The winners of the prestigious NEF Innovation Awards were announced in London last week (Thursday 5 December). Awards were made for innovations in smart motorway design, ground-breaking insulation improvements, food security initiatives and donation processes that have been turned upside down to break away from conventional methods (full list of winners below).
The Awards were presented by Maggie Philbin, TeenTech CEO and BBC journalist, presenter and broadcaster at the NEF’s annual ‘Innovisions’ conference.
The Innovation Awards were established last year to recognise and celebrate the very best in UK innovation. The Awards provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate their innovation and gain recognition for the role they play in inspiring and motivating others.
The winners in all eight categories were decided by a panel of industry experts, influencers and leaders including the award sponsors EMC, BASF: The Chemical Company, and National Grid and EDF Energy.
Describing the judging process Professor Sa’ad Medhat NEFs CEO. “The winners were chosen due to their clarity of intended purpose, uniqueness of approach, potential impact, and whether they stimulated and galvanised others. They demonstrated economic value and social benefit, which will help promote sustainable growth in the UK.”
The NEF Innovation Award winners in full:
Most Inspiring Innovation Leader
Calvin executed a collection of innovative ideas through a significant construction project on Smart Motorway design. There were several other large-scale construction projects nominated, but this projects the level of personal leadership and demonstrated the qualities empowering innovation to ensure his team drove the project forward to success.
SPONSOR: BASF The Chemical Company
Business: Most Innovative Business
Loftzone undertook research that demonstrated that loft insulation was up to 50% less effective than previously thought in 80% of UK buildings. They then set out to invent a patent-pending solution to this issue, which they have successfully brought to market.
SPONSOR: BASF The Chemical Company
Business: Innovator of the Year
Maxwell is the driving force behind a major overhaul of Whitehall’s IT operations in the pursuit of cost and time savings. He believes that government spends too much on IT, and is championing policies to help reverse this spending.
SPONSOR: BASF The Chemical Company
Education & Training: Best example of innovation in a final year STEM-related degree project.
In his final year project, Eamon took an innovative approach in the design of luxury travel pack for men. He used several methods that enabled the design to be produced cheaper and that made the travel bag less bulky.
SPONSOR: EDF Energy
Education & Training: Innovative student of the year
During his apprenticeship at Airbus, Daniel took part in many different projects that he continuously excelled in. Daniel created a package that he delivered to a primary school in order to promote engineering to the students. He also lead an innovative investigation into the suitability of a new measurement device that saved Airbus time and money. Lastly, Daniel was a key player in the development of 3 bio-gas plants in India to help communities cook food while reducing deforestation.
Education & Training: Best example of innovation in a STEM course or training programme
Bradford College and the Royal Surrey County Hospital have worked together to introduce a blended-learning programme for pharmaceutical science. The focus of the projects was to consider a lean way of delivering a robust, holistic programme after ongoing concerns regarding the quality and delivery of the Btech UPK for PTPTs in the South East.
Best example of voluntary sector innovation award
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research were the first charity ever to build their own crowdfunding platform in-house and did so in just 6 months and produced pledgeit.org.uk. Pledgeit overcomes the feeling of ‘fundraising fatigue’ associated with traditional sponsorship methods by letting friends challenge friends.
SPONSOR: National Grid
Best example of government policy enabling innovation
CABI is the parent non-profit organisation of Plantwise – a food security initiative. Plantwise is making a difference in the lives of over 280, 000 farmers worldwide, working innovatively to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods.
SPONSOR: National Grid
Special Commendations were given to the following individuals and organisations:
James Forward from Costain - for being instrumental in personally driving the development and delivery of COpath - a new technology that monitors the movement of people around a transport hub using wireless signals omitted through smart devices.
Balfour Beatty - for their customer experience tool – MAP - an innovative customer experience model that integrates the company’s activities and converts it into an almost real-time feedback loop for the business.
Costain - For their identification of innovative ways of engaging young people in STEM subjects as well as raising awareness of job opportunities within the engineering industry with the implementation of a STEM game app.
Haydn Duffy from South West College - for his excellent example of the practical application of recycling in fashion.
Luke Graves from Hull College - for excelling in his apprenticeship at Total LOR. Luke was instrumental in identifying several process problems at the refinery. All reports from the refinery highlighted Luke’s technical ability and excellent safety awareness and he was praised for preventing substantial losses.
Selby College and Doosan Power Systems - for their development and delivery of a successful innovative collaborative programme improving employment opportunities for many people in and around their community.
Dudley College - for identifying a shortfall in higher level engineering skills in the region and addressing the problem by creating Dudley Advance – a new centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.
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Established in 2004, NEF: The Innovation Institute is an independent foundation, professional body and do-tank that supports innovation & the development of SciTech skills through providing: CPD Programmes and Resources; Evidential Research, Policy and Advocacy; Quality Assurance & Improvement in education and industry; Knowledge and Technology Exchange across science and technology sectors
For more on the NEF’s annual conference ‘Innovisions 2013’ and the NEF see www.thenef.org.uk
Are you creating the next game-changer?
Innovation is an important differentiator in highly competitive markets. It has become a more sophisticated function that is mandated by organisations. However, to achieve and maintain innovative cultures and practices requires leadership commitment to continuous improvement and contemporary management systems.
The Innovisions 2013 conference will be held at the Institute of Directors, London on December 5, and is sponsored by EDF Energy Campus.
Professor Sa’ad Medhat, CEO of NEF The Innovation Institute, said: “Whether you are a company, educational provider or a public sector organisation, the common thread that joins all is that standing still is not an option!
“The race to innovate, the search for talent, and, the quest for new markets defines today’s global business environment. Innovation, a key differentiator in competitive markets, is an increasingly sophisticated function, mandated by many successful organisations. Yet achieving and maintaining innovative cultures and practices requires leadership commitment, contemporary management systems and aligned workforce capabilities.”
Innovisions 2013 will provide a participative rich environment for industrial and academic leaders and policy makers to share views on how to create the next game-changer in order to drive growth and productivity.
Innovisions 2013 is an “Inquiry” style conference, providing a platform to discuss views and challenges pertaining to current issues in innovation and knowledge. Keynote speakers include the CEO of Crossrail, the President of DuPont Europe, Middle East & Africa and the Director of EDF Energy R&D UK Centre.
In addition, a showcase of innovation in learning and development will be presented by EDF Energy Campus, the sponsor of the conference.
Dave Drury, Chancellor of EDF Energy Campus said, “Promoting innovation and collaboration is at the heart of EDF Energy Campus, so we are delighted to sponsor Innovisions again this year and share with you some of the developments we are working on that will change the game for us.
“Campus is an innovative and inspirational investment by EDF Energy in our future, connecting us and creating new learning and development opportunities for everyone.”
Innovisions 2013 will include two special sessions, ‘Innovation in Business’ chaired by Jeremy Webb, Editor of the New Scientist, and ‘Innovation in Education’ chaired by Sarah Campbell, Education Correspondent of the BBC. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the Panel and contribute to the Inquiries which will be illuminated by the contributions of other business, academic and policy leaders from BASF, EDF Energy, Jaguar Land Rover, Britvic, EMC2, MBDA, Bosch, BT, Costain, Rolls-Royce, Manchester Metropolitan University, Coventry University, Highbury College, NHS, University of Chester and Activate Learning Group.
As we enter the next generation in innovation, concepts, goals and the face of science, engineering and technology are rapidly changing. The aim of these Inquiries is to share ideas and inspire others to create the innovation engine to address some of today’s challenges and questions such as: Where is the next smart opportunity for business growth? How do you stimulate innovation at all levels to ensure a sustainable and scalable innovation pipeline?
The conference will also feature the announcement of the Innovation Award Winners in Business, Education and Public Policy and will be presented by Dr Maggie Philbin, TeenTech CEO and BBC Journalist, Presenter and Broadcaster. The Innovation Awards, conferred by a panel of industry experts, influencers and leaders, are designed to recognise and celebrate the very best in UK innovation. It is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate their innovation and gain recognition for the role they play in inspiring and motivating others. The winners will contribute to a culture of generation innovation which will help promote sustainable growth in the UK.
Innovisions 2013 is an opportunity to engage with senior business and academic leaders to exchange ideas and to discuss ways in which to shape and accelerate innovation. Whether you have attended Innovisions in the past or are new to the conference, this is an event not to be missed.
Entry to Innovisions 2013 is free but by invitation only.
For further information:
Robyn Burriss or Emma Bennett
Innovisions – Conference Coordinators
NEF: The Innovation Institute
10 Bective Place
London SW15 2PZ
Tel: 020 8786 3677
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Further information can be found from: www.thenef.org.uk
NEF will be launching Brite – NEF’s Innovation Review at Innovisions 2013.
EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.
In its nuclear activities EDF Energy has partnered with Centrica, which has a 20% stake in the company’s eight existing plants and in the project carrying out pre-development work for new build. Centrica also has the option to take up to 20% stakes in each of the four planned plants.
Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.
EDF was the official electricity supplier and an official partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, real time energy monitoring and electric vehicle research.
EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.