Exclusive IBM x Rolls-Royce Engineering Tech Challenge Launched Today!

Exclusive IBM x Rolls-Royce Engineering Tech Challenge Launched Today! main image

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the IBM x Rolls-Royce Smart Engineering Design Tech Innovation Challenge.

Tech giants IBM have partnered with engineering masters Rolls-Royce as a collaborative innovation programme developed in partnership with Whitespace. We are proud to be working with two such global Corporates in developing this collaborative approach to fast-tracking innovation and utilising technology to create business benefit.

The aim of this challenge is to develop a system that allows Rolls-Royce design Engineers to quantify the impact of their designs on the manufacturing process in order to improve their manufacturing right first time delivery. This will, in turn, help reduce the design iteration time for a new component as well as the part manufacturing cost.

In this transformation journey, exciting and high growth technology startups play a crucial role in driving fresh, disruptive solutions and this is why both Rolls-Royce and IBM have chosen to host the challenge on the Whitespace Innovation Hub.

Last month we also announced that we are now an IBM Strategic Delivery Partner and to support in the growth of this challenge we will spend the next 8 weeks searching the UK for cutting-edge startups which will deliver Rolls-Royce the solution needed to support their innovation journey. If successful the solution will be scaled across multiple global teams. The initial Proof of Concept deployment will be a paid PoC with the expectation that this will evolve to be deployed for testing and productising within the Rolls-Royce IT estate.

The closing date and time for this challenge is 12 pm on the 31st January 2019, in which the IBM and Rolls-Royce teams will review the applications. Once they have decided on a final group, the successful startups will be asked to pitch to both IBM & Rolls-Royce on the 24th of February.

For more information on this challenge please visit the program page on