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Posted April 05, 2017 | Events, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Finding Inspiration at Design It; Build It 2017

Pentland Suite DIBI 2017 - Finding Inspiration at Design It; Build It 2017

Pentland Suite DIBI 2017

Enigma People Solutions recently attended the Design It; Build It 2017 conference over Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of March, and, well, what can we say about it? Where do we start!? As proud sponsors of DIBI for the second year running, we have already experienced what a great conference it is and this year was no exception! From the lineup of awesome speakers to the networking opportunities and even the food and drink that was laid on for us…DIBI 2017 outdid itself!

Split between the Pentland Suite and the Fintry Auditorium of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre; this year’s theme of risk-taking brought together an impressive variety of speakers from the industry. Joshua Davis, Tobias AhlinYan Zhu and Christopher Murphy are but a handful of the engaging and inspiring speakers who presented over the course of the conference. The format of DIBI means its delegates can make the most of their experience by choosing which talks to attend throughout the day. This allows each person to really tailor their time to their individual needs. With each speaker presenting something totally different to the last, it’s clear that this is the element which separates DIBI from a lot of other technology conferences.

We caught up with the lucky winner of our free DIBI ticket giveaway, Rachael Lindsay, to find out what she had to say about her DIBI experience…

 Hi Rachael! Can you tell us a bit about you and what you do?

“I work as a senior digital producer at Multiply in Edinburgh. My job encompasses digital strategy, system specification, production management and applying search marketing and web analytics knowledge to projects across the agency.”

So, you won our ticket giveaway competition and got to attend DIBI this year, is this your first time at Design It; Build It? Did you enjoy it? 

“Yes, this is the first time I’ve attended Design It. Build It. I’d heard lots of good things about past DIBI events from friends in the industry and I was close to booking when I discovered I’d won the ticket giveaway, so was delighted! It was a great couple of days and the theme of risk- taking inspired some really interesting presentations and discussions.”

What were your highlights over the two days?

“All of the talks provided interesting viewpoints and, as I’m not a creative, hearing insights from creative designers offered fresh perspective, but my favourite presentations from the event were those from Tobias Ahlin at Mojang, Stef & Madeleine at BCG Digital Ventures and Vibha Bamba at Airbnb. The BCG talk provided some useful recommendations for shaking up traditional ways of working and Vibha’s methodology for effectively capturing the types of guest feedback needed to manage Airbnb property expectation was really interesting to me, both as an Airbnb host and systems planner.”

Did you find it useful?

“I’m going to trial Tobias Ahlin’s design BETs innovation framework to find new and better ways to connect ideas with business goals and the security vs. usability considerations presented by Yan Zhu are something I plan to discuss with my team this week!”

 


A few snaps from the conference…

Molly Nix, senior product designer at Uber - Finding Inspiration at Design It; Build It 2017

Molly Nix, a Senior Product Designer from Uber – asks the question; “as a designer, how do you figure out which risks are worth it?” Explaining her design process at Uber and how to work to minimise the unworthy risks.

 

Tobias Ahlin - Finding Inspiration at Design It; Build It 2017

Tobias Ahlin of Minecraft (formerly of Spotify) talks us through his design BET’s system (Belief Exploration Trees). Looking at how we can produce original ideas that relate to our business goals and how to solve problems that may arise in the process.

 

Mike Kus - Finding Inspiration at Design It; Build It 2017

Designer and photographer, Mike Kus, explains his unique design process with the message “creativity is the very last thing computers will steal from us.” He points out that creating a personality that truly represents your brand is something to strive for.

 


Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland.

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Posted March 06, 2017 | Events, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Design It; Build It 2017 – Only Three Weeks Left!

There are just over 3 weeks left until the Design It; Build It 2017 conference is here! The excitement is building in the Enigma office and for good reason. Last year, Design It; Build It achieved great success with fantastic presentations from speakers at Tinder, John Lewis, BBC and Buzzfeed – to mention only a few. Tickets for the 2016 event sold out in record time and due to massive demand, this year’s event has been relocated to hold the increasing number of delegates attending.

DIBI is firmly established as one of the go-to conferences for creative designers and developers and this year is no different! With an impressive lineup of speakers coming from some of the most innovative companies in the industry such as IBM Design, Uber and Airbnb – this is one conference that should definitely be on your calendar.

You can find out the full list of speakers here.

EVENT DETAILS: 

Date: 30th-31st March 2017

Location: The Exchange Edinburgh, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/design-it-build-it-2017-tickets-25431359882

Any questions regarding the event contact Jim Richardson – info@dibiconference.com

Edinburgh Conference Centre

Enigma People Solutions are proud to sponsor Design It; Build It for the second year running! Our giveaway competition has now ended and it’s time to announce the winner:

Massive congratulations to Rachael Lindsay!

Rachael will receive a FREE ticket to Design It; Build It 2017 which will entitle her to attend the two-day conference; exploring this year’s theme of risk-taking, the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zones and how to deal with things when they don’t go as planned as discussed by the great line-up of speakers who will be presenting their thoughts, opinions, and ideas.

For all of those who entered, you will receive a 10% discount code for your DIBI 2017 ticket.

We really hope to see you all at the Design It; Build It 2017 conference in Edinburgh. If you spot us, come and say hi!

 

 DIBI Poster

ABOUT US:

Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, representing businesses across Scotland. As a leading digital recruiter, we are passionate about supporting and growing successful technology teams across the industry. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best candidates for technology roles ranging from App Developers to UX designers, from Software Engineers to Account Managers.

Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland.

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Posted January 23, 2017 | Events | No Comments »

Design It; Build It 2017 – The International Conference for Those Shaping the Future of the Web

It’s back and this year, it’s even bigger and better.

Yep, it’s that amazing time of year again! Design It; Build It is nearly here and WE ARE EXCITED! (to say the least).

Bringing together a selection of the most innovative and interesting speakers for one of Scotland’s leading tech conferences, DIBI 2017 is set to be THE one conference you really don’t want to miss.

Here at Enigma People Solutions, we are proud to be sponsoring the Design It; Build It conference in Edinburgh, on the 30th & 31st March 2017, for the second year in a row. We’ve even got a special giveaway just for you too!

Edinburgh conference hall

Edinburgh Conference Hall – Home to DIBI 2017

Running since 2009, DIBI has continued to build on its reputation for being able to bring together the people who will shape the future of the web.

Not only does DIBI present some of the most inspiring talks from a whole range of successful leaders working within some of the most well-known technology brands worldwide; it provides an opportunity for its delegates to network. DIBI organiser, Jim Richardson, has said: “Networking is really important to our delegates and I’d encourage everyone attending to step out of their comfort zone and talk to someone new.”

The 2016 DIBI conference was a major success, featuring fantastic presentations from speakers at Buzzfeed, Tinder, Facebook, BBC, John Lewis to name but a few! The two-day conference saw a total of 18 speakers share their knowledge, expertise, and opinions on a range of digital topics. Tickets for the 2016 event sold out in record time and as a result, this year’s conference has been relocated to account for the increase in delegates attending.

Firmly established as the go to conference for Creative Designers and Developers, DIBI aims to inspire and innovate its delegates. This is one of the many reasons we at Enigma People, believe in the conference and support it as a means for digital creative’s to connect and get inspired.

Looking forward to the 2017 DIBI conference, it’s set to exceed expectations and be bigger and better than previous years. The conference will for a second year running, be held in Edinburgh, a city well known for being home to some of the world’s tech start-up unicorns. The theme of the 2017 conference is centered around risk taking and will help the delegates to explore the benefits of stepping out of their comfort zones and how to deal with things when they don’t go as planned. With speakers from global companies such as Minecraft, Uber, Airbnb and IBM Design, this conference is something that should not be missed!

Take a look at the full lineup of speakers here.

Event Details: 

Date: 30th-31st March 2017

Location: The Exchange Edinburgh, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE

Buy Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/design-it-build-it-2017-tickets-25431359882

Any questions regarding the event contact Jim Richardson – info@dibiconference.com

About Us:

Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, representing businesses across Scotland. As a leading digital recruiter, we are passionate about supporting and growing successful technology teams across the industry. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best candidates for technology roles ranging from App Developers to UX designers, from Software Engineers to Account Managers. We are proud to support the Design It, Build It Conference and help to bring together a fantastic event for the digital community in the country.

AND that’s not all:

Would you like to WIN A FREE TICKET to the conference? (Of course you would)

We are offering one lucky winner the chance to attend and enjoy the two-day Design It: Build It conference absolutely free of charge! Plus, we’re giving you a 10% discount on your DIBI ticket for everyone who enters this competition!

To enter our prize draw, all you need to do is subscribe to our blog (at the bottom of this web page) and then email your name and company to hello@enigmapeople.com with the subject “DIBI2017”.

The winner will be announced 4 weeks prior to the event.  Good luck everyone!

dibi conference poster

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Posted November 28, 2016 | Electronics, Events | No Comments »

Design: Taking Ideas to Market – The Presentations

One of the biggest problems in design is trying to figure out what to design, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.

This was the topic of discussion at our recent Design: Taking Ideas to Market conference, which featured two industry expert key-note speakers.

In his presentation, Grant King, Engineering Design Director at Wide Blue Technologies, spoke about his experiences creating new to market products based on technology developed by third party clients. He focussed on the more specific area of ‘how do you know what you design in the first place?’ The thought behind this title was centred on the speed of technological development, the widespread use of internet communications and the surge of entrepreneurship.

Our second key-note speaker Lynne Cadenhead of Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women’s Enterprise Scotland, is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up her own games company. Lynne shared her unique expertise in developing a design idea and turning into a viable business.

Watch both Grant and Lynne’s exclusive presentations, by filling in a few details below: 

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“Design: Taking Ideas to Market” was the first in a series of events which Enigma People Solutions and Technology Scotland will be running for the Electronics Design Industry in Scotland. Enigma People Solutions is an award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in the Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor industry. We feel privileged to be working with clients who are at the forefront of today’s electronic technologies, from companies specialising in the design of medical devices, to music and sound products, camera and imaging technology, and smart sensors. We are deeply passionate about the success and potential of this industry in Scotland. We were pleased to see a clear demand for this type of event, which allowed the industry to come together to discuss and share ideas, and we look forward to holding our next event.

Collaborators

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation developing the Key Enabling Technology (KET) sectors in Scotland. We bring industry, academia, and other institutes together to form technology clusters that develop products and services utilising Advanced Materials, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing and beyond.

Technology Scotland | Design: Taking Ideas to Market - The Presentations | Enigma People Solutions

Sponsors

Scintilla IP is a UK and European Patent Attorney firm based in Glasgow, Scotland which specialises in electronics, software, telecoms and the physical sciences.

Scintilla IP | Design Taking Ideas to Market | Enigma People Solutions

Space Solutions is the leading independent expert in office design. They create intelligent and inspiring design and build solutions to help Clients get the best return from their work space – minimising costs and maximising productivity.

Space Solutions Office Design | Enigma People Solutions | Design Taking Ideas to Market


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Posted November 16, 2016 | Electronics, Events | No Comments »

Design: Taking Ideas To Market – Conference Highlights

Enigma People Solutions, together with Technology Scotland, held the first “Design: Taking Ideas to Market” conference on Tuesday 1st November. ‘Design’ itself covers a broad range of industries; however, the common goal is always to create products and outcomes that are successful, innovative, user-centred, and that provide a range of ground-breaking solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

The electronic design engineering industry in Scotland does just this. It has the potential to be a world leader in the electronics design field and a successful producer of high-end electronic technologies, with many international companies working in the System on Chip and Electronic Engineering industry all successfully operating out of Scotland.

Attendees to the industry event heard from two leading keynote speakers from industry, discussing the key themes of the innovation process, identifying market needs in a technologically advanced world, and taking products to market that focus on the end-user.

Grant King of Wide Blue Technologies, presented “How do you know what to design in the first place?”, an insightful view into one of the biggest problems in design: trying to figure out what to do, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.

Lynne Cadenhead of Nano-lit Technologies & Chairman of Women’s Enterprise Scotland offered her expert business advice from her vast knowledge and experience. Lynne shared insights of working with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and managing two early stage technology venture capital funds, serving on over 30 boards and started up her own games company.

We were pleased to see attendees take the opportunity to probe further with a lively Q&A session with each speaker. The networking portion of the evening also proved to be a highlight, with many making new connections or catching up with old ones.

The video below shows some highlights of the event:


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About Us

Enigma People Solutions is an award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in the Electronics, Photonics and Semiconductor industry. We feel privileged to be working with clients who are at the forefront of today’s electronic technologies, from companies specialising in the design of medical devices, to music and sound products, camera and imaging technology, and smart sensors. We are deeply passionate about the success and potential of this industry in Scotland. We were pleased to see a clear demand for this type of event, which allowed the industry to come together to discuss and share ideas, and we look forward to holding similar future industry events.

Collaborators

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation developing the Key Enabling Technology (KET) sectors in Scotland. We bring industry, academia, and other institutes together to form technology clusters that develop products and services utilising Advanced Materials, Electronics, Nanotechnology, Photonics, Advanced Manufacturing and beyond.

Technology Scotland | Design Taking Ideas to Market | Enigma People Solutions

Sponsors

Scintilla IP is a UK and European Patent Attorney firm based in Glasgow, Scotland which specialises in electronics, software, telecoms and the physical sciences.

Scintilla IP | Design Taking Ideas to Market | Enigma People Solutions

Space Solutions is the leading independent expert in office design. They create intelligent and inspiring design and build solutions to help Clients get the best return from their work space – minimising costs and maximising productivity.

Space Solutions Office Design | Enigma People Solutions | Design Taking Ideas to Market


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Posted September 06, 2016 | Electronics, Events | No Comments »

Design: Taking Ideas to Market

Enigma People has teamed up with Technology Scotland to bring you the first event of their new design-focused Special Interest Group: ‘Design: Taking Ideas to Market’.

Building on a long tradition of innovation, entrepreneurialism and commercialisation, the design, technology and creative sectors have been identified by the Scottish Government as some of Scotland’s key industries. ‘Design’ itself covers a broad range of industries; however, the common goal is to create products and outcomes that are successful, innovative, user-centred, and which provide a range of ground-breaking solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.

In this event, attendees are invited to hear from two leading keynote speakers from industry: Grant King of Wideblue, and Lynne Cadenhead, Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

There will also be the chance to network with Scotland’s design industry over an evening wine reception. Each speaker will share their experiences of working in product design across different sectors, both in Scotland and abroad.

Key themes will include the innovation process, identifying market needs in a technologically advanced world, and taking products to market that focus on the end-user.

Date:

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 from 17:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

Location:

The Scotch Whisky Experience – 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE – View Map

Agenda:
  • Welcome & Networking: 5pm
  • Opening – Technology Scotland: 5.30pm
  • Opening – Enigma People Solutions: 5:45pm
  • Key Note Speaker – Grant King/Wideblue – 6pm
  • Key Note Speaker –Lynne Cadenhead, Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women’s Enterprise Scotland – 6:30pm
  • Elevator Pitch – 7pm
  • Elevator Pitch – 7:05pm
  • Wine Reception, Finger Buffet and Networking – Until 8:30pm

This is a free event, however, please book your place via the Eventbrite page.

Speakers
Grant King, Design & Development Director, Wideblue

“How do you know what to design in the first place?”

In his presentation, Grant will speak about his experiences creating new to market products based on technology developed by third party clients.

In addition, he will focus on the more specific area of ‘how do you know what you design in the first place?’ The thought behind this title is centred on the speed of technological development, the widespread use of internet communications and the surge of entrepreneurship. With such a large number of product and business opportunities emerging, Grant will address one of the biggest problems in design: trying to figure out what to do, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.

Biography:

As Wideblue’s Design and Development Director, Grant is responsible for implementing the industrial design, product design and engineering development required to take a customer’s technology from concept to commercialisation.  Grant has over 30 years of experience in designing and developing products for the computer, electronics, photonics and telecoms industries.

Prior to helping found Wideblue, Grant created and ran Polaroid’s European Design Centre, leading the technical team that created Polaroid’s first hand-held digital imaging and printing system.

Sarah Morgan, Founder & CEO, Nano-Lit Technologies

An entrepreneur and business strategist with a background in industrial design, product development and sociology, Sarah’s first company, eenamaria, brought quality fashion accessories to a global market. Her work has appeared in prestigious publications and venues, and she was twice nominated for the Fashion Group International ‘Rising Star’ award.

Now a lecturer in Product Design, and CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a nano-technology lighting company, Sarah’s work has been named as one of Scotland’s most innovative spin-out companies.

Nano-Lit was founded in 2013 and leverages Sarah’s thesis work in LED lighting applications and knowledge of lighting and manufacturing to commercialise a nascent technology – Quantum Dots.

Its goal is to achieve a fully manufactural material that emits light and can be formed for use in products, positioning them at the forefront of using light to improve people’s well-being.


About Technology Scotland

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation focusing on the development of the Key Enabling Technology (KET) sectors in Scotland.

We provide an independent voice for the KET communities in Scotland and promote our member’s diverse range of technologies for the benefit of the industry and wider economy.

With these values at our core, we work to bring together industry, academia and government in technology clusters that develop new products and services utilising KETs. We deliver a range of services to help members increase their global competitiveness and act as a conduit to and from the Technology Advisory Group within Scottish Enterprise.

Please email emma.dixon@technologyscotland.scot with any enquiries.


About Enigma People Solutions

Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in Electronics Design.

We have a proven ability to fill the most challenging technology vacancies, for both contract and permanent hires across Scotland, the UK, and internationally.

We work actively with businesses and design teams of all sizes in the System on Chip and Electronic Engineering industry, counting Alstom Grid, ST Microelectronics, Horiba, PureLifi, SKF Condition Monitoring Centre (Livingston), indie Semiconductor and Cadence among our clients.

Design: taking ideas to market | Enigma People Solutions | Electronics Design

We’d like to thank our sponsors for helping us host this event:

Scintilla IP - Specialist Patent Attorneys in Electronics & Software

Scintilla IP – Specialist Patent Attorneys in Electronics & Software

 

Space Solutions - The Leading Independent Expert in Office Design.

Space Solutions – The Leading Independent Expert in Office Design.

This event is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design – #IAD2016. Click here to find out more.


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Posted May 24, 2016 | Career Advice, Events | No Comments »

Make the Most of Mentoring With Girl Geek Scotland

Enigma People is proud to support Girl Geek Scotland’s “Making The Most of Mentoring” Workshop at this year’s Scotland JavaScript Conference on June 4th 2016 . The workshop is specifically for those who work in, or want to work in the technology sector, and is designed to help you find and make the best use of a mentor in your line of work.

Whether you are a student seeking your first job, in a junior position, or at mid-level thinking about your next career move, this workshop will help you flourish.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday 4 June 2016
Time: 10:30 – 12:30 (30mins set-up time, 1.5hrs workshop)
Venue: University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, 10 Crichton street, Room: G07 (tbc)
Cost: FREE to register
Who: Open to participants of any gender who are 18 years or over, who work in or wants to work in the technology sector

The workshop is part of the ScotlandJS International Conference. Now in its fifth year the JS Conference is the beating heart of the JavaScript community within Scotland. Find out more here.

Click Here To Register For The Workshop!

Make the Most of Mentoring With Girl Geek Scotland | Enigma People Solutions


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Posted May 02, 2016 | Events | No Comments »

Scot Cloud 2016

Enigma People Solutions is proud to partner with Scot-Tech to bring you the biggest Cloud Computing event in Scotland!

Cloud has established itself as one of the most transformative technologies of the modern age, having rapidly evolved from a storage solution to include a raft of services which can replace large swathes of infrastructure. It has served as a crucial enabler of many of the emerging technology trends, particularly: Big Data, IoT and the shift to Mobile.

Now in its third year Scot-Cloud 2016 brings technologists together to discuss the business impact of Cloud; exploring the evolution of services and industry expert presentations (full list of speakers below). The conference offers a unique opportunity to learn and engage with fellow IT leaders from across the UK.

To register for the event visit www.scot-cloud.com

Event Details:

Date: 21st June 2016

Venue: Our Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

Why Attend:

Learn – Gain a unique insight into trends and developments in Cloud technology and hear informative presentations from IT leaders from a broad range of organisations and fields.

Engage – The conference is an ideal forum to share views and discuss the issues that impact you and your organisation in a friendly, open environment

Network – Meet with thought-leaders and peers, meet new people & make valuable connections to enrich your business network

Speakers List:

Bruce Catto – Head of IT, Craig Group

Paul Donnelly – Head of Corporate Digital Services, NHS Education for Scotland

Pete Wilcock – DevOps, Adobe

Chris Roche  – CCO, Aridhia

Peter Mowforth – CEO, Indez

Christopher Wroath – Head of Digital Transformation, NHS Education for Scotland

Michael Crabb – Lecturer, RGU

Rob Wood – Cloud Technologist & Councillor, Portsmouth City Council


Scot Cloud 2016 | Enigma People Solutions | Recruitment Partner


The conference is organised by Scot-Tech Engagement with support from ScotlandIS and will be free for IT Leaders to attend. For more information and any further enquiries, please contact ray@scot-tech.com or by phone 0131 553 9381.

Enigma People is an award winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software! Or follow us on Twitter @enigmapeople and LinkedIn.

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Posted April 11, 2016 | Events | No Comments »

Enigma People & brightsolid Talk Recruitment to Retainment

Event Alert! Our Director Ben Hanley will be joined by Katie Armstrong, Head of Marketing at brightsolid to talk about recruitment and retainment in the technology sector.

As many of you may have experienced finding and hiring the right talent has become extremely difficult across the sector, from technology marketing roles to electronics and software development. Enigma People director Ben will be talking through issues the industry currently faces and how businesses and hiring mangers can take steps to overcome them.

The event is great for anybody who wants to learn how to better attract skilled people to work for them, network with like-minded individuals and there’s even a breakfast buffet!

Business Breakfast Details:

The Thrive for Business Technology Breakfast will take place on Friday 15th April 2016. 

Time: 8.30am to 10.30am

Venue: Crowne Plaza – 18 Royal Terrace , Edinburgh EH7 5AQ, United Kingdom

 

The event is run by Thrive for Businesses with only 4 free Non Member places remaining. 

Call Morena Marchetti on 0131 526 3105 to book your place or book online now.

Thrive Technology Breakfast: Brightsolid & Enigma People Solutions

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Posted March 21, 2016 | Awards, Events, Technology Industry | No Comments »

A few of the events we have been involved in…

We’ve had a busy few weeks here at Enigma. Director David Mains took the stage at UWS’s recent conference helping students with their career choices. We sponsored the Design It Build It Conference in Edinburgh which was a fantastic get together of tech minds discussing user experience and web design. And finally, the nominees for the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards have been revealed!

UWS

So as a former student of the University of West of Scotland (his course title making him a “BaBe” – BA in Business Economics) David was delighted to have been asked to deliver a key note at the “Working in the Creative and Computing Industries Conference”, held on March 16th. The event gave students an opportunity to ask questions and receive expert and relevant advice on everything from how to write your CV and cover letter, to what to wear to interviews. (checked shirts are the uniform of choice in this industry as confirmed by the Design it Build it Conference – more on that later.)

A few of the events we have been involved in... Enigma People Director Delivers Keynote at UWS

The students really enjoyed the expert advice David had to offer. With his 20+ years recruiting experience he helped students with:

He also uncovered some industry truths of job hunting:

The direct and honest advice was such a hit with students, Enigma and UWS will be holding recruitment workshops very soon on the subject so keeps your eyes peeled for news and dates!

Design It Build It

Enigma People sponsored the Design It Build It Conference on 17th & 18th March – the biggest event for UX and Web Design in the UK.

The sold out event had come to Scotland for the first time, and what an amazing location for it! The Hub is an iconic building which is a stones throw from Edinburgh Castle, and housed around 400 delegates who gathered to listen to the likes of Facebook, Buzzfeed, Tinder, BBC, John Lewis and many more. The subject matter experts offered two days of insightful, and inspiring talks on UX Design and Web design, and how we as users interact with the web.

The two day conference covered topics such as games console browsers, redesigning apps, UX for change, A/B testing, and getting your organisation on board with design decisions.
dibi 2016 enigma people solutions

dibi 2016 enigma people solutions

dibi 2016 enigma people solutions

The feedback from the event has been incredible, take sneak peak below:

DIBI Enigma Twitter

enigmapeople twitter

If you want to know more, here a few fantastic summaries of the event circulating the web:

ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

The awards are now in their 6th year and have enjoyed an incredible 50% growth on the number of entries they received last year! This is a sure fire indicator of how successful the digital technology industry in Scotland has become and we look forward to celebrating with the winners and finalists on the 20th April 2016.

As sponsors of the Digital Agency of the Year category we want to say a huge well done to the finalists:

Visit http://www.scotlandis.com/digitaltech2016/ to find out more about the awards, who the other finalists were and how you can join in on the event!

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Posted February 22, 2016 | Digital Media, Events, Software | No Comments »

3 Weeks To Go! Design It; Build It Edinburgh

We have just over 3 weeks to go until the biggest UX and Web Design Event in Scotland. Design It; Build It brings to Edinburgh some incredible speakers from global companies such as Buzzfeed and Facebook. Not only that, Scotland’s homegrown tech unicorns FanDuel and Skyscanner will also be sharing their insights with over 350 delegates from across Europe and North America who have signed up for the conference.

Find out who else you can hear from over the two day event.

Design It; Build It is a major international conference which brings together those designing and building popular websites and apps such as BBC, Financial Times and John Lewis  to discuss the future of the web. The conference will be held on 17th & 18th March at he Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE.

For full conference details, and to buy tickets visit the website: http://dibiconference.com/

Haven’t got your ticket yet?

Good news! As sponsors of the event, Enigma People Solutions will be giving one lucky winner the chance to enjoy the two day conference absolutely free of charge.

To enter our prize draw all you need to do is subscribe to our weekly blog and your email address will be added to the draw! Click subscribe below at the bottom of this web page or email hello@enigmapeople.com with the subject “subscribe”.

The winner will be announced Friday 26th March!

Good luck!

Design it Build it Edinburgh web design and UX design conferences

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Posted February 15, 2016 | Awards, Digital Media, Events | No Comments »

Apply Now To Enter ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

We are only weeks away from the 6th annual ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards. Businesses have until 5pm Wednesday 2nd March 2016 to complete their applications and be in with a winning chance!

ScotlandIS is the trade body for the digital technology industry in Scotland. The awards are designed to celebrate innovative projects and world-class businesses across the highly successful industry. They provide a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition and reward your team for their efforts and achievements in making the industry what it is today!

The categories for this year are:

The winners will be announced with an awards evening ceremony in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket, Wednesday 20th April. Book your places here.

Enigma People Solutions is proud to sponsor the Digital Agency of the Year category. As one of the leading digital recruiters, we are passionate about supporting and growing successful technology teams in Scotland. We encourage all digital agencies to enter the awards and celebrate their contributions to this incredible industry!

Enter Now!

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Posted January 26, 2016 | Digital Media, Events, Software | No Comments »

Design It; Build It – The Conference for UX Designers and Web Developers

17 Amazing speakers, 2 Days, 1 Unmissable event.

Enigma People Solutions is proud to sponsor the Design It; Build It Conference in Edinburgh, on 17th and 18th March 2016.

Established in 2009, DIBI is the major international conference for ux designers, web developers and those working in digital. This year’s event will be hosted in the heart of Scotland’s Digital Community, Edinburgh. Home to one of the UK’s fastest growing and most successful technology hub’s, the capital city is also where tech unicorns (private companies valued at $1 billion or more) FanDuel and Skyscanner are headquartered.  Speakers from both these companies will feature at the conference amongst other incredibly influential speakers from some of the world’s biggest names in technology, including Facebook, Buzzfeed and Sky. A full list of speakers can be found here.

With internationally renowned speakers, networking opportunities and a St Patricks day party to end the conference, this is an event not to be missed!

Event Details:

Date: 17th and 18th March 2016

Location: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE

Schedule: http://dibiconference.com/schedule/

Buy tickets: https://ti.to/nxt/dibi-design-it-build-it-2016

Any questions regarding the event contact Jim Richardson – info@dibiconference.com

About Us:

Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, representing businesses across Scotland. As a leading digital recruiter, we are passionate about supporting and growing successful technology teams across the industry. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best candidates for technology roles ranging from App Developers to UX designers, from Software Engineers to Account Managers. We are proud to support the Design It, Build It Conference and help to bring together a fantastic event for the digital community in the country.

That’s not all:

Would you like to WIN A FREE TICKET to the conference?

Enigma People Solutions is offering one lucky winner the chance to enjoy the two day conference absolutely free of charge!

To enter our prize draw all you need to do is subscribe to our weekly blog and your email address will be added to the draw! Click subscribe below at the bottom of this web page or email hello@enigmapeople.com with the subject “subscribe”.

Good luck!

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Posted November 26, 2015 | Awards, Digital Media, Events | No Comments »

Enigma People to sponsor Digital Agency of the Year Award at ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

Enigma People Solutions is very excited to announce our sponsorship of the Digital Agency of the Year Award at the upcoming ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards.

The event celebrates world class businesses based here in Scotland’s thriving technology sector. Run by ScotlandIS – the trade body for the tech sector – these awards are now in their sixth year and bring the industry together to celebrate its key projects, people and businesses.

We are honoured to collaborate with ScotlandIS to support the Digital Agency category. Our passion and expertise in digital allows us to partner closely with web, mobile and digital businesses across Scotland and the UK, helping to grow outstanding teams which are celebrated at such awards.

With one in 25 Scots now working in a technology job, the sector is one of the biggest employers and fastest growing sectors in Scotland. With sales growth reported by 70 per cent of businesses and further planned growth for 2016, there are plenty of reasons for the tech sector to celebrate. We encourage all businesses to enjoy their successes and journeys, gain recognition for their efforts and enter the awards now!

About the Awards

The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday 20th April 2016 at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow.  Celebrating the technology sector in all its glory the award categories cover everything from B2B, B2C, international success, public and private sector, and will also honour the industry’s stand out individuals.

For a full list of categories click here.

Application closing date is Wednesday 24th February 2016

The Digital Technology Awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses, large and small. They are one of the industry’s must-have awards and provide a great arena for networking and attracting key players from across the industry.

Watch the 2015 Highlights here: https://youtu.be/RmQrcKaAzv8

Director David Mains presents Nigel Eccles of FanDuel the award for Outstanding Performance in Business Growth at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

Director David Mains presents Nigel Eccles of FanDuel the award for Outstanding Performance in Business Growth at the ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards

 

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Posted October 19, 2015 | Events, Scotland, Startups | No Comments »

Celebrating Scotland’s Start-ups

Enigma people recently attended “Sharing the Secrets of Start-up Success” – where we heard from local entrepreneurs behind successful start-ups Mallzee and online booking system Appointedd.

What we took away from the event was the importance of early support to nurture start-ups from inception to growth – something Scotland’s technology industry thrives at. Start-ups in Scotland have grown by over 30% since 2009 and with plenty of science parks, co-working spaces, government initiatives and support networks, it’s clear to see how the culture here has helped start-ups succeed. Proof of this highly successful sector is start-ups FanDuel and Skyscanner both reaching billion dollar status and dominating international markets. Edinburgh has grown to become a tech hub contending with London’s technology sector, with start-ups spinning out of Edinburgh University reaching record levels and tech incubator Codebase looking to expand to Glasgow and Aberdeen. Continued support for the sector is strong with gaming grants being given in the hopes of the next Grand Theft Auto and a further £75 million to be made available for young Scottish Businesses over the next 3 years.

We believe supporting these young businesses and entrepreneurial spirit is key to continued global success of Scotland’s technology sector. Enigma People Director Ben Hanley is regular at one start up community event – Startup Grind.

Ben says:

“I am constantly encouraged by the appetite for start-up businesses especially technology based start-up businesses in Scotland. There must be something in the water in Scotland at the moment as this is an increasingly vibrant sector that is seeking to retain and attract more and more talent. This is helped by a number of very high profile success stories but with this comes a challenge for less high profile but equally vital SME businesses that are competing for both investment and talent.”

Why Start-ups Matter

Its not just Ben, Director David Mains will be on the panel at the next BDX Glasgow Digital Meetup – Why Start-ups Matter on Wednesday 22nd October. The Meetup will discuss why Glasgow is as great place for start-ups and how their growth is powered by people. Join in on the conversation here: http://bdxglasgow.com/events/2015-2/why-startups-matter/

David Mains BDX Digital - Startups

About BDX:

BDXGlasgow is a fortnightly meetup and networking event dishing out tips on how to grow your site/ business online in ways which you’ve never thought about before. A panel of experts talk about the ins & outs of digital marketing and how it can help any business.

Are you a startup in Scotland? Get in touch! We’d love to hear your success story! @enigmapeople or hello@enigmapeople.com

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Posted August 31, 2015 | Events, Startups | No Comments »

Sharing the Secrets of Startup Success – Event 9th September

Are you a startup looking for success? Then come along to the Sharing the Secrets of Startup Success brought to you by Santander Business Banking and Smarta held on Wednesday 9th September. The free event will provide you with the inspiration, practical insights and professional support you need to start your own business and see it survive and thrive.

With the support of Santander Business Banking, this event brings an incredible line up of speakers all sharing their expertise and experience:

Matt Thomas, co-founder of Smarta and curatorsofawesome.com

Matt’s an expert in creating content that converts. He helps businesses use content to create trust-based audiences, wow their customers and improve sales.

Cally Russell – Mallzee

Cally Russell – Scotland Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 is the CEO and Founder of Mallzee the personal shopping app that Yahoo claimed ‘would change the way the world shopped’. Cally was named Business Quarterly’s  Scotland Emerging Entrepreneur of 2014 grown a business to serve hundreds of thousands of shoppers around the world.

Andy Barr – 10 Yetis

Andy is the co-founder and co-owner of 10 Yetis digital. With a rich history of fricking awesome public relations campaigns that get people talking, the agency naturally evolved into a content-creation machine that now has in house web, video and design teams.

Leah Hutcheon – Appointedd

Leah Hutcheon is the founder of Appointedd, a cloud based software system that enables independent businesses to take guaranteed bookings online. Leah was one of the second intake at Entrepreneurial Spark and was featured on the BBC documentary, The Entrepreneurs. She is also an Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland and a Director of Future Leaders for Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Alec Farmer, Trakke

Alec is the founder of Trakke – a Scottish outdoor brand specialising in high quality luggage for the everyday adventurer. With a background in graphic design, working for clients ranging from Film4 to the Imperial War Museum, Alec followed his passion for making, and in doing so became an advocate of British manufacturing and all things built to last.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 9th September

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

Location: Radisson Blu, 301 Argyle Street,Glasgow G2 8DL

Book Your Place Now!

This event is  one not to be missed,  giving startups and small businesses practical insights, advice and a chance to network 🙂 Enigma People solutions is proud to support the event and is looking forward to seeing you there!

Looking to hire technical talent for your start up? Subscribe to our weekly blog for hiring advice, industry news and updates! Alternatively give us a call on 0141 332 4422.

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Posted June 15, 2015 | Events | No Comments »

Scot-Cloud 2015 – Scotland’s Largest Cloud Computing Event

We are just days away from Scot-Cloud 2015 – Scotland’s Largest Cloud Computing Event. Scot-Tech’s 2nd Annual Scot-Cloud conference focuses on the benefits of cloud service solutions and cloud based applications, discussing how these technologies can help transform your business.

Enigma People Supports Scot-Cloud 2015

Book your place now!

The agenda will provide business case scenarios for cloud computing, looking at practical examples which illustrate some of the key benefits and challenges which must be considered.

Click here for the conference agenda

Speakers on the day include BBC Scotland, EMC, Amazon, Skyscanner and Pulsant. The conference will also offer a unique forum for engagement: bringing thought-leaders from business and IT together for networking, knowledge exchange and discussion, certainly an event not to be missed!

Enigma People is delighted to be supporting the event designed specifically for Scotland’s business leaders and IT professionals. The event will be held at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, and is free to attend (t&c’s apply).

Last Few Spaces

200 registrations have been submitted to attend Scot-Cloud 2015. Last few spaces remain so if you use Cloud Services or are interested in hearing about the potential of Cloud for your organisation then book now!

Click here to register your space now

or visit www.scot-cloud.com

 

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Posted June 01, 2015 | Electronics, Events | 1 Comment »

Register Now for the Scottish Device Developers Conference

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We are days away from the Scottish Device Developers Conference, the UK’s number one event for developers of intelligent systems and devices. We are excited to be a part of the rare event for Scotland’s technology industry focussing on electronic design, embedded hardware and real-time software. Attendees will enjoy a day of technical workshops, presentations and meet with experts in the field.

This is the second year the event will be running in Scotland, with the recent Cambridge and Reading events, currently in their 5th year, receiving excellent feedback!

“An enjoyable and useful event…”

I thought the event yesterday was great and well worth me taking a day out to attend…”

You can also read up on the recent Cambridge event in Embedded Computing Design, providing greater insight of what can be expected on the day!

The Scottish leg of the conference road-show will be Thursday 4th June 2015 at McDonald House Hotel in Uphall, Livingston, and promises a number of local, national, and international exhibitors including:

Abelon Systems – “Designing Embedded Systems for Harsh Environments”

Solid State Supplies – “Machine to Machine Communication – IoT in The Real World”

SDC Systems – “Latest in Version Control Technology and How it can Assist in Migration to Git based Development”

Click here for a full list of presentations

Click here for a full list of exhibitors

That’s not all!

More exciting things to look forward to on the day include:

The exhibition and technical presentations are free to attend, although there is a small charge for places on the half-day technical workshops.

Please visit www.device-developer-conference.co.uk for more information and to register your place today!

As one of the few specialist electronics recruitment consultancies in Scotland we are proud to support this event and to help the electronics industry come together for a relaxing and enjoyable forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and expertise. We are looking forward to exhibiting on the day and meeting the experts in the field.

Hope to see you there 🙂

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Posted May 04, 2015 | Events, Technology Industry | No Comments »

Conference Call…

Scot-Secure 2015

Last week Enigma People attended the Scot-Secure – Cyber Security for Businesses event, run by Scot-Tech Engagement.

The Scot-Secure conference focussed on key cyber security topics and issues facing Scotland’s business community, with a range of speakers and vendors presenting on the day. The event aimed to equip delegates with a better understanding of the key security threats; offering a practical insights on measures which can be taken to identify areas of weakness and improve organisational resilience.

As an annual event, the Scot-Secure conference attracts incredible support from Scotland’s Technology community and is always a worthwhile event to attend.

Scot-Cloud 2015 

Scot-Tech’s next event will be their Scot-Cloud 2015 event on June 4th and Enigma People is delighted to be supporting the event!

Scot-Tech’s 2nd Annual Scot-Cloud Conference will focus on the public, private and hybrid cloud Service solutions for businesses in Scotland and how these impact security, reliability and control. The conference will also touch on cloud based applications and the value of these apps in helping to facilitate greater productivity, flexibility and collaboration.

The agenda will provide business case scenarios for cloud computing, looking at practical examples which illustrate some of the key benefits and challenges which must be considered. The conference will also offer a unique forum for engagement: bringing thought-leaders from business and IT together for networking, knowledge exchange and discussion.

Enigma People is delighted to be supporting the event designed specifically for Scotland’s business leaders and IT professionals. The event will be held at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, and is free to attend.

To register click below or visit: www.scot-cloud.com/

Enigma People Supports Scot-Cloud 2015

Book your place now!

About Scot-Tech Engagement

Scot-Tech Engagement has grown to become an integral part of Scotland’s technology community whose events allow IT professionals to engage, network and discuss advancement in their sector via conferences & technology meetings.

Scot-Tech Engagement was launched Oct 2013 to facilitate a gap in the Scottish market to allow users of IT to network, engage and discuss progression within their discipline. Their mix of workshops & receptions at events provides a unique platform to discuss agility in a £5 billion Scottish IT market.

Don’t forget!

Enigma People is also supporting to the Scottish Device Developers Conference on June 4th.

The conference is a free one-day event taking place at Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel Uphall, offering technical presentations, workshops and a vendor exhibition, and will be an opportunity to meet and engage with expert engineers from the companies that are developing the next generation of tools and technologies.

The Scottish Device Developers’ Conference is your chance to learn about the latest development technologies from around the world. Whether your expertise is hardware design, enclosure design, software development, test and manufacture or project management, this event will enable you to explore the latest technologies and latest thinking.

Event Details:    

Date: June 4th 2015
Location: Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel, Uphall, West Lothian EH52 6JS
Attendance: Free

Visit www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html for more information and to register!

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Posted April 14, 2015 | Events, Technology Industry | 1 Comment »

How Will the General Election Affect the Tech Industry?

We are few a weeks away from the General Election 2015, and for any UK business this can be an uncertain time, however as Computer Weekly has described, this will be our “first tech-aware” General Election, making this particular one all the more interesting.

How Will the General Election Affect the Tech Industry?

How Will the General Election Affect the Tech Industry?

The Technology industry is one of the strongest sectors in the UK’s economy, and is one political parties are placing great focus on. From the growth of UK SME and Start-ups, and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU, there are plenty of reasons for voters to question parties on just how their reforms will affect this sector and how they will continue to support it.

Computer Weekly, TechUK and BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT, recently held a debate with the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties looking at their technology manifestos for the UK.

When asked about supporting technology start ups:

Labour shadow Cabinet Office minister for digital government Chi Onwurah called for greater support to help startups break into international markets. She said: “At a government level we need a louder voice in international forums.” Onwurah said there was also a need for government to support and help companies build trust between buyers and sellers in international markets. The Liberal Democrat perspective from Julian Huppert called for more support from venture capitalist stating “we need a low-risk environment so tech companies can fail.”

Support for start up’s and SME’s is abundant in the UK, with over 100 Government backed initiatives which have been broadly supported and look set to continue beyond May, regardless of who comes into power.

Labour says that, if in government, it will set up a small business administration (SBA), similar to the US Small Business Administration, to support business growth and ensure access for SMEs to government schemes. The Coalition has launched growth vouchers for SMEs and they are expected to continue if the Tories, with or without the Lib Dems, return to power. Similarly the SNP’s manifesto places great emphasis on helping small businesses to thrive, with a number of policies focussing on their specific issues.

The number of people starting up businesses is currently at record levels with more than half a million businesses started last year.  Tech start ups have accelerated at an incredible rate post recession and have fuelled technology hubs all over the country. These hubs are nurturing our technology talent, harnessing this potential and cementing UK technology businesses as serious technology contenders on a global stage. As the Telegraph says “there is an awareness that it would be foolish to tamper too much with the current entrepreneurial climate that has enabled that to happen.”

Moving on to technology skills:

Although the current government has helped to boost digital skills with a number of policy changes, including an overhaul of the school curriculum, more needs to be done. A recent House of Lords Digital Skills Report looking at this issue concluded that digital skills will “make or break the UK” and underlined that whoever forms a government in May will have to make addressing this issue a top priority.

In the run-up to the UK General Election, The Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE), wrote to each Party and asked them to comment on their manifesto commitments towards the science and engineering sector. (You can read each of their responses here).

The good news is that each party does recognise the importance of continuing to support these sectors and improving technology education and training for the UK workforce.

Immigration and talent

Working with a range of international businesses, UK SME’s, and Starts up businesses, the laws on immigration and the ability to hire technical talent overseas is an area which we can see having a big impact on the industry. What these businesses, and the industry, really require is greater access and ability to hire skilled talent which is simply not available in the UK right now. What we are struggling to see is any party really addressing the current issue in any great detail. The BBC’s overview of each political parties manifesto does describe Labour’s intention is for “smarter targets to reduce low-skilled migration but ensure university students and high-skilled workers are not deterred”, whilst SNP aim to “introduce a Canadian-style earned citizenship system to attract highly-skilled immigrants.”

A report recently published by the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government’s independent immigration advisory body, found that “British tech start-ups are at a particular disadvantage due to existing visa rules. It also recommended that several digital roles should be added to the Shortage Occupation List to help tackle skills shortages.” More needs to be done to ease the pressure of the skills gap and allow business to hire overseas talent, or retain international graduates who have studied at UK universities. It is the hopes that whichever party does come into power in May they recognise this and its importance to the industry.

Come what May post election, we hope that the UK technology industry continues to receive support of start-up businesses and SME’s, an increased focus on digital skills to arm the next generation of workers with the skills needed for a prosperous tech industry, and improved immigration policies that allow technology businesses to hire key skills required to continue to drive the UK as leading force in the global tech industry.

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Posted April 07, 2015 | Awards, Events | No Comments »

Enigma People Upcoming Events and Happenings

Quarter two of 2015 looks set to be a busy period for technology recruitment in Scotland. Below is a run down of a few industry events which Enigma People have been, or will be, involved in over the coming weeks, including developer conferences, networking events, and awards celebrations!

Thrive for Business

Director Ben Hanley delivered a fantastic presentation at a recent Thrive for Business Networking event. His topic, Recruiting in Today’s Tough Technology Market, was aimed at helping attendees/ hiring decision makers understand the reasons behind why it has become difficult to hire and how we can overcome these issues. Ben’s presentation resulted in a 40 min q&a at the end! Don’t worry if you missed the event, Ben has promised he will work with Thrive again, and deliver a similar presentation very soon! Subscribe to the blog now to make sure you don’t miss out on the details for the next event…
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s1 Awards 2015

Thursday 2nd April was the 4th annual s1 Recruitment Awards, rewarding and celebrating the people who make up the Scottish recruitment industry.

Enigma People was delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Small Recruitment Agency, as voted for by our wonderful candidates! Thank you again to everybody that voted, and hopefully Director David Mains and Candidate Manager Scot Ferguson had a fantastic time celebrating our success on the night!

Being recognised as one of the countries best recruitment consultancies is, as always, a huge honour and something we are extremely proud of. s1 has awarded Enigma People each and every year the awards have been running, and this recognition always puts a huge smile on our faces 🙂 why not take a gander over to our About Us page and see what other awards our services have racked up in our time…
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Where Are All The Girls?

Wednesday 8th April 2015, 6:30 pm
Speaker: Dr Hannah Dee, Aberystwyth University

A free event run by the Edinburgh Branch for the Chartered Institute of IT, which aims to look into the attitudes and experiences of younger women in tech and discuss why there are still only 15% women at undergrad level.

As a leading technology recruitment consultancy Enigma People is passionate about increasing the number of women in technology because we know all too well that in order to stay ahead as an industry we need to nurture skills and talent from an early age, and consider the brightest minds coming out of our education system.

By attending and supporting such events, and encouraging others to do the same, we aim to help the industry tap into the other half of it’s potential talent pool and help bridge the gaps in the industry.

The Scottish Device Developer’s Conference 2015

Enigma People are delighted to be sponsoring this event, to be held in Uphall on the 4th June 2015 at the Macdonald Houstoun House Hotel.

The conference is a free event, for systems engineers, software engineers and similar hi-tech developers to come together and enjoy a day of workshops, presentations and exhibitions. This is second year of the event in Scotland, however it has run for several years across Electronics hubs in Reading, Cambridge and Warrington, and proves to be a worthwhile event that busy engineers and developers will find productive. The conference is shaping up really well, and promises to be an informative forum where developers can learn about new technologies, meet industry experts, develop new skills and discover new technologies.

For more information and to register for the event visit: http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html

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Recruitment Business Awards 2015

The Recruitment Business Awards are another set of recruitment awards we look forward to every year, however these are UK wide and run by Carnyx Group and The Drum Magazine. Last year we were awarded the Commendation Prize for Best Small Recruitment Agency and are excited to see what this year will bring! We were awarded for our innovative solutions to client’s recruitment needs, and for a niche Glasgow agency to win this nationwide award is a fantastic achievement for us.

This year’s awards will be in September 2015 and we will be sure to keep you up to date closer to the time 🙂

The Herald Scottish Digital Herald Awards 2015

Each year, we join forces with The Herald and Times and celebrate Scotland’s booming digital industry. The Herald Scottish Digital Awards will be in its seventh year celebrating the success of digital businesses large and small across the country. Enigma People Director David Mains has been asked to join The Herald and Times Digital Innovation Manager, Grant Gibson, on the judging panel for the awards, as per every year, and offer his expert opinion on hundreds of entries from the very best of Scotland’s digital talent.

We will be sure to remind all the digital agencies to enter the awards when entries open in the summer.

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More exciting news!

We are currently working with one of our award winning, digital agency developer friends to create a brand new website for Enigma People! The new website will still reflect the brand that is Enigma however will be tailored so our candidates and clients can get quick and effective access to information and the services we offer. This will be launching in the next few weeks so please do look out for it and let us know what you think 🙂

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Posted March 30, 2015 | Electronics, Events, Software, Technology Industry | 2 Comments »

The Scottish Device Developers’ Conference

The Scottish Device Developers' Conference

The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual event for embedded systems engineers, realtime software engineers and similar hi-tech developers that are working in the field of intelligent systems and devices.

The conference is free to attend for engineers and developers; this includes the exhibition and technical presentations (you can register here). This year’s conference will include two streams of technical presentations from industry experts, a series of half-day technical workshops and an exhibition of embedded systems hardware, software, debug tools, display technologies and similar industry related products and services.

“We are pleased to announce our support for this important industry event,” said Ben Hanley, Director at Enigma People.

“The Scottish region is very strong in the field of embedded systems development and realtime software; whether it is for the energy sector, the banking sector or even communications, it employs a lot of very talented people. In this respect, a conference where developers can come together to explore new technologies and learn from industry experts provides an important opportunity for the region.”

“We are very pleased to have the support and sponsorship of Enigma People,” said Richard Blackburn, Conference Manager. “Their support is helping us create a really worthwhile event that busy engineers and developers will find productive. The conference is shaping up really well, and promises to be an informative forum where developers can learn about new technologies, meet industry experts, develop new skills and discover new technologies.”

The Scottish Device Developers' Conference

About The Device Developers’ Conference

The Device Developers’ Conference is an annual UK event for the developers of intelligent systems and devices. The 2015 event will take place in May and June, in Cambridge, Reading, Warrington and Uphall (Scotland).

Sponsored by a broad range of industry vendors, the exhibition and conference, including a series of 40-minute technical presentations, is free to engineers and project managers working in the technology sector.  Half-day workshops in various specialisms are available at a small charge.

For more information and to register for the event visit:
http://www.device-developer-conference.co.uk/scotland.html

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Posted February 23, 2015 | Events, Recruitment Industry, Technology Industry | 2 Comments »

Technology Trends for 2015 – Digital Business is Driving Big Change

Technology Trends for 2015 - Digital Business is Driving Big Change

Technology Trends for 2015 – Digital Business is Driving Big Change

I attended the annual Scotland IS Technology Trends conference where Richard Marshall – Research Director, Mobile and Client Computing, at Gartner – talked us through their top technology predictions for 2015. The theme for this years predictions was that digital business is driving big change, detailing how it will affect (or already is affecting our lives). What struck me as interesting was how Richard described how we are turning computers into people and people into computers.

“We are moving from a world where people behave the way computers work, towards a world where computers work the way people behave.”

Just a few of our favourite trends where this is evident were:

  • By 2018 digital business require 50% less business process workers and 500% more key digital business jobs, compared to traditional models.

Considering the ratio of traditional business process workers to digital businesses at the moment, this is a massive shift in the jobs market and where skills will be required. IT leaders must continue to develop new hiring practices to recruit for new non traditional IT roles and adapt to this, figuring out where the digital jobs are and adapting their processes accordingly.

New technology processes are continuing to eliminate many jobs. People are now in greater control and reducing the need for certain intermediaries. Richard used the examples of writers who now have the ability to sign up to Kindle Direct Publishing and publish their very own books, eliminating the need for publishers. Book publishing has now become a digital business where people can harness digital abilities and take control of their own content.

  • By 2020, developed world life expectancy will increase by 0.5 years due to widespread adoption of wireless health monitoring technology.

As Richard says, extending the average life by half a year, within the next 5 years is huge. Wearable technology is a much talked about trend we have seen for a few years, however has continued to grow to significantly impact the life expectancy of the developed world. The wide range of wearable technologies that have been specifically designed to improve fitness, reduce risks and care costs has been widely adopted by individuals and businesses – people who are wearing these devices are consciously trying to reach their step counts for each day, resulting in a greater awareness of their fitness levels. What’s more, they are increasingly impacting business processes and financial models. Health providers in the US are giving workers free Fitbits, adapting healthcare premiums to their achieved exercise quotas. Wearable devices now play a crucial part of the NHS’s future, where fitness trackers can allow health professionals to analyse and act upon early warning signs for patients with serious conditions, cutting treatment times, risks and costs.

  • By year ending 2016, $2.5 billion in online shopping will be performed by mobile digital assistants.  

Mobile digital assistants will be making more automated purchasing decisions on behalf of people, directly impacting businesses marketing strategies.

Marketing executives must develop techniques that capture the attention of digital assistants as well as people, which invokes a number a questions; how do you advertise to machines rather than traditionally advertising to humans? How will digital assistants perceive brands? Will content be obsolete? Marketing and advertising teams will need to take into consideration that digital assistants will make purchases on the basis of cold economic facts, such as price and proximity, rather than brand awareness and company ethics.

  • By 2017, nearly 20% of durable goods e-tailers will use 3D printing to create personalised product offerings.

3D printing has now become a lot faster and a lot cheaper and there is a huge amount of it happening across many industries. More and more people are looking to build and customise products on demand. This now needs to be considered right down the supply chain – if products are being printed on demand this again eliminates the need for several intermediaries, impacting storage, logistics and skills involved.

  • By 2018, more than half of all apps will be created by enterprise business analysts using codeless tools. By 2020 app creation can be fully automated.

As in industry, we will be creating an incredible amount of mobile apps. Richard predicts we will create at least twice as many apps as we have created today by 2020. However these will become much simpler and more automated than they are today. This in turn impacts the role of the software/mobile developer who will now have to become even more specialist, as business analysts will have greater access to codeless tools to create fully functional, fully integrated, cross platform mobile apps at the press of a button. The challenge for businesses is to figure out how to deliver more apps, faster whilst protecting data and retaining good governance, figure out how software will be created in the future and how this impacts those creating the software.

These are just few of the trends from Gartner, some of which we seen at last years technology trends event and will most likely see at next years. These are major trends covering a large period of time which will evolve and becoming increasingly impactful year on year, as digital continues to drive changes in business and in our lives.

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Posted September 05, 2014 | Events, Recruitment Industry, Scotland | 1 Comment »

#Tru Scotland Recruitment Unconference

#tru Scotland Unconference - Enigma People Solutions

Enigma People Solutions director David Mains will be one of the recruitment thought leaders leading a track (discussion) at the very first #Tru Scotland Recruitment Unconference at Glasgow’s Hard Rock Café on Tuesday 9th September.

#Tru Scotland Recruitment “Unconference”
An unconference is an event where the emphasis is on attendees who drive the discussions and share a common interest around different recruitment topics. #TruScotland is a day full of exciting, interesting and stimulating recruitment conversation. Each conversation is called a Track and will be lead by one or more Track Leaders who are experts in their field. David Mains will be discussing recruitments moral landscape from 2pm. The event attracts in-house and agency recruiters, as well as HR Managers, Resourcers, Social Media Experts, Technologists, Academics, Vendors, and others with an interest in recruitment, and ideas to share.

Event details:
Venue: Hard Rock Café Glasgow
Date: Tuesday 9th September
Time: 9am to 4.30pm

Book your tickets here: http://truscotland.com/tickets/

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Posted September 01, 2014 | Events, Scotland, Startups, Technology Industry | 2 Comments »

What is Scotland’s Tech Industry Saying about the Independence Referendum?

On September 18th 2014 Scotland will take an historic vote: to remain in the United Kingdom or to go it alone, as an independent state. There have, of course, been many discussions and opinions both in favour and against independence, arguing what is best for Scotland’s economy and future. One of the strongest and most profitable sectors contributing to Scotland’s economy is the technology industry, so what does this sector have to say about the referendum?
What is Scotland’s Tech Industry Saying about the Independence Referendum?

On September 18th 2014 Scotland will take an historic vote: to remain in the United Kingdom or to go it alone, as an independent state. There have, of course, been many discussions and opinions both in favour and against independence, arguing what is best for Scotland’s economy and future. One of the strongest and most profitable sectors contributing to Scotland’s economy is the technology industry, so what does this sector have to say about the referendum?

Scotland’s tech industry is worth £500million, with 300 companies employing 4,000 people, while another 2,000 work in software teams of electronics companies and 12,000 in internal computer departments. Growing at 16% per year, and almost 3 times the European average, the software sector in Scotland is huge. As is Scotland’s successful gaming industry – home to hit games such as Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings and Minecraft – the sector is worth millions to the UK economy. The success of the tech industry is further propelled by the tech start ups that have emerged all over the country and have helped Edinburgh offer the second highest paying tech jobs in the UK, closely followed by Glasgow. Not only that, Scotland has the highest proportion of students studying computer related disciplines in Europe, ensuring the next generation of talent is equipped with the skills to support the industry.

So how do the business leaders of this highly successful industry feel about the referendum? It seems there are mixed opinions.

In an open letter published early last week, over 130 business leaders, who collectively employ over 50,000 Scots, urged the people of Scotland to vote no stating the ‘business case for leaving the UK has not been made’. The letter included a number of Scottish business leaders, entrepreneurs and CEO’s of companies and argued that Scotland’s economy will suffer if we left the UK, including Marcus Kneen, chief executive of IndigoVision, the video security firm, and Nosheena Mobarik, chief executive of M Computer Technologies, the electronics hardware and software firm. The letter also includes a signature from software entrepreneur David Sibbald, CEO of Aridhia Informatics, Chairman of data analytics company Sumerian and prior Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atlantech Technologies, a communications software company later sold to Cisco systems in 2000 for $180 million.

Glasgow based cloud computing company Iomart has also spoken out against independence stating it would be a ‘silly idea’, with chief executive saying he will move the company to England should the outcome be a yes. The firm is part of growing list of Scottish companies – including Aggreko, Standard Life, Royal Bank of Scotland and Weir Group – that have expressed their concerns over Scotland becoming independent.

In response to this, over 200 business leaders supporting an Independent Scotland then signed another open letter speaking out in favour of independence, which was published in The Herald Scotland. This included a number of tech companies coming from Scotland’s very strong digital media sector, web development and IT companies. Some of which include: Gerry McCusker, Owner at Dog Digital, Gillian & Kevin O’Neill, Founders of 29 Studios and John Innes, British Venture Capitalist of the Year and Venture Capital Chief Executive of the Year, former Chief Executive Amor Group.

Those that have signed this letter are involved in business and entrepreneurship at different levels in Scotland and around the world. They support independence with the belief that it is ‘in the best interests of Scotland’s economy and its people’, stating ‘an independent Scotland will recognise entrepreneurs small and large as the real wealth and job creators of the nation’s economic future.’

These are just few business leaders who have signed and spoken out their opinions on independence. Full lists of those signed the yes and no letter can be found here:

Yes :http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/in-full-the-list-of-entrepreneurs-backing-a-yes-vote.1409201147

No: http://www.scribd.com/doc/237805123/Letter-to-the-Scotsman-Wed-27-Sep-2014

From the business leaders whose names are included in these letters, it seems that the industry is divided ahead of the referendum, with key industry members and leaders of successful Scottish businesses present on both sides of the debate.

However, businesses don’t vote, people do.

What these open letters don’t tell us is the opinions of those who have chosen to stay silent and not comment on the referendum. Nor does it tell us the opinion of those individuals who make up these businesses. Although the opinions of the CEO’s and those running Scotland’s businesses are weighted and can have an influence on others, they don’t necessarily represent the individuals in the industry.

It is the individuals who work in Scotland’s technology industry who make it what it is, their talent, drive and commitment is what continues to drive the industry to succeed. As one of the leading recruiters in Scotland’s technology industry, we work hard to support the businesses, clients and candidates we work with. By working closely with these individuals and business, building lasting relationships and bigger businesses we look forward to continue helping the industry grow, be it in an independent Scotland or as part of the UK.
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