Problem Solving – Maggie Semple Ltd.
Problem: Material samples, photographs and drawings of bespoke garments showed what could be made, but did not bring them to life.
Solution: 3D printed nine-inch tall mannequins to match miniature example dresses.
Outcome: Unique marketing tools loved by client and their customers.
“At Semple we make made to measure clothing for women. As a bespoke service currently venturing into the US market, our potential clients, both in New York and London find Lucy’s scale 3D printed mannequins the ideal way to visualise a completed Semple garment in a range of colours and styles. We are delighted with our new marketing tools that are quirky, logistically perfect and loved by everyone!” Maggie Semple OBE, Founder, Semple
Problem Solving – Blackgang Chine Theme Park
Problems: Animatronic dinosaur spare parts could take up to six weeks to be delivered. Client could not easily change what the dinosaurs did.
Solutions: Replaced problem parts with off the shelf components, installed free control software and trained staff how to use it.
Outcome: Saved time, reduced costs, increased job satisfaction.
“At Blackgang Chine our animatronic dinosaurs are great fun. However spare parts could take up to six weeks to be delivered and we could not easily change what the dinosaurs did.
Lucy brought in an amazing team who showed us how to use off the shelf parts and free software. We can now fix things immediately (well most of the time!) and change what the dinosaurs do whenever we want. This has saved us time and reduced our costs. It has also given our technical teams a much greater sense of ownership and therefore much greater job satisfaction- which is important to me. We have the ability to use our own creativity to enhance the Park. Our customers are delighted by the unique experience we offer.”
CEO Vecits Ventures and owner of Blackgang Chine.
Selection of articles about this and related work:
I discussed this work with Dara O’Briain on BBC Robot Wars Episode 3, Series 8
Blackgang Dinosaur Retrofit on Raspberry Pi Foundation
BlackgangPi 1 on Element14 https://www.element14.com/community/people/drlucyrogers/blog/2015/04/27/blackgangpi-1
BlackgangPi 2 on Element 14
Speaking – EMF Camp
“We had great feedback about Lucy’s talk, with both our review panel overwhelmingly reviewing it as “excellent” and event attendees of all ages saying they found it “inspirational”. We would love to have her speak & host workshops at future events!”
Jonty Wareing, EMF Camp
Speaking – BETT
Speaking – Wuthering Bytes
“Lucy is a brilliant communicator with the engineering experience to back it up. She had the audience captivated with her fun and informative keynote at the launch of the Wuthering Bytes festival 2016.”
Andrew Back, Managing Director AB Open, Wuthering Bytes Festival Organisers.
Speaking – TopConf
“Live coding demos are risky – but Dr Lucy Rogers did an excellent and entertaining job of taking us through the stages of “Hello World” to “Tweet responding dinosaur” using Node-RED. She shared her enthusiasm for using fun and creative ways to solve problems. Although the audience were developers, Lucy showed that the simplicity and ease of the software she used could be embraced by everyone. I believe many were inspired to try it.”
Chris Frei, Organiser, Topconf, Linz.
“My only complaint about the writing of Lucy Rogers is that there isn’t enough of it.“
Tim Radford, former science editor of the Guardian.
“Lucy gave the most wonderful keynote at Inspirefest 2015. Our international audience loved her. She is unparalleled when it comes to making her science talks at the same time informative, engaging and entertaining.”
Ann O’Dea, founder, Inspirefest
Inspirefest is an international festival of science, technology and the arts. It saw some 1,300 delegates gather over three days in Dublin in June 2015.
“Lucy impressed me by finishing her PhD in record time while having to deal with complex people issues in an SME where she was seconded. She can make even the most complex stuff sound simple. A true completer-finisher, Lucy sticks at tasks until they are done to quality, time and budget targets.”
National Centre Manager, Cranfield University
University of Chester
“Lucy was the keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day Conference at the University of Chester in 2014. This conference is held each year for girls from local schools and colleges to raise awareness of study and career opportunities in Science and Engineering.
Lucy’s talk about her career in Science and Engineering and the exciting opportunities that presented themselves along the way, was totally inspiring. Students and members of the public at Lucy’s evening talk, (including myself), went away with a feeling of renewed confidence in their own abilities.
Indeed one school student who had not considered a career in STEM applied and was accepted by Unilever on an Apprenticeship and has since been named Apprentice of the Year.”
HE STEM Co-ordinator
Faculty of Science and Engineering
University of Chester