About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.


Broadway Market (Bethnal Green), with another international student who also attends Central Saint Martins. Participates in resource sharing schemes, i.e. cars to transport projects, skills swaps, rent out part of flat as part of AirBnB-type scheme to supplement income.


Halfway through Masters in Textiles at Central St Martins. Virtual tutorials and seminars with specialist skills learnt in shared studio space across several campuses. Along with most of his class, he uses 'Fresh' drugs purchased online to aid concentration.


Automated meet-ups based on geo-tagging of people with similar interests: for dating, nights out and clothes-making group. Speaks to family in Mexico once a week, while sharing photographs with them almost daily.

Technology used

Hires real-time hologram projection space to speak to of family in Mexico, interested in body-embedded computing, he created photo-sharing website in order to choose how he shares regular photo updates from his smartphone - with family, twitter followers or meet-up network. He is increasingly dependent on Bitcoin and other semi-legal virtual currencies.

Key trends

(1) More globally than locally connected communities; (3) Collaborative production as well as consumption.