Over the last month I had the pleasure of presenting at the Falling Walls Lab UK, hosted by the University of Surrey. It was a unique event that offered researchers, students and entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their innovative ideas and research to a wider community. I was lucky enough to be one of the fourteen participants selected across the UK to showcase ground-breaking ideas with the potential to have a global impact in front of a distinguished judging panel.
The University of Surrey provided every participant with fantastic pitch and presentation training from a professional pitch trainer, as the challenge of the event was to present your ground-breaking idea with 2 slides and only 3 minutes. My presentation was entitled ‘Breaking the wall of breathing’, which described the potential use for Smartlife technology to revolutionise the monitoring of breathing patterns in a variety of populations. For me this was the largest audience that I have presented in front of, a personal win.
The event also allowed an interactive session which involved the audience submitting questions electronically throughout the presentations. This audience included an impressive panel which included an international investment expert, a theoretical physicist, the first black high court judge in the UK, a globally renowned pioneer of modern small satellites, and a global leader in robotic surgery and prostate cancer.
This was an opportunity for me not only to share my research but also to hear about innovative research from other disciplines across the UK, allowing for multidisciplinary connections to be formed. Other speakers presented research on various topics including intelligent vehicles, enzyme engineering, sepsis detection, smart flooring, and workplace stress, just to name a few.
It was a brilliant event that showcased the quality, diversity and passion of up-and-coming researchers in innovation across the UK. For more information on the Falling Walls conference, visit www.falling-walls.com.