Three Men in a Basement

Can three people, in a disused research unit, kick-start a new technology company in two weeks with only £2,000? That’s the challenge we took on in conjunction withd The Media Centre, to spearhead a two-pronged initiative to fuel digital entrepreneurship and tackle the skills shortage. The brainchild of Elder’s joint founding director Chris Gillespie, the task will see him and two students from The University of Huddersfield attempt to turn a complex tech concept into…

Ada is 200

Ada Lovelace was born 200 years ago today. Many people think of Ada as the “First Computer Programmer”.  The traditional story goes that it was Ada who spotted the potential of the work being done by Charles Babbage building his early computers, and it was Ada who developed the first programs for them.  This version is familiar, hopefully, to most who care anything about the history of computing and programming. I have been teaching computing…

Creative Media Showcase

A long while ago I wrote about the joys of teaching some people PHP.  In brief, I had taken on the mission of helping some of the creative web design students at Leeds Beckett University with learning some PHP.  There were two ideas here; to give them enough PHP so they could add some basic interactivity to the sites they had designed, and to give them some insights so that they wouldn’t design sites that…