Digital Leaders Week: Birmingham showcases digital tech as a driver for economic growth and social cohesion

June 28, 2018


Kicking proceedings off with its Annual Lecture on Monday 18th June, the sixth Digital Leaders Week reflected on a year dominated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), drawing members of the digital technology community to the Innovation Birmingham Campus.


Aligning with discussions around maximising opportunities through innovation online, sessions at the UK’s largest campus for digital technology businesses boasted presentations from the likes of Scot Gardner, Chief Executive of Cisco UK & Ireland, and Dave Maclean, Chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority Digital Board.


Following a fascinating workshop at Birmingham City University, addressing cybersecurity, risk and reality, Wednesday evening’s activities remained in Birmingham’s thriving Eastside of the city, where attentions turned to a Tech Wednesday special at the multi-million-pound iCentrum building.


Putting a Digital Leaders stamp on Innovation Birmingham’s monthly campus meet-up for the region’s technological and entrepreneurial community, Tech Wednesday integrated show ‘n’ tells and provided the opportunity for tech start-ups to present and demonstrate their most innovative projects.


Entrepreneurs shared ideas across a range of sectors from education, graphic data, connected travel and innovative business portfolios. Showcasing the activities of Campus Members leveraging technology to promote economic growth and increase social well-being via digital technology, Dr David Hardman MBE, Managing Director of Innovation Birmingham and Digital Leaders West Midlands Chair said:


“Tech Wednesday has been an incredibly successful part of our thriving events calendar, which comprises over 150 get-togethers, pitch days, networking sessions and workshops annually. Integrating this meet-up within the Digital Leaders Week activities provided an opportunity for those showcasing to attract a wider audience and share innovations that utilise digital technology to provoke adoption that will reduce social gaps and drive economic growth.”


Opening proceedings, Veejay Lingiah, CEO at language learning EdTech company Learning Labs provided an insight into its FlashAcademy® EAL platform, which supports children learning English as an additional language (EAL) through structured lessons, engaging games, challenges, a full teacher dashboard and a unique object translator.


Touching on the principles of mapping and visualising geographic data, Luke Hamption, Engagement Executive at Geovation shared ways to engage with the organisation’s exciting projects, including investigating more effective travel methods and hydration solutions.


Chris Perry, Head of the UK Expansion Team at Maas Global outlined a flexible taxi, car, van, electric scooter, bus, train and bike mobility subscription. Set up a few years ago, and choosing Birmingham as the destination to hold just its second launch after Helsinki, Maas Global’s Whim app was released in April and is now available on the App Store and Google Play Store.


Longstanding Innovation Birmingham Campus Member Mike Bander, Founder of Turn Partners highlighted the opportunity of online innovation through his “start-up studio”, creating a portfolio of businesses, whilst also modernising existing ventures. Mike addressed the combination of driving a successful business and creating social good through a venture.


Tech Wednesday has been delivered from Innovation Birmingham for almost a decade, now helping to connect and drive opportunities and collaboration across the community of over 1000 techies and 160 digital technology businesses.


Find out more about Digital Leaders Week and Tech Wednesday.


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