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VivaTech Paris – Consentua on tour

 

VivaTech Paris

VivaTech Paris Entrance at Parc D’Expositions.

VivaTech Paris 2017

The KnowNow team were at VivaTech in Paris recently.  We were there to man a stand and pitch to a panel.  Tom & I had been invited by Air France to participate as they wanted to know more about Consentua. Our new personal data consent management service.

This was the first time we had taken Consentua to a trade show.  We had a great time and had some fanatics interest in our new service.

To read how we got on check out the blog I wrote here

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

Why Bristol is top of the UK Smart Cities Index

Bristol is a Top UK Smart City

Yesterday I attended the announcement of the first UK Smart Cities Index of top UK smart cities sponsored by Huawei and researched by Navigant.   A very interesting event hosted by The IET at the newly refurbished Savoy Place.  The result I wholeheartedly endorse with Bristol & London in the top quadrant of leaders.   I am pleased as I had positioned Bristol as my top smart city back in February.  Now the facts prove the sentiment.  C’Mon Bris!

Navigant Research - Top 10 UK Smart Cities - Bristol

Navigant Research – Top 10 UK Smart Cities – from Navigant Research

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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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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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What makes a Smart City?

Or….5 things you need to do first

Having just come back to the UK from a smart cities conversation on the other side of the world, I would like to share some thoughts.   The role of KnowNow is to prepare the IT architectural blueprint for this new smart place.   In effect create the wiring and usage diagram of where IT will be deployed and how it will be used. As much as you have an architectural blueprint for a plot to be built showing the materials and measurements.   The IT infrastructure needs similar design outputs to ensure that the IT works as required, when required for the right person.

KL by night

SE Asia by night

 

 

 

 

 

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Number 1 on the guide to Startups for London Technology Week!

Number 1

KnowNow are the Number 1 Tech StartUp ranked by the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program at London Tech Week.     A fantastic result and recognition for all the hard work we have put in working with IBM Bluemix and delivering award winning smart city innovations.

Smart City Services Company

KnowNow are a Smart City Services company delivering award winning IT innovation.   David

KnowNow Logo

KnowNow Logo

Patterson (KnowNow co-founder) is talking about KnowNow’s BeatHouse and Flood Event Model projects on Tuesday 16th June from 6pm at the IBM BlueMix Garage on L24, One Canada Square, for BluemIx’s 1st Birthday celebrations.

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Cognicity Wrap Up – The Result

Firstly, congratulations to Voyage Control & PolySolar on winning Cohort One of the Cognicity Challenge.     Thing is, even though KnowNow has not won the competition I can safely say we are already a Cognicity winner.  How come?  Simply having been part of this challenge KnowNow has already won so much.   Has the challenge been worthwhile then?  Hell Yeah!

KnowNow is a winner too!

Why?  By entering the challenge KnowNow was given an an opportunity to stop talking about the kn-i app.  KnowNow went and created it!   Check out the  beta version of our kn-i app here

kn-i Home Screen

kn-i Home Screen

Two reminders:

 i) This is browser only still (runs best on Chrome);  

 ii) new releases & builds occur occasionally so if not available first time please try again later. 

My thanks to the KnowNow development team, Kevin, Tom & Connor for creating the app and platform.  KnowNow would appreciate any feedback on the app tweet us @knownowinfo

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