Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference in Bilbao, Spain – Deadline: 7 September 2019

Next November 20th and 21st, the annual Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 Conference will take place in Bilbao.

Javier Diéguez Barriocanal, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre is inviting 2 Welsh cyber companies to come and showcase their products at the event. Welsh Government has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the Basque Country with the aim of fostering closer links between our cyber ecosystems and this invitation is extended in the spirit of that MoU.

What profile they we looking for:
* European company.
* Cybersecurity technology vendor.
* Addressed to industrial control systems protection.
* Not a direct competitor of a Basque company (we’ll assess this point).

What we are offering:
* No cost for the booth, the company will only cover travel and Accommodation expenses.
* More than 100 highly digitalized industrial companies sharing the expo area with cyber companies.
* Introductions to specific kind of potential customers among our local industry.
* Introductions to potential local partners (integrators).
* Introductions to acceleration programmes and incentives for opening a branch in the region.
* Introductions to Academia and Research Institutes.

The conferences will take place over 3 days:
* Nov. 19th – Cybersecurity for Robotics international Conference. I’ll give you more info shortly, we are currently defining the contents in collaboration with several international bodies (attendance, around 100 people).
* Nov. 20th – Basque Industry 4.0 Meeting Point (attendance, around 2.500 people).
* Nov. 21st – Basque Cybersecurity Day (attendance, around 800 people).

Some side meetings are also planned during these days such as GlobalEPIC and FIRST.

Javier has asked kindly asked for details of 5-6 companies who would be interested in attending by September 7th so that they can select the most suitable and inform you by the end of September.

If they discover more than 2 acceptable companies, they will evaluate if they have room for all of them in the Expo area.

If you are interested in attending, please contact:
Neil Sandford
Business Development Manager – Cyber/Tech Inward Investment
International Relations and Trade
Welsh Government
Tel: +44 (0)7769 883253
E-mail: neil.sandford@gov.wales

BIND 4.0 Start-up Initiative Launch – Event: 23 July 2019

Representatives from the Basque Region of Spain are visiting Wales next week to launch their annual Basque Start-up initiative Bind 4.0. Last year’s edition took place in the Digital Catapult in London.

The aim of Bind 4.0 is to connect Basque manufacturing companies (both indigenous and Basque based multi-nationals) to tech start-ups from around the world who are at minimum viable product level or beyond with a view to co-developing a product or solving a problem.

This year marks the third edition of the initiative and the focus will be on the four sectors: health, advanced manufacturing, energy and food.

If successful, the programme would offer tech start-ups: a major potential future customer, finance (minimum EUR 25,000-EUR 150,000), travel and subsistence expenses as well as training and mentoring. There is no expectation that the start-up will relocate to the Basque Country.

The programme launches in July with applications from tech companies to be submitted by end September.

Please feel free to pop in to the Tramshed in Cardiff for more information:-

17.30 Welcome address. Representative from the Welsh Government
Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language
17.45 The Welsh tech start up scene. Representative from Tramshed Tech
18.00 Bind 4.0 Accelerator Programme Presentation
18.30 Roundtable discussion with Bind 4.0 participants
– Chair: Amaia Martínez, Bind 4.0 Coordinator, SPRI-Basque Country Development Agency
– Jokin Lopetegui, CAF – Partner Company
– David Greenberg, CEO EAVE – Startup
– Niammh Brannelly, Product Manager OSASEN – Startup
– Mikel Irizar, CEO of Hydromodel Host and board member of BigML
19.00 Questions & Answers
19.15 Networking & Basque tapas

The Future Space Supply Chain – Event: 21st May 2019

Aerospace Wales are delighted to offer companies the opportunity to hear direct from Airbus Defence and Space about the future space supply chain, Airbus’ plans for future activity and learn more about the opportunities to engage in the Airbus space supply chain.

The event will be run at the OpTIC Centre in St Asaphs and will also include private one-to-one sessions with members of the Airbus Space Systems team.

This industry day hosted by Aerospace Wales and Airbus Defence and Space will provide the opportunity to hear from Airbus’s Space Systems and procurement teams on the changing space environment, future systems and programme requirements across the Telecom, Earth Observation, Navigation, Science and Geo-Intelligence segments.

We will also be discussing the support available to Wales based companies, whether you are already involved on this sector or see this as an opportunity to diversify your business.  Plus there will be plenty of networking opportunities.

To register for the event, please contact derfel.jones@gov.wales as soon as possible.  One to One meeting spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis, so please don’t delay.

Exhibit at InfoSec 2019 with Welsh Government – Deadline: 21st May 2019

The Welsh Government has once again got a stand at Infosec 2019. Our involvement has been a success over the last few years, in no small part thanks to the involvement of Cyber businesses and partners in Wales.

We’re at Infosec to promote the Welsh capability in Cyber security, built around the Cyber Wales ecosystem. For us, having that ecosystem represented on the stand has been a highly effective way to promote our capability.

The stand has also provided the platform for businesses, academic and law enforcement/defence partners to exhibit at Europe’s largest Cyber event, and a springboard for some Cluster members to invest in their own stands.

The space on the stand allows members to display their printed marketing literature, meet with potential customers, run laptop presentations etc. and have product information running on our screen.

Demand for space can be high, so if you are interested can you please contact megan.andrews@gov.wales before the 21st May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line to Jonathan.Fortune@gov.wales.

Exhibit at DSEI with Welsh Government – Deadline: 24th May 2019

DSEI 2019- Tuesday 10th-Friday 13th September 2019
 
I am pleased to announce that the Welsh Government will once again be exhibiting at DSEI, at ExCel in London, 10-13 September 2019.  
 
DSEI provides access to key, high quality exhibitors and decision makers across the Air, Naval, Land and Security supply chain, alongside networking opportunities and the ability to see new technologies first hand on the show floor. 
 
We are offering Wales based companies the opportunity to participate in the show on a Wales stand to maximise the opportunities that such a global event can offer. The cost of a stand package on the Wales stand is £1,500 plus VAT, details of the package are outlined in the attached application form. 
  
If you would like to join us please complete the attached application form and return to gareth.thomas5@gov.wales by Monday 13th May 2019.
 
There is likely to be high demand for this event and applications will be judged on the strength of the business case presented, including evidence that the event fits with the business strategy, market research and the potential return on our investment.  All applicants will be notified by Friday 24th May 2019.
  
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact neil.sandford@gov.wales to discuss further.

UKRI Project Opportunities – Deadline: ASAP

Welsh Government are looking for potential projects to submit as part of UKRI Summer spending review. 
Unfortunately they are very limited guidelines available on amounts etc. It would have to be a one-off intervention/single research project.
 
Has anyone in the cluster got anything cyber security focused that might fit the criteria below.
 
UKRI have issued some guidance
 
•             Maximising the return on their investment through co-funding
•             Contributing to the target of increasing industrial R+D to 2.4% of GDP
•             A 1 off intervention  as opposed to ongoing commitment.
•             Place based
•             Aligns with the 4 grand challenge areas and align with Welsh Gov and UK Gov priorities for funding
•             We would ned to prove the case for need for funding, probably ultimately 5 case business case
•             This is not purely business funding, its more likely combination of research council type funding with some IUK .
 
If you would like to discuss this, please contact adam.wadding@gov.wales /adam.wadding@gov.cymru

G-Cloud 11 open for applications – Starts: 25 March 2019

G-Cloud 11 will open for applications on 25 March 2019.

View the provisional timetable for the framework:http://www.gov.uk/guidance/what-to-do-and-when-for-g-cloud-11

If you’re a supplier on G-Cloud 10 you must reapply to G-Cloud 11 to continue selling your services on the Digital Marketplace. Log in to your account to reapply:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/user/login

You’ll need to create a supplier account if you have never applied to sell on the Digital Marketplace and want to apply to G-Cloud 11. Create an account here:https://www.digitalmarketplace.service.gov.uk/suppliers/create/start

Thanks,
The Digital Marketplace team

SMARTCymru Business Innovation Event, Wrexham – Event: 5th March 2019

Co-Investing in Business R&D and Innovation for Sustainable Growth

Innovation is essential to the success of any business. This FREE breakfast event will help you:

*Find out how innovation can help your business grow
*Access Welsh Government support through our SMARTCymru programme
*Meet the team who will talk you through the application process
*Hear from other businesses who have benefited from our Innovation support

Register for the event here

SMARTCymru Business Innovation is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It offers financial support to Welsh businesses to help them develop, implement and commercialise new products, processes and services. The programme will co-invest in projects to help create, and build on, the capacity and capability of Welsh businesses to innovate.

Tuesday 5th March 2019 – 07:30 – 09:30
Atrium Suite, Redwither Tower, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham LL13 9XT

Mission to the Basque Cybersecurity Centre – Event: 27 May 2019

With the aim of exploring some opportunities to develop future collaboration, The Basque Cybersecurity Centre is offering the possibility to visit our ecosystem in the Basque Country during the week of May 27th.

The duration of the visit would be two days and a half, little more or less as follows:

If you are interested in joining this visit then please contact Ruth Stockley from Welsh Government on ruth.stockley@gov.wales

Suggested trip itinerary:-

Day 1 (Bizkaia Technology Park, “Barco” Building):

  • 10:30 – Arrival to Bilbao airport.
  • 11:00 – Welcoming and expectations for the visit (Welsh representatives).
  • 11:30 – Brief introduction of SPRI: Alexander Arriola, Director General of the Basque Agency for Business Development (SPRI)
  • 12:00 – We will go about the following topics:
    • Understand the innovation model and the wider ecosystem and how it operates – support offered especially to SMEs, Foreign Direct Investment? Job growth and economic development strategies?
    • Funding model of the institute/ecosystem/government support/sustainability
    • How a smaller region works with the wider government (parallels to Wales/London)
    • Speakers:
      • Aitor Cobanera: Director of Technology and Innovation (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Susana Larrea: Strategic Initiatives (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Marian Ibarrondo, Head of Invest in the Basque Country (Basque Agency for Business Development)
      • Javier Diéguez, Director of the Basque Cybersecurity Centre.
  • 14:00 – Lunch break.
  • 16:00 – Visit to Tecnalia (Reseach and Technology Organization) with two objectives:
    • Pose questions you may have on the funding model described during the morning.
    • Visit to labs.
  • 18:00 – End of the first day.
  • If you are not too tired I could organize a light dinner around 20:00.

 

Day 2 (Araba Technology Park):

  • 08:30 – Departure from Bilbao.
  • 09:30 – Visit to Business and Innovation Centre BIC-Araba
  • 11:30 – Welcome to the Basque Cybersecurity Centre (E7 Building, 46 Albert Einstein street).
  • 12:00 – Move to the Cyber Training Room.
  • 12:15 – Visit of the Cyber Training Room.
  • 12:30 – Understand the Cyber ecosystem (technical strengths and sectors) – research areas/companies and possible opportunities for collaboration
    • Speaker: Raúl Orduna. Vicomtech RTO brief presentation.
    • Speaker: David González. Ikerlan RTO brief presentation.
    • Speaker: Ekhine Irurozki. Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (BCAM) brief presentation.
  • 14:00 – Lunch break
  • 15:30 – Trip back to Bilbao
  • 17:00 – Drop-off at the hotel and free time.
  • 18:00 – Private visit to the Guggenheim Museum (in English).
  • 20:30 – Dinner

 

Day 3 (Bilbao):

  • 8:30 – Meet at the Hotel lobby
  • 9:00 – Zorrozaurre Innovation Island Project
    • Speaker: Estíbaliz Luengo, Head of Internationalization (Bilbao Council)
    • Speaker: Ixone Soroa, Head of Invest in Bilbao (Bilbao Council)
  • 11:30 – Presentation of universities and their activity around Cybersecurity at University of Deusto Campus:
    • Speaker: Pablo Garcia-Bringas (University of Deusto)
    • Speaker: Jasone Astorga (University of the Basque Country)
    • Speaker: Urko Zurutuza (University of Mondragon)
  • 13:00 – Wrap-up, clarifications and next steps.
  • 13:30 – Lunch break.
  • 15:30 – Transfer to the airport.

TARIAN Wales Cyber Safety Bus Tour – Events: 4th March to the 31st March

The TARIAN Individual & Business Protect Team’s month long bus tour approaches very fast….March 4th to March 28th.

The launch is on the 4th March 12 Midday at The Welsh Assembly. We have speeches from DCC Pam KELLY [Gwent Police], a Welsh Assembly minister and Paul Chichester [Operations Director NCSC]

We will be running the days along the lines of early afternoons will be drop in [bus] personal protect advice with the general public, and late afternoons into early evenings more business focused. We will run our protect presentations, table top cyber resilience exercising, hopefully some basic hacking demos. We will use the wrapped bus for a base in daytime / afternoon as we have facilities on board for presentations and small table top exercising. We will have separate rooms made available in various towns everyday as well if required. We will advertise via Eventbrite, and in some locations move the bus to more industrial areas in the late afternoons.

We would like the cluster to assist with Cyber Essentials promotion at the locations/events with a brief talk or just be available for businesses to discuss following our presentations. We have to be careful with promotion/sales as this is government funded/police led, but seems daft not to try and come up with a solution so a business can immediately start down the Cyber Essentials accreditation when its fresh in their minds?

On certain days, we will also have guest speakers from the NCSC and NFIB [City of London Police / Action Fraud] coming as well.

If any Cluster members can come along to any of the stops, we would be very grateful.

Here are the dates:-

Date Time Local Authority Area Location
Monday 4th March 2019 10:00 – 18:00 Cardiff Bay (LAUNCH EVENT) Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay
Tuesday 5th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Newport Newport Leisure Centre, 1 Kingsway, Newport, NP20 1UH
Wednesday 6th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Caerphilly Caerphilly Council Offices, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7PG
Wednesday 6th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Cwmbran Woodland Road Sports & Social Centre, Woodland Road, Cwmbran, NP44 2DZ
Thursday 7th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Builth Wells Groe Car Park, Strand Road, Builth Wells, LD2 3BL
Thursday 7th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Welshpool Welshpool High Street (o/s Natwest), Welshpool, SY21 7JF
Friday 8th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Mold Mold High Street
Friday 8th March 2019 14:00 – 17:00 Wrexham Queens Square, Wrexham
Monday 11th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Llangollen Market Street Car Park, Llangollen, LL20 8PS
Monday 11th March 2019 14:00 – 17:30 Rhyl Main High Street, Rhyl
Tuesday 12th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Conway Station Road, Colwyn Bay
Tuesday 12th March 2019 14:30 – 17:30 Conway Seaview Road, Llandudno
Wednesday 13th March 2019 12:00 – 15:00 Anglesey MSparc, Menai Science Park, Gaerwen, LL60 6AR
Wednesday 13th March 2019 16:00 – 19:00 Anglesey Morrisons Holyhead, Penrhos, Holyhead, LL65 2UQ
Thursday 14th March 2019 10:00 – 13:00 Gwynedd Castle Square, Caernarfon
Thursday 14th March 2019 14:30 – 17:30 Gwynedd near the Clock Tower, High Street, Bangor
Friday 15th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Aberystwyth TJ Davies, Jewellers, 11-13 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2JH
Monday 18th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Milford Haven Milford Haven, Port Authority, Gorsewood Drive, SA73 3EP
Monday 18th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire County, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP
Tuesday 19th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Carmarthen St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen St. Catherine Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1GA
Wednesday 20th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Swansea Plymouth Street, Outside Wilkinsons, Plymouth Street, Swansea, Swansea, SA1 3QF
Thursday 21st March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Neath TBC
Thursday 21st March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Port Talbot O/S M3 Centre Square Aberafan Shopping Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PB
Friday 22nd March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Bridgend O/S HSBC Dunraven Place, Bridgend, CF31 1JB
Monday 25th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Barry King Square, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4RW
Tuesday 26th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Pontypridd Mill Street, Pontypridd, CF37 2SN
Wednesday 27th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Merthyr Merthyr Council Offices, Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN
Thursday 28th March 2019 12:00 – 15:30 Chepstow Dell View Car Park, Chepstow, NP16 5EL
Thursday 28th March 2019 16:30 – 20:00 Ebbw Vale Ebbw Vale Council Offices, Municipal Offices Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, NP23 6XB
Friday 29th March 2019 12:00 – 20:00 Cardiff TBC