Predicting the £multi-million tech bosses of the future

Finding the right staff can be a challenge for any company. But identifying the successful technology entrepreneurs of the future is impossible, right? Well, wrong… AI is now being used to track down these talented individuals. Over the last month, Founders Forum and Entrepreneur First, have turned to artificial intelligence (AI) to identify the UK’s most promising future tech leaders.  These resulting models continually learn as additional data on the career trajectories of their community grows, allowing them to accurately predict who will start tech companies… but at scale! And by minimising gender, location, racial or any other bias, these talent spotters only see potential!

It’s not just water that flows from the wells, but data too…

Charity: Water’s mission is to raise money to help local organisations in the developing world drill wells and pursue other water-pumping and purification projects. But this work is expensive and relies on the philanthropy of others.  Historically, humanitarian aid groups have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on poorly planned or maintained projects that have broken down. This has led to a certain distrust from key donors. Charity: Water avoids this fate by not only flowing water through it’s pumps – but data.  By carefully mapping its wells, monitoring flow rates and sharing the continually updated information online publicly, its transparent model is attracting some very high profile Silicone Valley givers.

What Boston and Camden Council have in common 

What do the metropolitan US city of Boston and the local council of Camden have in common? Well, in the past week, both have subscribed to a growing trend of public bodies that are working hard to open and improve access to data for the benefit of the locale and the residents that live and visit it. Open Data Camden is a new platform that aims to enable access to important information about the area, including parking bays, planning applications, housing stock, contractors, housing repairs and road accidents. This open data has been used to create a new planning email alert system, quickly and at a low cost, that has already saved £200k by reducing the number of planning application letters sent to residents. Meanwhile, Analyze Boston will officially launch this spring, making data usable and accessible… not just available. It actually includes fewer datasets than the incumbent platform. “We want to make the site into a place where people can go to get information and knowledge, not just data,” said Andrew Therriault, Boston’s chief data officer.

Data helps the little things too

While all the data led stories above are important on an industry-wide, city-wide or even global level, sometimes it’s the little things that are important in data. And, for many, perhaps the most important ‘little thing’ is a new baby. But little things come with big challenges – like naming your little bundle of joy. Data, when used well, can make problems simple, though, so for new parents that want to discover the ‘on trend’ name of the moment, or to find of a name that’s more unique (or even just to see how the popularity of your name has changed over time), this handy new app uses National Records of Scotland data to help you see just how popular, or otherwise, any name in Scotland is since 1974.


Edinburgh played host to the first ever DataFest this week, culminating in the Data Summit, which saw data experts from across the country gather together to share talks from a host of high profile leaders from the field. From Formula1 to the NHS and from UNICEF to Transport for London, speakers from some of the world’s foremost data-led organisations shared their insights with the audience. Collaboration, ethics and using data for social good were some of the prevalent themes throughout the two-day conference. So, following that vein, we’ll be sharing our thoughts and highlights from the event soon, so watch this space…

TM1 User Group

We’d like to thank everyone who attended our very own TM1 User Group on Wednesday, especially our guest presenters from Southern Water, global construction firm Mace and the University of Sheffield. Around 50 clients, colleagues and partners gathered in Glasgow to talk all things TM1, share their analytics journeys and hear about the future of Planning Analytics. As ever, we couldn’t run events like this without you, so a huge thanks you from all the team at Barrachd. We look forward to seeing you at future events.


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