The East End of London is rapidly changing as the government and numerous businesses work to transform the Old Street area into a technical hub ripe for start-ups to develop and grow.
One of the organisations helping with this work is Tech Hub, and its founder Elizabeth Varley is well-known across the industry for her work encouraging start-ups to get together, mix and mingle and meet the right people to help their vision become reality.
Varley is the ninth IT leader to take to the Hot Seat, following on from the likes of Intel UK manager Graham Palmer, and former G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant, as part of V3's weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Elizabeth Varley: Being in a strategic position inside a company like a charitable organisation or an NGO where I feel like I am really making a serious difference to people's lives.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
I broke my HTC Desire Z earlier so I am now using my back-up HTC Desire, but it's time to move on. I am considering moving to the dark side and getting an iPhone.
I was given an iPad 2 but because I used a MacBook Air I found I didn't use it.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
A recent one was opening Tech Hub Riga. It's our second [start-up] space and a thing that symbolised Tech Hub going global, so standing there at the launch party knowing this had been my vision two years ago was an amazing feeling.
What was your first job?
I used to work for my dad in his shoe store so I was selling shoes, and then I worked in a record shop and that was really, really fun. It's in Australia, called Dixon's Recycled Records.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Mobile technologies will become even more ubiquitous and more integrated with our daily lives than they are at the moment. So I expect we will see some big innovations there.
In the more distant future I think we will see more focus on sustainable technologies, particularly how they integrate with consumer technologies.
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