This week’s highlights: Andy Hart, Dr Mike Lynch and Sir John Parker

10 October 2014

Our talk series, The Future of Innovation, Connectivity and Discovery, which was launched last week with Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, has continued this week with a wealth of fascinating events with a wide range of speakers talking about how innovation in technology will shape the future.

Here are a few highlights as the series continues:

Andy Hart at Holloway School

Andy Hart speakers to students after his presentation about the future of computing in our every-day livesHolloway School welcomed Microsoft’s Advertising & Online Manager, Andy Hart, today as he spoke about the future of technology and how the students of today can be a part of it. In an industry short of scientists, programmers and engineers, especially amongst girls, he encouraged them to believe in themselves to succeed. The questions came thick and fast from the students, asking about everything from his inspiration to his thoughts on computer multitasking!

Dr Mike Lynch at Davenant Foundation School

Dr Mike Lynch tells year 12 students about what he's learned by going from techie to entreprenuerReferred to as “Britain’s answer to Bill Gates”, technology and software entreprenuer Dr Mike Lynch spoke to A-level students at Davenant Foundation School, not too far from where he grew up himself. In his talk, the co-founder of Autonomy and board member of Founders Forum for Good emphasised the importance of surrounding yourself with new experiences and ‘people who are smarter than you’. Students had a chance to hear about Mike’s initial struggles going from being a ‘techie’ to setting up his own business and the skills required to do this and how many soft skills are actually required to do this successfully.
His most important point was this: “We have this belief in Britain that failure is a bad thing. It’s crazy. We see it as a step backwards and it’s not true. Failure is important. Having a go and failing is worth it. Stop worrying about failing; think about succeeding. Learn and move on.”

Mike had a chance to stay after and answer questions one-on-one from students interested in setting up their own ventures.

Sir John Parker at Northfleet Technology College

Students at Northfleet get the chance to hear from one of the most influential engineers in Britain, Sir John ParkerSir John Parker, Chairman of Anglo American and former President of the Royal Academy of Engineers, spoke passionately to the Year 13 students of Northfleet Technology College about engineering and what it means to society. He talked about how engineers need to be ‘highly creative’ entrepreneurs in order to push forward innovation in society and how the machinery on the farm he grew up on inspired him pursue the career that has taken him to become CEO of 5 FTSE 100 companies.

Watch our Twitter feed and Google+ for coverage of more fantastic talks from this series including Kate Bellingham, Dame Julia Higgins, Will Butler-Adams and Dame Tessa Jowell!

For a very special event, please tune in to our Google+ Live Event Page on November 10th for a talk with Matt Brittin, President of Google Europe!