Driving #CyberFest

Several factors have been driving this year’s #CyberFest.  Firstly and obviously the key driver is to meet its aims. These are to raise awareness of the North East as a place to address cyber resilience; to get people engaged in the Dynamo work stream and; to educate and inform of the threats and opportunities from … Continue reading Driving #CyberFest

I wouldn’t start from here

There’s that old joke that goes along the lines of someone is lost and stops another for directions. ‘Can you tell me the way to so and so?’ they ask, only to get the reply ‘Well, I wouldn’t start from here.’ There is a point to this joke and that is, if I have to … Continue reading I wouldn’t start from here

Smart Stanley again

Smart Stanley seems to be going well.  The idea is to have a number of small projects that use digital to enhance the experience of the town for everyone that lives there, works there or is a visitor.  We made a major breakthrough with the launch of the web site a few weeks back.  Daniel … Continue reading Smart Stanley again

Opening data

I think I’m finally beginning to win the argument over open data.  It has been a long haul and there are many sceptics.  They are quite right to be so, as it’s very hard to prove the benefits of opening up data for all to see.  Some projects have done it very well and are … Continue reading Opening data

Judging the competition

You would think that judging a competition is easy, well let me tell you that you would be wrong.  When I was asked to chair the panel for this year’s Dynamites 16, the North East Technology Awards event, I thought that it would be a piece of cake.  I mean how hard can it be?  … Continue reading Judging the competition

Creative and artistic work

I have come to admire artists, those who can see things that others can’t, those who can create beauty from oil on canvas, clay or marble and those who can challenge our perceptions and help us to see life in a different way. I don’t know much about the art world however, yet I finally … Continue reading Creative and artistic work

Our precarious positon

I was woken this morning by the flash of lightning and the long low rumbling of thunder. It was quite a storm, a tempest perhaps but it was dark outside so I rolled over and tried to get back to  sleep. It was no good however.  The storm was too big and too long.  I … Continue reading Our precarious positon