Archives for June 2012

Outriders at LeWeb conference

Jamillah Knowles | 11:50 UK time, Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Hello Outriders!

Last week saw the LeWeb conference take place at Westminster Hall. This meant that all sorts of tech leaders, innovators and startup companies from around the world were in attendance, so I went along to meet a few of them who you can hear from on the podcast.

Loic Le Meur

Loic Le Meur co-founded LeWeb with his wife Geraldine. The conference usually takes place in Paris, so I asked him why he brought the show to London.

Naturally there were a lot of start-up companies at the conference and it seemed that there was a trend in the types of products and apps they were creating.

Reshima Sohoni

Reshma Sohoni runs SeedCamp, a mentoring and seed fund organisation that works across Europe. She keeps a keen eye on tech startups and notes that there are often waves of business ideas that arrive at the same time.

It seems that the UK is holding its own for tech and entrepreneurs too.

Andrew Humphries

Andrew Humphries is the Tech City Champion. That means he works with the entrepreneurs in the Tech City cluster, which is over in East London. He looks at how these businesses can scale and grow.

I asked him more about the roots of Tech City which seemed to grow out of an area that was already dubbed Silicon Roundabout.

Hugh MacLeod

Hugh MacLeod is the cartoonist behind the Gaping Void Blog. As a cartoonist he has found that going digital early has brought a lot of success.

Of course an event like LeWeb draws the big names in the tech world too.

Bradley Horowitz, VP of product for Google Plus was at the event talking about a new partnership.

Bradley Horowitz

Google is approaching the development of this platform with some patience and Bradley told me more about how.

The progress of Google Plus shows that the web has really changed from just input and finding data, to sharing or 'the social web' as many folk will call it. But we are also seeing a change online as the web becomes a media-rich place. You'll notice that as we hope for better bandwidth, there is more video available.

Efe Cakarel

One of the many video on demand services that is riding in on this new wave of the Web is MUBI. Efe Cakarel is the founder and CEO and so I asked him about going to the movies or watching at home.

I won't be with you next week with Outriders, but rest assured, we'll be back the week after.

In the meantime you can still get in touch, drop me a line on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders, find us on Facebook and Google+ where you can leave a comment, or add us to your feed.

Back in two weeks!


Outriders at Sonar, Music Hackday

Jamillah Knowles | 09:50 UK time, Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Hello Outriders,

This week I have been in Barcelona at the festival known as Sonar. It’s an event that explores the frontiers for music and new media and as you might expect, there was a hack event and this is where I have been exploring.

Though there were Djs and sunshine outside, there was a talented pool of hackers who love music indoors who worked on all manner of projects in 24 hours to create something neat relating to the way we listen to or understand music.


Music technology companies helped to sponsor the event by providing APIs - which means application program interface - and SDKs (software development kits). These are ways in which companies can open up data for developers to make the cool things they come up with.

I caught up with a bunch of the experts and hackers at the event to find out what they were making and what’s on offer for people who are the Outriders of musical frontiers...


If you would like to get in touch, tweet at me on Twitter or find us on Facebook and Google +.

Until next week,


Deciphering Cyrillic and hacking at Bletchley Park

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Jamillah Knowles | 12:37 UK time, Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Hello Outriders!

This week I have been in Moscow at the Digital Life Design conference and I have been meeting with hackers to at Over The Air which took place at Bletchley Park over the weekend.


So first to the East and Russia. There are some differences when it comes to Internet life in Moscow in comparison with use and development here in the UK, but there are also plenty of ideas, startup companies and a healthy culture online for those who can parse Cyrillic.


The Digital Life Design conference is more regularly found in Munich, but this year it set up at the Digital October Centre on the bank of the river Moskvar. There were many presentations and next door an entire conference set up around young startups in the region too.

As you can imagine with experts and industry leaders, it was pretty exciting so here’s a few of the people I met, explaining more about the Internet, Russian style....

Over the air logo

Hacking in the home of the code breakers.

Back on home turf, the weekend not only saw the start of Jubilee celebrations, there was also an event to maker Alan Turing Centenary this year. What better location to have a mobile hack and conference than at Bletchley park where the man himself worked as a code breaker?

Over the air

Over the Air celebrated its fifth year around 600 people turning up to hear talks and presentations about hacking science, the web and mobile together to see how they can create a more interesting and useful experience for us all. Here’s a taste of what happened over the weekend.

More travels soon, but for now, why not get in touch and let me know what’s floating your digital boat?

Come and say hello on Twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders, or find us on Facebook and Google+ by searching for Outriders and add us to your feed.

Until next week!
~ Jamillah

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