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At the Public Speaking Club, we are constantly brainstorming to come up with ways to better engage our members and help them hone their public speaking skills.

On 29th January 2019, we implemented our first ever Prepared Speech Session, where we collaborated with the Technology and Innovation Club to provide technical topics for our members to present a 5-minute prepared speech. The topics covered included Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Machine learning, Internet of Things to name a few.

This session was a chance for us to evaluate our members on key aspects covered in our previous sessions, including; content, delivery and the psychological factor.
An important factor our presenters had to keep in mind was the fact our attendees were made of up of both technically savvy and non-technical people. This was a great opportunity for our members to find the middle ground of effectively communicating a technical topic and not alienating or boring their audience.

The long format initiative was a resounding success and IE Public Speaking Club look forward to implementing these sessions again in the near future. We look forward to collaborating with different clubs and tackling new topics in our bid to better our members as effective communicators.

Join us next week for our 11th Workshop on Mastering Your Personal Speech, where we will cover important topics such as; tone, speed, the pause, modulation and diction.

See you next week.


The future of travel tech

Written on January 2, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

From booking flights and check-in to arriving at the final destination, today’s modern traveller expects hyper-personal and frictionless experiences no matter where they are.

Last Month, the IE Technology & Innovation Club had the pleasure of welcoming several high-profile speakers from the travel technology industry discussing how changing traveller demands influence new business models. We had a lively and engaging panel discussion moderated by our club coordinator, Alissa Warne (IMBA ’18)

We welcomed:
• Guillaume Delaître, Sales & Program Management Director, Spain, Carson Wagonlit Travel
• Jose Garrido, Retail & Travel Lead, Adobe; and
• Pascal Clement, Head of Travel Intelligence, Amadeus

We ended with our speakers talking about their career in tech and how they got to where they are, and any advice they had for IE students, before opening it up to the audience for a general Q&A. Highlights included:

Evolution of the traveller experience

Compared to 20 years ago, the traveller experience has certainly come a long way. While there are certainly tradeoffs between better flight technology and better customer experience, there is no doubt that the way we book flights, travel and experience other countries has significantly changed. In 1998, people relied on travel agents, printed tickets and actual maps to make travel plans. In the early 2000s, customisation of the passenger experience was key. And today? Our panellists discussed the importance of leveraging passenger data – when they fly, how they search for and book flights, how much research is done before finally committing to a travel itinerary – to tailor highly relevant, hyper-personal travel experiences.

Airports are changing, too

The entire travel ecosystem is evolving and none more so than airports. The global travel industry has matured and grown exponentially, with the number of travel departures jumping from 600 million to US$1.3 billion over the past 20 years. Both airports and airlines have made good use of passenger data, with airports evolving into retail hubs to encourage passengers to spend more within their terminals, as well as leverage partnerships with airlines – Changi Airport in Singapore, for example, hands out free vouchers to passengers flying on Singapore Airlines transiting through Changi.

Virtual assistants are the future, but won’t replace human interaction… or will they?

One of the main concerns today is that chatbots or voice assistants will replace the human interaction. If yes, how can travel companies can still provide the human touch? How do we ensure customer satisfaction? Guillaume from corporate travel booking company Carson Wagonlit Travel agreed that chatbots are the future, but at this stage cannot replace the more advanced, empathy-driven conversations that humans can provide. Chatbots could certainly book simple point to point trips, or make our lives easier by resolving straightforward questions (with answers from a preset database), but not for complex trips, for example, a round-the-world trip with different departure and arrival destinations.

Another point of view was also offered – if chatbots provide us with better service, wouldn’t we rather use them as opposed to grumpy travel agents or airport staff? Not to mention the labour costs that companies save using chatbots in the long run.

In conclusion…

Thank you to everyone who came to our event and participated in the stimulating discussion, and also to our coordinators who made it: Ashley O’Mahony and Furqan Shaukat.


SpaceX with IE Technology and Innovation Club

Written on December 17, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Winter holidays are just around the corner, and some time has passed since Summer… But what an exciting time for the IE Technology and Innovation Club !

Strong of its new team, our club has started this academic year with a new event serie dedicated to space exploration, with the collaboration of IE Corporate Relations and several other IE Clubs: IE Women in Business, IE Air and Space, IE Energy and IE Artificial Intelligence. We had the honor to welcome two high-profile guests to share their vision, their experience and their projects.

In Septembre, Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of Space X, explained to a large audience how success usually implies failure(s), and the organizational challenges arising when a company increases its workforce to reach 7,000 employees.

In Novembre, James Murray, co-founder of OffWorld, presented his company’s mission: expand human civilization beyond Earth. With his team, he is developing a generation of industrial robots which will be first deployed in the mining sector to reduce heavy-load tasks usually operated by humans. He projects to send these AI-enabled machines to the Moon, asteroids and Mars and allow humanity to benefit from their invaluable resources.

Listening to our guests has been highly inspiring, on both technical and human aspects. If the ambitious projects of these two companies can sound colossal, we have been impressed by the humility and the accessibility of their leaders!

IE Technology and Innovation Club is now getting ready for 2019, with many events in the pipeline! Don’t miss out and follow us on your favorite social networks @ietechinnovclub!

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Blockchain trends

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

In collaboration with the IE Blockchain club and the IE Tech and Innovation club, the Entrepreneurship  Club was pleased to host a series of keynote speeches led by Gabi Gutierrez, Alexandr Chevtaev and Alexandre Bussutil who tackled current blockchain trends within the Entrepreneurship world.
Alexandre Bussutil, CEO of B-scaled spoke about the ups and downs of the crypto market over the past 2 years, and what to look-out for in the near future. He is a firm believer of blockchain, and its potential to uphold transparency and trust within various industries.
Alexandr Chevtaev has been an advisor for blockchain and crypto startups over the last 2 years. He has helped raise over USD 100 M in private sales and ICOS. He is of the belief that bitcoin price will rise again in the near future, and that 2019 could be the year that utility tokens become more widespread.
Gabriel Gutierrez, CEO of a crypto mining farm in Siberia, has educated the students about the processes of crypto mining and its current trends. Today, due to the current dip in bitcoin price, many crypto farms have foreclosed, however Gabriel sees opportunities for IE students to open new farms in countries with low-priced electricity such as Russia as he believes the price of Bitcoin will rise again in 2019.
During the event, the students were immersed with the speakers through Q&As, and have challenged the speakers in numerous occasions. The Entrepreneurship club thanks its speakers, and is posed to believe that blockchain is an immersive technology to look out for in the future.


In many ways this is the most wonderful time of the year, it is summer, we are graduating. It is time to reflect on what the last year brought to our lives, to explore the opportunities this transformation brings.

We have been through some nice events over the last 10 months: Started with Digitalising Everything moved to the signature TechIE event continued with Unleashing Creativity in Fintech; then we pondered on the Culture that brings about sustainable innovation and finished with disrupting the Hospitality industry. Yes we have had our happy hours and break drinks in between too.

Now is the time to celebrate our successes irrespective how small they are. It is time to give thanks to our fellow club members for bearing with us over the last year.

An opportunity for students to hear, discuss and network with speakers with different backgrounds, expertise, and interests on some of the challenges in Fintech and to explore how technology and creativity can be used to tackle them.

Executives from 3 leading companies will debate recent trends in Fintech that drive innovation (new technologies, client centricity) and the role of creativity in it.

Stay tuned for an engaging debate with our speakers: Paolo Sironi, Alberto Barreiro and Alberto Lopez Gonzalez

Speakers Bio:

Paolo Sironi
 IBM Industry Academy and Author
 IBM Watson Financial Services

Paolo is C-level advisor for banking innovation, mentoring financial institutions and entrepreneurs globally on digital business models and investment analytics. He is visiting professor on Fintech innovation for post-graduate courses and formerly held senior roles in quantitative risk management and investment banking. He owns a track record as startup entrepreneur, and is author of bestselling literature on finance, technology and regulation to guide financial services towards sustaining innovation out of today’s disrupted landscape. Author’s page

Alberto Barreiro
Creative Strategist

Creative, Design and Digital Strategist with more than 15 years of international leadership experience helping people and businesses to think better on how to build value, in order to make a world that is slightly more useful, beautiful and meaningful.

Alberto López González
Digital Payments. Professor. Speaker

Information and Telecommunications Technologies professional with deep and solid technical knowledge. Expert in Mobile Communications, Digital Transformation and Digital Payments. During the last few years he has complemented his technical knowledge with management skills that have given him more complete view of the Internet and IT industry, and the necessary abilities to reliably manage projects and teams. He likes facing new challenges and projects regarding innovation and new technologies.

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