Welcome to the Future Focus; UK at Expo podcast series - your spot for the latest on the UK’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Running from October 2021 to March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai is the world’s greatest show, bringing together more than 190 nations across the planet to celebrate and reimagine tomorrow. Throughout the series you’ll be able to join us as we celebrate and explore the very best creativity, innovation, and culture the UK has to offer, speaking to special guests offering their insight into how we can innovate for a shared future.
E-Commerce: Future Trends for Retail Consumers
John Rainford is the co-founder of the innovation lab, systemeticinnovators.com. An industry veteran, John has been helping companies to identify and innovate based on trends and technology for more than 30 years. A mentor to presidents and vice presidents of corporations and their business teams, John promotes the importance of balancing innovation with future aspirations, both from a commercial and holistic point of view.
In this episode Chloe meets John Rainford discussing innovation projects and the creativity behind identifying technology trends.
E-Commerce Podcast: It's not PI in the Sky - you can do it
Carrie Anne Philbin MBE is an award-winning computing teacher, author, YouTuber and podcast host with a passion for computing and computer science. Carrie Anne strives to support educators across the globe so that young people have access to a world class computing and digital making learning experience.
In this episode Chloe meets Carrie Anne Philbin MBE discussing Raspberry Pie, what it is and how this capable little device enables people of all ages to explore computing.
Say Something in Welsh - the future of language education
Aran Jones is the founder of Say Something with a special interest in accelerated learning, particularly with regards to languages. The Welsh language is one of the treasures of Wales. It is part of what defines it's inhabitants and as a nation. Welsh Government’s ambition is to see the number of people able to enjoy speaking and using Welsh reach 1 million by 2050. This is certainly a challenging ambition, but a challenge the Welsh Government believes is worthwhile and necessary to secure the vitality of the language for future generations.
In this podcast episode, host Sally Holland speaks with Aran Jones as he shares his own experience of learning the Welsh language and his speciality, accelerated language learning, particularly in the context of minority languages.
Language taster sessions:
Cornish - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fruUTWhMYt_UmVjcPMMBm6Ckg_TEKg6G/view?usp=drive_web
Mandarin - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-dTfhg41WhLvfChE8co1KC6FHIKc2mJe/view?usp=drive_web
Spanish - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1caG3GztPbG5kDLqgeRtC9u24HTCflNZO/view?usp=drive_web
Manx - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vlyXb-seb3k5baqH6uj1NDegNeZhrO01/view?usp=drive_web
Welsh - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1x1x8EdhMlKxHHot6-GSbmyCSfAg9kbpb/view?usp=drive_web
Navigating a new path for 'returns'
In this podcast episode, host Chloe Thomas meets ZigZag CEO Al Gerrie to chat about solutions that help reduce the carbon footprint of retailers and manage levels of production. ZigZag provides a retailer branded returns portal that links directly from the returns page on websites. The software makes intelligent decisions, knowing the most route-efficient ZigZag warehouse to send the return to, so returns can be consolidated, resold or re-fulfilled to another customer. By using the ZigZag returns platform, retailers save money on returns, customers get faster refunds, and stock flows back in the supply chain and available for sale more quickly avoiding waste.
To learn more about Chloe Thomas and listen to more of her podcast, visit https://chloelink.com/ff
No one at the helm – autonomous sea travel
Guest Iain Percy is a four-time Olympian, three-time Olympic medallist and double Olympic champion. Passionate about protecting the oceans, the economics graduate founded Artemis Technologies in 2017, with a mission to see how technology could play a part in the decarbonisation of the maritime industry. He has overseen the company's transition from a sailing services provider to an applied technologies company focusing on green innovations for marine transportation.
In this podcast episode, host Rachael Everard talks to Iain about his motivations and the challenges he faced in his sporting career which led him to create Artemis Technologies. Ian believes the sea is a perfect place to start with full autonomy, and that domestic maritime transportation is where the UK can show leadership. As Artemis will soon launch their fleet of zero emission vessels, Iain argues how a green solution is more cost effective over time for operators, but work must be done to convince them to make the jump.
Is an autonomous future inevitable?
Marek Reichman has worked across some of the world’s most famous automobile brands. The 16 years that Marek has been with Aston Martin Lagonda have seen one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions for the British marque, as he led a period of intense innovation and creativity.
In this podcast episode, host Rachael Everard discusses with Marek the challenges around an autonomous future for a brand which specialises in designing vehicles for the driver’s pleasure. They will delve into what makes the UK a world leader in high performance car design and manufacturing and how sustainability impacts modern automobile design.