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The future is now – the Cornwall Lecture 2018

February 6th, 2018 Posted by News, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Last night Microcomms had the pleasure in attending the newly realaunched ‘Cornwall Lecture’ at Hall for Cornwall. The very first lecture happened in 1997 with the key speaker Sir Nicholas Grimshaw discussing the future of environmentalism, buildings and global responsibility. Last night the keynote was delivered by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, space scientist and co-presenter of ‘The Sky at Night’. The focus was “Innovation – the big picture” focusing on the space and technology sectors.

We heard Dr Aderin-Pocock’s life story, how her ‘desire to aspire’ pushed her through child-hood barriers such as dyslexia, 13 schools and growing up in a world where space scientists were still very much thought of as nerdy boffins with massive brains. It was an inspiring story and very much spoke to the heart of the blossoming space sector here in Cornwall. Our country is known for it’s beautiful natural landscapes, surfing and tourism – it’s not often spoken of as a tech hub  – even though through Superfast, we are one of the best connected places in Europe. We also have a long history of space innovation at Goonhilly – scientists there received the first messages from the Telestar programme. Cornwall gets overlooked and left in the ‘remedial class’ as Dr Aderin-Pocock put it, because our underlying potential is hidden by what people see on the surface.

At the Q&A session after the lecture, a very pertinent question was asked “If Cornwall wins the Spaceport bid, what will that mean for local businesses? What jobs will it create?”. This was answered by Toby Parkins of Headforwards, who said that if we are successful in the bid, it will be time for local companies to start thinking laterally – what transferable skills do we have to move into this  sector? How can we take the knowledge and expertise that already exist in Cornwall and translate them into commercial space ventures? We may not think we have anything to offer – but many companies do.

This is a really exciting opportunity. Here at Microcomms, we are going to be putting our heads together as a whole team to look at our collective skills and knowledge and look at where we are best placed to work within the market. There are many complex challenges faced by space progress and it will be a mixture of skills and disciplines that work together to overcome them. 

 

IT in schools drive kicks off for summer

July 14th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

IT in Schools is front and centre spotlight. We are all about education, education, education this week with the annual mad dash to take briefings from school for ICT work and upgrades that always needs doing over the summer months when the school is closed to pupils.  Many of our new clients have found that over the past academic year, their networks and servers just aren’t up to scratch to support the volume of devices they have in school and the amount of live/streamed work they are doing to support the curriculum and have called us in to help.

If this sounds familiar and over the past year you have:

  • invested in new technology that has overloaded your network?
  • had lessons disrupted by poor server or network performance?
  • been frustrated by the quality of the technology in your school?

give us a shout and we will pop into school and take a no no obligation look at your ICT set-up.  Maybe it is just time for a routine upgrade or you don’t yet know what needs doing, you just know things need to improve.

We can only fit in a limited number of projects this Summer so don’t delay any longer, give us a call on 03300 020 000

Time is running out – get social wifi now!

April 29th, 2016 Posted by hospitality, Industry Focus, Networks / Data, News, Wireless No Comment yet

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