Sustainability is a key driver for innovation. Organisations with successful sustainability strategies are profitable, as they combine consideration of clean design and resources throughout product or service life-cycles and supply chains. The innovations will have an impact on the planet, for the people and for the economy. The search for sustainability, has the ability to lead to innovation that yields cost savings, new designs, and competitive advantage. Essentially, achieving more with less.
We would like to invite you to our next FREE SODA Social 'Digital Planet: How Tomorrow's Technology is Reshaping Innovation', which will be taking place in Central London, Farringdon. Complimentary food and drinks will be provided throughout the evening.
18:00 – 18:45 Networking and Drinks
18:45 – 20:00 Speakers talks
20:00 – 21:30 Food, Networking and Drinks
- Manjula Lee, Founder and CEO at World Wide Generation
- Anne Charlotte Mornington, International Expansion and Business Development at OLIO
- Toby Schulz, Chief Technology Officer at Vantage Power
From 2006 - 2015 she started her own practice advising NGOs such as Oxfam and Amnesty International on strategic partnerships and high impact initiatives and was as at the forefront of pioneering the CSR and PPP movement. She was Head of Philanthropy for Habitat for Humanity with an international portfolio of UHNWs, family offices and corporates and special advisor into the UN’s Global Partnerships Forum in New York for the MDG and SDG agenda. It was through all this experience and a serendipitous conversation with Prince Charles that Manjula founded World Wide Generation (WWG) and the G17Eco platform in 2016. Since then WWG has been selected, incubated and backed by the British Government and Manjula was selected by the Department of International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme. Manjula won the prestigious UKBAA’s Best Female Led Investment of 2018 Award, and Nominated by Global Peers as ‘One of the Most Influential Women In Blockchain’ award. Manjula was invited to meet the UK Prime Minister and the Cabinet to pitch her strategy to them, consequently invited to accompany the PM on a recent week-long diplomatic mission to Africa. As a result, her vision is being taken forward by HM Government and now serves on the City Of London’s Global Steering Committee for Sustainable Development Finance, to help strategically position London as the sustainable development finance capital of the world.
Anne Charlotte Mornington
Anne pursued a BA Hons in Fine Art and an MSc in Management where she wrote her thesis on the topic of food waste. While working for Tech City UK in 2015, she was introduced to OLIO and has been part of the team ever since.
Her focus is on international expansion and business development. After instigating OLIO sharing communities in Sweden and California, she is currently working on community growth and business partnerships in those regions as well as in the UK.
Toby serves as Chief Technology Officer for Vantage Power. He co-founded the company in 2011 and has since led the product and technology development. With the goal of providing connectivity and electrification technology for commercial and heavy-duty vehicles, the company has focussed its development in the areas of powertrain system design and integration, battery systems, embedded system control and telemetry data systems. These technology areas serve to fulfil the company’s mission of radically reducing emissions from heavy-duty and commercial vehicles.
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We’ve seen the application of AI in real life such as Facebook and autonomous cars. For the first time, humanity is creating technology that can develop itself. We will be discussing and debating whether or not AI can be emotionally intelligent and the consequences/forays into this area to date. As we push the boundaries of AI, what are our social responsibilities, what duty to we have to progress society emotionally as well as technologically and how should we think about psychological health and well-being.
• Pete Hotchkiss – UX/UI Manager, Clarksons (Chair)
• Ivana Bartoletti – Head of Privacy & Data, Gemserv
• Richard Orme – CTO, Photobox Group
• Seyi Akiwowo – Founder, Glitch!UK
• Reema Patel – Programme Manager, Nuffield Foundation
• Charlotte Stix – Research Associate on the AI Policy, University of Cambridge
As a media strategy and design expert with over 20 years’ at the coal face of “digital”, Pete has been responsible for the crafting of campaigns and experiences for leading entertainment, consumer and B2B brands. He heads up the Design & Experience team at FTSE250 listed Ship broking company Clarksons. Here is charged with helping lead the multi-million “Cloud” digital transformation project not just for the business, but also in structuring how the entire marine industry will embrace the power of software, AI and automation into the next century of global trade.
Ivana heads up the privacy and data protection practice at Gemserv. She helps businesses harness the data they hold and advises on compliance with privacy legislation at UK, EU and global level. She works across all sectors and also focuses on the privacy challenges surrounding the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. A keynote speaker at industry events in the UK and internationally, helping women to achieve in public life as well as influencing policy on the economy, tech, healthcare and foreign affairs. She regularly writes and features in the media in both the UK and overseas, commenting on privacy, data ethics and innovation.
Richard is the CTO of Photobox Group and he has over twenty years of experience in the area of software innovation, design, development lifecycle and delivery to market, focused on SaaS & eCommerce. Richard and his team has access to unparalleled insights into how people tell their stories through images and how these stories can transform the retail experience.
Seyi founded Glitch!UK a not-for-profit online abuse advocacy, campaigning and training organisation after facing horrendous online abuse and harassment when a video of her speech at the European Parliament went viral last year. Through Glitch!UK, Seyi lobbies social media companies and decision makers and has also published a recommendations report.
Reema is a programme manager at the Nuffield Foundation, working to help create the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent institute that seeks to promote social wellbeing in a data and AI enabled society. Previously, Reema has led various high-profile citizen engagement and participation initiatives on complex and controversial policy areas in the UK, including the flagship Citizens’ Economic Council at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), as well as working on its Forum for Ethical AI.
Charlotte is a Research Associate on the AI Policy and Responsible Innovation project at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge. She was formerly at the European Commission's Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Unit, where she oversaw a total of €18 million in projects and contributed to the formulation of EU-wide AI strategy as its youngest ever team member. She holds a MSc in Philosophy with a focus on cognitive sciences and philosophy of mind, as well as additional degrees in philosophy, design, and the performing arts.
Ensure to RSVP here as we do have limited seats available.
We are thoroughly excited to hold our next Soda Social event ' The Future of the Shared Economy'. The evening will include an insightful discussion with our two confirmed guest speakers. We have
Anna Bance the Co-Founder of Girl Meets Dress and Jamie Wilson the CEO and Co-Founder of HomeTouch. As always we will be providing free pizza and refreshments. Anna Bance - Founder of Girl Meets Dress Co-founder
GirlMeetsDress.com Anna Bance is the founder of Europe’s leading online rental website, GirlMeetsDress.com. Giving millions of women the ability to hire designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the price. Anna’s background is in Fashion, Journalism and PR with her degree from the London College of Fashion. The business has scaled throughout Europe, and Anna has pioneered the way forward for rental as an ecommerce category of its own, within the now further established ‘Sharing Economy’.
Dr Jamie Wilson - Founder of Hometouch
HomeTouch Dr Jamie Wilson started his career as a NHS psychiatrist specialising in dementia before turning his hand to startups. Frustrated with the bureaucracy in the NHS and learning first hand how difficult it is to find reliable home care, he realised that the agency model was broken and the future of the UK’s elderly population was in trouble. Jamie started HomeTouch in 2015 and has grown it to being one of the largest new breed of home care platforms raising funds from Passion Capital, 500 startups and BUPA. Schedule
6.00pm - Doors Open
6.00pm- 7pm - Networking
7.00pm - 7.20pm - Anna Bance talk and 10 min Q&A
5 min Break
7.35pm - 7.55pm - Dr Jamie Wilson talk and 10 min Q&A
8.05pm -9.00pm Networking Any questions please email [masked]
We are excited to announce our next event "How to Design at Scale"
All early bird tickets have now gone. Ticket price is still only £10.00 There are only 80 spaces left so be sure to book your spot here:
Apologies but you cannot book your space via Meetup. We are using Meetup to notify our members of this event only.
As always we will be providing awesome speakers, nibbles / refreshments and the opportunity to share knowledge and socialise.
We have TED speaker, ex-Googler and now Product Design Manager at Facebook Jonah Jones confirmed as our first guest speaker. Also we have lined up Brian Flanagan who is Global Product Director at Expedia.
Jonah Jones - Product Designer Manager @ Facebook
Jonah has been working in product design since 1999. With a background in design, programming and film, he began his career as a designer in the London startup scene. He then joined Google, where he worked for 8 years in Zurich, Sydney and Mountain View, leading the redesign of Google Maps. He now leads design teams for Facebook in London, working on tools to bring people closer together.
Talk Synopsis- 6.30pm
The Google Maps navigation and cartography teams have an overwhelmingly complex task to create a universal experience that helps people navigate their world, no matter where in the world they are. How do you create an experience that works for well-established road grids in New York City and dirt roads in rural India?
The Facebook sharing team also have an overwhelmingly complex task to support the diverse needs of a quarter of the worlds population. How do you build tools that work as well for a teenage girl in Japan as they do an elderly man in rural France?
Brian Flanagan - Global Product Director @ Expedia
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Brian has been at Expedia since 2008 leading all e-commerce and product aspects of the Expedia site for Canada and, for 4 years, launching and leading their Latin American sites.
He joined Expedia’s Global Product Organisation and moved to London to lead product initiatives related to maps, geography and reducing the cognitive load that travellers have when planning their trips. Brian’s product management experience spans mobile, banking and marketing all from a customer centric view point.
Talk Synopsis - 7pm
Expedia is a leader in product management and UX approaching these disciplines with a healthy dose of data science. Our internal mantra is “led by design, confirmed by science”. In this presentation, you’ll gain insights into Expedia’s approach to product development which leverages collaboration between design, research, technology and analytics and how we apply a test and learn approach and the Scientific Method to our every day lives.
6pm - Doors Open
6 - 6.30pm - Networking
6.30 - 7pm - Jonah Jones Talk with Q&A
7 - 7.30pm - Brian Flanagan Talk with Q&A
7.40 - 8.10pm - Speaker from Deliveroo (Awaiting Details)
8.10 - 9pm - Networking
Niharika Hariharan – Design Director @ Mckinsey
Danny Hawkins – Founder @ Quiqup
David Santoro – Founder @ Carwow
Mike Atherton – Content Strategist @ Facebook
Alberta Soranzo – Service Design Director @Lloyds
Jose Alves & Matt Coyne – Creative Directors @ Sky
Aino Hantu - Lead Service Designer @ Futurice
Patrick Mullern & Julian Ohnacker - Product Designer @ Transferwise
We are excited to announce the next SODA Social event at the Shoreditch Platform. On this occasion, our talks will be around combating challenges in Machine Learning and AI. Our confirmed speakers are Kostas Manolarakis from Stratagem, Kostas Perifanos from Argos and Stefan Boronea from Proportunity. As always, entrance is free plus we will be providing refreshments and nibbles. RSVP to book your space.
For more info contact [masked] or visit http://www.soda-social.com
We look forward to seeing you there.
Kostas Perifanos – Lead Machine Learning Engineer @ Argos
Kostas joined Argos in 2017 as a Lead Machine Learning engineer. Prior to Argos, he worked at Royal Mail, Mailonline, Pearson and in research; he was involved in a broad range of projects from European FP6 research programs to EdTech, Analytics, Search, Predictive Modelling using Machine Learning and AI. He is interested in Deep Learning, Distributed Computing, Optimisation, Search, Predictive Analytics and Natural Language Processing.
AI, Machine Learning, Ethics
Recent developments in AI & Machine Learning enable us to build machines with enough power to change society. The question is, do we, as human race, understand the implications of the technology revolution which is in progress?
Kostas Manolarakis - Lead Research and Development Engineer @ Stratagem Technologies
Kostas is a Quantitative Research Analyst and has extensive experience in academic research. He holds a bachelor degree in Mathematics, an MSc in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge University and a PhD in Numerical Stochastic Analysis from Imperial College London.
Is sports the next big thing for artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence and machine learning is being adopted by more industries than ever before. A look at how the sports and particularly betting industries are driving this technology forward, with a focus on how machine learning is being utilised to extract key information from large data sets/
Stefan Boronea – CTO @ Proportunity
Stefan is the co-founder and CTO of Proportunity, a London startup using machine learning to understand and forecast real estate trends. Prior to starting Proportunity, he worked atBooking.com (http://booking.com/) and IBM in both engineering and data science roles. He is fascinated by machine learning approaches to solving tangible problems, with a focus on predictive analytics, anomaly detection and emergent behaviour.
Machine learning at scale
Building machine learning models is tough. Building and testing machine learning models at scale is nearly impossible. How can we make deploying and testing models at scale easy, reliable and fast?
Good Morning Sodalites,
Apologies it’s been a little while since our last event. We’ve been busy celebrating Christmas and Pancake day and organising what we hope to be the best SODA Social yet! We are excited to announce our next event will be back at the Trampery in Shoreditch (due to popular demand!)
This Spring we are will be discussing Product Design stories - Fails and wins: Design professionals from Sky and Transferwise will be providing real stories of the challenges they have overcome in taking their Products from concept through to launch. Immersive Q&A in this unique opportunity to talk to those who have done it.
As per usual we promise you a fantastic evening with a real opportunity to learn, absorb, network and of course tuck into a beer or two on us
We can’t wait to see you.
Jose Alves - Creative Director @ Sky
Jose is responsible for the strategic discovery and design delivery of mobile apps. He finds himself at the intersection of systematic and narrative creativity, enjoying both the craft of making and conceptualisation of solutions.
He’s been inspiring and building high-performing multidisciplinary teams in delivering innovative and delightful experiences for global enterprises as much as for small and medium size businesses such as the BBC, Skype, Betfair, Method, R/GA and Ostmodern.
Matt Coyne - Creative Director @ Sky
From Letraset and Bromides to Flash and Photoshop via Modems and Lingo. Matt’s career was transformed by the discovery of cmd-z.
He’s been involved in some form of design for 27 years. The last 10 have seen him create cross platform design systems for the BBC, O2 and YouView. More recently, he was Design Lead on Sky Q taking the product from concept through to launch.
Now Creative Director across Sky TV products, he’s part of a new cross-disciplinary, cross- platform team — Design and Research Engineering, aiming to evolve Sky’s current product portfolio and create future propositions.
Sky Q is the flagship TV service from Sky that allows you to watch what you want, where you want and whenever you want. Creative directors José Alves and Matt Coyne will share the lessons they’ve learnt from product conception to launch and beyond.
Patrick Mullern - Product Designer @ Transferwise
Formerly the Lead Designer at Bureau for Visual Affairs, Patrick has over nine years experience focussed on creating content-driven user experiences for cultural organisations and digital products.
Outside of TransferWise, Patrick is an initial investor, and UX consultant, in RunLastMan.com (online fund-raising game), a founding member of the 100Archive and an inductee of the International Society of Typographic Designers.
Julian Ohnacker - UX/UI Designer @ Transferwise
Julian is an award winning designer. His visual design
skills and a track record in delivering captivating brand experiences see him creating and transforming innovative ideas into reality.
He has worked internationally with clients such as BMW, MINI, McDonald’s, LEGO, BOSCH, e.on and various others in digital agencies as well as media companies and start ups.
TransferWise is money without borders – instant, convenient, transparent and eventually free. We’re powering money for people and businesses: to pay, to get paid, to spend, in any currency, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing and for as little as possible. Designers Julian Ohnacker and Patrick Mullen will discuss the company’s culture that empowers individuals and enables them to turn abject failure, into meaningful services for their users.
6.00pm - Doors Open
6.30pm - Networking (Drinks & Nibbles)
7.00pm - Jose Alves & Matt Coyne Talk
7.30pm - Q&A
7.40pm - Patrick Mullern & Julian Ohnacker Talk
8.10pm - Q&A
8.20pm - 9.30pm - Networking (Drinks)
For more info contact [masked]
We are super excited and so should you be for the next SODA Social event coming up at the Trampery in Shoreditch and the topic will be....
"The Rise of Service Design"
We have some amazing speakers locked in who will be discussing current trends within this space. As always this is a free event where will be providing drinks and Pizza.
This event is suitable for those who are familiar with Service Design, have worked with service designers or service design agencies and also those who are service designers. This talk will also be relevant for clients who have engaged with service designers, agencies and consultancies and/or are keen on building this capability internally. Also those those of you who would like to pursue a career in Service Design.
Niharika Hariharan - Service Design Lead (Boots, Barclays, Sapient, EY-Seren)
Niharika is a service designer whose focus is creating tools and methods to create meaningful experiences. She has previously worked with Barclays, Fidelity, Financial Times and O2 to build human centric services and experiences
Reports indicate that 51% of the work run by Service Design agencies never gets implemented ((Design for Service Innovation & Development” reports, 2015).
How can we deliver services that bring together the proposed ideal experiences and actionable strategy to support businesses and users alike?
This talk looks at the current limitations of Service Design as practice and proposes opportunities within the design process, deliverables and method to inject new direction and thinking into this discipline.
Alberta Soranzo - End to End Service Design Director @ LLoyds
A firm believer that there’s always another way to look at a challenge, Alberta has been hacking things to make them work better for humans since she was a child.
An incorrigible nomad, she's lived in Italy, California and is now based in London. Recently appointed Director of End-to-End Service Design at Lloyds Banking Group, she is excited about the possibility to make a real impact on the financial outcomes of people by looking after the big picture as well as focusing on the very small things that, she says, ‘matter a lot’.
There is a saving crisis across the UK.
Fintech startups and financial institutions give us plenty of choice when it comes to tools, but we’re still not saving enough. Why is that?
The truth is that saving is, in many ways, against human nature — with that in mind, I want to show you how we can support achieving meaningful financial outcomes by intentionally designing financial services that acknowledge our emotions and help us overcome our fears and biases.
Aino Hanttu Service Design Lead @ Futurice
Aino has designed and developed end-to-end products and services for a variety of industries in Spain, UK, US and Finland. Currently, Aino drives the creation of stellar user experiences and world-class service design in client work at Futurice London. Aino specialises in complex service design projects and is passionate about digital transformation of businesses. She is right at home when facilitating workshops and helping companies transform their culture to lean service creation.
Aino will be discussing what makes a good Service Designer?
YES! Another exciting event is to be held on the 21st September 2016 at the fantastic ACE Hotel in Shoreditch and will be themed around ‘How not to Suck at DevOps’
Andrew is a Lead DevOps Consultant at Capgemini with a strong test-first engineering background. Proficient in application development and Unix systems architecture, he is comfortable with every tier of a bare metal or virtualised web stack, and has battle-hardened experience delivering high throughput solutions to enterprise clients.
Luke is a a back-end developer moving further down the stack, and nowadays focuses on DevOps and Linux Containers. Most recently Luke worked as a senior consultant at YLD, and previously at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Luke built an open-source, container-based PaaS called Paz (http://paz.sh (http://paz.sh/)) and has delivered talks at CoreOS Fest, Container Camp, Docker London, Node on the Road Lisbon, and various London Node, container and DevOps meetups.
Title: Building and Deploying Microservices Applications with Containers
Abstract: In this talk, Ilya and Luke will show off a sample reference microservices app, a socks shop. We'll look at how it's been developed it and why, and then deploy it to three different platforms, and then use Weave Scope to find out how it works.
Ilya Dmitrichenko (@errordeveloper (https://twitter.com/errordeveloper))
Ilya is a Developer Experience Engineer at Weaveworks, focused on making the adoption of microservices easier. Prior to Weaveworks, Ilya worked at Xively, where he personally experienced the shift to a true DevOps culture. He began to shift focus down the stack, becoming one of the early evangelists of and contributors to open source projects in the emerging Docker/container ecosystem.
Luke Marsden (@lmarsden (https://twitter.com/lmarsden))
Luke heads up Developer Experience at Weaveworks, where he spends his time thinking about how to optimise for happy open source users. He gets involved in open source projects, develops experimental software, works on content and user journeys, and enjoys speaking at meetups and conferences. He previously founded ClusterHQ.
For more info please email [masked] or go to
Our next event is to be held on July 27th at the fantastic ACE Hotel in Shoreditch and is themed around SERVERLESS ARCHITECTURES.
We have just confirmed our first two speakers.
Yan Cui -7:00pm - 7 :30pm
Yan is a Server Architect Developer at Yubl www.yubl.me (http://www.yubl.me/) and a regular speaker at user groups and conferences. He keeps an active blog at http://theburningmonk.com (http://theburningmonk.com/) and is a co-author of "F# Deep Dives".
He will be talking about "AWS Lambda from the Trenches" and sharing his experiences in operating AWS Lambda in production, whilst transitioning from a traditional, monolithic system.
Hassy Veldstra -7:30pm -7:45pm
Hassy Veldstra is the lead node.js Developer at artillery.io (http://artillery.io/) and a performance / load-testing consultant.
lltrace is an experimental open-source project developed by the innovation team at Thomas Cook. It visualizes the architecture of your AWS Lambda-based apps written in Node.js. With lltrace you will have architecture diagrams that update themselves and never go out of date.
Ahmed Nuaman - 8pm - 8:30pm
Ahmed is Co-Founder and Director of Development at Scout.
Scout wearescouting.com (http://wearescouting.com/) is a tech start-up working to provide real world analytics and behavioural analysis to the retail sector.
Ahmed will give us a sneak peak into how their entire analytics and data ingestion stack is completely serverless, yet still handles over 20m new rows of data per customer per day.
Doors open - 6.30pm (We will provide drinks and nibbles upon arrival)
7pm - 7:30pm - Yan Cui (20 minute talk with a 10 minute Q&A session)
7:30pm -7:45pm - Hassy Veldstra -(10 minute Lightening talk with QA session)
7:45pm - 8pm - Break
8pm - 8:30pm - Ahmed Nuaman (20 minute talk with a 10 minute Q&A session)
8:30pm - 9pm - Networking
For more info please email [masked] or go to www.soda-social.com (http://www.soda-social.com/)