Event Review: Digital Services in the Cloud

In their fifth year the Marlburian Club Digital Enterprises Group held their Spring event upstairs in the Antelope pub, Eaton Terrace near Sloane Square. Co-Heads Mark Tidmarsh and James Spender introduced cloud computing and the speakers presenting some exciting OM Digital-in-the-cloud success stories:

  • David van Eeghen described how his company, Reality Check Systems, uses remote drones and Virtual Reality (VR) to enable investors to view mining operations in far-flung, often inhospitable locations
  • Graham Biggart (together with James Spender ) gave IBM’s perspective on the growth of digital services in cloud and multi-cloud architectures and illustrated with an agile Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud project at a national commercial bank
  • Mark Tidmarsh showed a video of the vital work at the NHS blood transfusion service improving services with the use of Microsoft Azure cloud
  • James Hanlon shared some stories from his wide-ranging career as Head of Product in digital startups using Artificial Intelligence to gain behavioural insights and the User Experience (UX) of digital services in the cloud
  • Bertie Hubbard presented how cloud startup MyTutor connects pupils with recently qualified students and uses AI to improve the learning process

Four sixth-formers travelled up from Marlborough in the minibus with Ben Allen (Physics). Andrew Gist (Common Room liaison with OM professional networks) wrote: “They all came back saying how fascinating it was and how welcoming everyone had been. It’s so important that pupils develop an understanding of the nature of work in their chosen field, and events like these, with the opportunity to talk to young professionals and hear about the ways in which the industry is changing are, frankly, priceless”

One OM attendee said, “The mine drone and My Tutor presentations were particular highlights for me but it was all good and stimulating”

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