We’re sponsoring the Bath Digital Festival 2019!

Cognisess are excited to reveal that we are headline sponsors of the Bath Digital Festival 2019!

The Bath Digital Festival is the biggest and most inclusive technology festival in the South West. The festival aims to bring people and technology together in Bath. Now stepping into its seventh year, the Bath Digital Festival will guarantee an excellent display of technology to explore and aid your digital discovery. An event to truly explore, learn and develop your knowledge about our digital future.

As a software company that has developed its business using local talent, and benefits from a thriving digital ecosystem, we are pleased to be able to support the event and help position Bath as a place where people and companies can thrive. Our CEO, Chris Butt, commented:

“The world is becoming increasingly competitive and towns, cities and regions are under pressure to showcase their talent and potential. The Bath Digital Festival is part of demonstrating that the digital scene is real and thriving here and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Boris Altemeyer, will also be attending the festival and discussing some interesting topics in the digital world. All details will be released closer to the date.

You can find all of the Cognisess team at the Bath Digital Festival this year. Keep up-to-date with all the talks and events you can attend whilst at the Festival. You can find out more about the event and how to get involved at the Bath Digital Festival website.

Cognisess at the IHG Europe Owners Conference

Chris Butt IHG BerlinThis week Cognisess CEO Chris Butt and Chief Scientific Officer Dr Boris Altemeyer attended the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Europe Owners Conference in Berlin. The event brought together franchise managers from all over Europe to share their ideas and successes.

The conference focussed on the future of hospitality and technologies transforming the way IHG works, with opportunities for IHG managers to share ideas and immerse themselves in the latest brand innovations. With interactive sessions, showcases, immersive experiences and networking opportunities, the conference brought together IHG’s diverse community of Owners, General Managers and Colleagues from across Europe.

Identifying “what good looks like” for IHG

Cognisess has been working with IHG since 2015, identifying “what good looks like” for General Managers, protecting core hotel and brand values while improving staff retention. Cognisess has also been involved with IHG’s Future Leaders Programme, helping to identify and develop future leaders in the industry. Analysing millions of data points, Cognisess is able to predict the future potential of candidates and employees, generating benchmarks for new General Managers.

During the conference Cognisess presented a number of “pen portraits” outlining the shared attributes of General Managers belonging to the different IHG brands. There was also live polling to guess the emotions represented by a number of facial expressions put up on screen.

IHG General Manager portraits

Chris Butt, CEO of Cognisess, said: “The Berlin Conference has been a great opportunity for us to widen and deepen our relationship with all the IHG brands. As part of the company’s 2020 People Vision, Cognisess’ platform is being used to understand, analyse and match candidates and employees to the right roles and importantly to the right brand. Using Deep Learn™, we’ve already found significant differences and predictive attributes across the hotel brands.

“It’s been notable in speaking to GMs and Hotel Owners just how significant the hotel leadership positions are in setting the tone and context for the guest experience. Many of the Hotels are complex operations and the balance of the team is crucial. The analysis we’re doing across both workforce data and people analytics will highlight the significant attributes of the best performers and those who have the potential to succeed.”

IHG’s vision for meaningful insights

In their Europe HR Operations 2020 Vision & People Strategy, IHG said: “Adding value and meaningful contribution to the business through insights will remain at the forefront of our approach.

“Cognisess Pro is the only application that identifies the talent and potential of a candidate across multiple performance areas – working with the Cognisess team we are creating personalised assessments and benchmarks to suit the culture of the brand to ensure more accurate candidate screening for both frontline and general manager roles. Measuring cognitive, emotional, wellbeing and personality provides the most comprehensive assessment of a person’s neuro-wellbeing.”

Paul Spencer, Head of Operations Europe for Hotel Indigo, part of IHG, said: “Cognisess has enabled us to better understand the profile of our senior managers across our business. Using its assessments and people analytics, we’ve been able to accurately identify the key attributes of high performers and apply the benchmarks to recruit more effectively – saving us time and ensuring best fit candidates across our brands.”

IHG Berlin collage

The IHG Owners Association aims to improve revenue for the hotels, further strengthen the value of IHG’s brands and enhance the experience for guests. The Association represents the interests of owners and operators of more than 3,400 InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) hotels worldwide in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.

For more information about Cognisess, and to find out how we can help to improve candidate recruitment, employee productivity and organisational design in your business, get in touch with us at support@cognisess.com.

The future of wearable technology

With the launch of our ground-breaking research with the Young Racing Driver Academy at Arden using Muse EEG headset technology, we are at the forefront of wearable tech. Dr Boris Altemeyer, Chief Scientific Officer at Cognisess, will be heading to the Wearable Technology Show in London next week to share our world first study. Here he shares his thoughts on attending the Show.

Over the past 12 months wearable technology has become more available than ever before. There are plenty of systems available that are designed to monitor performance and entertain, but the crucial aspect is to show the world how wearable technology can make a true difference to how things are done and unleash potential.

We work with high performance teams and facilitate high performance in many different areas, including sport, industry, and research. We want to speak with anyone interested in applying the technology available in real life, and make available to larger groups what we are pioneering in elite settings.

We believe that wearable technology will undergo a similar development as we have seen with mobile technology in terms of its availability, use and ease of integration.

Following the UK’s decision to leave the EU collaboration across the globe might become a bit more difficult, but it will be more important than ever. Whilst we are very proud to work closely with some of Britain’s most talented people in their respective areas of expertise and performance, we firmly believe in making products that facilitate high performance attainable for a wide audience available all over the globe. This is why we are expanding our network and are working closely with our research and product partners in Canada, the US, as well as of course Europe and Asia.

Having worked in the wearable technology sector from an academic and research perspective, I am very excited to present our developments to the community and get feedback on our projects.

For more information on Cognisess’ work with young drivers, or to arrange to speak to Boris at the Wearable Technology Show in London next week, email us at support@cognisess.com.