When you launch your own business one of the best approaches you can take is to work with your competition. This might seem like unusual advice but working with your rivals can be really useful - I promise.
As the President of the IET, I get to see the innovative work that engineers do on a daily basis and it is exciting to see the creativity and passion so many of my fellow engineers have. The problem is that all this great work often goes unnoticed in the wider world.
Continuing in the theme of Artificial Intelligence (covered in part 1), Carlo Ratti presented some exciting work from the MIT Senseable Cities Lab. Standouts were a trackable waste project where members of the public brought in 3000 pieces of garbage which were then fitted with GPS sensors and tracked, with alarming results.
At the roots of many businesses, there is a story of someone who was determined to find a better way - to improve a product, deliver better service, or to change an established order.
So ask yourself - Are you the sheep or the shepherd? Are you following best practice or leading it?
We can always buy food that has been kept cold from farm to fork. We don't consider the energy required to keep vaccines cold. And when we update Facebook, the amount of cooling needed by data centres doesn't cross people's minds.
Of course four years necessarily defies imagination when you set out and we have all got braver over time. I suspect it will take us a few months yet to reflect, understand and celebrate what has been achieved.
Earlier this month I gave a speech highlighting the need for a revolution in long term care at the Economic Ministry in Warsaw. The building brough...
In the last season of The Apprentice, only one candidate (Soloman Akhtar) stood out with a real technological mind. Even when Solomon would approach a task that was somewhat tech related, he would be referred to as the 'techy one' and sometimes mocked for it.
The value of hackerspaces is that they, like traditonal libraries, democratise educational tools. Developing an app or editing a video at home requires hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds worth of investment. This is an obvious hurdle for many people looking to innovate.
Nature vs nurture is a most basic of questions about us, our behaviours, management style, our reaction, our attitude and our parenting. However this post is not for or against either side, neither is it a sit on the fence but rather an observation about the specific skill of iteration.