C-Level Briefing: CBR talks to Tech London Advocates founder Russ Shaw on Sadiq Khan's role in making London the tech capital of the world.At the beginning of this month, 9th May, Boris Johnson left his home of eight years, City Hall.He also has some serious tech credentials having previously held the role of Vice President & General Manager of Skype and Global Innovation Director at Telefonica.He wanted to understand the need to have more and more people with deeper and broader digital skills and wanted to make sure that we don't create a digital divide as part of it."I go back to President Obama when he was running for president, he said, 'I'm not just going to focus on one issue, I need to multi-task', and I think Mayor Khan needs to come in and multi-task.""He Khan has always been very forthcoming saying 'I am going to need your help', 'I want you to work with me' and I think he wants to be a very pro-business, pro-tech mayor.
TfL s having a party, so bring your booze books and your char-ming selves down to your local Underground station if it s on the Central or Victoria line on the evening of August 19th.Yes, almost 12 months after it was originally supposed to get going, the 24-hour Tube service is actually going to creak into action.First to get the all-night treatment will be the Central and Victoria lines, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern to follow in the autumn.Pissed-up boozehounds will be able to catch six trains per hour between 00.30 and 05.30 when the Friday and Saturday night service arrives, though this will be increased to eight per hour on the notoriously sardine-tin-like Northern line.I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority, and London Underground has now confirmed that services on the first two lines will launch on 19 August, said new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London s night time economy - creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners.
London's Night Tube service will launch on 19 August, mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.The launch should reduce average night-time journeys by 20 minutes, according to Transport for London.To meet customer demand, Transport for London will run six trains per hour through central London on all Night Tube lines between 0030 and 0530.The RMT union is still in dispute over the running of the Night Tube, with general secretary Mick Cash saying there were "major unresolved issues" relating to the Tube's engineering workforce.The union agreed a deal for its drivers in March, but has been able to reach agreement on a package for maintenance staff.The mayor's office said around 200 part-time drivers were now taking part in a 14-week training scheme to run the Night Tube.
TfL s having a party, so bring your booze books and your char-ming selves down to your local Underground station if it s on the Central or Victoria line on the evening of August 19th.Yes, almost 12 months after it was originally supposed to get going, the 24-hour Tube service is actually going to creak into action.First to get the all-night treatment will be the Central and Victoria lines, with the Piccadilly, Jubilee and Northern to follow in the autumn.Pissed-up boozehounds will be able to catch six trains per hour between 00.30 and 05.30 when the Friday and Saturday night service arrives, though this will be increased to eight per hour on the notoriously sardine-tin-like Northern line.I have made getting the Night Tube up and running a priority, and London Underground has now confirmed that services on the first two lines will launch on 19 August, said new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.The Night Tube is absolutely vital to my plans to support and grow London s night time economy - creating more jobs and opportunities for all Londoners.
London's still quite new mayor Sadiq Khan has gone live with another one of the ideas he was saving up for when he got the job, this time suggesting spending £20m on sticking loads of light bulbs on all of the capital's 17 cross-Thames bridges.This is art, says Khan, with the city's operators given the job of finding artists and architects to offer options on how the bridges can be turned into permanent street exhibitions.And it's OK, it's not all being paid for out of council money that might be better spent on sweeping up kebab cartons and syringes or teaching children how to use iPads; the Illuminated River Foundation, a privately funded charity, is picking up most of the £20m bill.Mayor Khan said: "It will throw a spotlight on the river and its banks, and extend their daytime bustle and buzz into the darker hours, supporting London s burgeoning night-time economy.A dazzling, free outdoor art gallery for Londoners and all of our visitors to enjoy would encourage new investment and promote our great city to the rest of the world."Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f110524%2fhovdinggiveabeep press buttonLONDON — Cycling in London can be a pretty scary experience.In fact, 432 cyclists were seriously injured or killed on London roads in 2014, according to Transport for London figures.As soon as the cyclist presses the button, data is collected from the cyclist's location and added to a map on the campaign website.Therefore, we would like to highlight the issue and push forward the campaign for safer cycling, letting cyclists themselves to report about the places that need improving," Anna Katarina Skogh, marketing director at Hövding, said in a statement.Each time cyclists press one, an email is sent to the mayor of London to make him aware of the extent of the perils cyclists face."By committing to the London Cycling Campaign s Sign for Cycling pledges, the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has promised to make cycling in London safe and enjoyable for everyone," Amy Summers, campaign coordinator at London Cycling Campaign, said in a statement.
Transport for London TfL and Twitter began piloting the service on Thursday whereby customers will be alerted of severe delays on key London Underground and TfL rail services as soon as they occur.It will allow anyone who follows any combination of four existing TfL Twitter feeds to be able to opt-in to receive instant notifications about severe disruption.Currently, obtaining live travel information via Twitter means having to visit the relevant account or searching through your timeline for the latest tweets.This pilot scheme will allow notifications to be sent straight to customers' mobile devices while they are on the go, or direct to their computer, as a direct message.Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: "Like every Londoner I rely on public transport to get me around and this world-first service looks set to become an essential tool for millions of Tube passengers."It is an innovative way of providing people with live updates from the Underground and contributes to my goal of making it as easy as possible to get around the capital."
OK, who registered their name as Jane Smith'; UPDATE votes SET choice Sadiq;--The confirmation of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London last month was delayed for several hours by a database application bug.The election saw Khan voted into the Mayor's office over rival Zac Goldsmith.While the results of the election were not disputed, the tabulation was completed much later than expected: the announcement should have been made Friday evening, but it did not take place until early Saturday.IntElect CEO Steve Gowers, who was grilled at the Thursday meeting, said the individual votes were fed into a database, and that this raw information was correct.However, the code that queried the database to pull out the totals was not working properly, leading to "small discrepancies" between the number of paper votes and the reported totals.Gowers insisted the system had been tested prior to deployment.
Image caption Sadiq Khan's victory in the London Mayoral election was announced later than planned, on 7 MayThe result of last month's London Mayoral election on 5 May was delayed by several hours after staff had to manually query a bug-stricken database.One of the firms behind the software, DRS, revealed new details of the mishap at the London Assembly on Thursday.Staff had to collate discrepancies in a spreadsheet, rather than automatically, when tallying final results, said chief executive Steve Gowers.It was during the late afternoon the day after the election that "discrepancies" in different sets of results were noticed.A resulting investigation found that the underlying data, the actual numbers of votes in the database, was correct - but the counting software was not reporting it accurately.Another meeting to discuss what happened will not be held until next month, a spokeswoman for London Elects told the BBC.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "London Technology Week shines a light on this hugely important sector of the economy and demonstrates how our city is open to trade, ideas and people from across the globe.Tech-savvy Londoners welcome new digital advances that are going to revolutionise the way that we live and it is crucial that we harness those ideas to help the capital work even better as a city.62% think doctors' appointments will be routinely conducted via VR.68% of those surveyed think physical money will be fully replaced by cashless technologies within the next 20 years.Gordon Innes CEO of London & Partners, said: "London is a world-class destination for culture, science, business and technology.She also said that we are already seeing technology disrupting traditional industries, but in years to come we will no longer be talking about the digital tech sector in isolation.
London Technology Weeklondon city hallOver the next few days, some of the biggest names in technology will attend seminars, award ceremonies and networking events, some of which will encourage foreign investors to set up shop in London.This is before you consider that a vote to leave would threaten participation in the EC s digital single market.Old Street RoundaboutBoth the government and Mayor Sadiq Khan, two offices that will determine the future direction of the UK and London s technology sector, are backing remain.TechWeekEurope readers are a little less emphatic but still in favour of remaining.London & Partners claims London has become the most desirable city in Europe for technology workers, ahead of Paris and Berlin.ScotlandThreat to success?
The future s mighty bright, isn t it?Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today revealed depressing new proposals, which would see road signs, SMS alerts and social media warnings used to inform the public about air pollution hotspots and periods of particularly poor air quality.Khan reckons Londoners need a better understanding of all the shit that goes into our lungs, so we either stop giving a toss about anything or completely abandon vehicles and start wearing those air pollution mask things.What seems more likely?The mayor will launch a formal public consultation on a number of air pollution policies in the coming weeks and he said plans to boost awareness of air pollution episodes would be launched as part of the new policy package.BusinessGreen
The future s mighty bright, isn t it?Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today revealed depressing new proposals, which would see road signs, SMS alerts and social media warnings used to inform the public about air pollution hotspots and periods of particularly poor air quality.Khan reckons Londoners need a better understanding of all the shit that goes into our lungs, so we either stop giving a toss about anything or completely abandon vehicles and start wearing those air pollution mask things.What seems more likely?The mayor will launch a formal public consultation on a number of air pollution policies in the coming weeks and he said plans to boost awareness of air pollution episodes would be launched as part of the new policy package.BusinessGreen
Research has revealed that London's tech scene offers the greatest opportunities for British women in tech, with 40% of the entire country's female tech workforce employed in the capital.One in 10 tech teams in London have no female employees and more than half of the 3700 professionals surveyed by recruiter Mortimer Spinks say that less than 15% of their teams are women.This comes despite a third of London tech companies saying they have formal initiatives in place to recruit more women to the workforce, compared to less than a quarter in the rest of the country.Tackling inequality in the tech sector and calling for the sector to be open to all Londoners, London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a call for action against the under-representation of women in the industry.The London Mayor has already taken steps in the fight for increased female representation in tech, having helped lead a female-founders trade mission to Silicon Valley through the Mayor's International Business Programme.Although hailed by Jessica Butcher, co-founder and Director of Blippar, as a 'fabulous experience' which left those on the trade mission 'committed to each other's success and resolved to step up more publicly as role models to encourage more young women into the technology sector," the fact remains that under-representation of women in tech is hurting business and that there needs to be many more trade missions, role models and initiatives to speed the upward trajectory of equality in the tech workplace.
C-level briefing: Jacqui Ferguson, SVP and General Manager for HPE Enterprise Services UK and MEMA, talks women in tech to CBR.London Tech week always puts in focus the most important current issues and technologies.This year's tech week from 20th to 26th June was no different, with a key issue being that of women, or should I say lack of women, working in the sector."If you asked me, 'Jacqui, so how was it you managed to progress to where you are now?'I'd say a critical success factor was the support of my husband and my children."Meg is one of the best communicators; it's a real strength of hers how she manages the investors, the stakeholders, and the board - so I took everything I learnt over there into this job.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined new measures to clean up the capital s air, proposing additional charges for dirt-splurters and a fresh public transport action plan.First off, if you happen to get around in a diesel-guzzler or a car that was made before 2005, you might want to consider buying something new or familiarising yourself with the city s trains, buses and bikes.Khan wants to introduce extra fees for pre-2005 cars entering the congestion zone, while diesel vehicles could face additional charges for coming into inner London as soon as 2019.Speaking on the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, Khan said, "The air in London is a killer, it makes people sick and it's illegal so it's time for action."Why illegal, you may ask?The Supreme Court recently ruled that London's air quality breaches European clean air rules, yet we all still point and laugh at Beijing.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined new measures to clean up the capital s air, proposing additional charges for dirt-splurters and a fresh public transport action plan.First off, if you happen to get around in a diesel-guzzler or a car that was made before 2005, you might want to consider buying something new or familiarising yourself with the city s trains, buses and bikes.Khan wants to introduce extra fees for pre-2005 cars entering the congestion zone, while diesel vehicles could face additional charges for coming into inner London as soon as 2019.Speaking on the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, Khan said, "The air in London is a killer, it makes people sick and it's illegal so it's time for action."Why illegal, you may ask?The Supreme Court recently ruled that London's air quality breaches European clean air rules, yet we all still point and laugh at Beijing.
Paris officials are piloting three smart trees at the Place de la Nation in a bid to curb the city s pollution crisis, The Huffington Post UK can reveal.The trees combine a vertically-installed moss culture with air pollution monitors and reduce fine dust and nitrous oxides 275 times more efficiently than normal trees, according to the manufacturer.The project is currently in pilot phase in the capital but if successful Green City Solutions could be invited by Paris officials to roll out the trees across the French capital.Zhengliang Wu, chief technical officer at Green City Solutions, said: Hollande told us that solutions to pollution are very much needed and that we should move to France!An extensive installation of 100 units in the Mitte district of central Berlin could reduce pollution by as much as 30%, modeling seen by Huffington Post UK indicates.It is hoped that units could have a similar impact in Paris.
London mayor Sadiq Khan may well be about to bring the controversial public/private Garden Bridge to an abrupt halt, as he's ordered some initial structural planning work to be put on hold pending new calculations on whether additional taxpayer money might be needed to make the project happen.While Khan's official position is on the Yes/Build It side of things, there are some conditions attached to his approval -- specifically that no more than the £60m of public money already earmarked to pay for part of the £175m total build cost is needed.That seems to be a bit of a sticking point at the moment, as Transport for London is currently in the process of approving the spending of a £3m chunk needed for structural works at Temple Tube station.A spokesperson for the mayor's office told the Architect's Journal that: "This enabling work has since been suspended, and that will be reported to the TfL Finance and Policy Committee today.Sadiq Khan has been clear that no new public funds should be committed to the Garden Bridge, and he has pledged to make the project more open and transparent -- standards that were not always met under the previous administration."Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
London mayor Sadiq Khan may well be about to bring the controversial public/private Garden Bridge to an abrupt halt, as he's ordered some initial structural planning work to be put on hold pending new calculations on whether additional taxpayer money might be needed to make the project happen.While Khan's official position is on the Yes/Build It side of things, there are some conditions attached to his approval -- specifically that no more than the £60m of public money already earmarked to pay for part of the £175m total build cost is needed.That seems to be a bit of a sticking point at the moment, as Transport for London is currently in the process of approving the spending of a £3m chunk needed for structural works at Temple Tube station.A spokesperson for the mayor's office told the Architect's Journal that: "This enabling work has since been suspended, and that will be reported to the TfL Finance and Policy Committee today.Sadiq Khan has been clear that no new public funds should be committed to the Garden Bridge, and he has pledged to make the project more open and transparent -- standards that were not always met under the previous administration."Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
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