30th April. Over at Wavemaker Headquarters, the team is waiting in nervous excitement for Fujitsu engineers to arrive. Why? Because for the first ever, Fujitsu is holding its engineers summit outside of London. This is a big deal.
People all around the world have heard of Fujitsu. The company, which has offices in numerous countries including China, Chile and Japan, offers information and communication technology and a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Naturally, as a team of digital enthusiasts, when we heard that Fujitsu were looking for a venue to hold their seminars, we were quick to offer our premises and the theatre in the building where we’re based (Mitchell Arts Centre).
The first of the engineers arrived and, after a bit of talk about the weather- more specifically the brilliant sunshine that had decided to make an appearance- we prepared to watch the seminars. After a couple of hours of head scratching and being reminded of just how smart Fujitsu engineers are, we moved up to our boardroom where we’d set up some food and had gadgets out ready for the engineers to explore and play with. This turned out to be even more entertaining than we’d been expecting, with an impromptu dance off between Alex and one of the other engineers (spoiler: Alex won) and a lot of the engineers having the chance to control a robot through facial expressions.
After the fun session, it was time for the engineers to do what they do best and explore small camera technology in the form of an… octopus? We could only watch with a strange kind of fascination as they showed up the power of cameras and how they can capture amazing images.
Throughout the day, we spoke with engineers of all different shapes and sizes who were working on, and creating, the most amazing bits of future technology, and who were filled with exciting new ideas that we might just end up using or seeing in our day-to-day lives. It got us thinking: if these bright and enthusiastic people were making so much headway with the technology that we have available today, who knew what the next generation of engineers would be capable of with the right amount of nurturing and encouragement? Who knew what the next generation of engineers would be talking about in their seminars when they discuss their future and all of the endless possibilities laid out before them.
It was incredibly humbling and a startling reminder of why it’s so important to support and inspire young people when it comes to STEAM subjects. After all, it’s the young people of today who are going to help shape the world of tomorrow, and if we help to inspire just one of those engineers to start their journey, we’ve done our job.