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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.


Pimlico, in an empty Grade 1 Government building, under the new Empty Buildings House-sitting scheme. Rent is negligible providing he respects property, but he has no tenants' rights as part of 'Residential Free Trade Zones'.


In a small biotech company, created after a discovery made in the Francis Crick Institute in King's Cross. The firm makes materials used originally for prosthetic bone but now also used as building cladding that will absorb more carbon than used in their production.


Creates digital installations as part of a semi-professional artists' collective. Her current project uses body embedded RFID to control lights, screens and projections as people walk through them. They move the installations around 'week camps' as a focal point evening entertainment, often lacking in these transient communities.

Technology used

Large format gesture pad, wearable computers, body-embedded RFID chip.

Key trends

(3) Collaborative production as well as consumption; (7) Inequality causing skills and housing divides.