We were delighted to work with Northumbrian Water Group on its first ever Innovation Festival last week, which saw some of the world’s leading brains come together to tackle major social and environmental challenges.
Our crew headed to Newcastle Racecourse event, to look after the visiting national media and bloggers, as well as support the #NWGInnovationFestival team across social media with live feeds and regular festival updates.
Working with our partners Get Film and presenter Kim Inglis, IF TV brought the festival to life online, with Facebook live during the day and a nightly show online at 7pm rounding off each day’s progress.
IFTV daily online shows reported on everything from morning yoga in the Wellness Tent, to following the daily ‘sprints’ where businesses, universities, schools and members of the public looked at a range of issues, including flooding, the environment and social inclusion.
The big questions under consideration during the week were:
- ‘Rain, Hail or Shine’: How can we reduce flooding? Led by headline sponsor IBM
- ‘Keep It Flowing’: What do we know about leakage from water pipes and how can we fix it? Led by NWG
- ‘Preparing for the Future’: How do we upgrade our infrastructure for the 21st Century effectively and affordably? Led by headline sponsor Reece Innovation
- ‘Tomorrow’s World’: What will living and working look like in 2030? Led by headline sponsor CGI
- ‘How Green is Your City?’: What can businesses do to improve the environment in the North East? Led by headline sponsor Ordnance Survey
- ‘21st Century Reach’: How can we optimise a mobile workforce for a complex network business? Led by headline sponsor BT
North East young people were involved too – as future leaders and customers they attended all sprints and launched a national competition to design a teenagers bedroom of the future https://www.futureroom.today/
To find out more about what took place at the NWG Innovation Festival go to www.innovationfestival.org for all the updates from the week.