10 Nov 2016
tech event

We’re proud to be supporting Sync the City 2016!

Norwich: a digital city 

As an agency with strong links to the east of England, we’re excited to see little old Norwich carve itself out the reputation as a tech hub it deserves. This autumn sees the third annual return of Sync the City – Norwich’s first, homegrown tech startup conference and hackathon. We love to get involved with collaborative events, so we’re thrilled to announce our role as a sponsor of this year’s Sync the City event.

Sync the City is a collaboration between Sync Norwich – a regular tech meetup in the city – and the University of East Anglia. Happening on 17 – 19 November, at Norwich’s King Centre, Sync the City is a 54 hour hackathon and conference. Anyone with a streak of entrepreneurial spirit is welcome to come along, and develop an idea for a startup business. Whether you’re a designer, developer, marketer, student, or business manager, there’ll be a space on a team with your name on it.

Each team then pitches their idea to a panel of business experts, to be in with the chance of winning a share of £4k in prize money. What better way to spend 54 hours?!

There are just a few days left to get your tickets for the hackathon and startup conference – if you’re interested, you’ll have to be quick!


Who are the judges? 

Don’t worry – they’re not as ferocious as the Dragons, or Lord Sugar. This year’s Sync the City judging panel is made up of several local and national business experts, with both startup and investment experience. Here they are, in more detail:

Jacyn Heavens
Jacyn will be giving the opening keynote speech, as well as judging the startups. He founded Epos Now – an affordable, customisable POS solution, and still has 100% ownership, and 200-plus international employees.

Lauren Hine 
Startup founder, Lauren, is a graduate from Norwich’s very own UEA. She has founded two startups – Zealify and Incredibli – and successfully raised angel investment for both. She is now the international operations manager at Techstars.

Lisa Price 
Lisa has fourteen plus years’ experience in software delivery, and is passionate about building high performing teams and coaching businesses into being as great as they can possibly be.

Abhi Naha 
Abhi has twenty years’ experience in the mobile and telecommunications industry, and has founded several startups of his own in the technology sector. He is currently at Cambridge Wireless.

Cathy White 
Cathy is head of communications at Tech City UK, and has previous experience at an early-stage fund, so she is well-versed in both communications and investment funding! She is also the director of GeekGirl Meetup UK, a not-for-profit inspiring women in tech.

If you want to take part, but you’re feeling a bit unsure – don’t panic! There will also be a brilliant group of mentors on hand throughout the event to offer help and support to teams developing their pitch. These include Tom Wood, co-founder at Foolproof, Ben Taylor, CEO of Rainbird, Alex Broome, business manager at Barclays, and Tom Price, API product manager at Aviva.


What about the startup conference? 

Good question! This runs alongside the hackathon event, on Friday 18 November.

The mentors we mentioned above, plus a few more, will be delivering workshops, talks, and advice sessions, for anyone looking for advice on launching or running a startup. Topics covered will include cyber security, employment, company culture, prospecting, and scaling. Check out the full schedule here.

Tickets are available separately if you want to go to the startup conference, but you’re not too sure about the hackathon. Tickets for the 54 hour startup hackathon include access to the conference, too. Get yours here!


Why should I attend Sync the City? 

We’ve been watching the increasing success of Sync the City over the last few years, and every time it proves to be a fantastic opportunity to meet some creative, bright, and otherwise brilliant business people. There’s a great buzz as everybody pulls together to complete their team project in 54 hours and, even though it’s a competition, all involved encourage and support each other in getting to the final pitching. It’s generally just a great way to bounce ideas around with a lively group of like-minded individuals, to network and get some feedback on your business practices.

If you can’t make it, but want to keep up to date with what’s going on, follow @SyncNorwich on Twitter, or keep an eye out for the hashtag #SyncTheCity. We’ll be tweeting and sharing pictures. See you there!


Photo credit, Tim Stephenson