London’s most hot and exclusive tech event saw 120 influential tech leaders covering critical issues affecting businesses today. With the aim to sketch how they saw the tech industry evolving in the future.
The focus was to learn and connect with some of the top driving forces in the tech industry.
Hot topic also hosts the Q-prize startup competition, which include a list of very promising startups compete for a grand prize of $500,000.
With selected works by Hercules Fisherman, Wilma Jonshon, The Dna Factory, Paul Sakoilsky. James Birch, Darren Coffield, Julia Hamilton, Christopher Roberts, Laura Fishman, Morganico, Lucy Ash, Silvia Estevez, Kate Enters, Gary Hazel, Brendan Reasney, Fiona Brenninkmeyer, Anna Jung Seo, Helen & Collin Davied, Natasha de Damarkandi, Frances Daffern, Frances Akpata, Carson Parkin-Fairyley
Next Cognicity Challenge event at Canary Wharf, London
London is a host to many fairs and events daily. The important international art fairs are amongst a network of some 15 to 20 top destinations worldwide, where art dealers showcase the art by the artists they represent. One long-term veteran of such events, who has been involved in the scene informed me these events provided a sense of purpose for the art dealers, the way it glamorises their existence by living out of suitcases.The yearning to be part of an influential elite club, promoting the arts and above all their stable of artists with their works they carry around with them from each location.
…these events provided a sense of purpose for the art dealers, the way it glamorises their existence by living out of suitcases.
The works on display of international known and unknowns, mixed in a flea market of a luxurious kind. For me still visiting art fairs are great as it is an opportunity to see a diversity of works that otherwise hard to see under one roof.
One can only love and loathe it at the same time of the commerciality and of how the art world fickleness creates such high and low conditions for artists and their dealers to operate. However, we do still love more of it; we like these massive showcases where we can see more works and most importantly mingle with our friends and find art bargains.
Art15 I liked, it was not too cramped, allowing ample space to promenade up and down the aisles with ease. I kept bumping into old friends more than usual; perhaps it was the openness that allowed one to spot and engage in conversation, after all ours is to view, to discuss and to exchange ideas. Art15 may not be highbrow master collections, the diversity was refreshing and more than made up for it. There is a surge in interest in figurative paintings but it was not as much as I would have like. The faceless figures painting by Gideon Rubin of Alon Segev Gallery, in contrast to James Ostrer from Azerbaijan who painted faces with colourfully loaded candies, portraits inspired by Leigh Bowery type romanticism, there where much more of course not enough time to see them all.
There where Khaled Zaki’s from Egypt mystically inspired sufis sculptures of dervishes in meditation at Hafez Gallery, Feathered arrangements by Kate Mccgwire in circular formations and other shapes reminiscing of biological entities where inspiring to see. Some artists are beginning to incorporate technology in their works. It exemplifies in various forms with the interactive sound installation “Homing” by Jenna Burchell, others employed 3d lenticular techniques to bring about illusion of space or incorporating digital screens into their pieces with interactive elements. There is a healthy experimentation with technology in the arts. It is a space to watch as well as the emerging paintings with painters going back to their roots.
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Silicon Roundabout – Shoreditch starts to heat up as #SMR9 is getting to full swing this weekend with hundreds of startups wooing hackers of all kinds across the eco system to join their journey to success.
Long time veterans of SMR Constant Commerce been able attract the very best and to poach incredible talents.
The age of startups upon us, with so many ideas and innovations floating about, innovation in technology knows no bounds.
Every new startup on the scene has the potential to be disruptive game changer in town. The UK economic boom resulting form startup activities has made possible for the incumbent government to sweep back to power with relative ease. With so many funds, investors and incubators rushing over to these shores, the gold rush has just began.
The staggering 581,173 startup companies registered last year the highest on records
There are so many opportunities opening up every day. With competitions such as MassChallenge or Cognicity at Level39 offering big prizes and exposure.
Some of these organisations such as MassChallenge are big US based organizations, thus every one is looking for the next big thing. There are so many candidates to choose from, number of entries growing into 1000s every time. There was a jump in number of startups registered on Companies-House in 2014 to an staggering 581,173 in numbers the highest on records.
#SMR9 Europe’s biggest recruitment fair
There is much activities this month every where like #SMR9 Europe’s biggest recruitment fair happening this weekend and #DS15 Digital Shoreditch about to kick off next week. There are lots to see, talks, networks and parties to attend.
startup activities has made it possible for the incumbent government to sweep back to power with relative ease.
Digital Shoreditch Festival 2015 presents #HackThePlanet a series of premier events celebrating the tech & digital (Film, TV, Game, YouTube, VR) Art of OST PsychFi Composer Simon Boswell.
“You many not know his name, but if you’re a movie fan you’ll certainly know his music: Simon Boswell is one of the UK’s finest living soundtrack composers, whose work has graced films such as Danny Boyle’s debut ‘Shallow Grave’, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s mind-melting ‘Santa Sangre’, loopy Angelina Jolie cybercrime flick ‘Hackers’ and shedloads of European horror movies by the likes of Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava & Michele Soavi.” Now Here This TIME OUT: LONDON
Hackers 20th Anniversary
Mark Kermode – Hackers 20th Anniversary
Simon will boot up the 2015 Digital Shoreditch Festival with a key note talk “Composing Music for Film – A Tech Journey” spotlighting his cult tech/geek retro-mania OST music for Hackers, Hardware, Burn:Cycle, Killer Net, Ashens & The Quest For The Gamechild. While exploring the creative tech involved & LoFi digital Hacks, including the C64, IndieGoGo, YouTube & Google Cardboard VR. Synced with a supporting Raindance: Screenage Hacks panel & Gala #DS15 #HackThePlanet live digital sound & vision show with Simon & friends.
#HackThePlanet a #DS15 official premier party will be at CARGO-LONDON on Thursday 14/05/15 – 6pm / 1am.
We will be making live broadcast of the event on the 14th through Ginicam the very latest live interactive video broadcasting platform was launched recently. Ginicam and Cardboard both are using google technologies powering their services on the night.
3Dscanbot the experiential 3dscanning and 3dprinting startup will be there both at #SMR9 on Saturday and at #HackThePlanet Party at @cargo_LDN to entertain and wow the delegates, bringing that extra essential fun to the party, and a chance for you to be 3dscanned and have your figurines printed in 3d with the very latest technologies in diverse materials from ABS plastic to Bronze. They even can get your figurines printed in full colour.
2015 is the 20th Anniversary of Hackers, a Mark Kermode cult cyber-geek fave, Simon is also celebrating 30 Years as composer with a fistful of film Anniversaries including: Phenomena 30th, Hardware 25th, Shallow Grave 20th. #HackThePlanet will be a chance to experience PsychFi Live a magical trip with Simon’s friends past, present and future.
Come join together to “Tune In, Trip Out” on a far out visual sound multi-media night exploring Simon’s creative journey with Digital Technology, Films, Games, TV, YouTube, Art & first of its kind ‘One Brain’ Live VR Google Cardboard App, by #DS15 invite only.
The chosen Android few will experience a VR PsychFi pop-culture immersive mash-up inspired by Hackers 20th Anniversary, with counter culture wizard Timothy Leary and YouTube Creator Ashens in mix. Come along to explore how artists can use every-day digital technology hacks & “Get Loaded” at the same time.
Simon Boswell theAND: Richard Stanley, Timothy Leary, Dario Argento, Alejandro Jodorowsky (Excl. Vizual Sound Content)
Ashens YouTube Creator 800K Subscribers: The Gamechild
Mr.Weebl YouTube Creator 750K Subscribers: Save The Badger
Revenge of Calculon Funkatronic Luchadores
Tom Dunne – Band
Ollie Clark & Lil Rice – Band
Those Goddamn Hippies – Band
AK47 (The Banksy Job) – Street Art Terrorism Trailer Launch
Lee Hardcastle – Cult Claysplotation Films (Claycats, RudeTube)
Event will be hosted by Pips Taylor and live streamed on peer to peer network GiniCam with exclusive opportunities to chat with your #HackThePlanet Heroes
More #HackThePlanet PsychFi, Digital Shoreditch goodness to be announced soon!
Ltd. fan tickets available Digital Shoreditch Premier Wristband Event
CARGO LONDON: 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY
CARGO LONDON BBQ Grub Available £2:50 Beers 6pm – 8pm
Partners: DigitalShoreditch, NOVA Music, FCML, Flick Records, ScreenageRenegade, We Are Formation, Sagberg, Sci-Fi-London, HERX, CARGO-LONDON, Ginicam, 3DScanbot
Ginicam is a live interactive video broadcasting platform for service providers and celebrities to monetise their online presence. From celebrity Q&A’s, to e-learning workshops, to company board meetings, Ginicam gives anyone, anywhere the tools to monetise their live video content, and share their talent or expertise with fans or clients from around the world.
3DScanbot are the Experiential ingredients, Professional 3D Scanning and printing complementary to events, exhibitions, special occasions, seminars and education. Incorporating augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. 3D innovation – hardware & software.
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YMCA Club is the largest gym facility in central London and the world’s founding YMCA, is the UK’s leading health, fitness and education charity.
The 3dscanbot Experience
Ready to scan you and your valentine.
Impress the one you love with something different, an exceptional gift incorporating their own bespoke 3d model.
Print them as figurines or as bespoke pieces of jewelry. We can create earrings, medallions and rings in Valentine themes, printed to your spec in bronze, silver or gold finish.
We are a new exciting technology-oriented company with plenty of fun and fresh ideas in our specialist field of 3D scanning and printing.
We showcase 3D scanning to a wider audience by bringing something very different to every one of our events. Guests are invited to step into our 3D scanning zone and watch as a 3D image of them quickly takes shape on a large screen.
Our team then explains how a 3D scan can be turned into a real life printed figurine and provide advice on other possible solutions. Scans are available for instantly shareable downloads. Our processes are also iPhone & Android friendly. Indeed, every participant gets to take something away with them.
Our debut Showcase at YMCA Londons Biggest Fitness Centre is a great chance to explore the possibilities for applications of 3d scanning in health and beauty.
Come and take part in the 3DScanbot Experience
3DScanbot attracts large crowds, draws a high volume of footfall, and is very appealing to diverse audiences. Our stands have ranked amongst the most popular at recent innovative technology events including Campus Party O2, AdTech London, Over the Air and eCommerce Expo Olympia.
Please find our logo & official images attached to the press pack.
The 3d printing is performed in collaboration with Makertribe
With so much on in this; the busiest conf season on record in my book; the space for startups heating up is expanding. We are at the beginning of a mega startup boom and a gold rush.
The Websummit growth has been a phenomenal success, the hosting venue and the city of Dublin saw itself saturated as 23.000 delegates flocked and filled it to the brim.
The officials and cultural attaches are taking notice; the embassies beginning to entertain startups; and investors holding receptions at consulate level. The UK has become a role model for governmental support at the highest level, recognising startup culture as both the engine oil and the fuel of the economic growth for decades to come. More importantly, tech is creating employment faster than any other sectors. Trade tours organized by No 10 now include entrepreneurs and startups along with the PM and Ministers on board the same flight.
The angel investors and VCs are slowly learning the ropes, now a healthy competition between global investors, leading by the US and China who are looking into investing in technology in the UK and Europe as attractive propositions.
With that rosy picture we also a need to promote a culture of inclusiveness. The reality is the higher up you go on the ladder the level of inclusiveness and diversity drops. The diversity in boardrooms still an issue as is the imbalance in the circles of power with women and minorities under represented.
Above at Noah Conference after party with Cabaret and Acrobatic acts
When we look at the societies afflicted with exclusivity, chauvinism, gender, and religious apartheid (see image on the right) as you can see the more repressive, undemocratic the more corrupt the state apparatus increases in par with human rights abuses and other ugly innuendoes.
These tendencies naturally feed into an economic and cultural decline where the climate is not conducive to progress and startups participation in the economic growth in general.
However, we are not producing enough women in tech through the education system, some of the greatest role models are forgotten, pioneers such as Ada Lovelace are not championed enough at schools. The discrepancy with presentation of women and minorities at board levels is a global problem that needs to be addressed on its own accord. (ref:http://www.businessinsider.comsheryl-sandberg-women-in-tech-2014-8?IR=T)
The 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work promoting equal educational opportunities regardless of gender as basic human rights for everyone.
At two of the best of the seasons, the Websummit commanding the biggest turnouts in Europe, for an event of its kind and Noah Conference with its creme de la crème of investors in attendance. Nevertheless when you look at the top levels of both conferences the inclusiveness begins to fade out to lighter tones of gray.
On a lighter note, when it comes to party the tech’s the best. These are social networking events accompanied with cabaret, acrobatics, musicals, poetry, and arty performances, as time goes on, these are becoming artistic outlets for many involved in the arts, as a race for each afterparty to out do the others. Noah stands supreme as party organizers. I have been to some wicked parties like Badoo to name but one, however the Connect party at the Websummit was something else.
Websummit claims their phenomenal growth as much in employing data-scientists in matchmaking delegates for the Pub-Crawls they organize where they band together delegates in groups to tour the pubs of Dublins and mingle with others enroute, these encounters are as important as the serious talks and investment pitches attendees sit through during the day. That said, attending breakfast meetings at 8.30 in the morning, after couples of hours keep, from a night of heavy partying is not something for the faint hearted. I usually turn up in Dublin a few days earlier to get Guinness acclimatised.
It is however, the place for everyone to let their hair down and celebrate the coming age of the startups, there is so much going to define the 21st century and for it to be remembered with a bang.
The globe is unique wooden structure feels with distinct intimacy the Greek or Roman counterparts cannot reach.
The venue, the contestant and the audience decorated with the joyful Shangri-la neon theme of the event. The distinction between the contestant the audience gets blurred, as everyone carried and wore their own artistic sophisticated and creative talents on their sleeves.
” It’s about creative free-reign, about the ordinary becoming extraordinary. Contestants over the years have been famous and infamous, celebrated and unknown, a parade of freaks, fops, show offs and drag queens… including Andrew’s many friends and family! The climax is a tear stained coronation with Logan’s dazzling Crown Jewels made of broken mirrors.”
3DScanbot a young startup, put to task to provide the wow factor for the afterparty, and did an excellent job at it.
All night entertaining queues of brightly dressed revelers, attired in assortments of catsuites, inflatable gears and glitter, donning jewelry sprinkled with metallic dust along with fluorescent colour blobs and reflective mirrors mingled with body and face decoration made up of matching exotic matterial and tones.
Miss Enigma names Alan Turing as the person whom she would like to honour with a national holiday
The Judges for the competitions included, Suggs from Madness and Zandra Rhodes. It was co-hosted and delivered flamboyantly by Grayson Perry and Andrew Logan on the Globe fantastic open air stage, we had a perfect weather for the evening.
The winner was Miss Zero + with her magnificent latex-and-inflatables combo, she has said
‘People should know that I am not a fetishist though, it is not a sexual thing for me – it is for performance art.’
The runner up, Miss Enigma who had an expandable electronic led peacock fan (in the picture), at the “Interview round” of the contest names Alan Turing as the person whom she would like to honour with a national holiday.
3DScanbot are a new exciting technology oriented company with plenty of fun and fresh ideas in their specialist field of 3D scanning and printing.
They showcase 3D scanning to a wider audience by bringing something very different to every one of our events. Guests are invited to step inside our 3D scanning zone and watch as a 3D image of them quickly takes shape on a large screen.
They demonstrate how a 3D scan can be turned into a real life printed figurine and provide advice on other possible solutions. Scans are available for instant shareable downloads are iPhone & Android friendly. Indeed every one gets to take something away with them.
3DScanbot Experience attracts large crowds, draws a high volume of footfall, and is very appealing to diverse audiences. Our stands have ranked amongst the most popular at recent innovative technology events including Campus Party O2, AdTech London, Over the Air and eCommerce Expo Olympia.
” It’s been developed based on strong shopper and customer insight and its execution has been absolutely first class.”
Radha R, Executive Vice President and Industry Head – Retail, CPG and Manufacturing, Mindtree
Radha R, Executive Vice President and Industry Head – Retail, CPG and Manufacturing, Mindtree, said: “Constant Commerce’s platform stood out for the judges because it has the ability to really drive change in ecommerce. It’s been developed based on strong shopper and customer insight and its execution has been absolutely first class.
“Thanks to its straightforward interface, transferable content and great technology, Constant Commerce ticks the boxes for shoppers, retailers and manufacturers, creating a smooth and seamless experience all around.
“This platform could also easily be rolled out to other industries, demonstrating just how good the technology is.”
Constant Commerce is a startup that makes content, ads and apps shoppable at the world’s biggest supermarkets and mainstream retailers, is today celebrating winning IGD’s e-commerce award. Presented at the 2014 awards ceremony in London last night, Constant Commerce won the award for their platform which connects food, beauty, parenting and health content at major media outlets and on social media platforms to retailers’ ecommerce and loyalty solutions.
Constant Commerce’s innovative technologies were identified as ‘the online sales platform that has most significantly improved customers’ shopping experience’ by the judges, helping the company claim the top spot in the e-commerce category.
Although Constant Commerce was founded less than three years ago, it has rapidly grown to become the world’s number one distributed commerce platform, with more than 20 well-known retailers, consumer packaged good manufacturers and media companies using its tools to create ecommerce, data and shopper-engagement partnerships.
Constant Commerce manages distributed commerce solutions for 10 of the world’s biggest retailers, letting them embed mini-shopping experiences in websites, apps, ads and social media. Brands and publishers can use the tools to push the products that are featured in their advertising and content to shoppers’ online baskets. The platform can also push promotions and offers to individual shopper’s phones via its retail partner’s apps. Shoppers can then shop the offers in-store to earn rewards, loyalty points or cash back.
The technology works behind the scenes – shoppers are never aware of Constant Commerce’s technologies, they just enjoy a seamless transition from their favorite websites and apps to shopper interfaces that are run on behalf of their favorite retailers.
The technology is especially powerful when embedded in advertising – Constant Commerce powered advertising is personalised whenever it’s served to the millions of shoppers that have interacted with the platform to date, showing pricing and availability for the shoppers’ preferred retailer and letting them add product to their online basket or to the list in their phone, according to the way they’ve shopped in the past. This personalisation is the main factor behind the advertisings exceptionally high performance against benchmarks.
Johnathan Agnes, Constant Commerce co-founder, said:
“We were extremely proud to have been shortlisted for the IGD e-commerce award and thrilled to learn that we’ve won it. In the last year the company has grown more than tenfold and as we prepare for more rapid growth in the year ahead, it’s great to have received the recognition of such an important industry award.”
The company, founded by Johnathan Agnes, has seen rapid growth recently and counts the biggest US, Australian and UK supermarkets among its customers, as well as several major global brands and publishers. Its Chairman is global brand strategist Matthew Freud and it has the backing of a team of high-profile technology entrepreneurs including Hercules Fisherman Co-founder- investor, Innovation Lead was founding CTO of Fizzback, Russell Buckley, who now advises the UK Government on inward investment in technology startups, Betfair founder Andrew Black and joined also by Fizzback founding CEO Rob Keve.
One of UKs best example of how startups can work well, having an stellar success in a short time, made possible by having the best of Biz and Devs working cohesively under one roof, building world class products.
SIGNS OF DEXTERITY is a gathering of international creators, focused on qualitative illustrations, drawings, paintings and photography.
From tight design to obscure surrealism, including traditional comic illustration, digital collage and many other innovative combinations. One line: Dexterity!
Dexterity will be affordable, all original artworks will be exhibited among their respective reproductions. Silk screenings, engravings, photography, digital prints on canvas, fanzines, books and many other mediums.