Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning according to a new study in Memory. In the new article, researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign have found that ‘cognitive offloading’, or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use. We might
Happy New Year! Oh, this is going to be an interesting time ahead… I’ll be getting into some interesting projects and conference speeches around the Internet Of Things – that’s smart devices for customers and the rise of the server-side MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS and Node.js) to support those devices with APIs without falling over. Intrigued? For now follow the link to the open-source MEAN software at http://mean.io. More coming up in the January podcast shortly.
Innovations in Hackathons I designed the methodology behind this hackathon, so in this episode I explore how I have changed the way that hackathons are judged and scored to make them more interesting for all involved – and it puts the judges to work too! This episode includes behind-the-scenes audio and interviews of the judges and hackers, recorded by the excellent Retail Week Hackathon organising team of which I was a proud member. Listen now (running time 31:46)http://www.
I’m delighted to be chairing the judging panel once again for the second hackathon event from Retail Week. Last year’s fantastic entries set a high bar and I’m looking forward to witnessing the creativity that will undoubtedly abound in this year’s group of teams! You can read up more about the teams selected to compete by clicking here to go to the Retail Week hackathon website, but in summary they are: Asos, Cisco, Deloitte Digital, Drive, Localz, Omnifi, Shop Direct, Tesco
Welcome to this first full episode of Innovation Lab! If a company describes itself as ‘innovative’, what are its employees actually doing differently? How does a company with a known culture of innovation actually work?
To tackle these questions, Nick’s inaugural guest is Audun Clark, the former Head of innovation Culture and Communications at Tesco Labs. In this 20 minute show, Nick and Audun discuss the visual signs of an innovative culture and write the job description f
Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that Tesco have amicably accepted my request for voluntary redundancy. After 27 amazing years of a career in computing and innovation, I will be leaving the Welwyn Garden City campus for the final time as a colleague on 13th April. When I reflect on the last quarter century I’ve had enormous fun, from helping found and build Tesco’s online service, a founding member of Tesco’s staff network for LGBT colleagues, and helping create Te
I join many of my colleagues in being saddened to hear the news of the death of Steve Jobs last night. Apple, through Jobs’ leadership, used disruptive innovation to smash through the complexity of using mobile devices by making the utterly simple to use. For the first time, anyone – young or old – techno-savvy or techno-phobic – could pick up an iPhone and iPad and immediately ‘get’ how to use it. The massive complexity of the underlying technology was hidden under the cover
A recent article concerning the Tesco API appeared in Computing magazine on 22 September 2009 telling of some developers being unhappy at our plans to have our own iPhone application for grocery in the Apple App Store. One paragraph in the article quoted an anoymous developer who apparently said, “Tesco has just taken a big dump on our heads by announcing the creation of an official iPhone app for Tesco,” said one developer, who wrote to Computing on condition of anonymity.