Archive for February 2013

Registration is open for the Urban Prototyping Hackathon – register here: http://lnkd.in/m-BHf9

Part of Imperial College’s  Urban Prototyping (UP) London  Festival Register here. Hackathon Weekend – 19-21 April 2013 Venue – Imperial College, London What is it? You will be challenged to create technology solutions that result in real-world change in terms of environment, local economy or local community. You will have the weekend to work on a mobile hack, game, mobile site or API mash-up that engages citizens to overcome the serious challenges that our society faces. It doesn’t have to be the finished product, as long as its something that shows potential; there will be plenty of support to turn it into a polished, end-user-ready app or solution. Previous examples for some ideas and inspiration are available on our website.   Why do it? Over £100,000 worth of awards including up to £80,000 cash in follow on funding. Access to unique datasets rarely made available to the public. Use of a wide array of mentors; from business development specialists, engineers, data scientists, urban researchers and many more. Some unique networking opportunities An awesome time! More details about these awards will be available on our website shortly The awards and major follow-up opportunities have been organised by our award sponsors, who include the GSMA, Intel & the TSB.   Other event sponsors include Sustainable Society Network+,  NEMODE Network+ and RCUK Digital Economy Program. The weekend schedule will run as follows: Friday 19 April, 6pm – 10pm Inspirational talks from world leaders in the field of IoT, big data and the environment. Pitch ideas that you have already formulated, or develop ideas on the night. Saturday 20 April, 10am – 7pm Hacking Commences! We will have expert seminars, mentor clinics, as well as support from roving experts. Food and refreshments will be provided. Sunday 21 April, 10am – 4pm Hacking Continues –  Teams refine their ideas and pitches during the morning for presentation to the judging committee. Team presentations and Judging Session Winners Annouced!

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The 12 Trends That Will Rule Products in 2013

According to Chris Butler, director of Ziba’s Consumer Insights and Trends group the great trends of 2013 are: 1. THE MIND IS A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT. 2. CUSTOMER-FACING EMPLOYEES ARE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR BACKBONE. 3. ANALOG WILL NEVER GO AWAY. 4. WORTH IS DETERMINED BY PHILOSOPHY, NOT PRICE. 5. NARRATIVE IS A DELIVERY VEHICLE TO MAKE INFORMATION STICK. 6. REPAIR AND REPURPOSE ARE THE NEW KILLER APPS. 7. TECHNOLOGY MOVES TOO FAST TO CARE ABOUT. 8. FLAWLESS FUNCTION IS TOMORROW’S GREAT USER EXPERIENCE. 10. HUMAN INTERACTION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE PRECIOUS. 11. GEN Y IS CREATING ITS OWN SERVICE ECONOMY 12. EVERYONE IS A SPECIALIST. A recurring theme that connects these insights is tension–not in a negative or uncomfortable way, but a useful one that acknowledges the diversity of the modern marketplace, and the natural contradictions within individuals and organizations. Brand philosophy and narrative are crucial to winning customer loyalty, but not at the expense of basic function. People want to develop expertise and take ownership of their technology, but they also crave the advice and attention of another human. Far from being at odds, these insights emphasize the complexity that we live in and the diversity of our needs, and brands ignore that fact at their peril. That, at least, is an insight that isn’t changing anytime soon. See the full article here.  

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Wanted: researchers in digital innovations in currency

Digital innovations in currency use can have significant impact on the welfare of the poor in society. Full Article Inspired by  David Wolman’s (@davidwolman) article  above we are looking for researchers looking at the economic, social, and managerial implications of digital currency and would consider funding research in this area. If you are interested, please get in touch with Kyle Alves (K.V.Alves@exeter.ac.uk)

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DE Communities & Culture Network+ now inviting proposals for 2nd round of pilot projects and also for seed funding!

The Digital Economy Communities & Culture Network+ is now inviting proposals for a second round of pilot projects and also for seed funding! Pilot Projects (deadline 15th March, 4pm) In response to our first round of funding, the Communities and Culture Network+ are issuing a second-round call for pilot projects. We would like to invite applications for up to £20k to fund a discrete pilot project of 6 months duration. We aim to fund two projects in this round. Although this call is open and could relate to any area within the Communities and Culture strand of the Network+ (see www.communitiesandculture.org) we are particularly keen to receive project proposals from areas investigating issues of health, wellbeing and resilience. Re-written proposals from the first round and new proposals are welcome. Projects will start no later than June 2013 and run for 6 months. Further information relating to this call and the costing template which must be completed and submitted with all proposals can be found via the website . Proposals should be submitted to Rosie Wilkinson (R.H.Wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk) no later than 4pm on 15th March. Seed Project Funding (reviewing dates June, September, December, March) We are also issuing an open and response-mode call for seed projects of £1-4k per project (£25k per annum) to fund small discrete projects within the remit of the Communities and Culture Network+. This is an open call for collaborative or academic projects, for post-doctoral up to experienced researchers. The projects should develop an idea or project, test a concept or theory, be creative or concept driven, and/or develop partnerships through activities. Further information relating to this call and the costing template which must be completed and submitted with all proposals can be found via the website. Proposals should be submitted to Rosie Wilkinson (R.H.Wilkinson@leeds.ac.uk).

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NESTA call for research with ‘Big Data’ flavour

NESTA has issued a call for proposals for research using novel data sources and methodologies to look at innovation and growth businesses, with a ‘Big Data’ flavour. More information can be found here. For more on what Nesta does, visit www.nesta.org.uk

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GE Chairman highlights 3D printing as aid to manufacturing excellence

From www.ideaslaboratory.com GE Chairman & CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt shares GE’s principles for productivity and advanced manufacturing leadership. In particular, highlighting the role of 3D printing in GE Aviation’s ability to  “print” complex parts layer by thin layer:  “Our newest jet engines like the CFM LEAP, a joint venture with France’s Snecma, will have printed combustion system components and other parts inside, reducing engine weight and saving our customers money”. For the article in full click here

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Samsung Invests In Cloudant

Samsung continues to make good on its commitment to investing in more startups that will help it build out its portfolio of services beyond hardware. Today the company announced that it has taken a strategic investment in Cloudant — a specialist in cloud-based mobile enterprise solutions, specifically around the area of NoSQL and database-as-a-service technology. By way of an investment from In-Q-tel, Cloudant counts the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies among its backers, and customers. And, perhaps in keeping with what you might expect from a company that works with the CIA, the value of Samsung’s investment has not been disclosed. More information can be found here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/06/samsung-ventures-cloudant-cia/

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What can “big data” (read “Hadoop”) do for genomics?

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Missing an Open Goal? UK public policy and open innovation

Charles Levy and Benjamin Reid 08 September 2011 Leading global organisations are increasingly viewing open innovation as the key to cost-effective new product and service development. Here the term refers to both the sourcing and involvement of external organisations and stakeholders in the innovation process, and the open sharing of innovation outside the organisation (through, for example, patent pools or “open source” approaches). While open innovation is probably over-hyped in some quarters, we see it as a genuine and powerful shift in strategy and practice by many organisations. Academics and governments have started to develop innovation public policy that draws directly on the concept of open innovation. However, examining how open innovation is being deployed as a policy term uncovers some worrying trends: while leading corporations have moved beyond approaches that try to make everything open – largely adopting nuanced strategies that combine degrees of openness at different points in global value chains in different sectors – public policy seems stuck at a less mature phase of open innovation, collating some rather traditional lists of innovation policy areas and ranking countries by “openness”. We believe these approaches are less mature and sophisticated than those of leading corporations. If it is to emulate those corporations’ successful approaches, the UK government needs to focus on developing smart industrial policies regarding when and where its national innovation eco-system is “open”. This will involve analysis of the UK’s role in different global value chains and networks – just as leading corporations do – and ensuring that areas where the UK is strong are invested in through policy, and where greater openness will benefit the UK it is encouraged.

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midata – let’s be clear it needs to be my data

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