DESIGN INNOVATION NETWORK - 24 FEBRUARY 2022
Advancing our knowledge and technological capabilities by design, will allow us to better control the enormous challenges we are facing such as global warming and ocean pollution. Designers today have more CAD tools at their disposal, provided they have access and know how to use this technology. Designers must also be possessed of the vision, with a good grasp of engineering principles, to be creative.
One example of design innovation is the range of hand tools now on the market, with features that make life far easier for the artisans employing them, giving them more control over cuts and fixing, easier tool changing, and faster production. Again, battery technology has virtually taken over from plug in cable tools.
Looking back on the tools of yesteryear, we might have thought we'd reached a pinnacle, but that pinnacle was just one more mountain on the road to a smarter future. The same applies to all walks of life. In automotive design, building design and construction - an example of which is fire safety, containment and evacuation of occupants - just as much as energy efficiency. Skyscrapers could be solar heated and ventilated, with much electricity coming directly from the sun.
Computers, satellites, navigation systems and communications. All better by design, and with the right people for the job. As in, talented innovators, with modern CAD skills and an understanding of technology to be able to apply it.
But in some areas we have gone backwards. Who remembers tea cozies? Usually woolen or cloth blankets for a teapot. Yet, there is no such thing for a modern electric kettle. The obvious benefit of which is energy savings - if boiling water often, such as in a canteen or office. Why? Because we buy kettles on price, where they are disposable items dependent on the life of their elements.
Other domestic appliances have come on in leaps and bounds. Washing machines will now include plastic filters.
Medical advances could include digital monitoring of the population, to replace the doctors - that are no longer available - post Covid. You try to get an appointment. They are all on virtual holiday. Digital monitoring would do away with the multiplicity of blood tests, saving time and money.
Storm Eunice, has shown that our power networks are far from adequate. Where we are based in Sussex, we've had multiple power cuts, taking huge slices out of two days. Power cuts could be a thing of the past with SmartNet (as one example) load leveling service stations. One major concern is the vulnerable living in close proximity, left in the cold and dark because of power cuts.
How can we transition from fossil fuels to a sustainable electric society, if every time there is a storm, the country comes to a standstill. For example, predicted weather data could have been used to identify weaknesses in the Grid, something else that could benefit from innovative design. By way of moving from national power line direct feed, to a smart buffered system. The design element here is blending such facilities into the landscape, and yet providing an efficient energy storage and transfer package. Sadly, the Network operators are more concerned with profits, than uninterruptible power supplies. Leaving their customers without power. But, everyone knows, prevention is better than cure. This is more of a policy issue, to force the speed of the transition. To leveraging investment from industry players, and forcing collaboration, where it is unrealistic to put such load on the shoulders of the innovators. Funding should reach the innovators who are the drivers of change, not the franchise operators, who are the establishment resisting change.
EVENT - 10:00 - 14:00
Ben leads the development of both International and UK standards relating to Design and Innovation Management Systems and has a wealth of experience in how to apply design in innovation for best effect across a range of different sectors and project types.
DRIVERS - LEGALLY BINDING IMO TARGETS
& COP 26?
from ship exhausts is a major consideration in addition to global warming, we have
acid oceans from sulfurous exhaust caused by dirty bunker
fuels. It may be that the shipping world is first to cross the
finish line, leaving road transport in its wake. Replacement and future
fuels include L2,
THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION: CAN DO EVENT
Global experts will address Scotland’s CAN DO Innovation Summit: Wade Davis, Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix; Gayemarie Brown, Forbes Top Female Futurist; and Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy, are among the keynote speakers.
SPEAKERS CONFIRMED FOR THE SUMMIT INCLUDE:
Wade Davis, Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix. Davis is a Global Champion for Innovation for UN women, a former national surrogate for President Obama and was the first NFL LGBT inclusion consultant.
Gayemarie Brown, CEO of Wintam Place Consulting, listed as one of the top futurists in the world by Forbes with more than 25 years’ experience helping companies of all sizes across the world apply existing and emerging tech to update their business models for the future.
Dan May, Art Director and VFX Artist at award-winning design studio Painting Practice (Black Mirror, Gravity and the recent HBO/BBC show, His Dark Materials)
Diverse industry insights will be complemented by contributions from leading academics, investors and a range of innovation ecosystem support agencies advising on matching tech with business needs, funding, growing digital talent, collaboration opportunities and more.
The New ROI: Return on Inclusion
Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy Kate Forbes is quoted as saying:
“Innovation will be at the heart of Scotland’s successful and pioneering green economy. The CAN DO Innovation Summit will be a key focal point in supporting a strong, collaborative approach to drive sustainable growth and a culture of innovation in Scottish businesses.”
“Scotland is already a leader in innovation and we will showcase that at the Summit. By designing support, including ‘market square’ and peer learning opportunities like the Summit, that empower Start-up and SMEs to innovate through digital, diversity and a commitment to influence change – we will get one step closer to reaching our ambition of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the best performing countries, while tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time.”
“All businesses need to understand how to apply new technologies such as AI, IoT, Robotics, 3D printing or next generation blockchain to drive change, increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Innovation is accessible to all companies, requiring a mindset that embraces design thinking, agility and change. I’ll be talking about emerging tech that businesses need to know about in the digital transformation space, to update their business models, stay ahead of the curve and embrace the future”.
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DESIGN INNOVATION - The solar/hydrogen (hybrid) 'Elizabeth Swann' has am efficient trimaran hull configuration that is ideal to incorporate mass storage tanks to be able to circumnavigate the globe in under 80 days, to equal the famous Jules Verne round the world record: a World Hydrogen Challenge contender. The art of design, is understanding the challenges, then overcoming them. In our view, the simplest solutions are the best. Though, artificial intelligence and autonomous navigation, are the culmination of years of design and programming. We try to begin with a clean sheet of paper, apply the physics, and then let our ideas flow. If something looks right. It generally is right.
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