Work Experience student Christopher Wilkin also investigated the 'hot topic' of immigration looking at its contribution to the UK economy and its effects on population growth.

 


In 2015, over half of the UK’s population growth came from immigration alone, with a net total of over 333,000 migrants entering the country. These immigrants can have both positive and negative impacts on our economy, but why is this, and what effects do they have?


A new wave of innovation, led by car manufacturers and automotive-tech companies, is transforming the driving experience. Louis Dolding from the University of Nottingham has written a an article on the future of vehicle technology.


Looking back at cars of the early ‘noughties’ where heated seats, Bluetooth and an AUX socket were considered luxuries in an everyday saloon, it is difficult to comprehend how the cars of today have progressed so rapidly. Driven by new innovations and huge advancements in technology over the last decade, comforts such as cruise control, SatNav and parking sensors are now common place in even the most affordable of hatchbacks. With this is mind it is no wonder that car enthusiasts eagerly predict what advancements may be coming to the cars of the future. 


Phoebe Seymour (Yr12 student) from The Bishop's Stortford High School researched the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to understand why fewer women are pursuing AI careers when the majority of the constructed AI personalities are female.

It is common knowledge within the tech world that there is a severe lack of women in the artificial intelligence (AI) field. Statistically, 50% of all A-Level physics classes in the UK do not contain girls according to Sherry Coutu, and women received just 18% of undergraduate computer-science degrees in 2011 (National Centre for Education statistics). 


Wearable technology is playing a growing role in sport all over the world, used to help coaches, trainers and general managers maximize player performance. While on work experience, Daniel Fernandes (Yr12 student) of The Bishop’s Stortford High School explored how ‘wearables’ are shaping the future of sport.

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The wearable technology industry is growing at an extremely rapid rate, currently selling $14bn worth of wearables and expected to increase to $34.2bn by 2020. Everyday new wearable tech, commonly referred to as ‘wearables’, is released; and people are buying them. The range of wearable technology is vast, with some established businesses (Tommy Hilfiger), offering solar powered jackets that act as portable chargers, and some smaller businesses (Future Interfaces Group) enabling you to use your skin as a touchpad, with their new technology- SkinTrack. The range of wearable technology is truly extensive.

 

The North of England has long been at the heart of British innovation since the industrial revolution. Whilst on work experience Luke Cooper (Yr12 student) from The Bishop's Stortford High School looked further into the new emerging digital ecosystem of the Northern Powerhouse.


The digital revolution in the North is growing 4 times faster than the non-digital sectors. In the Northern Powerhouse area (highlighted red on map) major cities such as Manchester and Liverpool the have a rapid digital economy growth rate of 13% and 7% respectively between 2011 – 2014.

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The CrunchBase Women in Venture report is the third study in their ongoing analysis of women and their participation in the startup ecosystem. It explores how many women are true investing partners and which venture firms have a strong track record of supporting startups with a least one female co-founder.

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TechCityinsider reports and promotes the next generation of digital businesses. Here we share their latest podcast TECH TALK 39 on why investing in female tech founders is important.

Angel insights

Angel Insights takes you inside the world of angel investing, startup funding and equity crowdfunding. In the latest podcast host Harry Stebbings interviews Simon Thorpe on the ups and downs of startup investing.

"1 Billion young people will start work in the next decade - only 40% in jobs that now exist"

The Economist, 23 Jan 2016

F4Schools

Founders4Schools’ mission is to improve the life chances of students by giving them access to inspiring business leaders in their community who help them discover the skills and pathways that will be relevant when they leave education.

It is a FREE nationwide service that enables teachers to connect with leaders of successful, growing businesses to invite them to visit their schools and inspire their students.

F4Schools want all students in the UK to be well-informed about their future options, motivated to succeed and to lead enterprising lives.

Here we share their video that explains the program.

The disruptive properties and revolutionary capabilities of blockchain have become a popular theme. Touched on briefly in our previous article "Bitcoin boom or bust". It could be the most disruptive piece of technology to surface over the past few years, but what exactly is blockchain and why is it so disruptive?

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The first generation Apple Watch launched into the Smartwatch Market last April with great confidence, looking to lead the way amongst other Smartwatch brands and leap forward on the technology curve. However being reliant on the iPhone (models 5s onwards) and prices starting at £299 for the 38mm model, it would see only the innovators being first to embrace it.

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"Scaling-Up" - Research shows that a large proportion of economic growth comes from a relatively small number of highly productive, fast growing firms. Here we share a link to Sherry Coutu's presentation on the importance of scaling-up for the UK economy.

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