Mashable’s Pete Cashmore explains why the UK is an “incredibly exciting” place for tech companies to look to for global expansion, including his own!
Dreams, Discovery, and Space Missions
By Sally Mouakkad, Science and Innovation Officer, British Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
Earlier this month I had the chance to fulfill a dream I’d had since I was a kid: seeing an actual rocket launch into space. Specifically, the launch of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) aboard a Delta II rocket at the U.S. Vandenberg Air Force Station in California. Following the 2009 failure of OCO-1, the high hopes present amongst everyone on-site at the originally scheduled OCO-2 launch on 1 July were almost crushed as the launchpad experienced a water flow issue at T-46 seconds.
Missing the 30-second window that would allow OCO-2 to perfectly align in the A-train satellite constellation with 5 other satellites in space, the launch was put on hold for 24 hours. But much to my delight, OCO-2 finally made its successful journey to space at 2:56am the next day. OCO-2 is “NASA’s first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from space.” The data collected will help scientists improve “predictions of future atmospheric CO2 increases and its impact on Earth’s climate.”
The British Consulate General New York and UK Trade & Investment hosted a Google Hangout to discuss The GREAT Tech Awards 2014, which will take the best tech companies from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania to London for a bespoke business development trip.
- British Consul General in New York, Danny Lopez
- Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech
GREAT Tech Awards Judges
- Yinka Adegoke, Deputy Editor at Billboard
- Doug Atkin, FinTech Fund Portfolio Manager at Guggenheim Partners
- Margaret Molloy, Global CMO of Siegel+Gale
GREAT Tech Awards Advisors
- Ziv Navoth, Co-founder and CEO of Paragraph
- Bob Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation, Thomson Reuters
2013 GREAT Tech Awards winners
- Josh Warrum of ADstruc
- Peter Stein of TeachBoost
- Jess Compagnola of Gust
The Great British Department Stores have changed the way the world goes shopping and continue to innovate to this very day. Discover their rich history which stretches back over centuries.
We are showcasing photos from The Architecture of Diplomacy: The British Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, by Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings. The residence, completed in 1930 by Sir Edwin Luytens, has born witness to historic state visits and prized events throughout its tenure. Lutyens’ circular staircase, seen here, creates a dazzling effect that looks down to Nigel Hall’s sculpture Intension Extension (1995), which echoes the geometric floor pattern at the staircase’s base.
(photo by Eric Sander)
Watch the 2013 GREAT Tech Awards story and find out why your New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania based tech company should apply for this year’s awards on 1 June 2014.
Incentivizing Innovation in #Development
By Andrew Preston, Development Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington.
I’ve been getting into Twitter in the last couple of weeks. I know I’m only five years later than everyone else, but I’m loving the new insights and the quirkiness of it all. Two things were “trending” on my Twitter timeline recently that, seemingly unrelated, made me reflect on the incentives shaping donor effectiveness.
The Global Development Lab
First, USAID launched its Global Development Lab (#GlobalDevLab). This happened with much fanfare, including an event with Secretary Clinton (and a gazillion tweets!). There’s good coverage in Nature, the Guardian, Time, and DEVEX.
A HT (that’s ‘hat tip’ for Twitter newbies like me) to @RajShah for establishing this. Arguably, it represents the culmination of his vision and priorities over the last three years. It encapsulates his focus on science, evidence and innovation. It embodies his focus on “open source development,” encouraging USAID to engage with a much broader range of development actors, including universities, students, civil society organizations, the private sector, and other stakeholders across the world. The lab’s stated purpose is “to discover, test, and scale breakthrough development innovations to solve development challenges faster and cheaper in support of US foreign policy and development goals and to accelerate the transformation of USAID as the world’s premier development agency.”
Science: Why it matters to everyone
By Maeve Atkins, Communications Officer at the British Embassy in Washington.
You could say that science runs in my family. Later this year, after several years of studying the effects of influenza, my older brother will earn his Doctorate in virology. My younger sister studies food science and will soon be a registered dietitian. However, the subject was never my calling.
But as a member of the communications team at the British Embassy in Washington, my role is to promote UK government policies on a diverse range of topics, including science and innovation. Explaining UK excellence and why the public should care about government investments in this field can be a challenging task.
Last week, David Willetts, the UK Minister for Science and Universities, announced a new £300 million investment in global, cutting-edge science projects that will drive innovation. The UK is already a leader in global science and technology and the US is a major partner – so this is great news. The sheer scale of the investment will create £150 million each year, largely in terms of jobs and new technologies, from here on out.
UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago - Read Jack Westwood’s The Naked Scientists blog to learn more ›