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31 October 2018

Event Summary

A cosy and casual evening in our series of discussion dinners, this time in partnership with the Advanced Engineering Show. We'll be bringing together a cross-sector group of senior R&D executives with leading engineering experts, with talks on a new methane-powered engine and the Virgin Hyperloop One.

Event Description

Technology Leadership Innovation Discussion Dinner
at the Advanced Engineering Show 2018
Piazza Suite 1, NEC Birmingham
31 October 2018
6:00pm to 9:30pm

Innovation DB is proud to be a Headline Partner of the UK's largest engineering show and we are delighted to be hosting the Technology Leadership Innovation Discussion Dinner. The drinks reception will begin at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm.

We will be joined by two distinguished speakers, describing their work on a new methane-powered engine, and the Virgin Hyperloop One, respectively.


Time Programme
6pm–7pm Drinks reception (wine and canapes)
7pm–7:10pm Welcome from Gerald Law, Innovation DB
7:10pm–7:30pm Methane-powered engine
Andrew Atkins, Global Technical Lead at Ricardo Innovations
As methane is one of the cleanest burning hydrocarbons, an eco-friendly and efficient methane-powered engine holds powerful potential for reducing environmental impact as well as expanding energy options. Andrew Atkins will talk about his work on this ground-breaking new engine from Ricardo Innovations, and how various industries can make use of the engine to transform their waste methane into valuable fuel.
7:30pm–9:30pm Dinner served
7:45pm–8:05pm Virgin Hyperloop One
Steve Carden, Transport Innovation Lead at PA Consulting
Hyperloop is one of the most exciting transport innovations in 100 years. PA Consulting is at the heart of this transformation, helping Virgin Hyperloop One to solve its most complex challenges. Steve Carden will talk briefly about what hyperloop is, what PA are doing to help, and where the UK supply chain can potentially play a role in making hyperloop a reality.
9:30pm Networking and official closing


Andrew Atkins, Global Technical Lead at Ricardo Innovations

Andrew is a business and technical innovator with expertise in identifying technology gaps in markets and then blending new and existing technology streams to provide novel solutions and then deliver the marketing strategy that turns these into successful business streams. His specialties include thermodynamics, dynamics, cryogenics, vacuum, high voltage, and magnetic design. Andrew also holds 50 patents in disciplines including cryogenics, magnetics, and structures.

Steve Carden, Transport Innovation Lead at PA Consulting

Steve leads PA's work on Transport Innovation, with a specific focus on new transport modes and technologies. Steve has over 20 years' experience in research and analysis of new technologies and products. A Systems Engineer, Steve has worked with Virgin Hyperloop One to define the systems engineering at the heart of the system; with Network Rail to create the underlying business cases for adoption of new technologies; with the UK Department for Transport to roll out smart ticketing on the lines into London and with Highways England to define the technology strategy for 2050.

Attendees include:

  • BAE Systems, Chief Engineer
  • GKN, VP Global Manufacturing Engineering
  • Jaguar Land Rover, Lead Engineer Global Manufacturing Innovation
  • Magna International, Senior Manager
  • Meggitt PLC, Principal Engineer
  • Ultra Electronics, Engineering and Programmes Director
  • UK Defence Solutions Centre, Head of Innovation — Air & Space
  • Williams, Head of Materials Science
  • ...and others

Registration in Two Steps

  1. Firstly, register for the Advanced Engineering Show. The organisers have offered our members a free VIP upgrade registration.
  2. Next, please email our events coordinator Celina to request a place at the discussion dinner. The event is free to attend, but seating will be limited. We will confirm spots within 48 hours.

Free Reports

Attendees may visit our stand at L6 to receive any of our latest technology reports:

  • Imaging for the Future of Transport
  • Imaging for the Future of Surveillance
  • Imaging for the Future of Retail
  • Plastics Electronics
  • Graphene: Wonder Material of the 21st Century

Event Location

Piazza Suite 1, NEC Birmingham

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