TechVision: Emerging trends in FinTech

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The potential of next generation FinTech (Financial Technology) could be the big bang disruption to fuel the growth in financial markets and regulatory agencies. London is one of the major cities at the center of global technology-led financial services. James Powell, Chief Technology Officer, Thomson Reuters, will host a diverse panel of FinTech influencers and innovators who are helping to move the UK financial industry toward the £20 billion mark.

Meet the panelists:


The need to know: Explore our 2014 Annual Report

Annual Report

Our customers participate in the most important conversations in a fast and complex world every day. As professionals, they navigate markets, risks and regulations; shape and manage legal systems and tax jurisdictions; protect innovations; and drive scientific discovery. Their work is important and their decisions matter. And common to them all is the need to know.

Professionals today need more. More than information, data and news. More than speed. More than mobile access. They need insight, analysis and context. Solutions that simplify, clarify and deliver competitive advantage, providing confidence to act on what they know. And millions of professionals from every part of the global economy rely on Thomson Reuters for what they need to know to understand critical issues, solve tough problems and adapt to dynamic change.

During 2014, the risks of global fraud and rising terrorism; the multi-stage recovery of world markets and the opening up of China; the significant shift in oil prices and increasingly urgent focus on climate change and energy alternatives; and the economic and social impacts of an aging world population and Alzheimer’s disease were just a few of the challenges and opportunities facing our world. It was a year in which knowing more — who, what, why and how — was critical to informed decision making and successful outcomes.

Explore our 2014 Annual Report – Know which includes the Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion and Thomson Reuters Foundation annual reports.

Wait, What? Episode 5: I was going to go out, but I got lazy


In this installment of “Wait, What?” your hosts tackle the question of whether technology makes us lazy or not. They cover everything from grocery delivery services to texting at the dinner table. Jason, Rob and Matt spend quite a bit of time in this episode discussing whether people are productive when they work from home and the effects that “work” phones and tablets have on work/life balance. The talk evolves (or maybe devolves) into a discussion of the person who “invented” the wheel and how that may have affected life at home.

We’d like to keep the show as interactive as possible, so please send in your feedback, thoughts, and show ideas. Also, you can reach the team on Twitter: Matt Angelicola (@MattAngelicola), Joe Harris (@Jwh37), Rob Russell (@batogato) and Jason Thomas (@jasonthomas). We’re also on iTunes – just enter “Legal Current” in the search box.

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Bots versus humans – Graphic of the day

According to a study by White Ops, a cybersecurity firm, advertisers will lose about $6.3 billion globally in ad fraud by malicious bots this year. Today’s graphic shows how ad fraud works.

ad fraud

Would you like infographics like this on your website, blog or other social media? Contact us and visit our Reuters Agency blog for insights and discussions on the changing media industry.

Sadia wins Rising Star of the Year in 2015 everywoman in Technology Awards

Sadia award

Thomson Reuters very own Sadia Chuhan, an apprentice IT project manager from London, was recently recognized as Rising Star of the Year by the 2015 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards.

The Rising Star award, which is sponsored by American Express, is awarded to a woman aged under 26 excelling in her technology career and making a valuable contribution to her organization. Sadia, just 20 years old, was celebrated for her “positive attitude”.

“Thank you to Thomson Reuters,” Sadia said. “And my mum, who pushed me to do an apprenticeship!”

Sadia joined Thomson Reuters in London in October 2013 as part of the pilot apprenticeship program, working as a Data Center Technician for Proximity Services. She has recently moved into a Project Management role within Data Center Infrastructure Services, and has achieved these successes while still attending college one day a week.

Angela Murray-Brown, talent and development associate at Thomson Reuters said: “This is a fantastic personal achievement for Sadia and an amazing example of what female technologists can achieve.

“Technology desperately needs more female role models. This is why the everywoman in Technology Awards were launched in 2011 – to showcase the talented women in the sector as the role models that they are.”

This is not the first time our rising star as been recognized for her dedication. At the end of her first year on the apprentice program Tower Hamlets College Sadia received an award for the ‘Best IT Student of the Year’.

While with Thomson Reuters Sadia has taken part in hackathons, un-conferences and has been working as part of Urban Synergy, a group who work with local children to encourage them to realize their goals. The 2015 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards nominations also recognized Thomson Reuters Christine Ashton, Senior Vice President, Technology as a Leader of the Year finalist.

Cape of great hope

Trading Africa Summit

Earlier this month, I had a chance to go to Cape Town and take part in the 4th Annual Trading Africa Summit driven by our team in South Africa. Over 350 people attended the event which used our Convene app – and featured sessions led by Keith Nichols, David Craig, Ken Olisa, Sneha Shah, and many others. I was proud to lead a panel on innovation in the financial services space which not only was a lot of fun, but also featured an incredibly engaged audience. (more…)

Wait, What? Episode 4: Hey! I think I saw that in a movie…

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In the fourth installment of Wait, What? the team discuss the “science fact” that has come from the science fiction of Star Trek, Star Wars, Total Recall, comics, and other media. The show starts with a comparison of the devices that were used in the Star Trek universe of television and movies, and how we’re seeing many of those ideas and concepts come to fruition. The guys then get into the concept of 3-D printing and synthetic biology. The discussion then shifts to Jason and Joe announcing that they’ve created the “Inertia-jet” (patent pending), that will revolutionize travel, and what it must feel like to be the first person/people to test a potentially dangerous piece of technology.

The team spend much of the second half of the show in a “lightning round” discussing different sci-fi influencers to include Star Wars, James Bond, Disney, and comic books. Most importantly they discuss if we currently are at a stagnation point in technological improvements to our lives. This spawns a great discussion about time travel!

As always, stick around after the music at the end of the show for something extra.


Project yourself into the future – how Blaze is building a hardware empire

Emily Brooke

Founder of Blaze, Emily Brooke, was interviewed as part of TechTalks@Cass. She shared her insights on the challenges of building a company around a physical product, how hardware is no longer just for big companies and what being a physicist and an entrepreneur have in common.

Looking ahead to find the biggest problem

Emily Brooke is a physicist turned cyclist turned entrepreneur. She did a year of physics at Oxford but found it intangible and dry, so she switched to study at Brighton with time in Milan and then at Babson in the US. What connects physics and entrepreneurship? A focus on problem solving and the physical world. Her passion for cycling started when she decided to cycle the length of the UK for charity. The countryside was wonderful but the cities were downright miserable and dangerous.

She spent six months looking at all aspects of the problem to identify the biggest issue and found that in 79% of accidents a cyclist is going straight ahead and someone turns into them. You can see the vehicle but they can’t see you. How do you solve that problem? What if you could project yourself five metres into the future?

Hardware is hard


Smartwatches compared – Graphic of the day

Yesterday, Apple launched its long-awaited watch, including yellow or rose gold models with sapphire faces costing up to $17,000. It will be on sale starting next month. Today’s graphic compares it to some of the top smartphones on the market.


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Could you explain your role to a 14 year-old?


Could you explain what you do to a 14-year-old?

That was the challenge for our 25 volunteers at the Technology Careers day we recently held at our Canary Wharf office.

The event, organized by Tamara Waltho and Rebecca Gray, aimed to show children from Broadwater School in Surrey the kind of application technology subjects can have in the real world. A host of colleagues from across our business units helped to make the day happen, encouraging children to opt into subjects such as Science, Technology Engineering and Math.

Students had the opportunity to dig for news stories, conduct product reviews on apps, and grill volunteers on exactly what they do all day. We caught up with three of the volunteers to see how they fared: