Principal Engineer Siddartha Khastgir, represented WMG at the Your Innovative Future event at Solihull College attended by around 500 school students (aged 11-18) from local schools.
Siddartha took part in a special Dragon’s Den style workshop at the event on 8 March. Various businesses went head-to-head pitching sustainable initiatives and products to groups of students. The students were the ‘Dragons’ and had up to £1 million (per team) to invest in the company that they believed delivered the pitch with the most sustainable ethos.
Siddartha pitched the concept of “The Driverless Future” and won an investment worth £7 million! Other businesses pitching included Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail and Highways England.
Overall, students gained a greater understanding of the benefits and challenges faced by a ‘driverless future’ and how engineering is helping to overcome these challenges.
Siddartha said: “It was a unique experience and I was intrigued by the intelligent and thoughtful questions asked by the students. The dragons gave me a hard time for the £7million!”