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Three different ways to use data & technology for good

What does a start- up that allows you to monitor the growth of your plants, an application for learning languages and a platform that quantifies the talent of a company have in common? Besides that they are all Spanish start-ups led by young entrepreneurs who have been accelerated by Wayra (Telefonica Open Future), what unites these three small businesses is their knowledge of how to use data to create original …Read more

How the Digital Economy is driving meaningful social change

As technology becomes more integrated into our everyday lives it is having a prolific impact on the growth of economies around the world. At a socio-economic level, it is estimated that digitalisation has the potential to increase GDP per capita growth rates by 40%. The creation of 1.56million jobs and an estimated turnover of the digital tech industries reaching £161billion in the UK alone in 2014, means that we can …Read more

Telefónica’s Index on Digital Life: a first approach to measure a Country’s Digital Progress

By Carlos Lopez-Blanco This month Telefónica launched the Telefónica Index on Digital Life, the most comprehensive Global Index on Digital Life ever developed. The Index measures how different countries and their citizens are progressing towards a Digital Economy and a Digital Society, which can be referred to jointly as Digital Life. The Index specifically explores this progression, in 34 countries worldwide, through three sub indexes: DIGITAL OPENNESS: How openly infrastructure …Read more

Rethinking how we understand the digital economy

Telefónica’s new assessment of global prosperity looks to reframe the way digital development is measured across the world In 2016, the number of people connected to the internet is expected to exceed 3 billion. As the opportunities surrounding the digital world grow, the term “digital economy” has become ubiquitous; a catch-all to discuss many aspects of digital life, from the rise of mobile commerce to the prosperity of a particular region. …Read more

Why looking at Digital Life has kept me interested for 20 years

By Erkko Autio, Research Director, Professor of Technology Venturing, Imperial College Business School I have been studying Digital Life, in one form or another, for more than 20 years. Before I go on about why I find it so fascinating, and why I was so eager to partner with Telefonica to create its Index on Digital Life, I’ll first provide a few necessary definitions. To understand Digital Life, we first need …Read more

Telefónica’s Index on Digital Life: what the findings show

In June 2016, Telefónica released the most comprehensive ‘Index on Digital Life’ ever developed, ranking 34 countries worldwide on the quality of their digital ecosystem. Developed over a course of a year in partnership with world leading scholars from London’s Imperial Business School, George Mason University and the University of Pécs, the Index challenges the traditional overreliance on infrastructure development when measuring the impact of the digital economy. Instead, it …Read more

‘We’ve got to do it our own way!’ The Duke of York tells UK startups

‘Vital, it’s absolutely vital!’ said HRH The Duke of York when asked in an interview with Wayra UK how important it is for the UK to tread its own path in establishing itself as a global entrepreneurial hub. ‘Looking at entrepreneurs, looking at the venture capitalist business, looking at how business in different countries are supported; the biggest thing I’ve learnt, and the most important, is do it so it fits the …Read more

Global Millennial Survey reveals useful insights on topic of influence

By Claire Rampen, Telefonica Millennial leader When ‘influence’ is discussed in the media, talk often turns to its negative impacts; the focus is on children who are growing up too quickly, or an epidemic of violence and sexualisation in young people. And what about the root of these influences? More often than not, we are quick to identify key reasons, in the form of products or media channels, and vilify …Read more

Politicians Need to Stand for Something

By Charlie Oliver (@rlieoliver), Telefonica millennial leader Following the Scottish referendum, where 16 and 17 year olds were given the opportunity to vote for the first time, the question of getting young people more engaged and active in government is very timely. Why was the turnout at the Scottish referendum 85% and then only 50% at the Clacton-on-Sea by-election a month later (this was considered high for a by-election!)? In …Read more

Two-thirds of Gen Y-ers Confident They Can Impact Their Local Worlds

This piece has been written by Shivvy Jervis, Head of Digital Media for Telefonica. You can find her on Twitter and The Huffington Post. A fresh update to the largest-ever survey of more than 6,700 Millennials across Latin America, the United States and Western Europe has found that today’s 18-30 year olds are strikingly optimistic about their prospects for the future. I find this heartening, given most Gen Y-ers are having to …Read more

Millennials – visionarios de nuevas realidades y líderes del cambio en el peru

La revolución digital se vive hoy con gran intensidad, y ha llegado para quedarse. Envolviéndonos en un entorno de constante cambio, donde las reglas aún están por escribirse. Hoy el consumidor es digital, el empleado está empezando a serlo, y las organizaciones públicas y privadas tienen una gran oportunidad de crecer y ser eficientes si se adaptan al ritmo de la tecnología. En este ecosistema digital, estamos asistiendo a una …Read more

European healthcare needs a dose of technology

By Emily Stott (@MillieStott), Telefonica millennial leader, UK Technology has the power to transform industries and improve lives, and nowhere is the potential for transformation greater than in our health systems. Healthcare places an ever-increasing strain on national resources and is one of the biggest public expenditures in developed countries. On average, total healthcare spending in OECD countries represented about 9.5% of GDP in 2010, up from 5% in 1970 …Read more

The Impact of One Young World

Charlie is a Telefoncia One Young World Ambassador from the United Kingdom. In this blog, (first published on oneyoungworld.com) Charlie reflects on his latest One Young World experience at the 2014 Summit in Dublin. Follow Charlie on Twitter @rlieoliver. The One Young World Summit is an inimitable opportunity. I have been fortunate to attend twice with the company I work for – Telefónica. If your interests lie in culture, art, …Read more

Why don’t we value our personal data online?

By Rosa Sánchez Guerrero, Telefonica Millennial Leader, Spain It’s an important moment in history for privacy on the Internet. Social networks and modern web platforms are increasing human interactions online and more traditional information streams are handling huge amounts of our personal data. Due to volume, information is stored locally and/or fetched from third parties using cross domain services. With more platforms managing these types of data transactions, privacy has …Read more

São Paulo launch of the 2014 Telefónica Global Millennial Survey

“To understand our future, we need to understand better the Millennial generation”. That’s the view of Alec Ross, senior fellow, Columbia University, and former senior innovation advisor for Hillary Clinton. Over 150 people attended the global launch event of our Global Millennial Survey 2014, in São Paulo, Brazil, which took place at Transamérica Expo Center, before the opening of Futurecom – the most important telecommunications event in Brazil. Alec shared …Read more

Wayra Startup Awarded £20k Seed Capital during Millennial Summit

Lucia Valencia-Dongo Quintanilla, founder of Duhem, a Wayra Peru accelerated startup, was one of three social entrepreneurs awarded $20,000 during the closing ceremony of the largest gathering of nations on earth – One Young World (OYW). Lucia formed part of a 50-strong Telefonica delegation representing nine countries across the business as well as millennial leaders from Pronino, Think Big and Talentum. Their attendance was part of Telefonica’s commitment in activating …Read more