We’re gearing up for the @pocketlint/@techjpr/@TouchdownPRnews #techtavern meet up on Wednesday – we’re gonna party like it’s Windows 95! We also have new tech jobs, an E3 retrospective, and we take a look at what else is in store at London Tech Week…
Time to get our drink on with…
What: Drinks with fellow TechJPRers to celebrate London Tech Week (and whatever else you’d like to toast to).
When: This Wednesday 18 June, 6pm at The Fable in Holborn.
Who: TechJPR peeps, sponsors Touchdown PR, Pocketlint (as part of their week-long Tech Tavern). Lots of cool people will be there.
How: Well, all the tickets are already gone. And there’s a big waiting list. So…
If you’re one of the lucky people who managed to snag some of those precious tickets, we shall see you there! @mrmickeylowe worked out that a ticket went every 24 seconds. Then @christhall realised that Jack Bauer had been left off the guest list. It’s okay though, we think he’s busy entertaining elsewhere…
Some other little eventsPast: E3 – The Good: Hatoful Boyfriend is getting an English version for PC and Mac! The Bad: There were more severed heads than female presenters at this year’s event. The Even Worse: @Ubisoft’s response to the Assassin’s Creed backlash wasn’t the best (what, no Charlotte Corday?!). But every cloud… here are some of our fave #womenaretoohardtoanimate tweets.
Present: And, of course, London Tech Week has arrived (starting from today!) We can’t wait to hear about the capital’s thriving tech scene with events such as the Big Data Debate, Tech Founder Talks and Pitch Perfect. And of course, TechJPR’s very own celebration on Wednesday evening.
Future: The FT is launching its inaugural FT Cyber Security Summit on 3 September, in London. It promises a host of policy makers, business leaders and IT security experts to talk about cyber space crime and threats. Confirmed speakers include security heads from Barclays, NATO and European Commission. Check out the hashtag here: #FTcyber.
TechJPR Twitter Trawl
- @MarthadM is trying to clone herself, you guys
- @stevefarnworth is pro ‘Biscuits2Business’
- @garfage – we figured out ‘BYOD’, but we’re still stuck on ‘feech’
- @disappointment is leaving the games industry – we just kinda like this (the experience of reading it, not Jon leaving the industry – that’s…well, a disappointment)
- Our very own Daryl Willcox (of DWPub fame), is about to brave Mont Blanc for Alzheimer’s Society. He’s got his boots all ready, bless. If you’d like to donate to this worthy cause, it’s not too late: http://www.justgiving.com/MontBlancDaryl. No doubt we’ll be able to update you about his challenge in time for the next newsletter.
- And, as hinted last time, we hear from @axicom’s @emmaloucarey about her charity travels for microfinance charity MicroLoan:
Without any intense gym training, I can happily report that I managed to (somehow) complete the 2014 Malawi Challenge in aid of microfinance charity, MicroLoan. The trip not only involved a 4-day trek up the highest mountain in Malawi, but also provided me with the opportunity to gain some real insight into the work MicroLoan is doing to help impoverished women in Sub-Saharan Africa work their way out of poverty through small loans (average £60).
The majority of rural communities in Malawi live in extreme poverty with 40% living below the poverty line. Reading frightening statistics like this would entice anyone to help contribute towards a great charity like MicroLoan. So instead of doing the British 10K run, I opted to take on the 3002m Mount Mulanje, and raised nearly £1,500 – that’s the equivalent of 25 individual loans towards female entrepreneurs setting up businesses like tea rooms or grocery shops.
I cannot put into words how enjoyable and empowering it was meeting MicroLoan’s clients, hearing first-hand how these small loans are making such a significant difference in their lives.
Having blown away my original goal of £1,200, I have now increased my target to £1800, and plan to raise more awareness and funds with my local community in Ireland next month.
To find out more information about this fantastic initiative or to make a donation, simply visit my JustGiving page.
- @FinnPartners want an Account Executive for their “growing and cross” office team. But what’s made them so cross?
- Do you like clean and modern working conditions? Please note: must be made of Lego.
- Get me a tangerine.
- Willing to work with client’s briefs? Do you like to video these things? We’re talking about the Video Journalist job going at Vox Pops International – not extra’s work on ‘Peeping Tom’. Also, that movie was made in 1960; time to move on with your life.
Tech industry hodgepodge
- You may have heard of the growing discontent among cab drivers over e-hailing cabs such as Hailo and Uber, the former of which is changing its service to include drivers that don’t hold individual licenses and are not trained in the much revered “The Knowledge”. With a demonstration last Wednesday, and even graffiti outside Hailo’s head office, the debate is open: a fair response to passenger need or taxi drivers’ betrayal? Check out @Rich Trenholm’s excellent CNET article for detailed information.
- @MCVmagazine has relaunched; the trade computer games weekly has introduced new sections, more data, industry columnists, and introduced a new Big Game feature that goes in-depth on a new game each week. Check out editor @Chris Dring’s announcement here.
- And so has @TechRadar. Having already redesigned the front web page, the team are planning to redesign other pages and introduce new ones over the coming months.
- @DianeShipley is now writing for shinyshiny.tv and is open to relevant press releases (hopefully of the shiny shiny sort), especially health and tech, new mobiles, tablets and gadgets. Email her at email@example.com.
- Hold the press: a ‘new breed’ of IT decision maker has been unearthed: the ‘human CIO’. Research from HubSpot, Brightfire and Octopus has concluded that as well as IT decision makers being more mobile in conducting their research, 67% believe there are often inconsistencies in how tech brands communicate to them, and 75% value brands who publish their own content, up from 55% in 2013. Most CIOs use over twenty different channels to gather information, and 76% want more personal engagement from vendors.
We are so excited about seeing you all at the Tech Tavern; this is how we’ll be greeting you, so keep an eye out for us! And don’t you dare wear the same outfit.
Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org/@techjpr, or even @PJ_DWPub and @DWPubLaura.