The event will see headline sponsors IBM, Reece Innovation, CGI, Ordnance Survey and BT working with other businesses, universities, schools and members of the public to look at a range of issues, including flooding, leakage and the environment.

The NWG Innovation Festival is also being delivered in association with Newcastle University, Durham University, Genesys, Interserve in partnership with Amec Foster Wheeler, Costain Resources, PC1, Tech Mahindra, Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), Wipro, Virgin Media Business, Schneider, Wheatley Solutions, Sopra Steria, Accenture, 1Spatial, Infosys, Unify, ITPS, Esh-MWH, and Pen Test Partners.