Hello Soda named one of BQs Innovation 100!

BQ and the Business Growth Hub have launched the Innovation 100, recognising some of Greater Manchester’s most innovative businesses, including Hello Soda, alongside other dynamic and disruptive businesses such as Apadmi, Response Tap, and Code Nation.

An even greater recognition was being identified by the panel as one of the 10 firms that are “making the greatest business impacts with their innovation and are wonderfully diverse” with an “extraordinary ability to innovate”.

We are very honoured to be included in this list and view it as continued recognition and support for our efforts and achievements in the tech space. Our ability to innovate and our determination and creativity as a business is what has allowed us to grow to the international disrupter we are now, and we will continue to innovate far beyond 2018.

Across Greater Manchester alone, Innovate UK has provided funding for over 600 innovation projects since 2004 and the North West is home to a highly innovative business community that are contributing to new discoveries every day.

BQ’s Bryan Hoare said: “We’re delighted to give companies the chance to see some recognition for the hard work they put into innovation in their businesses.

“Innovation is the key to unlocking future growth, job creation and prosperity for the region, and what these businesses are already doing is incredibly impressive in lots of ways.”

Chris Greenhalgh, head of innovation at Business Growth Hub, said: “It’s our aim with Innovation100 to raise the profile of those businesses innovating in different ways, inspiring others to innovate and achieve growth.”

“What the Innovation100 companies underline is that while innovation can often be related to products, it can also apply to developing disruptive business models, applying new processes and delivering new services. Innovation is across many different facets of business, across different sectors and different sizes of companies.”

View the full report here…

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Prolific North include Hello Soda in their Top 30 tech companies to watch

November saw Prolific North release their Tech 100, a list compiled in association with Manchester Tech Trust and RSM highlighting some of the biggest tech companies based in the North of England.

In addition to this, they released a further list on December 1st detailing the 30 northern tech companies they deemed worth watching.

The Top 30 to Watch list showcases fast-growing, disruptive tech businesses on the cusp of innovation, all of which have ambitious growth plans for the upcoming year. With some – including Hello Soda – having recently secured private equity investment to fast-track their expansion, this list focuses on the most promising young tech companies in the north.

Take a look at the top 30 here

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Cracking down on the dark web trade

Two big players in the dark web have just been shut down as reported by the BBC.

The two sites – AlphaBay and Hansa – have been associated with trading illicit items including drugs, weapons, and stolen data leaving millions at risk of fraud.

What is the dark web?

The Dark Web (which can also be referred to as “The Deep Web” or “The Invisible Web”) makes up at least 85% of the internet, with some sources stating that traditional search engines only see 0.03% of the entire web.

Originally launched by the US Naval Research Laboratory in 2003, The Dark Web was created with intentions to use it for secret services, law enforcement, and to train political dissidents in countries with oppressive governments. Additionally, journalists in heavily censored countries could use it to communicate and exchange information.

The Dark Web requires specific software, configurations, or authorisation to access in order to ensure complete anonymity, and transactions are made using untraceable currencies such as bitcoin.

 

The Dangers of the Dark Web

Despite its original purpose, The Dark Web is mostly used for illicit trade including buying and selling Fake IDs and visas, stolen credit cards, weapons, drugs, child pornography, and even the services of hit men, all with hidden IP addresses of both hosting sites, and visitors e.g. Silk Road.

Cybercriminals are willing to pay good money for stolen data, making the Dark Web a huge target for illegal activity and giving people easy access to commit ID and credit card fraud through the untraceable internet.

 

Our Solution

Our solution, Fraud Web, enables you to see whether your customers’ data is for sale on The Dark Web, and which data is at risk. This means that you can identify whether a criminal could potentially access your customer’s data and know if your customer has fallen victim to ID fraud.

With Fraud Web, you will receive high, medium, and low risk alerts surrounding the likelihood of ID theft so that you can quickly and efficiently identify fraud and alert your customers.

 

The average cost of a single stolen data record for any business is $154.

Can you afford the risk?

Get in touch to find out more or book your free demo

 

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SXSW, Dancing Robots & AI

As our first event in our second ‘home town’ Austin, SXSW 2017 was – in a word – incredible. The trade show was like a glimpse into the future, the city was like walking through a different film set around each corner, there was a continuous soundtrack to each day thanks to the hundreds of artists and bands, and the nightlife was non-stop. Let’s break it down…

The SXSW 2017 Trade Show

The SXSW 2017 Trade Show was the most diverse exhibition event we have experienced at Hello Soda. With running themes being AI, VR and robotics, there was no shortage of interesting and engaging innovations to experience (yes that is an actual robot dancing to Brazilian music!)

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Situated in the International Pavilion opposite the Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Manchester stands, we were proud to represent the United Kingdom (particularly the Northern Powerhouse) as an international, fast-growing tech business. Here’s a picture of our Head of Analytics, Consultancy and Solutions Leanne testing out their VR headsets…Innovation IS Great!

Sticking to the buzz around AI at the trade show, we offered an Anki Cozmo (a little robot powered by advanced artificial intelligence technology) as a prize for our draw. Congratulations to our winner Tom Edwards from Epsilon!

 

So where did Hello Soda fit into all of this?

Businesses from around the world flocked to the trade show to discover new technologies to help with the problems they are facing in the digital age. Luckily Hello Soda offer solutions to a lot of these challenges and, in particular, the wide range of advanced techniques we utilise in our software solutions including Natural Language Processing, Psycholinguistics and Bayesian Belief Networks seemed to be on the top of most peoples’ lists to find out more about in order to improve their business processes.

If you would like to find out more about our software, its applications, or the techniques used to derive insight, get in touch or visit the website

 

The city during South By

Finally, one of the best aspects of being in Austin during the busiest time of year is that the entire city transforms into a work of art. From a pop-up Los Pollos Hermanos (the infamous fast-food joint from Breaking Bad) to guitars in the street, we saw it all.

 

 

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