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Whitespace, IBM and Rolls-Royce Launch the Smart Engineering Design Tech Innovation Challenge

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5th November 2020

Octobery 2019 saw the launch of the Whitespace, IBM and Rolls-Royce Smart Engineering Design Tech Innovation Challenge.

The IBM and Roll Royce logo placed on top of an image of a Rolls Royce jet engine.

Tech giants IBM joined engineering masters Rolls-Royce in a collaborative innovation programme developed in partnership with our teams.

This collaboration was a break-through moment for the company and saw Whitespace become an IBM Strategic Delivery Partner. The challenge itself saw all three parties develop a collaborative approach to fast-tracking innovation and utilising technology to create business benefit.

The aim of this challenge was 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 would, in turn, help reduce the design iteration time for a new component as well as the part manufacturing cost.

Exciting and high growth technology startups play a crucial role in driving fresh, disruptive solutions and this is why both Rolls-Royce and IBM chose to run this challenge alongside our teams.

The Whitespace team spent eight weeks searching the UK for cutting-edge startups which would deliver Rolls-Royce the solution needed to support their innovation journey. A set of successful innovators went on to present at the Rolls-Royce 'Future Programme' sessions which saw both Roll-Royce and IBM endeavour to actively match solutions to their available internal use cases.

Watch this space for a follow-up piece on the final startups and their journies!

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