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How Salpo dared to be different at MAD//Fest London

Wow. What just happened? MAD//Fest, that’s what. Last week’s (13-14 November) marketing, advertising and disruption festival promised much, to deliver a truly unique experience and a departure from the usual fare. It didn’t disappoint.

With the much touted tagline ‘Dare to be Different’ and companion rebel sheep imagery, MAD//Fest set the scene for an event like no other. And while some elements were familiar – brands buying, services selling, speakers…um…speaking – everything felt very different.

First-up, the venue. Old Truman Brewery is one of London’s largest pieces of real estate, in East London’s Shoreditch; an uber-cool area with a vibe all of its own. Inside, think raw industrial loft-like space, with exposed brick and ductwork, concrete floors, high ceilings – you get the picture.

And this environment was conducive to mixing, naturally. Lots of picnic-style tables, cafes, two large bars and plenty of mingle space. Notably absent, the usual proliferation of in-your-face exhibition stands, creating instant division between buyers and sellers. On the contrary, MAD//Fest felt far more collaborative. More organic.

Add to that, exceptional content quality, with talks split across four stages with some top-notch brand representation plus celebrities from the world of business, sport and entertainment, imparting nuggets of knowledge. Check out the lineup and agenda for details. And prepare to be envious.

Last but not least, the people. With a 90/10% buyer/seller ratio and plenty of big brand representation, this was a dream scenario for us and anyone seeking new clients and partners. We made some great connections during the show, many via the MAD//Fest app and more through our own devices, literally.

So, how do you stand out at an event with a mantra that effectively means ‘stand out’? One word: moustaches. Two more words: on women. We were already doing Movember collectively as a company, so we figured it made sense to carry this theme through to MAD//Fest, especially with the moustache-friendly hipster vibe of Shoreditch. We hatched a plan.

We launched the Salpo £10K GoldenTache Giveaway – quite a mouthful, and quite a prize, with £10,000 towards developing an app or custom software idea for the winner. We also gave out moustache-related prizes at the show and will make a Movember donation for every entry received. This gave us carte blanche to spread the moustache love at MAD//Fest and people happily lapped it up.

Our giveaway goes on until 30 November, so head over to our GoldenTache Giveaway page to learn more and enter. We’d be extremely grateful if you could also please support our fundraising efforts on our Salpo GoldenTache Movember Team page – thank you!

We’ll definitely attend again next year and maybe next summer’s MAD//Picnic too. See the website for details. Finally, some thanks – to the MAD//Fest guys for hosting such an awesome event and to all the wonderful people we met and got to know at the show. Here are a few more pics to give you a flavour of the event…

 

 

Salpo named finalists in 2019 Go Tech Awards

More great news – we’ve been selected as finalists in the 2019 Go:Tech Awards, in the Best Use of Big Data category!

This is a fantastic achievement as competition was fierce, with over 150 entries for this year’s awards. And it’s recognition for our amazing team of developers, who consistently produce outstanding work for our clients.

The Go:Tech Awards celebrate ‘the UK’s tech pioneers and innovators’ and culminate in a presentation evening at The Harbour Hotel, Bristol, on 21 November.

 

Specifically, we’ve been selected for our work on a recent and ongoing big data project for Acuris Risk Intelligence – click to read more about the project.

We’re in impressive company, with some far bigger brands making up the list of finalists. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those fellow finalists who, like us, are constantly striving to push the boundaries within a rapidly evolving tech industry.

Thanks also to the Go:Tech Awards judges for picking Salpo and appreciating the work we do.  See the full finalist lineup, on the Go:Tech Awards website.

Salpo shortlisted for 2019 Gloucestershire Business Awards

Fantastic news! We’re finalists in the 2019 Gloucestershire Business Awards, shortlisted alongside fellow local businesses for the Business Innovation award.

Impressively (we think) this is the third consecutive year we’ve made the finals! This year’s black-tie awards ceremony and dinner will again be held at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday, 10 October.

We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate all our fellow finalists, representing the vibrant Gloucestershire business community. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you all at the awards ceremony.

Thanks also to the Gloucestershire Business Awards judges for picking Salpo and recognising our commitment to innovation, in our software development, our commitment to clients and our company culture.

See a full list of finalists, on the Gloucestershire Business Awards website.

Salpo shortlisted for Gloucestershire Business Awards

We’re proud to share that Salpo Technologies has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Gloucestershire Business Awards!

A panel of judges made the decision earlier this week, awarding Salpo one of three finalist spots in the Business Innovation category,, sponsored by the University of Gloucestershire.

This is the second consecutive year we’ve made the finals. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse on 11 October.

It should be a special evening – a black tie affair, with 3-course dinner and entertainment for all the finalists, including some of the county’s largest and most progressive companies.

The Gloucestershire Business Awards have been running for more than 21 years, providing a platform for companies to share their success stories with a regional and national audience.

We’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate our fellow finalists. We wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing you all at the awards ceremony.

Oh, and thanks to the Gloucestershire Business Awards judges for picking Salpo and recognising our commitment to innovation, in our software and our company culture.

See a full list of finalists, on the Gloucestershire Business Awards website.