Martin Hamilton

Futurist

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Role

I'm Jisc's resident futurist. My job is to keep an eye open for emerging trends and new technologies, and see what we can do across the FE, HE and skills sector to exploit and embrace them - or mitigate against them.

Prior to joining Jisc I set up a supercomputer centre for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and have a particular interest in how we can share these kinds of capital intensive facilities between institutions and also with industry.

Background

You might think that being a futurist is all about jet packs and flying cars - and to an extent it is. However, I also spend a lot of my time looking out for things that are emerging from the research lab that we can trial or prototype.

The idea is that some of these will go on to become part of Jisc's portfolio of solutions. Sometimes these are commercial products, but there are also a lot of interesting things happening at colleges and universities that have wide applicability and are potentially transferable with a little central support.

Media coverage

Spotlight on digital capabilities
Education Technology, February 2017

Essential edtech for 2017
edquarter, February 2017

The New AWS Research Cloud Program: Accelerating Science and Innovation
Amazon Web Services Blog, December 2016

Tech-savvy learning spaces
Education Technology, August 2016