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Scotland’s premier business competition is back for 2014, with a top prize of £60,000!

Converge Challenge brings together the most ambitious and creative thinkers from academia, research and business. Open to staff and students at all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes, we work with any industry sector, product or service-based ideas at any stage of the development.

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The Open Data group hosted a panel debate on Friday on the theme of 'Open Data in Government, Innovation and Research'. The panelists were:

- Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE Chair, Royal Society Policy Report on 'Science as an Open Enterprise'
- David Carr Policy Adviser, The Wellcome Trust
- William St. Clair FBA, FRSL Author of 'The Political Economy of Reading' and chairman of Open Book Publishers
- Roger Halliday Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government
- Donald Taylor Lead Software Specialist at Selex ES

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Young Academy Member Nigel Eccles, co-founder and CEO of FanDuel, recently picked up the Developing Entrepreneur Award at the third annual ITC Enterprise Awards. The awards were presented by some of the IT industry's biggest names, including Mike Lynch, Founder of Autonomy, Mark Lancaster, Founder, Chairman and CEO of SDL and Mike Tobin, CEO of Telecity, at a celebratory dinner held on Friday 7 June at Plaisterers' Hall in London.

More than 200 people attended the gala ceremony, which is rapidly establishing a reputation as a premier entrepreneur event in the UK's technology industry. The awards celebrate the achievements of the most successful entrepreneurs in the industry and are open to anyone sponsored by a member of the ITC.

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