Less than 30 days ago we received the news that Naq Cyber had been accepted into the NCSC Cyber Accelerator. Excited and full of anticipation, we planned a somewhat strange, masked-up journey from The Hague to Cheltenham amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Stepping off the plane, it suddenly felt like our ten-week adventure had officially begun.
Welcome to Cheltenham
It didn’t take long to get settled into our new Cheltenham address, shared by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), The Doughnut, and countless parks and flowerbeds. Our first week in the Cyber Accelerator has been incredibly informative and full of opportunity. Narrowing down our objectives for the remaining nine weeks of the programme has really brought home how much the accelerator can do for Naq Cyber, as well as for us on an individual level.
Doughtnut reveal too much
Highlights include learning about Ada Lovelace, attending a bunch of useful masterclasses, attempting to find a suitable ‘local’, meeting lots of inspiring people (including colleagues from O2 and Telefonica); though I haven’t yet been offered a doughnut… Wayra UK and the NCSC have definitely set the bar very high in terms of our expectations for the rest of the programme.
Narrowing down our objectives for the remaining nine weeks of the programme has really brought home how much the accelerator can do for Naq Cyber, as well as for us on an individual level.
Part of the community
Connecting with our fellow cohort-members has quickly created a strong sense of community; a community that we are proud to be a part of. We’re still buzzing to have been selected in the first place, and can’t wait to take Naq Cyber to the next level with the invaluable knowledge and support of the Cheltenham eco-system.