Dr Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all was quiet, Santa and his elves boarded the Interface sleigh. Piled high with presents to bring good cheer, Christmas comes but once a year!

Reviewing the year with some satisfaction, Santa reflected on some magical projects identified by the Interface team, no challenge too great for our academic partners.

A tour of the 2016 academic–business collaborations provides many satisfactory highlights:

First up Payfont, winner of the Innovation of the Year award at the 2016 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards with their innovative data security product. More innovative software from Plansafe Solutions Ltd a leading expert in health and safety legislation, solutions and services; both products co-developed with the team at Edinburgh Napier University.

Time out for Santa’s sleigh to rest on the energy efficient mid-19th century building retrofitted by Sam Foster Architects in collaboration with  Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at the Glasgow School of Art.

And to accompany the brief stop,  some all-natural, non-alcoholic drinks co-developed by Bon Accord, the gluten-free range of new products using plant proteins from Sgaia Foods and Hectares Food Ltd new range of sweet potato crisps; all three companies working independently with the Food Innovation at Abertay team.

Time for the sleigh to take in some more highlights and in this ever changing world, environmental sustainability tops the wishlist with new products and processes to delight.

James Frew Ltd new process co- developed with West College Scotland provides business efficiency savings to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage while Sunamp’s innovative heat storage system in collaboration with University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University has been deployed in social housing offering great savings for on-demand heat and hot water.

Peering down from on high, Santa smiled in satisfaction,  knowing that 1000th Innovation Voucher by the Scottish Funding Council lets us sleep safely in our beds as Droman Crime Solutions Ltd is developing cyber security training for police officers through games-based learning with Abertay University Dundee.

Another timeout for Santa and to reflect on  “what do Interface, BBC The One Show and Planet Earth II  have in common”? A  pre-view of Interface’s keynote speaker Brigadier David Allfrey, at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards in February 21st February 2017, the timelapse video from the BBC The One Show who challenged Planet Earth II photographer, Rob Whitworth, to film the Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo in one seamless movement.

No magical tour would be complete without Space Budgie, the BAFTA winning independent games development studio collaborating with Abertay University Dundee on the exciting Glitchspace’s educational product.

To all our Interface friends and clients, Happy Christmas and a bountiful 2017 filled with more magical delights.

21 December 2016

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