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UK software engineer becomes first Modis Formula E Innovation Manager


Barnee Lloyd joins Formula E for a once-in-a-life-time, six-month internship in its technology department ahead of the 2018/19 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

Zürich, Switzerland, Aug 14, 2018 

British software engineer Barnee Lloyd is the first Modis Formula E Innovation Manager. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship and Modis picked out the 25-year-old Cambridge University graduate after an exacting selection process involving nearly 2,000 talented and diverse applicants from 62 countries. Lloyd will join Formula E on a six-month internship under the expert mentorship of Formula E Head of Technology Eric Ernst. He will be tasked with designing and delivering a brand-new software platform for the championship in time for the new 2018/2019 season.

The Innovation Manager Challenge is designed to discover the world’s next sustainable tech superstar and to promote careers in e-mobility – a rapidly-growing sector that combines technology, sustainability and innovation.

Modis – Formula E’s official partner for professional solutions for IT and engineering - launched the global search for aspiring innovators to join the electric street racing series in May 2018. The competition consisted of a demanding four-stage selection process that involved psychometric tests on a dedicated Modis.com platform, face-to-face interviews with Modis consultants and complex problem solving.

The “top five” took part in a grand final selection day at the Formula E offices in London, facing a panel of experts and a range of exercises designed to test for their suitability for life in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of electric racing and e-mobility, such as logical thinking, behavioural traits and numerical aptitude.

Lloyd, a keen drummer and software enthusiast who has worked for Tesla and Aston Martin, impressed the judges with top scores in the combined “innovator profile” and “aptitude” test.  He said he was excited about the prospect of working in such a fast-growing and dynamic championship, which is about to enter its fifth season.

“I want to work in something where I can have a direct contribution to the growth of the company – how it’s going to develop in to the future,” Formula E’s new Innovation Manager said.

Lloyd will embark on this once-in-a-lifetime experience on 17 September. He will be immersed within the championship and collaborate with regional workforces for a hands-on experience at races, including pre-season testing and the first races of the upcoming season in December and January.

“We are delighted for Barnee as he begins what promises to be a fantastic career in e-mobility and electric racing. I am sure he will perform at the highest level and produce excellent results during his internship. The Innovation Manager Challenge is all about promoting careers in this fast-growing, hi-tech sector and giving young talent the chance it deserves and needs to shine. This first year has surpassed our expectations, and we look forward to connecting with and supporting many more talented young men and women in the years ahead through this innovation programme,” said Alain Dehaze, CEO of the Adecco Group.

Modis is a global brand of the Adecco Group.

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: “I’d like to officially welcome Barnee to the Formula E family and thank Modis for creating a brilliant initiative which looks for the brightest sparks to work within the e-mobility sector. It’s an industry growing exponentially, with the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the forefront. I look forward to seeing Barnee quickly finding their feet and developing their understanding and implementing new ideas on what surely is the start of a long and successful career in this field.”

Stay tuned on www.modis.com to explore opportunities to dive into the world of Formula E and Modis.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is the electric street racing series and the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater category in motorsport. Formula E brings intense and unpredictable racing to some of the world’s most recognisable and progressive cities - including Hong Kong, Rome, Paris, Zurich and New York.

Formula E enters a new and exciting era in season five with the competitive debut of the next generation car. The striking new model boasts a distinctive futuristic design and demonstrates a clear step-up in performance with almost double the energy storage capacity - allowing teams and drivers to complete a full race distance at higher speeds without needing to swap cars. The Gen2 car is a testament to the on-going advancements in battery and electric vehicle technology in the space of only four years.

The fifth edition of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship will see 11 teams and 22 drivers tackle a variety of challenging circuits in 12 cities across five continents in a bid to be crowned champion. Formula E will be making its debut in the Middle East on December 15 for the season-opener in Ad Diriyah, with the championship once again coming to a close in New York City over the course of two days on July 13 & 14.

The concept of Formula E is to act as a platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies, helping refine the design and functionality of components and infrastructure - actively speeding-up the transition and uptake of electric vehicles on a global scale.

Formula E is continuing to attract some of the leading names and renowned brands in motorsport and the automotive industry. For this season, Formula E has nine manufacturers on its roster - including Nissan - taking over the existing entry from Renault - and BMW linking-up with Andretti. This number is set to rise further still, with the highly-anticipated inclusion of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche in season six.

 

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