There are some things that leave indelible impressions in your memory. One of those things, for me, was a technical presentation in 1980 I attended — by calling in a lot of favors — a presentation by HP at what is now the Stennis Space Center. I was a student and it took a few phone calls to wrangle an invite but I wound up in a state-of-the-art conference room with a bunch of NASA engineers watching HP tell us about all their latest and greatest. Not that I could afford any of it, mind you. What really caught my imagination that day was the HP9845C, a color graphics computer with a roughly $40,000 price tag. That was twice the average US salary for 1980. Now, of course, you have a much better computer — or, rather, you probably have several much better computers including your phone. But if you want to relive those days, you can actually recreate the HP9845C’s 1980-vintage graphics glory using, of all things, a game emulator.
Keep in mind that the IBM PC was nearly two years away at this point and, even then, wouldn’t hold a candle to the HP9845C. Like many machines of its era, it ran BASIC natively — in fact, it used special microcode to run BASIC programs relatively quickly on its 16-bit 5.7 MHz CPU. The 560 x 455 pixel graphics system had its own CPU and you could max it out with a decadent 1.5 MB of RAM. (But not, alas, for $40,000 which got you — I think –128K or so.)
The widespread use of the computer mouse was still in the future, so the HP had that wonderful light pen. Mass storage was also no problem — there was a 217 kB tape drive and while earlier models had a second drive and a thermal printer optional, these were included in the color “C” model. Like HP calculators, you could slot in different ROMs for different purposes. There were other options such as a digitizer and even floppy discs.
The machines had a brief life, being superseded quickly by better computers. However, the computer managed to play a key role in making the 1983 movie Wargames and the predecessor, the HP9845B appeared on screen in Raise the Titanic.
According to the HP Museum, the 9845C wasn’t terribly reliable. The tape drives are generally victims of age after 40+ years, but the power supplies and memory also have their share of issues. Luckily, we are going to simulate our HP9845C, so we won’t have to deal with any of those problems.
One other cool feature of just about every HP computer from that era was the soft key system. These were typically built into the monitor or, sometimes, the keyboard and lined up with labels on the screen. So instead of remembering that F2 is the search command (or whatever), there would be a little label on the screen over the button that said “Search.” Great stuff!
When you think about simulating an old computer, you probably think of SimH. However, the HP machines were very graphical in nature, so the author of the HP9845C emulator made a different choice: MAME. You normally think of MAME as a video game emulator. However, if you want color graphics, ROM slots, and a light pen, MAME is a pretty good choice.
As you can see, you get a view of the 9845C monitor replete with soft keys and, if you enable it, even a light pen. You can load different images as ROMs and tapes. The only tricky part is the keyboard. The HP has a custom keyboard that works a bit different than a PC keyboard.
In particular, the HP computers were typically screen-oriented. So the Enter key was usually distinct from the key that told the computer you were ready for it to process. This leads to some interesting keyboard mappings.
In fact, the page that has the most information about the emulator is a little hard to wade through, so this might help. First, you want to scroll down to the bottom and get the prebuilt emulators for Linux or Windows. You can build with MAME or use the stock versions — assuming your stock version has all the right options. But it is easier to just grab the prebuilt and they can coexist with other versions of MAME; even if you want to go a different route eventually, you probably should still start there.
The emulator is called 45c and, on Linux, I had to make it executable myself (
chmod +x). Here is a typical command line:
./45c -magt1 tapes/demo1.hti -magt2 tapes/demo2.hti -ramsize 192k '-rom1 advprog' '-rom5 colorgfx' '-rom3 massd' '-rom4 strucprog' &
All of those tape and ROM files are in the distribution archive. You probably don’t need any of the ROMs, but I loaded them anyway. Add
-window if you prefer not to run full screen. If you do that, you may also want to add
-nomax options to Strengthen appearance.
If you want to try the lightpen, use the
-lightgun -lightgun_device_mouse option to turn your mouse into a lightpen. Note this will grab your mouse and you may need to use Alt+Tab or some other method to switch away from the emulator.
The keyboard mappings are listed on the web page but here are a few that are handy to know:
So faced with the prompt, you can enter something like:
Then press the numeric enter key to see the result. So this being a BASIC computer, you can enter:
10 PRINT "HOWDY!"
Right? Well, yes, but then you need to press store (Right Shift+Enter)
If you have the tapes loaded as above (you can view the tape catalog with the CAT command), try this:
load "autost" run
Remember to use the numeric pad enter key after each line, not the normal enter key!
The king of the demos is the Space Shuttle graphic which was cutting edge in 1980. You could change various display and plot options using the soft keys.
Of course, the Space Shuttle is only fun for so long. There are many other demos on the same tape, but eventually you’ll want to play with something more interesting. The HP Museum has a good bit of software you can probably figure out how to load. You can’t download the software, but if you want to see what the state of gaming was on a $70,000 HP9845B in those days, [Terry Burlison] has some recollections and screen shots. You’ll also find tons of documents and other information on the main HP9845 site.
It would be really interesting if the emulator could drive an HP-IB card in the PC or a PI to drive all your old boat anchor test equipment. That might even let you connect a hard drive. Maybe.
Gizmodo is 20 years old! To celebrate the anniversary, we’re looking back at some of the most significant ways our lives have been thrown for a loop by our digital tools.
Virtual friends have been with us for a long time. They started as punch card chatbots in the 1960s and have evolved into platforms that control our smart homes. I don’t turn off a lightbulb without first barking an order to a digital assistant. It’s the kind of interaction we used to idealize in science fiction. Now that I’m living with it day-to-day, I realise that this lifestyle has been subtly imprinted on me since I started using computers.
Inventions like Eliza and IBM’s Shoebox back during America’s so-called “golden era” were merely the foundation of the digital friends in our inner circles today. We started normalizing daily interaction with this technology in the mid-’90s when we gave credence to the existence of things like caring for a digital pet and relying on chatbots to help us fish information. In honour of Gizmodo’s 20th anniversary, here’s a look at some of the ways we made “friends” with the digital world over the last couple of decades and what might be coming for us now with the advent of Web3.
“It looks like you’re doing something that requires me to pop up on the screen and distract you from the task at hand.” That was the basic gist of Microsoft’s Clippy, often referred to as the world’s most hated virtual assistant (ouch). I wouldn’t go as far as to say I hated Clippy, though it definitely had a habit of popping up at the most unnecessary time. Microsoft introduced Clippy in 1996 to try and help users with its new at-the-time Office software. But the minute you’d start typing out something, the animated little paper clip would pop up and ask how it could help, assuming you needed aid starting your draft.
Microsoft eventually sunsetted Clippy within its Office suite in 2007. Clippy has since been memorialised in the form of various fan-made Chrome extensions. Microsoft even made an official Clippy emoji in Windows 11.
SmarterChild is a chatbot near and dear to my heart. Although it’s not the original one to surface, it was the first I had an interaction with that freaked out my teenage brain to the extent that I remember asking myself, “Is this real?”
SmarterChild was a bot developed to work with the instant messaging programs at the time, including AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! Messenger, and what was previously known as MSN Messenger. The company behind SmarterChild, called ActiveBuddy, launched the chatbot in 2000. I vividly recall wasting time at the family computer, engaging in a going-nowhere conversation with SmarterChild, and saving screenshots (that I wish I’d backed up) of some gnarly replies.
I also remember getting emotional with it. This article from Vice describes interacting with SmarterChild almost perfectly:
I used SmarterChild as a practice wall for cursing and insults. I used the bot as a verbal punching bag, sending offensive queries and statements — sometimes in the company of my friends, but many times alone.
SmarterChild was meant to be a helper bot within your preferred messaging client that you could ping to look up information or play text-based games. In some ways, its existence was a foreshadowing predecessor to the bots we interact with now within chat clients like Slack and Discord. Although, I’m much nicer to those bots than I was to SmarterChild back in the day.
Remember desktop pets? They were nothing like real pets or even virtual pets of the time, but they were neat little applications for ornamenting the desktop with something cute and distracting. My favourite was Neko, a little pixelated cat that chased the mouse cursor as you moved around. There are still downloads circulating if anyone is fiending for some old-school computer companionship. I found a Chrome OS-compatible one, too.
When we think of virtual friends, it’s hard not to bring up Bandai’s Tamagotchi digital pets. Tamagotchi was introduced in 1996 in Japan and then a year later to the U.S. The toy sold exponentially worldwide and has since spawned a hearty community of devoted collectors who have kept the toy thriving–yes, I count myself among these folks, though I only recently came into the community after I realised how much fun it is freaking out over the constant care of a virtual pet.
However, Tamagotchi did just more than spawn a lineup of toys. It introduced the concept of the “Tamagotchi effect,” essentially referring to the spike of dopamine one gets when checking in with their virtual pet and the emotional connections that develop as a result. Over the decades, there have been countless stories about the intense relationships people have had with Tamagotchi. Some caretakers have even gone as far as physically burying them after death.
Devices like the Tamagotchi gave way to sites like Neopets. Neopets started as a virtual pet website where you could buy and own virtual pets and items using virtual currency. It’s been interesting to see how it chugged along through the years since its debut in 1999.
At its height, Neopets had about 20 million users. Nickelodeon bought it out in 2005 and then sold it again in 2014 to a company called JumpStart Games. The site is still accessible 20 years later, though it has fewer active users than when it first launched.
It is fun to read the initial coverage of Neopets and see parents complaining about the same things kids are still encountering online today. “The whole purpose of this site at this point is to keep kids in front of products,” Susan Linn, an author and psychologist, told CBS News in 2005. As if the Web3-obsessed internet of today isn’t already headed for the same fate. Have we learned nothing, people?
The robot dog has seen many iterations through the past two decades, but none are as iconic as Sony’s Aibo, which launched in 1999. The name stands for Artificial Intelligence Robot, and it was programmed to learn as it goes, helping contribute to its lifelike interactivity. Despite the $US2,000 ($2,776) initial price tag, Sony managed to sell well over 150,000 units by 2015, when we reported on the funerals the owners of out-of-commission Aibo were having overseas.
Over the years, it became a blueprint for how a gadget company could manufacture a somewhat successful artificial companion–it certainly seems like a success on the outside, even if virtual pets could never fully replace the real things. The New York Times documentary, called Robotica, perfectly encapsulates the kind of bond people had with their Aibo dogs, which might have been why the company decided to resurrect it in 2017.
I didn’t have a Sega Dreamcast, but I still had nightmares about Seaman. What started as a joke became one of the console’s best-selling titles. Dreamcast’s Seaman was a voice-activated game and one of the few that came with the detachable microphone accessory for the console. It also required a VMU that docked within the Dreamcast controller so that you could take Seaman on the go.
Seaman was not cute and cuddly like other digital pets and characters. He was often described as a “grouch,” though it was also one of the ways the game endeared itself to people. The microphone allowed you to talk to Seaman about your life, job, family, or whatever else you had on your mind. Seaman could remember your conversations, and Leonard Nimoy, the game’s narrator, might bring up related tidbits later, which added to the interactivity of this bizarre Dreamcast title.
Listen, I’m not proud of it, but my interactions with SmarterChild in my teens gave way to the frustrating conversations I’ve had with digital customer service bots. You know the ones I’m talking about: they pop up when you’re on the shop’s page in the bottom corner and, like Clippy of yore, ask if you need help. Then, you reply to that bot asking if you can have help with an exchange, and it spirals from there.
There have been a plethora of customer service bots floating around the industry since the ‘90s, and they’re certainly not going anywhere. It also means that the new ones have passed the Turing Test enough to replace a job that’s one of the most gruelling and psychologically affecting.
IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, won Jeopardy in 2011 against two of its highest-ranking players of the time. It was a real-time showcase of how “human smart” computers could be during a period when it was one of the most advanced AI systems on Earth.
According to Wired, researchers had scanned about 200 million content pages into IBM’s Watson, including books, movie scripts, and encyclopedias. The system could browse through nearly 2 million pages of content in three seconds, which is why it seemed prime to compete against humans in a game that tested general knowledge.
Watson soon became problematic, which is what happens when you feed AI a bunch of information and don’t account for it. Watson had access to the user-submitted Urban Dictionary, which in turn made it into a “hot mess.” A few years later, it started recommending cancer treatments deemed “unsafe and incorrect,” which became exemplary of what happens when you feed the algorithm the wrong information.
The human panic for artificial intelligence took off with the introduction of Apple’s Siri, launched in 2011 as the company’s “personal assistant” for the iPhone 4S. Folks were reacting as if Skynet’s cautionary tale had come true and the robots were finally going to take over because their phones could make a phone call with a mere voice command. The horror!
What Siri actually did was normalize everyday interactions with a digital entity. Siri also helped light the fire under Google and the rest of its competition to hurry along with their own voice-activated assistants. And on a softer side of the internet, there were stories of parasocial relationships forming between the digital assistants and neurodivergent humans seeking connection.
I walk into my house every day and feel like the leader of my domain because everything I do requires shouting a command. Whether turning on the lights, adjusting the thermostat, or ensuring that the people downstairs can hear my requests from upstairs, I am constantly pinging the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa to make something happen in my smart home.
Google and Amazon’s respective digital assistants have come a long way since they stormed onto the scene. The Google Assistant started as a simple weather checker and command-taker on Android, while Amazon’s Alexa resulted from an acquisition. They’ve since become platforms that have introduced helpful hands-free features, which we can’t bring up without bringing up digital surveillance concerns.
There is an eeriness to living with a virtual assistant that’s always listening for your command. I was one of the first users to adopt the Google Home with the Assistant and get it programmed. In the past six years, I can count a handful of times off the top of my head where it’s responded to something I said when I hadn’t even queried it. The maintenance for these assistants can be a headache, too. When something’s not working right or integration is improperly set up, it can bring down the mood enough that you start pondering why you gave up your peace for the convenience of hands-free lights.
These digital assistants aren’t going anywhere. Right now, the smart home industry is gearing up for more parity between platforms, hopefully removing some of the headaches that we’ve invited bringing these things into our homes. But it’s a wonder how much more uncanny the assistants themselves will become in the coming years — especially now that Amazon is entertaining the idea of piping through your dead relative’s voice.
I’ve another confession: I’ve gotten into it with a Twitter bot before realising it was a fake person! Twitter bots were once a very annoying part of using the platform. I mean, they still are. Folks are either getting duped out of love or bots attempt to sway politics and fandom in a certain way.
Bots are still an issue on the social network, though Twitter seems to have gotten better at weeding them out. Apparently, they’re still a big issue for Elon Musk, too.
Microsoft’s Tay caused quite a stir when it showed up in 2016. The bot was the brainchild of the company’s Technology and Research and the Bing team. It had created the bot in an attempt to research conversational understanding. Instead, it showed us how awful people could be when they’re interacting with artificial intelligence.
Tay’s name was based on an acronym that spelled out “thinking about you,” which perhaps set the stage for why no one was taking this bot seriously. It was also built to mine public data, which is why things took a turn for the worse so quickly. As we reported back then:
While things started off innocently enough, Godwin’s Law — an internet rule dictating that an online discussion will inevitably devolve into fights over Adolf Hitler and the Nazis if left for long enough — eventually took hold. Tay quickly began to spout off racist and xenophobic epithets, largely in response to the people who were tweeting at it — the chatbot, after all, takes its conversational cues from the world wide web. Given that the internet is often a massive garbage fire of the worst parts of humanity, it should come as no surprise that Tay began to take on those characteristics.
Once Tay was available for the public to interact with, people were able to exploit the bot enough that it started posting racist and misogynist messages in response to people’s queries. It’s similar to what happened to IBM’s Watson.
Tay was eventually taken off the internet the same year it made its debut after being suspended for reprogramming. We haven’t heard from the bot since then.
This is becoming increasingly common, at least in the tabloids: men who claim to have fallen in love with chatbots. Although it’s not a new sensation — we’ve reported on this phenomenon as far back as 2008 — it’s a wonder if it’ll become commonplace now that AI is more sophisticated.
Sometimes it’s hard to snark when you see folks using artificial intelligence as a way to hold on to life. Last year, the SF Chronicle published a story about how one man managed to digitally immortalise his late fiancée with the help of an off-the-shelf AI program called Project December.
Google has spent the better half of the last couple of years selling us on its new machine learning models and what’s to come. And while most demonstrations come off as a confusing cacophony of computers talking to one another, the smarts exhibited have also inspired conversations about its true capabilities.
Most recently, the latest case involves software engineer Blake Lemoine, who was working with Google’s LaMDA system in a research capacity. Lemoine claimed that LaMDA carried an air of sentience in its responses, unlike other artificial intelligence. It’s since sparked a massive debate on the validity of the AI sentience.
However, Google didn’t immediately fire him; it took a little over a month for him to get the boot. In June 2022, Lemoine was placed on administrative leave for breaching a confidentiality agreement after roping in government members and hiring a lawyer. That’s a big no-no from Google, which is trying to remain under the radar with all that anti-trust business! The company maintained that it reviewed Lemoine’s claims and concluded they were “wholly unfounded.” Indeed, other AI experts spoke up in the weeks following the news about the lack of viability in claiming that the LaMDA chatbot had thoughts and feelings. Lemoine has since said that Google’s chatbot is racist, an assertion that will likely be less controversial with the AI community.
There’s already a chatbot for the Metaverse! It’s called Kuki AI, and it’s an offshoot of the Mitsuku chatbot, which has been in development since 2005 and won a handful of Turing Tests.
Kuki claims to be an 18-year-old female. She already has a virtual, physical body. You can chat with her through her online portal or on sites like Facebook, Twitch, Discord, and Kik Messenger. She can also be seen making cameos inside Roblox.
Kuki encourages you to think of her “as kind of like Siri or Alexa, but more fun.” Currently, Kuki is a virtual model and has even graced the catwalk at Crypto Fashion Week.
I can’t help but notice the similarities between how we commodify women’s bodies in the real and virtual worlds. Unfortunately, that dynamic is following us into the “Metaverse.” Some things change, and some things stay the same.
Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) is an application program interface (API) packaged with the Java SE edition that makes it possible to standardize and simplify the process of connecting Java applications to external, relational database management systems (RDBMS).
Fundamentally, applications written in Java perform logic. The Java language provides facilities for performing iterative logic with looks, conditional logic with if statements and object-oriented analysis through the use of classes and interfaces. But Java applications do not store data persistently. Data persistence is typically delegated to NoSQL databases such as MongoDB and Cassandra, or to relational databases such as IBM’s DB2 or Microsoft’s SQL Server or the popular open source database MySQL.
The JDBC API is composed of a number of interfaces and classes that represent a connection to the database, provide facilities for sending SQL queries to a database and help Java developer process the results of relational database interactions.
Common JDBC API classes and interfaces
Represents a connection from the Java program to the external database system
Used to issue raw SQL statements to a relational database
Used to issue precompiled SQL statements to a relational database
Represents the results returned from a relational database after an SQL statement has been processed
The blob represents a database filed containing a large binary object such as an image or a video.
Structured Query Language (SQL) is an ISO specification that defines how applications can query, update and just generally interact with a relational database. The JDBC API does not perform any functions that could otherwise be performed through a SQL query. The goal of the JDBC API is to provide a connection to a relational database through with SQL queries can be performed, and the results from those queries can be processed within a Java program. JDBC is a connectivity API. SQL remains the language used to actually talk to the database.
JDBC is designed to make Java applications database agnostic. That is, a program written using JDBC will work with any JDBC compliant database. That was a Java application that is tested with Apache Derby can confidently be deployed against an IBM DB2 database in production. However, there are differences between database vendors, and these differences must be abstracted away. The tool for abstracting away these differences is known as a JDBC driver.
Five fun JDBC facts
Five things you may not know about JDBC.
When a Java wants to connect to a database, it calls upon a JDBC interface known as the DriverManager, which loads a driver that has been written specifically by the vendor of the database to which the Java program is connecting. This driver contains all of the information required to connect the Java program to the underlying database. The JDBC driver is vendor specific, so the MySQL JDBC driver is different from the Apache Derby JDBC driver. The job of these drivers is to address differences between databases at the technical level, abstract them away from the application, and allow Java developers to be confidence that the JDBC API they interact with will work with any JDBC compliant database.
The basic steps to connect to a JDBC database are:
Cde to connect to a database using JDBC
JDBC and Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) are very similar in nature. The ODBC specification defines a set of criteria for connecting to ODBC compliant databases, just as JDBC does for JDBC compliant databases. The big distinction between the two is that JDBC is only available to languages written and Java and applications deployed to the JDK, while ODBC can be used with a variety of different languages including Visual Basic, C#, FORTRAN and Pascal.
JDBC and ODBC compared
The difference between ODBC and JDBC.
The Java Development Kit (JDK) does provide something called a JDBC-ODBC bridge driver that allows developers to write applications that use the JDBC API but connect to ODBC compliant databases such as Microsoft Access. So it is possible to access an ODBC database using JDBC.
The JDBC-ODBC bridge is referred to as the Type 1 JDBC driver. There are four types, with the distinctions being:
The philosophies behind object-oriented development and relational database systems are very different, which often leads to discussions about the object-relational impedance mismatch. Object-oriented systems are designed much differently than relational systems, and pulling data from a relational database and bringing that data into an object oriented system is not a straight forward process. The goal of the JDBC API is to define classes, methods and interfaces that minimize the impedance mismatch and make it easier to marshal data back and forth between a Java program and an external database.
To help address the object-relational impedance mismatch, a number of frameworks exist that simplify the task of moving data between a relational database and a Java program. Popular object-relational mapping (ORM) frameworks include Hibernate, TopLink and DataNucleus. While each framework has its own set of unique capabilities, all of them comply with the Java Persistence API standard, which is now part of the Java EE/Jakarta EE specification.
The JDBC API is solely focused on interactions between Java programs and relational databases. While NoSQL databases are rising in popularity, there are no build-in functions in the JDBC API to facilitate interactions with NoSQL databases such as Redis or CouchDB. JDBC is solely focused on interactions with relational systems.
JDBC is often criticized for burdening the developer by requiring them to write a significant amount of boilerplate code in order to perform basic operation. In addition to this, interactions with the JDBC API throw a large number of potential exceptions that must be handled, despite the fact that there is often very little a developer can do when these JDBC errors occur. As a result, operations that might require only a few lines of code in languages such as C# or GoLang can be five or six times in length when performing the same database operation in Java.
There have been many efforts by members of the Java community to address some of the shortcomings of JDBC, with the most popular being the Spring JDBC Framework.
The Spring JDBC Framework is built entirely on top of the JDBC API, so its underpinnings are completely standards based. However, the framework provides various helper classes such as the Spring JdbcTemplate class and the SQLExceptionTranslator JDBC interface, which are designed to assist in the handling of JDBC exceptions while also minimizing the amount of boilerplate code that is required to perform simple database operations.
On a final note, it’s worth mentioning that in legal terms, JDBC actually does not stand for Java Database Connectivity. The term JDBC is itself a trademarked word, and while it acts as an umbrella under which all of the various Java database and SQL related APIs reside, Oracle’s trademark application itself does not indicate anywhere that JDBC means Java database connectivity. In fact, doing so would actually dilute Oracle’s right to the trademark. If a user were to download and read the current JDBC specification, nowhere in that JSR would the words Java database connectivity be found.
Look closely at this beauty. No, that’s not a chopped IBM Model M or anything — it’s a custom 40% capacitive buckling spring keyboard with an ortholinear layout made by [durken]. Makes it easy to imagine an alternate reality where IBM still exists as IBM and has strong keyboard game, or one where Unicomp are making dreams come true for those who don’t need anywhere near 101 or 104 keys.
Buckling what now? This lovely board uses capacitive buckling spring switches from an old IBM Model F. Basically, every time you press a key, a little spring is bent over (or buckled) in the name of connectivity. In the capacitive version, the spring pushes a hammer onto a pair of plates, causing a change in capacitance that gets recognized as a key press. In this case, those key presses are read by a TH-XWhatsit controller.
Using a Model F XT’s PCB as a guide, [durken] made a field of capacitive pads on one PCB, and made a second, ground plane PCB to avoid interference. In a true homage to these keyboards, [durken] decided to curve the PCB slightly, which naturally complicated almost everything, especially the barrel plate.
The solution was to make a separate barrel plate that slides into the case and gets screwed to the top via mounting bracket. For an extra bit of fun, [durken] mounted an SKCL lock switch under the IBM logo which enables solenoid mode. Be sure to check that out in the (updated!) video after the break.
One of the best things about a buckling spring keyboard is that each key sounds slightly different. Not so in solenoid mode, unless you were to use multiple solenoids.
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By Seye Adetunmbi
How benevolent, productive, relevant, and resourceful a government and an administration will be is a function of the purpose of the leadership. The mindset of a leader defines the kind of leadership that will be provided irrespective of the tier of government that is involved. This principle applies to the management of activities in the private sector too. The real leadership is not just a role one plays, it is a life one leads and this can only be built on a good and strong character to deliver an enduring good government to the masses.
Good leadership in the governance of nations and states is the bedrock for development. The old western region of Nigeria remains an evergreen example in our clime. Consequently, it is imperative to consciously groom good leadership for future; a visionary leadership characterized by values and commitment to the custom of excellence. There is need to depart from rat race governing system and entrench a new paradigm for a more enduring purposeful governance for the benefit of the majority on a lasting note.
The prevalent purpose of those who dominate the political space in Nigeria over the years had been less than altruistic. Many are involved for the winner to take all, the interest of the larger society is of no importance to them for as long as they are settled. “Bamu-bamu ni mo yo”. Once the foundation is bad, deceptive and structured to serve a narrow sect, the poor masses will be short-changed in perpetuity. For as long as Nigeria operates a questionable constitution it will take a sincere leadership with conscience at all tiers of government to deliver optimal benefits of democracy to the masses and make progress considerably as a nation or as a state.
Calling for a paradigm shift in the way party flag bearers emerge and how we are governed would involve a lot of commitment. The vision is to make Ekiti for an example the model state in the manner Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his team made old western region to standout in Nigeria. The targeted fresh perspective will associate with the successes of the remarkable past and present leaders or heroes. In essence, every good deed of the past and present administrations will be improved upon while those aspects that do not align with the new paradigm will be jettisoned. Past mistakes will be consciously avoided.
It would amount to self deceit/grandiose for any governor and the president in Nigeria today to say there is no room for improvement in the way our people have been governed and that there is no alternative to the status quo. Even after intervention by the paradigm shift movement, there will still be room for an improvement because we are dealing with the vagaries associated with humanity. What is fundamental is a sustainable leadership structure that will ensure manifestation of the desirable purposeful governance for the benefit of all, on a lasting note.
Just as the federal government of Nigeria needs a fundamental policy reset to durably exit economic crises and warped system, the state governments need to get real and rejig the way politics are played. The advocacy is to explore tested new plausible ways for governing our people. We cannot continue to do the same thing repeatedly and expect a different result. Recycling people with the status quo mindset in government will continue to set us back. Whoever truly means well for the people will associate with the Paradigm Shift Movement (PSM). It is worth giving fresh vista of opportunities a chance under a disciplined, more dynamic and honest leadership.
Ekitipanupo Indigenous Intellectual Roundtable was initiated for the best brains of Ekiti indigenes irrespective of their location, to be deployed optimally for the benefit of the state and Ekiti people. It was structured to think ahead and have intellectual input to the manifestos of the ruling political party. This for instance informed the blue print that was presented to Ekiti State government in December 2010.
Over the years, I have been called upon privately and publicly to run for the office of Governor in Ekiti-State by some well meaning indigenes. On a number of occasions, a few non-Ekiti associates who have been following my modest socio-political progressive activities all these years on Ekiti also prompted me along this line. My response had always been that I have at various times supported political aspirations of a number of people and stood by those who have governed Ekiti-State personally and through Ekitipanupo Forum. Let me see them through first. A good turn is expected to deserve another and wisdom demands that I should heed the call at the opportune time. In that, if it is not God’s time, you cannot force it; but when it is God’s time, you cannot stop it.
To some of my people, it is long overdue. I cannot see a better time than now for me to make myself more available to the service of Ekiti-State. It is an apt response to a collective call to duty. With all humility, by the grace of God I will be available in 2022 and leave the electorate to decide. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “no man is good enough to govern another without the man’s consent.”
What I am humbly making myself available for is to unleash the potential, the imponderable goodwill, wide network and huge intellectual capacity of over 1,000 tested professionals in all works of life who constitute Ekitipanupo Forum. No political party parades the caliber of brilliant technocrats in Ekitipanupo Forum. In essence, the forum which is a microcosm of Ekiti-State will be put into optimal use to complement the government of the day with vast and tested integrated intellectual inputs. Ekitipanupo has capacity to provide advisory and consultancy service to Ekiti-State pro bono in virtually all sectors of the economy. I was involved in the Lagos Smart City Project sponsored by IBM in 2013, as a consultant through PYXERA Group. Indigenes shall be given top priority on professional services that they can provide at competitive rates.
Part of the PSM is to challenge every political party to allow a level playing ground for party flag bearers to emerge by playing down too much influence of money which often throws up the highest bidder. The implication of a corrupted process relegates to the background, competence, antecedents, relevant experience, character audit and verifiable inclination to the best practices; which tends to deprive the masses of good quality government. Because when the loyalty of a governor is first to the political godfather, then larger interest of the majority is secondary.
Political actors who treat Ekiti State as a “farm settlement” should not be encouraged. This category of people live outside the state, they come to play politics and go back to their preferred place of abode. Farm-settlement politicians are more likely to fleece the meager resources of the state. Let it be the other way round, by making Ekiti your home and any other place the farm settlement. The new order is to make the class of people who see Ekiti as their home-base to dominate our political space towards boosting Ekiti fortune and making the state to be better for it.
PSM is about departure from a system that has become one huge waste. An intervention of a purpose driven governance that will clear debris of deceit, duplicity, double dealing, lies and treachery. An administration that will be bold to check and demobilize politicians who have turned our politics into a hoax, a portal of guile and dissimulation. When one is made a leader or called upon to lead, it comes with responsibility to bring the best out of others. It is not just a matter of wearing a crown or parading the title of being called councilor, commissioner, honorable, governor, senator or president.
The PSM is about “servant-authority” whereby whoever emerges as the president, senator, governor or councilor will see himself or herself as the chief servant officer and not a tin-god! “The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Mathew 23:11-12
Memory of Alhaji Lateef Jakande keeps resonating on the power of selflessness in government and Mother Theresa’s service to humanity at its best which earned her Nobel Prize. More than a president of any nation, any pope, state governor or chief executive officer of a multinational corporation, the virtuous woman in her simplicity had authority because she was a servant. She glorified God in her service to mankind.
During Ekiti North senatorial election rerun in 2009
Looking back, I associated with the electioneering campaign of the first civilian governor of Ekiti-State in 1999. His successor was at the 1st Ekiti Day, hosted on December 5th 2003 by a group which I co-initiated. After the anthem I composed was rendered, the governor was so impressed and pronounced it the first Ekiti State anthem. On March 6th 2005, the inspiration to convene an indigenous intellectual Roundtable manifested, Ekitipanupo Forum evolved.
The 1st public lecture of Ekitipanupo Forum was hosted on April 7th, 2007 during the emergency rule interregnum and Ekitipanupo Magazine was launched. The 10th anniversary of Ekitipanupo Forum was marked with the 2nd public lecture at Afe Babalola University in 2015 and the Ekitipanupo Legacy Book was formally presented to the public. In 2016, Ekiti Colloquium was hosted by Ekitipanupo Forum.
Leadership is essentially about service, empowerment and inspiration and not about control, power and manipulation. Towards driving the paradigm shift to fruition, Atoke-ibe-rosi Strategy Group (ASG) has been constituted. The pioneers are reputable indigenes from over 60 Ekiti towns across all the local government areas, who have encouraged me over the years and believe in my ability, with all humility, to provide the required leadership. ASG is open to people of good character who can add value to the 2022 mission in Ekiti-State. The target is for every Ekiti community to be represented in the strategy group.
God may not call many to fame and fortune, but He calls everyone to serve faithfully with the given talents. If perchance, what we do earns us recognition, fame or affluence, let it be done to the glory of God. My prayer is that whatever my calling, my lot, my circumstances, and my divine given gifts, may God help me and grant me the grace to use all to serve my people and glorify our almighty creator. Here I am, send me (Isaiah 6:8) to lead the paradigm shift in a lasting purpose driven governance in Ekiti, come 2022, God being my helper.
…An essay dedicated to mark 16th anniversary of Ekitipanupo Forum on March 6th, 2021 by the convener, Seye Adetunmbi.
For 88 years, subscribers have relied on The Kiplinger Letter for insights into emerging technologies that will change the way Americans live and do business. Examples of "you read it first in Kiplinger" include the rise of commercial air routes in 1927, the early development of television in the 1930s, and mobile phones in 1983.
What will be the tech breakthroughs of the few years? Here are eight we're following that could have a big impact on your everyday life.
Yup, almost like in the movie Minority Report — digital billboards that will size you up and show ads tailored to your age, gender and estimated attention span. Technology under development by New York's Immersive Labs will use cameras and software to pick between displaying, say, an advertisement for Axe body spray or o.b. tampons. It's expected to hit the market in 2012.
The system also takes into account weather, time of day, background noise and more. Privacy concerns? Immersive says its system doesn't hold on to any images or personal information. So unlike the ads pitching to Tom Cruise's character, they won't address you by name.
Also in the works: Holographic models. Having made their debut on the runway at high-end fashion shows, look for them to show up at retailers. Not just for clothing, but in car, boat and RV showrooms, for example. And just imagine: This type of tall, slender model eats even less than the real ones.
Car engines that turn off when you're at a stoplight and immediately snap back to life when the driver hits the accelerator are going to hit the U.S. car market big time. This technology has been available for years in Europe and Asia but will be standard on some of BMW's 2012 models in the U.S. (along with some Kias and Porsches), and we expect it to spread quickly.
Though this simple step can cut gas usage by 3% to 6% in city driving, carmakers have hesitated to introduce it here, as the federal government doesn't give the systems much credit when it calculates official fleet mileage results. But expensive gasoline and falling costs of the systems have changed the calculation, especially as consumers put greater stock in fuel economy.
The QWERTY keyboard will continue to be with us for quite a while, but watch for new methods of controlling your computer and other devices to take flight. Voice search already recognizes 230 billion words and phrases from queries in English, boosting its use in business and other applications — next up are gestures.
Borrowing from technologies such as those used in Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect games, which let users direct characters through body language, this technology will see growing business applications in airports, shopping malls and other places. In the operating room, for example, surgeons could control a computer without having to touch any surface.
The same facial recognition software powering those digital billboards and in the X-Box Kinect games will add a level of security to your computer over the next few years. Such applications are already usable on the iPhone and are being tried by police and border agents, raising some civil liberties questions.
The use of the technology will expand to automated teller machines and other devices. The programs are most effective when a user uploads a picture for later comparison, an easy step now that most portable phones, tablets and laptops have cameras.
One practical function: Using a photograph to log on instead of a password. If the device user's facial features don't match the picture on file? Access denied.
IBM is looking at recycling water that's used to cool a large supercomputer into a system that can heat an entire building. Meanwhile, Microsoft engineers are proposing what they call data furnaces, consisting of 40 to 400 servers bundled into one large box, about the size of a refrigerator, that could be placed directly into buildings. The heat generated from the box would then be pumped into a building's heating system when needed, and vented to the outside in summer. Such recycling would potentially save vast amounts of energy.
If you want to show pictures or videos on your mobile phone to more than one person at a time, you can hook up a portable "pico" projector and shine the phone's output onto a handy wall. But imagine if you could then control the phone (or other device) by touching the projected image. That's the innovation under development by UK firm Light Blue Optics.
For the consumer, it could be like having a tablet computer without having to carry one: Let the projector shine onto the coffee shop table and you're off. And here's a use for busines: Restaurants could use built-in versions to project interactive menus right onto the table that customers can then use to place their order, even including notes to the chef ("not too spicy"). Look for it by 2014 or so.
Remember the stunning performance of IBM's Watson computer on the TV quiz show Jeopardy? Or Hal's little green eye from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey? Natural language processing and real-time analytics pioneered by IBM will Strengthen health care and other functions — perhaps eliminating many service jobs.
Dubbed "DeepQA" (for question/answer), IBM's supercomputers can understand natural language, including puns and complex language formulations. Real-world applications are vast. A smaller version of the software is being used in a Toronto hospital to monitor data from sensors wired to babies, and it can recognize things such as the onset of infections hours before a nurse can. DeepQA could similarly be used to troubleshoot other problems in other industries — say, legal research.
Japanese researchers have been developing assistive robots for years, given that country's rapidly graying population.
Now some are close to market. Toyota is developing Patient Transfer Assist, a device that helps caregivers transfer patients from the bed to the toilet and back. The machine uses weight-bearing arms and robotic controls to lift and move patients as if being carried by a person.
Also coming from Toyota: Equipment that enables people who are paralyzed to walk. It relies on sensors to determine when a person wants to take a step and then helps them to do so. The automaker is eyeing commercial availability of both products sometime in 2013.
Georgia Tech is also working on a variety of assistive robots. "Dusty" retrieves objects dropped on the floor by scooping them into a tray and delivering them to the user. Using a joystick, the user navigates the robot to an object. The user then presses the lift button and Dusty raises a tray to a position where the person can grab the object. Georgia Tech is working with Meka Robotics in the San Francisco Bay area to commercialize Dusty.
Dublin, July 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Cloud Enabling Technologies Market Size, Share, Trends, By Deployment Mode, By Technology, By Application, By Solution Type, By Service Type, and By Region Forecast to 2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The global cloud-enabling technologies market size is expected to reach USD 63.63 Billion in 2030 and register a revenue CAGR of 8.3% over the forecast period, according to the latest report. The cloud-enabling technologies market is expected to grow owing to the rising need for efficient utilization of data center resources and enhanced operational capabilities. Additionally, the increasing adoption of cloud services among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is anticipated to fuel market growth over the forecast period.
The cloud enabling technologies market comprises various software tools and platforms that enable an enterprise to develop, deploy, and manage its applications on the cloud. Cloud enabling technologies help enterprises in reducing their IT infrastructure cost and improving their operational efficiency.
Rising demand for cloud-based services and applications and the need for reducing operational costs are the major factors driving the growth of the cloud enabling technologies market. Majority of cloud solution providers are still in the early stages of adoption and are focused on providing basic cloud services. However, providers have started to offer new capabilities to enable enterprises to take advantage of cloud technologies for their digital transformation initiatives. These include DevOps automation, microservices-based application development, and serverless computing.
In addition, solution providers are also investing in research and development to create new cloud-based services and applications that can address the needs of enterprises across different industries. For instance, IBM has been investing in blockchain technology to create a decentralized platform that can be used by enterprises to streamline their operations.
Various features of cloud services including scalability, reduced IT cost, pay-per-use model, and others are fuelling the growth of the cloud enabling technologies market. The cloud enabling technologies market is expected to grow from USD Things like big data, gaming, and social media networks have been a major source of data. This has led to an increase in the demand for storage space on remote servers. Cloud services are being used to store and manage this data.
Deployment of cloud can reduce the overall IT cost by optimizing the data center resources. Capgemini's research indicates that the use of cloud can lead to an 18% reduction in the total IT cost. Cloud enabling technologies can broadly be classified into four categories, namely, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS), and business process as a service (BPaaS).
IaaS includes solutions such as storage, servers, and networking, which can be delivered to the customers on demand over the Internet. PaaS solutions provide a platform for developing, testing, and deploying cloud-based applications. SaaS solutions are application oriented and are delivered to the customers on demand. BPaaS solutions help in automating business processes, such as human resource (HR) and customer relationship management (CRM).
Some Key Highlights From the Report
On 12 November 2021, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced that it had completed the acquisition of M12, Microsoft's venture fund. The fund has now been renamed to Ignite and will be managed by a team within Microsoft Ventures. This move signals Microsoft's continued focus on startups and their role in the company's future.
Public cloud segment revenue is expected to register faster revenue growth rate during the forecast period due to the increasing adoption of public cloud services by small and medium enterprises (SMEs).The Asia Pacific cloud enabling technologies market is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the presence of a large number of SMEs in the region.
Multitenant technology segment accounted for the largest revenue share in 2021 due to the high demand for multitenancy in the cloud market. In addition, the segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 25% during the forecast period.
BFSI segment revenue is expected to register a steady growth rate during the forecast period due to the increasing demand for cloud-based banking and insurance applications among small and medium enterprises.
The healthcare sector is anticipated to grow at a significant pace owing to the rising adoption of cloud-based healthcare applications such as electronic health records (EHRs), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and patient management systems. The education sector is also expected to exhibit a significant growth rate due to the increasing adoption of cloud-based education applications and solutions among educational institutions.
Companies profiled in the global market report include BMC Software, Inc., HP Development Company, LP., IBM, Microsoft, Dell Technologies, Oracle, Citrix Systems, Inc., Broadcom, Parallels International GmbH, and SAP.
Key syllabus Covered:
Chapter 1. Market Synopsis
Chapter 2. Executive Summary
Chapter 3. Indicative Metrics
Chapter 4. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market Segmentation & Impact Analysis
4.1. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market Material Segmentation Analysis
4.2. Industrial Outlook
4.2.1. Market indicators analysis
4.2.2. Market drivers analysis
126.96.36.199. Increasing digitalization across industries
188.8.131.52. Increasing demand for cloud-based services
4.2.3. Market restraints analysis
184.108.40.206. Limited control and flexibility
220.127.116.11. Rising cyber threat
4.3. Technological Insights
4.4. Regulatory Framework
4.5. Price trend Analysis
4.6. Customer Mapping
4.7. Covid-19 Impact Analysis
4.8. Global Recession Influence
Chapter 5. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market By Deployment Mode Insights & Trends
5.1. Deployment Mode Dynamics & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
5.2. Public Cloud
5.2.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
5.2.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
5.3. Private Cloud
5.3.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
5.3.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
5.4. Hybrid Cloud
5.4.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
5.4.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
Chapter 6. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market By Technology Insights & Trends
6.1. Technology Dynamics & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
6.2. Broadband Networks & Internet Architecture
6.2.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.2.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.3. Data Center Technology
6.3.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.3.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.4. Virtualization Technology
6.4.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.4.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.5. Web Technology
6.5.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.5.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.6. Multitenant Technology
6.6.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
6.6.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
Chapter 7. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market By Application Insights & Trends
7.1. Application Dynamics & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
7.2.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.2.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.3. Telecom & IT
7.3.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.3.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.4. Manufacturing & Retail
7.4.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.4.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.5.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.5.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.6.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
7.6.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
Chapter 8. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market By Solution Type Insights & Trends
8.1. Solution Type Dynamics & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
8.2. Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) Solution
8.2.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
8.2.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
8.3. Autonomic Computing
8.3.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
8.3.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
Chapter 9. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market By Service Type Insights & Trends
9.1. Service Type Dynamics & Market Share, 2022 & 2030
9.2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
9.2.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
9.2.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
9.3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
9.3.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
9.3.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
9.4. Software as a Service (SaaS)
9.4.1. Market estimates and forecast, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
9.4.2. Market estimates and forecast, By Region, 2019 - 2030 (USD Billion)
Chapter 10. Cloud Enabling Technologies Market Regional Outlook
Chapter 11. Competitive Landscape
11.1. Market Revenue Share by Manufacturers
11.2. Manufacturing Cost Breakdown Analysis
11.3. Mergers & Acquisitions
11.4. Market positioning
11.5. Strategy Benchmarking
11.6. Vendor Landscape
Chapter 12. Company Profiles
12.1. BMC Software, Inc.
12.1.1. Company Overview
12.1.2. Financial Performance
12.1.3. Technology Insights
12.1.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.2. HP Development Company, LP
12.2.1. Company Overview
12.2.2. Financial Performance
12.2.3. Technology Insights
12.2.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.3.1. Company Overview
12.3.2. Financial Performance
12.3.3. Technology Insights
12.3.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.4.1. Company Overview
12.4.2. Financial Performance
12.4.3. Technology Insights
12.4.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.5. Dell Technologies
12.5.1. Company Overview
12.5.2. Financial Performance
12.5.3. Technology Insights
12.5.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.6.1. Company Overview
12.6.2. Financial Performance
12.6.3. Technology Insights
12.6.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.7. Citrix Systems, Inc.
12.7.1. Company Overview
12.7.2. Financial Performance
12.7.3. Technology Insights
12.7.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.8.1. Company Overview
12.8.2. Financial Performance
12.8.3. Technology Insights
12.8.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.9. Parallels International GmbH
12.9.1. Company Overview
12.9.2. Financial Performance
12.9.3. Technology Insights
12.9.4. Strategic Initiatives
12.10.1. Company Overview
12.10.2. Financial Performance
12.10.3. Technology Insights
12.10.4. Strategic Initiatives
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Away from hockey, Nigel leads and manages a range of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) industry forums across property and valuation related areas, whose function is to provide strategic oversight, monitor market trends/industry issues, shape industry best practice, raise standards and develop policy. This is achieved through extensive collaboration with subject matter experts, industry influencers and public consultation.
Nigel supports the internal RICS staff Diversity and Inclusion group. Current areas of focus are women at work, returnees to work, LGBTQ+, social mobility (which is a real area of focus in the surveying industry), minority ethnic groups and accessibility/disability.
Hailing from a mixed race background and as a father to two young children who are very desparate to pick up a hockey stick, Nigel is passionate they are raised in a society and a game that is open to all and is a supportive and fun environment to be part of.
Nigel believes this is an exciting juncture in England Hockey’s ED&I journey, with the pandemic providing a unique opportunity to pioneer a more agile approach as well as an opportunity to transform the thinking/ education on issues in this space, developing deeper partnerships within the game and implementing best practice approaches taken from other sectors.
Sam is a former Premier Division player who retired early from the sport to pursue her career. However, hockey was never far from her thoughts and this led to her returning with her children as a parent helper and a masters player.
Hockey shaped Sam's life from the age of eight and she credits the sport for much of what she is today;
an authentic leader and team player who puts people and fairness at the heart of all she does.
Sam has many years’ experience working with independent advisory groups and voluntary organisations. This work ensured the voice and needs of all were heard whilst designing and delivering multiple improvements across the public sector.
Sam is excited to share her ideas and experience with England Hockey to ensure there is diversity of thought and has a particularly passion in ensuring there is an opportunity for all within hockey.
Sarah gained 122 International caps for England and Great Britain between 2013-2021, winning European and Commonwealth medals. She also represented England in front of thousands of adoring home fans at the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup in London and was part of the Team GB squad that travelled to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sarah also is also the captain of Surbiton HC's women's 1st XI and was part of the squad that won seven consecutive Premier Division titles between 2013/14-2019/20.
Whilst competing, Sarah used her platform and voice to push for change through the Stick It To Racism campaign and driving conversation within the Great Britain women's squad, who then decided to take the knee out in Tokyo. She is also a Lead Mentor with the Hockey Mentors Academy and is passionate about enabling all children, no matter their background, equal opportunities to play our sport.