I’m facilitating the Automotive Council’s “Meet the Engineer” event

Next week is a big week for dbyhundred.  In our contract with Productiv we are facilitating events that will boost the Innovation capability of the UK in Low Carbon automotive technologies.

Just one of the Great British Manufacturers at "Meet the Engineer"
Just one of the Great British Manufacturers at “Meet the Engineer”

We’ve put together a great programme specifically designed to get the network of large and small businesses properly interconnected.

On Tuesday 23rd it’s “Meet the Engineer” (MtE); a large industry event for which I’ve planned Pecha Kuchas and Speed dating to break down the barriers (see the Press Release Below).  Who’s taking part?  Jaguar, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Williams, Lotus, Morgan plus more than 50 other auto manufacturers and key suppliers… and some highly innovative technologists!

Then on Wednesday 24th the select members of Productiv’s Radar Club will  convene to build on the MtE stimulus and new Sensor and Big Data technologies.  We’ll be working out what all this means in our industry and help our members  make the right investments in Low Carbon technologies.  Guests include IBM, Plessey and McLaren (of F1 fame) and a host of sensor tech companies.

NEWS FROM MILLBROOK PROVING GROUND

APRIL 2013

MILLBROOK PROVING GROUND HOSTS MEET THE ENGINEER EVENT 

 

Millbrook Proving Ground are hosting the third annual ‘Meet the Engineer’ on 23 April on behalf of the joint Government and industry body, the Automotive Council UK. Developing a stronger and more competitive supply chain is one of the Automotive Council’s key priorities.

Following the success of last year’s event, which saw over 30 technology development companies represented and more than 100 requests for follow ups made by vehicle manufacturers and other large companies in the automotive supply chain.

 

The ‘Meet the Engineer’ day will see technology developers present opportunities for development, investment and involvement in the latest low carbon automotive technologies, and hopes to encourage interaction and collaboration between engineers of large companies and small UK-based technology development companies.

 

Presentations will be grouped under the Automotive Council’s strategic technologies, which include ‘Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Efficiency’, ‘Energy Storage & Management’, ‘Electric Machines & Power Electronics’ and ‘Lightweight Materials & Structures’.

 

The feedback from last year’s event was very positive and the event led to a number of collaborations and advancements. Engineers from several UK automotive companies will be  among the 60 OEMs, engineers and influencers attending ‘Meet the Engineer’. Technology developers will have the perfect opportunity to promote their innovative technologies to the automotive engineering industry.

 

Productiv, a business dedicated to industrialising Low Carbon technologies, is facilitating this innovative event to optimise networking opportunities between technologists and the established automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

 

Peter Stoker, group head of vehicle engineering at Millbrook Proving Ground explains: “As the UK’s leading location for the testing and development of low carbon vehicles, working with many vehicle manufacturers across a variety of markets, from motorcycles and passenger cars to buses and trucks, Millbrook is the ideal location to hold this year’s ‘Meet the Engineer’ event.”

 

“We are looking forward to welcoming engineers and technology companies on site at Millbrook for another successful event organised and held by the Automotive Council.”

 

For further information or to register your interest in this event email sadie.fentham@productivgroup.co.uk

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dbyhundred Advising on Data in Europe

Thes20110331 Balloon launch at ESDIN Closinge days I spend quite a lot of time advising on data in Europe.

This week I’m in Brussels again; learning and helping with Cloud based collaborative projects.

Next week I’m back again for more!

On Friday next week I get to meet Marta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit, European Commission DG CONNECT, DATA VALUE CHAIN in London as an expert in the field of Data.  She’s seeking my views as an innovative start-up (SplashMaps) doing great things with Open Data and hopefully this will help on shaping R&D priorities of the Horizon 2020 work programme.

And on the 23rd of April I’ll be facilitating the Automotive Council and BIS sponsored event “Meet the Engineer!” innovation event.

On 24th April I will bring sensor technologies to the Automotive world as we explore what data can bring to Low Carbon vehicle technology with Productiv and their Radar club!

…and there should be time to launch a few more SplashMaps along the way!

David

EU Funding is about to change; here comes Horizon 2020

The UK’s team that looks after European FP7 funding for collaborations invited me to a workshop and briefing.  As an enticer they promised to share their views on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 plans from Europe which will replace the current funding frameworks (CIP, FP7 etc.).

Don't fall into the funding gap!
More money than ever, but don’t miss this train! The gap is going to be BIG!

I am not alone in thinking that the changes proposed (and not yet agreed) will miss deadlines in 2013 leading to a significant gap between the closure of the current funding cycles and the beginning of 2020.  If there’s no other message to take from this blog… LOOK AT THE current FP7 offerings NOW!  Forthcoming Deadlines at December 4th and January 15th are still  feasible for these 75% funded projects (of course I can help… see later ;-)).  These final calls in the FP cycle access the largest amount of money every provided, so the chances appear strong for your success!  Waiting for the CIP call may be a good idea (draft in my possession and publishing in January), but will be a lower reward typically at just 50% funding.

So what’s new in Horizon 2020?  A consolidation of all the funding types appears to be a typical attempt to simplify the process, but really it just chunks-up the funding in a different way.  If your research is anywhere near generic in a realm like ICT, then the right call for you could be found in any one of the social challenges.  Or perhaps you’d identify more with a “Key Enabling Technology” pilot which will be multidisciplinary, cutting across many technology areas with a bias towards convergence and integration.  A lot of emphasis is on initiatives that will help projects “cross the valley of death” between research and the market.  So as you would imagine a greater portion of the money is directed toward Innovation rather than pure R&D.

Venture capital features as a new element.  In the group of learned FP7 gurus in the BIS on Tuesday this was seen as a nod toward the SME’s as a new plan to address the co-funding issues that always arise.

For a heads up, here are the slides on Horizon 2020 from the FP7 UK guys  ict – h2020 v 0_7

If you do research, innovation, business and collaborations or want to expand your influence, motivate your people and gain from this significant amount of Euro cash, please get in touch with me to improve your chances of success.

doverton@dbyhundred.co.uk

6 steps to a Spatially Enabled Society

Colleagues from FIG (the international federation of surveyors) have boiled down the requirements for a spatially enabled society (that’s one where location is added to existing data to increase its value to society) to 6 handy and simple to achieve elements.  The added value can be considered to stem from the ease of integration of information held on land, water and other resources.  Such integration makes it simpler to manage a cities, countries or regions resources more effectively.

And here they are;-

1. a legal framework to provide the institutional structure for data sharing, discovery, and access;

2. a sound data integration concept to ensure multi-sourced data integration and interoperability;

3. a positioning infrastructure to enable and benefit from precise positioning possibilities;

4. a spatial data infrastructure to facilitate data sharing, to reduce duplication and to link data producers, providers and value adders to data users based on a common goal of data sharing;

5.land ownership information, as the dominant issue in the interactions between government, businesses and citizens relating to land and water resources;

and

6.data and information to respect certain basic principles and to increase the availability and interoperability of free to re-use spatial data from different actors and sectors.

Well, it’s hard to disagree with all of these, but once you read the full report you realise that the spatial data infrastructure is not just one item, but is the tool to achieve at least elements 2,3,5 and 6.  For an indepth experience on setting up such an infrastructure see our work on ESDIN.

Scrum Master Certificate

It’s time to sharpen the saw.  Get the manuals out and get another qualification.  And although I’ve lived, studied, and adapted

Scrum… when you’re all in the same room!

(and blogged!) on Agile PM  approaches, I need to get a piece of paper.  The piece of paper I am going for is the Certified Scrum Master certificate.  How I’ll get there is via UNICOM on  a 2 day training course on 11/12th July.

During ESDIN we had great success in adapting the Agile PM roles for our geographically dispersed team.  Now it will be interesting for me to see how it runs with us all in the same room for 2 days!

UNICOM have a great reputation and when even the most proficent “natural” Scrum Masters are finding the course of benefit, I had to take part.

Many thanks to those who have advised!