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Emily Trafford

Emily Trafford

Communications Assistant

Emily enjoys reading, baking and listening to podcasts. Other interests include urban walks and Instagram accounts run by dogs.

Leeds Hack and Student Hack VI in Review

April was a bumper month for the North’s hacking scene. We had the pleasure of sponsoring the best in show prizes at both Leeds Hack and Student Hack VI, with our Chief Exec. Craig Dean taking on the responsibilities of head judge. Leeds Hack was our first ever hackathon outside of Manchester, and it certainly…

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Diversity and the IT Industry

The lack of diversity in the tech industry isn’t a new problem. The reasons behind it are regularly debated, and include issues such workplace culture, discrimination and who exists in the pool of qualified candidates (and who doesn’t). Yet in recent years, the conversation has evolved, and it’s now a regular feature of tech conference…

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In Praise of the Raspberry Pi

We love the Raspberry Pi. This small, single-board computer roughly the size of a credit card may not look impressive at first sight, but its value in demystifying the world of computer programming cannot be underestimated. The best thing – particularly for me – is that you don’t need to be a software engineer to…

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Training the Trainer

Our company culture has a strong emphasis on learning in all its forms. For this reason, everyone in the company attends training sessions to improve their skills. As much of this training is in-house, we all need to be prepared to deliver training to our peers. Earlier this month, we invited an instructor from The…

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Business vs. Company

We regularly visit local universities to give guest lectures and run workshops on everything from getting a career in IT to what makes for good digital innovation. At the end of last year, we headed to the University of Salford, where our Chief Exec Craig delivered a lecture to Business and Finance students on the…

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A Sirius-ly Good Webbie Christmas!

The Christmas party is the biggest event in our social calendar. This year, we were lucky enough to secure a truly iconic venue – Manchester town hall – before it closes for six years for a £330m refurbishment project. Walking up the grand staircase to the drinks reception area with its bee mosaic floor, we…

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The 2017 Webbie Awards

Each year, we have the opportunity to nominate and vote for our colleagues in the prestigious and highly contested Webbie Awards. With the winners announced at the Christmas party, the awards are a great chance to recognise everybody’s hard work and reward those that have done an especially good job. This year’s awards ceremony also allowed us…

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Change Management Training with the Hallé Orchestra

We take learning and development very seriously. This year, we were proud to receive the Princess Royal Training Award in recognition of our in-house training programme for industrial placement students. In addition, our software engineers attend and run development sessions every Friday afternoon, and members of all teams have the opportunity to attend conferences and…

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Careers Fairs

Over the next few months, we will be attending a number of careers events. These are great opportunities for us to meet future developers in our community and to speak to them about why they should consider a career at Web Apps. The events are also a good chance for students to find out more…

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Getting Oldham’s Digital Perspective

This year our Chief Executive, Craig Dean, joined the Oldham Economy and Skills Partnership (OESP) alongside Jo Taylor of Capita Translation & Interpreting and Andy Powell of Hack Oldham. The OESP, convened by Oldham Council, aims to improve the relationship between policymakers and local businesses. Business leaders from each sector have been engaged to ensure…

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