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The Internet of Things is picking up pace in a variety of different areas – smart cities, healthcare and the workplace are all starting to benefit from the use of internet-connected sensors and the data they transmit. But one area that has been slow to develop is the smart home.
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.
The rapid growth and use of smartphones has changed customer behaviour and their expectations interacting with different business providers. Embracing ‘over the top’ (OTT) services such as instant messaging platforms offers operators one such mechanism to engage with customers in a fast and convenient manner.
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:
Deloitte believes in celebrating entrepreneurship in the UK technology community through our Fast 50 programme where towards the end of last year we announced the UK’s fastest growing technology companies, alongside the CEO report. Both of these publications highlight the vital achievements and unique insights of the people who drove them to their current position.
Looking at this list of 50 companies, the question arises: What lessons are there to be learned from their success?
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.
‘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?
We have seen much discussion on WiThink on how digital and technology innovation has disrupted businesses in the music and media industry however, while this type of disruption has captured our attention, another one was gradually making progress: affecting cities and government. Similar to businesses, the advent of digital and tech innovation have pushed cities and governments to rethink the way they operate and engage with their citizens.
The world is becoming more mobile. Whether across the globe or at a national level, people can have a certain degree of flexibility when deciding where to live. There are a handful of “global cities” that are effectively competing with one another to attract the best talents and businesses. Appearing as a smart, efficient city, that’s environmentally safe and free of logistical nightmares is a valuable selling point.
October 13 marks Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Ada Lovelace has been credited with being the first computer programmer as her notes (written in 1842!) on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine, contained what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine.
From her pioneering work, fast forward a century and a half and information technologies (IT) touch almost every aspect of our lives. From how we interact with close friends and collaborate with strangers from across the globe, to how we do our shopping; from how we perform our jobs to how businesses attract customers and how governments interact with their citizens.