The Morgan Innovation & Technology Price 2017
what could you do with 30000 gbp of R&D

Morgan Innovation & Technology have been helping innovators and inventors to bring new ideas and products to market for 30 years.

To celebrate this anniversary in 2017, we have launched the Morgan Innovation & Technology Prize, which will award £30,000 worth of R&D services to the winner, in order to take their idea to the next stage of development.

The prize, which is free to enter, will be awarded to the entry that the judges feel has the potential to make the biggest impact on society and who will make best use of the prize to further their idea.


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From a very early age Jon showed a love of cars and, after reading Geography at Oriel College, Oxford from 1979 to 1982, he joined the Ford Motor Company as a Graduate Trainee. In practice his job at their sprawling headquarters in Warley, Essex proved rather uninteresting – tasks like counting the number of windscreen wipers required every day in Köln. After a year or so, he left to join the BBC’s Top Gear programme as a researcher.

Jon went on to become Producer and Executive Producer of the show between 1987 and 1999, where he was responsible for launching the TV careers of Jeremy Clarkson, Quentin Willson and Vicki Butler-Henderson. He also produced other car programmes for the BBC including the classic car series The Car’s the Star. Though he left the BBC to go freelance in 1999 he later had a corner named after him on the Top Gear test track.

In 2002, after spells as a producer with ITV and The Natural History Unit, Jon launched Fifth Gear for Channel Five and produced the show until 2004 when he joined The Gadget Show as a presenter. This gave him the opportunity to indulge another childhood passion, technology – he used to repair TVs, build radios and practise old-fashioned chemical photography as a youth. He is now established as the programme’s main gadget reviewer.

When not presenting he writes for Classic Car Weekly and Amateur Photographer and has also written for, amongst others, the London Evening Standard, Top Gear Magazine, MSN and CNET. Married with two bilingual daughters, his current interests include the radio, photography, reading about architecture, business and economics and visiting art galleries.

Dr Short has held positions in Electronics and telecommunications for over 40 years. After acting as a Vice President for Telefonica Europe for the last 17 years he reduced from full time to part time at the end of December 2016 to take on a wider consulting role and establish Airedale Advisors. He has had experience with 5 Generations of Mobile technology and mobile data services. including pioneering 5G innovation research and is a co-founder of the 5G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey.

During his long career, Mike has been involved in international mobile licence bids, network and mobile data launches, and in recent years Research, Standards and Innovation for business development in areas as diverse as mobile messaging, mobile TV, smart metering, digital healthcare, transport telematics and connected cars, smart cities and emergency services. He helped establish Telefonica Wayra as a leading accelerator of Digital start-ups in London in 2008 and been a member of the Smart London Board and EM3 LEP Board for the last 30 months.

He is a former elected Chairman of the global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and a past President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET – 2011/2012). He holds current Visiting Professor positions at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Lancaster and was awarded a CBE by the Queen in 2012 as a national honour for over 25 years’ service within the mobile industry.

Andy Wright is Regional Director for Santander Business for the South Coast managing a team of Business Relationship Managers and Business Relationship Directors – working with SMEs with an annual turnover up to £6.5m.

With over 30 years’ experience in banking, Andy has spent the majority of his career working with SMEs and corporates alike assisting in the provision of banking, finance and international trade, focussing on the Hampshire and wider Solent area.

Working across four banks during his career, Andy is now undertaking a senior leadership role following the launch of Santander Business in 2016, further underpinning Santander’s commitment to British SMEs.

Managing Director and an original founder of Morgan IAT, Sue oversees the direction of the company and identifies key strategic projects and products. Having worked with many inventors, Sue recognised the difficulty in securing R&D funding for new ideas and as a result, set aside up to 20% of turnover to fund ideas from individuals, universities and start-ups to a point where they become commercially viable.

Sue is passionate about helping young innovators and spearheaded the introduction of a graduate trainee programme to give graduates experience in a variety of commercial environments, many of whom are now working for the company. She also championed apprenticeships and has been an active supporter of the EHDC Apprenticeship Scheme.

Sue was co-opted to help with the formation of Wessex Academic Health & Science Network and was a member of the bid panel in January 2013. She continues to actively support the work of the AHSN.

Technical Director James Quest heads up the R&D team at Morgan IAT. James is a chartered engineer of over 10 years’ experience and a member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology. He has been bringing products to market in the commercial, military, security and medical sectors for nearly 20 years. James joined Morgan IAT in September 2013, after 12 years developing software and electronic products for the surveillance industry.

He holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from University of Portsmouth and a Masters Degree in Applied Digital Signal Processing from University of Southampton.

Steve is the managing director of Smallfry, a leading industrial design consultancy, and the chairman of the British Industrial Design Association. As managing director of Smallfry, Steve has developed the company’s unique strategic product development methodology and innovation strategy. Working with businesses and universities around the world, including Boots, Lloyds Pharmacies, P&G, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, Marks & Spencer and Imperial College London, Smallfry has led some of industry’s most successful innovations. Steve has represented the creative industries on the UK Trade & Investment’s bi-lateral partnerships in the Far East and is regularly invited to speak to international audiences on innovation and using design to develop brands. Steve lectures to academic institutions, including Cranfield MBA students, Warwick Business School MBA, Cambridge University, Coventry University and Loughborough University. Smallfry also participates with student development programmes at the Institut Superieur de Design in France.

Steve is a graduate in Industrial Design and Engineering from Leicester De Montfort University. Following a condensed MBA at Warwick University Steve studied consumer marketing under renowned 1980’s marketing guru Philip Kotler at the JL Kellogg Graduate Management School in Chicago.