Upcoming event: Innovation and #climate change, #Manchester 26/27 November

So this below (click here to register)  is coming up.

Before we get there- The following is worth noting-

  • There is no email list for people in Manchester to hear about stuff the Council is putting on to do with climate change (there are doubtless good reasons for this)
  • The idea of ‘innovation’ is being sprinkled around as a way to distract from the straightforward need for political leadership and a change in thinking. Not abolishing cycle lanes, not putting “temporary” carparks next to schools, actually spending money on the climate emergency, that sort of thing.
  • There is no asterisk next to the 2038 zero carbon date. It’s almost as if there is no way on earth the date will get brought forward, no matter what.

Nonetheless, innovations ARE also needed, and so, if you are a techie sort of person who gives a damn, please register for this…


Innovate4Manchester – tackling the climate challenges of Our Manchester

About this Event

Join Manchester City Council and partners for an evening and day at Innovate4Manchester – a collaborative event that aims to address some of the most pressing concerns we face on energy and mobility in Manchester today. We want to think about issues such as:

  • How might we shift people to different transport types?
  • How might we encourage walking and other forms of active travel in the city centre?
  • How might we improve road quality for cyclists (and other road users)?
  • How might we use transport more effectively?
  • Where might additional electric vehicle charging points be located?
  • How might we demonstrate the effects of peoples’ behaviour on air quality?
  • How might we support the case for developing high quality residential areas within existing urban centres?

Innovate4Manchester offers the opportunity for collaboration, problem and solution exploration, and constructive pitching sessions. We are offering prizes for winning teams and ongoing support provided to help you launch and grow your venture. So, if you want to make a positive contribution to help Manchester achieve Zero Carbon by 2038, this event is for you! Take a look at the city’s plan for Zero Carbon 2038

Is this event for me?

We want to attract a diverse range of attendees to the event. Whether you’re a Manchester resident affected by the challenges, or someone who has experience of addressing them, your input will be invaluable.

We are also keen for anyone to attend who can contribute towards potentially building solutions to the challenges, for example:

  • Developers & techies
  • Students
  • Entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs
  • Data scientists
  • Technologists
  • Service designers

Could you help finance potential solutions? Do you have a vested interest in the challenge areas? Can you help develop ventures? If so, you’ll be a useful addition to the event.

The event is supported by Manchester City Council and partners in the EC Horizon 2020 funded Triangulum project. These include: Siemens, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Pixel Mill Digital, working with Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Team.

Event format

A full agenda will be sent to everyone who register’s – our plan for the event is:

Tuesday 26th November: 6pm – 9pm

  • Introductions and welcome from MCC – why are we here and what are we trying to achieve?
  • Introductions from the facilitators – Ordnance Survey’s Geovation team
  • Icebreaker exercise – getting to know each other
  • Introduction to the Problem Briefs from the Problem ‘owners’ at MCC
  • Solution exploring – and team formation
  • Introduction to the tools; data and resources available for the day

Wednesday 27th November: 9am – 6pm

  • Welcome back and agenda for the day
  • Recap on objectives/problem definition
  • Recap on successful innovation
  • Working in teams
  • Pitching, judging, prize giving and next steps

Prizes and Next Steps

Successful participants will be invited back for a workshop on the 4th of December with the Ordnance Survey Geovation team to develop and refine their solutions. Please keep this date in your diary.

Cash prizes are up grabs along with support from Manchester City Council and Ordnance Survey’s Geovation team and Triangulum project partners with a one day business proposition workshop. You’ll also have the opportunity to work closely with the problem owners at in the city.

  • £500 per winning team
  • A follow-up workshop/training day to develop winning teams’ respective propositions
  • Opportunity to engage with the city to develop their ideas further


The event is being hosted in the Bright Building on Manchester Science Park.

Food and refreshments provided throughout the evening and day

Triangulum is a European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse project (SCC1) funded by the European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement number 646578

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