Lisbon

An overnight trip to Lisbon, as part of a series of joint events between the British Embassy and Second Home Lisbon – the Portuguese outpost of the Brick Lane tech accelerator. The venue itself is emblematic of the changes in landscape in Lisbon, an oasis of calm concentration, with a lots of plants and young people with macbooks, on the first floor of a refurbished old building, with a newly swish local food market below.

Other meetings during the day reinforced the theme – all focused young businesses looking internationally even at an early stage of growth.

Speaker Sol Rogers from Rewind led a standing room only audience through the current realities of Virtual Reality, and then off into his vision of an immersive future. Some pointed Q&A on ethics and privacy acted as an interesting prompt that we are in a phase where the technically possible is not always desirable…

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