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The women in technology inspiring us…

The women in technology inspiring us…

Did you know that just 17% of those working in the technology industry in the UK are female?

This is significantly lower than other industries in support of International Women’s Day #PressForProgress campaign we wanted to shout out to some of the women in tech that inspire us in the hope that they inspire others too.

Anne-Marie Imafidon – founder of Stemettes

Anne - Marie (Imafidon)Stemettes is an award-winning social enterprise working across the UK & Ireland and beyond to inspire and support young women into science, technology, engineering and maths careers (known collectively as STEM).

Anne-Marie does this by showcasing the amazing women already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes. She’s been working hard since 2013 to follow her vision and to date has had almost 40,000 people attend her workshops across the UK and Ireland.

Last year Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE for services to Young Women and STEM sectors as part of the 2017 new year’s honours list – and quite rightly so if you ask us.

 Inbal Robbas – creator of the Smart Cot

Inbal Robbas – creator of the Smart Cot Entrepreneur and mum, Inbal built the smart cot to help keep babies healthier by empowering parents to monitor them more closely and accurately, using the latest technology.

Smart Cot has a built in camera, intelligent alerts, an integrated sensor, scale and thermometer. It comes with an app that boasts a health monitor, activity tracker and milestone function.

Her passion has empowered her to overcome many hurdles on her entrepreneurial journey and she’s now producing a limited number of pre-orders which will be available later this year. Watch this space!

Elizabeth Varley – CEO & Co-Founder of TechHub

Elizabeth Varley - CEO & Co-Founder of TechHub TechHub is a global community for tech product entrepreneurs and startups with bases in London, NYC, Europe, India and more coming soon. It has supported over 750 startups across 60 nationalities and has hosted over 1,000 events.

To date TechHub has helped its members raise $1bn in funding, some of whom have gone on to be acquired by Google, Facebook, Twitter, Oracle and Microsoft.

Elizabeth has been selected for Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 top influencers, the Evening Standard’s Silicon 60, the Debrett’s 500, Vogue UK’s Generation Tech and Cosmopolitan’s Fierce 40 Under 40, among others.

She has been a judge for many technology and business awards and is a sought-after conference speaker around the world.

If you’re a start-up looking for support we can’t recommend TechHub enough – Programme Development Manager Perdie Alder (another fantastic woman in tech) is a great first point of contact.

Rav Bumbra, CEO & Founder of Structur3d People

Rav Bumbra, CEO & Founder of Structur3d PeopleAfter over 20 years’ working in the tech industry, Rav was inspired to start her own company with one simple objective; to empower people to achieve their potential while helping businesses achieve their diversity objectives. Rav wants to see more gender-balanced workforce to encourage greater innovation, creativity and growth.

A prominent thought leader, Rav is a force for change in technology recruitment and has made it her mission through her business, Structur3dPeople to create innovative ways for businesses to attract diverse tech talent and address the UK’s skills shortage.

Through an impressive global mentoring programme, Rav is enabling women to build confidence and develop new skills with the aim of going on to work in technology, progress into leadership or start their own business.

Over 250 women have so far taken part in the company’s #GettingMoreWomenIntoTech campaign, which identifies female role models in the tech industry, while Rav is also committed to providing children (who Rav sees as the future generation of technology pioneers) with the technical and entrepreneurial skills they need to build a career in the industry, through #GettingMoreKidsIntoTech.

Celia Francis, CEO of Rated People

Celia Francis, CEO of Rated PeopleSince becoming the CEO of Rated People in 2015, Celia has taken the business forward at an impressive rate and it now has a coveted spot in City AM’s Leap 100 – a list of the most exciting, fast-growing companies in the UK.

Today, the business boasts the title of the UK’s largest online trade recommendation service, with over 2 million jobs submitted to-date. Its mission is to connect homeowners with quality, local tradesmen.

An extremely creative CEO, Celia has a passion for creating simple and enjoyable consumer experiences that influence a generation and has a proven track record of identifying talent to form high-performing, motivated teams.

Celia has a bounty of knowledge and experience to share and speaks at a wide range of industry events to inspire and motivate the next generation of business leaders. As part of her passion for knowledge sharing, Celia works with a variety of start-ups in London and champions Coder Dojo, Code Club and Young Rewired State.

 Sophie Eden, Co-Founder of Gordon & Eden

 Sophie Eden, Co-Founder of Gordon & EdenSophie co-founded Gordon & Eden in 2014 with a mission to harness start-up talent and use it to scale and transform established, traditional corporate businesses.

Quite simply, she recognised there was no search firm that truly operated across, and connected, both sectors – and that corporates needed to prepare themselves for future disruption.

Since doing so, the business has opened a talent pool among the start-up community that big corporates were previously missing out on, while diminishing the “them and us” culture that once existed.

Sophie knows what it takes to attract and connect the brightest minds in the highly competitive tech industry, and she must be doing something right as the business has rejected no more than five takeover offers from other recruitment firms.

Gordon & Eden has sourced thousands of talented individuals for huge names such as HSBC, Deloitte, Betfair, and Facebook. Sophie has rightly been recognised for her success by featuring in Tech World’s annual round-up of inspirational women in tech for two consecutive years.



What #PressForProgress Means to: Laura Hutton

By Laura Hutton

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve been asking businesswomen from various backgrounds what #PressForProgress means to them. Today, Laura Hutton, the co-founder of Quantexa, shares her thoughts on equal opportunity for women in coding. Quantexa is a cutting-edge data analysis company that uses AI to enable companies and institutions to make better decisions from their data.

Laura Hutton Quantexa Women Gender Equality

What troubles me, when I think about gender parity within sciences and technology is how little seems to have changed in my lifetime.

From the age of 4 until 18, I attended an all-girls school and my passion for mathematics was clear from the beginning. Yet few, you’ll be surprised to know, shared my enthusiasm. I was the only person to study further maths at A-Level and was one of just three women in my year at Durham to complete a Masters in Maths.

Like any other graduate, when I thought about what to do next, the options didn’t inspire me. I was a 23 year old female, so the “options” were marketing or HR  or because I’m “academic”, accountancy.

These weren’t me. And what’s worse, was that I had no idea what I was I going do. Now, if I had been a boy, it would have been obvious; good at maths? Check, don’t want to be an accountant? Check, how about coding?

I never had that conversation. Can I stand here and tell you that I wanted to code, that I had always wanted to code? No, in fact, I’d never coded in my life, nor had I met anyone who did. My career path in to software was purely by chance – I just happened to join a consultancy who also built software. I look back and wonder why no one encouraged me to code.

Did you know that the first computer program was written by a woman, Ada Lovelace in the 1800s? Did you also know that up until the 1980s, computing was a discipline for both men and women? So, what changed? Well, computers started to become a household item and were marketed almost exclusively to men and boys. From this moment on, the number of women in computing fell sharply.

That was back in 2006 and the world has moved on. We have a female prime-minister, and strong, talented women running leading generational changing software companies (for example, Sheryl Sandberg). So the female maths grad who’s looking for a career and coding isn’t encouraged, that’s a thing of the past…right?

Sadly not. I am a co-founder of a financial software company and women in my industry are still few and far between. For every 50 applications we receive, we get just 1 female applicant.

Now I don’t propose that we can manufacture the next generation of women scientists out of thin air. Because we can’t. I am running work experience programs for 16/17 year old girls to show them what is possible. I can start a campaign to attract more female maths and physics graduates, but the fact is, there aren’t enough. Much bigger changes are needed.

Firstly, major societal changes are necessary. Traditional stereotypes need to be redefined; girls do not just grow up to be mothers, teachers and nurses. They can be astronauts, surgeons and firefighters. How we educate our children, including the toys and books we buy and how we market these products,will in some way influence their career choices later on in life . Meccano is not just for our sons!

Schools must work proactively to change the subject-gender-bias. Just 21% of all physics A-level studies in 2016 were women. We need high profile, articulate, intelligent women who can show what can be achieved by studying the sciences.

It’s not just change at a grassroots level. Women have the ultimate responsibility of making sure the human race continues – an incredibly wonderful yet heavy burden. Help is needed to allow us to balance that responsibility with our rights and desires to have a career. I recently took 7 months off work to have my baby daughter, which some deemed to be ‘an awfully long time’ – Now I’m back full-time, I know first-hand, the rewards and the challenges of juggling both. We need to stop looking at maternity leave and child rearing as an inconvenience, it’s a necessity.

None of this is rocket science. It is a basic need for equality.  It’s feminism. I detest that this word has now such negative connotations. True feminism means totally equality for all, embracing the natural physical and emotional differences between men and women – the things that make us unique.

I believe all our daughters and our sons should be taught to be feminists, and to be believe that they can and should fight for total equality.

No one should have to ‘accept’ that inequality still exists. No one should ever have to limit their dreams because of their gender, nor let others limit those dreams for them. I have made a promise to my daughter to teach her this. I can only hope that by the time she is my age, the world that she sees is one of true parity and equality.


By Laura Hutton- Wife and mother, mathematician and Fintech-founder


Spotlight on… Mobile World Congress 2018

That time of year has come around once again – MWC has arrived. The biggest event in the mobile calendar, MWC 2018 will bring mobile network operators, leading tech brands and disruptive start-ups together for a week of exhibitions, industry talks and knowledge sharing in the Barcelona sun.

This year, 8 core themes have been chosen that highlight the ever-diversifying and fast-paced landscape of mobile; the most prevalent being the 4th Industrial Revolution and Tech in Society. Here are our top exhibitors who are leading the way in these arenas.


Returning for a second year, SafeToNet are continuing to keep children safe online with their innovative app. Harnessing self-learning algorithms that mimic human language using data mining, pattern recognition and natural language, the app identifies and blocks cyber-bullying, abuse and grooming online. A true example of those leading the Tech in Society space.

Interested to learn who's in the #SafeToNet squad? Check out our team news, as part of our @project11sports #PitchYourStartUp finalist video! See the full feature on YouTube. Search: "SafeToNet #PitchYourStartUp" ⚽️🏆👁‍🗨 #startup #business #premierleague #football #soccer #teamnews #squadgoals #safetonet #wayra #project11 #advertising #cybersafety #blocktheshot #footie #competition #support

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Unmanned Life

It’s undoubtable that drones have arrived, and their use will only become more prolific over the coming years. Unmanned Life’s Autonomy-as-a-Service (AaaS) platform will provide an on-demand, scalable and agile Autonomous Workforce, made of drones, robots and IoT devices working together to deliver Industry 4.0 solutions. Their aim is to drive disruptive change across multiple sectors to enable the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Kumardev Chatterjee, CEO, Unmanned Life

In the not too distant future our skies will be filled with autonomous drones. Unmanned.Life, the first ever organisation to utilise 5G autonomy, shares their groundbreaking technology. Founder and CEO Kumardev Chatterjee, introduces us to the rise of the machines. #MWC18

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Smartpipe Solutions

Big Data may have been around for a while now, but there are still many businesses who don’t know how to make the most out of their data. Smartpipe Solutions is leading the way in network data monetisation. Their patented technology enables real-time network data profile matching, that crucially is both secure and privacy compliant, allowing businesses to create a holistic customer profile.


With 78% of the public feeling that brands don’t understand them, businesses must do more to understand what their customer is looking for – especially as we enter Industry 4.0. Pixoneye are harnessing the power of on-device photo analysis to help businesses do just that.

Airtime Rewards

Smartphones are ubiquitous with communication in our society, yet there are still a number of pain points – paying costly phone bills being one. Airtime Rewards aims to solve this issue by taking the cost out of owning a smartphone. Through partnerships with well-known retailers, mobile owners can shop as normal while earning discounts on their monthly phone bill.


Bringing a new approach to health monitoring, Careviz aims to improve the lives of cancer patients through a social health app that brings together the tools and services needed from diagnosis to recovery. Providing a much-needed community, as well as quality advice and easy symptoms monitoring, the platform is bringing health care into the digital age while keeping the personal touch.


Traditional business phones have been plagued with inefficiencies for too long now. As we enter Industry 4.0, that companies that ultimately succeed will be those that are both efficient and professional. CircleLoop is here to help those businesses, providing a cloud-based phone software solution to help them be more productive, save money and make a good impression to clients.

Is your company looking to reach a wider audience with PR or social media? Whether you’re attending MWC or not, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line here.

Ones to watch: smart city tech innovators

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With Mobile World Congress 2018 just over a week away, the world’s spotlight is once again on the technology world.

Industry 4.0 will be a big theme this year as the IoT continues to connect us to our surroundings, further fuelling the rise of smart cities and buildings.

With the smart city industry predicted to be worth $1.2 billion by 2022, being an innovator in this space is a very exciting place to be right now.

Here’s our five ‘ones to watch’…


Shotl is a demand responsive transport system that brings together groups of passengers going the same way, and links them with a moving vehicle. It is more like a new twist on a bus line than a taxi service. Users of the app submit a request and are given information about their specific place for pick-up.

This Spanish start-up’s aim is to reduce the use of private vehicles in cities by 10% over the next 5 years. Sounds good to us!

Mr Bubo

Mr-Bubo is an incident management platform which promotes active participation. Spotted a missing fire extinguisher in a public building? Seen a dangerous hazard or a potential issue? Flag it on the app and tag the location so it can be addressed ASAP.

Participation, communication, transparency is the name of Mr Bubo’s game.


Do you live in an apartment or residential block in a city? Do you get frustrated when your friends or family drive over and there’s never anywhere for them to park?

Parkle could be the answer. This online platform connects you to your neighbours and lets you rent, or rent out private parking spaces. Efficient, simple and free registration.


Being let down by your mobile network can be infuriating and most of the time you haven’t got the time or patience to ring a call centre to report it.

Spatialbuzz arms MNOs with the tools to monitor networks 24/7 and respond to customer network issues in lightning fast speed. Using telecoms apps powered by Spatialbuzz, customers are able to highlight areas where there are issues with minimum fuss.

Customers are kept in the picture of what is happening to fix connectivity problems from diagnosis to resolution, and care teams are given tools to monitor customer dissatisfaction in real time.

Happier customers and more efficient networks – sounds like a win, win.


This handy app is great for connecting and empowering communities. You can suggest ideas for your local area, speak to your elected officials and vote for and comment on ideas posted by other citizens.

It also lets you contact partners to help get local projects underway, as well as receive local news and events directly on your smartphone.



Is your company looking to reach a wider audience with PR or social media? Whether you’re attending MWC or not, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line here.

Love the Planet – 10 ways to make your office greener


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air – but this year our Technology and Innovation team are doing things a little differently. We’re encouraging people and companies to Love the Planet instead, and have a think about the big and small ways we can all make a difference.

We are running a 5 days of change campaign to show how we at PHA are swapping bad habits for eco-friendly alternatives. Here, we outline ten easy ways offices can go green without breaking the bank, including some nifty tech to help you on your way.

  1. Eco-friendly search engine

Ecosia is such a feel good way to give back to the planet while going about your daily business. The search engine plants trees with the ad revenue it earns, helping improve biodiversity, water security and air quality. This German social enterprise has an impressive target of planting 1 billion trees by 2020 – you can help them on their way by adding their free browser extension.

  1. Stone paper

Karst is upturning an ancient industry: paper.

Karst create notebooks using stone paper, which has 60% less carbon footprint than traditional wood pulp paper, and use no water, chlorine or acids. Karst repurposes waste stone produced by the mining and construction industries, crushing it into a powder and combining it with a recyclable, non-toxic binding agent.

The result isn’t just good for the planet, its actually brighter, smoother, tear resistant and waterproof too.


  1. Go green – literally

Plants naturally improve indoor air quality, and psychologists have found that employees are up to 15% more productive in an environment filled with flora.

If you aren’t particularly green-fingered, online gardening start-up Patch has got you covered. Patch will help you discover the best plants for your space, hand deliver them to your office and help you look after them too.

Save the planet

  1. Reduce wasteful printing

Printing in the office wastes reams of paper, and everyone can make a difference just by thinking about whether a document needs to be printed. Could you share copies in a meeting, or use a digital agenda instead?

There are also some great software programs out there which can reduce the wasteful nature of printing, such as GreenPrint which analyses your printer usage and can also help you stop printing pages you don’t need, such as the comments on an article.

  1. Eco friendly commutingsave the planet

Encourage your employees to try greener ways of getting to work!

Carpooling sites like easyCar Pool can sync you up with travellers heading in the same direction, cutting down the number of cars on the road.

Cycling to work has never been easier, with plenty of gadgets helping keep cyclists safe. Cyndicate is an indicator system that lets cyclists keep their hands on the bars for longer, while See.Sense’s connected bike lights react to your environment to keep other road users in the know.

On the other hand, there’s a myriad of technologies that mean you may not have to commute at all. Communication technologies like Powwownow can help employees work from home or any other location, cutting down commuting emissions.

  1. Renewable energy suppliers

Could your office change energy supplier? Challenger energy suppliers are shaking up the sector, providing renewable energy and unparalleled customer service. Innovator Octopus Energy is the UK’s largest investor in solar farms and offers a Super Green tariff for 100% renewable energy, plus they supplier is 35% cheaper on average.

  1. Have a pint

Plastic and paper water cups are enormously wasteful – investing in pint glasses is a cheap way to not only prevent cups being thrown away after a single use, but also to improve your team’s water consumption, which is famously linked to productivity.

  1. Coffee cupssave the planet coffee cup

Likewise, nipping to Starbucks for a caffeinated treat may be a staple of many office workers’ days, but research shows that the UK discards 2.5 billion paper cups every year, with less than 1 per cent actually being recycled. Instead, invest in some reusable coffee mugs for your team to use whilst at the office. Ecoffee Cup craft exciting designs from bamboo fibre and corn starch, making them compostable, while The Rice Way create travel mugs from rice husks, an organic waste product from the process of harvesting rice.

    9. Lighting

Everyone is aware of the benefits of making sure lights are turned off when not in use, but businesses can be even more eco-savvy about their lighting. LED bulbs use 75% less energy, while simply giving your office a lick of paint in lighter colours and higher gloss sheens will reflect more light, meaning your space will need less overhead lighting.

  1. Top it off

After all these green initiatives, you can make sure your eco efforts go all the way to the top – literally. Green roofs have plenty of environmental benefits, including insulating an office building from heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. They also absorb pollution, increase urban biodiversity and can reduce rainwater run off by at least 60%, which helps prevent flooding. Companies like Eco Green Roofs manage the design, installation and aftercare to help top off your wonderfully green office.


Spotlight on… Propteq Europe 2018

With daily news about house prices spiralling, ‘generation rent’ never being able to afford a house and buy-to-let landlords being given a going over by regulators, every day seems to bring something new to the world of property.

The emergence of property technology (PropTech) in recent years has also had a huge impact on the way the world of property has developed. The latest instalment in PropTech conferences is just around the corner with Propteq Europe 2018 taking place next Thursday (15th February).

Propteq Europe 2018 has over 300 of the world’s leading property innovators and investors hosting a day of talks on the challenges and opportunities the industry faces.

We’ve picked out our top four PropTech companies we think are the ones to watch out for at Propteq Europe this year.


For many people, getting a foot on the housing ladder feels impossible. Unmortgage is helping bridge the gap between renting property and owning it, by helping thousands of people make that first purchase.

High rental costs are preventing a lot of first-time buyers from saving enough to put a deposit on a house. Unmortgage works by allowing people to purchase part of a property and pay rent on the part of the property that is not owned, meaning that over time they can buy more and pay less rent.

No White Walls

No White Walls is a revolutionary service that aims to take the stress out of being a house in multiple occupation (HMO) landlord. It has been developed by real landlords that know the struggles and frustrations that come with HMO properties.

‘A one rental model fits all’ for HMOs simply doesn’t work. This is due to the complex, time-consuming and labour-intensive nature of the model. No White Walls helps landlords by offering a lettings and property management service in one to save landlords time, money and worry.


Vieweet 360 is a DIY photography tool that creates full 360-degree interactive virtual tours of your property. The app assists you in taking the photos and the ‘auto stitch’ feature creates 360° tours within minutes.

If you are a landlord looking to make your property stand out from the crowd, Vieweet’s unique and easy to use app is perfect. It shows you property in its best light, helping it attract the attention the best tenants.

My Office Move

Moving office can be one of the most important and stressful things a company goes through. Finding the right location is critical, then you have to kit out the new space, then organise suppliers to deliver all the furniture and finally set everything up. And you have to do all of this whilst also running your company.

My Office Move covers all aspects of moving office. They have the largest online database of new and available office spaces being advertised with a complete breakdown of the cost of moving. They also have a huge database of suppliers to help make moving offices as simple as possible, from contractors to help fit everything out to IT & Telecoms specialists and even finance and insurance professionals to make sure all bases are covered.

Once you have chosen your new office and selected your preferred suppliers, you simply upload your information and the quotes are sent directly to you.

If you’re a PropTech company and would like to talk about taking your PR outreach to the next level, drop us a line by commenting below or sending us an email. We’ll be heading to Propteq Europe and would love to meet you!

Spotlight on… Film Technology

The 2018 awards season is well underway. Commentators are announcing their last-minute predictions ahead of today’s Oscar nominations and #TimesUp is making this one of the most memorable and poignant seasons of all time. It’s no surprise that the media has a sharper focus on the film industry than ever before.

The filmmaking business has undergone some real change in the past couple of years, and technology has been monumental in driving progress and empowering independent filmmakers and content creators. But which Film Technology companies should we be keeping an eye on in the next year?

The edit: is the tool that helps creatives keep the creative process moving. Editing content is often slowed down drastically by file transfer and lengthy review processes. replaces Dropbox, for file sharing, Vimeo for video review, and email for feedback. Integrated with all of filmmakers’ favourite tools including Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut, Slack, and Vimeo, this is a collaboration platform with some serious streamlining powers.

The training: Masterclass

Masterclass has firmly made its mark on the online learning space in the last year with its all-access pass to online classes taught by some of the biggest names in the creative industries. With screenwriting programmes from Aaron Sorkin, film scoring lessons from Hans Zimmer, directing classes from Ron Howard, and writing masterclasses from Shonda Rhimes, the platform offers unparalleled access to flexible learning course from world-class industry professionals.

The grade: DaVinci Resolve

A favourite of editors and colourists around the globe, the latest iteration of DaVinci Resolve is an industry leading set of tools for editing, colour correction and professional audio post production. The software – which is completely free – was originally designed for the industry’s elite colourists, but is now available to all. With Resolve 14, creatives can switch between editing, colour correcting and audio mastering almost seamlessly, making it one of the easiest tools to use.

The soundtrack: Filmstro

Finding or scoring music for pre-shot footage can be an incredibly frustrating process for creatives, but new platforms such as Filmstro aim to make this time-consuming process far easier. Filmstro is a music library for content creators and filmmakers that sits behind ‘intuitive software’ and allows them to create musical scores to accompany their footage. Now integrated with both Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro, the platform uses a roster of talented composers from across the globe to allow users to control the momentum, depth and power of their music.

The gadget: DJI Osmo

DJI have been leading the way when it comes to drones in recent years, but one of their newest tools is a game-changer for creatives looking to create professional looking video on the go. The newest version of the Osmo Mobile is a compact handheld gimbal for smartphones. With a lightweight design, cinematic movement, and active tracking, this is the perfect tool for professionals on the move.

The subscription: Flix Premiere

The appetite for independent films is growing year on year, and Flix Premiere is looking to feed this growing demand for originally storytelling with its video-on-demand platform. With new, exclusive, releases each week, it’s an online cinema that helps overlooked independent films find their audiences. The platform offers exclusive access to curated theatrical releases, and award winning independent productions making it perfect for movie goers tired of studio blockbusters.

Spotlight on…. London Blockchain Week 2018

The technology that defined 2017, even if we didn’t necessarily realise it, was blockchain. Providing the foundations for the volatile and fascinating world of cryptocurrencies which stole the headlines. For a whole week, starting tomorrow, the world’s leading blockchain experts and enthusiasts will meet in London for Blockchain Week 2018.

Kicking off with a Hackathon, the weeklong event sees the original Blockchain Conference return for its fourth year. Featuring an expo of some of the most exciting blockchain companies from around the world, the following two-day conference will explore blockchain/ DLT across all sectors, led by those innovating at the very forefront of the field.

Here we’ve picked out some of the hottest companies exhibiting and speaking during the event to watch in the coming months.


Qadre is on a mission to redefine how businesses onboard, quantify and manage trust in enterprise through harnessing blockchain technology. Ultimately, they aim to solve the problems with trust in the digital world. With a whole suite of products and solutions, Qadre is providing the much-needed tools to businesses; minimizing inefficiencies and chances for fraud. With big plans for 2018, this is definitely a start-up to keep on your watch-list.

Green Energy Wallet

There are two significant emerging technologies that will determine our future – renewable energies and electric vehicles. However, to ensure we fully move away from fossil fuels and protect our planet’s future, an efficient facility to store renewable energy is needed. Green Energy Wallet has utilised blockchain technology to create a battery leasing system, that harnesses the combined storage capacity of electric vehicles and home batteries – maximising the production of renewable energy and resupplying the grid as needed.

The Artificial Intelligence ecosystem has grown at an explosive and exponential rate but has largely been driven and dominated by the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon. aims to create an open, decentralised network that provides all services in the AI market to ensure AI is available to all – known as The Effect Network. Based on the NEO blockchain, and fuelled by a network NEP-5 token called AIX, the team behind the network is on a mission to define the future relation between AI and humanity.


Realising that only when we can spend and lend digital assets as easily as fiat money will they supplant traditional currencies, Lendingblock has created the first open decentralised exchange for borrowing and lending such cryptocurrencies. The company aims to create a financial system that provides equality of access to everyone, regardless of financial status or location. An exciting company who is working hard to make this goal a reality.


There are billions of IoT devices spread across the globe and ensuring they all are trustable in terms of interoperability for both data and commerce is essential. Rooting the identity and reputation of these devices on a distributed blockchain-based immutable ledger, Atonomi provides a new security and infrastructure to do exactly this.


Trading has become a complicated, time-consuming practice, with little trust amongst parties. Tallysticks is aiming to make trading simple again – helping independent businesses to grow around the world. Using software automation and existing banking products, Tallysticks is helping to build trust between trading partners through its single online tool for documentation, communications and payments.

The 5 cities driving UK tech growth outside London

London is highly regarded as one of the world’s leading hubs for tech entrepreneurship, having been voted the number one city to start a tech business by the European Digital City Index on more than one occasion.

According to the Tech City Tech Nation 2017 report, 1.64m people are employed in digital companies across the UK – a number that is only increasing.  While London acts as a major hub to foster a large proportion of tech start-ups and entrepreneurial talent, it’s far from the only UK city to play this role. Here we explore 5 of the leading tech hubs driving growth outside London (source: 2017 Tech Nation Report), with a sneak peek at some of the entrepreneurial pioneers to keep an eye on in 2018.

1.Manchester (£2.9billion digital tech turnover)

Digital tech is now as popular here as football. The R&D at the likes of University of Manchester, Manchester Met, and University of Salford has attracted some big names in tech, and the city now boasts nearly a third of the 50 fastest growing digital tech companies in the North.

Growth is ever-present, with two new accelerators, Wayra and Ignite, launching in the last y

ear, while Manchester City Council was awarded two £2 million grants for the creation of two new technology hubs. On another exciting note, Mi-IDEA, a facility for tech start-ups and entrepreneurs, has now officially opened its doors and is welcoming applications.

Tech pioneers: Graham Oakes, Founder of Upside Energy. Professor Michael Denham, Co-Founder of MindTrace. David Leitch, Co-Founder of Peak.

2. Birmingham (£1.4million digital GVA)

Drone and smart home / intelligent building technologies are emerging from Birmingham at an impressive rate, providing a large number of jobs which graduates from the 18 universities in and around the city are benefitting from. The city is now a very attractive proposition for Londoners looking for a change of scene, with over 6,000 people making the move to Birmingham from London in the last year – more than to any other UK city.

Early last year HM Revenue & Customs announced its plans to open a regional hub in Birmingham in 2019, promising to create 3,000 more tech jobs.

Tech pioneers: Thomas Anderson, Co-Founder of Grid Edge. Richard Westman, CEO of Kaido Group. Juma El-Awaisi, CEO of Braci.

3. Liverpool (79% growth potential for tech sector)

A lot of attention has been given to the Baltic Triangle district in Liverpool, and for good reason. This is where the city is experiencing significant growth in sectors such as gaming and virtual reality, while there are also plenty of digital agencies thriving and providing a plethora of jobs.

A new Santander Incubator sits at the heart of a cluster of innovation in and around the commercial district, and there is a developing IoT community making good progress in The North Docks. To top it all off, the Government’s £556million Northern Powerhouse boost will only have a positive effect on the tech sector.

Tech pioneers: Carl Wong, Co-Founder of LivingLens. Clemens Wangerin, Managing Director at VTime. Matthew Kennedy, Founder of AvenueHQ.

4. Bristol & Bath (88% growth potential for tech sector)

It’s hard to separate these two, so we’ve given them both a shout out as two of the leading environments for digital tech entrepreneurs. Since JustEat opened a tech hub in the city in 2004, plenty of new tech companies have been attracted to the area to capitalise on the rich talent afforded by four leading universities at a more affordable rate than London.

The two cities have made a bit of a name for themselves for their robotics credentials, with a significant amount of investment being pumped into robotics projects, alongside the development of aerospace projects aided by new innovation labs such as Future Space and science incubator Unit DX.

Tech pioneers: Nigel Toon, CEO of Graphcore. Silas Adekunle and Chris Beck, Founders at Reach Robotics Ltd. Tom Carter, Co-Founder of UltraHaptics.

5. Edinburgh (£513m digital GVA)

We wrote about Edinburgh before Christmas and yet again it makes our list for 2018. Voted entrepreneurial city of the year in 2016, tech businesses in Edinburgh employ over 25,000 people and produced an average GVA of £513million between 2015 and 2017. Research conducted in December by Stack Overflow, published in their Q4 report, found that Edinburgh was the fastest growing tech hub in the UK throughout 2017.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that tech businesses have started choosing Edinburgh over London as their home.

Gareth Williams, co-founder of Skyscanner, one of the city’s tech unicorns, summed up Edinburgh in a sentence that perhaps explains why it’s such a popular location: “The thriving digital tech scene in Edinburgh is hugely supportive and collaborative, with a strong sense of camaraderie.”

Tech pioneers: David Hunter, Founder of Shot Scope Technologies. Jamie Graves, Founder of ZoneFox. Andrew McGinley and Andrew Parfery, Co-Founders of Care Sourcer.

Five legal tech apps disrupting the legal market

Since the dawn of crime, technology and law have managed to co-exist together almost entirely indifferently. Yet, as they say, all long periods of slumber and denial must come to an end. And for the legal world, technological apps hell-bent on increasing efficiency and destroying the businesses of all honest lever arch files salesman, have arrived to transform the profession and challenge its robust conservatism.

Total investment in UK Lawtech firms has only just reached £16m, in comparison, Fintech generated £1.5bn in 2015-16 alone. But the market is still in the initial stages of development and is largely unexplored. The expectancy however, given the UK’s legal services generate over £25bn annually, is that this is where the next tech drive is going to take place.

Here are five of the early contenders attempting to disrupt the legal market. CaseCrunch

In May this year, the world’s best Go player lost to an AI machine for the first time. ‘Go’ is a hugely complex ancient strategy game where hundreds of years of received wisdom and intuition were believed to mean humans would always retain the edge over machine calculations. It’s different in that way to chess, where more than twenty years ago, IBM’s Deep Blue defeated world champion Kasparov in its first-ever game. For two decades since that defeat however, professional Go players had remained undefeated to technology.

How then did they finally teach an AI machine to outthink the world’s best player? Well, in many ways, they didn’t. Instead of providing it with information about the game as had previously been the technique, they let the machine teach itself. AlphaGo played millions of games in the space of a few days and by correcting its every error, generated its own knowledge. It then baffled the world in its first game (over 100 million people tuned in) by producing moves unseen before, but which in hindsight, made perfect sense.

The development and potential of ideas like this outside of the realm of board games is what is captivating the legal world now and it’s not hard not to see why. What could happen if AI strategy games could be developed into legal strategy?

Cambridge graduates were out to test this theory when they created CaseCrunch, an AI software that can predict legal decisions with high accuracy, and it appears, a higher accuracy than human lawyers.

Lawyers from the leading law firms in the UK, including magic circle firm Allen & Overy, were asked to assess 800 historic insurance misselling claims in a week-long competition and predict the outcomes of the cases. The results?

Lawyers  – 62%

CaseCrunch – 87%.

The first ever competition to pit lawyers against AI, and it was decisive. The expectation going forward, however, is the two will work together, rather than apart, we hope…


This company may be the most disruptive of all. Premonition knows “Which Lawyers, Win Which Cases, In Front of Which Judges.”

The database is gigantic and growing by 40,000 cases every day in the US alone. The slogan is you can “Select Your Lawyer on Data, Not Anecdote”. By entering your requirements into the database, the technology will return the lawyers with the best success. This includes who wins the most, who are the most hired and who are the proven losers that are continually re-hired. Hard to guess why lawyers have been resistant to technology, isn’t it?

But it’s not all bad news, as the data alone is fascinating. In Civil Appeals there is a barrister with 11 straight defendant wins, despite the fact, plaintiffs win 75% in UK courts. It also revealed Law firms select barristers 38% worse than random, and General Counsel’s 18% worse than random!

Aside from collecting this hugely valuable data and significantly strengthening the hand of the consumer, a more juvenile dive into the stats gives the perfect opportunity to settle old scores. According to the data, female partners win 12% more than their male colleagues and female associates win 3% more than their male colleagues. Something to do with multitasking etc…


Another UK legal tech start-up, Cognitiv+ applies artificial intelligence to the task of contract reading to background music of grateful cheers from training contract applicants everywhere.

As legislation, contracts and new regulations continue to grow to sizes of the extreme, the argument in favour of this technology is that managing contract changes are going to become an increasingly impossible job for humans. The AI should be able to monitor changes in legislation and then compare its analysis to a company’s own contracts, flagging up potential conflicts or alerting its users to the important changes.

The AI’s engine effectively automates contract analysis and management, offering businesses a way to stay on top of legal risks, contractual obligations and changing regulatory landscapes. Brexit has likely come along at exactly the right time for this startup, with new legislation and regulations likely to arrive in their droves in the next few years.

Check recipient

While so much time is dedicated now to worrying about the next big cybersecurity attack, Check Recipient worries about what happens if a data leak is done from within, by mistake. The technology studies your emails and alerts the user when it believes an email has made its way to the wrong person, blocking the attempt and allowing the grateful and-still-in-a-job associate a second chance.


There’s more to this idea than just potentially saving you from accidentally sending your boss your CV. The future of data protection may mean the consequences of email misdirection will result in more than just social faux pas. EU regulations set to enter legislation in 2018 could mean mandatory reporting of data breaches and subsequent fines.

A plethora of horror stories has entered the press recently regarding misdirected emails. From an HIV clinic accidentally releasing the names of its patients to a school in Australia sending its students a link to an “inappropriate adult website” instead of the intended annual breakfast event. Yet, closer to home, something as simple as sending the wrong email to an opponent or client when a legal case hangs in the balance would be mortifying enough. Check recipient has got that bit covered.

FLEXEBOSS is an online legal marketplace which enables people to search, select and interact with high quality, affordable (20% cheaper than the market rate), vetted UK solicitors to solve their legal issues. Lord Justice Jackson may not have been able to convince the profession of fixed costs outside of personal injury claims, but this app goes ahead and fixes them for you. You place the service in your shopping basket, send the documents the lawyer requests, and the Lawyer returns the work to you in the agreed timeframe.

It’s a win for both sides, however, as Lawyers can also sell their services through the site. It functions a little like an Amazon for legal services and the potential for growth, as more lawyers become self-employed could be endless. It could be an interesting future for the legal trade should concepts like this become the preference of the consumer. It gives more certainty over cost and an online interface more familiar to the modern customer. Viva la legal revolution.