The Tenshi Innovation Blog

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Choosing the right open innovation process

Companies and organisations looking to engage with digital innovation have a number of tools available to them in order to reach outside their internal research and development teams and engage with small, agile companies. In recent times two of the most popular ways...

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Winner announced for the Dare to Solve: Roadworks contest

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Dare to Solve: Roadworks Contest in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Amey and Elgin, which sought to find innovative digital solutions to help better inform and communicate with the public about upcoming and...

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Explaining Open Innovation

What is Open Innovation? Open innovation is simply put the act of looking outside internal research and development departments. It is used to source novel and forward thinking ideas to solve an existing problem or develop new products for an organisation. It may take...

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An intro to user experience

General Assembly have been running a week of free lunchtime classes to celebrate the launch of their new Aldgate East campus, I dropped in to the intro to user experience (UX) session on Tuesday to find out more. The class was run by Joe Dollar-Smirnov, Chief...

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Digital Innovation on a local level

Creating an open innovation powered digital ecosystem for a geographic region.   The need for a digital ecosystem The rise of open data and Smart Cities technology has provided a valuable opportunity for local authorities dealing with significant budget cuts....

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A review of London Tech Week

It was a fabulous week for me, with loads of interesting contributions across the industry. We had an excellent array of legal firms vying for ownership of ‘diversity’ and ‘fintech’. A summit or two that brought in the heavy weights for some politically correct...

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Hate sitting in traffic jams caused by roadworks? I Dare you To Solve it, with your digital innovation! Dare to Solve: Roadworks - £10,000 contest seeks innovative proposals to help reduce the inconvenience of roadworks. Staffordshire County Council, Amey, Elgin and...

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Growth vs Dominion

I was fortunate enough to hear the American Ambassador to the UK, Matthew Barzun speak the day after the Orlando shooting – coincidentally at a diversity event – Diversity in Tech – being spearheaded by Wayra who ardently support the promotion of diversity. (three...

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10 Wearable tech predictions for 2016

The Apple Watch will be success In 2015 it became hard to leave the house without being buried under a wave of claims and counterclaims about the success - or otherwise - of the Apple Watch, while Apple kept wisely / suspiciously (delete according to your views) mum...

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Swipe right for organ donation (in a good way) on Tinder

With Christmas just around the corner it’s nice of Tinder to show that it’s not just about questionable hook ups: the company is partnering with the NHS on a campaign to raise awareness about organ donation Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, Olympic Gold Medallist Jade...

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Mashmallow Instagram is big business

How much could a bunch of Instagram pics printed on marshmallows be worth? Well, how about £10m? For such is the value of “multi-sensory marshmallow" producer Boomf - which does just that - after attracting £700k in its latest investment round. TechCity News reports...

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Google sucks (your blood)

Google, not content with slurping all your personal details, now wants to suck your blood. Well, kind of. And in a nice way: the company has filed a patent in the US for a system that extracts blood without using a needle. Essentially, the device uses pressurised gas...

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Will it be a very Apple Watch Christmas?

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Apple Watch to the world of wearable tech. It may not have been the first smartwatch on the market - that, arguably, was IBM’s Linux-based WatchPad in 2001- nor is it currently the best selling wearable (a prize that...

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A button to order pizza is the lazy man’s dream

Pressing a button to order pizza to your home might sounds like a dream. But now it is a happy reality, thanks to Domino’s - at least if you live in the UK. The pizza company has, in fact, launched two one-click order buttons: a virtual button within their app and -...

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Weather changing wearables can banish that rainy feeling

Britain’s changeable weather has long been a cause for concern among fashionistas, who are forced to weigh up whether they can get away with their lovely new shirt when faced with the threat of a sudden downpour. Now, though, they can shop in peace, thanks to the...

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Sore head? Upset tum? Time to call Uber

One of the most difficult things about being ill is trying to get to the doctor. You know you should, of course, but your head hurts, you’re freezing cold and the idea of getting on public transport makes your stomach churn. That is why doctors traditionally make home...

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Get hit in Virtual Reality thanks to impacto

Getting punched is no fun. But if, for some strange reason, you want to experience more of it, then your luck is in: the Human-Computer Interaction lab at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany has created impacto, a device that recreates the experience of being hit...

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