Skip links

Laura James

Dr Laura James is entrepreneur in residence at the Trust & Technology Initiative, and is based at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology. She is also an associate at Doteveryone, where she established the Responsible Technology programme for better tech businesses. Laura’s work explores cutting edge internet technologies and turning them into useful products and systems, in technology and leadership roles in diverse contexts. She was the first employee and VP Engineering at AlertMe, on the management team at Evi (an AI startup acquired by Amazon to become Alexa), CEO of Open Knowledge International, and COO at CARET. Laura co-founded Cambridge Makespace, the Digital Life Collective, and the Festival of Maintenance. She also helped develop Field Ready, a humanitarian NGO using local manufacturing to meet essential needs. She advises and supports a range of ventures and projects, holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and is a Chartered Engineer.