March 22, 2018
Innovation aplenty with Andrea Zitna's Elvie product and Emma Maslen's expenses revolution with SAP Concur.
The folk at Facebook have taken a bit of a beating this week – they’ve been a bit naughty and Mark Zuckerberg’s earnings have taken a multi-billion-dollar hit.
While we probably don’t need to set up a JustGiving page for him, the American innovator might be relieved to find that his favourite podcast is back with another episode and is entirety free to stream and download.
Facebook is arguably the pinnacle of Social Media, but our first guest on the show this week is leading the way in FemTech. You may recall our TechTalk 22 feature just before Christmas – our top 22 innovative companies to watch out for in 2018 – and Elvie were extremely highly regarded. Previously a taboo topc, Andrea Zitna explains how her company are tackling an important female health issue with their Kegel trainer.
We also welcomed Emma Maslen on to the show. Why? We needed to talk about expenses, that’s why. Emma is the Managing Director of SAP Concur – they are a big company who are aiming to tackle the nightmare of the recurring receipts. They’re making it more techy and easier…sign us up!
March 15, 2018
Bernadine Brocker from Vastari, Mostafa El Sayed from Automata Technologies and James Gupta from Synap.
New Zealand are winning the race for pilotless air taxis with their release this week, but we still think the UK is flying highest in the world of technology. We had three guests this week to help us get off the ground.
Even Russ Shaw, from the USA, believes that the British Isles – and London in particular – are the right places to be in this tech revolution. That’s why he created the Tech London Advocates.
To kick us off, we delved into a topic that we haven’t really explored in the past art exhibitions. You may think that art & tech don’t mix – but there’s so much going on behind the glass of the exhibits that you wouldn’t even be aware of. Bernadine Brocker is our tour guide and walks us through the story.
From art on to robots, we spoke to Mostafa El Sayed who builds robots for a living. Imagine that. His Automata Technologies company have developed Eva – an elegant, simple and affordable robot arm built for professionals. It improves productivity on a production line, in a lab or in a classroom.
Let’s end things with a quiz. How cool is the Synap platform? Answer: very cool. Synap makes it easy to create, practice and share multiple choice tests and quizzes – James Gupta talks us through.
March 8, 2018
Tim Sadler talks Tessian, David Raine explains EveryLife Technologies and Ian Napier tells us why we should use Switchee
We’re too good to you guys. Yeah, we always have the best techy guests on our podcast, but we’ve gone above and beyond this time around. All of this week’s guests are metaphorical life savers in one way or another.
Our first gift comes in the form of Tim Sadler and his company, Tessian. Have you ever sent a private email to the wrong person? Of course you have. These guys are pioneering the generation of email security – you don’t need to worry about it anymore.
From one legend to another, we then welcomed David Raine on to the airwaves. David is from EveryLife Technologies, they are giving the care industry a proper makeover by revolutionizing the way that notes are made for patients who need the most clarity.
Finally, we met somebody who can save you a pretty penny or two. Ian Napier has gone from the TA to the tip top of home tech with Switchee. They have created a Smart Connected Thermostat – designed to help affordable housing providers fight fuel poverty.
March 1, 2018
Dan Bladden introuduces the future of mobile charging with Chargifi & Alastair Barrow talks us through Haptics in the medical world with Generic Robotics
How many techies does it take to figure out a solution to keep Britain’s public transport moving when it starts snowing? Evidently not enough. We only had to hike through the blizzards, whilst getting frostbite, to bring you this podcast. Thank us later.
Our snowy trek left us pretty short of juice on our phone; no adventure would be complete with a Snapchat selfie or two, obviously.
Luckily, we had a wireless charging guru who graced us with his presence. Dan Bladden founded the Chargifi brand which is working on world domination when it comes to getting their technology into your favourite cafes and restaurants. Amen to that.
Our last guest, Alastair Barrow, both terrified and reassured us with equal gusto. Alastair has founded Generic Robotics, they create training devices for clinical skills built around “haptics” – the science of touch feedback. Terrifying because trainee surgeons have, in the past, been left feeling inexperienced in key situations. Reassuring because this new training method will cut mistakes, potentially life-ending mistakes. Cheery.
February 22, 2018
We like a bit of consistency; user updates are still offending Snapchat users and TechTalk still has fantastic guests to chat to each week – this week is no exception and Russ Shaw was back in the presenting chair for this one.
Now, our researchers back at TechTalk HQ usually give our guests a quick scout before we start recording, but, to chart our first guest’s professional experience it would take weeks and weeks to get it all down on paper.
Jacqueline de Rojas is the President of Tech UK and has worked for some huge firms in the past. With so much experience in the tech world, we were delighted to hear her thoughts on the industry.
Our other guest is no stranger to us either. Daghan Cam was named as one of our top techies to watch in 2018, as part of the TechTalk22, with his company, AI Build. Originally an architect, Daghan is turning his hand to 3D printing using robots. Wow. Mind blowing.
February 15, 2018
Sally Durcan and Mehran Zadeh of Talk to Mums are joined by Jana Hlistova
We love a bit of controversy on the TechTalk Show, although we tend to call it ‘fierce debate’, and this week’s show doesn’t fail to disappoint as we tackle some very difficult subjects.
First of all, we were delighted to meet Sally Durcan from Talk to Mums. She has developed a fantastic platform which allows busy mums to share valuable thoughts and opinions on a range of products, which also allows them to keep an income.
Companies love working with Talk to Mums as a source of marketing. What goes into marketing? Psychology, of course. Who better to talk about Psychology? A Neuroscientist, obviously. Joining Sally was Mehran Zadeh, who digs into the fascinating insight of how the brain can affect your purchases.
Bringing the show to a close was the fantastic Jana Hlistova – she setup JH Consulting and has arich experience in the business world. As a gender advocate, we took the opportunity to discuss some hard-hitting topics like the gender pay gap and discrimination in the workplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.