When TechTribe Oxford met Guy Gadney recently, the team were preparing for SXSW in Texas, where they were to launch the Charisma interactive graphic novel app to the US market. Fast-forward a few weeks, the world had turned upside down, and their trip and the festival, were cancelled. Undeterred, they stayed in Oxford and launched the app anyway.


Covid-19: Diamond Light scientists are ‘working around the clock’ to help combat the coronavirus pandemic

Gill Oliver | Pharma | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 18th 2020

Life science teams at the Oxfordshire-based Diamond Light Sources synchrotron facility are ‘working around the clock’, carrying out measurements to help international efforts to tackle COVID-19.


Oxford car plant charges into a new era, as Mini electric hits the streets

Karen David | Automotive | Sustainability | Manufacturing | Mar 5th 2020

The new Mini Electric is rolling off the production line at BMW’s Mini Plant in Oxford ready for launch on March 7. Every 67 seconds a newly-built Mini drives out of the plant, and now it can be a petrol, diesel or electric model. TechTribe Oxford visits the plant and tries out the new car on Oxford's roads.


COVID-19: Help for Oxfordshire firms during the crisis

Antony David | Finance | Government | Management | Covid-19 | Apr 3rd 2020

This is a roundup of help available from national government, local government and professional bodies for Oxfordshire firms and employees in the science and technology sector. It will be constantly updated, as new initiatives come on stream.


Covid-19: Oxford University rolls up its sleeves

Antony David | Healthcare | Covid-19 | Mar 27th 2020

More than 20 departments and over 500 researchers from the University are engaged in projects aimed at understanding and dealing with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Work on a wide range of activities is benefitting from £20m of government funding.


Covid-19: Blavatnik launches tracker to measure response from governments around the world

Gill Oliver | Infrastructure | Finance | Healthcare | Social Care | Education | Government | Politics | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 25th 2020

An online tool to track and compare policy responses of governments tackling the coronavirus outbreak around the world, has been launched by the Blavatnik School of Government.


Covid-19: Biotech firm offers AI based drug discovery platform in efforts to tackle virus

Gill Oliver | Pharma | Healthcare | Biotech | Medical | AI | Covid-19 | Mar 25th 2020

Oxford biotech company e-therapeutics is offering its powerful network-biology-and AI-based drug discovery platform to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.


Covid-19: Oxford scientists develop rapid testing technology

Antony David | Healthcare | Covid-19 | Mar 24th 2020

Scientists from Oxford University have developed a rapid test for COVID-19 that is three times faster than previous techniques.


Eco builder’s deal with solar panel maker opens way to place homes at off-the-grid sites

Gill Oliver | Energy | Sustainability | Ecology | Construction | OxfordshireGreentech | Mar 23rd 2020

Eco-builder Green Unit has partnered with solar panel manufacturer Verditek, in a deal that opens up the potential to use its buildings in locations with no infrastructure or grid connection. 


Oxford joins Europe’s top 20 cities for tech investment

Karen David | Investment | Mar 17th 2020

More than £10bn was invested in UK tech companies in 2019 according to the Tech Nation 2020 report, published today. The data reveals there are seven digital technology ‘unicorns’ based in the South East of England, and Oxford joins Manchester, London, Bristol and Cambridge as the five UK cities in the top 20 European investment tech cities.


AI speeds up identification of the role of colon cancer gene functions

Karen David | Healthcare | Biotech | AI | Mar 16th 2020

Researchers in Oxford and Zurich have used artificial intelligence (AI) and computer visualisation technology to detect changes in colon cancer cells that could be connected to the ‘expression’ of some smell-sensing genes.


BUDGET: Increase in R&D spend is welcomed but concerns over the speed of processing sick pay refunds

Gill Oliver | Finance | Government | Manufacturing | Mar 13th 2020

Cautious welcome for boost to the rate of the R&D expenditure credit from 12 per cent to 13 per cent in the new Budget but concerns over how quickly coronavirus-related statutory sick pay refunds will be processed.


BUDGET: Changes to Entrepreneurs’ Tax Relief ‘not likely to change the investment landscape,’ say regional experts

Antony David | Government | Investment | Management | Mar 13th 2020

In last week’s Budget the Chancellor has reduced entrepreneurs' lifetime allowances for capital gains tax relief from £10m to £1m.

Events Coming Soon

07 Apr 2020

POSTPONED Safety in numbers – next generation patient monitoring and data analysis in acute care – talk by Dr Keith Errey, CEO and co-founder of Isansys and strong advocate of digital and data-driven methods in healthcare. 12 to 1.30pm at Bio Escalator, 696 Roosevelt Drive, Oxford, OX3 7FZ. Details

07 Apr 2020

Internet of Things Thames Valley April This regular gathering of the IoT community goes online for the first time with speakers from Jaguar Land Rover and Happiest Minds on connected cars, NVIDIA on autonomous objects, Computer Futures on women in tech, Thames Valley Berkshire on the connected city cluster and MIT Dynamic Technologies on carbon emissions reduction. From 7pm onlineClick here to register.


08 Apr 2020

J-Ox April gathering for Java users. Lightning talks lined up so far from TripAdvisor, Kudos Innovations, Humand Talent Solutions, University of Oxford, GE Aviation and more. 7 to 9pm at The Jam Factory, Oxford. This event may be cancelled or moved online. Click here to check with the organisers

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