Venturefest South West, a flagship event for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors in the technology sector has announced speakers including representatives from the Met Office, Crowdcube, MSubs, the Department of Health, Innovate UK and the region’s universities plus other leading lights from the world of technology and business.
Paddy Dowsett, Project Manager at autonomous craft specialists MSubs will be discussing the highly anticipated Mayflower Autonomous Ship, the first full-sized autonomous unmanned ship to sail across the Atlantic planned for 2020, in a marine tech discussion session. The project, which has grabbed international attention, is being developed by a partnership of organisations including MSubs.
Also joining the marine tech discussion sharing insights and case studies, will be Ken Wittamore MD at Cornwall-based Triskel Marine, Peter Beech from WITT Ltd., David Elson, Lead Technologist Marine and Maritime, Innovate UK and Patrick Hartop, Head of City Deal, Plymouth City Council as well as a host of other marine tech innovators and investors.
Dr Liz O’Driscoll, Head of Innovation at Exeter City Futures will be presenting its ‘smart city’ initiative. Exeter City Futures will also launch challenges for innovators and introduce Exeter City Futures Urban Impact Accelerator, an intensive start-up accelerator program for entrepreneurs.
Dr Vicky Pope, Head of Integration and Growth at the Met Office will be joining Ben Neild, Assistant Director, Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter and Gerry Shattock, General Manager, Exeter Science Park to discuss new developments in environmental big data. The session will explain opportunities to foster innovation via the new Met Office Collaboration Zone and an Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab being developed by the University of Exeter with its regional partners.