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  • May 2017: A trip to China, a mayor, a catwalk and rain.

    This month involved a trip to China, a Mayor, TV cameras and rain. This month was the Grand Final of the Design Intelligence Awards we mentioned in April. A coming together of 22 finalists from all over the world… which included Version 22 and Nimble. Starting in early May I (Simon) flew out via Hong …

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  • What We Got Up To Last Month (March 2017)

    March has been an exciting month for the team at Version 22 by any measure. It’s gone by in a blur of parcels, emails, trips and launches, and here we are in April without even realising it! Before we go any further; mentioning April reminds me of this brilliant April Fools sketch from the US …

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  • The Top 7 Things I Learnt As A Finalist in Nesta’s Inclusive Technology Prize

    If you’ve been following our blog over the last 12 months (and indeed our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram updates) then you’ll know that Version 22 and Nimble have been taking part in Nesta’s Inclusive Technology Prize. To catch you up if not, the Inclusive Technology prize (ITP) was launched by Nesta in the winter of 2014 …

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  • The Inclusive Technology Prize Results…

    Last week was the culmination of over a year’s worth of hard work and graft for ten groups of people around the UK. In fact it was almost a year to the day since the 25 semi-finalists had been selected out of the 200+ applicants for the Inclusive Technology Prize and invited to London to …

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  • An Afternoon Under the Spotlight in Sunny Sheffield

    Okay let me get one thing straight, Sheffield wasn’t actually sunny when I was there but I’m sure it has been in the past! A few weeks ago I headed to Sheffield with a few Nimbles to take part in a photo-shoot. The location? The offices of my package designer guys Design Futures. The photographer? A …

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  • Inclusive Technology Prize Update

    The Version 22 blog has been quiet for the last few weeks and I’m sorry about that. The reason, lots going on! Nimble and Geco Hub are in the very final stages of production so several things have been happening in parallel. While we wait for our manufacturer to make final preparations for production of …

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  • We made the top 10!

    You may or may not know that I’ve been taking part in the Inclusive Technology Prize, a competition run by Nesta to help find and support inclusive products ideas. I entered with Nimble late last year and made the cut as one of 25 semi-finalists this March. Well it gets even better… I was told recently …

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  • Out of the heat at the Nesta Inclusive Tech Prize Finals

    Today I spent the hottest day of the year in an air conditioned night club two stories underground. You might say I missed out on the weather but you’d be wrong. See I was taking part in something much more exciting. Well… for me anyway. I was at University College London’s student’s union for the …

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  • We Won!

    As promised in my last update I’ve got an exciting announcement to make…. Version 22 won the Irwin Mitchell Design For Life Award!!! Irwin Mitchell, one of the UK’s largest and most respected law firms, partnered with Nesta and Disability Rights UK late last year to launch the Design For Life competition. Design For Life is …

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  • A Very Funny Awards Evening

    I’m not the sort of person that goes to football stadiums very often but nevertheless I was at the Leicester football stadium last Thursday! Why? Well it wasn’t  to watch the football… It was for the Leicester Mercury Business Executive of The Year Awards Someone from the Leicester Mercury had called me up out of the …

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  • A day taking part in #eFest and an exciting announcement too!

    eFest – an annual event run by Enterprise Nation – is a series of talks, presentations and Q&A panels put on to celebrate young businesses and growth in the UK. This year in Birmingham, among high caliber guests such as the CEO of Air Asia Tony Fernandez, Student Beans Founder James Eder and several members …

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  • National Press, a Semi-final and Design Shows Galore

    National Press The big news from the last two weeks? Geco Hub was featured in THE ECONOMIST! In a full page article about the start up scene in Britain, myself and Geco Hub were the main case study. This is some great recognition and exposure for Geco Hub which will help spread the word of …

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