Large businesses are looking to co-working to support their strategies around collaboration, innovation, flexibility as well as talent attraction and retention as three-quarters of respondents to JLL’s Global Corporate Real Estate Survey work on initiatives aimed at enhancing the workplace experience over the next three years. The big idea here, of course, is that co-working is conducive to knowledge sharing, provides access to new networks, and allows companies to tap into ideas they would not normally have exposure to.
Thomson Reuters is partnering with Imperial College London on a collaborative research project aimed at boosting fintech innovation with the use of Big Data. Thomson Reuters will deliver financial market data along with data management and machine-learning nous to Imperial’s KPMG Data Observatory, a data visualisation studio housed at the university’s Data Science Institute.
The music industry’s been slow so far to take to virtual reality but Samsung is now taking a punt at this week’s Lollapalooza fest with VR-Palooza, writes Steve Mullins. The CE giant is planning an interactive VR experience where festivalgoers can livestream musical performances from the Samsung stage using Samsung Gear VR kit. It is also promising that they will be able ro participate in 360-degree virtual reality experiences such as 4D VR surfing, skateboarding and hot air ballooning.
The Here East London digital and creative campus at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is set to host Europe’s largest technology innovation hub after thanks to a new joint venture between DV4, Delancey’s evergreen investment fund, and business accelerator outfit Entiq. The big idea is to build a community of large and small businesses with an initial focus on sport, health, fashion, design and the Internet of Things.
California-based Canopy San Diego has launched a cannabis-oriented technology accelerator to fund early-stage start-ups looking to support the state’s pot growers and dispensers. The outfit says it will invest in firms providing growth technology such as lighting, mechanical systems and automation, as well as energy and water tech, along with payments and back-office solutions. California is the biggest legal marijuana market in the US with sales forecast to hit $2.7 billion this year.
The city of Los Angeles has joined the Google Government Innovation Lab to tackle five urban challenges – civic engagement, preventing homelessness, city hiring, emergency management, and creating a business-friendly city. The freshly minted Angels Lab will be financed via LA’s $1 million Innovation Fund, which was launched in 2014 to support city workers’ innovative ideas.
London is about to get a co-working space dedicated to supporting migrant entrepreneurs. Over in Whitechapel in the east of the UK capital, social enterprise mi-HUB is offering affordable office space in a very expensive marketplace. There will be enough room to house 150 folk who will get access to offices and meeting areas, as well as to free workshops and seminars.
Two thirds of the global workforce are up for using alternate reality/virtual reality products in their professional lives, while half believe such technologies will improve productivity within their roles at work. And an increasing number say they are ready for workplace tech to deliver resources to create and for boosting collaboration and productivity, according to the Future Workforce Study from Dell and Intel.