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PlanTech Week Day Five 'Plantech Innovator Showcase'


Future Cities Catapult is organising PlanTech week, a series of free lectures, networking events and interactive installations that will debate and showcases the tweaks and transformations that technology is enabling in the planning system.

At this event, meet the UK based start-ups that are transforming local planning systems. Hear from professionals in the planning and development industry talk about the opportunities and challenges involved in creating a more data-driven and digitally enabled planning system.  This event will be particularly useful for Local Planning Authorities wishing to learn about how and who they could work with to improve their digital planning services, and planning consultancies thinking about developing digital services.


09:00 – 10:00 Registration and Breakfast

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome + Overview of agenda – Future Cities Catapult

10:15 – 10:45 Panel Discussion – Wikihouse and Southwark – ‘What’s the recipe for successful digital SME/Local Planning Authority collaboration?’

10:45 – 11:30 – Lightening pitches from #Plantech innovators, including winners of the Future of Planning Open Call.

11:30 – 12:30 – Brokerage and Clinics

This hour will enable you to develop conversations with the innovators and get to know other event attendees.  We will offer a 1-2-1 breakout space, bookable for event participants with a time limited to 10mins max per session.

During this time we will also be running three drop in clinics:

  • BMTDeveloping planning software. BMT have worked with Future Cities Catapult to develop market-ready software, building on a concept developed by the Catapult in Greater Manchester.  BMT will show a version of this software and provide advice about the challenges and opportunities of developing planning software.
  • Soluis Immersive Technologies demonstration – Soluis will be demonstrating the latest Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality and Augmented Reality technologies and can advise on how these may be useful as part of the planning process.
  • Spacehive – UK’s dedicated crowdfunding platform for places
  • Imprimatur Capital –  a company focused on the commercialisation of high-growth Intellectual property (IP)

12:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion – What are funders/investors looking for?

The panel will discuss what entrepreneurs need to do today to secure funding and investment for tomorrow. The panel formed of an early stage investor and government funding agency will discuss the funding and investment landscape and share insights into what drives their investment decisions.

13:00-14:00 – Lunch and networking



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