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Made Smarter Technology Accelerator Online Showcase

Date: 9 December 2021 16:00 - 9 December 2021 17:30

Catchup on the event

Event overview

The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is at the forefront of industrial innovation, it has been developed to pair manufacturers with technology companies so they can take advantage of advanced technology to radically alter, and improve, the way we approach industrial innovation.

On 09 December, the programme proudly presents the minimum viable product (MVP) phase startups and industry challenge owners who will share insights and learnings for industry. This showcase event is the culmination of five months of development between four pioneering startups and four of the programme’s industry challenge owners.

JetsoftMachine IntelligenceRiscon Solutions & Inventia UK and Total Control Pro will pitch their solutions to a room of UK manufacturing heavyweights and decision makers.

Why should you attend

From novel machine learning applications that identify defects in the manufacturing process, to monitoring water quality using real time analysis in a water distribution network – the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme has worked to address industries biggest challenges.

Babcock International GroupBAE SystemsNorthumbrian Water Group (NWG) and Safran Landing Systems will join the MVP startups to introduce the challenges they face, highlighting the opportunities for the application of advanced digital technologies across the manufacturing sector.

Representatives from all eight MVP phase companies will be joined by Tech Sponsors Software AG and Verizon Business who will take part in an industry focused panel discussion to look at the future of digital manufacturing and the barriers to adoption.


Why you should attend

Hear from industry experts and leaders from a range of sectors

Listen to pitches from the most exciting startups working within the industrial sector

Learn from a focused panel discussion on the key barriers for adoption and how we can overcome the challenges industry face

Who should attend

The event is designed for those working within or for the manufacturing industrial sector. In particular we are seeking interest from senior leaders within these sectors:

  • Aerospace and defence
  • Automotive
  • Food and drink
  • Rail and infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Utilities and energy
  • Supply chain and logistics
  • Health and pharmaceutical
  • Textiles


4:00 – Introduction
Justin Cross, Head of Innovation – Digital Catapult

4:05 – Welcome note
Jeremy Silver, CEO – Digital Catapult

4:10 – MSTA programme overview
Justin Cross, Head of Innovation – Digital Catapult

4:20 – Challenges and solutions presentations

  • Babcock International Group challenge: Warrior base overhaul
    Jim Sibson, Group Head of Research & Partnerships – Babcock International Group
    Tom Martin, CEO & Founder – Jetsoft
  • Northumbrian Water challenge: Monitoring water quality within the distribution network and real time analysis
    Andrew Blenkharn, Network Performance Coordinator – Northumbrian Water Group
    Roger Singleton, Managing Director – Riscon
  • Safran Landing Systems challenge: Adaptive scheduling and performance monitoring
    Par Eliasson, Industrial Project Leader – Safran Landing Systems
    Dorian Smellie, CEO -Total Control Pro
  • BAE Systems challenge: Scalable artificial intelligence for visual inspection
    Kevin Pickup, Lead Technologist Product Verification – BAE Systems
    Simon Harding, Director – Machine Intelligence

5:00 – Panel discussion: Taking Digital Innovation to Industrial Scale

  • Chair: Geraldina Iraheta, Chief Commercial Officer – Digital Catapult
  • Nigel Harley, Internet of Things Specialist – Software AG
  • Martin Male, Business Partner, Professional Services UK & Ireland – Verizon
  • Sebastian Ansari, Supply Chain Transformation Senior Manager – Jaguar Land Rover

5:25 – Closing notes
Chris Courtney, Challenge Director, Made Smarter Innovation – UKRI

5:30 – End