Queen's Award reception at Buckingham Palace
On Thursday (14th July) Peter Brightwell and I had the honour of representing BBC R&D at an evening reception at Buckingham Palace for winners of the 2011 Queen's Award. We were there following the announcement that BBC R&D had won an award for the Piero sports graphics system. There were several hundred guests, representing the 156 companies that won awards across the categories of Innovation (in which we were one of the 44 winners), International Trade (102 winners), and Sustainable Development (10 winners). These are highly prestigious awards given for outstanding achievement by UK businesses; to win an award in the Innovation category we had to demonstrate that Piero was both highly technically innovative and had been a significant commercial success.
On arrival, we mingled with the other guests, managed to locate the two representatives from our co-winner Red Bee Media, and prepared ourselves to be introduced to Her Majesty The Queen. The guests were rounded up and filed by one-by-one, with each person having their name and company announced, before the introduction. I attempted to give a brief explanation of our recent trial of the VenueVu system at Wimbledon. Some of the other winners that we spoke to included a company that is talking to Red Bee Media on applying techniques used in the Piero system to medical image analysis, and representatives from the University of Manchester, who had won an award for International Trade by attracting a large number of foreign students. All in all it was a fantastic evening and a great honour for the Piero team and BBC Research & Development.
Peter Brightwell and Graham Thomas outside Buckingham Palace.