Yesterday I saw 12 finalists competing for £40K of ICTomorrow at NESTA. I had ‘failed’ and wanted to learn what the potential winners had to offer.
When I introduced myself as an ‘eternal Start-Up’ to another of the very few ladies, she said “we should all be eternal start-ups”.
It was not very impressive to see existing companies and people who were seemingly commercially successful proposing incremental changes. No room for quantum leaps, paradigm shifts or genuine start-ups. One of the organisers said: the challenge was too prescriptive.
Quite right: a box ticking exercise. That’s how the TSB is ‘driving innovation’… Continue reading →
“Humboldt had a horror of the single fact, believing that in order to explore any one thing, one needs to approach it from all sides… Every discovery opens up the imagination further, stimulating more discovery:
it enlarges the sphere of ideas, excites a taste for investigation, while the creation of new instruments of observation increases the intelligence.”
Innocentive is an interesting platform that brings together problem seekers with problem solvers.
I’m currently working on the challenge presented by NASA: to measure intracranial pressure on ground and in flight. Hence I am suggesting to use my software to compare and evaluate the three imaging and five other technologies they are using to collect data.
My wonderment always comes from the different bases of ‘logic’ in the scientific / academic and the entrepreneurial / investment mindset. This company proudly suggests it’s only worth making money out of other people and their efforts, once they have already made a million… Continue reading →