Laura James

Laura James

University of Cambridge


My work delivers practical systems around emerging internet technologies in different contexts. I've created and shipped technology products in diverse settings and sectors, including commercial startups, civic technology, and humanitarian aid. I'm especially interested in how internet technologies can be sustainable, secure, resilient and useful for people both individually and collectively.

My work

My goal for the Fellowship is to connect emerging communities interested in different forms of maintenance (digital, physical, infrastructure, commons/public goods), and across regions.

I plan to do this in two ways: 1. by using the fellowship to support the 2019 Festival of Maintenance 2. to connect the emerging UK cross-sector maintenance community with new American communities around

I’m Entrepreneur in Residence at the Trust & Technology Initiative, catalysing multidisciplinary activities, based at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology. I also work at Doteveryone, where I established the Responsible Technology programme for better tech businesses. My work explores cutting edge internet technologies and turning them into useful products and systems, in technology and leadership roles in diverse contexts. I was the first employee and VP Engineering at AlertMe, a connected home startup; on the management team at Evi, an AI startup acquired by Amazon to become Alexa; CEO of Open Knowledge International, a civil society network opening up information for all; and COO at CARET, delivering mission-critical innovative software for the University of Cambridge. I cofounded Cambridge Makespace, the Digital Life Collective (a tech co-operative), and the Festival of Maintenance, and helped develop Field Ready, a humanitarian NGO using local manufacturing to meet essential needs. I advise and support a range of ventures and projects, hold Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and am a Chartered Engineer.

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