Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering


Smart Cities: all hype or a platform for change?

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 19 August 2019

The third episode of the Create the Future podcast is out now! Joining us this month to discuss what our future cities might look like are Larissa Suzuki, senior product manager for automatic machine learning at ORACLE, and honorary associate professor at UCL; and Andrew Comer, director of the cities business unit at BuroHappold Engineering.

In this month’s episode, Smart Cities: all hype or a platform for change?, we look back on the technological and economic successes of the 2012 Olympic Games; debate the implications of using people’s data to improve city infrastructure; and highlight the need to ensure that smart city technology is developed to be inclusive, not a commodity. Click below to hear more!

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nowlight – renewable power; anytime and anywhere

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 11 December 2018

Image of a boy reading using the light of a kerosene lamp.

At times, it may appear to some that innovative technologies and products tend to spring up out of the blue – that John or Jane Doe woke up one morning and engineered a working product by nightfall. In rare cases, this is (more or less) the case. However, more often than not the truth is that the innovative technologies we see in the news were developed rather more meticulously – the result of continuous iterative processes that significantly transform a product from its original concept. ‘nowlight’, a renewable energy solution produced by company Deciwatt, is one such example – generating instant on-demand power independent of the weather.

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Be My Eyes Realises the Potential of Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired People

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 28 June 2018

Image of a visually impaired user using the Be My Eyes App to check the expiration date of an item

Following on from our recent article on SpecialEffect, we now turn to Be My Eyes, a company working on Assistive Technology developed to help visually impaired people. We hear about what they do, what a day in the life looks like for the team, and why they chose to interweave technology with the human connection.

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SpecialEffect creates unique solutions for gamers living with disabilities

  • Posted by QEPrize Admin
  • 26 June 2018

Image of Tom Clarke at SpecialEffect working with a client, Tom

In 2018, perceptions of engineers are highly favourable. Engineering is seen to be solving large-scale issues such as energy efficiency, climate change, building infrastructure, and sustainable agriculture. What’s more, engineers are considered highly valuable to the economy. However, while it’s often overlooked, we need to consider that engineering and technology also play a large role on an individual level – particularly for those living with a disability.

As an example of engineering’s effects on a more personal, individual level, we sat down with SpecialEffect, a company combining engineering with video games to create unique solutions for gamers living with disabilities.

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