This week, we welcome one of the newest members of the C4Di family, I-con International. Specialists in integrating digital packaging with strategic solutions, the I-con team explain how packaging has become one of the key ways in which brands can communicate with their customers...
Agile is a new method of delivering projects that is more efficient at delivering results, can save time, reduce costs and minimise the associated risks of traditional 'waterfall project management'. Agile emphasises responding to change, collaborating with clients, breaking down work into manageable chunks and frequently delivering a working product for feedback.
This week, we caught up with Steve Bowman to find out more about Agile and how he uses the method in his everyday life.
On Thursday 2 November, SparkFund will be popping into C4Di to chat about funding and grant opportunities for start-ups, SMEs and freelancers. This will include 1 - 2 - 1 surgeries for delegates which will focus on exploring the specific opportunities relevant to their needs and that of their business alongside support on...
TX Ops has teamed up with fellow C4Di members to create a brand new app, which aims to bridge the gap between live radio and podcast.
The media player is the brainchild of Steve Bowman and James Horspool, who have collaborated with Fractal, Arc Studios and Think Southpaw to craft a unique concept that combines the classic live radio with contemporary podcast and streaming...
The UK automotive industry is having a bit of a moment. With sales, jobs, and turnover at an unprecedented high, there doesn’t seem to be much that can keep it down. However, in an increasingly technological world, where customers can order their lunch from their phones, send a virtual card from their desktop and check in to a flight before they even get to the airport, customers are expecting more and more from their online buying journeys, particularly when it comes to a lifestyle purchase, such as a car...
C4Di based company My Pockets have been running a year long project for Hull 2017 called Fuzzfeed.
My Pockets record the real conversations of Hull teenagers then make puppets that look like the teens. The puppets lip sync to the conversations. The project is funny, original and gives the rest of the work insight into the hidden mind of the teenager...
Digitull is just one of those well-deserving winners. The exciting project is a collaboration between Hull Children’s University, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and C4DI member, Forward Thinker. The online platform allows pupils from schools across the city to upload their creative work so it can be viewed by their fellow classmates and the general public...
This year’s Hull Digital Awards took place on Thursday 7 September and we’re proud to say that many of our members were recognised for their hard work and innovation within the thriving tech industry.
Moodbeam, a brand new product that allows us to track our moods at the touch of a button, won the award for Best Emerging Technology. We caught up with Co-Founder and Director, Christina Colmer McHugh, to find out more about this exciting device...
Yesterday's digital awards was a magnificent, irreverent, outlandish celebration of the best things the regions digi-tech businesses and startups achieved in 2017. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees - we are very proud of all the outstanding talent in the region.
Read highlights from the night and find out the category winners via the link below.
Pot noodle anyone?
What better way to start off a series of marketing meetups than to get the superpower that is Google involved? That’s exactly what John Gilbert did when he began organising Hull’s Marketing Meetup, getting Becky Boyd, a Google Digital trainer in to talk to us about all things SEO, Social media and analytics. A record 130 rsvp'd for the event find out what we learnt...
This weeks highlights cover some of the negotiation skills we learnt, our brand new job board, new on the Digital Awards and more! Wow. Read on...
C4DI Job Board Launches!
Hull's digital and tech community is seeing huge growth and is constantly on the hunt for top talent to power the next wave of growth, innovation and creativity.
Being at the heart of the community we get a huge amount of requests asking us to help promote jobs in the sector. To help things along we've created a jobs board for our members (that's free to use) to post all their brilliant opportunities on.
Within just a few hours of our jobs board going live we've seen it rapidly become populated with jobs ranging from IT positions with our company members Humberside Fire and Rescue to job opportunities with innovative tech startups that are based in the C4DI. Not only is this a brilliant sign of our local tech sector flourishing it's a fantastic opportunity to promote and share opportunities in the region so please share and take a look!
If you're a C4DI member and would like to post a local job for your startup / organisation please drop me an email with the jobs details on firstname.lastname@example.org
Event summary: Negotiation Masterclass #1
Early on a Wednesday morning thirty delegates assembled to spend four hours learning about negotiation techniques from Bob Spence - an expert negotiator and sales expert.
Obviously it's tough to summarise four hours of training in a few words but here are some key learnings:
1. Environment Counts.
Creating the right environment is key to a successful negotiation. To generate this environment you need to prevent common barriers that often arise / are created. These barriers include creating a hostile / alpha type situation where a negotiator tries to assert authority (making it difficult to negotiate) and the subject unwilling to agree terms etc. Skilled negotiators are more successful when the appear as non-threatening and even submissive.
2. Don't Haggle - it's a great way of highlighting you don't know what you're doing
3. Preparation counts! Prepare a deal so you know clearly what you are offering.
4. Listen. Use the four-second rule to pause and gain useful information.
5. Don't talk about price (in a B2B model) talk about value and quality.
6. Know your tools. A negotiation isn't merely a process - rather a bespoke combination of the right tools, some of which include things like relievers and concessions - designed to assist with the negotiation. Very little of negotiation training is about 'Closure'.
If you'd like to know more about negotiation sign up to our newsletter to find out when our next session will be. We will cover the concepts outlined above in more details.
Thanks to Bob for his time and sharing all his expertise - we can't wait for the next one!
Digital Awards Nominees Announced!
The digital awards is one of the regions most exciting and prestigious events for the digital and tech sector. Find out the talented local companies that have been shortlisted by clicking here
Over 200 Hundred People sign up fo C4D Events!
Over two hundred members and non-members have signed up to C4DI events over the next few weeks!
We believe great events are crucial for learning, networking and becoming part of the community - make sure you check out our events page here. Don't miss out!
Like to get involved in the C4DI community? Why not get in touch with me (Dee) and book a taster day email@example.com
Arco, the UK’s leading safety company, has moved its digital team to the @TheDock development in Hull’s Fruit Market to be at the heart of the city’s tech community.
The move is part of Arco’s biggest-ever change programme and is aimed at accelerating the company’s digital development and ensuring its continuing success.