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Whether you're helping build the digital age or just interested in how the foundation of the internet of everything works - the Digital Foundation Podcast is an independent platform where the voices of technology and business leaders from around the world can be heard to help with awareness of what's going on in the Digital Infrastructure industry. About our hosts: Carrie Goetz is CTO StrategITcom helping shape the technology direction for companies and public entities as well as an industry blogger, and STEM enthusiast. Simon Allen is Executive Director of the Infrastructure Masons and describes himself as a straightforward thinker.
10 Episodes
Lockdown strategies prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic actually increased digital inequality and its consequences are even more severe now that the world is heavily relying on digital infrastructure.Of urgent concern is the impact of the pandemic on children being homeschooled in households often sharing one device, often a mobile phone, for the whole family, or worse – no available technology at all - and this issue will remain after lockdown as children and parents battle to catch up.Liz Raven, Head of Quality at Yondr and EMEA Lead for iMasons Millennials / Gen Z MRG (Member Resource Group), is taking action.We’re joined today by Liz Raven and Collette Nabyonga, Co-Founder of TechInclusionUK who have developed A Circular Solution to Address Digital Exclusion and Tackle e-waste - actively helping children on the wrong side of digital inequality 
Meet Richard Tang, the Founder and Chairman of Zen Internet, a successful business that's grown every year in it's 25 year history to become the biggest independent ISP in the UK employing over 500 people. Richard believes in driving goodness in society and has a unique business philosophy of always putting people first and that money should always be secondary and subservient - a philosophy that is contributing to successful growth and a more sustainable future.  Richard talks about his humble beginnings and his desire from an early age to set up a company to provide the resources to enable him to help others.
Data Centers have been called the ‘Factories of the Future’, yet there’ve been few attempts to double click on what this means in terms of possibilities and opportunities. Are there synergies that can be exploited between what data centers do and what is done in ‘industry’? Carrie and Simon meet two people from ABB who have the answers - Kevin Starr is the Global Program Manager for ABB’s Oil, Gas, and Chemical Division and Richard Ungar is the Head of Data Center Automation.
Carrie and Simon are joined by Charisse Richards, Chief Information Officer at Judicial Branch of Arizona, Maricopa County and Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer at Compass Data Centers to discuss the difference between Equity & Equality and share their thoughts and experiences on ways to make a change and take a look at what’s worked in the past and examine solutions.
Laurie talks about the meeting with an iM scholarship recipient that solidified her, and Vertiv’s, personal commitment to support the iM Scholarship fund and the importance of encouraging the next generation of talent into our industry.Vertiv are also aligned to iMasons strategic priorities of inspiring Sustainability and championing Diversity and Inclusion and Laurie shares how Vertiv are developing technology and solutions to support the changing architectural needs of their customers and how important remote monitoring and management will be to support the proliferation of Edge.
Carrie and Simon are joined by Hannah Ormondroyd Chair of the iMasons D&I Committee and Head of People, Data Centre Solutions at CBRE who led the team producing the Digital Infrastructure Industry’s 1st ever Diversity and Inclusion Best Practice Guide and by Inge Woudstra CEO of the Big Fish Academy who was commissioned to conduct interviews and gather the content for the Guide.Do you think achieving workforce diversity is beyond you? This Guide is based entirely on stories from people who have been on this journey and can help by sharing experiences and providing helpful insights and tips.
Hosts Carrie Goetz and Simon Allen introduce a chat between iMasons Founder and Chairman, Dean Nelson and Michael Tobin.From humble beginnings to CEO of Telecity Group and awarded an OBE for his ‘Services to the Digital Economy' in The Queen's Birthday Honours List. Find out why Michael is swimming with sharks (real sharks), sleeping in hotels made entirely of ice or sleeping on the streets of London (with other CEOs) and why he thinks we all need luck. Also - why we should forget strategy and focus on results.
Today we’re joined by Ruiqi Ye from Greenpeace East Asia in Beijing and Patrik Öhlund Chairman of the iMasons Sustainability  based in Lulea, Sweden. We'll be discussing what the major Chinese internet / data center companies are doing in response to China's recent climate pledge to hit peak emissions before 2030 and for carbon neutrality by 2060. Also, how can different regions and countries come together with a cohesive plan and work together towards a common goal for a sustainable future?
Hosts Carrie Goetz and Simon Allen introduce a chat between iMasons Founder and Chairman, Dean Nelson and Co-Founder and CEO of Sun Microsystems, Scott McNealy. Dean spent 20 years at “The University of Sun” resulting in quite a perspicacious and open (and often hilarious) conversation with Scott.20 years ago Scott famously said “You have zero privacy, get over it” now updated to “Everything you do is a digital tattoo”Find out why Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, keeps the “Sun Microsystems” logo etched on his office windows since moving into the old Sun offices in Menlo Park.
Hosts Carrie Goetz and Simon Allen chat with iMasons Founder and Chairman, Dean Nelson and Executive Director, Jeff Omelchuck for this kick off episode. Find out what sparked the creation of the iMasons, what's the purpose and priorities of iMasons, what's been achieved so far and why there's so much more to do. Also why Dean and many iMasons are having uncomfortable discussions. 
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