Old Bank of England Meetup – 13th May 2015

Spring has arrived! Join your fellow alumni on :

Wednesday 13th May 2014

The Old Bank of England Pub

194 Fleet St City of London, EC4A 2LT

7 pm till late


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!

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 dom.events@lse.ac.uk.

March (Irish Themed) 2015 LN Enterprise Tech Meetup


  • Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for an Irish Themed London Enterprise Technology Meetup (LNETM) on Monday 16th March 2015 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

    To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, we will have three great company demo presentations from:

    • Moqom provides a suite of identity and security products, based on competency in mining mobile network data, to provide a high level of certainty when it comes to confirming identity, enhancing the end users experience in areas like payments and frictionless secure logon

    • ServiceFrame provides software/services that enable the institutionalisation of core governance processes including continuous improvement and risk management, to build transparent business relationships and demonstrate service provider alignment with customer objectives

    • Barricade is a self-learning early warning system and recommendation engine that is built to account for the changing landscape of cloud computing and containerization, with focus on allowing organizations to deploy security early in their application development lifecycle and continuously throughout deployment

    Sign up today and don’t forget to tell your friends/colleagues.

    Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

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

SunGard – Energy Team – Graduate Recruitment

Graduate Analyst – Energy Trading & Risk Management (Canary Wharf)

SunGard is a global leader in software and technology services, with approximately 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. Clients include top-tier global financial institutions, corporates and energy companies. The company provides professional services that focus on applications implementation, the integration of these solutions and on custom software development.

SunGard’s energy solutions help industrial and energy companies to streamline and integrate the trading, risk management and operations of all commodities and their associated financial instruments. SunGard’s Aligne system provides comprehensive front, middle and back-office capabilities for commodity transactions. As the energy business continues to grow, SunGard is offering recent and new graduates an exciting opportunity to join the Professional Services team.

Find more details for the role available below. For further contacts, please reach out to Leonidas.Spiliopoulos@sungard.com or apply directly online


Cisco Graduate Recruitment Event at LSE

LISA Alumni Athina Pachatouridi (MISI ’12) and Leo Knoertzer (MISI ’12)  are proud to invite you to a Cisco Graduate recruitment event at LSE on Monday January 19th, 2015.  Athina and Leo will be at the event so special attention to the current class!

Event Details :

Cisco are a worldwide leader in IT Networking, with over 75,000 employees across the globe the company offers opportunities for intelligent, innovative and ambitious students looking to work in MBA Product Management or Associate Sales Representative programs. With key Cisco employees presenting the event will provide you with the best opportunity possible to find out if Cisco offers the right career choice for you. The benefits for the students are three fold;

  1. Enabling you to obtain a clear insight into the company and what operations Cisco are involved in.
  2. Offering students the opportunity to converse with Cisco professionals first hand and find out what its like to work at the company from the perspective of an employee .
  3. A chance to win one of two £50 Amazon vouchers, or a day of work shadowing at Cisco’s Head Office!!

These benefits will be delivered through a fun and engaging evening involving a lot of interaction, as follows:

  • 6pm – Arrive for networking
  • 6.30pm – Cisco 101; Who are Cisco? What do they do? Why are they a great place for LSE students to start their career?
  • 6.45pm – Key speaker presentations
  • 7.15pm – Q&A with key speakers
  • 7.40pm – Quiz on Cisco and prize giveaways
  • 8pm – Finish and depart

Date: Monday Jan 19th, time 6pm, place NAB 1.14 

Link: https://careers.lse.ac.uk/students/events/detail/258952 (LSEforYou login required)


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



LISA Alum Kazu Shiraiso to Play at LSE

The LSE Information Systems Group has talented alumni in all walks of life.

LISA Alumnus Kazu Shiraiso (MSc’ 98) will be performing for one night only a violin recital tat Shaw Library at 7pm tomorrow November 21st, 2014 with music by Janacek, Mozart, Lili Boulanger and Cesar Franck.

£8/£4 concession –  Tickets via http://kazushiraiso.ticketsource.co.uk or at the door.


October Pub Meetup Proves Big Hit

With autumn kicking in and the warm summer we so well enjoyed only a distant memory, the year kicked off with another LISA meetup at the Old Bank of England . As some 40 or so alumni and a current students met for drinks.

Arguably one of the more popular pub meetups in LISA’s young history, the club room wasn’t big enough and we spilled out into the remaining parts of the OBE, as people chatted and enjoyed many beverages, to the later hours of the evening.

A fantastic start for the year and everyone already looking forward to the annual Xmas dinner!

Sadly the photographer couldn’t make it……!

Online Dating Secrets – PreTinder – The Picture Optimiser App

It’s starting to get cold in London, as we catch the tail of September and the cold is settling in. The midsummer night dreams have gone, and the holiday period lull is coming to an end.  Determined and ready for the second and last run of the year, many will be determined to make the best out of what is left of the year.

With online dating now becoming mainstream, for many of us in big cities, turning to the web to find love, friendship and companionship has become a no-brainer. Working the startup circuit, be it through the London Enterprise Tech Meetup, or through other various mediums such as The Golden Network and other bit.ly(s)  and pieces , I’ve attended many an event just a walk down from my office on FinTech Square. FinTech Square being the cluster on Finsbury Square where many of the financial data companies (and Oracle now) have taken residence.

Nevertheless, the more interesting things I’ve heard in and around Silicon Roundabout, are probably the ones I’ve eavesdropped on in small coffee shops such as my favorite haunt Paper and Cup . The last one I overheard was about a new company trying to crack the Pre-Online Dating space, a well known issue of everyone who has tried online dating knows that the space is fickle, and is more of a jungle than a promised land.

The Online Dating Landscape:

OkCupid, the online dating site with a “gradual” online dating business model, i.e. There is no subscription fee and users can use the site to browse and contact each other for free, recently published their research that they have been experimenting on users by randomising their matching algorithm to “fudge” the percentage matches of incompatible people with each other. This was in response to Facebook recent admission that they also experimented on their users.

So they would show a fake 90% match when according to their traditional matching algorithm, which uses information listed on your profile, questions you’ve answered and preferences to match people, it would be 30% match. They reached the astonishing revelation that people just look at the picture.The percentage match did little to affect whether people contact each other or not. I won’t delve into their findings (and admission that they have no idea what they are doing) you can read them here. However…

It’s just about the picture? Shock and awe. Panic, mayhem.

Little do people know, that OkCupid, is a site actually owned by match.com – a behemoth in the online dating space, which uses a subscription based model. i.e. you have to subscribe to the site to be able to use it to contact people. They don’t admit that people only look at the picture because that would be an assassination of their business model, making all matching sites just about the same – so why pay for subscribing?

Tinder: Next Generation Dating

One must notice the parallels. Facebook has turned into a photosharing mechanism and entertainment link-sharing medium. To my admission of Mark Zuckerber’s good insight is his purchase of Instagram. Preposterous to acquire a 40 people company for $1 Billion, yet now dwarfed by WhatsApp acquisition. Snapchat continues to resist, however, what became obvious is that it’s all about the picture. Tinder, the defacto dating app of the moment, did acknolwedge that it is indeed all about the picture, and has taken away all the clutter. Swipe in either direction based on what you see. Simple, easy. As it’s become incredibly popular in big cities, using it’s location based mechanism, which thrives on densely populated cities such New York and Los Angeles, who have more women ratios to men according to Trulia’s map.  Rumor has it that you now can go on a “Tinder” holiday where you are “taken” to locations with high density of the opposite sex. (Apparently Merseyside is the place to be in England for men.)  They say humans instinctively identify with facial structures to figure out compatibility. You can even try it for yourself here. You can also read Joe Navarro’s FBI Guide to Speed Reading people through body language.

PreTinder – the PreDating app

Finally, to my eavesdropping at a cafe in Shoreditch. Apparently there is a new application called Hinge where you can meet people through friends. I am not quite sure that is the right path because I have been told by some swimming friends that they do not wish for their friends to be recommended to them by a dating app. So given that Tinder has proved the conjecture that it truly is all about the picture, it is very important that you choose the right picture that would maximize your chances.  Not only should you have tigers and koalas caressing pauses, but you should also show a picture that brings your best features into light (literally).  So the way I understood the PreTinder app works is you upload a picture and release it to the online community. It’s currently in beta phase where it’s just available to women (a tried and tested technique based on social networks that are predominantly used by women , with other successful apps such LuLu the app that allows women to rate men) the PreTinder app also mimics the Facebook like functionality by allowing your friends to rate your picture. No contact or matching happens.  So, screen the picture, then put the highest rated one on your actual dating profile and wait for love to come waltzing in…..

I can’t stop but think that this is just HotOrNot all over again. Which proves that ideas in Technology are just recycled, and mostly cyclical (and synical).