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Traveling Geeks Hit UK with Intel Inside

by on Jul.05, 2009, under Storage

Traveling Geeks Hit UK with Intel Inside

Sure it’s nice and sunny these days in the San Francisco Bay Area, but almost everyone I know has been bitten by the travel bug.

If the UK is one place you’re thinking about, then check out the Traveling Geeks, as dozen bloggers meet technology innovators, startup companies, educators and online networking enthusiasts from London and Cambridge to share best practices for online communication.

The Geeks are in the UK from July 5-11, and Intel is co-sponsoring the trip as an extension of the Intel Insiders program.

Intel is involved to learn along side these geeks, introduce them to people from Intel who are playing a role in invigorating innovation in the UK, and have them test out a few new mobile Internet devices during their travels.

Traveling Geek and Intel Insider Tom Foremski is keen on:

…the startup culture here in the UK and how it differs from Silicon Valley. I’m always looking for what makes Silicon Valley different from anywhere else and why it is so difficult to create Silicon Valley-like regions around the world.

Clearly, to create a sustainable center of innovation it takes more than building a business park around a university and injecting some startup capital. The answer must lie in the culture of Silicon Valley. But can that culture be exported? Do regional innovation centers have unique cultures specific to their particular brand of innovation?

We share with the Traveling Geeks a handful of Intel Capital strategic investments made in UK-based companies, including WiMAX technology company <a href=”http://www.freedom4.com/ http://pipexwireless.com“>Freedom4, cellular engineering company ip access and Plastic Logic, a plastics specialist helping to create cutting edge designs for all kinds of devices.

We also factored into one of the stops on their busy Geek agenda a breakfast with Tristan Wilkinson, Director for Public Sector in the UK for Intel EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Tristan is influencing innovation in government policy, particularly around education and digital inclusion. As the UK government published its Digital Britain Report, it named Tristan and Martha Lane-Fox as the two Digital Inclusion Ambassadors to oversee a taskforce aimed at ensuring the UK is at the leading edge of the global digital economy. The UK government’s vision includes:

  • ensuring a first rate digital and communications infrastructure that helps promote and protect talent and innovation in the UK’s creative industries
  • modernizing TV and radio frameworks, support local news, and new policies to maximize social and economic benefits from digital technologies.

Other stops along the way from London to Cambridge include:

  • Reboot Britain — framing the challenges and seizing the opportunities to benefit from innovation in the UK
  • BT— BT is the Official Communications Services Partner and a Sustainability Partner for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
  • Guardian — The UK’s newspaper born in 1821 and today is a leading source rich online media
  • Skype — a UK-based software company that lets millions of people around the world make free or low-cost calls over the Internet.
  • TechCrunch Europa Awards — tech innovation awards honoring the best tech companies and startups across the web and mobile scene from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa

We met several times with the Geeks prior to their trip, and just hours before many were leaving San Francisco for the UK, we handed over a few small computers powered by the tiny, mighty Intel Atom processor

  • a UMID, also featuring the mighty Intel Atom processor
  • two Aigo MIDs (one from SN France)
  • two BenQ MIDs (available through Italy’s TIM)
  • two Viliv S5 MIDs, which are available in the U.S.
  • an Acer Aspire One netbook that they could giveaway to one of their Tweetup attendees

Mobile Internet Devices are designed for bringing you the full internet experience in your pocket.

And with more wireless service providers — Italy, France and other parts of world — are selling these devices — we wanted to have the Traveling Geeks road test them and share the with new friends in the UK.

We asked the Geeks to try the MIDs, and if possible, use them to create and share some of the Traveling Geeks experience.

Their feedback will be shared with Intel’s Ultra Mobility Group, the team working with MID makers around the world.

You can follow the Traveling Geeks on Twitter by searching for #tg2009, the Traveling Geek Website or follow your favorite Geek:

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