This autumn, the Taunton Chamber of Commerce has been delighted to work alongside the Glass Box Technology Hubat Taunton Library to run two exciting tech events. The first was a networking breakfast, sponsored by member business Somerset Web Services, focussed on website hints and tips and exploring MINT and COBRA – the digital business resources available free of charge to library card holders. The second was a ‘Tech Tour’ where attendees had the opportunity to get hands on with the new technology available to use at the Glass Box, including 3D scanning, designing and printing and Virtual Reality headsets. Both sessions were supported by Olly Hellis, Somerset Library’s Digital Development Officer, who is not only keen to show what the Glass Box has on offer, but to discuss how local companies can use the available resources to make a real difference to their business.
As Olly explains:
“The Glass Box is part of Taunton Library and was set up in 2016 as an innovation and enterprise space to showcase new technology, help the community to develop digital skills and provide an engaging space for study, research, workshops, events and collaboration. We are now well established and have helped thousands of children, businesses, start-ups, and anyone who has an interest in exploring new technology and developing their creative skills. But we feel we are only really at the start of our exciting journey to develop the Glass Box as a digital skills hub for Taunton and the wider Somerset area. With funding from Somerset County Council and Somerset West & Taunton Council and with support from a range of organisations including The Taunton Chamber of Commerce, Digital Taunton and Code Club South West, we aim to continue to strengthen links with educational, business and community groups to ensure the Glass Box continues to inspire, inform and enable skills development and fosters creativity, innovation and collaboration across the whole community”
The Glass Box is also an ideal venue for business meetings, training and workshops, offering a versatile space, close to public transport connections and car parking. Offering room for up to 50 people with disabled access, free Wi-Fi, plus computer and large digital screen. Catering can be provided by the Castle Café if required.
The Taunton Chamber of Commerce are looking forward to offering more workshops with the Glass Box team in the coming months, but for further information in the meantime please visit www.glassboxtaunton.co.uk
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