Design: Taking Ideas to Market
In partnership with Enigma People Solutions and our sponsors, Space Solutions and Scintilla IP.
Technology Scotland, in association with Enigma People Solutions, is delighted to announce the first event of its new design tech-focused Special Interest Group: ‘Design: Taking Ideas to Market’.
Building on a long tradition of innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialisation, the design, technology and creative sectors have been identified by the Scottish Government as some of Scotland’s key industries. ‘Design’ itself covers a broad range of industries; however the common goal is to create products and outcomes that are successful, innovative, user-centred, and which provide a range of ground-breaking solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.
In this event, attendees are invited to hear from 2 leading Key Note Speakers from industry: Grant King of Wideblue, and Lynne Cadenhead of Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women's Enterprise Scotland. There will also be the chance to network with Scotland’s design industry over an evening wine reception. Each speaker will share their experiences of working in product design across different sectors, both in Scotland and abroad. Key themes will include the innovation process, identifying market needs in a technologically advanced world, and taking products to market that focus on the end-user.
5pm: Welcome & Networking
5:30pm: Opening – Technology Scotland
5:45pm: Opening – Enigma People Solutions
6pm: Key Note Speaker – Grant King, Wideblue
6:30pm: Key Note Speaker – Lynne Cadenhead, Nano-Lit Technologies, Bio ID Security & Women's Enterprise Scotland
7pm: Elevator Pitch
7:05pm: Elevator Pitch
Until 8:30pm: Wine Reception, Canapes and Networking
1. Grant King, Design & Development Director, Wideblue
‘How do you know what to design in the first place?’
In his presentation, Grant will speak about his experiences creating new to market products based on technology developed by third party clients.
In addition, he will focus on the more specific area of ‘how do you know what you design in the first place?’ The thought behind this title is centred on the speed of technological development, the widespread use of internet communications and the surge of entrepreneurship. With such a large number of product and business opportunities emerging, Grant will address one of the biggest problems in design: trying to figure out what to do, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.
As Wideblue’s Design and Development Director, Grant is responsible for implementing the industrial design, product design and engineering development required to take a customer’s technology from concept to commercialisation. Grant has over 30 years of experience in designing and developing products for the computer, electronics, photonics and telecoms industries.
Prior to helping found Wideblue, Grant created and ran Polaroid’s European Design Centre, leading the technical team that created Polaroid’s first hand held digital imaging and printing system.
2. Lynne Cadenhead, Nano-lit Technologies & Chairman of Women's Enterprise Scotland
A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up her own games company.
Lynne served as a member of the Scottish Executive Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board (SIDAB) for eight years and was previously Chairman of Connect, the Scottish technology networking organisation. She was also an early investor and first Chairman of Touch Bionics, the world-leading upper limb prosthetics company, recently sold for £27.5 million.
Currently Lynne is the CEO of a start-up company developing unique biometric security software which fuses advanced biometrics and AES256 encryption to create the world’s first Person to Person (P2P) Secure Email Tunnel. Simple, safe, secure global email communications with applications in defence, finance and healthcare.
Lynne is an investor and Director of Emotional Sciences, an artificial intelligence company using computational linguistics to detect emotions and the causes of emotion. The products enable people to read between the lines of what is being communicated and determine what people are really feeling at an emotional level. There are multiple applications, including wellness in the workplace and cyber security.
She is also a long-standing member of the Edinburgh Napier University Campaign Board, Chairman of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chairman of Women's Enterprise Scotland, the community investment company which works to unlock the economic potential of women in business.
About Enigma People Solutions
Enigma People Solutions is a multi-award winning technology recruitment consultancy, and one of the very few in Scotland specialising in Electronics Design.
We have a proven ability to fill the most challenging technology vacancies, for both contract and permanent hires across Scotland, the UK, and internationally.
We work actively with businesses and design teams of all sizes in the System on Chip and Electronic Engineering industry, counting Alstom Grid, ST Microelectronics, Horiba, PureLifi, SKF Condition Monitoring Centre (Livingston), indie Semiconductor and Cadence among our clients.
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We'd like to thank our sponsors for helping us host this event:
Scintilla IP - Specialist Patent Attorneys in Electronics & Software
Space Solutions - The Leading Independent Expert in Office Design.