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Cardiff Innovation Week Launched By Future Cities Catapult

Future Cities Catapult, the Government-backed global centre of excellence in urban innovation, is bringing its ‘Innovation Week’ programme to the city of Cardiff, following a successful premier in Birmingham.

Taking place at Tramshed Tech, ‘Innovation Week – Cardiff’ will be a series of open invitation workshops, discussions and networking events aimed at the city’s thriving community of entreprenuers, innovators, academics and businesses.

With 97% resident satisfaction scores, Cardiff is recognised as the third most livable capital city in Europe[1]. The city has grown by 11% over the last decade and 72,000 new residents are expected by 2035[2]. This will require over 40,000 new homes and a similar number of new jobs, as well as additional school places, capacity on transport networks and energy infrastructure.

The week-long schedule of events starts on 24 April, bringing together businesses, universities and city leaders from Cardiff and afar, to explore how advanced urban services can help solve city challenges, and how local SMEs working in the sector can reach new markets.

Sam Markey, Head of Relationship Development at Future Cities Catapult, said:

“Cardiff is projected to grow by 20 percent over the coming two decades, making it the fastest growing of the UK’s Core Cities. Accommodating – and making a success of – that growth is both a challenge and opportunity for the city and wider region.

“The UK is a world-leader in developing and implementing the innovative solutions and advanced urban services that Cardiff, and other cities, will need to forecast growth, manage additional demand on services and secure improvements in the quality of life for all its residents.

“If you’re an SME who’s interested in the future cities market, an innovator looking for thorny challenges in need of brilliant solutions, a business adapting to the changing realities of modern cities, or a city leader asking how your city can reach the top spot for livability, then Innovation Week – Cardiff is for you.”

Colin Batten, Head of Partnerships at Innovation Point, said:

“Innovation Point is delighted to partner with Future Cities Catapult to bring Innovation Week to Cardiff.  At a time when businesses and local authorities face rapid change and disruption, nurturing innovation to develop what our cities of the future could look like has never been more important.

“The digital sector is a critical part of the Welsh economy and the growth of many digital businesses across the country has confirmed our place as a vibrant tech scene able to deliver global solutions.”

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

  • Health and Mobility: focusing on how cities can harness new technologies and approaches to mitigate the negative health impacts of city life
  • Integrated Urban Planning: exploring how big data, artificial intelligence and visualisation could transform planning and urban development in Cardiff and beyond
  • Data Visualisation: looking at techniques to turn raw city data into striking visualisations which explore and address urban challenges

To find out more and register attendance, visit: http://futurecities.catapult.org.uk/2017/04/04/innovation-week-cardiff/


For event media accreditation, or further information contact Naomi Moore on nmoore@futurecities.catapult.org.uk / 07718 584331

Innovation Week – Cardiff is the second Innovation Week hosted by Future Cities Catapult. The first took place in Birmingham from 6-12 December 2016.

The full list of events is as follows:

Launching New Guidance for Data Sharing and Smart Project Planning –  24 Apr, 2-5pm

  • An interactive session introducing city stakeholders to free leadership guides published by Future Cities Catapult and the British Standards Institute (BSI).

Integrated Urban Planning – 25 Apr, 1-2.30pm

  • Big data, artificial intelligence and visualisation are transforming the way that people process and interpret information. But the methods used by many cities to plan new developments creak with age and inefficiency.

Health and Mobility – 26 Apr, 5-6.30pm

  • This session will explore how cities can harness new technologies and approaches to mitigate the negative health impacts of city life and maximise the benefits.

The Future Cities Market Breakfast Event, 27 Apr, 9-10.30am

  • A networking breakfast discussion to learn more about the future cities market with leading smart city expert, Joe Dignan. During the interactive discussion we will explore the market opportunities for SME’s and the SME support program offered by Future Cities Catapult.

DataViz training for SMEs, 27 Apr, 1.30-5pm

  • Come join our free data visualisation workshop for SMEs. The workshop is an introduction to the tools, techniques and storytelling skills required to turn raw city data into striking visualisations.

Innovation Week Cardiff – Networking Event, 27 Apr, 5.30-8pm

  • A chance to meet members of the Future Cities Catapult team, forge new connections, and share ideas about the future of Cardiff.

About Future Cities Catapult                                                      

Future Cities Catapult exists to advance innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better. We bring together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face, now and in the future. This means that we catalyse and apply innovations to grow UK business and promote UK exports.

From our Urban Innovation Centre in London, we provide world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models.

We help innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, we help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

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About Catapult centres

The Catapult centres are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth. The Catapults network has been established by Innovate UK. For more information visit catapult.org.uk

[1] European Urban Audit, 2015

[2] Office for National Statistics

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