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DHL challenges smart minds to develop innovative circular economy solutions

DHL has launched the “Fair and Responsible Challenge” requiring visionaries to come up with a concept design creating sustainable logistics solutions for the world of tomorrow. Original ideas and practical solutions that address and solve environmental and social challenges with new and innovative logistics-based business models are sought. Concepts could be connected to using logistics to...
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Design and Design Values - Research Report

This guest post is submitted by Lucy Wills, a strategic design consultant.   How can we ensure the future of the design industry, if we don’t understand the full range of critical factors that underpin its current success? To try to get as accurate and inclusive a picture as possible, the Design Values project is looking at how UK design industry can reach its full...
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Report from the Design Council's 'Knee High Design Challenge'

This paper sets out what the Design Council learned from the approach taken in the Knee High Design Challenge programme, using design and open innovation to enable change in improving health and wellbeing.   Key highlights include the opportunity to apply aspects of this approach to tackle other complex challenges and to improve people’s health and wellbeing. The paper is...
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‘Sustainable Innovation 2016’ welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on Circular Economy innovation and design

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2016   ‘Circular Economy’ Innovation & Design Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences   21st International Conference 7th-8th November 2016 University for the Creative Arts  Epsom Surrey KT18 5BE  UK     CONCEPT   Sustainable...
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Multimillion pound design centre to strengthen UK innovation in the transport industry

A new multimillion pound centre of design excellence to support UK innovation in the transport industry and boost efforts to bridge a shortfall in essential creative skills will be opening at Coventry University in 2017. The announcement of the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) comes as a new report from the Automotive Council UK identifies a need for improved education...
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International Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Eco-innovation Brokerage event - Liverpool 22 June 2016

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is working with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and Innovate UK to organise a FREE one day brokerage, matchmaking and information event.  The event is focusing on Horizon 2020, technology transfer and commercial opportunities for businesses making the transition to a circular economy and becoming more resource efficient.   The circular...
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Register for IOM3 workshop: Eco-design & Product Sustainability in the Transport Sector

Eco-Design & Product Sustainability in the Transport Sector - Managing emerging environment and sustainability risks 17 May 2016 IOM3, 297 Euston Road, London NW1, UK Register at  www.iom3online.org/eco-design2016  (KTN discount rate available)   Eco-Design and product sustainability is becoming increasingly more important to the transport...
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Energy sector needs more designers

As energy networks become smarter and more complex, and the sector cries out for skilled engineers, the Design Council's CEO John Mathers discusses why design skills are fundamental to ensuring the sector can continue to compete in an increasingly global market.     Skilled design engineers play a vital part in the infrastructure of energy supply. Our Design Economy...
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KTN innovation panel for dementia-friendly products

KTN are launching a series of regional events at which selected designers, inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers can obtain confidential expert feedback and guidance on developing/commercialising their dementia-friendly product ideas.    Pilot event in London, 30 March 2016 2-5pm, 30 March 2016, KTN Suite 220, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1...
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Beyond Discipline - Design Practice and Design Education in the C21st

Lara Furniss, a researcher at Birmingham City University, has undertaken a wide-ranging piece of research looking at the changes in design practice and design education since the year 2000.   For the “Beyond Discipline” research, Furniss spoke to key industry figures including designers Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad, chief executive officer of D&AD Tim Lindsay, chief...
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House of Lords Select Committee on the National Policy of the Built Environment has published its report.

Building better places was published on Friday 19 February 2016, and contains a range of recommendations designed to improve the way national policy is developed and implemented in the built environment, including design quality, sustainability, housing and professional skills.   The report has looked at a number ofkey questions including:   -  What...
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Invitation to APDIG panel discussion on 17 March - 'Designed and Made in Britain?'

Following the launch of the Design and Technology Association Designed and Made in Britain campaign, this event will focus on wider concerns around the sharp decline in takeup of design education   9:30 - 11am Thursday 17th March   Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA   Chaired by John Pugh MP   ...
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€4m for 'Design-based consumer goods'

European Commission -  Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)   COS-DESIGN-2015-3-06: Design-based consumer goods II   The call for design-based consumer goods aims to shorten the time-to-market of innovative solutions, remove obstacles to wider application of creative solutions, create or enlarge markets for related products (or...
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Amazon unveils new drone design

The Seattle-based retailer has recently revealed a new prototype for its Amazon Prime Air drone delivery program, which the company said is able to fly distances of up to 15 miles and reach altitudes of 400 feet. The drone, which was featured in promotional footage on a company website, is designed to deliver packages within 30 minutes and looks like a hybrid of a helicopter and a fixed-wing...
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Innovate UK’s Urban Living Programme highlights future city opportunities for urban authorities

Since 2012, Innovate UK has invested £33m in future cities demonstrators across Glasgow, London, Bristol and Peterborough.   The projects were designed to enable businesses to test new solutions for connecting and integrating individual city systems, and to allow cities to explore new approaches to meeting their challenges.   Innovate UK is running a series of...
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Lasers, robotics and customisable walking aids lead the way in new competition to develop products for independent living

Lasers, robotics and customisable walking aids lead the way in new competition to develop products for independent living   Laser-emitting shoes which help people overcome ‘freezing-of-gait’ and a Meccano-style walking aid kit are just two of the inventions being developed by companies in London and the south-east which could help people stay independent for longer as they get...
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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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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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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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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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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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