NESTA is an independent charity that works to increase the innovation capacity of the UK. It acts through a combination of practical programmes, investment, policy research and the formation of partnerships to promote innovation across a broad range of sectors.
As such it has a really good insight into what organisations and companies are researching and investing in for the future and is certainly an organisation the BIC is closely linked to.
There are 10 NESTA predictions for 2017, let’s look at some of them:
Vegetarian Food Gets Bloodthirsty !!
In kitchens and laboratories around the world a whole new breed of veggie burger is being developed which looks like meat, tastes like meat and even bleeds like meat and would fool even the most hardened carnivore.
Supposedly healthier, more sustainable and just as delicious as the real thing, it is predicted that in 2017 hyper-realistic mock meat will start to grace our dinner tables.
As automation expands even further into industry it is anticipated that over the next couple of decades millions of jobs will either disappear or change from manufacturing to services and the professions. Hundreds of millions of adults will have to learn new skills, from handling digital technologies to more human skills like how to collaborate, communicate or create.
As that reality dawns, attention will turn to adult education and retraining. In recent years they have been largely ignored and had their funding cut. That’s set to change.
Watch out for more talk of ‘older workers’ and ‘adult skills’, and the ‘stock’ as well as the ‘flow’ of learners. Watch out for ministers and policy-makers talking about how low adult skills threatens not just the life chances of millions, but also the productivity of the economy as a whole, not to mention widespread feelings of disempowerment.
Blockchain Powers a Personal Data Revolution
Sounds complicated but following the rise of the world wide web and increased share of information which on the up side has opened up so many opportunities to everybody there is a growing down side where we have seen a controlling and sometimes intrusive reach into our personal lives when personal information is exchanged for services.
Research is now growing on an alternative to the centralised web where everybody controls their own information and knows who has accessed them. In 2017 through Blockchain – a distributed ledger that enables individuals to transact with each other without the need of a trusted third party we will see the acceleration of efforts to apply exactly these benefits at scale, empowering users of online services to create personal data stores which will allow people to own and maintain their own data, granting and rescinding access and enabling it to be used, shared or deleted as they see fit.
This time last year I started a Blog around Technological and Scientific Predictions for 2016 as researched by NESTA the world’s leading Innovation foundation.
Before I consider this year’s predictions I thought I would look back at one of the 2016 Predictions showing how that evolved over the year.
“Doctors will start prescribing computer games to heal you”
This hasn’t quite evolved as predicted but a virtual reality experience used to treat patients suffering with paranoia has proved ground breaking. May 2016 saw the launch of Sea Quest Hero, a 3D game which collects data on spatial navigation to help dementia research. By November data collected from 2.4 million players has led to a breakthrough that could lead to the first ever test for dementia.
At the same time a huge craze overtook the world and the UK as the Pokemon Go phenomenon hit and you couldn’t move for people walking around playing it in the streets, parks and at tourist attractions. At its height in July there were nearly 45,000,000 active users looking for a Pikachu to add to their Pokedex. The interactive game has been praised for its physical and social benefits encouraging children and parents to go out walking in their locality.
The 2016 prediction that “Doctors will start prescribing computer games to heal you” may well come true in 2017.
For 2017 the future predictions by NESTA include:
- Vegetarian Food Gets Bloodthirsty
- Lifelong Learners
- Blockchain Powers a Personal Data Revolution
- The rise of the Armchair Volunteer
- The Splinternet
- Classroom Conundrums Tackled Together
- A new artistic approach to Virtual Reality
- Computer Says No: the backlash
- Next Generation Social Movement for Health
- How Brexit turned the UK German
My next few blogs will investigate these in further detail so watch this space …………….
Still thinking what to buy young people for Christmas?
Would they like to become a detective? Would they like to join the CIA?
Look no further than the NESTA Christmas Present List 2016
These are new product ideas supported by Nesta which is an innovation foundation set up to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life.
All these products can be bought on-line making it an easy choice for purchase.
It is with great sadness that we have heard that one of our previous Board members George Stonier has recently passed away. George was one of the founding Board Members of the BIC who enthusiastically supported the BIC and its clients for over 20 years. We pass our condolences on to his family with fond memories.
The BIC has been sponsoring these Awards since the year 2000. Winning such awards is a great accolade for any business. It’s a proud moment for a company and its staff and it’s a great marketing statement for a company and could easily bring you new business
If you need any assistance in entering please let us know. Entries close on 16 December 2016.
Please find below the link to the article on the Sentinel Website:
The Business Innovation Centre recently took advantage of Keele University’s Student Internship programme to find someone to design and develop a new client database interface for the company.
Chelsea Nock, pictured here with BIC Deputy Chief Executive Jackie Millward was coming to the end of her MSc in Advanced Computer Science and welcomed the opportunity to practice her skills in a real time environment.
Chelsea’s placement at the BIC lasted for three months under the tutelage of their IT Manager Paul Longshaw. Chelsea immersed herself easily into the BIC team and soon understood the complicated requirements of an organisation which has been operating for over 20 years.
The new database is now up and running and BIC staff are finding it a wonderful resource. They are particularly pleased with the new reporting systems which will help them make light of complicated reporting requirements of their European Funded projects.
Chelsea finally completes her course at the end of September when she will be available for full time employment in web development, programming or software development.
It’s been wonderful following Team GB at the Rio Olympics, we did so well coming second in the Medals table. We got so many golds, so many FIRSTS. And we’ve seen many Firsts in Innovations in Technology helping the adjudicators and referees, Innovations in training helping the athletes reach their maximum fitness but can you remember Dick Fosbury in the Mexico Olympics in 1968 where he first introduced the Fosbury Flop?
On the Nesta website there is an old clip of the actual event where Dick Fosbury took the High Jump by storm when instead of utilising the traditional straddle or scissors technique he decided it would be better to lower his centre of mass during the jump by wrapping his back and himself closely around the bar and land on his shoulders and not his feet. This allowed him to jump much higher – a real innovation. And even though for almost 40 years Fosbury was considered a freak, all High Jump Professionals now use the Fosbury Flop technique.
If your business is ready for new ideas and inspiration why not join us at our next workshop:
Profit from Innovation
14 September 2016 | 4-6pm
Stoke on Trent
Open to all Company Sectors | Registration deadline 31 August 2016
Innovate UK have funds to help companies research and develop innovative technological products where there is a technical risk involved.
Recently Innovate UK restricted applications to four key areas of industry but they currently have ONE Open Competition where companies from any sector can apply but you must be looking to solve or prove a technological risk and the good news is that their contribution is up to 70% of your overall expenditure.
Details below but do note the closing date of 31 August 2016:
Following the successful launch of their latest New Product Development Grant of £5,400 funded by the European Regional Development Fund which will help companies pay for specialist consultancy advice, in July the BIC appointed a new member of staff.
Rachel Wood is now the BIC’s Research & Development Adviser and her role is to help companies source and finance support from Research Organisations to help them develop new products and services.
Born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent, Rachel who graduated from Staffordshire University is no stranger to the BIC having worked there on another project over ten years ago. She has had over 15 years experience working with businesses in Staffordshire, has managed a number of European projects and has been very successful in helping local businesses apply for all kinds of funding including grants and loans.
Rachel has quickly settled in to life at the BIC – just like old times.
Any companies looking to work with Research Organisations to help them research or develop new products or services are invited to contact Rachel at the BIC on 01782 333798.
The BIC is a not for profit organisation which has been successfully operating in Staffordshire for over 20 years. It offers advice and guidance to individuals and small and medium sized businesses who have innovative new product ideas.
CLOSING DATE 18th September 2016
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Through participation, businesses are encouraged to develop entrepreneurship and strategic thinking to help drive their business forward. The unique cash awards are presented to businesses that are able to demonstrate drive and ambition based on sound business planning. There will also be other awards on offer including the opportunity to win a part-funded apprentice for one year!
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