Today, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands (IAWM) is celebrating its first birthday since its transformation from Birmingham Science City one year ago! IAWM was formally launched on 30th January 2018. In this blog we look at our key achievements and the findings of an online survey of stakeholder at the end of our first … Continue reading Blog: Celebrating the 1st year of IAWM
I'm going to start this blog with some questions: Can anyone remember the days before combined authorities? Local Industrial Strategies? Grand Challenges? Can you remember when BEIS was DECC and when Innovate UK was the Technology Strategy Board? Believe it or not, this was the landscape as little as five years ago when I first started … Continue reading Blog: Alan Carr: 5 Years with IAWM
In another well attended IAWM event on 22nd November 2018, speakers Andrew Pestana (Interim Head of Innovation, HS2) and Haydn Brown (Head of Procurement Strategy Development, Birmingham City Council) gave an engaging talk on how their organisations are using procurement to stimulate innovation, which invited a lively discussion on the topic. (Andrew Pestana and HS2) To … Continue reading Blog: Public and Private Sector Procurement Driving Innovation
Ben Kirsch, West Midlands Policy Advisor and representative for the UK Intellectual Property Office, tells us how Intellectual Property fits within the developing themes for the Local Industrial Strategy.
The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is proud to support Smart City Alliance members, Enlighten, to promote awareness of mental health support through the use of emerging technology: One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. With World Mental Health Day … Continue reading Blog: IAWM Supports Mental Health Awareness Day 2018
The Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands is supporting an international EU Interreg project called Urban M to share best practices on innovation with European city partners. The Urban M team recently interviewed Lloyd Broad, Interim Head of Employment and Skills at Birmingham City Council to understand his perspective and why the topic of Urban … Continue reading Blog: City Leader Views on Urban Manufacturing for Growth
Iain Mansell, Executive Officer for Innovation at GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership) and Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands, recently participated in the STEAM policy clinic, hosted by STEAMhouse in Birmingham, and has shared his thoughts on why Urban M will benefit local economies. Why is the Urban M project interesting to … Continue reading Blog: Makerspaces and the Economy – an Expert Viewpoint
The kick off meeting for the Urban Manufacturing project was a fantastic initial opportunity to meet project managers and policy representatives from the seven other partnerships. As host city we wanted to give partners a flavour of what Birmingham has to offer in terms of collaborative maker spaces. It was a real pleasure to show … Continue reading Blog: Urban M Launch Event