The Queen sent her first ever tweet at the recent opening of a new exhibition at London's Science Museum. The tweet read: 'it is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.' The Queen has a history of engaging with modern technology.
Technology is no longer used to perform a specific job - it underpins every part of our lives - in work and play... This is a world that software engineers had a pivotal role in creating. And their part in shaping its future is vital. As such, the engineer of today has a much bigger job to do and an increasing set of pressures.
The European Union is still predicting 900,000 IT-related job vacancies across its member states by 2015... We should not think that coding is very difficult to learn: it's not... If tech is to continue to be a powerhouse sector then it requires the right skills, from both our generation and the next.
I have four teenage children, so as you can imagine, wi-fi usage is pretty high in our house. They each have several connected devices and they use all of them, (a lot!), both at home and when out and about. They are pretty typical teenagers and like their peers are really interested in new technologies. For them, tech is cool. For me, their attitude heralds great things.
Consumer desire for apps is certainly there, but I fear an emerging 'app gap' between demand and supply. With the current dearth of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) skills - the EU predicts 900,000 IT-related job vacancies by next year - how will we meet the potential of the app economy, if we don't have the skills available to write those apps?
With a fervour bordering on religious, Boris hammers out his hand gestures for the audience, his falling fist keeping time with the peculiar bridging of stresses at the end of one word and the start of the next, which he carries as a hallmark of his Eton days. "London is the teCH CAPital of the world" he tells us.