Innovators are waiting on starters orders
There’s just one week to go until one of the biggest festivals of innovation the world has ever seen kicks off in Newcastle.
And more than 3,000 people from some of the world’s leading businesses are chomping at the bit, ready to flood through the turnstiles next week at the 2019 Northumbrian Water Innovation Festival.
Held once again at Newcastle Racecourse, the Festival will run from 8 to 12 July and will see innovators, engineers, scientists, students and members of the public join industry professionals to tackle some of the biggest and hard-hitting problems faced by society and the environment today.
They’ll be joined by celebrity guests, including BBC news reporter Steph McGovern, TV inventor Dick Strawbridge and gadget guru Georgie Barrat, who are coming along to help energise and inspire attendees.
Festival-goers will be working alongside some huge global names, such as Microsoft, O2, IBM, CGI, Ford, Ordnance Survey, Aiimi and Oracle through a series of sprints, hacks and challenges across the five-day extravaganza.
They’ll be focused on key issues such as: the impact climate change will have on our communities; the changes 5G networks will make to our lives; how we can achieve world class customer service and what the vehicles of the future will look like.
More than 1,700 young people from North East schools and colleges will also be taking part in various different Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) activities, to learn about skills that can help support their career.
As well as celebrating innovation and collaboration across the region, the festival will feature a daily programme of activities, aimed at highlighting the importance of health and wellbeing, including relaxing yoga sessions and exhilarating workouts.
Northumbrian Water’s Information Services Director, Nigel Watson, said: “With just days to go, we’re ready and very excited for what is going to be our biggest and most ambitious Festival yet.
“We’ve seen some amazing things come out of our previous Festivals, like the great insights from data scientists, Underground Mapping, Barnacle and Refill. With a large group of diverse businesses from right across the world, each with their own set of skills and ideas and innovative minds, we’re expecting big things from 2019 too.
“The venue is looking amazing, it’s certainly different from the usual constraints of the office, and we’ll have lots of wellbeing activities and social activities to keep our attendees inspired and focused. I can’t wait for it all to get started!”
To follow the Innovation Festival visit www.InnovationFestival.org or Northumbrian Water on Facebook and Twitter.