Snapchat Evolves From its Initial Vanishing Point to Major Brand Platform

Monty Munford | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Tech
Monty Munford

Snapchat users are heavy creators​ and lenses helps them add levity to their messages and stories. One early SnapChat adopter Taco Bell recently used it to interact with its SnapChat audience. The company sponsored a Lens that meant users could turn their heads into giant tacos.

You Don't Need to Be an Engineer to Build 'Robots for Good'

Cameron Norris | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cameron Norris

After meeting, a clear project goal was settled upon - create a 'telepresence' robot to allow the children of Great Ormond Street to safely explore one of London's greatest places of discovery: London Zoo.

Why Support for Industry Showcasing Is So Important to Musicians Across the World

Vanessa Reed | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Reed

Last night, we organised an event in Parliament with the UK's Minister of Culture and Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, to celebrate ten years of the Intern...

There's No Such Thing as Over the Hill Anymore

Horace Trubridge | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

When the band I was in was gathering interest from the music industry in the mid 1970s, we weren't having to compete with Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Hollies, The Tremolos, the Four Pennies, Heinz, Wayne Fontana, Amen Corner and all those other great bands from the 1960s, because they had either moved on to other careers or had jumped to the cabaret circuit.

A Mad World, My Masters

Horace Trubridge | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

So, what did we learn at South by South West this year? Well, firstly that it can rain in Texas and did, almost solidly for two days. Countless burger buns were transformed into deformed sponges and all the swag shops were selling umbrellas at exorbitant prices, which, mostly fell apart within minutes of use and in my case, before I had even left the shop.

In New Scottish Music We Trust

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

Each year, Creative Scotland - a public body that supports the arts and creative industries in Scotland - selects the best in Scottish new music to perform in front of the American music industry. The Showcasing Scotland events at SXSW are some of the most anticipated shows of the entire week at the festival. And looking at this year's line up, it's easy to see why.

SXSW 2015: This Slick, All-American Dream Makes Me Hate the Fact That I Live in the UK

Vincent Dignan | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

I really believe the inherent optimism of Americans is a major reason behind their cultural and business successes. Europe certainly has enough smart and talented people, but from my 10 years+ of being around creative people and three years in the startup world, I see many similarities and faults in the two groups.

SXSW 2015: Five Winners and a Loser

Howard Kingston | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech
Howard Kingston

As SXSW 2015 draws to a close, and hoards of ad, media and tech people from around the world form lines at the airport check-in desks, it was another star studded year with lots of brands making noise, but only a select few getting the right attention.

Five Brilliant Pieces of Technology From SXSW That Will Blow Your Mind

Georgie Barrat | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Tech
Georgie Barrat

This mecca for tech geeks sees groundbreaking technology come to fruition and points towards upcoming trends. 2015 was the biggest yet and showcased how the planet's most forward-thinking companies are revolutionising the way we live and interact.

Eric Schmidt 'Manterrupts' Woman During Sexism Talk

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Tech

Eric Schmidt has landed himself in hot water after talking so much about gender inequality in the tech industry that he actually started to drown out ...

Finally, A Flying Car That Actually WORKS

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech

The AeroMobil 3.0 is the pretty much the realisation of every dream you've ever had about a floating UFO-style hover car. The good news is that it ...

Things Are Getting Weird At SXSW

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Tech

You might be operating under the assumption that the South By Southwest conference is largely a collection of self-obsessed futurists, CFOs and blogge...

Keep Lamp Posts Weird

Clare Reddington | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

The Playable City Award asks us to imagine how we might use these same technologies to make our cities more liveable, hopeful and collaborative. In order to fully explore the possibilities, it is vital we listen and share these questions with people across the world.

No Business Like Showcasing Business

Horace Trubridge | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

Now it seems that any band in any country that reaches the point where they think they can and should be breaking into new territories is looking for a showcase to perform at. In fact, ironically, sometimes the only way for a UK act to get some interest from the UK music industry is to play at an international showcase outside of the UK!

The Possibilities Are Endless

Julia Nottingham | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julia Nottingham

The Possibilities are Endless is a film about the celebrated lyricist, Edwyn Collins, a songwriter (his most famous hit single is A Girl Like You), who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing a stroke. Placed inside Edwyn's mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life and love.

Interview - Jungle Talk About Bucking the Social Media Trend

Carly Wilford | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carly Wilford

With artists from across the world descending on Austin's SXSW festival in Texas, Jungle's performances represented a movement towards bucking the egotistical media trend. Not appearing in any of their videos, pictures or artwork and boycotting twitter, their live performance speaks louder than any social media timeline.

The Many Future Cities

Ben Barker | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

The future has a lot in store for cities. Before the end of the century planners and architects will have seen some weird briefs land on their desks as we make settlements on the moon, in digital space and roaming settlements that graze the landscape for resources.

The Future Is What We Make It: Human vs. Inhuman, It's Our Choice

Dan Machen | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dan Machen

The word technology comes from the Greek 'tekhnologia', meaning either the 'art or craft' through which we move things, or the 'systematic treatment' of things.

SXSW 2014: A Virgin's Guide Part Three

Stewart Brock | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

We woke up unsurprisingly with a pretty decent hangover. Late night wandering meant that our already flu-damaged voices were even more ragged. SXSW was really beginning to take it's toll. The upside is that we had been invited to go to the elusive Ray Ban House.

SXSW 14: A Virgin's Guide Part Two

Stewart Brock | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

For the first part of our SXSW blog click here. Better late than never. I started this on Friday night and finished it on Saturday afternoon. We've b...

Creative Tech Entrepreneurs Should Look Beyond Shoreditch and Palo Alto for Inspiration

Beatrice Pembroke | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Tech
Beatrice Pembroke

Beyond established hotspots such as the US and UK, there's a whole movement of other digital and creative hubs, from Nairobi to Recife and Jakarta to Cairo. Less obvious pools of ideas and talent: growing markets of youth consumers and the originators of new creative ideas, social innovation and cultural leadership.

Memes for Cities

Clare Reddington | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

Amongst all the Fitbits and Jawbones, the Glass and the things, this year's SXSW featured a small, but perfectly formed cluster of events about public spaces, neighbourhood platforms and the need to re-connect people with each other and their environment.

WATCH: Lady Gaga Deliver A Sick Performance (Literally!)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Notorious wallflower Lady Gaga gave a typically understated performance at the SXSW festival in Austin on Thursday night, which saw her being covered ...

Two Dead At SXSW Music Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Two people have been killed and more than twenty injured after a car ploughed into crowds at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. ...

SXSW 2014: A Virgin's Guide

Stewart Brock | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

Travelling from Glasgow to Austin began with bundling ourselves into a taxi with as much gear as we could carry, bleary eyed and ill-prepared. I say ill-prepared because we're recently back from a UK tour and I felt that the best way to prepare myself for our first North American incursion was to ignore that it was happening until the last moment. I packed my case 4 hours before Lewis (drummer/producer) rang my doorbell.