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Recently three Surrey Business School students, Vova, Slavik and Nurasyl had a chance to present their startup app company – Felix Math at Dublin Tech Summit 2017.
Dublin Tech Summit was a collaboration of global leaders in innovation, technology and business from Ireland and around the globe. It was spread over a period of two days and had approximately 10,000+ attendees, 50+ world media, 200+ speakers, many global investors as well 100 top startups.
With the help of Surrey Business School we had a great opportunity to represent the university at Dublin Tech Summit with our app that teaches students how to solve math problems by using latest advancements in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision. You simply take a picture of almost any Math problem and within seconds, you get step-by-step explanation and background theory for the given Math problem. Our primary goal was to talk to investors as well as potential customers to see what would be their reaction to our app.
To be honest, the experience was at least x100 better that we expected! During the summit we literally had hundreds of people come by our booth, and at multiple times there were queues of approximately 5-10 people waiting to have a chance to try our product (there wasn’t any other startup that had the same problem, or luck…) and we’ve also met with some Surrey alumni!
Also, because we passed the rigorous selection from the summit board, we were selected in the top 100 startups and presented our app in front of a professional jury. We then gradually progressed into top 50 and finally top 10. Although we didn’t make the cut into top 3, which was a shame, but given the fact that we’d lost quite a lot of points due to our youth and inexperience (the average age in the team that won was roughly 50+), it was still a great achievement and proof that Surrey Business School is great place to nurture next batch of world class entrepreneurs!
To wrap it up, it was a tremendous experience and we’ve received a massive load of feedback that we’ve spent over a month coding into our app. The summit wasn’t just the feedback though, we managed to get attention of many journalists in the UK as well as Ireland that write for leading newspapers and online publications. with interviews being published soon.
In addition to that we were in the epicentre of business networking. We had very interesting people approaching us and giving us tips, advice and their contacts. It was very surprising to see how the right timing and location can boost you to a totally new level. Our team was impressed with the summit and afterwards had a chance to share the experience with some of our fellow university classmates and friends. We believe that we found new horizons to look up to and hope to disrupt the educational market very soon! Stay tuned…
Thank you so much to Surrey Business School for the opportunity to be there! It was really amazing.
Ps: If you really want to help us out, please download our app at felixmath.com, tell your younger siblings & cousins about us and finally don’t forget to leave a 5 star rating in the AppStore! Thanks!
All the best,
Slavik, Vova and Nurasyl.
BREAKING NEWS…..The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) recently issued a major call for proposals, offering research funding for feasibility studies providing insights into the application of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), and bringing focus to academic research in this area. We are delighted that both of CoDE’s EPSRC DLT bids, CoMEHeRe and Archangel, have been approved for funding – a tremendous result Surrey Business School’s Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE) team, putting us firmly at the forefront of UK DLT research. CoMEHeRe will research the application of DLT in healthcare, and Archangel’s application is supporting The National Archive. See a full list of EPSRC DLT projects here.
The digital economy will be driven by many new technologies, business models, and initiatives. A few long poles in the tent are beginning to come into focus, with DLT seen by many to be one of the most disruptive emerging forces. Blockchains and DLT could revolutionize the world economy, according to a recent interview with Don Tapscot, who popularised the term “digital economy” with his 1994 book of the same name. He sees blockchains as a democratising force that will rebalance the current lopsided digital playing field. Yet these technologies, no matter how promising, are largely unknown, and their potential applications are only now beginning to emerge through research and experimentation.
Blockchains (or distributed ledgers) are the technology that underpin cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but their use is not limited to currencies. They record information in a distributed ledger in a way that is both secure and immutable; by being distributed among many users these ledgers are resilient with no single point of failure, and they can be (depending on design) transparent to all users. Described by The Economist as “the trust machine”, they provide supply chain transparency and data integrity, allowing a visible assurance of authenticity.
In addition to the importance of these research activities, both of the CoDE projects demonstrate the multi-disciplinary nature of digital economy research, and are close collaborations with colleagues across the University of Surrey and with industry partners. CoMEHeRe is led by CoDE’s Professor Alan Brown and Dr. David Plans with the University’s Centre for Vision, Sound, and Signal Processing (CVSSP) through Dr. John Collomosse, and the University’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) via Professor Klaus Moessner, and will target Healthcare and Health Insurance alongside project partners BioBeats, AXA/PPP, and Guardtime. Archangel is led by the CVSSP under Dr. John Collomosse, and partners with The National Archives in a collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI). Each of these projects will receive nearly £500k in research grant funding over their 18 month life.
As Professor Roger Maull, a key member of the CoDE bid team, remarked, ‘CoDE have two out of the seven grants awarded — and as a university we have three out of the seven. Add this result to the existing CREDIT (Cryptocurrency Effects in Digital Transformations) grant, and it’s clear we are the major player in DLT research in the UK.’
Briefly, the two funded projects, demonstrating the potential and diversity of DLT applications, are as follows:
CoMEHeRe (Co-operative Models for Evidence-based Healthcare Redistribution) aims to transform personal healthcare through design, development and evaluation of DLT for democratising, commodifying and brokering casually-captured personal healthcare data (e.g. from wearable biosensors and the IoT) to public or private healthcare providers. The impact of CoMEHeRe could be unprecedented, creating new and sustainable business models for preventative healthcare, allowing users to maintain control of their personal data, disrupting actuarial science towards real-time, and providing an auditable chain of evidence.
Archangel will deliver long term sustainability of digital archives through new, transformational DLT solutions. These will ensure both accessibility and integrity of digital archives, whilst maximising their impact through novel models of commodification and open access. In practice, this project will help protect Research Dataset integrity, allowing research results to be replicated and proven even decades after publication. With the project partner, The National Archives (TNA), data such as Supreme Court video records will be ‘future-proofed’, allowing the verification of provenance and integrity. The project will also investigate how Delayed Disclosure Public Records can stand on an open verification platform, so the TNA can check integrity during curation, and also prove integrity at release.
Professor Alan Brown, Principle Investigator for CoMEHeRe and Co-Investigator on Archangel commented: ‘This is a wonderful result for CoDE, and a testament to the power of the CoDE team: David Plans, Co-Investigator on CoMEHeRe and the inspiration, technical leader, and focal point for the CoDE contributions to the project; Davide Morelli, who provided vital technical guidance to CoMEHeRe; and cryptocurrencies expert Roger Maull and blockchain pundit Phil Godsiff, who gave guidance and reviews for both projects to ensure this fantastic result.’
Please contact us for more details, and keep updated here on the blog page about some of the great research the CoDE team will be carrying out over the coming months.
|4/4| To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re releasing new blogs every week this month from Kasmin Cooney (OBE) Righttrack Consultancy founder, sharing her decades of experience in equality and diversity training in the business world.
At Surrey Business School we’re passionate about advancing female candidates with the MBA Women in Business Scholarship, covering between 10 – 50% of the total tuition fee awarded on a rolling basis.
Statistics show that women are more likely to be employed in low paid/part-time work and are likely to have less financial asset. Yet, women-led businesses are increasingly becoming the driving force of the UK economy.
New research by Founders4Schools shows that there are 762 women-led companies which have revenues between £1m-£250m and are expanding at a median growth rate of 30% a year, 453 are growing by 20% or more and 281 are growing by 50% or more. The total revenues they together accounted for increased by nearly £2 billion from the last year which was a median annual revenue increase per woman-led company of £900,000.
It is delightful to see women making such a major contribution to the growth of the British economy; they are shattering stereotypes and glass ceilings that shouldn’t have even existed in the first place.
Even though the UK has fallen to 9th place last year in terms of female board representation percentages in Europe, it seems that the UK is becoming the best place in the world for female entrepreneurs to further their business ventures.
Kasmin Cooney (OBE) Righttrack Consultancy founder
A new course aimed at improving and enhancing teaching excellence in management is being offered at a new learning centre in the Surrey Business School (SBS), based at the University of Surrey.
This month Professor Sarmistha Pal's research is featured in Business Standard, centring on Indian historical legislation and corporate investment.
At Surrey Business School, we’ve created an innovative and stimulating environment in which our academics, students and alumni work with international corporate businesses, SMEs and government, offering bespoke consultancy and applied education programmes. Here are just a few examples of some of the organisations we’re currently working with: