QR-ious about the rise of QR (Quick Response) codes? These little boxes of matrix barcodes have been around for 20 years but haven’t really taken off until the pandemic struck us. They’ve been incredibly useful in preventing virus contraction and obviously, made it super convenient to order pints at the pub. In fact, QR code […]
QR-ious about the rise of QR (Quick Response) codes? These little boxes of matrix barcodes have been around for 20 years but haven’t really taken off until the pandemic struck us.
They’ve been incredibly useful in preventing virus contraction and obviously, made it super convenient to order pints at the pub. In fact, QR code downloads have soared 750% over the last 18 months, according to Bitly.
The pandemic widened the gap in the market and we’ve seen many QR startups be born out of the pandemic. According to Traxcn, there are over 100 QR code companies now.
Flowcode (who have recently worked with JLo) has been revolutionising the consumer marketing industry by building a connection between online and offline. Imagine seeing an advert for a brand you like on the Central line. A QR code could allow you to scan the barcode and be taken straight to the product, genius! While that sounds pretty cool, they don’t appear to have reached the London Underground yet (prioritise some air conditioning on the Central first please).
QR code startups don’t yo-yo around either, except Yoyo Wallet that is. A London based start-up, Yoyo Wallet concerns itself with payment and customer rewards. This start-up gives us the taste for the future of hybrid physical-digital shopping interactions.
Yet, with great QR codes comes great responsibilities. As positive as the rapid growth has been for this niche industry, potential questions might be raised on its impact on the occupation of service staff or security.
To end on a lighter note, instead of picking the red or blue pill, pick a QR code! Have a scan of the QR codes below.
With the UEFA Euro 2021 tournament underway, the advances in technology to boost players and improve the overall fan experience, have been more important than ever. “Which football fan doesn’t want to experience what a football player sees, feels, hears, and even senses, and – most importantly – how fast he kicks the ball?” With […]
Weekly brief: Tech is shaping the future of football!
With the UEFA Euro 2021 tournament
underway, the advances in technology to boost players and improve the overall
fan experience, have been more important than ever.
“Which football fan doesn’t want to
experience what a football player sees, feels, hears, and even senses, and –
most importantly – how fast he kicks the ball?”
With the successively increasing
intensity of matches, injury prevention is crucial. Zone7 takes into account 5 million hours of
human performances in sports and operates with AI patterns in order to identify
breakpoints or potential problems for the players and athletes. All based on
tons of data and AI algorithms!
Southampton Football Club unveiled the
world’s first kit to feature Augmented Reality. In partnership with Hummel, fans can scan with their smartphones
to bring the shirt to life and experience exclusive content. Football really is
coming (to the comfort of our own) home.
InCrowd exists to significantly improve the
fan experience through digital innovation, leading and shaping the development
of the sports industry to cater to the digitally-driven modern sports fan.
Acknowledging that fans have different experiences with sport, they’ve
identified 4 key fan experiences.
Football hasn’t been the same, but with the help of innovative tech, it could become better than ever before!
Diversity and inclusion in the tech sector has received much attention over recent years. What’s clear to see is that the need for equality, diversity and inclusion is more important than ever. In celebration of Pride month, we’ve highlighted just a few companies who are championing LGBTQ+ equality and how they are doing it. Gousto, […]
Weekly Brief: The tech companies championing LGBTQ+ equality!
Diversity and inclusion in the tech sector has received much attention over recent years. What’s clear to see is that the need for equality, diversity and inclusion is more important than ever.
In celebration of Pride month, we’ve highlighted just a few companies who are championing LGBTQ+ equality and how they are doing it.
Gousto, the British meal kit retailer, prioritises the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace. Acknowledging that more men than women study technology subjects at higher education, Gousto prioritises recruitment training upskilling to ensure a fair selection and screening process with no bias with hope to close the gender pay gap.
Charlie HR, the complete People platform for small companies, aims to create more inclusive workspaces through a series of professional networking and mentoring events, panels and workshops.
Queer Code London is a community of programmers in London who provide support for queer people working in software development whilst engaging regular workshops and networking events for thousands of likeminded people. Popularity for Queer Code has been steadily increasing and its niche corner of the internet is attracting people all over the UK.
Lyft, the purpose-driven ride sharing service is committed to creating a community in which riders and drivers feel as though they are included and belong. The company is also partnering with major pride festivals in six cities across the nation to support its colourful community.
Regardless of who you are, finding a community that will support your career endeavours can be a welcome source of empowerment, especially in an industry that isn’t always welcoming. Here are a number of organisations committed to bringing equality to the tech industry.
Here are 4 tips to ensure a more inclusive work environment:
Update Policies And Ensure Inclusive Benefits
Employers should make it a priority to revisit and update their policies to be more inclusive to their LGBTQ+ employees. Celebrating employee differences by implementing diversity or pride days are a great way to ensure their colleagues are supported. Active conversations need to be had often regarding updated policies to stress that discrimiation and harassment will not be tolerated.
Train On Inclusivity In Language
To ensure there is no exclusion of candidates, evaluate the current language used in job descriptions and replace any gender-coded terms with neutral language. LinkedIn is taking an inclusive step by introducing the option to display pronouns on individuals profiles, helping others be respectful of their identity. They’ve also added a name pronunciation tool and the option to add a cover story video to introduce yourself in a more personal way.
Hear what your employees have to say
Understanding how your company can be more inclusive is often determined by the employees so by conducting anonymous company-wide surveys, you can gain a better understanding on whether or not LGBTQ+ employees feel a sense of belonging. This is a great way to encourage staff to openly share their experiences too so businesses can learn from mistakes.
Support LGBTQ+ organisations.
Majority of companies have a ‘house charity’ who they support but additionally businesses could coordinate a group for your local pride march, donate to a relevant nonprofit or volunteer with a local charity. It’s an encouraging way to get people involved in fundraising whilst also educating your employees.
This is not a conclusive list, but it is a start to creating a more inclusive LGBTQ workplace. We would love to hear what your employers are doing to create an inclusive work environment.
How did a joke become the start of the hottest cryptocurrency to date? Dogecoin, has quickly become the quirkiest cryptocurrency on the planet with an estimated value of $50billion is ruling the market. But what makes it different and is it worth your investment? Created in December 2013 by a pair of software engineers in […]
Weekly Brief: Get in loser, we’re going to the moon!
How did a joke become the start of the hottest cryptocurrency to date? Dogecoin, has quickly become the quirkiest cryptocurrency on the planet with an estimated value of $50billion is ruling the market.
But what makes it different and is it worth your investment?
Created in December 2013 by a pair of software engineers in Portland, Oregon, the duo attracted a niche group of miners who started investing. Fast forward to 2021, its popularity has soared with their most prominent supporter being Elon Musk.
In keeping with Dogecoins investors, its active online community, mostly active on Reddit, has raised funds for many charitable causes, differentiating it from its fellow crypto competitors.
As of March 2021, there are more than 4,500 cryptocurrencies on the market and the amount of development and energy being put into virtual currencies has made it the best financial investment of the last decade. With that sometimes comes extreme volatility. Today bitcoin has become the benchmark against which other smaller cryptocurrencies are measured.
Whether or not this could be a smart investment, It’s hard to ignore the 6,000% increase it has seen in the past year. With Musk’s recent announcement of SpaceX using Dogecoin as an exclusive payment to launch ‘DOGE-1 mission to the Moon’, it has only given this meme coin more popularity, causing it to surge by 30%.
Ironically, not benefiting from the soaring growth of Dogecoin is one of its co-founders Markus. Selling all his shares and using the money to buy himself a Honda Civic back in 2015.
For those who were too busy enjoying the glorious sunshine in London yesterday, you may have missed the headlines about San Francisco’s outright ban of facial recognition tech for security surveillance purposes. The ban was brought on by widespread concern about the expansion of government surveillance and potential issues with profiling bias. While concerns over the increasing amount we are all monitored by technology are entirely justified, it is a little hard to digest the idea of San Francisco, home of social liberty and Silicon Valley, and a hub of surveillance tech, making such a sweeping (and pioneering) decision.
Unsurprisingly, opponents of the ban have been quick to extoll the value of facial recognition, highlighting its growing use in criminal suspect verification and a slowly improving success rate in this regard. Proponents, however, point to China as an example of what could happen if ‘Big Brother’ gets a little too into his steroids. Facial and video recognition is reportedly now used to monitor everything from childhood attentiveness in the classroom to isolating petty thieves in real time. The most dystopic Chinese AI project (that we’re aware of anyway) is a plan to roll out facial recognition system linked to the government database of 1.3 billion (yes, with a B) ID cards. Orwellian, we know. And it’s particularly punchy given the tech itself is still in its relative infancy (yes, your iPhone’s unlocking capabilities really aren’t that impressive). Closer to home, the Met police are currently trialling facial recognition cameras rigged to police vans in East London in order to locate suspects in ongoing criminal investigations. As you can see in the video, it is hitting mixed results!
We’re not sure an outright ban on tech is ever the optimal solution – one to watch in the news and see whether other cities (or states for that matter) follow suit…
This is all about how China uses facial recognition (among other methods) to monitor its population.
If you’re not too busy watching the Game of Thrones finale, and you’re interested in pop culture facial recognition, check out Black Mirror (generally) but specifically “Nosedive” Season 3, Episode 1. Minority Report is also an early 2000’s Tom Cruise classic! Both available on your favourite streaming services.