January 11, 2022
Driving innovation in Defence
The Percy Hobart Fellowship (PHF) was a full-time, 12-week programme that aimed to drive a culture of innovation in Defence - teaching Royal Navy and Royal Air Force personnel to identify the needs of today’s military and secure the most effective technologies and tools to meet these needs. Fellows have also joined from the US Navy, British Army, and MoD.
The programme aimed to drive a culture of innovation in Defence - teaching specialist RN and RAF personnel to identify the needs of today’s Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and secure the most effective technologies and tools to meet these needs. Each iteration included up to 50 Fellows, divided into two concurrent cohorts, and made up of a wide range of career backgrounds and levels of seniority - the entire course took a trade and rank-agnostic approach to allow for maximum peer-engagement and an experience of flat hierarchies.
The programme was designed around four pillars:
Each edition of The Percy Hobart Fellowship worked with around 45 Fellows across the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and US Navy for 12 weeks. Fellows returned to their ranks with a sophisticated awareness of the fundamentals of technology and entrepreneurship and have the opportunity to continue their engagement with the scheme via the Percy Hobart Fellowship Alumni programme.
"An incredibly brave and enlightened concept, the Percy Hobart Fellowship has provided a welcome space to rapidly learn about startup innovation culture and hear from some of the brightest minds in this space. I hope to return to Defence and grow the community of ‘Innovation Seeking’ individuals looking for fast paced developments." -RAF Fellow
"The Fellowship has shown me that by combining Mission Command and accountability with a startup’s flexibility and openness to change, we can harness a potent force for growth in an organisation that empowers its people to take risks, fail and iterate ideas without fear of reprimand – a vital end-state if we are serious about innovation in the UK Armed Forces." -Royal Navy Fellow
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