Leading software developer, based at Adastral Park, inspires over 100 students, innovators and business owners
For the fourth year running, Coderus actively set out to inspire East Anglia’s tech talent by linking local innovation with the latest developments from the Google community.
The only event of its kind in the region, the Coderus Google I/O is sponsored by Tech East and BT, in association with the tech cluster, Innovation Martlesham.
Using the Google I/O Live Stream as a springboard, Coderus invited delegates to immerse themselves in exciting tech developments before moving to the John Bray Lecture Theatre at Adastral Park to watch the annual conference, streamed live from Mountain View, California.
Pictured (l-r): Panellists James Giles (Biddable Solutions), Nicky Daniels (Innovation Martlesham), Mark Thomas (Coderus), Mohamed Abdel-Maguid (University of Suffolk).
Doors opened at 16:30 where Coderus developers provided enthusiastic demonstrations of embedded technology to the audience. “These demos show just a few ways that we’re able to provide high quality software, as well as our ability to work with a wide range of hardware and embedded devices,” said Mark Thomas, CEO for Coderus.
Below: Demo “Smart mirror”: shows live weather and traffic information, as well as live streamed snippets from social channels
Bellow: Demo “Smart doorbell”: shows how Android Things enables development of embedded applications which can take advantage of all of Android, Google's and many other libraries to build powerful applications.
Embedded tech in action: this sphero, programmed by the students at the Royal Hospital School, makes its way around the school and measures noise levels in different areas.
Staff and students from The University of Suffolk and the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
Also demonstrating was University of Suffolk’s Chris Janes, course leader for Computer Games Programming. He was accompanied by course graduate Tom Andrews who showcased his AR (Augmented Reality) app, which uses gamification techniques to help children correctly administer medication via their asthma inhalers.
Coderus is passionate about helping even the youngest school children gain access to tech and is an active supporter of charitable foundation, the Creative Computing Club. Its founder, Matthew Applegate, brought along nine children from around the Ipswich area to the event to inspire them to turn their learning into a career.
Matthew said: “There is still a preconception among young people that they need to go to London or Silicon Valley to get a job in tech. What’s so great about the Coderus event is that it shows these young people the kinds of jobs that they can get into, right here on their doorstep.”
It’s a theme echoed by event sponsor Morag McInnes, Economic Development Officer for the East Suffolk Council whose mission is to engage more students at both GCSE and A Level into tech. Morag said “The Coderus Google I/O event is a real eye-opener. It’s just great to see so many young people here.”
Business Partners and Innovation Martlesham
There was also a strong business presence at the event with representatives from Biddable Solutions, Matt Porter Web Design and Ambient Light also exhibiting.
Panellist James Giles, of PPC solutions provider Biddable Solutions – which makes use of the Google Adwords paid search platform said: “As a Google partner, we are naturally very interested to see what new developments can bring to the table in terms of supporting our customers and growing their online revenues.”
All three firms are members of the Innovation Martlesham tech cluster, headed by Nicky Daniels. Nicky – also a panellist prior to the opening of the live stream – said: “It was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic and inspired faces attend the Google I/O yesterday.”
“Innovation Martlesham is dedicated to providing support to growing companies, and we hope that events like this will encourage the next generation to join established companies like Coderus here in the tech cluster as we collaborate and innovate together.”
Lisa Perkins, Director, Research and Innovation for BT, said: “Coderus is an innovative and leading-edge software development company whom we are very proud to have as part of our tech cluster here at Adastral Park. It has been a pleasure to see them grow, and we were delighted to be able to assist with their running of the Google I/O live stream event. I look forward to seeing more such events and opportunities realised at the Park.”
For more information about Coderus, please visit www.coderus.com
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