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  • Alex Sonsino on Corporate Innovation Culture

    January 27, 2020
  • What are the ingredients necessary to create a space possible for innovative thinking? How can we make “better IoT?”

    Alex Sonsino, author, consultant, public speaker and entrepreneur, takes us inside corporate innovation culture and traces the evolution of IoT product design and function.

    Hosted by Jeff Kavanaugh, VP and Head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute.

    “Not everything that can be measured will count and not everything that counts can be measured. I think that our ability to put fencing equipment and technology does not necessarily mean that we're specifically able to utilize that information in a way that makes sense.”

    - Alex Sonsino


Show Notes

  • 01:34

    Alex is trying to tackle the complex mixture of physical setup, digital tools and social dynamics. What got her interested in this?

  • 02:39

    What's Alex’s unique perspective? Is it the work, the workplace, the people?

  • 05:48

    Alex is a part of the “IOT Community,” start-up community in London. Alex talks about Arduino board distributorship and what it is. She explains how that actually became a catalyst for innovation in London.

  • 08:05

    Alex had used Adruino to assemble and grow a group of start-ups in the London area. Alex comments on what that turned into.

  • 09:32

    Alex talks about her experience and observations in the IoT meetup. How seeing all these startups, influenced her view perspective on the innovation process itself in getting an idea or launching a product?

  • 10:57

    Alex is talking about her own product “Good Night Lamp.” She talks about the lamp’s background, her experience in launching the product and how that has also shaped her perspective.

  • 16:43

    What are some specific things mid-level business managers can do to make sure that they take advantage of where IOT is going and also, they can make sense of it?

  • 19:15

    Alex talks about over-reliance on corporate objectives and trying to get the right balance for people.

  • 20:56

    IoT in the workspace. Alex comments on the dark side of measuring employees’ performance.

  • 23:42

    Who or what has a major influence on Alex’s life?

About Alex Sonsino

Alex Sonsino

Alex Sonsino is an IOT author, consultant, public speaker and entrepreneur with a background in industrial and in interaction design. She wrote, "Smarter Homes: How Technology Will Change Your Home Life," and is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, which is the permanent collection of the London design museum. Her projects are also part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and she has been running the London startup community for IOT since 2012.