SMASHfestUK started life as a birthday party. Dr Lindsay Keith had been bemoaning the fact that she hadn’t been able to go to a festival for years. So her partner, Wyn Griffiths, decided that for her birthday, he would bring the festival to her. Tucked in a small pub in South East London, it lasted all day and included the best bits of her favourite festivals; science, comedy, music and art.
It was tremendous fun, but it got us thinking; why shouldn’t everyone get to enjoy this? We’re based in Deptford, London, an area where 40% of young people live in poverty and almost 80% of the young population is from a black or ethnic minority background. Research suggests that young people from BME backgrounds are only one third as likely to follow a career in STEM, and that children growing up in poverty are far less likely to enter STEM industries as a career.
We were pleased to attend a recent recording of The Bottom Line with Evan Davis, in which Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation Lord Browne of Madingley discussed his views on business and its current place in society. The programme is now available on BBC iPlayer – click here to listen!
The doors are open to CES 2017. The annual trade show, organised by the Consumer Technology Association, takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Monopolising the Las Vegas Convention Centre for four days in early January, the show has grown year on year since its birth.
This year’s offering is set to be the best yet, with a line-up of more than 850 first-time exhibitors, seven keynote speeches and the addition of ‘SuperSessions’. With around 4000 different exhibitors headed to the desert to present their wares, who will stand out from the crowd this year?
On 3rd October, QEPrize winner Dr Robert Langer returned to the UK, joining marine engineer Ilya Marotta and broadcaster Alok Jha to discuss the future of engineering.
To catch up with the evening’s events, you can watch the video below, and the event photos can be found here. If you’d like to hear about more events like this in the future, make sure you’re following us on Twitter!
Dr Robert Langer, winner of the 2015 QEPrize returns to speak in the UK for the first time since receiving his award. Book now to see him discuss the world’s biggest engineering challenges with some of the world’s leading engineers!
Last year’s Create the Future report highlighted the call for engineers to lead the way in solving the world’s biggest problems. The key challenges that the report identified include tackling climate change, providing healthcare for an ageing population and securing the world’s energy supply. Our panel of expert engineers will take a look at what steps their profession must take to meet the public’s high expectations.
The Royal Academy of Engineering this week plays host to the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technical Sciences (CAETS) annual meeting. More than 400 delegates from around the world will travel to Savoy Place in London, home of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, for the event.
The two-day conference boasts a glittering line-up of speakers, including a special message from Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates.
Opening its doors to the public last Thursday, London’s Olympic Park hosted Shell’s Make the Future London festival, home this year to first ever Driver’s World Championship, an ultra-energy-efficient driving challenge. More than 3000 students from schools and universities in 29 countries around the world took part in Shell’s Eco-marathon Europe over the course of the weekend, some scrambling to get their cars finished just hours before the starting flag fell.
Kicking off in the German city of Leipzig, tomorrow marks the start of the 2016 RoboCup challenge, the world’s most prominent and diverse competition for intelligent robots. The world cup of robotics brings together a host of inter-disciplinary problems, from robotics and artificial intelligence, right the way through to electrical and mechanical engineering, as teams battle it out to take home the most prestigious prize in robotic football.
The ultimate vision of the RoboCup Federation is to see autonomous, humanoid robots successfully competing against their human counterparts in football matches by 2050. In the last few years however, additional disciplines have been added alongside the football matches, driving research into the use of intelligent robots in rescue missions, around the house, and in industrial production.