Design: Taking Ideas to Market
Technology Scotland, in association with Enigma People Solutions, is delighted to announce the first event of its new design-focused Special Interest Group: ‘Design: Taking Ideas to Market’.
Building on a long tradition of innovation, entrepreneurialism 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 Sarah Morgan of Nano-Lit Technologies. 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 – Sarah Morgan, Nano-Lit Technologies
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. Sarah Morgan, Founder & CEO, Nano-Lit Technologies
An entrepreneur and business strategist with a background in industrial design, product development and sociology, Sarah’s first company, eenamaria, brought quality fashion accessories to a global market. Her work has appeared in prestigious publications and venues, and she was twice nominated for the Fashion Group International ‘Rising Star’ award.
Now a lecturer in Product Design, and CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a nano-technology lighting company, Sarah’s work has been named as one of Scotland’s most innovative spin-out companies.
Nano-Lit was founded in 2013 and leverages Sarah’s thesis work in LED lighting applications and knowledge of lighting and manufacturing to commercialise a nascent technology – Quantum Dots.
Its goal is to achieve a fully manufactural material that emits light and can be formed for use in products, positioning them at the forefront of using light to improve people's well-being.
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.
Find out more about Enigma People Solutions here
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