Category Archives: Innovation

Work Experience with KnowNow

This last week we have been lucky to have Joseph with us on work experience from Cams Hill School in Fareham. He was able to work on a few of our current projects and describes the experience below.

Joseph with David celebrating a successful work experience!

Joseph with David celebrating a successful work experience!

Hi, I’m Joe and I have been gifted with the opportunity of working with KnowNow for a week.
I am 15 and I love computers and programming. For my Work Experience I was delighted to know that KnowNow were happy to take me on.

In school we had been had been using tools such as Raspberry Pi‘s to create our own minecraft servers.
I also was part of a club of programmers in our school. We use languages such as HTML and CSS to provide more online applications for teachers.

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Review of KnowNows Rollercoaster 2016

What a Year! What a Ride!

2016 was a very interesting year from KnowNow’s perspective.   We made a decision to pivot, we won some battles, lost some skirmishes and we have made some customers very happy.     We also had to say goodbye to some old friends too.  As Dave & I both said to each other at our end of year review  “it has been a rollercoaster of a year!”.

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Access to Finance and Growth 2016

Do you occasionally have a great idea for a new product or service? Would you like to see how you can take those ideas and build upon them until that new product or service is available in the market? On 14th September KnowNow will run a workshop at ACCESS TO FINANCE AND GROWTH 2016 held at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Access to Finance and Growth 2016, Wednesday 14th September, Portsmouth

This is a full day event for 500 entrepreneurs designed to help YOU understand different ways of financing and growing your business and to put you in touch with industry experts. The event will take place at Portsmouth Guildhall and the programme includes Key Note Speakers; Workshops; Breakout Sessions; Networking; Pitching, Panel Q&As, Awards and Networking.

The Workshop

We will be running a workshop on Taking Innovation to Market – helping delegates to create a structure for developing their innovations by Empathising with their potential users, defining the problem that their user experiences and creating ideas for solving that problem.

It is designed as a thought exercise that doesn’t need to rely on technology and is relevant for potential entrepreneurs as well as new or established businesses, small and large.

At KnowNow we have created new services and applications both for our customers and also some award winning products of our own such as the 2014 open data prize winning Flood Event Model. We use our project ideas template to evaluate the potential projects that we could work on so that we can either decide to focus on an idea or to let it fail quickly!

Our workshop will run from Noon until 1pm, immediately before lunch. You can book up for the day using the Eventbrite link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/access-to-finance-and-growth-tickets-21045540779?aff=es2

Access to Finance and Growth 2016 Agenda

The rest of the day is as follows

10.00 – 10.30             Registration

10.30 – 10.40             Welcome – Steve Berry, Invest South

10.40 – 11.00             Julian David, CEO, techUK

11.00 – 11.20             Marcus Stuttard, London Stock Exchange

11.20 – 12.00             Panel Q &A

12.00 – 13.00             Breakout Sessions featuring KnowNow Information and Ethos

13.00 – 14.00             Lunch

14.00 – 14.20             Christopher Lowe, Bloomberg

14.20 – 14.40              Tony Fish, Fab Lab London

14.40 – 15.00              Panel Q &A

15.00 – 15.30              Awards

15.30 – 15.50              Final Speaker and Close

16.00 – 18.00              Networking

That link again to book tickets is below. If you are going to attend then let us know in the comments section.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/access-to-finance-and-growth-tickets-21045540779?aff=es2

Citizens Now Have Consent Part 2

Part 2 – What is happening now…

The Business Case is warming up

Cognicity

Cognicity – the business accelerator KnowNow participated in 2015.

When it came to KnowNow’s innovative new consent tool what we needed was a view of the market.   We needed to move from a hunch to a viable innovation backed up with evidence.

A consequence of being on a business accelerator is that you take a more methodical based approach to your innovation validation.   This means fail fast and do the bare minimum and push only what has a positive response. Do more of that and less of the things that are not so positive. This is an iterative experience.

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Citizens Now Have Consent – Part 1

Part 1: The Story So Far

For smart cities to be considered a success they will have many different types of services e.g. for health, mobility, energy and crime. How services are delivered, measured and valued will be transformed and citizens will now consume experiences and share most things that were previously owned. It will just make sense that way. However, there is a big assumption in this futuristic view.  Consent.

What’s the big assumption?

That citizens will have allowed some quite personal information to be consumed, shared and distributed. Yet, this laissez faire view does not necessarily work for all. In particular when it comes to the European countries with the new GDPR, a growing number of citizens are hesitant about sharing their data freely, according to the latest MEF report some 41% of citizens have this concern. Yet a total clamp down on personal information use is not appropriate either, because no personal information share means no experiences and no transformed services.

So what is to be done?

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Innovation Workshops

Innovation workshops from KnowNow

KnowNow - Innovation Workshops just £500 in April

Does your business see innovation as the way to keep one step ahead of your competitors? Could you use an expert to quickly get you up to speed in the world of Big Data, the Internet of Things or Industry 4.0?

“KnowNow is one of just a few companies at the forefront of dealing with data in a manner that is suitable to the IoT” – Clive Longbottom, ComputerWeekly.com July 2015.

We are offering qualifying organisations the opportunity to engage us for a half day innovation workshop to help uncover new business value in your existing data and find out where connecting your assets will create new sources of valuable information.

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Action is What Really Counts

Lights, Camera, ACTION

Flooding & Cars

Flooding & Cars

Knowing that it is flooding is one thing.   What would be more relevant is being able to do something about it pro-actively before the situation gets out of control.    Flooding is going to happen, no amount of barriers will stop some floods.  The approach is… how to live and adapt to flood events.     Continue reading

Boathouse demonstraton in Perspex

IoT Demonstrators a Go Go

Demo Time

KnowNow will be undertaking a mini tour of its IoT demonstrator during September.    The story kicks off with an update to the demo we already have showcasing IBM Bluemix at the IoT Lab in Hursley.    The demo is a bite sized version of BeatHouse.

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Security Rules of Thumb from KnowNow

Police Line do not cross

Data Security is essential

Why do I need security in the first place?

Your data is being used by many organisations and yet you have minimal control.   Sometimes the data used will benefit you.   Sometimes it will be for the benefit of others.   The balance is starting to shift in our ever connected world where the gains of giving away your data are not as clear cut as they used to be.  Now we have more risks to worry about, more threats to manage and yet even more benefit to be enjoyed if we did share our information.

Threats are out there…..

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