News | Round-up July 3

Tees Tech Awards announce shortlists 

The Tees Tech Awards have begun announcing shortlists for a variety of categories this week. 

If you’ve been keeping up with your Twitter feed you will have seen some of Teesside’s announced across a variety of categories. 

There are still three shortlists to be revealed and with more than 90 entries received in total the panel of sponsors have been hard at work deciding on the shortlists. 

Congratulations everyone, you’re smashing it! 

The awards are to be held on 20 August and broadcasted live on Youtube. 

You can find out more about the Tees Tech Awards here or over on @Tees_Business. 


The UK Tech Cluster Group’s Road to Recovery summit 

The UK Tech Cluster Group, TCG held a Recovery Roadmap Summit earlier this week to plan the public sectors response to Covid-19 utilising tech and start-up communities across the UK. 

The event considered ways that we can all come together to recover and reboot, with a particular focus on how the tech sector can support its local communities. 

Plans were outlined for a new and ambitious digital strategy set to launch this autumn. The strategy will help the UK make the most of the opportunities available and reflect the needs of tech companies and grassroots communities. 

DigitalCity is asking for digital businesses in the Tees Valley to come forward with any thoughts or suggestions you would like to share with the UK Tech Cluster Group. 

Director of DigitalCity, Lynsey Robinson took part in a panel discussion with Software City CEO and Chair of the UK Tech Cluster Group, David Dunn and CEO of PUBLIC, Daniel Korski. The trio discussed economic growth and digital adoption, including ways in which central and local government can support digital companies at this crucial time. 


Nasa launches challenge to find way for astronauts to poo on the Moon 

This week over on Hyper Hunter Jonny published a story that was so out there it just had to be in this week’s Digital Teesside News. 

NASA is calling on the world to submit their novel design concepts for compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity.  

These designs may be adapted for use in the Artemis lunar landers that take humanity back to the Moon. 

Although space toilets already exist and are in use (on the International Space Station, for example), they are designed for microgravity only. 

NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. 

The challenge will award $35,000 in prizes to the authors of the three most compelling design concepts. 

In addition to the awards, design winners will have the opportunity to talk directly with NASA engineers about their proposed toilet designs. 

You can read more here. 

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