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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

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.

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

Job Opportunity – Junior Business Analyst

Saggezza is a global business and technology services firm that delivers custom digital solutions, systems integration and lasting modernization for various businesses.
Sandesh, An ADMIS graduate is currently working as a Lead Business Analyst for the firm, and they are looking for a Junior Business Analyst with 1-2 years of experience for their London office.
This is a job particularly suited for recent ADMIS/MISI graduates as the skills required are very much aligned to Information Systems Management.

Full Job Description is here

Sandesh has offered to provide additional information about the role.
Get in touch at:


In First Person: Conquering Ben Nevis

By Mariya Dimova
Out of the boredom of everyday life, on a summery London was born the idea of taking a trip combined with a bit of adventure. Charles and I decided that we need to challenge ourselves on a whole new level, meaning not only exercise the grey matter which we honed at the LSE, but also test our physical endurance. We were in for a treat when we decided to hike up Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK.

On a not-so-sunny day and too early in the morning for my liking we took a flight to Glasgow, which would be our first stop, before catching a train to Fort William, the town at the bottom of the great mountain. After a much needed drink at the nearest pub, we boarded the train at noon. The carriage was packed with a mix of people from all over the country, like us, equipped with backpacks and outdoor equipment. The journey through the Scottish country side was filled with lochs, mountains and green pastures that stretched far into the horizon.

Ben Nevis is not only home to the 1,344 m high peak but is also home to the Nevis Dew Whisky distillery. There was no way Charles and I would miss this. As soon as we checked in to the hotel, we were picked up by very nice gentleman from the distillery visitor centre, who spent his life in the city and worked for ten distilleries. We enjoyed a few nice stories about the origin of the fairy liquid as well as some inside information on the future of the business. Safe to say whisky was in his blood.  We walked back to the hotel through a scenic town, that had much to offer , from old ruins to good cuisine. By the time went to bed I was still unsure how next day will go and if I will make a total fool of myself at bottom of the mountain!

After a hearty breakfast, we took our backpacks full of provisions and headed on our mission! The sky was bright and sunny and the temperature at 10am promised hot weather. We started hiking, and the first few hundred meters were easy enough to calm my nerves! Of course I soon realised how wrong I was. The path turned into a steep mountain trail, eroded by rain and countless feet of adventurers. We were walking up vigourously and taking solace of the fact that there were a lot of normal, read untrained, people that were here for the same purpose. We were not discouraged by hikers who were already going back after setting out while we were still fast asleep. This is determination! We heard various reports on the amount of time that it will take us to go all the way up but soon we realized since we all had an individual tempo there is no way of telling. It took us approximately two hours to get to the first pluton which we wrongly thought was halfway! By that time we had managed to make some friends and in retrospect have a very enjoyable walk with a lot of even more enjoyable pit stops.

Finally reaching what actually was halfway, a pocket of flat land on the side of the mountain with a small pond. Deciding it was a good place for lunch, we got ourselves in a bit of a pickle by stepping into the mud. Luckily I had a second pair of shoes and socks. 45 minutes later, we started again towards the top of the mountain, and again we were tricked by an easy first few hundred meters. The top did look achievable but with every step we climbed it became more and more difficult. Despite the pain in my legs I was having a great time.  As the taxi driver warned us, once we got to the top “it will be bit like Piccadilly Circus” , with so many people going up and down the narrow path! However, I had the feeling though these were some of the friendliest people I have met in my life. A father was taking his daughter for the climb for the first time, which he himself had done at least five times. A brother and sister were running constantly up and down and cheerfully teasing and encouraging each other, that made everyone laugh. We also saw a guy who is making steadily his way up in pink crocs as well as a few people with weird hats or other paraphernalia to entertain the crowd. Never a boring moment!

It seemed endless, and I was getting tired. Charles was a trooper and I was doing my best not to dampen the mood but we were both at ends of our strength and motivation. Finally the path started straightening up, and we could feel that we were not climbing up any more but walking at a regular pace…..and at one of the bends, the view finally captured us!  We could see the Scottish countryside spreading in front of us with all its glory, and it would only get better!  High green peaks, never ending stretches of grass and sun rays playing hyde and seek around the edges of the stone and earth. At this point the exhaustion and the prospect for even more pain in the muscles was worth it! We reached the top of Ben Nevis!

We had the most delicious lunch I ever had in my life,or  at least sandwiches from Tesco never tasted so good! After 30min laying down on the rocks and taking it all in, a significant number of photos from all angles were taken, as we donned our “LISA Ben Nevis Climb 2013” t-shirts.

The way down was quicker, but trickier,as it always is. There were less people now but more room to admire the beauty of Scotland. We more had a longer breath to spare as we chatted merrily away and patting each other on the shoulder for our little achievement.  We met a group of people who were doing the three peak challenge and while we met them on their way up, we also didn’t manage to make it completely down before they passed us. Our excuse was they have been training! The cutest thing however was the father with a 3 month old baby who was walking up and down the mountain like it was his usual afternoon stroll in the park!  We were still very proud we made it as well.

After a couple more whiskys in the city centre, we crawled back to the hotel for a well deserved rest, before we headed back to London, with a stack of pictures, some whisky and a great feeling of achievement.


Winter Starts at the Old Bank of England

By Alex Calcan
LISA held one of it’s regular Old Bank of England meetups on Fleet Street on Wednesday November 6th,  to usher in the winter and swing open the doors to yet another season of Alumni events and social activities.

Drive your ambition


I am very excited to tell you about this exciting live streamed ‘everywomanNetwork Sky’ event organised by everywomanNetwork in partnership with Sky. The morning promises to be very fast paced and jam-packed with first-hand advice from those who know what it takes.

The event is hosted by Jayne Secker from Sky News, you will hear from a leading business psychologist on barriers that can prevent you from progressing and two panels of leaders who will share their perspective on steps you can take to support a successful career.

For more information and event’s agenda please follow this link and to register for the event click here.

Career Opportunity: Calling All Senior Data Experts

hiringOne of the Big Four Consultancies is currently looking for two senior data experts to join in their SAP area. They are looking for high caliber candidates with a proven track record in data management and integration as they are building a new team. Experience in Data Modelling and Architecture, Enterprise Intelligence and Programme Delivery of large scale integration projects are key skills they are looking for.



One of the positions is at a manager level and the other is at a senior consultant level with around 5+ years of experience as a minimum and you will be joining the team from the very beginning.

Please contact LISA at with your resume and a short description of why you would like to apply for the position. Cover letters are encouraged.

Note: This is for LSE Information Systems Graduates ONLY.