Spotlight on: Bristol and Bath’s top tech news of 2017

From drones to diversity, investment raises to innovation hubs, check out 25 of the most read news articles, interviews, profiles and blogs published by TechSPARK in 2017
8th January 2018

2017 was a great year for tech in the South West. So much so that we’ve already shared the highs and the lows in detail with some of the region’s thought leaders in our 2017 year in tech article.

But ever-curious to see how our community sees things, we’ve put together a selection of some of our most-read news, profiles, interviews and blogs from 2017.

1. Bristol and Bath to build world’s largest ARM-based supercomputer 

“Isambard could be the first of a new generation of ARM-based supercomputers”

Nick Flaherty, April 2017

2. 10 facts that you may not know about bitcoin 

Matt Thurling from bitcoin info hub bankless.io shares some bits and bobs about the world’s most successful digital currency

Matt Thurling, May 2017

3. The SPARKies tech awards 2017 shortlist announced! 

After 2 weeks of careful deliberation over a record number of nominations, 21 judges have finalised the SPARKies tech and digital awards 2017 shortlist

Alice Whale, June 2017

4. Five drone startups to watch out for in 2017

Flying tech in Bristol and Bath

Nick Flaherty, January 2017

5. 7 high-tech companies to watch in 2017

The stars of the high-tech cluster in Bristol and Bath

Nick Flaherty, January 2017

6. Startup profile: Software development consultancy Backslash Build

Meet the young entrepreneurs fresh out of Bath and Exeter Universities who have already created their own tech consultancy company

Jamie Middleton, March 2017

7. High-energy supercapacitor could revolutionise battery power storage

From a super speedy phone charger to an electrically powered drive from London to Edinburgh – this supercapacitor means business

Shona Wright, January 2017

8. Guest blog: 12 amazing new video games being made in Bristol right now

Peter Willington, Producer at game studio Auroch Digital, gives us an early look at the some of the best work from independent developers in the region

Peter Willington, April 2017

9. Spotlight on: 16 top tech company investment raises in Bristol and Bath

Meet the South West innovators impressing the investors with their game-changing tech

Alice Whale, original published March 2017

10. NatWest launches 80-person strong digital studio in Bristol with community at its heart

“We want fun people who will help us build the right culture as well as building amazing tech”

Jamie Middleton, June 2017

11. Dyson to build brand new multi-million pound innovation hub in the South West

“If Dyson is investing significantly in skills training… this could be a massive boost to the inclusive growth to which we all aspire”

Alice Whale, March 2017

12. Accelerated Digital Ventures to bring £150m to supercharge the growth of UK tech clusters

“At ADV we firmly believe that more UK-wide capital can create a larger funnel of tech businesses which can then scale and succeed”

Shona Wright, January 2017

13. Want a chatbot to work out what food you want to eat and then get it delivered by a robot?

“‘Hold on you’re making a HoloLens, what’s that got to do with food?!'”

Shona Wright, February 2017

14. Bristol starts work on 6G wireless

The University of Bristol is leading an important new five-year project to develop technology for the next generation of wireless systems.

Nick Flaherty, February 2017

15. The SPARKies Awards 2017: And the winners are…

Meet the 15 tech companies and people who went home with a well-deserved SPARKies 2017 award

Alice Whale, June 2017

16. Meet Team Bath Drones – the group of students taking autonomous drones to new heights

“It will be capable of flying a reconnaissance path of maximum ground coverage, as well as having the ability to drop a payload autonomously upon target recognition”

Shona Wright, February 2017

17. Guest Blog: 5 ground-breaking tech projects being worked on at UWE Bristol

Robotic trousers, self-driving cars, 2.5D printing and more – all being developed at the University of the West of England

Jeremy Allen, March 2017

18. Meet Pure Planet, a disruptive clean energy startup, based in the South West

Its membership model means 100% renewable energy is available to you 20% cheaper than power that pollutes

Jamie Middleton, May 2017

19. Oracle launches its UK startup accelerator in Bristol

“Oracle has had a state of the art development centre in the city on big data and engineering for many years”

Nick Flaherty, January 2017

20. Interview: Col Needham, Founder of IMDb, the world’s number one movie database

Sharks in your swimming pool, 80s build-it-yourself computers and the rise of the World Wide Web, find out how IMDb came to exist

Alice Whale, April 2017

21. How startup Marble is using autonomous drones to help small governments

“At the intersection of drones and airliners will be a new category of personal vehicles”

Shona Wright, February 2017

22. Bristol & Bath region shines in Tech Nation 2017 report

Bristol & Bath ranked in top 3 for its digital economic turnover with 92% of workers rating their quality of life as good

Alice Whale, March 2017

23. Profile: Living Map Company, revolutionising map design and technology

“[We] learned how to use technology to automate manual maps and yet keep them beautiful”

Alice Whale, February 2017

24. Spotlight on: Women’s Tech Hub to host first diversity in tech conference in Bristol

“We see our event as a chance to inspire anyone who works in tech or wants to work in tech”

Alice Whale, May 2017

25. The 11 finalists of Venturefest Silicon Gorge pitching competition 2017 announced!

“Silicon Gorge is a really important competition to showcase to investors the companies that are building the next generation of amazing products and services”

Shona Wright, January 2017

All articles listed were originally published in 2017, with the result’s order reflective of the total views received between January 1 and December 31 2017.

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