With just days to go, here's a taster of what to expect on Friday, from our final speaker Michael Hayes, of Add Jam.
1. Who are you and what brings you to the Milk Bar meetup?
I’m Michael Hayes, founder of Add Jam. We’re an open, friendly and experts at turning ideas into products on iOS, Android and the Web. We’re based in the RookieOven coworking space at the heart of the Glasgow tech community. This is Milk are our neighbours in Govan, and we're keen to support anything that promotes collaboration in the Scottish business community.
Transformation Lead, This is Milk
What we learned at the 'Jobs of the future' MilkBar event, March 2018.
If one thing was learned from our #MilkBar event last week, it’s that STEM, should really be STEAM. With the 'A' representing the arts!
We are living in the 'Age of Information', a period of time that is characterised by the shift from industrial production to one based on information and computerisation (Wikipedia). Nearly all business's are digital, or at least partly digital. So as time progresses how is this computerisation impacting Business and the roles/skills of the workers?
Bringing together some of the top minds in Scottish Digital Transformation, This is Milk held the first #MilkBar of 2018 at Tontine Glasgow on the 16th of March. An event created to educate & discuss the topic 'Jobs of the Future'.
We've got another great line-up of speakers for our upcoming Milk Bar on 1st December, covering 'Generation Games'. Here is a quick look at our first speaker Paul Harvey and some words about his upcoming talk!
With just over a week until our next Milk Bar event on Friday 1 December, we'd like to introduce you to the speakers we've got lined up to talk on the topic of Generation Games. Here is a sneak peak from our speaker Robin Huggins of MBN Solutions.
The countdown is on...less than two weeks to go until the next Milk Bar! On Monday 19 May, we'll be tackling the subject of machines vs humans and their influence on the world of work. Here is a sneak peek from our speakers Emma Reid and Cathy Donald of Ergo Law
Emma and Cathy are both solicitors specialising in employment law and established Ergo Law, a niche employment law practice, 18 months ago.
When they established Ergo Law it was important to them to stand out from the crowd. They seek to do this by appealing to clients in a manner which is approachable, personal and very human, which makes their tone of voice quite different from many of the larger traditional law firms.
We've got another great line-up of speakers for our upcoming Milk Bar on May 19th at Grant Thornton, covering 'Disrupting Professional Services - Human vs. Machine'. Here is a quick look at our first speaker Matthew Higgs and some words about his upcoming talk.
It’s Milk Bar week! This Friday we deep dig into the world of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Last but not least, let us introduce you our speaker Mark Baxter, the co-fouder of Digitalnauts, a company focusing on identifying new and innovative ways to deliver learning.
The countdown is on: just over a week to go until the Next Milk Bar! On Friday 10 November, we'll be exploring the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality. Read what our speaker, Stewart MacKenzie-Leigh of Stugo has to say about it!
Stewart co-founded Stugo, a boutique software consultancy, with his twin brother Gordon 8 years ago. He taught himself to write programs at a young age and has previously worked as a researcher with the University of Strathclyde, helping to develop image similarity algorithms. He is passionate about technology and how it can be used to solve problems.
We've got another great line-up of speakers for our upcoming Milk Bar on February 10th, Covering 'Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality in Buisness: We've been chatting to our speakers to find out more about them and their thoughts on these emerging technologies first up Biança Baker of Steadipix Productions
Biança is a highly-experienced programme maker, with twenty years of storytelling experience as a TV Producer / Director for ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, RTE and Discovery. In the last two years Biança has started using her well-honed storytelling skills to create narrative driven 360° and virtual reality films for corporate and broadcast clients.
In the lead up to our very first Milk Bar Meet Up on 22 April, we’re delighted to introduce the great speakers who will be presenting their ideas about Methods of Innovation.
In the second instalment of our speaker profile series, we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Barr, who is a Programme Manager for Lloyd’s Banking Group. Jacqueline has been a change leader at Lloyd’s for 13 years and has been involved in many change programmes, including launching intelligent finance and an Internet bank. In 2014 and 2015, she won the award of Programme Manager of the Year for her division for taking the brave first steps into scrum. Now on their third scrum, Jacqueline’s division has coached and encouraged many other areas to make the move to agile.
The countdown to our next Milk Bar is on! In less than 2 weeks, on Friday 11 November, we’ll be exploring the Future of Work with engaging talks and sessions led by some of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs.
One of which is Marjie Gracie, Founder of i, not robot, who will be talking about the 'human' dimension of change readiness and transformation. Having worked for organisations such as British Airways and Dell, Marjie's career has spanned over 20 years in dynamic, fast-paced environments. Starting at grass roots in customer services, her career trajectory has included a number of roles from Team Leader to Coach. In August of 2012, Marjie founded 'i, not robot'. Her intentionally named consultancy discovers and develops talented teams through a creative, thought-provoking and energetic approach to coaching and team dynamics.
We all know people who are daunted by standing up and speaking in front of others. Upfront is a response to this, allowing people to share the stage with speakers and experience what it feels like without the pressure of having to perform. During our next Milk Bar event on Friday 11 November, we’ll be supporting upfront when one of our speaker’s, Alasdair McGill, will share his stage.
We've got a great line-up of speakers and facilitators for our upcoming Milk Bar event on Friday 11 November. The topic this time is Transforming the World of Work and we've been chatting to our speakers to find out more about them and their thoughts on the workplaces of the future.
Angela Prentner-Smith will be co-hosting a design session at Friday's Milk Bar with Sarah Drummond, of Snook, on what a working day in the future might look like.
Ahead of the Milk Bar we asked Angela a few questions:
1. What brings you to the Milk Bar Meet Up?
Well I set up the Milk Bar due to frustrations I was having with events and networking. I wanted a place where we could talk about what's coming next as opposed to what's happening now. How can we make things better? Are there better ways of doing things? What’s coming next for us, what will we have to prepare for next, are there better ways of doing things? I love to hear and learn from other people's thoughts on these issues, and so the Milk Bar was born!
2. You will be co-hosting a design session that shows what a work day in the future might look like. Can you tell us a bit more about why you chose this topic for the Milk Bar?
Sarah and I designed this topic to get people thinking about what the future might look like. The great thing about the future is that we are designing it as we go, without even knowing it. What we as business people need to do is to proactively design it, rather than let it happen to us.
The exercise draws on the tools of service design and design thinking to get people thinking and doing rather than just listening.
3. Why do you think it is important for organisations to prepare for the future?
The world is changing so quickly. Digital and technological advancements have meant even the safest of businesses and industries are threatened by disruptors. In order to keep up with customer expectations, employee expectations, the changing workplace landscape and competitors, businesses need to be on the front foot.
4.What do you think the most important trend is going to be for your business in the next 5 years?
For This is Milk – I think the trend towards employee learning is key. The critical component that will help any business to deal with constant change is constant learning. If we aren’t learning, we can’t keep up with change, we can’t inform our business strategies with the latest information and we won’t deliver the best to our customers.
So for a business that's all about change and transformation the key to our success will be in constant learning and changing ourselves! There is data to back this up, but it seems obvious to me! Don’t stagnate, and keep learning to keep successful.
Meet Angela at the Milk Bar on Friday 5 August 2016, 17:30-19:30 at Snook Interchange Glasgow, 84 Miller Street, Glasgow.
With just over a week until our second Milk Bar event on Friday 5 August, we'd like to introduce you to the speakers we've got lined up to talk and host workshops on the topic of Horizon Watching.
Dennis Yordanov & Annina Claesson
Digital Interns, This is Milk
Our take on volunteering at TEDx Glasgow's 2016 event, A Disruptive World.
Two of our team, Annina Claesson and Denis Yordanov, had the chance to volunteer for and attend the 5th annual TEDx Glasgow Conference on the 3rd of June. We asked them a few questions about what it was like.
Marketing Intern, This is Milk
In the weeks leading up to our very first Milk Bar Meet Up in Glasgow on 22 April 2016, we’d like to introduce you to the great speakers who will be presenting their ideas about Methods of Innovation. These are some of the most forward-thinking minds in the current Scottish business scene and they have some fantastic insights about how to make businesses better through innovation.