Established by Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is the UK’s innovation network – helping grow the UK economy by building better links between science, creativity and business to speed up innovation, solve problems and find markets for new ideas.
KTN at New Designers 2016
Thursday Late: 07 July 2016 | Creative Thinking for Commercial Success
As part of 2016's Thursday Late programme at Part 2, we joined forces with the KTN and its partners the Institute of Directors, IORMA and The Manufacturer to invite leading industrialists, entrepreneurs and investors – who usually work outside of the creative sector – along to see the show.
Start thinking big with inspirational words from the KTN’s special-guest keynote speakers. Find out how designers drive innovation in big business, and how creative thinking is intrinsic to commercial success.
Industry heavyweights spoke at the event including:
Clive Grinyer, Customer Experience Director at Barclays
Kevin McCullagh, Founder, Plan product-service strategists
Friday 08 July | Talks & Clinics
10.45am - 11.30am
Design for Alzheimer’s and Dementia - The Inside Story
800,000 people in the UK live with dementia, rising to 1 million+ by 2025 and 2 million by 2051 (Alzheimer’s Society), and thoughtful design can make a real improvement to their daily experiences.
Hear from an inspirational group of design-entrepreneurs to share top tips and inside stories on bringing dementia-friendly products to market. You’ll also learn about the KTN dementia innovation panel, which supports design-led start-ups across the UK with user and carer insights plus technical, financial and commercialisation advice.
Speakers included: Hazel Boyd - DesignAbility, Dave King - Studio LR, Jon Wingrave - Alzheimer’s Society and Michael Wolff - Michael Wolff & Company. Chaired by John Bound - KTN.
11.45am - 12.30pm
3D Printing Part One - Design Freedom
3D printing is revolutionising many aspects of our lives - from replica aircraft parts to implants and even customised chocolates. Discover how top designers are pushing the creative possibilities of additive manufacturing technologies, and how future 3D software will make it even easier to bring your designs to life.
Speakers included Arthur Mamou-Mani, Simply Rhino, Duncan Fitzsimons, 7th Design & Invention, Nick Grace, Adams Watt and Rees Calder, My Mini Factory. Chaired by Louise Jones - The KTN
12.45pm - 1.30pm
3D Printing Part Two - Material Choices
Materials are key to the growth of 3D printing, and to the designer's freedom to be truly imaginative. Learn about the current realities of printing with metals, elastomers, polymers and composites, and find out how designers and materials scientists might work together to improve future 3D material choices.
Speakers included Sarat Babu, Betatype, Richard Jackson - UCL, Oliver Smith - Stratasys, Chaired by Sally Beken, KTN.
10.00am - 4.00pm
Materials & Design Clinic
Experts from the Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) Partnership were at New Designers on 08 July, visiting exhibitors on their stands to offer advice on materials and process selection, new technologies (robotics to sensors) as well as manufacturing and design innovation. MaDE Partners include Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED).
If you were exhibiting at New Designers 2016 and working with materials or emerging technologies for design this was a hugely valuable opportunity to receive feedback from experienced industry figures and expand your professional network.