Our university partner, the University of Southampton ran the latest SPRINT roadshow at its Boldrewood Campus on 26 February 2019.
SME businesses from the local area and as far away as Wales attended, along with a range of interested academics from different departments at the University.
Ian Williams, Associate Dean (Enterprise) from the University’s Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences, introduced the event, talking through the University’s capabilities to support SMEs.
Ross Burgon, Head of the national SPRINT programme then gave an overview of SPRINT before attendees were encouraged to carry out ‘speed dating’ with university research and business support staff, and SPRINT Innovation Advisors from Southampton and other partner universities.
University experts were available to advise on space capabilities including satellite time series analysis using Earth Observation data to derive products and services for environmental monitoring and food security, as well as data scientists with considerable expertise in handling Big Data, and world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre and colleagues from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Guests were also given a guided tour of the world-class facilities at the University of Southampton including drone research and the live firing of a ramjet engine.
The aim of the day was to identify business challenges and collaborative projects within the SME community, in both space and non-space sectors. By working with the University of Southampton and other SPRINT universities, these businesses can then explore expertise, data and technologies that can help them to resolve their product development challenges and speed time-to-market.