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What’s The Point Of Wearable Technology?

Originating as pedometers, wearable technologies have advanced to the point where the Apple Watch Series 3 can remove the need for a mobile phone!

My Apple Watch enables me to track my daily exercise and since I’ve had it, I’ve definitely noticed how I can do more each day, even little improvements like making sure I move around a minimum of 12 hours a day and exercise enough to meet the goals that I’ve set on it. It reminds me to keep pushing myself during my daily routine.

Even better is the example of how a FitBit has helped my Nan to improve her health in the last 6 months by being able to track steps, sleep and for her to be able to track that on her phone. If she has not done 5,000 steps in a day, she takes the dog out for an extra walk and it’s great to witness how technology has aided her to do this.

There are many HCI research papers studying how wearable technologies can improve the lives by being a motivation to do more.

Wearable tech is also used in other ways… When my boyfriend ran the Berlin Marathon in September 2017, we were able to track his location on the route through a clip on his shoe laces, through an app that we could download. This made the whole day even better because we were able to know where he would be so we could go there and see him and his brother, and track their times.

The reason I love technology is because of the endless opportunities it presents and how it can help people, the better tech gets the more people it can make an impact to in little to big ways.

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#eSociety

As a previous post shared to you all, in February I was fortunate enough to win the Outstanding IT Student Award 2018 given by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT). Since then I have been getting involved with the WCIT and have met some great people, one of them being David Barker who has agreed to be a mentor to me. Upon meeting him he gave me his book, #eSociety, to read and I want to encourage you all to read it also, not because he is my mentor but because I related to a lot of what he wrote.

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As well as some great entrepreneurial business techniques that can be learnt from #eSociety, the book can remind us all that through the hardships, unfairness and down-right bad luck which everybody meets both personally and professionally at some point in their lives; there’s always options we have to choose from for how we can drive ourselves through these adversities and some may not be obvious. A mixture of faith, personal and business life all wrapped into one inspirational book. I can relate to some aspects even at this point in my life, having to persevere through education when my Mum’s health has been bad has been difficult, but I choose the path to be there for my family whilst pursuing further education, it could have been easy to go in another direction. Other parts of the book detailing David’s business ventures and continual goal for providing support to the unemployed youth, showed to me how having a passion to work towards is important and to stop at nothing if it is something you truly believe in. It was also really interesting to learn more about how David has got to the place he has got, the odds were against him growing up and if it wasn’t for an opportunity of a business giving him a chance and a government programme to provide that, there is no knowing where his life would have led.

Throughout #eSociety, the message “power of networking” rings through, something that I’m really getting into and enjoying, with the help of the WCIT, an organisation which also aided David in working on his social entrepreneur goals. I would encourage you all to go to networking events, meet as many people as you can, because you never know what may come from making a good impression, to people who will remember.

Overall, it was a great read in understanding how somebody else got to where they are, learn about other’s hardships and successes; and through everything be optimistic that there was a goal they were meant to pursue.

 

If you would also like to read #eSociety, you can find it on Amazon.

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Is STEM pushing aside the creatives?

A recent article debates whether the recent emphasis on STEM subjects at school is pushing aside the creative subjects like Art and Music.

My response to this is no it’s not, it may seem that in schools this is happening, but in industry they coincide… especially technology. For example, a mobile application company will only survive if its apps are user friendly and it has good marketing… which is produced by the “creatives”. Another example would be music producers, they use and need technology to create the latest number 1 song and promote it.

Although even myself, in person and on this blog, discuss the importance of going into a STEM job, this does not mean that anybody should narrow themselves down to only studying or being interested in STEM areas. Personally, I love to paint in my spare time and read fiction novels, this only helps me in my IT degree and job… I know what colours compliment each other for a website and how to write reports.

This is why STEM is great, because it not only plays a huge part in other industries/roles/jobs but they all feed into STEM too, it brings so many components together.

Take a look at the article and see what you think 🙂

http://www.cityam.com/283206/debate-we-over-focusing-stem-expense-creative-skills

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Commence Revision

Today is the day I start full-time revision for my final year exams… in just over a month I will have completely finished university! The time has flown past.

Something I have learnt, is to give myself a break when I’ve reached a deadline or need to balance out what I am doing. Having a break and stepping away from what you need to do is often beneficial to what you are able to then achieve. It’s hard to not procrastinate for too long… especially with Netflix rolling onto the next episode in a series for you! But treating yourself to a break is only a good thing 🙂

So I took a week off last week, I saw a lot of family, went on a mini break to Copenhagen with my boyfriend, and watched many films!

And now… tea fuelled revision!

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Dissertation Submitted!

It feels weird to think that I am old enough and able enough to have just written and submitted my dissertation…

Personally, I love projects and coursework more than exams and I really enjoyed developing a project from researching, to designing, to developing a solution for a real-life IT business problem. That’s not to say it was a breeze, it’s hard when there’s time and knowledge constraints, and you’re the only resource.

That’s why ensuring you get the right help and support matters, and why my tutor group wanted to do something special for our tutor. So we printed off t-shirts and surprised him by all turning up late, and revealing them.

Whether you’re about to submit or will do in the future, good luck, don’t be afraid to ask for help and make sure you pick a project you’ll enjoy developing 🙂

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Why Little Diversity In IT? Comment Your Thoughts…

Many people I speak with both academically and personally always ask the question to me “Why is there hardly any girls wanting to go into IT?”

Of course I have my own thoughts on it… personally I believe the way in which IT is viewed is very IT Crowd and not reflective of the actual sector and this needs to change. People’s perception can dissuade, as much as persuade. IT isn’t just a sector for coders, but is also for Project Managers, UX Designers and Business Analysts (among many other roles) which are not technical. Maybe this isn’t the reason, but what do you think it is?

More importantly, what can we do about it?