Connected Digital Economy Catapult An over overview of the Technology Strategy Board’s planning for the Connected Digital Economy Catapult Webinar September 2012Catapult is a Technology Strategy Board programme
The Vision To make the UK the best place in the world to develop and launch digitally-‐enabled systems, services and products to unlock the digital economy’s massive economic poten7al and support its rapid commercialisa7on by UK companies. The Catapult will achieve this by • being highly networked, collabora7ve and business led • developing world-‐class R&D&I exper7se and facili7es • in a single physical centre forcing mul7-‐disciplinarity and above all, by bringing together large and small businesses, research organisa7ons, and the public sector in ways that haven’t happened before.
Why a centre is required The consensus community feedback is that The Catapult must be: • A physical centre of world-‐class Research & Innova7on • Fully engaged with users & developers • A catalyst for innova7on by coordina7ng demand and supply The Catapult must help the community by: • Helping deﬁne industry-‐wide strategic innova7on needs • Coordina7ng innova7on demand and supply (cross-‐sectorally) • Steering joint development of industry-‐wide plaRorms • Giving the community access to shared exper7se and facili7es • Showcasing UK leading-‐edge innova7ons to global markets
Main market opportuni7es addressed In-‐depth consulta7on has iden7ﬁed 3 areas where the community expects the Catapult to add most value. Media and Content Suppor7ng the development of leading-‐edge plaRorms and applica7ons with SMEs and large companies Digital adop7on across all services sectors Transferring exper7se and models from sectors with high digital penetra7on (eg media) to newer sectors (eg e-‐health and educa7on) and developing solu7ons to sector-‐level problems Merging of physical and virtual worlds Suppor7ng the development of “plaRorm-‐level” demonstrators-‐pilots and giving test beds to SMEs and large companies to develop applica7ons
Core R&D and Innova7on capabili7es Catapult world-‐class exper7se in these areas will help its communi7es explore and develop massive opportuni7es in each of the market areas iden7ﬁed. “Big Data” There is limited ability to iden7fy, access, interrogate, manipulate and re-‐use the vast data resources available via the internet User centricity There is weak understanding of user needs/expecta7ons which are typically not embedded into all elements of system design inhibi7ng take-‐up & usability Trusted internet Poor user iden7ﬁca7on and authen7ca7on, privacy, trust and security on the internet is inhibi7ng its adop7on in a wide range of markets and applica7ons Infrastructure and mobile The nature of emerging internet infrastructure is poorly understood yet its impact upon business models and markets will be fundamental and extreme
Catapult long term capabili7es Major markets and sectors Ecosystem build and support Pilot, demo’ & test beds “Big data” Strategic applied R&D User centricity & experience Trusted internet Closeness to market Infrastructure & mobile CDE Catapult areas of experAseWhere available, strategic partners with relevant facili7es and capabili7es will be asked to make them open to others to access. Where not available, the Catapult will develop these assets to support UK innova7on.
Open access culture The Catapult has 3 categories of “space”. Catapult R&D teams CollaboraBon space 2nd In-‐house R&D space, supported facili7es and collabora7ons e.g. Catapult 1st Catapult front oﬃce plus front oﬃce IP Advisors Investor clubs R&D grant ﬁnders SME advisors/networks G “Public” space for exhibi7ons, teaching, etc MeeBng Raised lecture theatre crea7ng SME awareness rooms Exhibi7on space Videowalls and crea7ng new “supply chains” and communi7es “Flat” teaching & Recep%on exhibiBon space The alloca7on of space to be determined by Catapult priori7es & some of these facili7es will be delivered by partners
Applica7on of exper7se R&D partnerships and projects building core CDE Catapult dis7nc7ve capabili7es Collabora7ng on sector speciﬁc applica7ons Rest of Suppor7ng the World commercialisa7on in the community Other Catapults CDE Catapult partners, networks, SMEs …
Connected Digital Economy Catapult Opening in 2013 and conﬁgured to: ü operate as a not-‐for-‐proﬁt independent company ü become a world-‐class centre of applied R&D ü support the journey “research” “applica7on” ü collaborate widely and openly ü support innova7on & business in many “sectors” ü build communi7es within and between sectors ü provide test-‐beds, exper7se and networks to SMEs ü help UK be the place to innovate
Conclusion The Catapult will have massive economic and social impact on the UK by allowing its companies to fully exploit the opportuni7es which increased “digitalisa7on” is bringing to almost every sector of the economy. This view is reinforced by the very signiﬁcant buy-‐in from large companies and SMEs from all relevant sectors and from universi7es across the UK who hope to collaborate and coordinate with the Catapult.