Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity, London 1994 Continue reading
I was excluded from the London Technology Network (LNTN) because one could not possibly be interested in all the different kinds of events that I had registered for… Now the LNTN has become victim of ‘austerity cuts’ – that are, of course, perfectly unnecessary, unless one follows one’s paymaster… But that’s another of my areas of research.
In my ‘naive’, i.e. as yet uninformed ideas about data centres, I wanted to see whether they might be interested in offering my web services to their clients who store their ‘big data’ with them.
Funnily enough, I spoke to somebody from the company who stores data for CERN! One day, they will use my software and all my troubles with my former employer will be forgiven!…
That’s what I like about living in London: the many opportunities for events that bring together people who illustrate the state of the art – of thinking, business and, above all, funding:
- whether it’s Dimensional Analysis at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge which confirmed once again why my thinking is different and solves mathematical problems that people are trying to solve
- or a BioWednesday entitled Creating the Right Culture and Supporting Entrepreneurs in Life Sciences that gave me a chance to present my innovation with one slide in three minutes
- or today’s Connecting the Supply Chain which I attended for I suspected applications for the layering of complex data.
- An invitation to use my prototype to forecast data from a lecturer in Sustainable Electrical Power Engineering from the University of Greenwich for an academic publication.
- The possibility for writing a proposal to bridge the “Smart Meter” roll-out (top down, single product) with the OpenHub and LightSpeedDerby projects (bottom up, multiple products, multiple applications in the context of Smart Cities).
- Discussions about my innovation with an electronics firm that is looking for partners.
- The challenge to get my prototype working on my new laptop.
- A critique of the governmental conference centre that wastes energy on coloured lighting but wasn’t able to heat our room sufficiently.
If only I could meet the right people with an ‘intelligent chequebook’ instead of having to fit into yet another ‘scope’ of a ‘funding competition’. For this funding style is a complete waste of resources, if follow-on funding is not built-in which is the case for the OpenHubs and LightSpeedDerby. What does it take for government to wake up???