December 30th, 2015
Well, I must have been having fun in 2015 because I’ve no idea where that year went! I certainly didn’t spend it blogging on this website (hangs head in shame).
Actually, 2015 has been very interesting and extremely rewarding. I had the pleasure of working with some amazing businesses, including award-winning Rocket, rising star Razor Jam and design geniuses Field.
I gave my first ever University lecture (nerve-wracking), expanded my brain at Thinking Digital (inspiring) and learned more than I ever thought I’d need to know about information assurance, project management methodologies and testing (copy writing).
I also achieved something I’ve been talking about since before I set up TigerNash and, working with some great people, set up Sheffield Digital. I’m enormously excited about this and looking forward to building it into a successful and sustainable organisation during 2016.
I’m convinced that 2016 is going to a break-through year for the digital industries in our city. We have challenges to face, especially around meeting an ever-growing need for talent. But I’m encouraged by conversations I’ve had recently with both businesses and education organisations – it will be interesting to see if we can collaborate to come up with some clever ways of addressing the issues.
Other things I’ll be keeping an eye on include our growing start-up ecosystem, the Sheffield Smart Lab programme, various projects to get people of all ages coding, the role of digital in health care, and more and more cross-over between digital and culture.
I expect to drink many more cups of coffee (decaf is my friend), meet many more smart and dedicated people and attend events large and small, serious and social. See you in 2016.