Creative cohort partners and sponsor

Providing support and guidance to the startups in the creative cohort

BBC Northern Ireland

Partner

Digital Catapult’s work with BBC Northern Ireland helps to effectively explore opportunities for innovation - something that is at the heart of the Rewind archive project. Engaging with the MI Garage cohort encourages an exciting exchange of ideas and marks the latest collaboration facilitated by the memorandum of understanding between BBC Northern Ireland and Digital Catapult Northern Ireland.

Lewis Silkin

Partner

In today’s world, the only constant is change. There is no such thing as business as usual.

Lewis Silkin knows that wherever there is change, there are possibilities.

Our firm of legal and business advisors have a distinctive focus on meeting the needs of the creative industries and innovation-driven businesses.

We understand ideas come in many shapes and sizes. From new products and business models, creative pitches and novel sponsorships agreements, through to core intellectual property, data optimisation or the unique commercial contracts that underpin them. Whatever the ideas, our integrated 360 degree offering provides the specialist expertise clients need to help them and their companies build them into corporate strategies to support and drive key business goals, creating tangible value from your intangible assets.
We deliver practical advice and real commercial insight in a refreshing and straight-forward manner, from trademarks to tax, disputes to data protection, contracts to corporate deals, and partnerships to property.
Whatever the challenge or opportunity that lies ahead, we look forward to helping shape the possibilities.

Cloud compute partner

Delivering leading cloud compute power

Amazon Web Services

Partner

At Amazon, we’ve been investing deeply in artificial intelligence for over 20 years. Machine learning (ML) algorithms drive many of our internal systems. It’s also core to the capabilities our customers experience – from the path optimization in our fulfillment centers, and Amazon.com’s recommendations engine, to Echo powered by Alexa, our drone initiative Prime Air, and our new retail experience Amazon Go. This is just the beginning. Our mission is to share our learnings and ML capabilities as fully managed services, and put them into the hands of every developer and data scientist.

Hardware and HPC partners

Offering access to cutting edge hardware and high performance compute (HPC) facilities

Graphcore

Partner

Graphcore is a semiconductor company that develops accelerators for AI and machine learning and has created a completely new processor, the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), specifically designed for machine intelligence. The IPU’s unique architecture means developers can run current machine learning models orders of magnitude faster. More importantly, it lets AI researchers undertake entirely new types of work that until now were deemed unachievable using current technologies. This new work is intended to drive the next great breakthroughs in general machine intelligence.

The company believes that their IPU technology will become the worldwide standard for machine intelligence compute. The performance of their IPU is going to be transformative across all industries and sectors regardless of whether they are engaged in medical research, robotics or the building of autonomous cars.

NVIDIA

Partner

NVIDIA is a computing company headquartered in Silicon Valley. In 1999, it invented the graphics processing unit (GPU). The GPU started out as an engine for creating 3D graphics in video games and movies. Since then, it’s been adopted for a range of computing tasks that require large amounts of information to be processed in parallel, including a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning.

Today, NVIDIA’s GPU computing platform is used by researchers, startups and businesses worldwide to simulate human intelligence – bringing AI to consumer and enterprise applications and enabling scientific breakthroughs. GPUs act as the brain of computers, robots and autonomous cars that can perceive and understand the world.

In 2017, NVIDIA was ranked #1 in MIT Review’s list of the world’s 50 Smartest Companies, and NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang was named Fortune Magazine’s Businessperson of the Year.

SpiNNaker

Partner

SpiNNaker is a human brain-inspired hardware platform. It’s one of the first examples of the emerging field of neuromorphic computing, where the architecture of hardware platforms is inspired by that of the brain, and which aim to address the dual goals of understanding brain function and improving the design of intelligent machines.

SpiNNAker has been 20 years in conception and 10 years in construction. This half-million (soon to be a full million) core machine occupies a dozen 19 inch rack cabinets in a specially-built room in the Kilburn Building at the University of Manchester and is available to anyone requesting to run a large-scale real-time brain modelling simulation. Additional, smaller SpiNNaker systems are sold or loaned to other companies and research groups around the world.

EPCC

Partner

EPCC is one of Europe’s premier HPC centres and was founded in 1990. Since its inception, the centre has acted as a focal point for expertise in high performance and novel computing, and more recently in Big Data and High Performance Data Analytics (HPDA).

EPCC is built on three key foundations:
The hosting, provision and management of high performance computing (HPC) and data facilities for British and European academia and business
Research and consultancy to support the computing activities of those organisations.
A unique project-based consultancy activity that provides bespoke novel and high performance software solutions to academia, industry and commerce.

Its staff of over 80 experts provides a range of software development and training services with an increasing focus on large scale data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.

Hartree Centre

Partner

Hartree Centre is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council and has over 50 years of experience in working with a diverse range of end users in the scientific community. The centre helps scientists embrace High Performance Computing in order to get the maximum value from the data that they create. It was established to make these skills and facilities available for the business community and is set up to support business users who wish to embrace their specialist computing resources particularly in the area of “Big Data”. This has rapidly evolved into focus areas of Deep / Machine learning, Natural Language Processing and other areas of Data Science including Cognitive Computing.

The centre has a set of world-class and diverse computing architectures that can be utilised in various ways, plus their teams can provide hands on support to help new users embrace HPC or work with more experienced users to tailor access specific to their needs.

Partners and sponsors

Providing startups with the knowledge, expertise and connections

Cap AI

Partner

CAP-AI is London’s first A.I. enabling programme focused on stimulating growth in London’s A.I. cluster. Together with Digital Catapult’s Machine Intelligence Garage, CAP-AI also offers opportunities for SME’s to gain top academic talent, straight from the UK’s leading universities and collaborate or research projects specific to the needs of the company, in order to help you grow.
CAP-AI powers research through:

KEEP Programme: Looking to hire an AI expert to move your company forward? The CAP-AI KEEP programme will help you to define your research area, then find and match you to the most suitable candidate for the role. We also part-fund the salary cost so you can pay a decent wage for the best talent.

Innovation Internships / Research Collaborations: Got a 12+ week project you would like a post-grad / post -MSc summer intern or MSc dissertation student to focus on? We fund internship costs and match you with candidates with relevant expertise.

Thales

Partner

Thales customers come with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep them safer. Thales combines a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, its architects design and delivering of extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, Thales helps its customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016.

Analog Devices

Partner

Arrow Electronics in conjunction with Analog Devices partners with customers to Instrument the Future. Leveraging industry-leading capabilities, we enable technological advances, further scientific discovery, and improve quality of life. ADI delivers complete solutions from antenna-to-bits and measurement-to-information. Advances in wireless communication technology, autonomous vehicles, human-machine interfaces and cloud-connected sensors that help form the Internet of Things (IoT) are all driving the demand for faster and more precise measurement.

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