UK Technology

Mobile Technology Used for the First Time to Beat Leprosy

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Sarah Nancollas

The innovative use of free software and some internal crafting of questions has allowed us to process this at low cost. Further funding for the mobile phones and training could help us to scale this further and ultimately change more lives.

Making the Inaccessible, Accessible: How Social Tech Is Changing Lives for the Better

Vicki Hearn | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

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.

Why Aren't More Graduates Considering Careers With Start-Ups?

Morwenna Jones | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Morwenna Jones

Six months ago, I lost my job. Sitting in an office with the CEO and Founder of the company I'd been working for, I heard the words no graduate wants to hear: "We're sorry, but we can't keep you on".

Live Performance Is Dying - Change or Become Extinct

Miss Behave | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Miss Behave

Making our work accessible and relevant to todays brain is our insurance policy for having audiences to play with forever. We're in changing times. So change. Or at the very least, examine rigorously.

Virtual Reality Goes to Court

Christopher Markou | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Christopher Markou

2016 is the year that virtual reality goes mainstream. Facebook's Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive headset have rolled out to rave reviews, and just this week Google has announced its Daydream VR platform. Virtual reality has arrived, and is likely here to stay. But beyond appealing to gamers, what other horizons might there be for VR?

Where's My Taxi (Driver)?

Darren Jones | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Politics
Darren Jones

This is a long-term strategy. The most obvious jobs might start to become redundant in only a few years - the taxi driver example being the most obvious - but the next generation will see a changing workplace for everyone (including lawyers!), especially with the advancement of artificial intelligence and increased interest and confidence in systems such as the blockchain.

Social Media - The Quality vs Quantity Debate

Natasha Colyer | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Colyer

With an ever-increasing number of people purchasing followers to look 'more successful' but then receiving no engagement, is it really worth the money? I see it as paying to speak in a room of 3,000 people that couldn't care less about your services, or in a room with 100 dedicated fans. Which would you prefer?

We Created a Game to Support Young People When Someone They Love Has a Terminal Illness

Louis Weinstock | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Louis Weinstock

We don't expect this to ever be a substitute for real human interaction. Instead, Apart of Me is being designed as a facilitator of these difficult conversations, as a place where young people can curate their digital memories of their loved ones, and as a safe space where they can have their emotions met and learn from other young people's experiences of this most challenging time.

Breaking Beauty: How Technology Is Empowering Women

Adriana Coppola | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Adriana Coppola

Technology is allowing a more diverse expression of beauty. Women (and men) are being encouraged to reject the traditional view of beauty, embrace individual beauty and find their own 'beauty tribe' online.

The Hidden Link Between Personality and the Use of Technology

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Tech
Ehsan Khodarahmi

Technology meant to make life easier, facilitate communication, enable people to collaborate with each other regardless of geographic borders and to help us form more meaningful communities.

Has the Internet Hardwired You With Bad Habits?

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Tech
Daisy May Sitch

I literally look down all the time. We have become a look down generation, void of eye contact and passing conversation. I can't walk to or from the station/office/shop/pub without checking my notifications which then spark an urgency to respond and engage. I'm dismissive of, and frustrated by strangers. I'm grumpy and permanently tired.

The Truth About 'Fast' Fashion in 2016

George Taylor | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Style
George Taylor

When it comes to fashion and technology, how fast is too fast? You only have to look at Instagram to realise that taking photos of every waking move is now deemed as 'normal.' But what is 'normal?' And does normal mean good? Not necessarily.

The Short and Sad Lifespan of Your iPhone

Jon Sharpe | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Sharpe

In the future, as we begin to acclimatise ourselves with the pace of technological change - everything - from the 'internet of things', 'smart cities' and especially the notion of things being 'built to last' may come to feel outdated.

Real Healthcare Innovation Always Answers a Simple Question

Chris Spencer | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Chris Spencer

Healthcare has always been synonymous with innovation. From ground-breaking pharmaceutical treatments and surgical procedures, to cutting edge technology and software designed to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health - the opportunity to create something that truly helps people is a driving force that has attracted leading thinkers, scientists and inventors - many of them here in the UK.

Artificial Intelligence Needs the Human Touch

Debbie Taylor | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Tech
Debbie Taylor

Rather than becoming an epic battle of man against machine, the future of technological innovation can be a beneficial one - so long as you're equipped with the skills to use technology to its maximum potential, while still adding that all important human touch.

Can the World Get Any Smaller for Today's Digital Nomads?

Tamara Sword | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

A new generation of workers - digital nomads - are harnessing the power of mobile and instagramming their way to a new kind of productivity; free from employers, property, belongings and stress. And in their kiteboarding wake, our collective attitudes to work and life are shifting.

NHS: Open for Business

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

To try to address some of these challenges, we designed the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) last year. Like many ideas it was taken from another sector. Accelerators aim to support the growth and spread of technologies, in the past developing solutions such as AirBnB and Dropbox. Microsoft, IBM and MIT all have accelerators, and now we do too.

Five Steps Men Can Take Today to Address the Lack of Women in STEM

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon

As long as men in STEM continue to unconsciously perpetuate poor workplace habits through lack of confidence we'll have a big problem on our hands. A diverse workforce is maintained by a combination of retention, attraction and hiring of diverse talent. Improving men's willingness and ability to challenge these norms, and redefine the status quo, will help to ensure that we have a comprehensive solution.

Book Review: The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott

Robert Bradley | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

In a world more socially connected than ever before, it is hard for niche tastes to maintain their exclusivity. This is the problem of hive-cool, wher...

Girls in IT: What's the Problem, and How Can We Solve it?

Russell Haworth | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

We want young women, as well as young men, to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue careers in the fast-growing and exciting technology sector. This is for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of the sector itself.

Do IT for the Girls - What Today's Social Tech Entrepreneurs Want Their Successors to Know

Vicki Hearn | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

The UK has one of the world's strongest digital economies and the next generation is eager to be a part of it. There are many different career options out there for young people interested in tech - from app designers, to game and website developers, to information security analysts.

Learning the Lessons of the Future: The Asimov Psychohistory Recipe Applied to Big Data

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

The reluctance of organisations to share what backs up the predictions they are making with Big Data is understandable. The huge amount of resources given to Big Data predictions results, effectively, in proprietary information. Why would a company want to share this with its competitors?

Five Innovative Ways We Are Fighting Malaria

Ilya Jones | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Ilya Jones

Malaria has been a persistent blight for thousands of years. Spread by mosquitos, the oldest surviving records of the disease appear in ancient Chinese medical texts dating back to 2,700 BC. Since that time, efforts to tame it have been equally tireless.

The Answer to 'What Is Happiness'? Maybe

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The question that remains the most perplexing of all isn't who shot Kennedy or what happened that made the Big Bang, bang. The most perplexing question of all is 'what is happiness?', and also 'how do you get some?' More books are written about it than everything else combined.

Tech in the Classroom

Jon Sharpe | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Sharpe

Education is finally embracing the future. Teachers used to be armed with a piece of chalk and, if you were very unlucky, a ruler that doubled as a weapon. Now students are engaged and educated by their teachers with the help of interactive smart boards, laptops, tablets and apps.