the company behind Apptual.com, a crowd innovation platform for anyone wanting to turn their idea into reality: from mobile apps, to websites to new business propositions. “Collaborating with UCL has been invaluable because it has given us early market exposure to shape and refine our product while creating a track record. It allowed us to adjust our revenue model and adapt our product accordingly”
– Luke Raskino, Co-Founder & CEO
24 August 2012
On 23 – 25 August UCL will be heading north to the Turing
Festival in Edinburgh. Our student entrepreneurs, tech and app
developers and corporate partners including the BBC, will be joining us
to showcase some of the most exciting and cutting-edge new initiatives
that will soon become available to small businesses
and entrepreneurs on campus.
Running for the second time following a very successful festival last year, Turing is a major digital technology and innovation festival that runs alongside Edinburgh’s historic arts and entertainment fringe festival.
The Turing Festival is a must for businesses who are grappling with how to grow their market share using social media. Organised as part of the EU Open Innovation Project the festival moves beyond traditional tech conferences to explore the ways in which technology is affecting all aspects of culture and society, and will include big names in the social media and tech industry.
Don't miss Steve Wozniak,
co-founder of Apple, inc. deliver his first keynote speech in Scotland
as this years’ headline.
UCL Advances are organising four exciting events – we hope to see you there!
Billion Dollar Babies
10am - 1pm on Friday, 24th August 2012
The hype about Silicon Roundabout can overshadow the startup scene in Scotland, but brewing in the shadows are a range of Edinburgh startups that have ambitions to be global companies.
Billion Dollar Babies is
‘a state of the nation’ about the tech scene
in Edinburgh with the founders and leading executives of some of
Scotland’s biggest tech startups talking about their aspirations and how
they address the problems and advantages of taking on the world from
Scotland. In the selected audience will be funders,
advisors, experts and policy makers chosen to contribute to this
critical discussion about Scotland’s economic future.
Future Media: UCL and the BBC @ Turing
2pm - 5pm on Friday, 24 August 2012
MASHING UP THE BBC, SLICING AND DICING UCL with Bill Thompson (BBC), Timothy Barnes (UCL) and guests including small business leaders and global corporates.
Bill and Tim will introduce new resources that will be on offer to tech, media and digital companies to help them access public data such as BBC content and UCL research.
With the help of small businesses that have
piloted these services, the panel will explore
and discuss what SMEs can do to validate new technical and business
ideas. The speakers will announce new services and a panel will discuss
key topics including open data, near and distant future technical
developments and how businesses and public bodies can
do more for each other. An essential Turing session for small
businesses, geeks, media-types, designers, investors and commentators.
Discovery Mission @ Turing Festival
10am - 6pm on Saturday, 25 August 2012
Brought to you by UCL Advances and Launch.ed at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with:
- Salim Virani, who started Leancamp and does Customer Development for a number of startups and accelerators around Europe.
- Johanna Kollmann, a UX designer and researcher, co-founder of Design Jam, who currently is a product manager at Sidekick Studios.
- Rob Fitzpatrick, who's started too many startups to list - and is a Customer Development mentor for HackFWD.
- Franco Papeschi, a service design and UX expert, co-founder of Design Jam, who works with The Web Foundation, delivering startup support across Africa.
There's a problem with learning from customers - they're no good at telling you what they need. They give you whimsical features lists, tell you they'll use it and then don't, and basically send you on a wild goose chase - unless you know how to make those conversations useful.
This full-day, hands-on
workshop in Customer Development will enable you to: learn how to talk
to customers to get actionable information; learn
how to ask questions to get answers based on fact; and overcome your
fear of reaching out and talking to customers. Plus, you'll get to work
with designers and researchers from BBC R&D, with access to
exclusive BBC goodies normally reserved for people in labcoats
or business suits!
Bright Club @Turing
6.30pm – 11pm on Saturday, 25 August 2012
Join us for an evening of comedy on Saturday night at 6.30pm, after BBC mash-up. Comedians and venue are still to be confirmed but we guarantee there will be a bar, laughter and a good crowd of people!
Bright Club started off as an experiment: what would happen if we got a bunch of interesting comedians and musicians, and combined them with all of the fascinating people who work for one of the UK’s best Universities?
And what would happen if we did that combining on a stage, in front of an attractive and intelligent public audience? And what if we didn’t worry about whether people were famous, or experienced, or had been on TV, and instead just picked people that we thought were brilliant at telling stories about what they know?