Ah, good old Bitcoin. I’m sure you thought you’d be able to read a think piece on finance which did not contain any mention of this ubiquitous cryptocurrency. Or that of its successor in the public eye: NFTs.

So, GameStop and Bitcoin. Where’s the link? Both have been subject to essentially the same ‘hype cycle’ or ‘pump’ encouraged by institutional and retail investors. Anyone who frequents the r/Bitcoin subreddit, or scrolls through the hashtag on Twitter, is well aware of how easily the latest crypto influencer tweet can, actually, influence the cryptocurrency’s price. The advent of retail investors publicly eradicating…

Starting from zero in a +1 world

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It’s 2019. You’re a graduate, or a young adult new to the workforce, and you’re researching a company you’re interested in working for. You head to the ‘About’ section of the corporate’s website, your cursor poised to select the ‘Careers’ tab. The next section you’ll head for is ‘Our People’.

You’re expecting to see a glossy selection of photos, artfully chosen to ensure the company is put in the best possible light when it comes to the diversity of their workforce. You’re anticipating a set of cookie cutter images, showcasing an artificially ‘representative’ group of people, with a carefully calculated…

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Is the mainstream media determined to portray cryptocurrency as a problem rather than a solution?

Banning digital devices in schools will heighten the inequality of access to digital careers

Teach a generation to create, not consume, content on social media

‘It is not permitted to use your smartphone in the library.’

‘Phones on silent, please. I won’t tell you again.’

If you’ve been out of high school for at least a year, the memories of having limited access to your phone have mostly faded — luckily for us, right? But right now in primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges across the UK, young people are regulated in how much access they have to their smartphones, and consequently the management of their digital lives. Can this continue in a digital world?

On 3rd February, Nick Gibb, the minister for…

Gig Economy: Godsend or Grievance?

Gig, platform, sharing, collaborative. Let’s call a spade a spade? To many millennials, the gig economy = the temporary economy. We are subjected to the mainstream media’s diatribe, proclaiming that those who generate income from gig economy jobs for more than six months are destined for a lifetime of zero hours contracts. The politically literate amongst us repeatedly chant the negative stereotypes, such as the assumption that our generation will never have stable jobs and retirement savings.

We advocate flexible working. Why don’t we want it as our only option?

A gig economy is ‘a free market system in which…

Once, in an internship application, I was asked: ‘if you were given £250k to achieve a [business] dream or goal, how would you use the money? And if you were given £10 to achieve the same goal, what would you do?’

Despite the pressure of an encroaching deadline, this in-depth question was one that I took the most pleasure in answering. Most entrepreneurially minded young people relish the opportunity to provide a short plan of how they would go about starting their business, if they were fortunate enough to be provided with so much capital to begin with.

In assessing…

The hierarchy imposed by education is merely a game of smoke and mirrors, with no true value lying beneath. It’s time to revive the legacy of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs: what did he want for education?

I recently read the biography ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson, and I was struck by the similarity between myself, as an educational innovator, and the creative and multi-faceted disruptor that was Apple’s Steve. Maybe he wasn’t such a great guy to work with, or your typical family man. But, before he passed away in 2011, he had a discussion with Bill Gates, his longtime rival and firm friend, about the integration of technology in education.

‘Gates sketched out his vision of what schools in the future would be like, with students watching lectures and video lessons on their own while…

People’s understanding of blockchain is still not where it should be. But is content distribution on the blockchain the best way to bridge the gap to the general public?

Creativity and technology have always been inextricably linked. Any tech company, no matter how great their product or their team of developers, need that creative spark to make sure their brand is good quality. Recently, at a Meetup event run by London’s AnitaB.org community and Women in Data Science London, I had the pleasure of hearing from the one and only Sukhi Jutla, who is one of the first authors to release a book on the blockchain.

Sukhi is the co-founder and COO of Market Orders, an online platform who supply and distribute gold, jewellery and diamonds to the trade…

‘Every time I watch something, I learn something from it.’ Or do I?

These four social media sites host a variety of original content, and three have a dashboard style UX design.

How much time do we spend watching videos and consuming content online? Like many of my generation, I spend the majority of my free time consuming content in a digital form — from a smartphone, an iPad, or a Kindle. On social media sites such as Instagram, we are bombarded by a wide array of visually appealing content. To some, Instagram can appear as a platform that only provides significant exposure to beautiful places, beautiful people and beautiful food. On the surface, this would be a truthful statement — the most popular Instagram influencers (aside from celebrities) often tend to…

In a world where sharing our data with tech companies is causing widespread panic, futurists take a different view

Tech City, Old Street © Melissa Tranfield, 2018

Technology. First of all, using the word ‘technology’ as an umbrella term to describe our future is hardly accurate. We aren’t going to be living in a world dominated by ‘technology’ — a terrifying beast that we can’t control. Instead, we are going to be living in a world where humans will hopefully be using technology for the greater good, automating outdated, agonisingly slow systems, revolutionising healthcare, and even colonising Mars (though the jury’s still out on that one).

Technology is often used as a buzzword in the media, usually to underpin how the fault of the latest data scandal…

Melissa Tranfield

Software engineering apprentice. EdTech, FinTech, politics, innovation. Founder of EDIFY @edifyldn

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