7th - 12th October 2019

Great Malvern, UK

8th Edition


The Prelude



Innovation Shorts

 Monday 7th October 2019 (daytime)

Theatre of Small Convenience, Malvern, WR14 4QH

We'll be warming up for the start of the Festival in the world's smallest commercial theatre with a series of short innovation talks from local scientists, technologists, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

With seating for only 12, space really is limited, so drop in if you are passing and see who's on stage.  We'll be filming the talks too, so you can watch any you miss afterwards on our YouTube channel.

Doors will be open between 11am to 2pm.

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern



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Proving software systems work

Every business is experiencing an increasing reliance on distributed processing systems and software. Whether as part of a product or the support of a service, the reliability of these systems is often critical to business success and continuity. Formal Methods is a mathematical process from which D-RisQ has produced two systems and software development tools to ensure software code implements the required design. 

Nick Tudor, Business Director at D-RisQ Ltd.

Nick had 20 years experience with the Royal Air Force followed by over a decade of experience within aerospace, defence and automotive industry. He has worked in QinetiQ and more recently with Tudor Associates, Aeronautique Associates as well as D-RisQ. Nick is an active supporter of the international effort to refresh DO178 and is now a member of the Forum for Aeronautical Software.




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Title TBC

Synopsis to follow.

Paddy Fawcett, Director of Invizio Ltd

Paddy is an award winning designer with 30 years of design and engineering experience. From Senior Product Design at top 5 agency – Philips Design to Head of Product Design at QinetiQ. He has been the Strategic Product Manager of a £16bn portfolio in Aerospace. As a founder of Invizio, Paddy loves applying his experience to new projects small and large. He finds great satisfaction in finding the perfect fusion between great function and appealing aesthetic.




The Future Is Decentralised. (But why should we care?)

Our current Internet is dominated by a small number of large organisations who have centralised its evolution. A backlash has begun, including Sir Tim Berners-Lee amongst others, to overhaul and properly decentralise the web to its original goals. This introduces issues of security, scalability and new forms of information handling requiring new approaches. This talk offers a personal perspective from a small corner of Malvern on how scientifically principled ideas can contribute towards a better Web.

David Lowe, Syndial Ltd

Syndial is a company developing technology for the next generation of internet of everything. Borne out of Phase I of Malvern's Betaden, they have begun by creating a scalable superfast approach to consensus across decentralised networks of “things” that is asynchronously Byzantine fault tolerant, and now developing a new approach to machine learning which is fast, ethical, mathematically principled and efficient, contrary to current deep learning so-called “AI” models. They have already achieved world-record performance on international benchmark problems, and are developing prototypes for decision support of crtically ill children in high dependency wards (in collaboration with Birmingham Children’s Hospital), fraud detection in the insurance industry, and predicting cell membrane protein folding structures.




LiveWorkGo - the new hyperlocal event app

Finding out what events of interest are on in your vicinity is a challenge. The web app works at a community level to crowd sauce, aggregate and display events within zones that you live, work and like to go.

Dr Adrian Burden, serial tech entrepreneur

Adrian is the founder of the Malvern Festival of Innovation, so he's taking the opportunity to sneak in as part of the session's lineup.  He is author of the business book Start to Exit, manages the Wyche Innovation Centre on the Malvern Hills, and he is a Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Birmingham. Liveworkgo has been developed by Key IQ Ltd where Adrian is Technical Director.

@apburden, @liveworkgo



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Worcester Scientific: Developing nano-sensors for future markets

Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator (FBAR) sensors have a wide market opportunity, particularly in Internet of Things (IoT) devices and new sensors meetingthe demands of new technologies and processes.

Jon Wills, Business Development Officer at Worcester Scientific

Worcester Scientific is a start-up nanotechnology company specialising in sensor system production. Founded in May 2018, The company offers FBAR sensors for environmental, biological and chemical applications, especially relevant to medical, military, agri-tech and industrial markets where ultra-sensitivity, high selectivity, low cost, low power consumption and simplified systems integration is paramount. Worcester Scientific was in the first cohort of the BetaDen Tech Accelerator and is now a member of the Digi-Rail programme run by BCRRE at the University of Birmingham.





BlockMark Registry - certficates on the blockchain

BlockMark Technologies has developed a platform to manage certifications and accreditations of both business and personal users, anchoring the data on the blockchain for added security and confidence.

Tom Alcott, CEO of BlockMark Technologies Ltd.

Tom is co-founder and CEO of BlockMark Technologies. He is a seasoned entrepreneur who has previously created five start ups including The Social Network Company (social network analytics software analysing bank social capital risk), the international water charity FRANK Water funding 300+ villages in India, and spice specialist Peppermongers, involving global supply chains.



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