Laura is Senior Product Manager for Connected Studio, the product in R&D tasked with driving adoption of new technology inspired by R&D’s vision of the future and exploring new ways of digital storytelling within the BBC. Laura has spent the last 5 years collaborating with the start-up and SME tech sector on near term innovation and new content experiences for the BBC through Connected Studio. Some of the areas of focus have included interactive video and the Future of Content, VR and immersive experiences, as well as CUI’s. Laura lead the work on global innovation in partnership with BBC World Service, developing and testing new ways to increase the BBC’s digital reach across Africa and South Asia. She also spent time creating and supporting BBC #newsHACK; the open collaborative events to drive open innovation in News and led by BBC News Labs.