15th August 2017

The Data Dilemma: Privacy versus Usefulness

You’ve given up privacy to receive a useful service. You’ve allowed Google, Facebook, and the others to analyse what you’re interested in, where you go and who you know, to be able to advertise to you, to target you with messages and content. But you’ve clicked the button without reading the small print because you…

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9th August 2017

Frontier thinking: exploring the West’s tech success

The ‘Silicon Gorge’ has long been hailed as a hive of creative and technological disruption – but what’s the secret to the growth of the UK’s largest digital cluster outside of London? We hear from Oracle’s Phil Bates on how start-ups, global businesses, and universities are driving the South West’s digital economy through collaboration. Back…

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7th August 2017

SME China Forum

IPIEC is an international Innovation & Entrepreneurship competition organised by WTOIP, funded and supported by local Guangzhou government, and in particular the Guangzhou Ministry for Industry & Technology (MIIT) and the Guangzhou Tech Transfer Office. During the afternoon session at the SME China Forum, we will host a breakout pitching competition for 10-15 pre-selected SMEs…

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26th July 2017

So you want to write a press release?

Venturefest Bristol & Bath and SETsquared Bristol recently offered an afternoon’s practical workshop full of top tips for the novice writer and those needing a refresher. Here are some of the top tips: 1. Attract your audience What makes you want to read a news release? For many, the article needs to be topical or pique…

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20th July 2017

What is The Array of Things?

The Array of Things (AoT) is a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes proposed originally by Argonne National Laboratory to be deployed around Chicago in order to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use. The open character of the AoT technology allows for a flexible city-scale deployment…

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10th July 2017

Protecting your business from ransomware attacks

Zephyr – the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SWROCU) gave an engaging and informative presentation on the Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack as part of the Venturefest Bristol and Bath event series on June 27. Following a lively debate, the team offered some key take home points to help businesses better understand cybercrime and…

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22nd June 2017

Data integrity for machine learning and AI apps

Rick Chapman, High Value Tech Specialist reflects on the AI event hosted by KPMG. One of the emerging conversations from the event was the evolving picture of data integrity when applied to machine learning and AI-based applications, and issues around validity of data, trust, ownership and beyond. As data is used to ‘train’ machine learning,…

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7th June 2017

Fighting cyber crime in the South West

The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit in Bristol covers the five Police forces in the region consisting of Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. The unit is made up of a Cyber Crime Investigation team and a Cyber Protect Team who provide information and presentations on Cyber Crime and Cyber…

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26th May 2017

Balancing Freedom & Progress: Robotics and AI Ethics

Is it conceivable to build an ethical robot? We, as humans, have inbuilt responses to situations. Our moral compass – it’s what sets us apart from our robot counterparts. We as humans can choose to make a decision based on the expected or preferred outcome, e.g. fall in love, get married. Want a pet, buy…

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17th May 2017

Driverless Cars: Optimists & Pessimists

Public opinion about the benefits, costs, and potential problems of connected and/or autonomous vehicles is still far from clear. Worldwide, numerous studies have investigated public opinion about the benefits, costs, and potential problems of so-called ‘driverless cars.’ Some are broadly optimistic, but others are more pessimistic. Venturefest’s first Roundtable of experts debated if and how…

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