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6 Influential IoT Leaders Revolutionising the Industry

By Rebecca Lam

Challenge Advisory believe that IoT influencers and thought-leaders are essential in positively impacting the industry as a whole. Here’s a list of individuals to watch to truly understand this rapidly growing industry.

A Beginner’s Guide to ICO Investing

By Rebecca Lam

In 2017, the world was introduced to a new method of start-up finance: the ICO. As the ICO market continues to grow, our goal at Challenge Advisory is to inform speculative investors with the tools and knowledge to make educated decisions before reaching for their wallet.

IoT Implementation Challenges & How to Overcome Them

By Jacob Williams

The Internet of Things (IoT) presents a metamorphic opportunity for many players in all businesses and industries - but there are still some key challenges and obstacles to overcome for IoT to achieve its full potential. 

Challenge Advisory Announces Partnership with Blocknubie

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory are pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Blocknubie in which we will be supporting their growth across our service offering.

How Augmented Reality Is Disrupting the Customer Journey

By Rebecca Lam

As Augmented Reality transitions into business applications, we take a look at how it will soon be making its way into the mainstream customer journey.

Kodak Launches Major Blockchain Initiative and Cryptocurrency

By Rebecca Lam

Kodak have partnered with WENN Digital to help photographers fight image theft using a blockchain and cryptocurrency.

Challenge Advisory – The Story Behind Our New Logo

By Rebecca Lam

Challenge Advisory has rebranded, to emulate the guidance that we give our clients, and to prepare for a stimulating and innovative 2018.

Blockchain Set to Make Waves in Media and Entertainment in 2018

By Rebecca Lam

The advent of blockchain is set to change the media and entertainment industry, as creators and fans alike stand to benefit from the changes the technology could create.

Blockchain Innovation Showcase – XVA-Blockchain

By Gintare Kairyte

Challenge Advisory Group will be hosting our next Technology Innovation Showcase in London on January 30th, focused on the most exciting technological revolution since the Internet – Blockchain.

Blockchain Predictions 2018 – Our top 5

By Alfred Gilbert

A list of our top 5 predictions for the Blockchain Industry in 2018, and what it means for stakeholders.

Are you a Venture Capital Investor Interested in Blockchain?

By Jacob Williams

At Challenge Advisory, we are pleased to be hosting our Blockchain Innovation Showcase on January 30th, as part of our strategy to present the best and brightest blockchain start-ups to the investor community.

Blockchain Innovation Showcase 2018

By Rebecca Lam

Challenge Advisory will be hosting a Blockchain event on 30 January 2018, showcasing the most innovative technology start-ups that we believe are making a difference in their sectors.

Zebra to continue connecting at RAF100 Workshop

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory are pleased to announce that Zebra Technologies will be a partner of the RAF 100 Interoperability Workshop.

Robert Bosch Venture Capital goes all in on IOTA

By Alfred Gilbert

Robert Bosch Venture Capital have shown their strategic hand for 2018 with their recent substantial investment in IOTA tokens.

UK Defence Focuses on New Business Partnerships

By Alfred Gilbert

The UK Defence sector has reaffirmed the importance of new business partnerships to its success through its refreshed Industrial Policy for 2018.

Cryptocurrencies –
Lessons from December 2017

By Alfred Gilbert

December has been an explosive month for cryptocurrencies. We've seen a number of firsts, which is setting the industry up for a big 2018.

3D printing metals market set for growth from 2018

By Alfred Gilbert

Recent projections for the 3D printing metals market, based on growth drivers and constraints, have forecast that the industry will be worth $12 billion by 2028. But why?

XR Technology to Grow Rapidly
in 2018

By Gintare Kairyte

Industry interest in XR is growing. Innovative companies are actively exploring how these technologies can be best applied to improve their practices.

Google reveals plans for VR/AR revolution

By YI-NING TAI

Google have disclosed more information about its projects within the Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented reality (AR) fields, including higher resolution VR hardwares and their new application of the technology on the Pixel Camera.

3D Printer Revolutionises Commercial Counterparts

By Rebecca Lam

Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been at the forefront of 3D printing advancements, and have now developed a desktop 3D printer that performs up to 10 times the speed of existing commercial counterparts.

Blockchain technology’s potential to transform the modern grid

By YI-NING TAI

The blockchain technology could help the energy industry to deal with their two major problems- inefficient renewable energy tracking system- and how to maximise the value of the energy transmission system, suggest experts.

The Blockchain Talent Shortage

By YI-NING TAI

Although the Blockchain space is one of the fastest rising industries, with a market value of over £100 bn in  cryptocurrency alone, sectoral stakeholders are still struggling to find experienced professionals and talent.

Agriculture 4.0 | Digitalisation in Agriculture

By Alfred Gilbert

Agriculture 4.0 - Interoperability Workshop is designed in collaboration with USDA-NIFA to develop collaborative cross-sector technological solutions to agriculture's most pressing challenges.

Blockchain Technology in a Nutshell

By Juvani Kika

When we say Blockchain, many people would instinctively think Bitcoin. However, there is so much more to this revolutionary technology than cryptocurrencies. Let’s explore what Blockchain is, and why it is causing such a stir in industry.

3 Differences between Marketing to Millennials & Gen Z

By Javier Pozo

Although Generation Z and Millennials may seem very similar to some, they are worlds apart when it comes to marketing. In this article we highlight the three critical differences that marketeers should know.

Report Highlights Multiple Barriers Facing U.S Young Farmers, Including Lack of Technological Advancement

By YI-NING TAI

A shortage of technology is a major problem in agriculture and there is a more serious concern ‘not in the field’ said National Young Farmers Coalition.

Bitcoin Cash’s Block Size will be Boosted, According to its Upgrade Project

By YI-NING TAI

The developer of Bitcoin cash announced its plan to expand the block size of the cryptocurrency since it was launched in August.

How to reach Gen Z at Christmas?

By Javier Pozo

Gen z are set to have a big impact this holiday season, both through the purchases they make and the influence they have on their families' purchase decisions.

How to target Generation Z in 5 steps

By Javier Pozo

We have put together 5 top tips that will improve your marketing to generation Z

Could Blockchain Tech Eliminate World Hunger?

By Juvani Kika

The United Nations ‘World Food Programme’ (WFP) announced that 10,000 people had taken the opportunity to deliver food to refugees in Jordan using the Ethereum blockchain.

Michael Arrington Declares $100 Million Funding Plan for Ripple’s XRP

By YI-NING TAI

Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, announced that he is raising $100 million for a hedge fund to invest in crypto-currency XRP, token sales, other equities and debt.

Autumn Budget 2017: A Further Step Towards Blockchain for the U.K?

By YI-NING TAI

The autumn budget was published last week. Although the impact of Brexit is dominating the headlines, there are important changes to the U.K’s approach to digital futures.

Is Blockchain Tech a Safety Tool for the Food Industry?

By Juvani Kika

The food industry is exploring how blockchain solutions can be used to strengthen food safety and inventory management throughout the supply chain.

American Express introduces Blockchain-Based Payments

By Yi-Ning Tai

Amex just unveiled a cross-board service that is assisted by Blockchain technology, the first of its kind.

Gen Z & Social Media

By Javier Pozo

Generation Z have abandoned old social networks and Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular sites for teens.

Predictions and Trends for 2018

By Karveh Cavalieri

Predictions of technology that will experience further stimulating expansions in 2018.

Brace for the Rise of Generation Z!

By Juvani Kika

Generation Z are now a marketable demographic. But, do you know how to appropriately engage with them?

Challenge Welcomes DSL to the RAF 100 Interoperability Workshop

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory are pleased to announce that the innovative IoT solution provider, DSL, will be a partner of the RAF 100 Interoperability Workshop.

RAF100 takes-flight with the launch of the centenary appeal

By Alfred Gilbert

London, October 26, 2017 – Last night, the Royal Air Force, along with a collection of key partners, successfully launched the RAF100 appeal

Why the modern RAF is perfect for generation Z

By Alfred Gilbert

Generation Z are under-valued, meaning their inherent skills are not being best utilized. The RAF sees their potential, however, & are changing to make best use of this.

Challenge Advisory & Sinclair Fox Investing In The Future

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory are looking for new partners in digital technology and big data, in line with the fourth industrial revolution.

The Queensfery crossing: an engineering marvel

By Tatiana A. Dias

There may already be two large bridges connecting Lothian and Fife in Scotland, but now there is a third. And this one is the biggest yet! In fact, towering 689 feet above the River Forth, the Queensferry Crossing is the UK’s tallest bridge.

Top 5 all electric vehicles you should consider getting your hands on

By Vivek Varyani

Fossil fuels and it’s use has been one of the main causes for global warming. Carbon emissions due to the use of fossil fuels has been a cause for great concern among scientists and environmentalists alike.

Artificial Intelligence is on the rise

By Jordan Letchford

Artificial Intelligence is only seen in sci-fi films, right? Predictions of the future in films are hardly ever accurate. Just take a look at the prediction that we would have flying cars in 2015 made in ‘Back To The Future II’.

Nano-drills that destroy cancer cells are here.

By Tatiana A. Dias

Scientists have developed very small, light-activated nanomachines that can drill into targeted diseased cells and kill them within minutes.

Buying your groceries with cryptocurrency? New blockchain launched for agriculture businesses

By Alfred Gilbert

'FoodCoin’ has been developed to lower the costs and increase value paybacks from agricultural sales for small and large companies.

Fast radio bursts detected from distant galaxy

By Tatiana A. Dias

A group of researchers have detected 15 new, fast radio bursts, coming from a distant galaxy. They are arising from one mysterious, repeating source known as FRB 121102.

One Big America – Is it sustainable living?

By Sean Monaghan

The land of the free is renowned for living life bigger and better. But how would the planet look if everyone lived like an American?

Huge asteroid headed for close encounter with Earth

By Tatiana A. Dias

Florence, a huge near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on September 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.

Burger King releases the WhopperCoin – A challenger to Bitcoin?

By Alfred Gilbert

Burger King have launched their own Russian cryptocurrency, aptly named the ‘WhopperCoin”.

Are robots stealing our dance moves?

By Tatiana A. Dias

On August 18, a group of dancing Dobi robots broke the Guinness World Record for most robots dancing simultaneously.

The Volcanoes Hiding beneath the Antarctic Ice

By Tatiana A. Dias

The plan is to engineer Yarrowia lipolytica to produce polyester, which is the material that makes uncomfortable clothing! But on a long trip to Mars, astronauts can feed this plastic into 3D printers, which will theoretically have the capacity to make instruments on request.

Financial take-off for microsatellite company

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory have obtained £2 million in series A funding for a micro-satellite company.

Can we get humans to mars with pee and sweat

By Tatiana A. Dias

We do know that human excrement is very much real, right? What you may not know is that it could be integral to getting humans to Mars in the near future!

Forget Petrol, Fuel your car with Water.

By Vivek Varyani

Hyundai recently revealed a prototype for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will be launched in early 2018. The car is a modification of the earlier Tucson ix FCEV that also ran on fuel cells. This was released in 2013 in the UK.

A road surface from cigarette butts

By Alfred Gilbert

It is one of the most littered products year on year – the cigarette butt. Now, a novel and environmentally friendly use for this common waste product has been found.

SpaceX sends Ice Cream to Space!

By Vivek Varyani

Space X has been working for a while now on developing sustainable space shuttles. This means that parts of the space shuttle can be reused for future space missions.

The two new potentially habitable planets

By Vivek Varyani

Sick and tired of all the irritating people in the world? There’s some good news for you then. Scientists may have discovered 2 new habitable planets that are not too far from us.

Why have we never found alien life?

By Tatiana A. Dias

Could we have missed a civilisation in the past or is there a civilisation yet to come that we could communicate with? Many feel we should be asking, why have we not come across intelligent alien yet?

Holographic images are now a reality!

By Tatiana A. Dias

The concept of the hologram has been a sci-fi dream for decades. Indeed, hologram tables themselves have popped up here and there, however, never truly saw full development.

Smartphone separation anxiety is growing!

By Tatiana A. Dias

Not being able to check your phone for messages, reply on WhatsApp, Google anything, call anyone, check your calendar or locate your way to a meeting, has the potential to leave us feeling anxious.

Apple Watch 3 and everything you need to know before its release

By Vivek Varyani

A rumour is rife that the Apple Watch 3 will be released this Autumn. Although there is no fixed release date specified as of yet, we are expecting it to release in the first two weeks of September.

Robots 1 – Humans 0 : The rise of the robotic pundit

By Alfred Gilbert

You have likely read about the inevitable robotic takeover. Robots are coming for your job, and there is nothing you can do about it! But, for the more creative roles, there is still only room for a human brain. Right?

Will polystyrene make solar cells cheaper?

By Tatiana A. Dias

The ongoing Big Green Bang and the focus on renewable energy make this field of research unstoppable, with solar energy being a particularly hot topic.

Facebook is so last century for generation Z!

By Alfred Gilbert

In line with Facebook’s loss, image sharing platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram are going from strength to strength in this age demographic.

A selection of 17 movies on the Horizon for 2017

By Tatiana A. Dias

Thanks to streaming services, we have a treasure trove of movies close by whenever and wherever we want them… however, there is still nothing like the thrill of seeing a blockbuster on the big screen.

The Volcanoes hiding beneath the Antarctic ice

By Tatiana A. Dias

Hiding beneath the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet lies one of the densest clusters of volcanoes in the world.

Forget petrol and electricity, use water to fuel your car

By Vivek Varyani

Hyundai recently revealed a prototype for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that will be launched in early 2018. The car is a modification of the earlier Tucson ix FCEV that also ran on fuel cells. This was released in 2013 in the UK.

A planet within ours

By Vivek Varyani

Although NASA are spending billions, on space exploration, there is a whole world right here on Earth that needs exploring. With mystical new marine species and underwater flora, our planet’s deep oceans truly are remarkable.



How to power the batteries of the future with tears?

By Tatiana A. Dias

In an effort to make the batteries that power wearables and medical gadgets less rigid and safer, researchers have created new, flexible batteries. Today, these new batteries are run on saltwater. Questions are now being asked, however, on why not use blood and tears?

Worldpay and Vantiv agree £9.3 billion takeover deal

By Alfred Gilbert

The UK’s biggest payment processing company, Worldpay, have agreed to a proposed £9.3 billion takeover bid by the US company Vantiv.

Drones – the 21st Century’s Cash Cow?

By Alfred Gilbert

Drones are an exciting and innovative tech that are gaining increasing amounts of traction in a variety of operational sectors. Will this interest lead them to be the next big payout for innovators and designers?

Monetizing the IoT is now a bigger concern for professionals than securing it

By Alfred Gilbert

Despite security being the most-publicized IoT news, it is investment returns that serve as the biggest challenge for professionals in the sector.

Why Blockchain is becoming an integral part of Defence technologies across the globe

By Karveh Cavalieri

Blockchain is set to revolutionise historical practices in relation to security and communications throughout the entire modern military.

STEM: Why is it important and how will it affect your future?

By Tatiana A. Dias

Elevating the awareness and understanding the importance of STEM research should be a priority in order to properly address the ongoing global issues.

UK Government to provide £100 million development fund to UK space sector

By Alfred Gilbert

In a press release this week, the UK government have confirmed a £100 million funding package for the continued development of the UK space sector, in relation to increasing global competition.

Rolls-Royce announces £150 million investment in UK aerospace sector

By Alfred Gilbert

Rolls-Royce have pledged to invest £150 million in new and existing civil aerospace facilities in the Derby.

UK government to provide £4.7 billion in funding to AI and Aerospace sectors

By Karveh Cavalieri

The government has announced plans for £4.7 billion in funding to be made available to help develop UK AI and aerospace sectors on the international market.

U.S Tech leader Bitfury to bring blockchain to the $60 billion insurance broking market

By Alfred Gilbert

U.S. firm The Bitfury Group have confirmed a strategic partnership to use the blockchain digital ledger in the $60 billion insurance broking market.

BOEING ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR FURTHER INVESTMENT IN THE UK

By Karveh Cavalieri

Boeing has recently announced further plans to invest in the UK Aerospace and Defence industry. How does this relate to the development of the sector more widely?

Brazilian Government announces upwards of $58 billion in funding for agricultural development

By Alfred Gilbert

The Brazilian Government has recently announced substantial funding will be made available as part of the 2017-2018 Agriculture and Livestock Plan.

How BlockChain can revolutionize the Aerospace and Defence Sector

By Karveh Cavalieri

Blockchain technology may well be the future of the Aerospace and Defence sector. But how can the technology actually relate?

US Air Force introduces ‘Aviation Bonus Program’ to tackle fighter pilot shortage

By Karveh Cavalieri

The USAF has been having to deal with falling numbers of fighter pilot entry and retention for a number of years. What is driving this?

2018 White House Budget Proposes Deep Cuts to Agriculture over the Next Decade

By Alfred Gilbert

Recently released White House budget for 2018 confirms large cuts to state funding throughout the Agricultural sector.

Government decree will modernize Brazilian ports and infrastructure

By Alfred Gilbert

The Brazilian President has recently signed off on new laws that are focused on stimulating economic investment in Brazilian ports. But what has this got to do with the country's agriculture?

What is Sustainable Intensification and why is it Important for Agriculture?

By Alfred Gilbert

To ensure supply meets demand, farmers need to engage with agricultural practices that promote efficiency, productivity and sustainability. But how does sustainable intensification relate to this?

Is Brazilian Infrastructure Limiting Growth in the Agricultural Sector?

By Alfred Gilbert

Agriculture is crucial for economic and social sustainability in Brazil. But is the future of the sector at risk due to under-developed physical and digital national infrastructure?

The Internet of Things and Living-Things: Why are they important to Agricultural Development?

By Alfred Gilbert

It is well known that the Internet of Things is drastically changing and improving modern agricultural practices. But less is known about the newer concept of the Internet of Living-Things.

What Is Holding Young People Back From Getting Into Farming?

By Alfred Gilbert

Fewer and fewer young people are pursuing a career in agriculture. But what is causing this lack of interest?

Arable Announces Pulsepod™ To Improve Agriculture Through Certainty

By Aubrey Longmore

Arable Labs Inc. have today introduced Pulsepod™, designed to improve agriculture through certainty

Verdesian Life Sciences Partners with Challenge Advisory to Promote Sustainable Agriculture

By Aubrey Longmore

Verdesian Life Sciences announced today that it has formed a partnership with Challenge Advisory.

Brazil’s $10 Billion Partnership | Brazilian-Russian Agricultural Trade Flow Agreement

By Alfred Gilbert

Brazilian and Russian representatives have recently agreed on an agricultural trade flow between the two countries worth up to $10 billion.

The $43 Billion Mega-Deal | ChemChina’s Merger with Swiss Giant Given Approval

By Alfred Gilbert

EU and US regulators have given their conditional approval to an agricultural mega-merger between Chinese and Swiss giants, ChemChina and Syngenta AG.

Engaging with a Digital World | Sustainable Mechanisation in Agriculture

By Alfred Gilbert

With increasing pressure on natural resources, and changing climatic conditions, agriculture needs to consider the benefits of sustainable mechanisation.

USDA-NIFA announces $150 million funding opportunity for Agricultural Projects and research

By Alfred Gilbert

USDA-NIFA last week announced a substantial amount of funding has been made available for agricultural projects and research.

Renewable Energy’s record breaking year spurs the World’s greening energy mix

By Alfred Gilbert

UN renewable energy report 2017 finds that record levels of clean energy capacity were added on a global scale during 2016.

Funding secured for Blockchain Security startup

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenge Advisory secure £2 million in funding for a cyber-security company.

Forget Fake News, Fake Data is Agriculture’s key concern: Digital security in contemporary farming

By Alfred Gilbert

Challenges facing the agricultural sector in relation to digital security and fake data

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