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Space Solutions announce sponsorship of the Technology Scotland event – “Design: Taking ideas to the market”.

Posted on Wed, 2016-10-12 13:02 by Industry News

The design, technology and creative sectors have been identified as some of Scotland’s key industries as they create products and outcomes that are successful, innovative, user-centred and provide innovative solutions to deal with global challenges.

In this event, attendees are invited to hear from two leading keynote speakers from industry: Grant King of Wideblue, and Sarah Morgan of Nano-Lit Technologies.

There will also be the chance to network with Scotland’s design industry over an evening wine reception. Each speaker will share their experiences of working in product design across different sectors, both in Scotland and abroad.

Key themes will include the innovation process, identifying market needs in a technologically advanced world, and taking products to market that focus on the end-user.

This is a free event, however, please book your place via the Eventbrite page.


Tuesday, 1 November 2016 from 17:00 to 20:30 (GMT)


The Scotch Whisky Experience – 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE – View Map


•Welcome & Networking: 5pm
•Opening – Technology Scotland: 5.30pm
•Opening – Enigma People Solutions: 5:45pm
•Key Note Speaker – Grant King/Wideblue – 6pm
•Key Note Speaker – Sarah Morgan/Nano-Lit Technologies – 6:30pm
•Elevator Pitch – 7pm
•Elevator Pitch – 7:05pm
•Wine Reception, Finger Buffet and Networking – Until 8:30pm


Grant King, Design & Development Director, Wideblue

“How do you know what to design in the first place?”

In his presentation, Grant will speak about his experiences creating new to market products based on technology developed by third party clients.

In addition, he will focus on the more specific area of ‘how do you know what you design in the first place?’ The thought behind this title is centred on the speed of technological development, the widespread use of internet communications and the surge of entrepreneurship. With such a large number of product and business opportunities emerging, Grant will address one of the biggest problems in design: trying to figure out what to do, and how best to do it before a competitive or disruptive technology changes the marketplace.


As Wideblue’s Design and Development Director, Grant is responsible for implementing the industrial design, product design and engineering development required to take a customer’s technology from concept to commercialisation.  Grant has over 30 years of experience in designing and developing products for the computer, electronics, photonics and telecoms industries.

Prior to helping found Wideblue, Grant created and ran Polaroid’s European Design Centre, leading the technical team that created Polaroid’s first hand-held digital imaging and printing system.

Sarah Morgan, Founder & CEO, Nano-Lit Technologies

An entrepreneur and business strategist with a background in industrial design, product development and sociology, Sarah’s first company, eenamaria, brought quality fashion accessories to a global market. Her work has appeared in prestigious publications and venues, and she was twice nominated for the Fashion Group International ‘Rising Star’ award.

Now a lecturer in Product Design, and CEO of Nano-Lit Technologies, a nano-technology lighting company, Sarah’s work has been named as one of Scotland’s most innovative spin-out companies.

Nano-Lit was founded in 2013 and leverages Sarah’s thesis work in LED lighting applications and knowledge of lighting and manufacturing to commercialise a nascent technology – Quantum Dots.

Its goal is to achieve a fully manufactural material that emits light and can be formed for use in products, positioning them at the forefront of using light to improve people’s well-being.