The #EdAppathon team are grateful to HSL for providing an excellent prize of 5 iPads to the best Edinburgh Appathon team.
HSL (Hay Systems Ltd) is a provider of mobile messaging services, infrastructure vendor and independent mobile network operator. HSL's focus is on the quality and reliability of its services and products through the strong technical emphasis of the company.
HSL was formed in Edinburgh in 1999 and has evolved into an infrastructure vendor and mobile operator having originally been established as an SMS gateway service provider. SMS remains a core activity through the Mobile Messaging division. The Mobile Networks division of HSL provides other mobile services and develops network elements.
Informatics Ventures was established to nurture Scottish entrepreneurial talent and fuel innovation in our high tech sector. Our mission is to inspire and develop globally ambitious software start-ups across Scotland. Informatics Ventures connects high tech entrepreneurs and investors with the next generation of innovators, bringing together the people in business, academia and government who are passionate about creating software and web companies. Our networking and showcase events build links and share ideas between the people who are passionate about creating software and web companies.
The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, supported by the Scottish Funding Council research pooling programme, brings together researchers from universities across Scotland making it one of the largest, top-quality, research clusters in ICS in the world. SICSA is involved in virtually all areas of computer science and informatics from low-level hardware design, through networking and middleware, to wetware, artificial intelligence, human computer interaction and social informatics. We are world leaders in both theoretical and practical aspects of these disciplines and work closely with industry and government to exploit this know-how and technology.
The Open Innovation Project is a three year, multi-million euro initiative that promotes understanding and implementation of Open Innovation principles by businesses, universities, and communities throughout north-west Europe.
The project receives European Regional Development Funding through INTERREG IVB.
CompSoc is Edinburgh University’s best (and only) computing society. Whether you’re a geek, a wannabe geek, or not a geek (but for some strange reason like to hang around with them), CompSoc is for you. We’re primarily made up of students from the School of Informatics, but welcome members from any part of the University. If you are in Informatics, and see a group of people hanging out in ATL3 then it’s probably us, so come say hi!"
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NESTA is the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - an independent body with a mission to make the UK more innovative. Our endowment status means we operate at no cost to the UK taxpayer. We invest in early-stage companies, inform policy, and deliver practical programmes that inspire others to solve the big challenges of the future. NESTA does not work alone. Our success depends on the strength of the partnerships we form with innovators, policymakers, community organisations, educators and other investors. We bring the best ideas, new flows of capital and talented people together, and encourage others to develop them further.
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. We aim to have a positive impact on businesses and markets, as well as on society as a whole. Our 141,000 people are the foundation of our success. We assemble the right multi-disciplinary team for your business, drawing on our global network of professionals. Working with you in a collaborative style, we gain a clear understanding of your organisation and strive to identify issues before they become problems. You get the people you need, wherever in the world you need them, backed up by leading practices, methodologies and tools.
LinkedIn started out in the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002. The site officially launched on May 5, 2003. At the end of the first month in operation, LinkedIn had a total of 4,500 members in the network. Roughly one million new members join LinkedIn every week, at a rate equivalent to a professional joining the site faster than one member per second. The company is publicly held and has a diversified business model with revenues coming from user subscrip- tions, advertising sales and hiring solutions.
Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called "Back- Rub" that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998, they had formalised their work, creat- ing the company that you know today as Google.