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Malvern Festival of Innovation

The Malvern Festival of Innovation has been running all week, with events ranging from outreach to families and schools, to themed symposiums and networking for professionals. I went to one of those latter sessions yesterday, as it was on a technical topic I’m interested in.

I was surprised by the number of people there whom I knew – or more accurately, who clearly knew me. I kept being accosted by identikit late-middle-aged men in business suits saying “Gillian! How are you getting on?” I’m very bad at remembering faces, and though we were all meant to be wearing name badges, those always seemed to be covered up by their jackets. Some of people I could recognise, but often I was left racking my brains as to who I was talking to…. I worked out that one was my ex-boss from twenty years ago, another was a friend of Christopher’s, yet another had chaired a conference I sometimes attend, and the rest were ex-colleagues. It’s so much easier for them to remember me – there’s really not that many women in my technical field, so I stand out rather.

There was also a black-tie dinner last night held at Malvern College, and I was invited to attend by one of the lead sponsors. It’s not normally the sort of thing I go to – I hate dressing up for formal dinners! But I’ve just bought a new Little Black Dress in the sales, so I didn’t really have an excuse not to go. In the event, I enjoyed myself far more than I thought I would. I knew most of the people on my table – they were all either ex-colleagues or people I’ve collaborated with. They were an interesting bunch to talk to, and we had a very animated discussion triggered by the after dinner speaker, who was talking about “Responsible Innovation”, or why you should think first, before foisting a new piece of technology on the public.

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  1. pauld | 13 October 2018 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    “identikit late-middle-aged men”

    the sort you sometimes see on Crimewatch and police posters.