Event: Shaping Regional Projects to Stimulate Demand-led Innovation

19 October 2018

You are invited to join one of three initial workshops that will help to shape emerging, large-scale collaborative activities with the potential to significantly impact business innovation and productivity as well as the delivery of public services in the West Midlands and wider Midlands region.  By contributing to one of these consultations, you will also gain early insight into important regional demand-led innovation initiatives that could benefit your business/ organisation.


  • Workshop 1: 5th November, 2-4.30pm – Sustainable Construction focus (followed by first meeting of Constructing Excellence Midlands Sustainability and Innovation Forum[1] from 4.45-6.30pm)
    • 3PB office, The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT
    • Register: https://bit.ly/2CtiHXZ


  • Workshop 2: 13th November, 9.30-12.30am – Energy and Low Carbon focus
    • The Hive, WMCA Building, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, West Midlands, B19 3SD
    • Register: https://bit.ly/2RUtC1U


  • Workshop 3: 14th November, 9.30-12.30am – Health and Medical Technologies focus
    • Universities Centre, Innovation Birmingham, Faraday Wharf, Holt St, Birmingham B7 4BB
    • Register: https://bit.ly/2pZKNTd

Each workshop will have a different sectoral/ thematic focus, but each will discuss the following:

  • Demand-led innovation and why is it important to stimulate it in the West Midlands/ Midlands?
  • CDIS (The Consortium for the Demonstration of Intelligent Systems) is an ambitious programme to position the region at the vanguard of development, demonstration and adoption of intelligent (and integrated) systems through collaborative feasibility, pilot and technology showcasing activities.  Initially it will focus on tackling barriers to exploiting intelligent systems to solve ‘grand challenges’ around mobility, health and energy.
  • CITEC (Cross-Industry Technology Exploitation in Clusters) will support collaboration within and between supply chains to develop innovative new product and process technologies, focusing on five key Midlands industries (Next Generation Transport, Medical Technologies, Food Processing, Energy and Low Carbon, and Sustainable Construction).
  • West Midlands 5G was recently announced as a multi-million pound, three city trial of new high speed connectivity that will pave the way for the future rollout of 5G across the UK. But what new 5G applications and services are we best placed to trial at scale?

[1] Constructing Excellence Midland has recently been re-launched with the Sustainability and Innovation ‘Thought Leadership Forum’ one of several groups created, to compliment existing local best practice groups.  The forum will address barriers and gateways and explore appropriate practices and support; this inaugural meeting will explore terms of reference and interests of the group to allow targeting of future meetings.