So It's been 60 days since The Next Web, and initially I was going to write some basic piece my initial reactions but then I thought let's see the effects of the event. Now nearly 2 months later I thought about what had stuck with me since and below you'll find the five things that have kept me thinking.
n forward thinking entrepreneurs that are willing to disrupt and change our current system. As each innovation wave generates more data, disruption-cycle times will shorten, thereby forcing all players in the health care ecosystem to address inefficiency as they compete on quality and value creation
At Captionism we have tried to address a problem that goes far beyond that. Friess is not alone, there are 360m people in the world that are classified as having disabling hearing loss. In an age marked by the speed and reach that knowledge is spread within the economy and society, for some digital exclusion is a modern-day reality.
PulseGuard successfully alerted us to every one of Tom's seizures within the first two years of trials. Whilst talking to Tom's consultants, other Epilepsy professionals and parents, it was very clear that a lot of people were interested in having an alarm system that seemed to be as accurate as it was proving, but this would mean throwing everything we had into it.
For many people facing personal challenges, tech is the perfect enabler to make aspects of everyday life that many of us take for granted more accessible. A number of these organisations using tech for good approach us for help in reaching the next stage of their development, and our funding programmes like Social Tech Seed give them the support they need.
We've looked before at the benefits of becoming your own boss, and it's clear why the prospect of starting your own business might appeal. But amongst all the excitement and the ponderings about why, where and how you could start a business, there is one question that many people over look: should you?
A year after the launch, we have processed over £2 million gross transactions through Collins Pay and we are expecting over 100% year on year growth. By focusing on a space where transactions were already happening in vast quantities, but analysing how it could be done better for our clients and their customers whilst integrating this directly into their current booking flows, Collins Pay stands alone in this space.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing blogs from inspiring innovators, who are using tech to change the world - from the charity helping sight impaired kids use public transport independently, to the start-up that have created an app to help parents suffering from postnatal depression... It's not about celebrating the technology by itself, it's about celebrating the humans and how they're using technology to achieve something great.
If successful, a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship will also help address ex-prisoner unemployment and welfare dependency, as well as create further employment opportunities while generating tax revenues. Most importantly, however, it will give ex-prisoners the fresh start they desperately need and surely deserve.