An innovation festival that brought together some of the world’s largest Businesses is returning to the North East for a second year.
The Northumbrian Water event was held for the first time last year and proved such a success that it is coming back to Newcastle Racecourse in July, aiming to tackle challenges such as reducing single use plastics, the future of transport and preventing flooding.
As well as the North East hosts, companies including IBM, BT and O2 will be involved in the festival, as well as Newcastle and Durham universities.
Organisers hope this year’s event, which runs from July 9 to 13, will be twice the size as last year’s inaugural festival.
Nigel Watson, Northumbrian Water Group’s information services director, said: “The Innovation Festival is back for 2018 and it’s going to be even bigger and more ambitious than last year.
“We have some of the most innovative and creative minds from across the globe taking part in this celebration of creativity and we’ve set them one, pretty major and important, task – to try and change the world.
“We’re asking some big questions that affect us all: how can the world save water? What is the future of transport? How can we help save the environment through single plastic use, pollution and by saving energy? And we’ve got experts from all of these areas together in one place for one week to come up with some solutions.
“Last year saw some truly amazing ideas come out of the festival and into fruition and I can’t wait to see what this year brings. It’s going to be a fantastic event for everyone involved, the North East region and hopefully the whole world.”
Last year the inaugural innovation festival examined issues including improving the environment, building the cities of the future and the development of the workplace of 2030.
The festival led to the recent introduction of Newcastle’s ‘moss tree’ , an installation at the city’s Haymarket which aims to reduce air pollution, plus the national Refill campaign, which encourages retailers and other Businesses to fill people’s plastic bottles with water for free.
The festival is made up of ‘sprints’ – where groups of people try to solve a problem at speed – plus hackathons, coding sessions and tech demonstrations. Delegates will be challenged to come up with ways of reducing water consumption and improve the lives of people with visual impairments.
There will also be live music and comedy, inspirational talks and efforts to involve school children from the North East.
More information on the event is available at https://innovationfestival.org /.
Source : Chroniclelive