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During this year’s TMT Predictions Schools Challenge Final, a variety of ideas were united by a common thread: that technology and the Internet are vital for education. As the winning team explained, education should not be seen as a luxury but as a necessity which can be provided globally through technology. The students are not alone in their thinking; the rhetoric among many of the tech giants such as Mozilla, Google and Facebook is that connectivity has become a vital resource in the 21st Century and is crucial for providing education worldwide.
Reflecting back on my second year at the TMT Predictions schools challenge Grand Final, I was once again amazed by the innovative ideas that the students from our Deloitte Access Schools came up with in response to the challenges we set them about our Tech, Media and Telco Predictions.
And here I am at the fifth year of the Deloitte and Enders Analysis co-hosted Media & Telecoms 2016 & Beyond Conference. This grand, chandeliered hall is bursting with 400 of the most senior executives in the UK media and telecommunications industries including WPP, BT, Google, Sky, BBC and many many more.
Every attendee will have taken something different from the conference, but I would like to share my five main observations:
The mobile games industry is thriving. Right?
After all, it's worth an estimated $35b (up from $30b last year). Also, Superdata, who report on the worldwide digital games market, revealed that two mobile games, Clash of Clans and Game of War, made more digital revenue than the top 10 console games combined.
This time last year, I posed the question: how close are we really before automated vehicles hit the mass market? One year on, are we any closer?
The second week in January heralded the return of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This show is accepted in the industry as the overriding display of cutting edge technology – any technology company you have heard of (and many others besides) make a loud showing in earnest.
‘New technology will not necessarily replace old technology, but it will date it’ - Steve Jobs
As consumers, we are compelled to possess the latest technology trends and innovations. This compulsion is rendering today’s technology as yesterday’s at an unprecedented rate, giving Steve Jobs’ observation more relevance than ever before. Such progression is no better exemplified than in the market for smartphones; as the market grows and evolves, new devices are released quickly dating older versions. With 1bn smartphone upgrades in 2015, what is the fate of used devices?
The 10th edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC) was packed with new gadgets and technologies. This year, it was increasingly obvious that the event is becoming a cross-industry affair as more things get connected. The conference attracted more than 90,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies ranging from the world’s largest mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, internet companies, plus companies from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare.
Looking back at some of the things I’ve seen at the event, three key themes, in my opinion, dominated the conference floor.
Getting déjà vu?
Apple recently launched the Apple Watch, leading many onlookers to question whether we could be witnessing history repeating itself. The company who “defined music players, tablets and all-in-one computers”, has now set its sight on smartwatches.
With 38 models that can open hotel doors, check song titles, make touchless payments and receive phone calls, Apple hope that their latest innovation will change the way we live our lives…again.
The debate around the Internet of Things (IoT) is growing and as the number and variety of connected devices grow, the fate of IoT will lie on the cultural and social paradigms that define humanity as a whole.
In 2014 Vince Cable announced a £10m government fund available for trials of driverless cars on public roads, commencing on 1st January 2015. But, how close are we really before automated vehicles hit the mass market?