Tiree attracts pilgrims of a technological nature

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15_t44tireetech2It is remote, suffers from poor broadband speeds and mobile telephone signal – yet the tiny Hebridean isle of Tiree has become a popular refuge for product designers, scientists and computer programmers.

The unlikely pilgrimage to the Land Beneath the Waves is for Tiree Tech Wave, an event that is becoming a popular six monthly trip for technologists from across the UK and further afield.

With no set agenda, the idea behind the Tech Wave is simply to provide a shelter from the busy outside world, helping encourage innovative thinking to develop new approaches to common problems.

Inevitably, that has led designers to look closely at some of the unique challenges facing Tiree – not least the island’s poor connectivity from both a transport and technology perspective.

Find out what they got up to during their latest visit to the island in The Oban Times, November 8 2012, also available from the same date at www.obantimes.co.uk/digital