Tata celebrates innovation in Europe
The European edition of Tata InnoVista showcased impressive innovations developed across Tata companies
Nearly 300 thought leaders, company executives and enthusiastic innovators gathered in London on February 23, 2015 for another successful European Regional final of Tata InnoVista - the most attended in the history of the event.
As in previous years, InnoVista featured a day of presentations of the most impressive innovations developed across the Tata companies in Europe, with competing teams vying for a trip to the Global InnoVista finals in Mumbai in April. Organised annually by the Tata Group Innovation Forum, Tata Quality Management Services and hosted by the Tata Network Forum (Europe), the 2015 European Regional final was graciously judged by a group of third-party experts who saw 17 presentations throughout the day. Guest judges for this year’s competition included Jon Horsley, lead technologist for Automotive at Innovative UK; Dr Tim Jones, programme director of the Future Agenda, and Matthew Mead, chief investment officer at Nesta.
Tata InnoVista is a group-wide annual initiative that celebrates the most innovative and creative ideas pioneered by Tata companies
Presenters from across 17 teams worked to persuade a panel of judges of why their technology should be selected in categories such as New Product or Dare to Try
In between presentations, contending teams were able to take a break from the competition and network across Tata companies
The judges panel, made up of third-party experts, included participants from Innovative UK, Future Agenda and Nesta
Winners of the Young Expressions competition received their awards in such categories as creative writing and photography before a record crowd
Company leaders, such as Shankar Narayanan of TCS, came to the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London to support their competing teams and Tata’s innovative spirit
Mr R Gopalakrishnan, non-executive director at Tata Sons, attended the awards ceremony as a special guest
Children of Tata employees were able to compete in their own competition of creativity known as Young Expressions and winners were invited to enjoy the awards ceremony with their families
InnoVista 2015 was attended by nearly 300 guests and competitors, making it the most successful competition in the event’s history
The InnoVista awards were kindly announced by Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth and Tata Steel COO Dr. Karl-Ulrich Köhler
Guest of Honour Prof David Gann CBE of Imperial College shared anecdotes from his years of studying innovation strategy
The presentations were made at Bombay Brasserie, a Taj Group restaurant, and spanned across a variety of categories, including ‘New Product,’ ‘Core Process', ‘Support Process’ and ‘Dare to Try’ — an award which recognises that there is a significant amount to be learned in developing a product even if in the end, it does not succeed. Following an extensive judge’s deliberation, the following teams will now be considered, along with winners from the other six regional InnoVista events, to present their ideas at the Global InnoVista final:
- New Product: Tata Steel (Europe) for Welded Oil and Gas Pipe Solutions
- New Product: Jaguar Land Rover for New Discovery Sport Pedestrian Airbag System
- Core Process: Tata Steel (Europe) for Straight As Rail Track
- Service Enabling: Tata Consultancy Services for TCS SIAM (Service Integration and Management)
- Support Process: Jaguar Land Rover for World Class Semi-skilled Recruitment at Solihull
- Social: Tata Consultancy Services for IT Futures
- New Service: Jaguar Land Rover for The Connected Car
- Dare to Try: Jaguar Land Rover for Segmented Radial Flux Electric Motor Development
- Dare to Try: Jaguar Land Rover for Castings Mass Reduction: A Novel Virtual Tool
An opportunity to announce the winners and to celebrate innovation more broadly came during the evening awards ceremony held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and catered by Taj Hotels. Tim Morris, Tata Steel’s European head of public affairs, hosted the evening’s proceedings and was joined by R Gopalakrishnan, a non-executive director of Tata Sons and special guest for the evening. Also introduced as guest of honour was professor David Gann CBE CEng FICE, vice president of development and innovation at Imperial College London.
Along with celebrating innovations driven by Tata companies, the event also felicitated winners of 'Tata Young Expressions,' a group-wide competition for children of Tata employees. Best entries are selected across categories such as creative writing, painting, photography and videos. In his address to the audience, Mr Gopalakrishnan pointed to the young winners as a positive example of how Tata innovators should remember the playfulness that should be involved in daring to try something new.