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D3 Stack Chart with React…

07.07.2021

Tom Hands, Javascript Developer, Corterum   “Recently we decided to add an Analytics section to our App, after toying with existing analytics software offered by Amazon such as AWS Quicksight,…

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How setbacks have helped us…

30.06.2021

Guest post by Ryan Thompson, Senior Software Engineer at DWP Digital Ryan Thompson, Senior Software Engineer at DWP Digital shares how he uses his skills and expertise to improve the…

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Changing Places: The importance of…

21.06.2021

Guest blog by CGI’s, Carwyn Cook, Director Consulting Expert | Local Government Councils play a unique role as place-makers, delivering essential services which can improve life for their local communities.…

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DWP Digital shares data to…

16.06.2021

Guest post from Nicky Tarry, DWP Digital Nicky Tarry, statistician explains how DWP Digital contributed to the roll-out of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. As we write this blog, the…

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Reflections

08.06.2021

Guest post by Dynamo member Nick Green of Fatgreen Consuting. “If we can get through this, our business can get through anything” I remarked with relief and elation to my…

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The worst of times and…

24.05.2021

Phil Jackman, Dynamo Cyber Cluster Lead, 24th May 2021 This has been the worst of times and the best of times. This last year or so has been one of…

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Accommodating Beliefs

13.05.2021

Religion can be a hot-button issue in many conversations since a lot of people are very sensitive towards their religious beliefs and do not compromise on anything intolerant being said…

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Mindfulness and the importance of…

10.05.2021

For Mental Health Awareness Week, Craig Eblett, Director of Digital Delivery for Shared Platforms at DWP Digital, shares his experiences and journey exploring different elements of mindfulness and, how reframing…

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Transforming Local Government

06.05.2021

Local Authorities are under unprecedented financial pressure, caused by reductions in funding coupled with rising demand for services. At the same time, the expectations of the Citizen have been shaped…

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Building confidence in the DWP…

26.04.2021

Last month DWP Digital held our first ever Data community of practice virtual event.   The 3-day event also featured a range of guests from other communities of practices, including engineering…

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Govtech Lessons from the Pandemic

26.04.2021

  Dynamo convened four senior experts from government and technology business on 21 April for a special webinar to debate the government’s digital response to the COVID pandemic. An engaging,…

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Is your board ready to…

14.04.2021

Guest blog post by Peter Neal, Founder of The Experience Bank Group A question for Shareholders, Investors, Chairs and Chief Executives of SMEs…. Is your board capable and ready to…

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The next pandemic crisis we…

06.04.2021

Melissa Johnson, Digital Engagement Manager from DWP Digital talks about why we need to make wellbeing and mental health awareness a natural part of our everyday practice. Conversations surrounding mental…

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Adapting Agile for a new…

26.03.2021

Guest blog post by Paul Hands, Head of Technology at Corterum. Adapting Agile for a new industry Or more accurately: How we cannibalised some of the basic concepts and ceremonies…

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Let’s talk about race!

22.03.2021

Ambika Natarajan is a Senior Digital Project Manager in Portfolio and Delivery Assurance at DWP Digital. To recognize International Day for the Elimination of Race Discrimination, Ambika shares her journey…

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Neurodiversity – A different way…

04.03.2021

By Fareeha Usman, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Manager, Dynamo North East.  People who are “neurotypical” have a brain that works according to the conventional standards of our society, anyone…

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“Dare Mighty Things”

02.03.2021

Dawn Dunn, Cluster Engagement Manager, 24th February 2021 February’s spacecraft landing on Mars could be the only excuse to have missed the launch of Bottlepay; a Newcastle based start-up revolutionising…

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10m Smart Meters: the role…

22.02.2021

Guest blog by Dr Martin Brown, Senior Vice President Consulting Services, CGI UK The recent announcement about the milestone installation of the ten-millionth smart meter onto the secure national network by the…

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Data access and user experience:…

17.02.2021

Guest blog by Mark Thompson, Director Consulting Services at CGI UK. In September 2020, CGI sponsored the Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival for the fourth consecutive year, where we ran a Design…

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Join the dots – a…

10.02.2021

Sophie Mazrekaj, 10th February 2021 The thread that ran through the first two Advisory Board Meetings of the year – and will no doubt continue to advise all of Dynamo’s…

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Why clusters?

05.02.2021

Phil Jackman, 4th February 2021 Initiating, developing and supporting clusters is one of the cornerstones of Dynamo’s work. From fairly humble beginnings a few years ago we now have several…

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Why is having a gender…

29.01.2021

Gender has diversified itself. People are becoming more aware than ever regarding different sexual orientations that exist today. Nowadays, people from the LGBTQIA+ community can find safe-space to express their…

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A game changer for Net…

27.01.2021

Guest blog by Rich Hampshire, Vice President Consulting Expert at CGI UK This blog is going to be a bit of a diversion for me. Some of you may well…

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Our innovation eBook: 8 rules…

27.01.2021

Guest post by Simon King, Head of User Centred Design at DWP Simon King draws on his experience setting up DWP’s Innovation Lab. He shares 8 key rules to consider when…

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My tech career at DWP…

12.01.2021

Stephen Southern, Senior Technical Architect, shares his career journey through his different roles at DWP, highlighting the importance of the data in transforming services. I joined DWP way back in…

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Inside the mind of a…

07.01.2021

Sam Hehir shares what it’s like to be a security architect at DWP Digital, providing a deeper insight into the world of security in the largest government department.  I’ve worked…

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ETHNOCENTRISM – We all do…

16.12.2020

By Fareeha Usman, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Manager, Dynamo North East.  Ethnocentrism is a belief that one’s ethnicity or culture is superior to another. Ethnocentric people judge and compare…

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Intersectionality – The multiplications of…

24.11.2020

Fareeha Usman, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Manager, Dynamo North East.    Intersectionality – an introduction Intersectionality – a term that that was first coined by the black feminist scholar…

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Race to Net Zero –…

17.11.2020

Guest blog by CGI’s Rich Hampshire, Vice President Consulting Expert Following the first blog in this series on making sense of the jargon and the challenges facing organisations on their race to…

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Dynamo’s October Advisory Board Meeting

02.11.2020

October’s board meeting saw a reflection on a busy September; starting with a review of the 11 #Cyberfest events that attracted more than 700 attendees. The board was reminded that…

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The “SAME” difference is binding…

27.10.2020

Fareeha Usman, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Manager, Dynamo North East.  We are different, very different from each other. Some of us wear a mini skirt whereas some of us…

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Race to Net Zero –…

19.10.2020

Guest blog by CGI’s Pulina Abeywickrama, SME Senior Consultant | Agile Project Manager Having recently been part of the CGI team facilitating a design sprint on how to accelerate Net Zero at…

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Call to join our first…

13.10.2020

It can be difficult knowing where to start with automation; which process do you begin with? Should everything be automated? And what to do you do if the process isn’t…

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Cybersecurity in the new era…

08.10.2020

Guest blog by James Milligan, Global Head of Technology, Hays Cybersecurity breaches have recently made global headlines, many of which have been attributed to a rapidly expanded online world because…

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Dynamo’s September Advisory Board Meeting

25.09.2020

Dawn Dawn, Cluster Manager, 25th September 2020 Following the summer recess, Andrew Besford opened the September Board Meeting with a positive flourish, announcing a total of 85 entries for the…

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I don’t need it

28.08.2020

Phil Jackman, August 2020 The biggest issue faced by the economy is not Coronavirus, nor indeed Brexit but the realisation that we can do without many of the things that…

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Supporting policy change and service…

28.08.2020

Joe Rice, Twitter’s Lead Product Solutions Sales Manager, August 2020 The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) supports families and children in the UK through its Child Maintenance Service…

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Why now is the right…

03.08.2020

Guest blog by Alan Nunn – Communications Subject Matter Expert at CGI. The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the subject of countless forecasts that predict exponential growth of devices and…

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The future of work

27.07.2020

Laura Kemp, Dynamo Cluster Manager, July 2020. Are we returning to our offices anytime soon? What does the future of work look like? If you weren’t considering this question pre…

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How IoT can create a…

27.07.2020

Guest blog by Graham Hainsworth – Director Consulting in CGI’s Water Sector Business Talk to anyone in the industry right now, and the message is the same: we need to…

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A time to collect our…

16.07.2020

Guest blog by Chantal Constable – Vice President Retail Banking and Payments in CGI’s banking sector business I’m sure we’ve all become accustomed to hearing the word ‘unprecedented’ since our…

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Dynamo North East – July…

14.07.2020

Clare Nicholson, Dynamo Account Manager, 14th July 2020 Yesterday we held our last board meeting before our usual summer break for August. We had a great turnout with 25 of…

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Is the Role of Pharma…

29.06.2020

Guest blog by Balaji Kuppuswamy, Director of Consulting Services – Life Sciences at CGI Recently I have been considering an important question arising from the pharmaceutical industry: is it the…

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How immersive technology is changing…

25.06.2020

By Rachel Burdis, Inward Investment Manager at Invest North East England Having recently started as the Inward Investment Manager at Invest North East England, I, like a lot of people…

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Dynamo is evolving but its…

22.06.2020

Sarah Thackray, 22nd June 2020 It seems a lifetime ago now when, back in December 2013, I first met Charlie Hoult and he told me about the group he and…

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Dynamo North East — June…

18.06.2020

Sophie Mazrekaj, 18th June 2020 There was a great turnout for our third virtual Advisory Board meeting which was held last week on Zoom. Connecting remotely is the norm for…

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Personal planning tips for business…

15.06.2020

Guest post from Andrew Moorby, Managing Partner of MHA Tait Walker Don’t compound the problems One of the most commonly heard expressions at the moment is “it’s a strange world in…

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Digital Transformation in Challenging Times

15.06.2020

Guest blog by Mark Madden, Digital Transformation Director within the Emerging Technologies Practice at CGI I recently discussed what the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic could be on in-flight digital…

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BLOG 5G at the time…

04.06.2020

Before COVID-19, 5G was a priority not only for most mobile network operators but also for government and industry. Now, the pandemic will inevitably impact 5G deployment plans and present…

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Business Comeback Plan

26.05.2020

Phil Jackman, April 2020 This document is an attempt to explore a methodology to create a business comeback plan, which is in many ways the reverse of business continuity plan.…

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Is now the time to…

26.05.2020

As we settle into some kind of normal, albeit a temporary one, with teams working remotely and staff redeployed where necessary, we can begin to think of business as usual.…

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Dynamo’s May 2020 Advisory Board…

26.05.2020

Usually the Dynamo advisory board meets monthly on the second Monday, however May’s meeting was moved to a Tuesday to ensure we were available to attend the launch of the…

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Dynamo’s April 2020 Advisory Board…

24.04.2020

Dynamo North East normally holds the Advisory Board meeting at a different member’s office every month. It’s a great way for us to build a deeper understanding of local organisations…

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Baltic’s Apprentice of the Year:…

14.04.2020

The Apprentice of the Year competition is hands-down our favourite time of year. It’s a time to recognise and reward excellence, and to really reflect on and showcase the exciting…

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April in Lockdown

02.04.2020

Phil Jackman, 2nd April 2020 A lifetime seems to have passed by in the last few weeks, everything that we took for granted has been turned on its head. Social…

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Dynamo’s March Advisory Board Meeting

24.03.2020

Sophie Mazrekaj, 24th March 2020 This month, England’s No. 1 college Gateshead College kindly hosted the Dynamo Advisory Board meeting. First, we heard from Dawn Dunn, Dynamo’s Fintech Cluster Manager.…

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Allergen control and traceability are…

06.02.2020

Mike Chadwick, Supply Chain Consultant at Indigo Software Who could have expected Greggs’ Vegan Sausage Roll would become the iconic snack for a new generation of plant-based foodies and spawn…

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Dynamo … & Co.

30.01.2020

Dawn Dunn, 29th January 2020 The dictionary gives two very different interpretations of  “collaboration” : a) “the action of working with someone to produce something” OR b) ”traitorous cooperation with…

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Six technology enhancements being adopted…

30.01.2020

Indigo’s Chief Technology Officer, Carl Green, shares his vision for Indigo’s software development as the company enters its fifth decade as a WMS (warehouse management software) solution provider. We asked…

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A Northern Geeks trip, well,…

09.01.2020

Andrew Waite, 24th November 2019 Back in the annals of time (2011) I wrote about my first experiences at a security conference; the first UK BSides in London. To say that…

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How data science is used…

30.12.2019

Andrew Besford, Monday 30th December Data science is now seen as an important theme in virtually every industry.  Bringing together techniques from statistics, computer science and other disciplines, it promises…

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Dynamo’s December Advisory Board Meeting

16.12.2019

Sophie Mazrekaj, Monday 16th December This month, global shipping insurer North P&I kindly hosted the Dynamo Advisory Board meeting at their enviable offices overlooking the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on Newcastle’s…

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Closing the gaming skills gap…

19.11.2019

It’s widely accepted that there’s a shortage of talent in the tech sector in the region and we’re not unique in facing this problem. What does make us unique however;…

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Dynamo’s November Advisory Board Meeting

12.11.2019

Andrew Besford, Tuesday 12th November 2019 Every month we hold the Dynamo Advisory Board meeting at a different member’s office. Yesterday, Orange Bus kindly hosted our November meeting at their…

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‘Cyber Skills for App and…

28.10.2019

Cyber Skills for App and Web Developers On the 26th of September myself and two other members of tombola attended the event titled: Cyber Skills for App and Web Developers,…

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Cloud Employee, an answer to…

21.10.2019

Founder Seb Hall created Cloud Employee, as a solution to the UK tech skills gap by entering the tech talent pool in the Philippines. Izy, Marketing Manager from Tech Recruitment…

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OWASP talk September 2019: Stalk…

21.10.2019

The Open Web Application Security Project, or OWASP, is a worldwide not-for-profit charitable organization focused on improving the security of software. The mission is to make software security visible, so…

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(ISC)2 North East England Chapter…

21.10.2019

On 10th September, the (ISC)2 North East England Chapter teamed up with Dynamo North East for the second year running to take part in the #CyberFest series of events. The…

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Is this the flight of…

17.10.2019

You can decide for yourself now and for the next few weeks at PROTO, Gateshead, thanks to forward-thinking artist Charlotte Windle Mikkleborg’s collaborative project with British Airways; Fly. The fully…

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Why I joined Dynamo, by…

17.10.2019

More than five years ago now, when I was still working at Durham and involved with the North East ICT Managers’ group, we became aware of a new tech group…

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