Chatboting & charging

February 8, 2018

Action AI's John Taylor is joined by Hayley Freedman of CHARGit.


Yeah yeah, Elon Musk has sent some bits and bobs up into space. Big bloody whop. In the words of Shania Twain – ‘that don’t impress me much’. The best thing to happen to the tech world this week is this podcast.

Sue, Sarah and Paul had plenty to get their heads around this week – it all starts with a chit chat about live chat.

Experience of online chat can vary for lots of people. Some will be a robot that won’t understand you, others will be humans that will take an age to reply to you (probably because they have so many on-the-go) and then you’ll have some really good ones. If it’s the latter – it’s probably down to John Taylor’s company Action AI. They’ve been using some clever software to improve customer experience.

Our other guest is solving one of the most frustrating issues in this modern technological age. Charging. Don’t you hate it when you’ve got 2% left on your commute home but you’ve got no wires to juice up. Enter CHARGit – Hayley Freedman explains how she got into the wireless charging industry.


From Russia with tech

February 1, 2018

On this week's podcast, we meet Alina Bezuglova from TLA Russia and Tom Lipinski & Danya Kivell of Q-Bot


If you’re still not over the stress of filling out a rushed last-minute tax return to HMRC, we’ve got a podcast that might calm things down. 

After all, who doesn’t love a bit of tech debate? Sue, Sarah and Russ were delighted to get talking with this week’s guests. 

First up, we talked about Russia.

What do you think of when you think of Russia? Red Square, The Kremlin, Vladimir Putin? What about all of the amazing technology coming out of the huge state? We were delighted to be joined by Alina Bezuglova – she is co-founder of the TLA Russia Group and also Rutech Ventures. She has her finger on the pulse of Russian technology.

From Eurasia, we flew back home and burrowed into the nooks and crannies of UK houses for our next guest. We were delighted to be joined by two of the team at Q-Bot – they provide a layer of insulation in the hardest-to-reach places with their clever technology. Tom Lipinski tells us how a passion for architecture turned into the creation of this company and Danya Kivell tells us how she’s the brains behind the work itself as Mechatronic Design Engineer.


Marty rides an e-board around the world

January 25, 2018
Marty the Robot talks travel with Tamara Lohan from Mr & Mrs Smith and rides a Slick Revolution e-board
So it seems this week that Apple could be ready to make a landmark decision by ceasing production on the iPhone X after sales figures flopped. Oh dear. We never make a bad podcast here at TechTalk though, and you don’t need to lose a limb to listen to us either.
Variety was the name of the game this week as Sue Nelson and Sarah Luxford talked robots, skateboards and travel in the space of one hour. Impressive.
First up was Dr Sandy Enoch and his buddy, Marty. Sandy did all the talking and is the brains behind the business but all the eyes were on the robot that he has developed. Through the Robotical Ltd team, Marty was created to teach kids how to code. He loves a dance too. What a little legend.
Marty is quite a small chap and could easily sneak into the suitcase of our next guest, Tamara Lohan. It would be a good move for the robot, because Tamara is the CEO of Mr & Mrs Smith – a travel brand selling, quite literally, the best hotel rooms on the planet. She explained the difficulties she’s faced and how she’s using tech to beat the giants in the travel industry.
Our final guest brought the show to a close by introducing our transport home. Forget public transport – you need a Slick Revolution skateboard. Yep, Robert Simpson showed off his amazing electronic boards which are making waves in the e-board industry. His products can travel up to 25mph and have the best range in the industry. This is the best way to get around the city, bar none.

A whole new world

January 18, 2018

Tom Gere who heads up the TLA VR and AR working group is joined by Taff Morgan from The Open University

If you were a latecomer to the Bitcoin craze, you’ll probably be quite glad that this is a free podcast. While you count losses, the next hour might give you some good advice on where to invest next time.

Sue Nelson and Russ Shaw had some extremely interesting topics to discuss on this week’s show – Space & VR anybody?

 To start with we chatted to Thomas Gere from Realities Centre, who is also head of the TLA VR & AR working group. Anything that he doesn’t know about VR or AR, isn’t worth knowing!

 From a virtual world, to out of this world and into Space, Sue recently met Taff Morgan at an event. Taff works for the Open University in the Physical Science department – we talked about the future of Space travel, among many other exciting and futuristic things.




Born in Bethnal Green

January 11, 2018

Paul Miller from Bethnal Green ventures talks 'tech for good' 


The temperature is cold and the skies are grey – if you ever needed something to blow the January blues away, we have it here and now for you. How about a bit of brand new tech to get you in the mood?

With all the gloom, it took a bit of coaxing to get Sue Nelson and Paul Armstrong out of their warms homes and into the presenters’ chairs at TechTalk HQ – but as soon as they heard who our guest was, they were ready and raring to go.

Paul Miller is a bit of a star on the London tech scene and is the CEO of Bethnal Green Ventures. They help talented teams launch and scale “tech for good ventures”, which are Tech companies with projects that will significantly improve millions of lives.

Over the course of this episode, Paul talks a little about some of the brilliant companies that he has helped – some that you’ll have definitely heard of and others that are ones to watch for the future.




TechTalk 2017 - the best bits (part 2)

January 5, 2018
Part 2 of our 2017 highlights show featuring Algo Dynamix, Tech Talent Charter, Aftab Malhotra, Navroza Ladha and Erik Staaf.
Yes, we know it’s 2018 now and we really should just get going. However, this episode is not a case of us suffering a severe case of Janaury blues – we just felt that we had too many TechTalk highlights in 2017 to let last week’s special be enough.
So, we have another round-up of our favourite interviews for you.
We hear snippets of our time with Algo Dynamix, Tech Talent Charter, Aftab Malhotra, Navroza Ladha and Erik Staaf over the next hour and we hope you enjoy.
We’ll get back to normal next week with a packed line up fit to kick 2018 off in style.. Promise.

TechTalk 2018 - the best bits (part1)

December 28, 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from TechTalk - we've had a great 2017 and we have some brilliant highlights for you to listen back to. 

It was been all change this year as we moved into a new studio overlooking London from Euston Tower and welcomed a new high-profile presenting team. 

Sue Nelson, Sarah Luxford, Paul Armstrong and Russ Shaw have put their heads together to put together an hour of some of our favourite interviews. One hour won't be enough, so we'll have some more next week. 


Embark on your Christmas voyage

December 21, 2017

Struggling for motivation? Of course you are! It’s time to clock off for the festive period and we want you driving home for Christmas with Sue Nelson and Paul Armstrong, not Chris Rea.

For this last episode before Christmas we had Andre Kay coming to town, not on an open sleigh but rather the London-Midlands service into Euston station.

Andre is the CEO of Voyager Blue and he is decking your wallets with cards of protection. Credit card crime is becoming easier with modern technology, but Andre’s team are creating card blockers and other tools to ensure that you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

Also on the show, it’ll be jingle bells to your ears if you’re looking for a job in the technology sector because Sue has also recently caught up the team at Global Resourcing.

Happy Christmas to all of our followers – next week we’ll be hearing our highlights from 2017 in a special show.


Lockdown your law practises

December 15, 2017

We're delighted to chat all things law with Pam Loch from Loch Law


Enable your digital skills to grow

December 8, 2017

Navroza Ladha from the Government department for Digital Skills is joined by TLA India founder Aftab Malhotra.


Temperatures are dropping, winds are rising and rain is falling. It’s that horrible time of year. Luckily, we had some warm tech debate to keep Sue Nelson and Sarah Luxford happy as we near Christmas.

First up, we were delighted to welcome somebody hugely influential in the tech industry. Joining us this week was Navroza Ladha, she is Deputy Director for Digital Skills and Inclusion in the Government and was able to give us some fantastic insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes.

Our other guest is also hugely influential in the tech world – Aftab Malhotra, among many other things, he has founded Growth Enabler – they use AI and Algorithms to create intelligence on Disruptive Technologies and Digital Innovations that empowers you to make informed decisions – and also the TLA India group.