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Applications for the next round of Spark are now being accepted

Design Council’s Spark is a £150k product innovation fund and 20-week mentoring programme supporting the UK's next great inventions.  Applications are now open and we are calling all those with great product ideas at prototype stage to enter for a chance to be selected to join the 20 week programme and to receive a share of the £150k innovation fund to take their product to market. ...
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New report highlights the £71.7bn contribution of design to the UK economy

Design Council has published new research into the contribution and value of design across the UK economy, redefining the parameters and extent to which design is seen as a driving force for economic growth.    The Design Economy 2015 research explores the value contributed by designers working in both design-specific and non-design industries. This definition more...
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Call for experts - Horizontal Innovation

Horizontal innovation is the effective transfer of knowledge and technology from one sector to another, currently exploited on an ‘ad hoc’ basis in the UK. There is significant room for an increased and improved national approach - based upon pre-existing technologies and processes, and delivering huge potential benefits in terms of scale, time to market and relative costs.   ...
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Technological innovation to revolutionise life for ageing population and benefit economy

The latest report, “Opportunity Knocks”, published by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), in conjunction with the IET and the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre highlights that technological innovation could revolutionise life for the ageing population and benefit the economy.   The report highlights a number of ideas, including: Kettles...
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Up to £800K for 'Cities Integrated by Design'

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800,000 in technical feasibility studies that explore the operational and financial feasibility of integrating planned new or retrofit infrastructure projects into other urban systems in a beneficial way. Infrastructure projects traditionally find it difficult to look beyond their own system – usually because integration into other systems is not seen as...
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City Demonstrator Learning Events - register your interest now

Opportunities for urban authorities to access use cases for future cities solutions, and to have a say on the future of InnovateUK’s Urban Living Programme.   Over the past 2 years, InnovateUK has invested £33m in future cities demonstrators across Glasgow, London, Bristol and Peterborough.   The projects were designed to enable businesses to test new solutions...
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Design Council Spark

Design Council Spark is a product innovation fund to uncover the UK's next great inventions. Apply now for a chance to win a place on its 20 week fast-track mentoring programme, as well as up to £165k funding to help bring your physical product prototype or idea to market. Design Council Spark is a fund and accelerator, that provides support and investment into physical product...
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Design Council and MedCity launch new ‘independent living’ medtech competition

MedCity and Design Council have launched a new competition to win a ten-week accelerator coaching course for medtech entrepreneurs to develop effective, usable and commercially successful health technologies that can support older people or those with debilitating medical conditions to lead more independent lives. The MedTechSouthEast programme, supported by AXA PPP...
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Arup Design Book: 50 city stories explored

Arup's 'Design Book: 50 city stories explored' brings together projects of all kinds delivered for and with cities around the world. 'We examine the ideas that help make great urban places – through design that is intelligent, beautiful, green, resilient, responsible and future-facing... Cities must tackle a diverse set of challenges. To name a few, they must deal with...
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Mix of design and healthcare creates low-cost, high-impact innovation solutions

    Based in an eye-catching wooden building in the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital the HELIX Centre (Healthcare Innovation Exchange), which is the result of a collaboration between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, acts as a hub to engage frontline NHS staff and patients as co-design collaborators to improve service levels across all NHS Trusts. ...
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We're hiring - Knowledge Transfer Manager (Design Service)

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is expanding its design team. We have an opening for a designer with a strategic or service design background, who is looking to make a difference to UK innovation.   We are looking for a service or strategic designer who can personify key design attributes: communicating with clarity and vision, applying a creative, problem-solving...
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KTN at New Designers 2015: Part 2 - The Future

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) recently ran a series of workshops and talks New Designers 2015 – the leading design graduate exhibition, which was celebrating its thirtieth incarnation. Over 200 industry leaders attended KTN’s talks and workshops – from Unilever and McDonald’s to IBM and McLaren Applied Technologies. This clearly demonstrated the strengths of KTN in bringing science,...
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KTN at New Designers 2015: Part 1 - Funding

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) recently ran a series of workshops and talks New Designers 2015 – the leading design graduate exhibition, which was celebrating its thirtieth incarnation. Over 200 industry leaders attended KTN’s talks and workshops – from Unilever and McDonald’s to IBM and McLaren Applied Technologies. This clearly demonstrated the strengths of KTN in bringing science,...
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Crafts Council Hothouse opens - support for emerging makers

Applications for Hothouse, the Craft Council's programme of creative and business support for ambitious and talented new makers, are now open.   This six month programme of professional support for craft makers within three years of setting up in business includes ten one-day workshops, a two-day residential, six hours of 1:1 mentoring and connects you to a national network of...
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Entries now open for the 2015 UXUK Awards

Enter the UXUK Awards 2015   If you have worked on a website, app, service or student project which displays outstanding customer experience, these awards offer an opportunity to get your work recognised. See here for: a full list of the 10 distinct award categories and the Judges Panel.   The User Experience UK Awards are well recognised within industry and...
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The road to design excellence - Highways England Panel

An expert panel brought together by Highways England to encourage excellence in road design, met for the first time and pledged to change thinking and place more emphasis on the importance of good design within the road environment.   With Highways England responsible for delivering £11bn worth of Government investment in England’s major roads and motorways over the next...
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The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the Biomimicry Institute, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, that invites people around the world to address critical sustainability issues using nature as a guide.  The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is open to students and professionals around the world. The Biomimicry Global...
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Participate in the KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015

KTN Industry Workshops at New Designers 2015   Date: Thursday, 02 July 2015   Time: 10:00 - 17:00   Venue: The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH   Event Background: Leading businesses are increasingly aware of design’s role in delivering innovative approaches to today’s economic and societal...
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Wanted: innovative manufacturers

By Dr Edward Hobson, Knowledge Transfer Manager: Design, KTN     The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) offers a world-class design and prototyping team to help high value manufacturing businesses realise new products and services.     Imagine as a kid, writing your wish list to Santa…in May. It’s quite long with many things you’d...
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MOD SBRI call seeks innovative technologies, designs - launch event 18 June

The Ministry of Defence will shortly be releasing three SBRI calls. The KTN is supporting the MoD by hosting a launch event in London on the 18th June. Outline details of the call topics are as follows:   Enhanced Individual Protective Equipment (E-IPE)   This MOD call seeks innovative technologies, materials, designs or concepts to optimise Individual Protective...
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Design for life, not just manufacturing

By Dick Elsy, CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult   Dick Elsy is CEO of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Dick will be speaking at Design Council’s Leading Business by Design Summit on Thursday 18 June.   The Knowledge Transfer Network is a promotional partner of the Summit. It has an exclusive 40% discount rate on the standard ticket price. Quote...
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Write up of the recent All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group's (APDIG) Spring Reception

The Design, Innovation & Technology Spring Reception was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group (APDIG) and the Design Special Interest Group - a Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) programme. Featuring a series of talks from  high-profile public sector, industry, academic and policy speakers, this event  offered a showcase of design in innovation...
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How design can amplify the impact of scientific research

[Via John Mathers, Chief Executive, Design Council]   Design Council is part of the government’s innovation ecosystem. We deliver support programmes, research and evidence to demonstrate the impact of design on sectors critical to the growth of the UK’s economy and wellbeing. Through collaborative work, mentoring and coaching, our work adds value to our university research...
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Leading Business by Design Summit, June 2015 - Exclusive KTN discount rate!

The demand to reduce costs while increasing productivity and ensuring quality products means your profit margins are constantly at risk. To lower this risk, forward-thinking businesses are investing more time and money into design methodologies, resulting in significant cost reductions.   Design Council’s Leading Business by Design Summit will explore how design...
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How good practice in design and data visualisation can support innovation

Leonora Oppenheim, Design Storyteller, Director of Creative Data    “We are now firmly in the era of big data.” This emphatic opening to the Design Special Interest Group’s new report on Design and Data Visualisation gets straight to the point. Without doubt you have been hearing a lot, over the last few years, about the importance of collecting and...
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