I have moved to the UK in 2008 and before I even have arrived, LinkedIn has helped me to find a job! Exactly...my love/hate relationship with this playform started back in 2008 when I was living in New Zealand and decided to move back to England for personal reasons.
So much have changed in the past 12 years and I'd like to ask you a question:
How technology has changed your life?
12 years ago, helped me to find a job in the other side of the world!
Some of our "normal" and "indispensable" daily tasks would not be possible without our smartphones, and our social life would not be the same without our Twitter or Facebook. And the evolution is not only in our basic life, the next ten years will bring significant changes in our health, homes, transport, etc.
Today, I work remotely in most of my projects and I have been strategically developing ways to work remotely and doing business even when I am sleeping. I also cannot run my business without some digital tools - or manage my team because everyone work remotely.
Are you ready?To start, let's go back in time and see some of the tech evolution:
1. Google Chrome - Year 2008
"On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple, like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go." Google CEO Sundar Pichai (who was vice president of product management at the time) wrote on the official Google blog.
3. Google's Android OS - Year 2008
Android came out in 2008 but it spent most of that year tied to a single carrier. But with a thriving App Store, strong hardware and an impressive user experience, Android was considered the chief competitor to the iPhone in 2009 and had a massive growth.
5. Microsoft Windows 7 - Year 2009
The replacement of Windows Vista was announced in October 2008
It has been praised for an improved user interface, faster performance, and fewer intrusive popups. Windows 7 is still the most widely used version of Microsoft’s OS.
6. Tesla Roadster - Year 2008
Eletric cars exist way back to 1884. However, here we are talking about the modern generation of eletric vehicles and we cannot forget the lauch of Tesla Roadster in 2008. It is a battery eletric vehicle (BEV) sports car based on the Lotus chassis produced by the Tesla Motors (now Tesla, Inc.) in California from 2008 to 2012. The Roadster was the first highway legal serial production all-eletric car to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first to travel more than 320 Km per charge.
7. IPAD - Year 2010
The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010 and it was designed, developed and marketed by Apple."It is the best browsing experience you'll ever have." described Steve Jobs introducing the iPad.There have been eight versions of it and more than 360 millions iPads had been sold until 2017 (source).
8. Amazon Kindle - Year 2008
It is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon. The device enable users to browse, buy, download, and read digital media via wireless. Just in the USA, Kindle store has over six million e-books available.
9. Spotify - Year 2008
It is a Swedish media service provider founded in 2006 and launched in 2008. It was founded in Stockholm by Daniel Ek & Martin Lorentzon and it has the company's head office in London.
Spotify has 217 million monthly users including 100 million paying subscribers and it is used in 61 countries, has 159 million active users and a library of 35 million songs and some people predicted that the company could be worth around $25 billion (£18 billion).
10. Uber - Year 2009
Uber was founded as a car service called UberCab in March 2009 by Garret Camper & Travis Kalanick. Uber has operations in 785 cities worldwide and its platforms can be accessed via its websites and apps. There is an estimated of 110 millions users worldwide and a lot of criticism from the taxi industry and classification of independent contractors for Uber drivers around the world that work as contractors with no access to benefits as well health insurance and paid holiday. (in NY as a result of complains that after expenses, drivers earn less than the minimum wage, drivers were guaranteed mininum wage).
It's hard to imagine a world without the internet and today56.1% of the world's population has internet access and 81% of the developed world have access to internet. Internet has transformed every aspect of our life and we have been impacted in a way we communicate, shopping, navigate and entertain.
What kind of technology is essential in your life?
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During this week, some of my personal highlights are (of course) to watch talented women sharing their experience and expertise and to see the advanced new ways of AI, AR and IoT.
11 June: LeadersIn Tech Summit, Barbican
Some of the speakers and topic were:
Roundtables - Maintaining the Human Factor in Digital Transformation
12 & 13 June: TechXLR8 (including the AI Summit), ExCeL
London Tech week is happening and as one of the London Advocate, I am so happy to say that the city just got named world’s top tech hub!
London produced 91 tech investment projects bringing in £864m in the last 12 months and now, it's home to over 70 billion-dollar tech startups. In just five months, UK tech startups have already reached £3.8bn of funding across the tech sector which broken the half-year record for VC investment (according to Tech Nation).
In the first five months, Greensill and Oaknorth’s raises of $800m and $440m respectively from Japanese mega-investor Softbank, and takeaway startup Deliveroo’s $575m round led by Amazon. With Fintech raising to hit $2.3bn, Foodtech to $667 million and Software Startups to raise $473 million, The UK now has 78 unicorns (both current and acquire).
Tech London Week is attracting delegates from over 20 countries and I am one of them!
10 June: UK Prime Minister launches London Tech Week
The Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (10 June 2019) launched the 6th annual London Tech Week festival, that brings together many of the biggest names from global technology and business. In her opening speech the Prime Minister said:
“Already we are one of the best places in the world to start and grow a tech business. British Tech is growing over one and a half times faster than the rest of the economy, adding more than one hundred and thirty billion pounds to our economy every year...
But if we are going to maintain our position asa global leader, our challenge is how we develop British Tech and make it even better.We want this to be the place everyone thinks of –and comes to –first when they want to develop their world changing tech ideas. This is a challenge shared between industry and Government...
Today as we sit on the cusp of the next great industrial revolution, we have the opportunity to work together and ensure that the advances we see transform our world for the better, and for the benefit of everyone. Government will back you all the way.”
She also announced ambitious commitments to ensure The UK remains the largest tech hub in Europe. It includes:
Events for 2019 include
London Tech Week saw 55,000 attendees last year. It is anticipated that this year’s TechXLR8 will welcome more than 15,000 attendees, 8,000 companies, and 600 tech guru speakers. There is set to be more than 300 exhibitors, with at least 90 countries represented (with nearly 70% attendees at director level and above).
B2B Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant Candyce has spend the past 15 years working in B2B Sales and Marketing for various tech brands driving digital transformation and product experiences with her knowledge and expertise. She is a consultant, advisor, founder of "Digital Business Women", a Digital Magazine focused on Women in Tech and Digital Businesses, a speaker & panellist at various technology & lifestyle events. A self confessed tech geek, technology is part of her life every.single.day. Candyce lives near London and you can find her working while searching the best cup of coffee when travelling around Europe.