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Laura James

Laura James

Co-director, Open Knowledge Foundation

Dr Laura James - co-director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and co-founder and director of Makespace, a non-profit community workshop in Cambridge. Previously Laura has worked in high tech R&D in Cambridge and Silicon Valley at AT&T Labs, and in the very different working environment of innovation in research and teaching technologies at the University of Cambridge.

Laura was the first employee and VP Engineering at, a startup building consumer electronics for home monitoring and control (taking the technical side of the business from a back of the envelope concept to an operational service with a production  line in China), and more recently was Head of Knowledge at True Knowledge the makers of Laura has a PhD and an MEng in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Award scheme and was a NESTA Crucible fellow in 2007. She has been a Chartered Engineer since 2006.

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