Last night was Demo Day for the RookieOven Academy and brought an end to our second cohort. With the Academy the goal is for the young people to come along to RookieOven, form groups and then for each group to come up with product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.
We're currently running our second RookieOven Academy; each week we call on talent in the Glasgow tech industry to come to RookieOven and impart their experience, knowledge and top tips with the Academy participants. For week 4 of this Academy, Jen Thomson, UX and Digital Product Designer, shares with RookieOven Academy some amazing resources (nearly all of which are free) that she recommends for UX design.
Dig out that Christmas jumper, dust off your Santa hat and get ready for some seasonal cheer… It’s the Glasgow Tech Christmas Party!
Earlier this year we ran our first RookieOven Academy. It ran for 5 weeks (across 6, 2 hour sessions) from May into June with talented and ambitious young people from across Glasgow learning from some of the brightest minds in the Scottish startup community such as Cally Russell, Ashley Baxter and Graeme McGowan. Participants, all aged between 16-18, came up with their own business concepts and developed them into valid products that they pitched to a real investor.
Without doubt one of my highlights for 2016 (so far) has been the Cross Creative programme ran by TRC Media. It gave me more confidence. Gave me amazing new connections both locally and in San Francisco. But best of all it transformed by startup Add Jam. We would not be where we are now if it wasn't for Cross Creative. So if I were you I would stop reading and get an application in immediately (closing date is 16th September)
Each Friday the RookieOven Startup Spotlight highlights a member of the Scottish tech startup community. The aim is to, as the name suggests, put the spotlight on Scotland’s best startups from across the country. It’s an opportunity to share information about an exciting tech startup from Scotland you may not have heard of. Giving a brief overview of the company, what they do, where they are and who they are. This week the spotlight falls on Adimo.
This October 3000 attendees make their way to Dublin to participate in Europe’s Startup Festival - UPRISE. The RDS Arena hosts 150 exhibiting Startups coming from all over Europe and the U.S. This unique festival creates a single entry point for talent and the public into our fast growing tech community. Gone are the old conference mentalities but the approachable and inclusive ideals of bringing product back into the hands of those that use them.
Each Friday the RookieOven Startup Spotlight highlights a member of the Scottish tech startup community. The aim is to, as the name suggests, put the spotlight on Scotland’s best startups from across the country. It’s an opportunity to share information about an exciting tech startup from Scotland you may not have heard of. Giving a brief overview of the company, what they do, where they are and who they are. This week the spotlight falls on Product Forge.
I think it’s time we talk about Pokemon Go or as I like to see it as "dreams coming true for every.single.90’s.kid". It is hard to contain my excitement for our next event, Pokemon Go Trail, which is a way for tech companies within Scotland to get together, network, support a charity, AND embrace their inner child with Pokemon Go.
Last week I was down in London for a few days working out of a coworking space called Wimbletech and it really got me thinking of the pro's and con's to being a startup based in Scotland vs being a startup based in London. London is one of the largest business hubs in the world and home to an ever growing startup scene but is it better than being based in Scotland?