Jill White of Andy Hanselman Consulting keeps her ear to the ground with a roundup of all the big Sheffield events for unLTD…

Normally, it’s a quieter month with not much happening other than the odd summer party here and there. However, we did manage to get out and about and find one or two little gems.

On the subject of summer parties, the Master Cutler charity garden party was all set to go ahead at Wentworth Woodhouse on 29th July, but the great British weather put paid to that! It’s now rearranged for 3rd September, so keep your fingers crossed!

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Thankfully, we were luckier at our own 3D Connect July event; the sun shone and allowed us to enjoy the outdoor rooftop at the AWRC. Our theme for the event was AI and we were treated to a wonderful insight from a first-class panel. Professor Paul Dimitri from Sheffield Children’s Hospital set the bar high with his opening presentation, ‘Redefining the Future through Child Health Technology’, which was a real eye-opener into stunning tech transformations that will make a huge difference for children’s futures – and it’s all happening here in Sheffield!

Fellow panel members Laura Cutress from Touchstone Education, Jake Bower from Resolve IT and Ryan Daniels from Hydracreative were equally as impressive sharing their own experiences of utilising AI within their own organisations on a day-to-day basis.

Dr Peter Clayton from Infini joined us virtually from his holiday cottage and gave us a whistle-stop tour of Chat GPT.  From website content to job ad creation and funding applications, he left no stone unturned. I know many of our charity members were massively impressed, and so was I. AI, here I come!

But first: gin! We were off to Locksley Distillery for our Summer Social. And what a treat lay behind those doors at Portland Works. Elliott Rose did a superb job talking us through the Locksley story and we all did an equally superb job tasting our way through the Locksley range. Thank goodness we left the car at home…

Next up was something completely different: The Adam Bradford Agency’s one year in business celebration. Not so different, you might say, as several businesses have those. Indeed they do – but not in Rwanda!

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What a privilege it was to be there, poolside with a global guestlist toasting this young Sheffield entrepreneur. Hats off to Adam and his brother Alex for all they are doing to support young people in Rwanda.

And it doesn’t stop there, as our final August happening was when 3D Connect went global! What a delight it was to connect Sheffield 3D Connect members with Rwandan start-ups and social entrepreneurs.

Early technical issues were soon overcome and it was great to hear Sheffield and Rwanda connecting and collaborating in hopefully the first of many such events.

Who said August was quiet? And already a busy September beckons. Find out all about it next time!

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