Archive for September, 2009

Exploring Innovation

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Microsoft SurfaceWorking with Andrew Quinn (one of my Strategy Consulting colleagues) we presented at the Exploring Innovation event hosted by Unwired. This is an event that aims to expose various innovative technologies to organisations to help form some of their strategic thinking especially around the New World of Work.

We managed to secure and take one of the Microsoft Surface devices with us, which proved to be a real crowd puller, it’s just amazing what having one of these devices can do to people’s perceptions of what is possible.

The real magic isn’t in the device though, it’s that it’s significant enough of a change in how we view “computers” that it enables people to think really differently about how technology could be leveraged in the way we live, work and play.

This seems to be the real trick to successful envisioning in that you’ve got to find a way to break the thought patterns of those involved to open up to new potential – we aren’t always lucky enough to have a “big ass table” with us, but man, it sure opens doors (and minds) if you do…


UK University Innovates!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

A few Universities around the world are creating mobile applications, but probably none as useful and as perfect to the new student as this one that has been developed by the University of Lancashire.

I begin my final year of studies at University next week, and I could see something like this being incredibly useful.