Author: Beeb Ashcroft

5 Tips For Traveling on The Cheap

As a British citizen living in America, it’s very important for me to travel back to the UK as often as possible. I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to go back to Britain fairly often, as well as visit other countries and explore the USA. Travel is never cheap, and being naturally frugal, I thought it would be apropos to share some of the ways I’ve been able to make these trips happen with less expense:

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Getting Into The Spirit at The Annual Ford Holiday Reception

Last week’s trip to Michigan for Ford Motors’ annual news briefing event brought all kinds of interesting and fun experiences, from seeing the Ford Fusion Automated Research Vehicle to visiting an industrial 3D printing facility. Ford capped off the day with its Holiday Reception, which was a chance to relax, socialize, and get into the holiday spirit!

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10 Micro Trends For 2014: Looking Further With Ford

At last week’s Ford News Briefing in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford released its second annual trend report, Looking Further with Ford 2014. This report identified 10 “Micro Trends” that will influence consumer behavior in the new year. To expand on this, Ford’s Head of Global Trends and Futuring, Sheryl Connelly, lead a panel of experts in discussing these ten trends: Dan Creekmore, the Marketing Director of Facebook, Deborah Hopkins, chair & CIO of CitiVentures, and Chris Riley, founder and president of Studio Riley.

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What is 3D Printing and What Does it Mean For You?

During my trip to Dearborn, Michigan last week, I had the opportunity to hear what Ford Motors has in store for 2014 at their annual news briefing. After we got a peek at Ford’s plan for the new year, we were invited to choose one of five breakout sessions for a close-up look at everything from Ford’s historical archives to new technologies. I chose to attend their panel on 3D printing, and I’m so glad I did: It was an absolutely fascinating, one-of-a-kind opportunity to see this amazing technology at work in an industrial setting. We visited the Beech Daly Technical Center to speak with their technical specialists, watch their machines in action, and get our hands dirty.

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A Car That Drives Itself? Ford’s Driverless Car Research #FordIn2014

When we are stuck in bad traffic, my fiance Jai will often joke that he can’t wait until we have cars that drive themselves and it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. We may not have reached the futuristic vision of flying cars projected by The Jetsons, but there are big strides being made to automate some of the most dangerous parts of driving to increase safety.

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The Henry Hotel Dearborn: Welcome to Michigan!

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Michigan for the first time. I was in Dearborn for The Ford Motor Company’s annual North American news briefing and trend report, and spent two nights at The Henry Hotel. The Henry has been voted the #1 hotel in Michigan, and I can see why: beautifully designed and filled with art, this hotel is a treat for the eyes.

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