Great Fridays shores up board with ex-Pearson hire

elephant indoorInnovative product and service design company Great Fridays has appointed Genevieve Shore to its influential advisory board with immediate effect.

Great Fridays advisory board is made up of an illustrious and eclectic mix of experienced Design and Business Leaders including Peter Gabriel (musician, technologist, inventor), Nancy Dickenson (independent design strategy consultant and ex-VP Design at eBay, PayPal, Apple), Peter Skillman from HERE and Josh Ulm (VP of Design at Adobe).

Shore has had an unparalleled career in digital strategy and technology, culminating in the past seven years where she was was CIO and Chief Product Officer for Pearson and responsible for all platforms from the cloud, finance and data systems to content delivery and learning services reaching millions of global students and teachers.

Moreover, at the company Shore had key relationships with behemoths such as Google, Apple and Amazon devising new ways of engaging consumers with digital products such as eBooks, virtual teaching, learning and assessment.

Genevieve is also a former rugby World Champion who was a member of the England rugby team that beat the USA in the final of the 1994 Women’s Rugby World Cup. She now sits on the Rugby Football Union All Schools Board, of which Prince Harry is the Patron and is also a non-executive director for the FTSE-listed company Scottish Television (STV).

“I am delighted to be joining the seminal Great Fridays advisory board at a pivotal time for the company. I am passionate about the use of technology to improve people’s lives and how data can reduce costs, drive engagement and improve results in all companies, be they large and small”, said Shore.

This enthusiasm was replicated by Great Fridays Co-Founder Rob Noble who welcomed Shore to the board: “We are thrilled to have the knowledge, experience and expertise of Genevieve supporting and advising Great Fridays executive and global management team,” he said.

This appointment follows on from Great Fridays recent win with Microsoft’s engineering teams in developing their Transformational Design strategy and vision.

150-WORD BOOK REVIEW: Jony Ive by Leander Kahney

jony_ive_1It’s interesting that the title of this book ignores Sir Ives’ knighthood, but why mention that when this hagiographic book tells of a saint? This particular designing saint who served under God Jobs and who helped us to revere Apple products.

While I enjoyed this well-written book, at times it was stodgy and like reading Apple promotional literature. Moreover, there are no direct interviews with Sir Ives and there is even a page at the end of the book called ‘Secrecy and Sources’ that sums up how much of this book comes from Third Party sources.

What is clear, however, from this book is that Sir Ives is not only an industrial design genius, he is also an egotist, strategist and was an expert player in the court of God Jobs. In a year that has seen the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli’s The Prince, Sir Ives’ continuing hold on power at Apple means a follow-up book will be even more interesting. Something has to go wrong for this man…

REVIEW: 7/10

Digital is bringing football to the point of collapse

GUEST POST: Joel Windels tweets here and is the Community Director for social media measuring company Brandwatch

digital footballFootball is on the brink of financial collapse. It’s an issue that relevant governing bodies have scrambled to address in varying ways, but the problems are rooted far deeper than fickle billionaires and greedy footballers.

The digital revolution has been stampeding through almost every entertainment industry – which few will deny is what football ultimately is – as the footsteps of technological advances leave no cultural opiate untrodden. Continue reading

Introducing Nina Mobile, your virtual assistant for iOS and Android

Nuance Nina picNina Mobile, Nuance’s virtual assistant for mobile customer service, has been upgraded. She/he/it is now supported in 38 languages with an enhanced mobile experience for tablets, as it continues to make an impression in the enterprise space.

As Robert De Niro in his role as Travis Bickle it the movie Taxi Driver once said; “Are you talkin’ to me?” Yes, it would appear so, Robert, not only is somebody ‘talkin” to you, but through Nina, you are talkin’ to everybody else as well.

Nina Mobile allows companies to add speech-based virtual assistant capabilities to existing Apple iOS and Google Android mobile apps. It combines Nuance speech recognition, Text-to-Speech (TTS), voice biometrics, and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology hosted in the cloud. Continue reading

gamesGRABR opens up to Facebook and console gamers

HomepageGames veteran and entrepreneur Tony Pearce has unveiled his new venture gamesGRABR, a social network dedicated to casual, social, console and hardcore gamers.

With backing from some of the biggest names in the industry, gamesGRABR has entered its beta phase. The network allows users to ‘grab’ games for free across a wide range of platforms. Continue reading