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Hackers, developers and coders from across the North West are set to take part in a 24-hour hackathon in Liverpool on 23 September.

Originating in Silicon Valley, the concept sees teams of tech-savvy problem solvers racing against the clock, and each other, to create inventive technology to crack a problem, or develop an idea; often in the form of mobile apps, web platforms or robots, with prizes for the winning team.

Facebook’s chat feature, and its ‘like’ button, were both famously developed during internal company hackathons, at the technology giant’s headquarters in California.

The pay-per-minute venue on St Paul’s Square is hosting the event, called Sprint 24, which is backed by several of the North West’s top businesses, including digital kiosk design-manufacturer, Evoke Creative, and bookmaker, Bet Fred; and organised by Limelight Talent and Events.

Teams of four to six will take part in the collaborative coding contest, fuelled by complimentary hacker-fayre: energy drinks, pizza and beer.

Sleep is entirely optional, with many of the teams working through the night, and a variety of prizes on offer for the winner.

In addition to sponsoring the event, Evoke Creative has entered a team of hardware and software developers. The Wirral-based company is currently growing its internal development team to add software expertise to the innovative hardware solutions it designs and manufactures for the likes of Google, JD Sports and McDonald’s.

Dean Ward, co-founder and chief technology officer at Evoke, explained the importance of supporting events like this: “Liverpool has a rich history of software and games development, with a buzzing community of coders. In the Baltic Triangle the city has one of the key digital tech hubs outside of London and that’s serving as a beacon to attract new talent.

“Hackathons can be the stage where novel ideas can become ideas into reality. They also prove a great forum for experienced developers to network with the industry’s fresh new faces. We’re really pleased to be supporting the event – may the best team win!”

Limited tickets are still available from the organiser’s website.

We’re excited to announce the team Evoke have won the national award for Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m turnover). At an awards dinner last night attended by manufacturers from across the country, Evoke triumphed in our category for the second year running.

It was a great night for manufacturing for the whole of the North West, with two other regional companies winning in their respective categories.

Read more here

Evoke Creative has been appointed by leading cinema operator and big screen entertainment specialist, Vue, to provide state-of-the-art ticketing machines.
Following a successful trial at the Cribbs Causeway site in Bristol, Evoke is now set to install its kiosks at Vue’s iconic Leicester Square flagship, as part of a £6.6m investment in the landmark West End site.

The visually-striking ticketing kiosks feature 32” touchscreens set in either free-standing or wall mounted units. They allow customers to purchase or collect pre-booked tickets quickly, streamlining the customer journey and allowing them more time to browse the extensive food and beverage offering.

Head of retail at Vue, Paschalis Loucaides, said: “We’re committed to providing our customers with truly immersive big screen entertainment; and that starts from the moment they walk through the door. The redesigned foyer layout creates a slicker, more memorable customer journey. The digital kiosks are a key part of this and allow cinemagoers to spend more time enjoying the overall experience.”

Evoke Creative co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, Neil Clark added: “We are delighted to be working with Vue to help deliver an engaging experience for its customers. We were commissioned to design and manufacture a bespoke kiosk that aptly utilises reflective surfaces and lighting to create a modern, top-end aesthetic. The feedback we’ve received has been incredibly positive and we’re looking forward to rolling out the kiosks to other sites in Vue’s estate.”

VUE ENTERTAINMENT
Vue Entertainment (Vue UK & Ireland) is a leader in out-of-home entertainment and the big screen experience.
Vue Entertainment has 85 state of the art cinemas throughout the UK and Ireland, with 813 screens projecting in Sony Digital Cinema 4K for ultra-high definition pictures. Vue offer stadium seating, VIP seats and luxurious recliners alongside a range of content, in addition to highly anticipated blockbusters. With event cinema titles including opera, ballet, musicals, national theatre, live streaming of sporting events and concerts through to hosting Gaming championships and dedicating multiple screens to eGaming arenas Vue is well known for providing the most innovative cinematic experience.
Vue UK and Ireland was founded following the acquisition of the Warner Village Cinemas in 2003 and is part of the leading cinema group Vue International. The group spans ten countries with 211 sites, 1,879 screens, over 8,500 staff and 90m customers where Vue is widely recognised as the most operationally efficient and technically advanced exhibitor in the industry.

On a wet and windy weekend in May, 12 of Evoke’s hardiest staff took on the adventure of a lifetime, tackling the UK’s 3 highest peaks in under 24 hours.

Raising funds for our nominated charity of the year (Clatterbridge Cancer Charity), our team set off on Saturday afternoon for Ben Nevis in Scotland, starting the clock at 5.30pm when they began the first ascent. Once at the peak, there was a minute to enjoy the view and then straight back down to travel to Scarfell Pike in the Lake District. Completing the summit there in the early hours of the morning, the team had to use all of their energy reserves to make their way up Snowdon on Sunday afternoon, beating the clock to return to the base of the mountain in a grand total of 23 hours and 52 minutes.

So far we’ve raised over £1,500 from friends, family, suppliers and customers and hope to keep the total increasing in recognition of this incredible feat. Lend your support here and check out our facebook page for more.

We’re proud to have won an Insider Media Made in the North West award for the second year running. Evoke scooped the award for Manufacturer of the year (under £25m) at a ceremony at Bolton’s Macron Stadium, beating strong competition from other manufacturers in the region.

Evoke’s Managing Director Dave Derby said that “winning an award that recognises our business as a whole is a great result, this is one for the whole team.”

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Evoke are excited to have been shortlisted in two categories in the 2017 Made in the North West Awards: Advanced Manufacturing/Technology and Manufacturer of the Year (under £25m). Following our success both at a local and national level in these awards in 2016, we have high hopes for  this year’s ceremony.

Founder and Chief Technical Director, Dean Ward, said “recognition as one of the region’s leading manufacturers means a great deal to us – our bespoke designs and control of the manufacturing process are part of our USP and we are pleased to have built on our success last year with two nominations this year.”

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We’re delighted to feature on the first ever Northern Tech 100 league table – a list of the top 100 fastest growing tech companies in the North. Evoke’s Technical Director Dean Ward attended the launch and awards ceremony  in Newcastle last night.

Tech North partnered with GP Bullhound to create the Northern Tech 100 to celebrate the growing number of tech success stories in the North. Evoke held strong at #48 in the table with average growth of almost 40% in the past four years.

For the full league table visit the Northern Tech 100 web page on Tech North’s website.

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Evoke Creative is investing in a new head office on the back of growing international demand for its interactive digital products and continuing expansion of its team.

The multi-award winning company, which designs and manufactures interactive products for leading retail, leisure, hospitality businesses, including JD Sports Fashion, Google, McDonald’s and Tesco will move to a new 45,000sq ft base on the Wirral, Merseyside, in late 2017.

Evoke Creative, which exports its products to more than 60 countries worldwide and has delivered dramatic revenue growth over the last four years of 42%, has signed a deal with Redsun Developments to take two units at its £5.5m Power Station development at Wirral International Business Park, Bromborough, close to its current location on the business park.

In preparation for the move, the company has conducted a number of sessions with staff using virtual reality technology to gain their input. Its design team is working closely with the building contractor and architect to deliver a collaborative and creative working environment, incorporating state of the art warehousing and factory facilities, which are some four times the size of the present head office.

Dean Ward, co-founder and Technical Director of Evoke said: “We are delighted to be committing our future to the Wirral and will take this opportunity to create a fantastic environment for further innovation and business growth. Attracting and retaining talent is key to our future success and so a vibrant and inspiring workplace is vital. The growth of our team has really driven this move. We have recently grown our software team as we continue to evolve our end to end offer and work with our clients to create immersive and engaging solutions for their customers.”

Co-founder and Commercial Director Neil Clark added: “It’s a really exciting time for Evoke and it’s going to be fantastic to move into the new office later this year where we can continue to grow the business.  As directors we wanted to involve everyone in the move, so we’ve committed to listening to colleagues in all departments of the business, and this has generated some great ideas.”

Evoke’s annual pilgrimage to the Integrated Systems Europe exhibition in Amsterdam has, as ever, delivered some exciting ideas in technology innovation.

Our design team investigated some of the most impressive developments in digital technology, at the largest AV systems integration show in the world, to build new partnerships and bring the latest tech back to our UK and international customers.

Take a look at some of the highlights from ISE 2017, including large format LED walls, projection mapping and interactive screens – already a big focus for our existing retail clients. We’re looking forward to developing some of these technologies over the coming months and incorporating them into our interactive digital solutions.