This month we were whisked off to Las Vegas by Microsoft working with Dave Veryard from Microsoft Wales
It was great to spend time with Dave, he’s a great guy and Sol adores him. He’s been promoting and supporting us since 2016.
(Above: Ben, Sol, Kate, Dax and Dave)
We travelled in comfort and were transferred seamlessly from the UK to Vegas then on to a Tower Suite in the Aria resort in Las Vegas – by limousine!
We had a great time exploring the place and meeting all the amazing people at the Microsoft Inspire Conference.
On Wednesday we rocked the place!!!
Working with Derrick McCourt and his team over the past few weeks, a short film was made about Ambionics and how Microsoft have been supporting us. The film was aired shortly before our appearance and the response was phenomenal.
Sol and Dax loved appearing on stage and were both superstars! Mum too! We never got tired of people introducing themselves afterwards either. Sol and I were approached eight times on our way to breakfast the morning after. It was amazing. Sol asked why so many people wanted to speak to us. I told him he’s famous because of how much is mum and dad love him.
We are very grateful to Microsoft for looking after us so well. Aside from having the holiday of a lifetime – thanks to Microsoft we have been able to send Surface Pro tablets to locations across the globe. We’ve shipped devices to East Africa, Albania, Australia, across the UK and recently to Ecuador where we are setting up the first free Ambionics clinic under license. The Surfaces will be used for limb scanning and collaborating and delivering Fusion 360 tuition using Microsoft Teams.
Ambionics has entered into an agreement with the Riobamba Polytechnic College, Chimborazo [ESPOCH]. We’re carrying out the ground work to open the first free Ambionics clinic there – Ambionics Ecuador.
With support from Autodesk we’re training biomedical students around the world to design and manufacture digital prosthetics in FDA approved materials.
To do this we’re taking advantage of the twelve Surface Pro tablets donated by Microsoft. These have been sent to locations around the world including East Africa, Albania, Australia and now Ecuador. We are coordinating everything through Microsoft Teams.
Our goal is to create clinics across Latin America under free license in order to help the hundreds of families who have reached out to us. Two thirds of all enquiries for our services come from this region. This allows Ambionics to deliver impact immediately while developing the franchise for private clinics in the US and Europe.
We are proud to announce that Ambionics is one of ten UK finalists for The Inventor Prize, run by innovation foundation Nesta and supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
As finalists we will receive £5,000 to develop our devices and mentoring from Barclays Eagle Labs, who are providing access to facilities and equipment, and individual coaching.
The overall winner, which will be announced in September 2018, will receive a £50,000 prize to help get their product to market. The competition is staggering and there as some very innovative and socially impactive ideas being developed as part of the challenge. We wish all the other finalists the very best of luck but in terms of the support and expertise we will be receiving from Barclays Eagle Labs – we already feel like winners.