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Helsinki

To a dark, cold Helsinki and Slush, still a show like no other and always valuable. Slightly less VIP / political presence on stage this year but a high quality attendance across European tech – with AI and healthcare standing … Continue reading

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Channel 4 Creative Hub – Bristol

Bristol successful as location for new C4 Creative Hub! Fantastic news https://t.co/IeIY3cBA3W — Mark Leaver (@mark_leaver) October 31, 2018 After a process which started in Spring 2017, amazing news last week from C4. Having authored the submissions from Bristol, working … Continue reading

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Sao Paulo / Santiago / Buenos Aires (London)

This blog could be subtitled: the failure of politics (with an exception) A fact-finding / relationship building visit across LatAm was in some ways an object lesson in a seemingly global failure or polarization of politics. The rise of Bolsonaro … Continue reading

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Sao Paulo

Você sabia que as indústrias criativas no Reino Unido geram em torno de 92 bilhões de libras por ano? Mark Leaver, adviser do UK para Creative Industries, esteve no Brasil na semana passada e nos contou um pouco mais sobre … Continue reading

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Raindance – Chile

I had the great pleasure of chairing a morning of sessions at the fantastic Raindance Film Festival celebrating Chile as this years’ guest country and the emergence of a new wave of Chilean cinema – capped by the Best Foreign … Continue reading

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New term

An interesting recent article by Janan Ganesh in the FT on the impact of tourism “ossifying” medium sized cities resonated with a trip to Portugal over the summer. His contention that tourism hampers change because the visitor wants the “old … Continue reading

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Overdue – Hyderabad / Bangalore / Mumbai / Berlin / Helsinki / Bristol

A slightly over-intense period, with the result that this site fell off the to-do list… The highlights: India for Innovate UK, focusing on the potential for productive UK / Indian collaboration on the development of the immersive technology sector. I’m … Continue reading

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Paris / Bristol

An event in Paris at the spectacular British Embassy exploring the relationship between “tech nations”. Combining inputs from companies and intermediaries from across the UK and France, it was an object lesson in the fact that collaboration is driven by … Continue reading

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Austin: SxSW

Overall the expected slightly frenzied mix of showcase, panels and parties. Reflecting against my last visit four years ago, reality has rather overtaken the naïve enthusiasm of the early years of SxSW Interactive. There were no start-ups in branded T … Continue reading

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Munich

Another fascinating exploration of attitudes and activity around VR. The consensus across countries as diverse as India and Germany on the market position and necessity for experimentation is striking, and there is a consistent open and collaborative ethos everywhere in … Continue reading

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