News | Round-up July 17

E-scooters launch in Middlesbrough 

The UK’s first e-scooters set off in the Tees Valley this week. 

Selected as the region to give the trial a test ride, Middlesbrough will see 50 e-scooters available to hire. 

Over the next 12 months 500 e-scooters will be available to go on the roads as a plan to offer a cost effective, environmentally friendly alternative to public transport in the light of the coronavirus pandemic as well as ease for the people of ‘Boro to get around. 

Costing £2 for a 20 minute ride the scooters are available in Middlesbrough Centre Square with charging points in Linthorpe Village, Middlesbrough Bus Station and Riverside Park. 

Fancy e-scoot’ing your way from Pie Jackers to Boho X anyone? 

‘Boro-born tech company lands $2.65bn acquisition 

Middlesbrough-born tech company, Postmates, has recently landed a $2.65bn acquisition. 

Now based in San Francisco, California, the company originally started in 2010 on an acceleration bootcamp right here in Middlesbrough. 

A success story for the North East, once known as, the tech company now offers local delivery of restaurant prepared meals and has recent been bought by Uber for $2.65bn. 

What a story to kick the weekend off ey? 

You can find out more here. 


Apple updates coding programmes and resources 

Apple has announced a new set of tools to help educators teach coding to students from school to university. 

In addition to significant enhancements to the Develop in Swift and Everyone Can Code curricula, Apple is also starting a new professional learning course for Develop in Swift, available to educators at no cost. 

The course is designed to supplement the need for computer science educators and helps instructors of all skill levels build foundational knowledge to teach app development with Swift. 

In addition, with many institutions operating remotely, Apple is adding resources for educators and parents to help ensure they have the tools they need to help students learn and grow from anywhere. 


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