Today I was at an event hosted by University of Portsmouth at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower (quite possibly my favourite UK structure). The event was to kick start a discussion on the future of urban Portsmouth. Prof. Steffen Lehmann had brought some serious players to the panel that was to discuss Portsmouth as a sustainable city by 2030. Asking the question… What is the vision to get there?
This is KnowNow’s home city in many ways. David & I were born here, went to school locally and our business is based in the city and one of us is a season ticket holder! We are a Portsmouth company. Yet we also have a global outlook with customers in SE Asia, London as well as down the road. Our home city has tended to lag behind when it comes to being seen as a ‘smart place’. Now this may have changed.
Apologies for the break in the blog cycle and the jump to week 11 from the last update way back on week 7. A personal saga has been my prime focus. However, loads has happened and we are now on the final stretch of Cognicity.
Week 8 was all about Interoperability. Plus we got to pitch to Sir George! Week 9 we should have met the client but missed the meeting. Week 10 we finally did meet the client. We are now on the final countdown gunning towards the finishing line.
Cognicity has been a hugely positive deal for KnowNow. A truly fab experience so far and you never know. We may even win it!
The second week of Cognicity at Canary Wharf has followed two main themes. The first has been a settling into a groove aspect. Especially from the perspective of gaining a better handle on exactly what we are going to show off in 11 weeks; as well as finding your way to your desk from the tube without gazing into the many stores that tempt you in with their wares! The second theme has been on better understanding the many competing aims the challenge is throwing at us. With a superb workshop on being a Lean Startup that will help shape what the end result from KnowNow will be.
Whether You Do Or Weather You Don’t. Or WUDOWUD. Eh?
The British Isles has a tempestuous relationship with the weather. Enough different types of weather hit these shores and more extreme weather seems to be the new normal. So what? Well, what if you could take advantage of our growing accuracy in weather forecasting to respond more pro-actively to a pending weather event? What if you know that by being smarter about how you respond to the weather means you can save money, time, resources and possibly even a life.
Southsea Seafront Storm Copyright G. Emson Kindly used with permission
After all, the destructive impact of a single event can cause millions of pounds worth of damage. The impact weather has on our landscape in terms of felled trees, flooding and icy roads has been with us since time began. With climate change the incidents of extreme weather are likely to increase in frequency as well as ferocity. This is not avoidable.