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Attracting talent, innovating Eikon: EikonHack 2014

Our first ever student Hackathon was held in London in March. A 24-hour coding competition, the EikonHack tasked 35 students with building a news discovery app for a mobile device using Thomson Reuters Eikon technology and Reuters news.

Read more about the event on the Thomson Reuters Eikon Blog.

London apps launch event

Apps for Good

Last month, our Thomson Reuters office in Canary Wharf hosted the launch of the winning apps from the 2013 Apps for Good competition held last summer. These apps are built by third parties who are really good at working with the kids, refining their winning concepts, and turning them into finished products for the GooglePlay store, although one actually also launched on iOS. We had such a huge turnout for the event, that at one point, the security team was having to hold guests in the lobby until others left to prevent going over maximum occupancy! I owe a special thanks to the Canary Wharf security and catering staff for their hard work all day and to Patrick Webb and Karen McArthur for their support on the ground!

All of the apps can be downloaded from this link as well as apps from previous years. There is also a very nice press release that AfG put out here. I thought it was also very cool that John Thurso, the MP for Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross (the area where our Wick High School kids are from) came to the event and was truly impressed by what he saw. It was a real pleasure to meet and speak with him about this program.

I thought I’d also share with you some of the other press that the kids received as a part of the launch of their apps in local and national media: (more…)

Spreading the message of diversity and inclusion in London

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2014 got off to a great start in the UK this year with a little help from the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf. Last month, Thomson Reuters and 36 other organizations supported the launch of the Power of Diversity Programme. Three buses have been designed to highlight diversity and inclusion in the corporate world. The buses are part of wider project that the Lord Mayor has launched to support diverse talent in the city of London and kick start a conversation about diversity on boards. The Mayor stated that she would like businesses to understand that diversity & inclusion not only has a moral case, but a clear business one as well. The buses will run on the “Golden Route” throughout 2014. (more…)

Hong Kong IPOs – graphic of the day

After three years of sluggish deal flows, a slew of mega IPOs is set to spike up Hong Kong offerings in 2014. With the value of IPOs in Hong Kong seen doubling to over $32 billion this year as major economies pick up steam, Greater China could account for more than half of all 2014 investment banking fees for the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan. Today’s graphic compares the IPO volumes of New York, Nasdaq, London and Hong Kong.

IPOs

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London PM Unconference 2013

Check out this video overview of our 2013 London Project Management Unconference:

Designer & Engineer of the future: Seven year old Haley creates her very own app

UX Team

At only seven years old, the youngest ever member of our Financial & Risk UX Design & Engineering Group joined the London team to design and develop her very own ‘sound-board’ app. Entirely Haley’s idea, the app allows users to tap on the faces of different team members, see their mouths move and hear fun catchphrases.

Based in New York, Helen Johnson, Head of Application Development FI FX, was visiting the South Colonnade office and brought along her daughter Haley to meet the team. Haley managed the complete end-to-end process of the app design and development, taking on multiple roles including Creative Director, Project Manager, Quality Assurance, Marketing, Client Engagement – and became Head of Strategic Development, Krishna Corinaldesi’s new manager (salaried in sweets!). Haley even whipped the team into shape when they were falling behind schedule half way through the week! (more…)

A tale of two cities

Thomson Reuters TRust Index

One needn’t take too many steps in any direction within The City to be reminded of its long, great history as a financial center. Since its settlement by the Romans in the 1st century AD, it has been a fundamentally commercial place. And the Square Mile, both geographically and colloquially known for the financial industry long rooted there, is equally defined by the artifacts of past glories and declines and the new order continuously built upon them. Two Cities – the ancient and future.

The City today ranks as the leading center of global finance and has enjoyed prominence since the late 16th century, when the Royal Exchange was founded by Sir Thomas Gresham, its location at the corner of Cornhill and Threadneedle to this day the very heart of banking. In recent years its prestige has been battered by the global financial crisis and scandals closer to home, but it still commands first among rivals New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, and other increasingly competitive Asian, European and Canadian contenders. And trust will be an important battleground upon which that position will be defended. (more…)

The 2013 London Technology Unconference

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Early in the morning on Friday June 14th, the Thomson Reuters Mark Square office in London started filling up with a group all wearing orange t-shirts. The 2013 London Technology Unconference organizers had arrived, and they were soon joined by over 100 attendees, all passionate about technology, to kick off the 2013 Unconference.

In the second year of London Technology Unconferences (read last year’s post), the majority of attendees were still from London (82%), but word had spread. Colleagues joined us from Exeter, Nottingham and even further afield: Paris, Oslo, Baar and Eagan. Just about every part of Thomson Reuters was represented. (more…)

Dying for the Empire, 1885

A dispatch from our archive… (more…)

First ever Reuters Global FX Summit

What are the issues and challenges facing the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market, and what’s ahead?

Hold on, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! The currency crisis rages on in Europe with political uncertainty gripping Italy, the euro zone’s third largest economy. Investors are speculating which country will be the next to seek a bailout, leaving the region vulnerable to large capital outflows.

Reuters SummitThe Bank of Japan’s unprecedented stimulus plan announced in early April has raised concerns about “currency wars”, injecting the world’s largest and most liquid financial market with volatility. That has triggered a surge in currency volumes across all trading platforms.

Investors are also grappling with new regulations in Europe and the United States that are effectively changing forex trading practices while in Asia regulators are trying to inject more transparency in illiquid currency markets.

But there is some stable ground to be found. The issues and challenges facing the $5 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market will be explored at the first-ever Reuters Global FX Summit on April 22 2013, when, during closed sessions, reporters and editors in London, New York, Singapore, and Tokyo interview the industry’s top newsmakers and movers.  (more…)