17 July 2010
I have written before about the potential synergy of design and technology, and how we are gradually finding ways to engage with the design community more in our activities. One consequences of this is that we have been invited to join the Home Office Design and Technology Alliance. This, in turn, has allowed me to go and learn more about both design and crime!! The one thing that quickly becomes apparent is that the elements of design must be built into the situation from the beginning, not added as an afterthought.
10 July 2010
A few years ago, I attended an EPSRC organised presentation where an American professor was “proving” that all major technological developments had started in scientific laboratories. He had an impressive list of examples and was doing well until someone asked the simple question “what happened to all the ideas that didn’t get developed?”
04 July 2010
Now that we are almost 3 years old, we are beginning to accumulate the data we need to check that what we are doing is having the intended effect. One thing we have always tried to do – even in the DTI days – was to apply criteria to find those areas and activities where there was an opportunity for UK based businesses to compete effectively. In the case of Innovation Platforms, we achieve this by working closely with Government Departments who are driving policy in the area and examine the likely impact of the policy implementation on the market and then use that to inform those who could contribute towards addressing the challenge the policy is aiming for.