How the DVLA is playing an active role in the Welsh tech scene

At the DVLA, we’re extremely keen to play an active role in contributing to the growing Welsh tech scene. If you go back to the end of last year, you’ll learn that we launched a partnership with TechHub Swansea. One of the key aims of this partnership is to engage with the local South Wales digital...

Welsh tech seed fund passes £1m milestone in first year

The Wales Technology Seed Fund, launched by the Welsh Government and Finance Wales in 2014, has so far invested £1.2 million in nine Welsh technology start-ups. It’s helping these businesses commercialise and bring to market innovative products and services in sectors such as health and fitness, bioscience, entertainment, data management and travel. The fund makes equity...

Former Microsoft digital marketing chief to head up Venturefest Wales 2015

Former Microsoft digital marketing chief Allister Frost will lead the line-up of speakers at innovation conference Venturefest Wales 2015. During his time at Microsoft, Frost was responsible for the “I’m a PC” marketing campaign and has since gone on to set up his own consultancy business advising clients on emerging digital marketing trends. At the...

How to teach tech to non-techies

With education minister Huw Lewis announcing a new framework for school students in Wales to learn digital skills, some thoughts on teaching tech may be useful and timely. They come from the frontline of fyi network workshops, Software Alliance Workshops and STEM ambassador experience, with adults and children. Tech means lots of different things From...

Caerphilly-based tech start-up wows at London business competition

Caerphilly-based tech start-up Happus is among fifteen winners of the Elevator Pitch competition, run by London-based tech news site Tech City News. The start-up’s managing director, David Williams, wowed the judges with his plan to provide affordable hardware and broadband to some of the UK’s most digitally excluded people. The competition, now in its fifth season, saw...

Interview: Neil Cocker on creative communities

Wales’s flourishing and growing tech industry is being aided by creative communities that are bringing people together and contributing to economic prosperity. Cardiff Start, which was founded by entrepreneur Neil Cocker in 2012, is one of the country’s largest creative communities – with over 2,000 followers on Twitter and 1,000 members on Facebook. It’s rock-solid track...

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