other in a challenge to come up with innovative new ways to use data available from the council and its partners, in a way that brings value and new thinking to the city. Edinburgh Apps was the first event of its kind when it launched in 2013, and this year the contest returns with five challenges to intrigue participants. They focus on themes around health, sports and culture, which has engaged a number of participants working on their ideas.


The more stickies, the better the innovation. Fact.

This year’s Edinburgh apps launched on September 5 with a bustling icebreaker. Last weekend marked the midway of this year’s challenge, and for two days on October 4 and 5 teams and individuals worked on a variety of challenges and ideas. After a pitching event in the morning, participants gathered in thein the stunning Informatics Forum to hear from the council as departments involved detailed some of the thoughts behind this year’s challenges. The health focus was on managing behaviour and staying safe after addressing drug, addiction and abuse issues, and accessing information for patients with deteriorating illnesses like MS or dementia. The culture and sports department focused on getting people more physically active, and how to experience the many monuments and museums in the city in a new and better way.


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The folks over at the Scottish Resource Centre are running a Free workshop for women in STEM thinking of starting a business. Details below:

Wednesday 19th June 2013
Burns Room, Scottish Enterprise. Apex House, 99 Haymarket Terrace. Edinburgh. EH12 5HD.
Refreshments and buffet lunch will be provided. (more…)

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Fuselab is looking for creative professionals –  product designers, inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and engineers.   Your help is needed to deliver an out of this world experience for 16–20 year olds.

Mentors will lead and deliver workshops, skills sessions and talks, and Makers to populate a hands-on skills shop in which participants will be able to design, prototype and test their awesome ideas. (more…)

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Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) is Scotland’s biggest annual investor event, showcasing the best companies from Scotland’s world class universities and startups.

EIE has went from strength to strength since their first event in 2008, it has gained a reputation and became a “must attend” event for investors and technology entrepreneurs.

This year Informatics Ventures, the Edinburgh BioQuarter and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) have joined forces to create what will be the largest ever investor showcase in Scotland. (more…)

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Have you got an awesome business idea that you’re trying to develop? Then the Converge Challenge could be for you.

Aimed at staff, postgraduate and final year students of all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes the Converge Challenge is the largest business competition and training programme in Scotland with the top prize being £60,000! They will also provide training, hands-on mentoring and business support. (more…)

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The Commonwealth School Enterprise Challenge is a unique international business competition for school students, aiming to identify and reward the social entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  Students will get the chance to win fantastic prizes, and gain access to a range of educational resources that will help  students become the business leaders of the future! (more…)

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The amazing organisers behind Creative Edinburgh would like to invite you to the Creative Circles meetup. It’s a casual monthly meetup for creatives and technologists to talk ideas, discuss projects, share advice and stories over a cup of amazing Brew Lab coffee.

The next meetup is on Tuesday 7th May, between 8.30-10.30am, at Brew Lab (6-8 South College St, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA).

Janine (from Creative Edinburgh) mentions that there is no need to book, just turn up and have fun!

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In partnership with The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, three Starter for 6 businesses, Jill Boulton (Visorcat®), Belinda Goldsmith and Christine Manson (FitSip®) and Jamie Bruski Tetsill (Shapes of Things) will be exhibiting their products and services, providing an insight into the variety of businesses that participate in the programme.

More details at the Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO) website: http://www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk/website/default.asp?menu=s46

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Creative Edinburgh LogoThe lovely folks over at Creative Edinburgh are putting on a really interesting day based around multi-platform content and collaborations on 21st March.

From their website: “The digital landscape is fast evolving, driven by the proliferation in devices & platforms through which content is created and shared. This is increasingly having greater influence on how creative businesses & practitioners operate.

The digital age casts its gimlet eye on all the creative industries – raw talent will shine through but new digital distribution networks, value chains and income streams are being conjured out of unexpected places. This conference will explore cross digital platforms as new drivers of creative business and the opportunities/ challenges that digital production and distribution have for creatives in Scotland.”

Tickets are available at : http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5429347324

More details at: http://www.creative-edinburgh.com/programme/our-programme/the-making-and-breaking-of-the-creative-industries.aspx

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Woman in tech? Or know one?


We’re running a dinner and networking event on 19th Feb at St Andrews Square, Edinburgh from 6.30pm. The event is organised by BCS (British Computer Society) Womens sub group in Scotland.

The event is designed to be a relaxed, informal place for women who work in tech to meet, chat and  discuss ideas. Tickets are £12 which only covers cost of dinner (with dessert!)

More details at: http://www.bcs.org/content/ConWebDoc/49199




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