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Hi guys, I’ve been away at the UpRise Festival Europe 5 – 2017 in Amsterdam, the conference promised to deliver on Tech and Innovation and certainly fulfil my expectations. The event proclaimed people first ( 1st ) and Tech ( 2nd ) as a motto for the festival. 142 Speakers were involved from start ups , corporates , VC’s and industry experts. The festival had 6 Tracks with something for everyone : uprise-festival Innovate Stage – Hackathon for democracy, Sextech to propaganda and Product. Designed Experience Stage – Banking design, Adobe workshops, Talkshops to EightInc. Fintech and Intrapreneurship – Payment solutions, Emotional Intelligence to Fintech panels. Funding Stage – Angel 101 workshops, burn sessions, post VC guidance to firesides. Sales Stage – Pipedrive workshops, Marketing, Sales acquisition to strategies. Culture & New Recruitment Stage –  Growth Hacking recruitment, Holacracy, co-working space panels to pitch your job sessions. I was invited to take part in a take part in the Sales Stage, moderated by Jon Woodroof and with other experts, Daniel Douglass – Director Business Development , DragonsSearch & Co-Founder The Scale-Up Group; Markus Lühmann Founder & CEO of Galaxonic and Jean-Richard Witteveen Founder & CEO of Eccentrade

My experience

I had a fantastic time at the conference, the lead up to it was a beautiful located dinner at Restaurant Hotel De Goudfazant the night before. The dinner was invite only for investors and speakers. I met some incredible people, including a Brighton resident neighbour – Jon  , we just realised that when we started talking and realised that we both lived in Brighton but having dinner in Amsterdam. I’ve had really interesting tin conversations with VC investors and get more knowledgeable about how they think, operate and approach start ups from an investment point of view. I’d like to mention Anna Bofill Bert from SendGrid ( the Dinner Sponsor’s ), as she promptly offered to connected with the Lisbon ( The New Silicon Valey ) start up ecosystem. At the conference, I realise straightaway that was different, very casual, cool, funky and even witty at times. The music was pumping most of the day, with plenty sessions to get involved to and many happy people to talk to in an atmosphere of collaboration , goodwill and I strongly believe that to innovate, you must be open minded and that why probably many organisations really struggle to innovate. As it goes against the grain, culture, methodologies, processes and hierarchies.  


As highlights of the day, I would like to mentioned a few cool start ups that I’ve meet and spoke too as they are doing really cool stuff. My first mention goes to Troffee – Your Way Coffee. As a coffee lover, I really liked the idea of personalised coffee choosing it exactly the way I liked it, supported with an app and a intelligent ( IoT ) coffee machine.                 My second mentioned goes to Ovao, they are developing a Wearable for Swimmers, so they can improve and analyse performance with the use of a device attached to their googles. The device offers real time coaching and many more other capabilities, advanced training programmes and post workout analysis.  My third and last mention goes to LifeSense Group, they build beautiful wearable technology to solve meaningful life problems. They have developed a special product to improve Women’s Health, created a wearable solution for Urine loss. Carin recognizes that women are not the only ones impacted by urinary incontinence and its effects. Strengthening pelvic floor muscles and inhibiting unwanted urine loss impacts every aspect of life, from sex and marriage to health and happiness. Carin produces innovation that matters, not only to women but to everyone around them. To round up the article, I could not forget to mention my friend Marc Wullings – from Skipred. We catch up, talked, walked and as usually try to innovate and exchange ideas about business and markets. He is a true go to market expert expert helping companies to enter the Netherlands market, some clients even call him his “ Dutch Cousin “. I hope that you enjoyed the article as much I enjoyed the UpRise Festival.

Digital Health

Healthcare Leadership

Healthcare leadership continues to be an issue in the sector,  professionals face many challenges including deep rooted cultural paradigms. healthcare-leadership Here some examples of poor Healthcare Leadership : 1. The absence of a clearly communicated vision creates a disconnect within and between organisations across the sector: Leaders must create and communicate a compelling vision for their organisation so that management, staff and external stakeholders have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. 2. Change is not being managed most of the time, risking failure and ceasing the benefits in the transformation desired: although change is constant, many health sector leaders say the culture of their organisation does not encourage change and may even hinder innovation. There needs to be an honest appraisal of what capability is necessary, and where gaps lie. 3. Uncertainty around how to collaborate is diminishing organizations‘ ability to accelerate solutions based approaches. The scale of change in the health sector means it will take time for it to operate at full potential. Leaders need to be more practical, pragmatic and avoid the hardly ingrained processes in the healthcare sector.

Hospital Leadership

hospital-digital Hospitals have a lack of leadership, because some of their leaders are just looking for their patients and there is a mistake there. They have to think about their employees, from doctors to nurses. They have to learn to manage them better. If doctors and nurses feel valuable their are going to delivery a better service to their patients. If you are the director of a hospital try to have the best team and give them everything they need to feel valuable and supported because then they are going to give the best service to their patients and everyone involved is going to feel happy. You have to give to your staff member the freedom to delivery their services on their own, with their own goals and responsibilities. With that they are going to became leaders of their speciality and at the end, your hospital is going to be a place full of leaders where you have to manage to involved them as a big team who work together and its focus in delivery the best service possible to patients. Now is coming a new generation of doctors and nurses with new ideas. we have to involved them in the hospital and work together, because old and new ideas working together could be a challenge and opportunity for new ways to delivery healthcare.  

The Intersection of Personalised Medicine and Technology

In addition we want to invite you to read the article, The Intersection of Personalised Medicine and Technology, written by our CEO, João Bocas, at page 9 of ICT & Health International #1:

Digital Health, Events

Israel’s digital health sector grew significantly in 2016, both in terms of funding and in terms of the number of companies, with investments jumping almost 30 percent to $183 million in 2016 from 2015, a report released by the nonprofit Start-Up Nation Central organization shows.

These is the reason why we are inviting to all of you to join TAU Innovation Conference 2017. This event is coming up and we would like to invite all Digital Salutem’s partners and readers to the event to enjoy mingling and networking in the largest innovation conference in Israel. TAU Innovation Conference 2017 will take place May 7-9, 2017 in different locations in Tel Aviv.

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  • Amazing speakers: VP of Yelp, VP of Youtube, CCO of Membit, VP of Prezi and others.
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  • 350 investors
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