Innovate14 was a mash up of Innovate’s (the new name for the Technology Strategy Board) annual tech event and the UKTI's annual TechWorld event. The live event and web streams provided the UK's largest networking and community activity focused on the priority areas of Innovate and UKTI, sharing new thinking, ideas and policy, and enabling businesses of all sizes to showcase their ideas - there were over 100 companies, universities and entrepreneurs demonstrating their products and innovations.
Two full-days of multiple seminar sessions and inspirational speakers - Richard Reed, a founder of Innocent Drinks, Pilgrim Beart inventor of ‘The Hive’ device, data scientist Irene Ng, Natalie Horne of Prime Decision and economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato gave access to a wealth of ideas, intelligence and insight, but also provided invaluable practical advice to take back and put to good use in my own thinking in LoansWithNoCreditCheck. The ‘art of possible’ was there in abundance.
On the back of the Gartner 2015 tech trend report released last week, it’s been a smorgasbord of tech innovation and thinking for me, here are some of the key learnings and takeaways.