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Edinburgh startup incubator, TechCube, has shown its support of SW Edinburgh by coming on board as a sponsor!!

The 52hour event will be held in Summerhall (a creative hub near the Meadows in Sciennes) and see teams of talented, entrepreneurial designers, developers and marketers compete to come up with viable business ideas, build  prototypes, find customers and present their ideas and progress to a judging panel.

TechCube’s Devon Walshe has said that he’s ‘really excited’ about the event and glad to be able to host it.  Woo!  We are too!  Thanks guys!

Startup Weekend Edinburgh will be held on 16th Nov – 18th Nov 2012.  Check out the event website for a detailed schedule and to buy early bird tickets (£30).




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Designers, developers and marketing professionals are invited to attend the first Startup Weekend (SW) event to come to Edinburgh!

Following a successful SW event in Glasgow earlier this year, enthusiastic calls were made for the same to take place in Edinburgh; and the European coordinator of SW contacted us at StartupCafe to see if we’d be interested in organising the first Edin event.

Over the last couple of months, past SW participants Richard, Kate Ho and I have been busy putting the organisational infrastructure in place and are pleased to see things shaping up quite nicely.  The event will be held 16th – 18th Nov 2012. (more…)

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Edinburgh will see Scotland’s first Javascript conference held on June 26th 2012 at The Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street.

The editor of Javascript weekly will be delivering the keynote speech and the rest of the day will see the following talks:

  • Nought to real-time, multiplayer game in 16 hours with Pusher: Philip Roberts
  • Garbage Collection & Heap Management in JavaScript: Ryan Sandor Richards
  • DNode – Callbacks all the way down: Tane Piper
  • Responsive Web Design, Mobile First and Progressive enhancement in action: Leonardo Lanese
  • Testing your Backbone from the outside-in: James Newbery
  • Y Not? – Adventures in Functional Programming: Jim Weirich


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A local researcher is looking for business/management studies students as participants for a project. Details below. Contact Areti directly if you’d like to be involved (and if you let her know that you found her through us, then that would be awesome!)


Participants are needed for an experiment that involves answering some questions on a Supply Chain Management scenario with the use of an appropriate software system.

-What: You will be asked to answer questions on a Supply Chain Management (SCM) scenario. For this task you will use a simulation and explanation system.

-When: by the 10th of May (could consider a later time too, if needed)

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Who uses Drupal?  Who’s just generally interested in the platform?  And who among you are non-technical decision makers keen to explore the business benefits of using Drupal and open source software in general?

A growing number of you apparently – I hear that the number of Drupal users in Scotland is growing rapidly.  So why not head to Edinburgh University’s Informatics Forum on 25-26th May 2012 to attend DrupalCamp Scotland – a free training and networking event – to meet, learn from and hang out with other users and fans?

Free Drupal training sessions are being planned for Friday 25th May as is a Drupal for Business event aimed at folk who want to understand how the free and flexible, open source modular platform can make a difference to their organisation and clients.  Saturday 26th is to be filled with presentations and discussions to suit all levels of practitioner.  Social events will be arranged for the end of each day. (more…)

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BookAdopter homeThe person behind Keepmeout and Quezti, local Edinburgh University student Ali Eslami has recently started a textbook exchange site – Book Adopter. I met up with Ali and asked him about his new web app …


So Ali, tell me about your new startup.

Our latest project is called BookAdopter, and it’s a website that helps students buy and sell their university textbooks. Check it out at http://bookadopter.com.

Why another textbook exchange site? Why do you think you’ll succeed where others have failed?

It just doesn’t make sense that students buy the same textbooks over and over every year. Not only does this have a significant cost for students, it also has serious consequences for the environment.

The fact that there have been so many other attempts at tackling this problem shows us that people recognise the need for a solution. It’s just that up until recently we haven’t had the right combination of tools to come up with such a solution. (more…)

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Edinburgh startup Hubdub are in need of a talented web developer to help them with their fantasy sports game FanDuel.  They’re offering £30-40K depending on experience as well as stock options to the right person.  Is that you? Is it?  I’ve pasted their blurb below for the more curious amongst you:


At Hubdub we are building the next generation of sports entertainment for web and mobile. That’s a pretty big goal, and we’d love you to help us achieve it.

Our next generation fantasy sports game, FanDuel, is growing at 30% month on month and getting rave reviews from The Washington Post, ABC News, TechCrunch and (most importantly) our users.

We recognize our success is dependent on creating an amazing product, and as such our developers and designers get a pretty good deal:

• Responsibility for delivering features that matter to a highly passionate userbase
• Flexibility to work from home up to 3 days per week, choose your own hours
• Casual, non-corporate but fast-paced and exciting work environment
• Rewarding and varied development challenges that you help shape
• Play with cool stuff: web sockets, Amazon S3, TDD, lighttpd and plenty more
• Smart colleagues who push and challenge you
• A fun place to work with great office banter, team days out and plenty of free beer! (more…)

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Are you learning, or do you want to learn, programming in Edinburgh?

Then you might want to saunter along to some free networking events in Leith aimed at like-minded folk, where the idea is for you to pair up with other people to study, and also get advice if you don’t know where to start.

A meetup called ‘Learn programming in Edinburgh’ has been organised and…well here’s the blurb on the meetup page:

“Get advice, meet other grasshoppers and find a study partner. We’ll be running some networking events and a 12 week intro class on programming & web development.

Anyone is free to pop along to the networking whether or not they think they might want to join the class.  Especially welcome are non-technical startup co-founders and web/graphic designers! (more…)

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In London right now? Sitting on your couch reading Startup Cafe whilst yet again trying to water down that ever worse Sunday morning hangover? Thinking this is another week end wasted away, another week is about to start; your shirts are not ironed and the prospects of that corporate job of yours aren’t that bright? Well get up, brush your teeth and head East. Silicon Milkroundabout brings together 100+ UK start-ups offering 500+ technical jobs.

The Old Truman Brewery, T1 space
Entry at 81 Brick Lane, London

Sunday the 30th of October until 5pm


The folks at Adzuna have been kind enough to send me some of the data they’ve collected:

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Local startup Miicard is looking for beta testers to try out their app before the main release in a few weeks time.

Miicard is is about creating a system of trust online amongst people, and between people and businesses, to improve the safety and convenience of our online transactions.

As a beta tester, you can set up your public identity through your online bank account and have that verified. In return, you get 6 months free service when it launches.

More details available at: http://www.miicard.com/blog/201110/beta-testers-wanted-digital-passport-miicard

Also, you can check out a recent video demo of miicard at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTyDCGyZQAE

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