Talking Smart Cities – innovation, purpose and profit

I am fascinated by Smart Cities and how we can attach electronic Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to objects to collect data and then use this data to manage assets and resources efficiently. And this week I was fortunate enough to MC two very different events – yet both were on the topic of Smart Read more about Talking Smart Cities – innovation, purpose and profit[…]

National Geographic Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg on plastics in the ocean

National Geographic is not only one of the most beautifully crafted and highly respected publications on the planet. Its images and stories can also have a profound impact on the way we live our lives and our attitudes toward the environment. At Davos 2019 I met the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Goldberg, to talk about why plastic Read more about National Geographic Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg on plastics in the ocean[…]

Podcast: How girls in tech are building a new world

Global GoalsCast, the podcast which I co-host Claudia Romo Edelman, regularly highlights the importance of educating girls. In this episode talk with two remarkable women whose lives dramatize how much difference a woman can make when she is trained in technology. Marieme Jamme, founder of #Iamthecode, tells her story: Sold into prostitution as a teenager Read more about Podcast: How girls in tech are building a new world[…]

Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Jean TODT, President of the FIA on road safety and what individuals and countries can do to make driving safer

Jean Todt is a very busy guy.  His day job is President of the FIA – the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile which governs motorsports. But he is also the UN Secretary General Secretary’s Special Envoy for Road Safety. Road safety is an issue close to my heart. I had been in India before the interview Read more about Hub Culture Davos 2019 – Jean TODT, President of the FIA on road safety and what individuals and countries can do to make driving safer[…]

Spectator Article: How to deliver the perfect pitch

You’ve got a brilliant business idea: here’s how to sell it to venture capitalists in five minutes flat Spectator Money, 26 November 2016 As someone who’s passionate about the power of compelling speech, there is nothing I hate more than watching somebody blow an opportunity. A pitch to a venture capitalist, whether on stage in front Read more about Spectator Article: How to deliver the perfect pitch[…]

Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think

Hooked to a computer, your brain will be able to answer a question before you even knew to ask it I HAVE spent a lot of the past week checking out Ray Kurzweil’s world after reading Carole Cadwalladr’s interview with him in The Observer. It is a pretty eye-opening experience. Google’s new director of engineering estimates that computers Read more about Get ready for Singularity: it’s closer to reality than we think[…]

Rainbow Loom: the craze that makes the internet look good

The rubber-band bracelet craze: ‘somehow digital feels better when it produces something real’ I was delighted to see the Duchess of Cornwall wearing a Rainbow Loom bracelet on her Canadian tour (pictured below). Since Camilla is the grandmother of a seven-year-old girl, my suspicions are that this was a present from her. As the owner Read more about Rainbow Loom: the craze that makes the internet look good[…]

Google Cardboard: tech giant staffers think outside the box

Blurring the distinction between the real and virtual worlds: Google takes another step down the road One of the things I’ve admired most about Google as an employer is its 20 per cent rule: it allows and encourages its employees to spend 20 per cent of their time on projects that don’t align with their Read more about Google Cardboard: tech giant staffers think outside the box[…]

Virtual doctors: easier to talk to than the real thing

At USC’s Institute of Creative Technologies in LA, the future is here – and it’s virtual After writing about Google Cardboard and its predecessor – a device made by the University of Southern California’s Institute of Creative Technologies – last week, I realised I had a layover of several hours in Los Angeles. Seeing as the Institute lies Read more about Virtual doctors: easier to talk to than the real thing[…]

A 3D printer for every school would encourage innovation

THE WEEK – JUNE 2014 Launch of a $500 printer from California boosts UK campaign to get schoolchildren making things After last month’s dismal news from Santa Barbara, it was heartening to see something a great deal more inspiring come out of the Southern California city. Start-up company Mission St. Manufacturing announced they were raising Read more about A 3D printer for every school would encourage innovation[…]