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Enabling Innovation - Design Innovation Workshop Series

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Seminars | Workshops

This event aims to inspire and spark your ‘design thinking’ by sharing with you stories of success from designers that have taken their ideas from the initial concept through to commercialisation. The event is part of a series of design workshops that will take place at Nottingham Trent University from October through to December.

  • From: Wednesday 27 September 2017, 9 am
  • To: Wednesday 27 September 2017, 1 pm
  • Location: Broadway Cinema, 14-18 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 3AL
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 27 September 2017, 12.00 am
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Event details

You will hear from three very different designers, each talking about their background and their interesting and exciting stories about how they got to where they are today.

Speaker 1: Ross Kemp, Asap Watercrafts

Ross is the designer and inventor of Asap electric water crafts – electric powered water craft for rescue and play, water crafts are engineered to power through surf, across lakes and rivers for rescuers to reach people in trouble faster.

Ross has come a long way since making the first prototype in a tent in his garden. Now at production level, development of the Asap Rescue has taken Ross on adventures around the world.

From testing with the Bondi Rescue Lifeguards in Australia with Richard Branson’s help, to interviews with the BBC and CNN, whilst treading water in a cold lake. Ross and the product have made national and international news, on his journey to bringing the product into production.

Ross has tested prototypes with over a hundred lifeguards and lifesavers along the East Coast of Australia with Virgin’s sponsorship, all incredible experiences, which formed the production of products today.

After six figure angel investment Ross is now starting UK production, in Weston Super Mare!

Ross has won the Lloyds Bank Best UK Start Up award 2013, a Grand Idea award from Shell, an Entrepreneurship award from Santander and a Think Big award from Loughborough University.


Speaker 2 : Grant Baker, Sonodesign

Such successes reflect not only the quality of the Sonodesign product range, but also their passionate commitment to using UK manufacturers and making their mark as a British brand.

Thanks in part to Sonodesign's well-received presence at design shows in cities such as New York and Paris, the products have been propelled into the international marketplace. The brand have distributors in France, Brazil, Japan, and Scandinavia, delivering commission based projects for several international clients.

Speaker 3 : Arnold Du Troit, CEO at Drive Daddy and Rolley Golf

A qualified design engineer, and the founder of British companies Drive Daddy and RolleyGolf. Arnold has been building his own inventions since he could hold a hammer and duct tape.

Arnold has been guest speaker for Sir Richard Branson, on Necker island and has spoken for two years running at Entrepreneur Live all across the country. In Dec 2016 the Financial Times asked Arnold to MC the lifetime achievement awards to CEO Ben Hughes, who was also his Chairman for 3 years since 2013. Arnold also acts as mentor and junior investor in several start-ups from Virgin Media’s Pioneers.

Having spent the last 10 years developing smarter technologies in personal transport for future landscapes, Arnold has most recently invented the world’s first hop-on golf trolley ‘RolleyOne’ – one of the most game-changing innovations of the last 20 years.

The ground-breaking Rolley was quickly embraced by a number of top golf clubs and golfers – including Sir Richard Branson, who keeps one on his private Necker Island.

View the RolleyOne turning heads in the centre of London here.


Event will run from 9am - 1pm.

9am – 9:30am - Networking Breakfast

9:30am – 9:45am - Enabling Innovation overview and introduction to the Design Workshop series

9:45am – 10:15am - Speaker 1: Ross Kemp from Asap Watercrafts

10:15am – 10:45am - Speaker 2: Grant Baker from Sono Design

10:45am – 11:30am - Speaker 3 – Arnold Du Troit from Rolley Golf/Drive daddy

11:30am – 12:00pm – Questions & Answers

12:00pm – 1pm - Networking lunch

Design Innovation Workshops

The event is a launch event for a series of design workshops that will take place at Nottingham Trent University from October through to December, 2017 - the events are as follows:

I.P. for Designers/Inventors/Makers – 04/10/2017 9am – 1pm
Design Ideas to Production – 01/11/2017 9am – 1pm
Prototyping - 08/11/2017 – 9am – 1pm
Packaging Design – 06/12/2017 9am – 1pm

Booking information

Please click 'Reserve your place' above, and complete the short online booking process.

This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance. In order to attend this event you must be eligible for support from the Enabling Innovation Programme, which supports SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

If you would like any further information about this event before booking your place, please email us.

Location details


Broadway Cinema
14-18 Broad Street

Past event

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