Shivvy Jervis
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Shivvy (@shivvyjervis) is a tech and innovation specialist with a broadcasting background (tech and business news for Reuters and CNN-IBN). She's based in London and is the creator and co-host of popular online video series Digital Futures, which de-mystifies future technologies and is powered by Telefonica. Shivvy invites 3 industry maestros to offer their take on the subject for each episode. In its first year, the series was shortlisted for 3 awards and has attracted over 800,000 views across the first 9 episodes alone!

She’s interviewed over 200 thought leaders and tech pioneers as diverse as the late soul legend James Brown (watch here), Europe's youngest programmer, Coke's CEO, Cherie Blair and MIT's top data scientist!

Shivvy officially heads up multimedia content for Telefonica, for whom she curates a global innovation hub (Sir Tim Berners-Lee and The World Economic Forum are contributors) that covers connected cars, the open web, cyber security, big data & more.

She mentors 6 young women and can be found doing some virtual networking on LinkedIn here, where she’d be delighted to hear from like-minded folks.

Entries by Shivvy Jervis

Two-thirds of Gen Y-ers Confident They Can Impact Their Local Worlds

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (19:02)

A fresh update to the largest-ever survey of more than 6,700 Millennials across Latin America, the United States and Western Europe has found that today's 18-30 year olds are strikingly optimistic about their prospects for the future.

I find this heartening, given most Gen Y-ers are having to kickstart...

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Why We're All Women of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2014 | (18:29)

For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be a storyteller.

As a pony-tailed, feisty little girl trying her hand at national debate competitions by 11, writing for youth magazines two years later and filming mini-documentaries at 15, I felt quite sure early on what my calling...

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How Small Businesses Can Go Head-to-Head With the Big Players

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2014 | (01:20)

What's keeping small business owners up at night in this digitally driven marketplace?

Given small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 90% of businesses and 50% of employment worldwide, I wanted to explore this area with the Digital Futures series. Hit play and tell me what you think?

Then there's the fact that 9 out of 10 SMEs are actually micro-enterprises with less than 10 employees. The stakes are high for these business owners who don't enjoy the healthier budgets of booming multinationals. They've got to be on top of their game to really duke it out with the big players.

But digital technologies are going a long way in levelling this playing field. Services that were previously accessible only to large enterprises are now available to SMEs through say, cloud based subscription services.

When it comes to cyber security however, understandably SMEs often don't have the budget for an entire IT dept or high-end infrastructure. Let's put this in perspective.

Last year, in the UK alone, close to half-a-million (447,000 to be precise) new businesses were set up. And in the same year, cyber attacks against small businesses doubled.

That's pretty darn alarming. That's why I wanted to take a look at both the technical challenges and opportunities facing these business owners. Last month, I invited three savvy folks - all successful self-starters - to ask about their big concerns when it comes to protecting their brand, IP, employee productivity... really their entire business.

This is the era for small business and startups founders to really triumph. Go for...

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7 Clever Smart Home Inventions on My Radar

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (17:28)

Google may have cornered the market with its Nest range of thermostats and smoke alarms, and Apple ignited the battle for the Internet of Things a few months ago with the announcement of its "Home" app.

The smart home of the future will be characterised however, by...

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What 50% of Us Are Now Thinking About When Buying Our Next Car

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (17:59)

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For years we've trusted car mechanics to keep one of our biggest financial investments in working order. But do we really know the ins and outs of our car? How often are we getting ripped off for repairs? And critically, how many of...

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25 Bn 'Things' Internet-Connected by 2015 - Here's Why You Should Care

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2014 | (10:53)

When my fridge auto detects I'm running low on milk and quietly orders it via my online groceries account, or my smart meter tracks my household energy bills with stealth accuracy, that's useful right?

Even better is the little sensor (a beautiful, sleek device) on my dining room table...

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Cyber Attack! 60% of Small Companies Out of Business in Six Months

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (17:30)

"We're no longer in a situation where it's a case of 'if I am going to get breached'. It's more a case of how often you are going to get breached and how long those people are going to be in for."

A stark warning from cyber forensics pro...

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Mobile World Congress '14: The Tesla Revs Up and the Blackphone Beckons

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2014 | (20:58)

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On the ground at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona today, I've been live tweeting @tefdigital. Here's a snappy roundup of the four topics that really caught my eye.

Security

The Blackphone...
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Tech Powers Social Good - the Enablers, Protectors, Healers and Eco-Warriors to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2014 | (19:37)

I'm always scouring the web, news and events circuit for the fascinating advances in technology that have high potential for social impact. Some just prompt me to stop and think "Now that's just both useful and clever".

Particularly where it is leveraged for wider social good, technology is a...

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Six of the Most Futuristic Gadgets of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (20:48)

Last year was a spectacular year in tech - with a healthy mix of ups and downs - so I thought I'd do a quick retrospective blog on six of the many gadgets and gizmos I was most revved up by.

I've tried to list mostly ready-to-go-now inventions, although...

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Businesses Listen Up: Take the Threat of the 'Dark Web' Seriously

(0) Comments | Posted 18 December 2013 | (23:38)

In my world, hardly a day goes by when the 'Dark Web' - also known as the Deep Web - is not making headlines. Take for instance the news from October this year that the FBI had shut down online black market Silk Road (infamous for selling fake...

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Your Set of Wheels Is About to Get Really Clever: Behold, the 'Connected Car'

(0) Comments | Posted 29 September 2013 | (23:25)

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Think about this - by 2020, a staggering 90% of our cars will carry built-in connectivity (see video here). The figure currently stands at less than 10%. If you thought your vehicle was 'high tech' now, brace yourself.

In the near future,...

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Why You Need to Know About the 'Open Web', Now

(2) Comments | Posted 3 July 2013 | (20:19)

The very first mobile phone call was made (by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper) 40 years ago this April. We've seen this nifty device's value in our lives skyrocket over the past few years, with the smartphone's explosion powering a union of two of the most innovative tech platforms...

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Will London Hold Onto Its 'Top Startup Hub' Mantle?

(4) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (15:53)

Benjamin Disraeli described London as "a roost for every bird." At the time Shoreditch had no roundabout to speak of, silicon or otherwise. But the words still ring true over 150 years later.

A data-driven ranking of the World's Top 20 Startup Ecosystems for 2012 supports the notion,...

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