Nesta’s innovation predictions for 2018

’10 trends, tech breakthroughs and social movements for the year ahead’

Innovation foundation Nesta have made some predictions for the coming year in terms of tech breakthroughs and social movements.  Predictions include drones delivering public benefit, Artificial Intelligence creating prize winning art, the internet going green, tech giants racing to buy a healthcare provider and the increased use of complex simulation methods to experiment with new ideas.

You can read the full article on Nesta’s website.

Electric cars will be soon charging while driving!

Wired-up roads are the future, mostly due to Tesla Motors, who triggered the interest in electric cars that this generation feels.

Nikola Tesla, a genius will be not only please but also excited as his enthusiasm towards electrical vehicles has triggerred the interest of many. The wireless transmission of power is the future and is now turning into a reality. From a electric cars mat when you were a child to wiring the most popular roads in Britain, electric cars are certainly on the uprise.

These electric cars are in more demand than ever due to their low local emissions, but they are also known for their expensive prices and not having a long enough driving range. So imagine if you could charge them without a plug in cable, or even while moving.

Technology is advancing at a faster rate than ever with electric tooth brushes and smart phones being charged by being placed on top of a pad. Thanks to this technology, some electric cars are able to be charged by parking on top of charging pads, so that advancement of wire-up roads are closer than ever before! Recent studies show these roads with wireless charging coils are not expensive as you think and that the biggest part of the cost is the construction work itself.

Read our official report here.

Barclays Technology Challenge 2016

Competition Success!

Throughout November and December, students from Lancaster University took part in the Barclays Technology Challenge, with one team attending the finals at MediaCityUK, Salford. The challenge, run in collaboration between Barclays, the BBC and Bank of Merrill Lynch gives students from the North West the opportunity to pitch their innovative technology solutions in response to a real-world business challenge.

Two teams received coaching and guidance from the Careers and Enterprise teams following a competition launch event. The teams then competed in an internal qualifier to determine who would proceed to the grand final. Lancaster University’s final team were runners-up in the competition, with each team member being a credit to the university on the day, treating the event with professionalism and enthusiasm.

To read more about the competition read the full article on the careers webpage.

Innovate UK: Open Funding Competition

Opportunity for businesses to apply for funding from a £15 million Innovate UK investment fund

The fund is aimed at supporting cutting-edge research and development projects in any technology, engineering or industrial sector; this includes work in one of Innovate UK’s key sectors – manufacturing and materials, emerging and enabling technologies, heath and life sciences, and infrastructure systems.

Projects must demonstrate:

  • Innovation leading to new products, processes or services
  • A clear and anticipated growth impact leading to a significant return on investment

Key details:

  • Deadline: noon, 31st of August 2016
  • Companies of any size can enter, working individually or collaboratively
  • Projects can focus on market research, technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development
  • It is expected for projects to range in size from total costs of 25,000 up to £1 million and to last between 6-36 months
  • The level of support a business could receive ranges between 25% and 100%  depending on the type of project and size of the company.
  • There is a briefing webinar for potential applicants on the 14th of June 2016.

For more details on the competition and application see here.