Has Apple lost its mojo?
Apple / Innovation / Technology

Has Apple lost its mojo?

Remember when Apple was the new shiny thing that everyone wanted?- when each launch was  amazing, unexpected, innovative? Apple products were something only the cool kids had. Well, now everyone has an iDevice- and Apple is emerging as the embarrassing uncle looking repetitive and outdated, with their profits  dropping for the first time in a decade. I’m … Continue reading

Entrepreneur / Innovation / Technology

‘Innovation at the sharp end’- a Fujitsu discussion evening

On Wednesday evening I attended Fujitsu’s ‘Innovation at the sharp end- How can organisations turn good ideas into bottom-line growth?’ Amongst other speakers (namely, David Smith, Fujitsu UK and Ireland CIO & CTO and Mario King, VocaLink CEO), Matt Kingdon of ?WhatIf! gave an engaging presentation on Freeing the radicals: how to manage the innovation … Continue reading

Civil Service / Government / Innovation / Technology

The Gov Bug

Influencing government through pressure groups and protests has been common practice within society for centuries. Alternative (and potentially more direct and powerful) methods of impacting authority and creating positive good for people are increasingly coming to the fore, however. These methods- which can be both constructive and destructive- use technology rather than letter-writing or marching as their … Continue reading

General / Innovation / Technology

David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization

A few months ago David McCandless did a brilliant TED presentation on data visualisation (a subject that was also talked about by Tiffany St James at yesterday’s Teacamp). “That’s what’s exciting for me, seeing how data can change my perspective and change my mid mid-stream. Beautiful, lovely data.” “It feels to me that design is about … Continue reading

Innovation functions in large organisations
Civil Service / Fast Stream / Government / Innovation / Technology

Innovation functions in large organisations

6 weeks ago I (reluctantly*) finished my role in the Department for Work and Pensions’ Innovation team. I’ve now had some time to reflect on the role and the place of innovation functions in large organisations, with the following observations, insights, and tips for success: You’re not an inventor In the context of introducing change … Continue reading

Civil Service / Government / Innovation / Technology

CityCamp London: a “local conference for local people”?

I’ve just returned from City Camp London; a three day unconference which evolved from context-setting talks (“Stimulate”) to barcamp style sessions (“Participate”), finishing with a hack/ project creation and pitching day (“Collaborate”). The full agenda can be found here. Organised by Futuregov, the event was part of a worldwide series of “City Camps“- a movement that … Continue reading