LISA Summer Pub Meet


Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Unit 26, Hays Galleria, London SE1 2HD

7:00 pm till late

After a short break, we are pleased to invite you to the next one of our regular London pub nights.

You will find The Horniman at Hays in London Bridge within a short stroll of HMS Belfast, Tooley Street and London Bridge Tube. This area along the south bank of the Thames was historically known as the ‘Larder of London’. The pub is on the site of a former tea warehouse

There is no charge to attend this event. Guests of alumni welcome.

We hope to see you there!


High Profile Speaker at June LNETM

Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for the London Enterprise Technology Meetup (LNETM) on Wednesday 25th June from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

We’ve swapped from our traditional Monday event slot, to accommodate a very high profile speaker for June’s event, who will speak on key trends in Big Data, Cloud and Cyber-Security - They have asked that this event be low profile, so we will only be announcing their name to attendees.

In addition, we will have two high quality demo presentations during the event:

• FolioShack is an end-to-end platform to create documents for a digital world. It allows for creation and distribution of high quality interactive documents across multiple devices and form factors with tracking capabilities available out of the box.

• saltDNA has built a highly flexible on-premise or cloud based Secure Mobile Environment for employees using company owned and personal devices to securely access and protect business information through mobile applications on IOS, Android and Windows Phone.

This event is free for Information Systems Alumni. Contact to register for FREE. (The meetup page requires a £5 registration ).


LSE launch of PositionDial


Mariam Cook, an LSE alumni graduated in 2010 with MSc Communication, Information and Society (the degree that is split between the Innovation and Information Systems Group and the Media & Communications Group) has foudned the startup focusing on strengthening and improving democratic and social participation, called PositionDial.

PositionDial is a ground-breaking new app that helps people define where they stand – and matches you with politicians and brands who act in line with your position on the big issues. It also shows you the different sides of every story: left, right and beyond, to help you make your own mind up. Watch PositionDial intro video here.

The exclusive launch event will be hosted next week at the LSE and you are warmly invited to attend it.

Why should you come? Well, PositionDial is a start-up grounded in powerful information systems and media theory, including Actor Network Theory, Issue Networks, STS, Public sphere, Agonistic Pluralism (more about this here). They are very passionate about the importance of views, values and opinions and would like to share the launch of their truly revolutionary technology with you and gather feedback from academics and leaders in the field of information systems.

Where and when? 32 LINCOLN’s INN, LSE: 6-9pm, WEDS 18th JUNE

Please click here to order your free ticket.

What’s happening?
•6pm: Welcome drinks
•6.30: Introduction to PositionDial
• 6.45: Hands-on demo + Q&A
•7.15: Special guest debate
•7.30: Quick-fire ideas + feedback
•8.15: Drinks + networking

The Risks and Opportunities of Outsourcing – Seminar

LISA and the LSE Lawyers’ Alumni Group are proud to invite you to a Seminar on Outsourcing   by Leslie Willcocks, Mary Lacity and Andrew Burgess, at the LSE Sheikh Zayed Theatre on Tuesday June 17th, 2014.


Prof. Willcocks is Technology Work and Globalization at the Information Systems and Innovation Group at the LSE Department of Management. Prof. Lacity is Curators’ Professor at theUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis, and visiting Professor at the LSE ISI Group, and Andrew Burgess is an industry expert in the field of Outsourcing. They have written a book entitled “The Rise of Legal Services Outsourcing” which they will be discussing during the seminar, with an array of topics of interest to the Information Systems and Legal Alumni communities.

The seminar is FREE for LSE Alumni. Places are limited – RSVP here

Date:  Tuesday June 17th, 2014
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics and Political Science , Sardinia Street WC2A 2AE

About the Speakers:

Andrew Burgess is one of the most eminent sourcing consultants in the UK. Whilst working as Consulting Director at Orbys he developed and implemented sourcing strategies for global organisations, running sourcing programs and helping re-organise IT departments to maximise their value from sourcing. He is considered a leading authority in the growing Legal Transformation and Outsourcing market, working with his clients to help transform legal departments and law firms through the creation of world-class in-house and outsourced capability. He is also a regular speaker at LSO conferences and writes his own LSO blog.



SpotOpp – Alumni Startup needs YOU!

Are you a frequent traveler? Do you sometimes have too MUCH luggage and don’t want to pay overweight? Do you traveler with too LITTLE luggage and want to make some extra cash?

SpotOpp is a new startup co-founded by IS Alumni Pradipto Goswamee (MSc ’08), that is trying to make luggage management more efficient and more fun. SpotOpp is an attempt to change the way we think of what it means to “traveling light.”

The video gives an illustration of SpotOpp’s concept.

SpotOpp is currently looking for user feedback and beta users. Please help them by doing the survey on the link below:

Complete Survey

Make sure to put “IS Alumni” in the “What advice do you have for us? ” field to get to be on the short list of early users !! You can also email Pradipto here.


April Old Bank of England Meetup

== Due to RMT Strike Action and the Disruption in Transport this meetup is CANCELLED (sadly) ==

Wednesday 30th April 2014

194 Fleet St City of London, EC4A 2LT

7:00 pm till late

LISA is pleased to invite you to the next social event, the traditional Old Bank of England Pub  night.

Situated in the former law courts of the Bank of England, the pub is located in Fleet Street, just along from the Royal Courts of Justice with the entrance illuminated by blazing torches.

There is no charge to attend this event. Guests of alumni welcome.

Join us for a pint!


Newsflash: IS Alumni Startup Acquired by Facebook

The very popular Moves App, which tracks time, distance, calories and other physical activity information, co-founded by LSE Phd graduate Aleksi Aaltonen, was acquired today by Facebook. Aleksi is Moves’ Chief Social Scientist and Chairman of the Board. Moves was also featured as a presenter at the LISA sponsored LNETM Meetup in 2013.

Press Release:




Business Growth Panel Discussion – LNETM May Meetup

The London Enterprise Tech Meetup May event will feature a panel of experts and professionals who will discuss how to grow a global enterprise tech business.

The event, Growing a Global Enterprise Tech Business – Panel Discussion,  will be at the LSE Wolfson Theatre on Monday May 12th, from 7pm to 9pm.  The speakers will be:

  • Robert Baldock – MD of Clustre, who help innovative firms secure more work with large enterprises and build strategic partnerships with global IT firms. Before Clustre, Robert was head of the Global FS Practice at EDS, with his previous career being spent in various roles at Accenture.
  • Andy Honess – Founder of JumpXL, a seed investment company and business consultancy. Andy was previously Global Head of Enterprise Sales at Qlikview, in addition to roles at Cambista Technologies, Siebel and IBM.
  • Victoria Starr – leads projects to maximise profits for clients at Trinamo and has completed due diligence on a number of companies for venture capitalists and investors. Previously, she worked for Thorn EMI Electronics, Thorn Security, Accenture and Micromuse.
  • Steve Wood (Moderator) – Principle Sales Consultant at Launchpad Consultants, who represent several IT software and hardware technology companies as they establish a UK sales presence to win project sales with enterprise customers.

In addition, this May’s event will have the LNETM’s first ever joint demo from:

  • Bigstep is an IaaS provider that combines hardware performance with the flexibility of the cloud – Rather than using virtualisation, Bigstep’s infrastructure is based on bare metal, providing a performance and speed that virtual environments cannot come close to matching.
  • Cloudera was the first and is the leading provider and supporter of Hadoop for the enterprise, offering software for business critical data challenges including storage, access, management, analysis, security and search.

If you have any questions, please contact This event if FREE for LSE Information Systems Alumni and current students. Contact Charles or Mariya


New Narrative in Cloud Computing

Alumni groups and activities revolve around the social aspect of bringing people with a shared past to stay in touch with their Alma matter. Although important, LISA aims to provide support and continuity to it’s members that goes beyond networking, by providing a value offering that the Alumni can benefit from, professionally and intellectually.

LISA held it’s first Technology Seminar, entitled “Moving to the Cloud” on Tuesday March the 18th, 2014, given by Dr. Will Venters.

Venters set out to debate the strategic impact of cloud computing in the medium and long term, considering how organisations IT functions can respond. Organisations must capitalise on the Cloud’s innovative potential to be a service that reduces cost and allows for significant improvement to traditional IT practices, from security, to processing power and across the IT infrastructure.

The seminar began with some background on the definition of Cloud computing, from it’s ” evolution of two distinct strands: technological innovation–based around data-centres, networks and virtualisation–and a distinct service based perspective on computing ” (Willcocks et. al. 2010)  to walking the audience through the landscape today.

ventersSlideVenters then went into a deeper look at complexity, describing how we see complexity in organisations today, and the increasing difficulty in quantifying both cost and reliability of IT that today lies at the very heart of any organization. IT is both victim and villain in today’s world : three students with google maps and a mobile phone can build an app that predicts the crowd control tactics of the Metropolitan Police, which employs a large network of people, devices and technologies to implement these tactics. Or companies blocking Dropbox within their network, yet employees can access the service via their personal mobile phones. There are many possible states available in a situation. The challenge, according to Venters is ensuring REQUISITE VARIETY (Venters 2014).

“We need a new narrative for cloud computing because current perceptions of replacing existing IT infrastructure with equivalent cloud-based services downplays the huge opportunities for innovation and collaboration enabled by the cloud” comments Venters.

The seminar was attended by 20 alumni who registered for the free event, held at the newly acquired LSE building, 32 Lincoln Inn, in a Harvard-style lecture room. After pre-registration and refreshments, attendees enjoyed an extended Q&A session with Dr. Venters, before heading for drinks at the White Horse on LSE Campus.

“This was a great chance to reconnect with friends and to share my research – the discussion was of very high quality as I expected from our Alumni!” concluded Venters.

LISA’s second seminar for 2014 will be held in June, and will be on Outsourcing. Details to be published on this website soon.

Moving to the Cloud Corporation: How to face the challenges and harness the potential of cloud computing Professor Leslie P. Willcocks (Author), Will Venters (Author), Dr Edgar A. Whitley (Author)


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Digital Innovation Challenge Ceremony and Reception


Dear Alumni, as you might be aware the ISI Group at the LSE held their first ever international Digital Innovation Competition for undergraduate students. The winners have now been announced and will be awarded their prize at 5.30 pm on Monday the 28th of April by the Chief Information Officer at Unilever, Willem Eelman.

The ISI group would like to invite LISA members to this ceremony and the reception drinks. This event is sponsored by BTO ( This is a great opportunity to meet faculty, corporate companies, current students and alumni.

Places are free but limited and reservation is essential. If you would like to attend please,, copying in by 12pm on Friday the 25th of April.