Technology firms in Oxfordshire are playing a vital role in the country’s post-Covid green recovery but need more funding from government, says a new report. Powering up for the Green Recovery, focuses on businesses developing tech to help the transition to a low-carbon, more sustainable economy.


OXIS Energy wins 10-year contract to electrify the luxury boat market

Gill Oliver | Energy | Infrastructure | Aerospace | Sustainability | Nov 17th 2020

Lithium-sulfur battery manufacturer OXIS Energy has won a £3.8m contract to build battery-powered luxury boats. The 10-year deal with Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore will see Culham Science Centre-based […]


AI company Mind Foundry raises another £10m as it promises to ‘transform’ the insurance sector

Gill Oliver | Finance | AI | Nov 17th 2020

Artificial Intelligence company Mind Foundry has raised an additional £10.3m in Series A funding. Led by Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance (ANDI) of the MS&AD insurance group, it includes funding from […]


Government-backed 5G facility will be built in Oxfordshire

Gill Oliver | Infrastructure | Comms | Entertainment | Government | Broadband | Nov 28th 2020

Harwell Campus is to be the site for a new national 5G and satellite technology testing facility. The engineering hub, backed by more than £3m of Government investment, is due […]


Sensyne Health’s latest research deal with NHS Foundation Trust brings total patient dataset to more than five million

Gill Oliver | Pharma | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | AI | Nov 17th 2020

Clinical AI company Sensyne Health has signed a five-year strategic research agreement with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The dataset covers just over one million unique patient records, with all data […]


Community trial of green tech startup’s recycling app proves a hit with residents

Gill Oliver | IT | Food | Sustainability | Agriculture | Software | Nov 17th 2020

Greentech startup CryptoCycle's Reward4Waste recycling app, which offers cash rewards for returning single-use packaging, is piloted across 2,000 households.


Bumper year for the video games and consoles market as sales forecast to exceed £2bn

Gill Oliver | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | Covid-19 | Software | Nov 17th 2020

It’s been a bumper year for the video games and consoles market, with sales up by more than 50 per cent set to reach almost £2bn, according to new research. […]


ColdQuanta gets £2.8 million funding boost for quantum projects

Karen David | Aerospace | Quantum | Oct 29th 2020

Oxford-based Quantum atomics company ColdQuanta UK has been awarded £2.8 million from Innovate UK for the development of quantum technology projects.


Book review: Matt Ridley’s How Innovation Works

Jens Tholstrup | Book review | Oct 15th 2020

As my professional life is closely linked to innovation, and as someone who works for a business with innovation in its name - Oxford Innovation, I felt it important to read and take some cues from Matt Ridley’s latest book How Innovation Works.


Rebellion’s Latest Video Game Sniper Elite VR is in “late stages of development”

Adam Hewitt | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Oct 9th 2020

The Sniper Elite games have carved out a sizeable fanbase and now Rebellion is bringing the engaging tactical shooter to virtual reality with Sniper Elite VR.


Rebellion invites film industry experts to try out its revolutionary virtual production set

Karen David | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Oct 6th 2020

In a demonstration of the power of Rebellion's new production tools, art directors, directors of photography, grips and other film personnel saw how games-engine-generated, virtual reality backgrounds can be integrated with camera movements.


Central banks look to digital currency to replace notes and coin

Elliot Gulliver-Needham | Finance | Oct 5th 2020

Cash is on the decline everywhere. More and more shops won't accept cash, following decades of digitalisation of our money. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, the South East saw a 7.7% decrease in cash withdrawals, reported by the BBC as the highest percentage of contactless transactions of any UK region.


In pursuit of our virtual twin: can maths recreate humans?

Atreyi Chakrabarty | Biotech | AI | Sep 29th 2020

Imagine your body with its exact organ systems, cells and DNA, existing in 1’s and 0’s, on a silicon chip. This is what you would call a virtual twin, and research in Oxford indicates how far away we are from creating such a digital entity.

Events Coming Soon

30 Nov 2020

21st century technologies for tackling 21st century pandemics  Prof Christophe Fraser of Oxford’s Big Data Institute, who advises the UK’s NHS Covid-19 Tracing app, and Prof Oliver Pybus, Lead Researcher of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Pandemic Genomics, discuss the opportunities and challenges of applying new technologies to pandemics. 5pm. Details

15 Dec 2020

The EV Summit This two-day event brings together key players in electric vehicles, energy, information technology and charging infrastructure, to shape the debate and the contours of the new eMobility industry. Six hundred of the most connected people in the EV space will be invited to attend. Partners include EDFE, BCLP Law, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks. Speakers so far include Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus EV and Guenter Butschek, CEO of Tata Motors. December 15 and 16, Saïd Business School, Oxford OX 1 1HP.  Click here for details

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