OUR ESTEEMED JUDGES
Our panel of 2018 experts- keep checking back for more additions!
Blenkinsopp is Ultrahaptics’ VP Product, he explores and develops new forms of
interaction enabled by Ultrahaptics’ mid-air haptic technology and how it can
be expanded and applied to a whole range of customer application. As employee
#1 he was involved in developing and shipping the first version of
Josh is a keen electronic engineer working in the automotive industry, developing retrofit systems from a wealth of hands-on experience and a passion for engineering. Having developed a strong technical and professional background from a variety of different projects he is always looking for the next opportunity to challenge himself.
Sam Presley supports early stage projects at Dyson, exploring new connectivity technologies to invent and realise intelligent features for the next generation of connected Dyson products.
He was named an Electronics Weekly Brightspark in 2017 and is Vice-Chair of the global IET Young Professionals Community Committee.
Fletcher has deep cultural exposure to business practice and process in Europe, USA and Japan was appointed Chairman of ecsn / afdec in May 2015 and Chairman of the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA) in 2011.
James is a young engineer who has been specialising in precision measurement systems since leaving school. He was part of the first class of winners of the EW BrightSparks award and then went on to be awarded ‘Rising Star New Engineer of the Year’ at the Elektra Awards 2017.
Paul's experience spans Sales, Marketing, Operational and General Management roles during 25 years in B2C, B2B and B2G technology industry organisations, including Sharp and Sony Electronics.
Paul has led the UK introduction of many technology milestones that have delivered the analogue to digital technology transition of the past three decades. Paul’s current role is as a Director of techUK, the UK’s leading technology trade association, and involves working in partnership with members, Government and stakeholders to shape and lead the future of the UK technology industry and the application of UK based tech.
Paul is also a Trustee of the Electrical Safety Board, a Governor of Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust and an active member of British Cycling’s UK racing scene.
Based at the University of Hertfordshire Emilio is currently nearing the completion of his PhD in Smart Systems from the school of Engineering and Technology. Emilio carries out teaching roles at the University as a Visiting Lecturer and for RS Components as their DesignSpark software trainer. He also works on commercial IoT focused projects as a hardware and software consultant.
Based in the York Factory MES Team providing
leadership and support to the NUK&I business operations I manage the
Factory Electrical, Automation, and Industrial IT infrastructure. Recently, the
most exciting part of my role is the development of innovations in areas such
as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.
Andy was appointed Chief Business Development Officer of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult in February 2017, and was promoted to Strategy Director in October 2018. Andy developed the Catapult’s business plan for HM Treasury following a 2-year consultation with industry, government and academia.
Andy joined the Catapult from Innovate UK, where he delivered £15m of strategic investments in electronics, smart materials and compound semiconductors. Andy’s early career was spent leading R&D teams with Rolls Royce, Spirent PLC and Abbott Diagnostics. He also set up an events management company, and was prime consultant on film and TV lighting for James Bond and Sky News. Andy holds an Executive MBA from Glasgow University and a Doctorate from Strathclyde University.
Andy recently represented the Catapult during round table discussions with the Prime Minister, and joined the Secretary of State during the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.
Robert received his PhD in microwave engineering from
Cardiff University and subsequently worked for Thales Netherlands designing
transmitters for phased array radar. At Plextek RFI he designs pioneering
millimetre-wave compound semiconductor ICs for 5G communications as well as
high performance power amplifiers. He is a EW BrightSparks 2017 award winner.
Roger is responsible for hardware design and manufacture at Raspberry Pi. He was named an Electronics Weekly Brightspark in 2017, an award celebrating the top 30 design engineers in the UK under 30.