Tech Trends 2018: The year in innovation
Hack & Craft News present a rundown of eight technology hotspots, strategic topics, and things to watch out for this year.
Black Mirror: Science fiction or a chilling reality?
With the new series due for release next month, Chris Middleton explains why Black Mirror and the real world are already indistinguishable from each other.
Facial recognition: Will a future criminal be wearing your face?
Chris Middleton asks whether technologies such as Face++ point towards a future of ultimate security and conformity, or entirely new types of crime.
Agtech: Where field and server farms meet
The robot farmer is here, but the biggest agtech innovations will come from the IoT, big data, and analytics.
A Smart City mission to make parking a truly forgettable experience
AppyParking is more than just another parking app. It’s all about Big Data with Big Detail and fits strategically within the connected car, smart city revolution. AppyParking has revolutionised the UK parking industry by consolidating the fragmented public and private sector by creating a standardised data set that understands every possible rule, restriction and tariff regardless of what kind of driver you are. This free public service in the form of app, website and API saves motorists time, stress, money and parking tickets while dramatically increasing productivity. Hack & Craft caught up with Dan Hubert, the Founder of AppyParking.
CERN’s asset management supercollider
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is big: the largest and most complex machine in history. CERN’s vast, €7.5 billion particle accelerator runs in a 27km loop under the border between Switzerland and France. Scientists use it to smash subatomic particles together at just under the speed of light, in order to recreate the conditions that existed when the universe was less than a second old.
The Culture of Innovation Revisited
It is easy to give a view on the important issue of how to create a culture of innovation. Rather more difficult is to clarify what type of innovation and culture change is relevant to any given circumstances. We are currently overwhelmed with messages to “fail fast” but that is just one culture of innovation and it hardly guarantees success. It's time to widen the agenda.
Manifesto: The Innovation Economy
For the past 6 years Hack and Craft has been building products for startups and helping corporations to launch new ventures. During this time we have helped create new enterprises worth hundreds of millions of pounds, but we have also seen many teams flounder and fail. The range of teams and the problems they address is too wide to determine any recipe for success, but we have observed some basic ingredients which are common to all disruptive innovations. The main pattern in the successful teams is a very high level of interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing. It seems that an essential ingredient for viable innovation is always the synthesis of knowledge from different perspectives. With this in mind we hope H&C News will provide a forum for this knowledge sharing and help foster the innovation opportunities that arise from it. Harry McCarney MD, Hack & Craft
Enterprise Efficiencies and The Future of Outsourcing
Corporate IT is in the midst of a transformation that will rip apart today’s long-term outsourcing relationships. Outsourcers have provided essential support for the core systems that make it possible to run a large organisation. But, those core systems are being replaced by SaaS applications, or broken up into cloud services. These new systems based on “Web services” are faster to assemble, more adaptable, and cheaper to maintain.
A qualified "Woo-hoo" for big data
Big Data tools are a game-changer. Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMSs) are reaching the point where they (at least on their own) can no longer enable us to get the maximum insight into the vast amount of information available.