The Future Fifty dinner at the National Gallery on the 9th March brought together C-Suite management from the Future Fifty companies, as well as some industry leaders from across the UK to network and hear from Minister of Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, and Andy Green, of Bloodhound SSC
Just as Bloodhound SSC (the World Land Speed Record car) is set to break boundaries by travelling at supersonic speeds, so too are the entrepreneurs on the Future Fifty programme, pushing the limits of digital.
RAF Wing Commander Andy Green, current Land Speed Record holder (763mph) and driver of Bloodhound, spoke about what it takes to push yourself as an individual, the vision and the team required to disrupt the status quo. Minister Ed Vaizey addressed the audience and discussed how government are encouraging the UK tech sector to do the same.
With 20 years’ experience as a fighter pilot, Green knows preparation is key. Focussing on the data enables clear decision-making and critically enables risk management at the highest level. This approach will make Bloodhound the safest and fastest car Andy will have driven.
A key challenge for any tech entrepreneur is finding and hiring the right talent. Bloodhound is a blend of fast jet, Formula 1 and space technologies, and the programme brings together experts in aerodynamics, computer modelling, rocketry, systems, production design and precision manufacture.
This disparate group of talents are united by the vision to inspire the next generation, much like the Future Fifty. Bloodhound is about ‘why’ not just the ‘what’.
This is evidenced uniquely by the fact that every member of the Bloodhound team can confidently be put in front of a TV camera to tell the shared story, and every facet of the car’s development shared via channels such as BBC Online.
One such opportunity is recognising Bloodhound as a technology company. This is the first Land Speed Record attempt in the digital age. The entrepreneurs in attendance are also breaking new ground, with some of the UK’s first unicorns coming from the Future Fifty programme.
Bloodhound is an open data programme with a diverse data set from biometrics and operations to iterative run tests and geo-stats. The team will be streaming live data from multiple on-board cameras, and hundreds of sensors on the car, track and driver, to a global audience, putting them in the cockpit as history is made.
Bloodhound SSC is looking for partners who can help deliver what is seen as one of the world’s most diverse open data programmes, in order to inspire another generation of tech entrepreneurs.
For more information, and to find out about getting involved in the Bloodhound SSC data programme contact:
Natasha Allden, Partnership Director
+44 (0)7809 299 707