Intelligent Energy technology showcased at the G8 Innovation Conference

ImageLast week, Intelligent Energy was amongst several leading UK companies invited to showcase their technology at the G8 Innovation Conference. The event took place at the Crystal, London – one of the world’s most sustainable buildings built by Siemens in 2012. Speakers at the Conference included Prime Minister, David Cameron; Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group; David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science; David Rowan, Editor of Wired Magazine and; Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren.

The Innovation Conference was part of a programme of events to mark the UK’s Presidency of the G8 and explored the fundamental importance of innovation in today’s global economy and the role it has to play as a key driver for economic growth.

The conference focused on how innovation can be encouraged and where the next big opportunities lie for business. To incentivise business-led innovation in the UK, the Technology Strategy Board announced it would provide £1m in prize money for the government’s new grand innovation challenge. The ‘challenge’ is intended to solve the biggest problem of our time (whatever that may be – it is yet to be defined!).  

Speaking at the event, David Cameron set out the challenge by saying: “More than any time in history, our world is being shaped by innovation, new ideas, new technologies and new companies.” 

The Prime Minister added that he wants the public to have a say in what the challenge is and hopes that this will generate a global innovation debate. 

Overall, the event set out areas where the UK is a global innovator in entrepreneurship, creativity, science and technology.

You can watch videos from last week’s conference through the UKTI’s website here.

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