The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led, government funded organisation whose purpose is to promote and invest in technology-enabled innovation to boost UK business and prosperity. This is achieved by taking a lead in investing in new ideas, building networks and promoting the exchange of knowledge between industries, academia and society as a whole.
As part of the delivery team this engagement was to develop, deliver, facilitate and document a range of workshop based interventions to deliver the following processes with UK businesses and academia for the delivery of the Technology Programme:
- Call for proposals - open public workshops for up to 350 people to present the funding opportunities, the technology & skills sought and an brief overview of the process to be applied. Typically, these events were held in regional locations throughout the UK, conducted over one day (sometimes two) and presented through public speaking aided by power point presentations and with leading specialists to deliver the technical components of the topic, working lunch, then some break-out workshop groups for a more interact discussion on the call.
- Optional Briefings - public workshops for up to groups of 200 people to present a more detailed presentation of the funding competition, the rules of the competitive process, the detail of the technology being sought and the process and formalities required to enter into the competition. Typically, these events are held regionally and are more personalised to the call for proposals specifically to the technology area group only and is representative of the numbers of proposal submissions received into the competition. Public speaking for the main presentation followed by break-out groups to facilitate interactive discussions with UK business, academia and leading specialist in the technology areas.
- Compulsory Briefings - closed workshops typically around 50 - 150 people represented by UK business, academia and specialists in their consortia groups selected for the competition concerned. Again, regionally held in location and a very detailed workshop presenting by public speaking, power point presentations, interactive group workshops and general networking discussions. All day workshops for the final stage of the competitive funding process prior to the funding award announcements.
- Assessor Briefings - closed workshops created for the selection of specialists’ representative of the technology areas of each competition and are delivered in a range of webinars or physical public speaking workshops. The workshops whether webinar or public is developed and delivered to a group of assessors for their orientation and induction into the funding competition, the competitive process, the scope and parameters of the technology and innovation being sought and the assessing criteria.
- Assessment Panels - closed workshop sessions to receive all competition proposals submitted and the assessor scores granted. The workshop presents a delivery process of ranking the scored submissions for assessor review, ranking and final decision for successful and unsuccessful proposals for funding. This process is developed and managed by the facilitator.
The Voice Newspaper Awards
A high profile annual event initiated in the 1990's, held at The Hilton, Park Lane, London; in recognition of the unsung heros and heroines in the UK community who give selflessly to others in need. This event attrracted over 1000 guests and was loyaly supported by Lennox Lewis (boxer), Frank Bruno (boxer), Diane Abbott (MP), Bernie Grant (MP), Floella Benjamin (TV presenter and author), Brenda Emmanus (TV presenter), Moira Stewart (News presenter), and many more celebrities. The nominees for each award category were voted by the Voice Newspaper readers and judged by a nominated panel of judges based on the majority nomination. The winners were announced and presented awards at the ceremony.
World AIDS Day
Every year, the first of December is used to raise awareness of the global AIDS epidemic, to support the millions that are living with HIV/AIDS, and to remember those who have died. World AIDS Day was created by the World Health Organization in 1988 to build international cooperation for the fight against HIV and AIDS. More than 190 countries around the world observe this day. During the five years of working in the HIV/AIDS programme in South Africa a range of HIV events around World AIDS Day was created around key HIV intervention centres, projects and highly affected communities.
We have had numerous engagements to develop awareness campaign driven events for this cause in the UK and in several African Countries. The majority of events organised have been in support of funding provided by Oxfam American, Swedish International Development Aid (SIDA), Ile de France, European Union, USAID (Pepfar funding), Gauteng Department of Health (South Africa), and a range of HIV / AIDS supporting funds for community based organisations.