Laura James

Laura James

Co-founder, Digital Life Collective

Dr Laura James is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, catalysing new interdisciplinary research around trustworthy technologies, and Technology Principal at Doteveryone, a think tank fighting for a fairer internet and a more responsible and accountable tech industry. She is also a co-founding member of the Digital Life Collective, a global member-owned co-operative to research, develop and support technology people can trust.

Laura has worked in technology leadership roles in R&D, startups, civic tech, open source and humanitarian aid contexts. She started her career in embedded systems, including industrial controllers, and was a research engineer at AT&T Labs in both Menlo Park and Cambridge. After her PhD, developing high speed optical networks with Intel Research, Laura was the first employee and VP Engineering at AlertMe.com, developing and shipping an easy to use internet-era home security system, and a pioneering connected home platform. At True Knowledge, an AI startup, she took management and product roles to create Evi, a revolutionary conversational search system and mobile app, which was shortly afterwards acquired by Amazon. Laura was COO at CARET, an innovation centre at the University of Cambridge, delivering mission-critical technology to support the university’s research and teaching. Laura co-founded Makespace, a community workshop and inventing shed in Cambridge, and was CEO of Open Knowledge, a civil society organisation using open source tools, training and advocacy to opening up government, scientific and other knowledge for everyone. More recently, she worked on new technology initiatives at Field Ready, an NGO meeting humanitarian needs through local manufacturing.

Mapping the cooperative / solidarity economy

Main Hall

This introductory session will provide an overview of “the mapping project” in which Louis Cousin from Cooperatives Europe will lead a discussion about the mapping objectives and the challenges many groups have already experienced when trying to “map the ecosystem”. The overview will feature presentations and introductions from Colm Massey from the Solidarity Economy Association; […]

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Working Session – Mapping the cooperative / solidarity economy

Workshop space

Following on from the introductory session on the Main stage Louis Cousin from Cooperatives Europe will lead a working session on mapping the cooperative / solidarity ecosystem. This collaborative working session will feature input from Colm Massey from the Solidarity Economy Association; Laura James Co-founder at Digital Life Collective; Tom Ivey from domains.coop; and the audience – […]

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Podcast: When Communities of practice meet the collaborative economy

Workshop space

Join us for a conversation and live podcast recording between Kate Swade and Mark Walton from Shared Assets and Unlocking Networks, Wouter Tebbens, Co-founder and president of the Free Knowledge Institute, Laura James, Co-founder, Digital Life Collective, with Bernie Mitchell from  Ouishare Radio. They’ll be discussing strategies for bringing together the numerous disparate groups within […]

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Networking the Networks

Main Hall

Laura James Co-founder at Digital Life Collective and Francesca Pick, Co-Founder Greaterthan & OuiShare Fest will discuss the wide range of projects and movements aiming to unite cooperative organisers and networks to enable collaboration at scale. Share on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare on FacebookShare on Google+

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