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LISA Summer Social

Summer is around the corner!   Join your fellow alumni on :

Wednesday  June 1st 2016

Garden & Bar @  The Old Bank of England Pub

194 Fleet St  City of London, EC4A 2LT

6:30 pm till late


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This will be a good networking opportunity with fellow alumni and meet your classmates.  Join us and feel free to bring your friends and classmates along.

See you there!

LSE SSIT Open Research Forum on Data Science

We would like to invite submissions for the 2016 Social Study of IT Open Research Forum (SSIT ORF) Workshop at the London School of Economics on the 19th of May 2016. Aiming at PhD and junior researchers, this year’s workshop will investigate the variety of data centric research in the social sciences.


Arguably, we live in the age of the data revolution. The wave of data is redefining what we study, how we study it and how we theorise. Already acclaimed by some as a paradigmatic shift in science, the data revolution and data science receive considerable attention within the social sciences community. As such, this year’s Social Study of IT Open Research Forum of the Department of Management, LSE, aims at presenting research in progress in this area. If you are researching big data and analytics, this is the place for you to talk about your research, discuss potential stumbling blocks and hear from other participants who may be approaching similar research questions from different theoretical or methodological perspectives.

A significant feature of the Open Research Forum is its informality. While we discourage the use of slides, we will focus on panel presentations with plenty of time to focus on emerging questions and issues. You do not need to bring polished research, but rather to briefly present your topic, research question, theory, methodology and tentative or expected findings and engage in discussion with fellow researchers.

Registrations for the Open Research Forum are currently taking place. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a summary (500-1000 words) of the work or research issues you would like to present and discuss to and register here. If you are interested in participating without a presentation, you can register to attend here. Deadline for submissions is the 14th of April 2016. Successful participants will be notified by the 22nd of April 2016.

Looking forward to meeting you in May,

Open Research Forum Committee

Irish Themed March LNETM Meetup – Drinks and Guest Speaker

The March LNETM will have an Irish theme, given it takes place during the week of St Patrick’s Day, and we have put together an amazing line-up of speakers including a fireside chat with Brian Caulfield (Partner at Draper Esprit and Chair of the Irish Venture Capital Association).

There will also be demo presentations from three highly innovative Irish companies:

• Advanced Field Solutionsis a SAAS based field service platform that enables companies to interact with their field service staff at the point of customer contact. The solution is focused on “grey collar” staff, allowing them to perform a mixture of service, inspection, estimates, installation, and delivery interactively with customers.

• Reward Technology has developed a seamless digital system linking shoppers, retailers, FMCGs and their customer analytics provider, which allows accurately targeted rewards and offers to be delivered immediately as a customer enters the store or shopping mall.

• SensiPass creates a 3-factor dynamic digital signature by capturing a real-time biometric image, and adding a simple-secret-trace over it, all on a smartphone. This provides strong multifactor authentication without passwords, PIN codes or extra hardware.

This meetup is free for all LSE Information Systems Alumni and Current Students! If you have any questions or would like to get on the guest list , please contact us at or Charles at

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Pizza and Drinks at Clements house with LSE Careers and IS Society


LSE Careers and the MISDI Information Systems Group are delighted to invite the LISA Community to an Alumni careers networking evening. This MISDI alumni careers event offers Alumni the opportunity to discuss their careers and chosen paths to the current students at the Information System Group ( the MISDI program).

It’s an opportunity for Alumni to mentor and tell students on ways to get experience, what careers in their area involves, how they secured their first job and their career paths to date. 

This is a formal invitation by the LSE Careers and the IS Student Society to the LISA group to come to their Alma matter and meet their successors following in their IS footsteps, over drinks and pizza! 

Alumni in attendance will have the chance to give a short intro:

  • Overview of their career to date
  • Brief summary of their current role
  • Advice for current students thinking about a career in their area.
  • Job hunting tips

Date: 28th of January 2016

Location : Clements House 7.02 on LSE Campus

Time: 6:30pm -> 8:30pm


LNETM is BACK for 2015-2016 – Join Us!

Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for the September London Enterprise Technology Meetup (LNETM) on Monday 28th September 2015 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. 

We will have demo presentations from four highly innovative companies:

• DynamicIQ has created a product called Application Modeller, which is a better approach to software configuration, focused on providing an integrated configuration environment with a resilient/scalable engine and other helpful tools to make IT teams more effective.

• Illumio provides an Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) that is completely independent of underlying infrastructure and delivers visibility and control over workloads running in any data center or cloud environment. It computes security policies and ensures they are provisioned accurately by understanding and continuously adapting to changes in the infrastructure and applications.

• Move Guides brings together all the fragmented pieces of talent mobility management in a single technology platform, making it easy for both employees and companies to manage moves. Their Talent Mobility Cloud is easy to use by anyone in a company, integrating with core IT systems and supporting all aspects of mobility – including the employee move, integrated payments, vendors, and automated workflows/reporting.

• Demo Four – TBC

We plan to continue piloting Glisser at the September Meetup, as it has great potential to enhance the user experience at LNETM events. If you have any feedback on the product from July’s event, please drop me a line.

This Meetup is FREE for all LSE IS Alumni and Current Students. Contact Ian at , Charles at , or Mariya at  so they can add you to the attendee list.

  • Meeting will be at:


    107 cheapside
    EC2V 6DN

    Orrick is between Bank and St Pauls Tube stations, opposite St Mary Le Bow church


Tips 4 Startups – Free Event!


MktgFuel, a new and innovative startup founded by former Google employee and European Head of Marketing for Eventbrite , Marion Gamel, is holding a Free Event “Tips 4 Startups” bringing together  industry veterans from Google, Yahoo, Cisco and Moo, that have launched their own companies.

The speakers will discuss aspects of startups that are often overlooked or not correctly prioritized in the life of a startup, that can make a massive difference between mediocrity and greatness.

Marion Gamel, founder of MktGFuel, will discuss the importance of sound marketing and position in the digital world. MktGFuel as a CMO-on-Demand service, allows startups to tap into a pool of experienced marketing professionals at the early stage, to guide their marketing strategies, without necessarily having a full time Marketing specialist.

Robert Swerling, joint CEO of  The Up Group, and former Head of Commerce Partnerships EMEA at Google will discuss the importance of attracting exceptional talent, and avoiding common pitfalls startups may , and Sophie Clifford, founder of Temple Employment Law will discuss Employment laws inline with Swerling.

Karima Noren, who left after 8 years at Google to focus on startups founding K Legal,  a boutique legal practice providing personal, pragmatic advice to technology companies, notably around the value and protection of Data. Nigel Jones , former Legal Council AltaVista and Google’s former European Legal Council member of the Executive Management Group, who founded NVJ Legal, will discuss fast growth companies and the challenges of expanding in Europe, and the different commercial, intellectual property challenges between the two markets.

Kate Leto, former Product Lead at Yahoo! and former Head of Product at Moo, Director at Libertie House will discuss the 3 phases of product management to take any start-up from concept to launch, and  Pontus Noren, founder of Cloudreach, will discuss the journey of his company, almost doubling every year, growing to £30 million revenue, 150+ employees within 6 years.

Beer will be served including ample opportunities for networking and Q&A throughout the session. The Event will be held at WeWork offices near Blackfriars. (Location and details upon registration).

Register for the by clicking the below image.






With Greece in turmoil, it was important for the LISA members to meet at the Old Bank of England to discuss the recent developments, and how our international community of experts feel about the situation.

Particularly pertinent to the discussion, privatization, restructuring, and most importantly, automation, which is a key driver of efficiency in any institution.

Florian Allwein  had some views on organisational change, and the importance of agility within the organisation. His research at the LSE would have certainly been something for Mr. Tsipras to take note of.

Kassim Gaffar‘s view was that reform in government institutions needs good CRM systems, that are tailored to charities and non-profits that really understand the problems they face, and the complexity of the public sector. Techrun would be ideal. Arseni Gladkov, from where he was standing (very tall) mentioned that it is important that the young generation of Greeks need to use this opportunity where the economy is in rebuild mode, to return to university and re-train. He believes it has become easier for students to be able to manage information and workloads, an idea he firmly believed in when he founded ACSUMM.


Kassim and Arseni talking about ACSUMM and TechRun

Myself and Tinesh Babu, had very strong views around the importance of financial data gathering, and understanding economic indicators. Notably the importance of the PMI index issued by Markit. Just the fact that we both worked for Markit and that Markit was an LSE Patron, of course had nothing to do with it. Michael, President and CEO of Nerd Force , was advocating the importance of solid IT infrastructure to penetrate the small and medium businesses space that constitutes a large part of the Greek economy.

Tinesh, Charles and Michael

Tinesh, Charles and Michael

Rushi Lala, consultant extraordinaire at PWC was advocating simple management structures. At PWC its a very flat structure that operates quite efficiently. Efficiency is certainly something Greece needs, and he believes he can fix the broken system. His team at PWC are the only people for the job. Tsipras’ woes will soon be over.


Tinesh, Charles and Rushi discussing flat management structures

Part coincidence part intention, Nicholas Hopper, also future member of the LISA basketball team (Scott at Power Forward, Arseni as Centre, Nicholas as Shooting guard…) , was the one taking the picture, and he believed that in Greece, a country built on small independent businesses, needs simple and effective tools to drive marketing and sales via the web. But with so much out there they need Crozdesk to help them navigate through to find the best tools for them.


Saurabh, Charles, Scott, Tinesh

Scott Gammon and Saurabh Mishra where there to understand the UK job market, but had no interest in moving to Greece.

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Saurabh is an Ale person.

Fivos Lykos, LISA’s Greece delegate, collated all the feedback and will personally speak to Mr. Tsipras about what the LISA community has to offer.

Charles, Saad and Fivos

Charles, Saad and Fivos

Fivos, Mariya, Charles

Fivos, Mariya, Charles

See you all next time!!!!

15th Social Study of ICTs Workshop – Register Now!

The LSE Information Systems group is holding it’s annual SSIT Conference on April 20th, 2015.

Event details

Date: Monday 20 April 2015
Time: 9.30am – 7pm 
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus

This is a free event but registration is required.


Digital Innovation and Information Systems Research, Teaching and PracticeDigital innovation has given rise to many different phenomena, from business models that decouple production of value from earning of income, to crowdsourcing and online networks or communities formed around specific interests. Of special importance has lately been the commercialization of social interaction achieved by social media platforms. Taken together these changes seem to signal a deep going change that has diverse and far reaching organizational, social and economic consequences. This year’s SSIT workshop will focus discussion on the underpinning processes of digital innovation and the significance of emerging social and economic changes.  It will also discuss what changes of Information Systems teaching, research and practice may be adopted to respond to the advent of digital innovation.Workshop Programme:

09:30 Welcome and Introduction
10:00 Digital Innovation, Reversed Semiotics and Generative Economy: Youngjin Yoo, Temple University, USA
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 ‘Digital Innovation’: Can it Provide an Enduring Conceptual Foundation for the IS   Curriculum?:Rob Fichman, Boston College Carroll School of Management, USA
12:30 Lunch break
13:45 The Logic of Digital Innovation: Nick Berente, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, USA
14:45 Coffee break
15:15 Panel: Is ‘digital innovation’ the new name for IS research, practice and teaching?   Panellists: Rob Fichman, Yougjin Yoo, Nick Berente, Ola Henfridsson, Chair: Jannis Kallinikos, Department of Management, LSE
17:00 Drinks reception

If you would like any more information, please email

Happy New Year 2015!

Dear Alumni, current Students and LISA Friends,

Thank you very much for being with us throughout 2014!

The countdown has begun and soon you will have 365 fresh days to play with – we hope you fill them with whatever your heart desires so that you do not have any regrets on 31 December 2015. And do not forget to stretch your lips a little to brighten the world around you with your lovely smile from time to time.

We hope for your continuing support in 2015 and  in the meantime enjoy the small gallery of photos from our Christmas 2014 Dinner.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2015,

LISA Committee


LISA Xmas Dinner Party 2014 – Tickets Released!!

We are pleased to invite you to our annual Christmas Dinner, building on the great successes of the many dinners we have been hosting for the last few years. It will be an evening to catch up with old classmates and meet new ones, enjoy some good food and indulge in a few drinks!

Café Rouge, The Strand, 9 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NA (view map)
Tuesday, 9 December @ 7.30pm