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 his feet and developing his understanding and implementing new ideas on what surely is the start of a long and successful career in this field.”