In the final episode for 2020, Nicola Steel speaks to Dave West. Dave was Lead Data Scientist at Origin Energy. In November, he founded a tech startup called BatNav. In this episode, Nicola and Dave talk about Dave’s passion for the future of energy, merging digital & AI technologies with engineering & business, & how this can benefit both people & the planet.
They discuss Dave's varied background & his love for science, maths & problem solving. BatNav combines his varied experience in Materials Engineering, Machine Learning & AI. The BatNav SaaS product reduces the time, money & risk associated with energy storage.
Dave talks about his main challenges which are constantly changing including timing, capital, the right team & finding the right product & market fit. His team is focused on collaborative decision making & stretching technology so they can do more with less.
We also talk about Dave's love for volunteering & what he has gained from the experience including learning & meeting new people.