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Lunch with Laura James

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Laura James who is Vice President of Engineering at AlertMe.com Ltd, a Cambridge-based start-up developing a revolutionary kind of home monitoring system. AlertMe uses broadband to connect to a network of wireless sensors in your home, so that the servers are in touch with your home 24/7. The system is highly flexible and reliable, and easily configured on AlertMe’s secure website to inform the user via mobile phone whenever anything of specific interest occurs.

Laura was the first employee at AlertMe, and has been involved with developing the technology and launching the product nationally, whilst helping the company grow to 25 people. She will share with us the story of this high tech start-up, the challenges and triumphs in technology and business development. She’ll also talk about careers in research and development.

Prior to AlertMe, Laura worked for AT&T Labs in the US and UK, where her work ranged from research and concept design to prototyping, for a variety of projects to investigate wirelessly and wired networked consumer electronics devices of all kinds. She is an enthusiastic advocate of user-centric design methods, and attempts to improve public understanding of technology through media and outreach work. Laura holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She is a Chartered Engineer, a 2007 NESTA Crucible Fellow, and an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Award and Executive Engineer schemes.

This talk is part of the Women@CL Events series.

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