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.

Google Glass hitches ride with travel organiser TripIt

tripitTripIt, a travel organising app with more than 10 million users, has launched on Google Glass. The app lets travellers obtain trip information ‘at eye level’ when faced with gate changes, flight delays and cancellations… but the more interesting features are not free, they will cost $49 a year.

This form of, yes you guessed it, Glassware means travellers can keep their smartphone tucked away, while all the information needed to make a journey as smooth as possible is in sight. Flight details are displayed conveniently upon arrival at the airport, followed by a car rental, hotel, and any other travel reservations previously forwarded by email. Continue reading

Through Hired tech talent can ‘auction’ themselves for jobs

hired.comUS startup Hired launches its service in New York tomorrow where tech talent such as developers, engineers and data scientists can find jobs at tech companies by ‘auctioning’ themselves.

Tech companies bid on these people and have to be upfront about salary, equity options and signing bonus. Hired comes to NYC after launching in Silicon Valley; according to the company, there are more than 5,000 unfulfilled tech jobs in NYC. Continue reading

Google and Code Club go back to school… teachers


Code Club, with the support of Google and CAS (Computing at Schools), has launched a nationwide training programme to teach core computing skills to primary school teachers.

Code Club is a not-for-profit, 1,800-strong UK network of volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11 years old. Its mission is to put a Code Club in every single primary school in the country. Continue reading

How to opt out of appearing in Google online ads

google_adsGoogle is important, Google isn’t particularly evil, but like any internet behemoth it has to be monitored so it doesn’t take the piss.

To that end, if you don’t manually opt out, then Google can use your image in any advertising that it does. We are happy for Google to help discovery our profiles and improve our authority, but using our images for their advertising is one such example of taking the mick.

So here is how you opt of it: Continue reading