Government-backed centre launches “Innovation Week” in Birmingham

Run by Future Cities Catapult, six free talks and workshops will be taking place in a hope to "connect local businesses and drive innovation"

Future Cities Catapult, a government backed centre for the advancement of smart cities, is launching its first ever Innovation Week in Birmingham.

Targeted at start-ups and small businesses in the UK second’s city, the week-long programme aims to “connect with local businesses, drive innovation, and promote opportunities in the smart cities market”.

Six free talks and workshops will be taking place across the city covering a variety of themes, including:

  • Health and Future Cities: focusing on how cities can harness new technologies and approaches to mitigate the negative health impacts of city life
  • Future of Planning: exploring how technology could transform planning and urban development in Greater Birmingham and beyond
  • Data Visualisation: looking at techniques to turn raw city data into striking visualisations which explore and address urban challenges

Scott Cain, chief business officer at Future Cities Catapult, said:

“Future Cities Catapult is very excited to be holding our first ever Innovation Week in the UK’s second city. From the birth of the industrial revolution to the pioneering reforms under Joseph Chamberlain, Birmingham has a great history of innovative thinking and is home to a vibrant pool of small businesses and start-ups.

“We’re really looking forward to collaborating with local entrepreneurs to harness innovation, solve urban problems, and future-proof this great city.”

John Clancy, councillor and leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

“You only have to look at cranes on the skyline to know that big things are happening here. We are earning a growing reputation as one of the most attractive city regions in the world to do business.

“We’ve seen almost 1,000 foreign direct investment projects in Birmingham over the past four years, and 14,152 new businesses were registered here during 2015.”

To find out more and register attendance, click here.

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